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.
Chef Eric is the Chef de Cuisine of The Branch in East Walnut Hills, an eclectic New American restaurant in a historically renovated bank with an emphasis on local and direct farm sourcing.
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.
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.
Charlie Gonzalez is a social entrepreneur and community organizer who works at Green Umbrella as the Communications and Membership Coordinator.
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.
Author, gardener, and founder of Michigan Seed Library, Ben offers workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs and locally grown food.
Chris teaches with the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute and helps implement Permaculture Orchards on Vacant Land with the Port Authority of Cincinnati.
Glennon is a senior research associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and she is in the process of wrapping up her Ph.D. work in city and regional planning.
Dr. Nandyal received her undergrad and MD degrees from the University of Cincinnati and is now an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the UC Dept of Family and Community Medicine.
Preeti is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist licensed with the State Medical Board of Ohio and has her own practice - Integrative Nutrition & Healing. INHWELLNESS.COM
Co-founder at NATIVE, an end-to-end software solution empowering local, sustainable food sourcing. Sarah has dedicated her career to building high-impact, scaleable software companies.
Rachel is the founder of Grateful Grahams, an artisanal graham cracker company as well as the Incubator Kitchen Collective, a non- profit providing mentorship to food entrepreneurs.
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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