Speaker - Leah Atwood

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Leah’s Humboldt farmland roots instilled a love for food and farming practices that nourish people and the planet. She moved to the Bay Area in 1999 to pursue degrees in Environmental Policy and Spanish at UC Berkeley. Leah serves as the Co-Executive Director for the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), a non-profit organization that advances the next generation of food and farming leaders by linking sustainable innovation with ancestral knowledge through experiential and cross-cultural exchange. MESA has connected over 1300 farmers, activists, academics and entrepreneurs worldwide and funded 142 food and farming projects in 16 countries to promote ecosystem stewardship, equitable economies and multicultural collaboration. Leah has lived in South and Central America as well as Southeast Asia working on behalf of social, environmental and food justice initiatives. As a result, she gained insight into the implications of a globalized corporate food regime and the value of farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchange, agroecology and unconventional multi-stakeholder collaboration. Her past work experience includes program development for the International Institute for Bengal Basin which focused on pollution mitigation for farmers and rural communities in Bangladesh, fund development for the East Bay Sanctuary and supply chain review for Scientific Certifications Systems. Leah is a co-founder of Wild and Radish, LLC and developing a 10-acre urban farm and eco-village in El Sobrante, CA. She serves on the Board of Directors of Planting Justice, an Oakland non-profit creating green jobs and democratizing access to affordable, nutritious food. Climbing rocks, oceans, yoga, milking goats and befriending bees are frequent sources of fascination.

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Food Cultivation and Civic Engagement

06.02.14 | 01:48:03 min | 0 comments