Board of Directors

Eliot Coleman
Eliot Coleman

Eliot has over 40 years of experience as an organic farmer, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower (Chelsea Green, rev. 1995), Four Season Harvest (Chelsea Green, rev. 1999), and The Winter Harvest Handbook (Chelsea Green, 2009). He served for two years as Executive Director of IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, and was an advisor to the US Department of Agriculture during their landmark study, Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming. Eliot presently owns and operates Four Season Farm, a year-round market garden (winter greenhouse crops and summer field crops) in Harborside, Maine.

Gary Nabhan
Gary Nabhan

Gary has been called the father of the local food movement. A MacArthur Fellow, Gary co-manages Sabores Sin Fronteras Foodways Alliances and the borderland food system program at the University of Arizona. He raises heritage grains and heirloom fruits on two farms in rural Arizona and has been involved in a three-year effort with Western Ranchers to value the ecosystem services of working landscapes. His 26 books have won numerous awards.

Leslie Christian
Leslie Christian

Leslie is a financial advisor who has been a leader in social and environmental investing for decades. She is a senior advisor at RSF Social Finance and NorthStar Asset Management and past board member and treasurer of the Business Alliance For Local Living Economies (BALLE). She was previously president and CEO of Portfolio 21 Investments.