Ryan Stasolla has contributed to the evolving work of NAFSN during all three of his undergraduate years at Cornell University. Few in our organization can match his base of knowledge about our web-based resources and the trends he has witnessed throughout his experience. Ryan's work requires technical, outreach, and collaborative skills; he brings

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Cultural anthropologist and filmmaker Gail P. Myers, PhD, who is also a founding member and former Leadership Chair of NAFSN, used the profound year of 2020 to coordinate fundraising for a documentary of interviews with Black farmers—stories from the South that she filmed in 2012. The resulting film, Rhythms of the Land, is currently in post-produc

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Why farm? When the pay is minimal, the work is tough, and the conventional industry is fraught with exploitation, why would any child aspire to farming? Alpha Sennon, founder/executive director of WHYFARM, believes we owe young people throughout the world an answer to this question. "We can't wait until they get a PhD, learning about climate change

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During the summer of 2020, as food supply chains quaked under the pressures of COVID-19, Chloë Waterman did what comes naturally to her. She helped organize a David-vs-Goliath-style campaign targeting Tyson Foods for failing to protect its meat plant workers.  As program manager for Friends of the Earth, Chloë collaborated with more than 120 o

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“For me, Georgia isn’t a red state. And it isn’t a blue state. Georgia is a green state, especially at the dinner table. Meats or veggies, we all eat.”  Charlie Monroe, the outgoing president of the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA), reflects on his four-year tenure at the helm, his additional four years on its board, and th

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The social fabric undergirding our food systems is woven by people from all sectors of American society: business, nonprofit and government. Amanda Chu of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is that rare food systems professional who capably contributes threads from all three. As an entrepreneur, Amanda runs a one-woman business that conducts farm-practice audit

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Anne Massie is a farmer in Crown Point, Indiana. She grows sixty varieties of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, but cabbages are her favorite. "Prehistoric monster flowers," she calls them. Anne is also a local food activist for whom thinking big does not stop at large, leafy brassicas. "There is a choice to be made," she explains. "To be an activist,"

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At first glance, Vacation Vittles is a simple, savvy twist on the standard CSA business model. Beach vacationers staying on the shores of Wilmington, NC, order farm-fresh bags of seasonal produce grown by local farmers and delivered by youth. It's a sunny story of short-value-chain economic development on the seashore. But Randolph Keaton—the drivi

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