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Interview with Michelle Schwegmann author of Eat Like You Give A Damn – 02.18.16

Michelle Schwegmann is co-owner of The Herbivore Clothing Company, a vegan clothing, cookbook and lifestyle brand based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2002, Herbivore designs and makes clothing and accessories for people who like to fashionably proclaim their compassionate beliefs. Tee shirts, hoodies, belts, wallets, bags, cookbooks, body care and more are at their store in the vegan-minimall, and online at herbivoreclothing.com.

Michelle and her husband Josh Hooten are the authors of Eat Like You Give a Damn, a cookbook and guide for new vegans. They are parents to ten-year-old Ruby, whose daily vegan lunch you can see via the hashtag #rubybirdslunch.

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Interview with Pam Koch from the Tisch Food Center– 02.11.16

Pam Koch is the Executive Director and Research Associate Professor of Nutrition Education at the Tisch Center for Food. She conducts research about the connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy eating, and she translates her findings into useful resources for educators and policy makers.

Pam is the primary author of the three Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series books: Growing Food; Farm to Table & Beyond, and Choice, Control & Change. Pam speaks about nutrition education and sustainable food systems at meetings and conferences across the country. She also collaborates with several groups that are working to increase access to healthy, sustainable food around New York City, including Wellness in the Schools, Edible Schoolyard, and Food Corps. She completed her BS and MS degrees in nutrition at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, and her EdD and RD from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Interview with Earl Fultz – 01.28.16

Earl Fultz is the 92 year old Founder and CEO of cHarissa, a small, artisanal food company on the North Fork of Long Island, rocking the food world and winning awards. His business is a love story, a tribute to his late wife Gloria, who transformed an old family recipe, to appeal to her American family and friends. The cHarissa rub and spice is an all natural condiment, which is free of sugar, gluten and any chemical additives, using cumin, lemon, sea salt and olive oil.

In order to help make his dream come true, Earl partnered with Jeri Woodhouse, from a Taste of the North Fork, to help market and grow the business.

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Interview with Josh Cooks from Nextdoorganics – 01.21.16

Josh helped found Nextdoorganics in 2011 and spent its first season on a rural farm outside Providence, RI. He now helps with strategic planning, design & technology, and operations logistics.

He WWOOFed on three farms in Europe and helped start a school garden at a democratic school in rural West Virginia, the state he is from. He previously worked at the Alternative Education Resource Organization.

He is also the co-founder of Sangha.is, a new online platform to facilitate the creation of residencies in learning communities around the world.

He graduated with a major in Culture & Politics from Georgetown University and earned a master’s in the Anthropology of Learning and Cognition from the London School of Economics.

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Interview with Parvati Markus, author of Love Everyone – 01.14.16

PARVATI MARKUS is a developmental editor and writer of spiritually oriented nonfiction books and memoirs. She has worked on books by various members of the satsang, from Ram Dass’s classic Be Here Now (before she went to India) to those since her time in India with Maharajji (1971–1972)—from Dada Mukerjee’s By His Grace and The Near and the Dear to Krishna Das’s recent Chants of a Lifetime. She is a former president of the board of the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Temple and a former development con-sultant for the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Interview with Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger – 01.07.16

Joel Berg is a nationally recognized leader, and media spokesperson in the fields of domestic hunger, food insecurity, obesity, poverty, food-related economic development, national service, and volunteerism. He is executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and a former Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is also author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America?, the definitive and most well-reviewed book on American hunger of the last decade. He is also author of the forthcoming book America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation, due out in fall 2016.

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Interview with Eric Weltman from Food and Water Watch – 12.24.15

Eric Weltman is Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch in New York. He has over 20 years of experience leading social justice campaigns and building progressive power. Eric has helped direct ground-breaking coalitions, organize high-visibility media events, write influential publications, and manage successful initiatives to pass legislation, fund programs, and elect candidates. Eric also has extensive experience conducting trainings on media outreach, advocacy, organizing, and public speaking. He has taught urban politics at Suffolk University, and written for such publications as The American Prospect, In These Times, and Dollars & Sense. A native of New Jersey, Eric graduated from the University of Michigan and earned an M.A. in Urban & Environmental Policy from Tufts University. When he’s not changing the world, Eric enjoys being with his wife, Sarah, and son, Zach, reading history books, taking walks around New York City, watching “Burn Notice” and “House,” juggling, and eating Thai food.

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Interview with Robert Clancy – Author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Soul – 12.17.15

Robert Clancy is a gifted entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, author and minister. At 19, Robert had a divine spiritual experience that greatly altered his life. In 2012 he started “Robert Clancy – Guide to the Soul” Facebook fan page where he shares his divinely inspired thoughts, now followed by over 250,000 people worldwide. Robert is the author of the acclaimed book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Soul. Robert supports ongoing volunteerism within his business and everyday life, he inspires his team and encourages professional leaders to step up and give back.

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Interview with Edward Mukiibi- Slow Food International Vice-President Ugandan Agronomist – 12.10.15

Edward Mukiibi was born and raised in the rural parts of Mukono District in Central Uganda. He attended a nearby rural school for his primary and secondary education. Agriculture was used as a form of punishment in both schools: experiencing firsthand the practice of shaping a young person’s attitude towards agriculture. Mukiibi graduated from Makerere University with honors in Agricultural Land Use Management in 2009, where he has also worked as a teaching assistant in the Soil Science Department. In 2006, Mukiibi founded Developing Innovations in School and Community Gardens (DISC), a project aimed at promoting community engagement and agricultural sustainability among the youth. Mukiibi’s involvement with Slow Food began in 2008. It was stimulated by a drought in Uganda whose destabilizing impacts were made far worse by the widespread mono-crop planting of a maize hybrid. By contrast, he argues, traditional agricultural practices provide stability: “If one takes a classic African farm, one finds there are fruit trees, vegetables…it’s thanks to this model that, over the years, Uganda has never known famine.” In 2014, at the age of 28, he was named Vice President of Slow Food International. With this recent appointment, Mukiibi helps to steer the work of the global network and to grow Slow Food’s 10,000 Gardens in Africa project.

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Interview with Chris Hunt from GRACE – 12.03.15

Special Advisor on Food and Agriculture

Chris Hunt serves as special advisor on food and agriculture at GRACE, where he provides strategic input on the organization’s efforts to build a sustainable food future. Chris has written extensively about food and agriculture issues; his work has appeared in Civil Eats, Huffington Post, AlterNet and Ecocentric. His areas of interest and expertise include industrial livestock production, food waste, urban agriculture and food systems advocacy. Before GRACE, Chris worked as an Alumni Memorial Scholar research fellow at Colgate University, and has served two terms on the board of directors of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Chris earned a BA in environmental economics from Colgate University. He’s an ardent proponent of bicycling, composting, accepting peculiar travel suggestions and walking up mountains.