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Food & Farm Resume

2014-present  
U.S. FOOD, FARMS, DEMOCRACY

General outreach and networking at all levels (local, state, regional, national) through Twitter, listservs, blogs, etc. to promote participatory democracy throughout the U.S. food & farm system. I especially look for any opportunity to engage with voters, media, officials, and candidates, including but not limited to the following activities:

  • Support Regeneration Midwest, a 12-state coalition promoting regenerative agriculture
  • Educate and advocate for impeachment of D.J. Trump, U.S. president
  • Draft and promote food & farm platforms for U.S. elections (2018, 2020)
  • Ask The Money Question and promote current answers (the NEED Act, Green New Deal, public banks, etc.)
  • Promote & support U.S. food-and-farm policy councils
  • Promote women’s collective public authority (women’s councils codified in U.S. legal structures)
  • Design & promote book club to read U.S. Constitution + Iroquois Constitution (plus secondary sources)

2011-2014  
TRANSITION:  SELF-EDUCATION AND EXPERIMENTATION

SELF-EDUCATION
Co-ops
Public banking
Single payer health care
Indigenous models of self-governance
Participatory budgeting
Crowdfunding

EXPERIMENTS
Food Vote 2012:  Illinois Survey to find Food Candidates
Food Vote 2012:  National Survey to find Food Candidates
Congressional candidate briefing on food-and-farm (Illinois 10th Congressional District, Brad Schneider, 2012)
Food Systems 101: Class
Evanston Eats: Double website to document all components of a local food economy and to show interconnections between policy and economy
—Food Vote 2013: Food Citizenship + Participatory Democracy
—Field to Fork:  Community Food Chain + Virtual Incubator
Public Banking Coalition

2005-2014  
LOCAL FOOD AND FARM SYSTEM WORK
Evanston, Chicago, Cook County, Greater Chicago, Illinois, Midwest

POSITIONS

2005-2014  Evanston Food Council, Co-founder and co-chairperson
2008-2010  State of Illinois task force created by the Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Act, Co-founder and co-coordinator

MEMBERSHIPS: Boards, Committees, Working Groups, Listservs

  • Good Greens USDA FNS (Midwest Office): broaden coalition, find projects aligned with FNS mission (2010- )
  • Cook County Food System Steering Committee. Member (2011-12)
    Food system assessment and creation of a county-level food council
  • Evanston Healthy Community Task Force, Founding member (2009- 13)
  • Friends of the Evanston Farmers Markets, Founding member (2010-13)
  • Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity. Member, Leadership Council (2010-12)
  • Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED Chicago@UIC). Member, Food Equity Policy Committee (2009-11)
    — Urban Farm Tours for targeted groups (legislators, funders, government staff)
    — Workshop for planners and urban farmers
    — Data collection on access to local food
  • Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council. Member, Steering Committee (2008-10)
  • Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Member – Food Systems Advisory Committee (2008-09)
    Write regional food section for “Go to 2040” comprehensive plan.
  • Cook County Department of Public Health. Member, Sustainable Food Systems Expert Team (2010)
  • Illinois Farm to School Working Group. Member, coordinating committee (2009-10)
  • Illinois Farmers Market Network. Member, Planning Committee (2008-10)
  • Illinois Fresh Food Fund. Member, Sen. Jacqueline Collins’ advisory team (2009-10)
  • Illinois Public Health Association. Member, Food & Nutrition Section (2010)
  • Illinois Local Food & Farms Coalition, Yahoo email group: co-founder & manager (2007-10)
  • Network for Evanston’s Future. Member, Steering Committee (2003-10)
  • The Land Connection: Board member, board president (2006-08)
  • The Talking Farm: Founding board member (2006-10)
  • Edible Acre Pilot Project at Evanston Township High School: co-founder (2008-10)

PROJECTS
Long-term

  • League of Women Voters (Glenview, IL chapter). Food and water policy guidance to state and national conventions, state issues committee (2010-12)
  • McHenry County, Planning department: technical assistance in creating a food council (2010-12)
  • Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy. Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC): content expert, resourcing
    2009-10 Foundations Class
    (Local food procurement for schools) 2010-11 Foundations Class and Practicums (Illinois farm-to-schoolchildren supply chain)
  • Oakton Community College: Faculty development workshops on healthy food systems to help faculty create student service learning projects (2010-11)
  • State of Illinois. Various departments, offices, staffpeople. (2009- )
    Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council.
    Resources, networking, analysis
    Illinois Department of Corrections.
    Resources on skills training during incarceration and re-entry.
    Office of the Governor, Sustainability Policy.
    Policy and project updates, award recommendations.
    Green Government Council.
    Local food procurement, food scrap composting.
    Illinois Department of Agriculture
    – Chicago office. Resourcing, networking.

Short-term

  • Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy (2010). Events planning in conjunction with visit by Elaine Weiss, author of Fruits of Victory: Woman’s Land Army of America in the Great War
  • DePaul University. “Food and Politics” class: Gauge awareness of Illinois Food, Farms, & Jobs Act (2010)
  • Fresh Taste. Issues and trends identified by Illinois Local & Organic Food & Farm Task Force (2009)
  • Hull House Museum Re-thinking Soup Kitchen. List of potential speakers
  • Loyola University, CUERP. Advanced Food Systems class (2009-10)
  • McHenry County College, Bioneers Planning for Symposium, “Food: How it’s all Connected” (2010)
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Social Entrepreneurship in Health and Wellness Challenge (2010-11): improving healthy food access in food deserts. Mentor & expert advisor.
  • Real Food Challenge: Midwest Summit (2010). Resourcing, networking
  • Shawnash Institute (2009) Community food assessment for social service agencies
    High school curricula: food systems, career paths in local farm and food economy
  • WCPT Radio. “Growing Local” campaign and Mike Nowak show (2009)

GUEST SPEAKER (representative sample)
Conferences, Forums, Films

  • American Corn Growers Association annual conference (2007)
  • Chicago Food Summit (2008)
  • “Fresh” the Movie – Chicago premiere (2010)
  • Green Festival – Chicago (2008)
  • Green Town – College of Lake County (2010)
  • Heartland Bioneers – Carbondale (2007)
  • Illinois Dietetics Association (Chicago, 2009, 2010)
  • Illinois Food Summit (Kankakee, 2008)
  • Slow Food USA – Governors Forum (Chicago, 2007)

Classes

  • Northwestern University, Public Policy (Alba Alexander, 2011)
  • DePaul University, The Urban Pastoral – Farms, Gardens and the City (Hugh Bartling, 2011)
  • Loyola University, Food Systems (Adam Schubel, 2009, 2010)
  • Roosevelt University, Writing Social Justice class (Kim Ruffin, 2009, 2010)
  • University of Illinois Chicago, Food Systems class (Curt Winkle, 2009)