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.
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.”
Neva is a Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Montana. Author of Changing the Way America Farms: Knowledge and Community in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement (1999), Neva has also published on contemporary agriculture and the building of community-based, democratic food systems. An engaged scholar, Neva and her students have helped strengthen Montana’s food system through community-based action research. Neva also serves on the Missoula City-County Consolidated Planning Board and the Missoula Chapter of Montana Conservation Voters, and is past-president of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society.
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.
Vance is a wildlands climate adaptation consultant. Previously he was California Director of the National Forest Foundation and led the Landowner Stewardship Program for Audubon California. He has focused on the nexus between agriculture and conservation in California and Latin America for three decades.