Board of Directors

Amy Dickie
Amy Dickie

Amy Dickie is Principal at California Environmental Associates where she provides strategic planning for environmental foundations and nonprofits. Much of her work has focused on sustainable food and agriculture; the links between agriculture, climate, and land use; sustainable supply chains; conservation; and climate change adaptation. Current and recent clients include the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Climate and Land Use Alliance, World Wildlife Fund, and Sustainable Conservation. Amy is the lead author of Local Foods: A Guide for Investors and Philanthropists, Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change in Agriculture and Slow Money’s 2014 State of the Sector report. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Michael Kanter
Michael Kanter

Michael Kanter co-founded Cambridge Naturals in 1974 with his wife, Elizabeth Stagl, when they were 23 years old. The original vision, then and now, was of a locally owned, thriving, unique, and ethically run independent natural foods store. Now some 43 years later, Cambridge Naturals has evolved into a vibrant natural products retail business with a focus on nutritional supplements for health and wellness, clean body care products, organic foods and many other items. As Chief Visionary Officer, Michael has driven Cambridge Naturals’ commitment to sourcing products locally, organically, and ethically via fair trade and direct trade channels, and to donating a portion of profits to social and environmental organizations that impact the local community.

Michael is involved in related causes, including Business For a Fair Minimum Wage and is a founding and board member of Cambridge Local First a network of almost 400 locally owned and independent businesses.

Cambridge Naturals is a member of INFRA, the Independent Natural Foods Retailers Association and Michael was recently elected to the board of directors. (Cambridge Naturals was named INFRA’s store of the year for 2016!) Cambridge Naturals continues to experience substantial sales growth, and is now co-owned by Michael and Elizabeth’s daughter Emily Kanter. Also working with them is Emily’s husband, Caleb Dean. They are actively researching ways to grow the business for the next several decades. Michael is convinced that locally-owned and independent stores can, with the best practices, position themselves for significant sales success.

Emeritus Board Members

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.