Speakers and Artists

Tere Almaguer

Tere Almaguer is PODER’s Environmental Justice Organizer and has served in this role for over 15 years. Tere previously coordinated the youth leadership program, a hands on organizing and political education program for hundreds of San Francisco youth. Currently, Tere is working with the Urban Campesinx Programto steward Hummingbird Farm and create a space for community to reconnect with land, grow healthy food, practice herbal healing traditions, provide job training, and create community governance structures. Tere can be emailed at tere[at]podersf.org.

 

Judith Yisrael

Judith Yisrael is co-Founder and Owner of The Yisrael Family Urban Farm, an urban farm located in South Oak Park where she and her family are transforming the hood for good. She is Director of the Urban Roots Edible Education classes to teach plant-based meals to youth and families living in food deserts and Project GOOD, a youth leadership program that teaches youth to cultivate the land, themselves, and their community. She is an ally to the wild sacred, a lifelong student in folk herbal traditions, and enjoys teaching herbal traditions and remedies to her community. She was named Emerging Food Leader by Edible Sacramento Magazine and is recipient of the Alpha Kappa Alpha award for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. She, along with her husband, received Farm Advocate of the Year Award from The Farmer’s Guild in 2017. A master soap maker, Judith’s handmade soaps and other skin care products are sold at retail outlets in Sacramento. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and studied MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a member of The American Herbalist Guild.

 

Kelly Carlisle

Kelly D. Carlisle is the Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, a veteran of the United States Navy and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She is an avid gardener and is an Alameda County Mater Gardener Trainee. She is an active member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Ms. Carlisle was selected as one of the 200 U.S. Delegates to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in 2012 and 2014. Ms. Carlisle was the December 2011Bon Appetit Good Food Fellow. She has worked with and mentored pre-teen and teenage youth since the age of 14. A native of EAst Oakland, CA, she is committed to creating positive change in her childhood city.

 

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Leah Atwood grew up on a ranch in the redwoods of Arcata, CA and moved to the Bay Area to pursue degrees in Environmental Policy and Spanish at UC Berkeley. She has lived in South and Central America as well as in Bangladesh working on behalf of social, environmental and food justice initiatives. Thanks to her work experience abroad she gained further insight into international agriculture systems and the value of socio-ecologically mindful practices and unconventional multi-stakeholder collaboration. Leah currently serves as Program Director for the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA). Founded in 1994, MESA is a non-profit dedicated to supporting seasoned and emerging small-scale farmers to strengthen resilient, local food systems worldwide through cross-cultural exchange and hands-on training in ecological production and innovative marketing. MESA advances a new generation of agrarian leaders, linking current innovations with global traditions to promote land stewardship, localized economies and cultural awareness.  Leah’s prior work experience includes program development for the International Institute for Bengal Basin to address water rights and pollution mitigation as well as fund development for the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant to provide advocacy for indigent refugees. She currently serves on the board of directors for Planting Justice, an Oakland non-profit transforming the Bay Area food system by creating green jobs and democratizing access to affordable, nutritious food. She deeply enjoys: teaching and practicing yoga; being outside on rocks, waves and trails; growing food and befriending bees.

 

Brandi Mack is a mother of three beautiful daughters,  a  Holistic Health Educator, Therapeutic Massage Therapist,  Trauma Informed Youth developer , Powerful Presenter and  Permaculture Designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Service Management, and a certification from Star hawk’s Earth Activist Training.   Brandi has worked and trained  in holistic health  and ecological sustainability with youth and adults for over 15 years.Brandi currently is the National Director of The Butterfly Movement  where we are committed to healing the wounds of our Soul (through Rebuilding and Re Framing our emotional selves), planting a Seed of faith as we Regenerate and Reconnect our hearts and our hands to the earth, leading ultimately to manifestation in the Soil of our Reactivated lives!Currently, Brandi serves on the following boards:  The Northern America Permaculture Magazine ,  Northern California Resilience Network and the Northern California Women in Permaculture.

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Desirae Harp is an advocate for water rights and indigenous land stuardship. She is a community organizer, singer/songerwriter, and educator. She is a member of the Mishewal Wappo (Ona*tsatis) nation from the central coast of California. She is the founder of the Mishewal Ona*tsaTis language revitalization program. She is the coordinator of the run4salmon campaign to restore the California water ways, salmon runs, and indigenous ways of life. She works for Indian People Organizing for Change to oppose the development of sacred sites and to advocate for California indigenous peoples to be at the forefront of discussions on climate change within the bay area. 
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Thea Carlson is a facilitator, farmer, educator, and artist, with roots in California and the Midwest. She is Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association and also holds several other roles including Biodynamic Education, Conference Weaver, People, and Teal Implementer. She lives in the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County, California, and frequently visits other parts of the world. Her diverse experience includes farming biodynamic and organic vegetables, fruit and flowers; teaching gardening, nutrition, and beekeeping; designing, building and managing urban community and educational gardens; and organizing strategic communications training programs for nonprofit leaders. Since 2011, she has played a key role in developing the Biodynamic Association’s educational offerings, planning and implementing the biennial North American Biodynamic Conference, and exploring new ways to manage and evolve the organization. Thea earned a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, a permaculture design certificate from Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, and is trained in the Art of Hosting and consensus facilitation. Besides growing food, making compost, and helping others to do both, she loves to hike, play her cello, throw pottery, cook, read, and spend time with her family and many beloved friends.
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Shelley Hawkins is a beginning farmer and budding educator hailing from the East Bay. Recently graduating from the Bay Area Farmer Training Program, she has spent the last 6 months reviewing and providing feedback on MESA’s online curriculum resources as well as doing outreach and engagement for future BAFTP cohorts. Shelley wishes to create projects geared toward making vital farming information-as it relates to food Justice through a racial justice lens- to community members most impacted by systemic exclusion from these spaces.

…check back in as the list grows!

 

Artists

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Bailey Chang’s photo documentary works took flight after the fires of 2017 volunteering for Sonoma County, inspiring her towards working with small local farmers to broadcast their stories to a greater audience. With transparency will come a collective change towards a more mindful practice of how we see our foods and the people who grow it.

 

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Catherine Sieck is an artist and gardener, born and raised in Santa Rosa. Her intricate paper cut-outs tell stories that unfold in both the internal and external landscapes, letting the parallel narratives weave together and illuminate each other. She also tends public gardens, farming for Community Soil Foundation’s Larkfield Garden. Her work in the studio and on land are in conversation with each other, always.

 

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Owner and farmer/florist of Full Bloom Flower Farm, Hedda Brorstrom lives for flowers. Her interest in agoecology took hold from a young age having grown up in agricultural rich Sonoma County. Hedda completed her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies specializing in urban food landscapes and garden education. She worked in San Francisco for six years as a garden teacher and coordinator in the school system and at the Academy of Sciences. She holds a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz where her love for flowers grew out of control. Hedda also earned a certificate in herbalism from the California School of Herbal Studies and makes a line of herbal products. Hedda is a founding member of the North Bay Flower Collective.

Hedda shares, “A strong believer in plant medicine, I love the power, elegance and joy a bouquet gives people. The craft and skill of both being the grower and the florist is an opportunity to give extra care and attention from seed to centerpiece.”

 

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Rosalie Z. Fanshel is a printmaker, illustrator, and textile artist. Her artistic and scholarly interests include representations of gender and sexuality in the food movement. Rosalie has spent over 15 years on (and in) the ground of the food movement in Northern California, Japan, and Australia. When not on the printing press, she is program manager at the Berkeley Food Institute, University of California, Berkeley. You can see her work at www.rosaliezfanshel.com

 

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