MARTIN GUERENA, City of Davis, CALIFORNIA
Martin Guerena is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Ecuador) with a BS from UC Davis and a MS in Agriculture, from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He is a certified organic inspector and California Pest Control Advisor. Mr. Guerena has experience working as a farmer, farm advisor, teacher, sustainable agriculture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and is currently the integrated pest management specialist for the City of Davis, California.
Beth Rasgorshek, Canyon Bounty Farm, Idaho
Operated by founder Beth Rasgorshek since 1999, Canyon Bounty Farm is a 7-acre certified organic farm producing vegetable seeds, wheat and garden starts. Beth is a fourth generation farmer who feels fortunate to have successful seed farmers within her immediate family.
While her neighboring farmers produce tens of thousands pounds of seeds, Beth raises much smaller quantities. Her seed crops are contracted with and sold to seed companies throughout the U.S. The wheat is ground into flour at the farm and sold locally to several bakeries and stores. She opens her greenhouses in the spring to sell organic vegetable, herb and flower starts.
Jeff Schahczenski, National Center For Appropriate Technology, Montana
Andres Guzman, University of Oregon, Oregon
Jared Pruch, Berggren Demonstration Farm, OREGON
Jared Pruch is the coordinator of the Berggren Demonstration Farm, a working educational farm on the McKenzie River. The farm is a partnership between the McKenzie River Trust, EWEB, and Cascade Pacific RC&D. Shared goals of the farm partnership are to demonstrate watershed-friendly farming practices, educate students and beginning farmers, and showcase ways that habitat conservation efforts can be integrated with sustainable agriculture. Jared is also the event planner for the Local Food Connection, an annual conference at Lane Community College that strengthens connections between local food producers (farmers, ranchers and fishermen) and food buyers from restaurants, grocery stores, distributors and processors. From 2007-2011, Jared served as the executive director of the School Garden Project of Lane County. He is a member of the 2012 fellow cohort of Together Green, a national conservation leadership training program of the National Audubon Society. A Eugene native, Jared holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion at Colorado College and has a diverse professional background in environmental education, nonprofit management, and sustainable agriculture. In his spare time he can be found outdoors with his dog, in search of wild mushrooms.
Emily Boniface, OREGON