Catherine is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Residential College at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on landscape history and biodiversity, as well as on sustainable agriculture. She teaches courses about environmental science, the food system, and biogeography. She lives on an organic farm near Chelsea, Michigan.
John works as a scout and writer with Wildlands Network on behalf of continental wildways and serves on boards of various conservation groups, including The Rewilding Institute, RESTORE: The North Woods, and Eddy Foundation, as well as Wild Farm Alliance.
Michael is president of Roots of Change (a project of the Public Health Institute) and is a national food movement organizer and thought leader on food and farming systems needed for the 21st Century. He farmed organically for three years in Sonoma County, and in 1992 founded Ag Innovations Network, where he began his work on consensus building and strategic planning to create healthier food and agriculture.
Paul Dolan spent 27 years at Fetzer Vineyards helping to put the company at the forefront of organic viticulture. He is currently a principle with Truett Hurst Wine Company and operates his family’s Dark Horse Ranch in Northern California with his son. Paul authored “True to Our Roots, Fermenting a Business Revolution.”
Dave is co-founder and director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), which conducts research, education, and community organizing around a host of ecologically based issues.
Dan is director of Watershed Media, a non-profit 501(c)(3) communications agency. He is the author of Farming with the Wild, a book identifying models and resources to help farmers incorporate conservation practices in their farms and watersheds. He has also written a number of articles on the wild farm concept.
Peter farms organic fruits and vegetables in fields surrounded by bay, oak and riparian woodlands with a steelhead and coho salmon stream running through. Years of experience has taught him how stewardship practices allow wildness to coexist and be celebrated along with the production of foods with exceptional taste. Peter sits on the Boards of the Marin County Farm Bureau and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.
Dan directs Salmon-Safe, an organization devoted to restoring water quality and salmon habitat in agricultural and urban landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
Jamie is director of the Eddy Foundation, which focuses on wildlands preservation, organic agriculture, and biodiversity issues, and works with Black Kettle Farm, an evolving pilot wild farm.
Vance is California Director of the National Forest Foundation which engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. He has focused on the nexus between agriculture and conservation in California and Latin America for almost three decades.