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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

Jeff Schahczenski is Agriculture Policy and Development Director with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). His expertise lies in organic and sustainable agriculture marketing and economics, conservation policy, crop insurance, transgenics in agriculture, organic horticulture, farm energy economics, cooperative development, sustainable building, intercultural communications and beekeeping. He was past Executive Director of the Big Hole River Foundation and Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (WSAWG). Jeff , was an adjunct instructor for University of Montana, Western Montana College, and Montana Tech, and serves on several non-profit boards. Jeff has built his own straw bale house and greenhouse. Before moving to Montana in 1991, Jeff worked for Rutgers University, started one of the first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in New Jersey, received graduate degrees in agricultural economics and political science, served in the Peace Corps in Belize, Central America, and worked many summers on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Wisconsin.

Andres Guzman, University of Oregon, Oregon

Andres is currently in training to become an environmental sociologist at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the environmental and social impacts of agriculture, in general, and on the production and export of soybeans in South America, in particular. In addition, Andres examines the importance of gender and of masculinities in both the framing of, and proposed resolutions to, environmental concerns. He is the winner of two notable awards from the University of Oregon: The Promising Scholar Award and The Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award. Andres holds a BA in Economics, in Sociology, and in International Studies from Portland State University. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, running, and hiking.


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

After years as a cell and molecular biologist, Emily Boniface is transitioning to a career in public health research.  She is especially passionate about food responsibility and safety, and science-based governance.  Emily lives in Portland with her husband Chris, and young son.