A social sciences professor at the University of California Santa Cruz, Julie Guthman is an important critical voice within the contemporary food movement. Her work poses challenges to established and emerging ways of thinking about food, perhaps most notably relating to the rise of “big organic” agriculture (Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California, 2004) and the “obesity epidemic” (Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism, 2011). With Alison Alkon, she recently co-edited The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action (2017). She is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where she is completing a book manuscript on the innovations that both created the modern strawberry industry and made non-industrial strawberry production all but inviable.
- Justin manages the Farmer Training Program at Tufts University’s New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. He’s also a 12th generation farmer on his family’s 335 yr-old farm in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Justin regularly advocates for equitable local food systems, farmer interests, and government nutrition programs. He holds an undergraduate degree in conservation biology and an MBA from Bentley University.
- Winton Pitcoff is Director of the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, and was project manager for the Development of the 2015 Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan. He is also Coordinator of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, and a Selectman in his town of Plainfield, MA.
- Patricia Spence is the Executive Director of the Urban Farming Institute (UFI). She looks forward to continuing the critical work of creating farm entrepreneurs, reclaiming vacant land for urban farming and working alongside many partners to increase the overall health and wellness of families in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan throughfood related workshops, events, volunteer opportunities and passionate outreach. The ultimate dream of being a hub of urban farming will be realized in 2018 as UFI moves into its new headquarters, the newly restored Fowler Clark Epstein Farm located in Mattapan, MA.
- Rachel Weil is the manager of Project SOUP, the food assistance program of the Somerville Homeless Coalition. She has a master’s degree in agroecology and urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and has also worked as a research analyst focusing on environmental and agricultural issues.
- Parke Wilde is a Tufts Friedman School professor and a nationally recognized researcher on the economics of nutrition assistance programs and food security in low-income U.S. communities. He is author of Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction (whose second edition was published in March 2018).