Joel Salatin, 56, is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and the author of eight books including Folks, This Ain’t Normal and The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas. His speaking and writing reflect dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm. Four generations of his family currently live and work on the farm.
Rita Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, media personality, speaker, journalist and author who has published books on kid & adult nutrition, gifts from the kitchen and garden, and herbs.
In 1983, Steve Pipkin, along with his brother Ben, opened Pipkin's Fruit and Vegetable Market in Blue Ash, Ohio. The vegetable market is open year-round and includes an incredibly popular outdoor garden center.
About a decade ago Les became involved in coffee and his drive to learn and develop others passions and talents shapes the culture of Deeper Roots from roasting and technical work to training and sourcing.
As the wasted food prevention specialist at Hamilton County Recycling, Jenny works on Green Umbrella's Waste Reduction Team to build awareness, educate, and change behavior to reduce food waste.
Nicole is Education Director at Gorman Heritage Farm. She has a degree in sustainable agriculture, is a member of the Green Umbrella Local Food Action Team, and holds a permaculture design certification.
Steve Rock is an Environmental Engineer for US EPA and is the founder of a non-profit that started the 500 Gardens and 500 Chickens programs in Madisonville, OH.
Josh Baker has the goal of making people smile by feeding them. He is currently the Sous Chef at Ukiyo in Indianapolis.
Steve and his wife Gina began Parkside & Main Hobby Homestead in 2015 on seven acres in Mason, OH where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and pigs all in a small-scale organic pasture-based system.
Christopher is the General Manager for Apple Street Market, a multi-stakeholder union cooperative operating in the mixed income communities of Cumminsville.
Dean Nicholas has a Ph.D. in Bible and the Ancient Near East from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion and he is currently the Upper School Principal of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.
Kevin Savage has a Ph.D in glacial geology from the University of Cincinnati and is currently in his 13th year of teaching. He uses aquaponics as a dynamic model for classroom instruction and student research.
Kris has worked at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy since 2001 as both at teacher and administrator. He is currently the Director of Educational Technology, and he also oversees a thriving microgreen business.
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