Julia Barton (left)
Julia Barton is a Sustainable Agriculture Educator working alongside OEFFA (Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association). She focuses on transitioning farmers to organic farming models. In past conferences she has presented on effective ways to transition to organic methods.
David Brandt is a No-Till Farmer utilizing cover crops and crop rotation techniques to assist in sustainable agriculture practices and increased yield of crops. The economic impact of cover crop usage is something he understands all too well. He has received numerous awards including Ohio Agriculture’s Man of the Year, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, Ohio Conservation Educator Award from the Ohio No-Till Council, and more.
Awarded the Distinguished Grasslander Award in 2017, Bob Hendershot has been recognized by multiple conservation organizations for his work in the field of grazing with the NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service). In the past he has been president to multiple state organizations and continues to represent and present sustainable agricultural practices in Ohio.
James “Jim” Hoorman (right)
Jim Hoorman is a Regional Soil Health Specialist working with NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service). His understanding of the soil has shed light on the impact of cover crops and their critical importance in maintenance of long term farmland.
Susan Jennings became Executive Director of The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions (AMICS) in 2014. Since that time, she has partnered with the AMICS board to implement a new strategic plan oriented toward the support of resilient communities. She also led AMICS in the 2017 purchase of Agraria, a 128-acre farm on the outskirts of Yellow Springs which is being developed into a Center for Regenerative Practice. Susan serves on The Village of Yellow Springs’ Economic Sustainability Commission, the Board of the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund, and on the national Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching on behalf of Central State University. She also facilitates a Community Climate Resilience class for the University of Dayton’s lifelong learning institute.
Krista, an experienced administrator of nonprofit organizations, became the first executive director of Tecumseh Land Trust (TLT) in October 2001.
In addition to carrying out daily administrative tasks, Krista brings her extensive professional experience in program development, planning, and fundraising to assist with TLT's busy schedule.
Krista earned an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Cincinnati and a graduate degree in public policy from Duke University.
Kevin McGruder’s interest in community formation led to a career in community development, and now as an academic, to research interests that include African American institutions, urban history, and gay and lesbian history. He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University. Before pursuing doctoral studies at City University of New York, McGruder worked for many years in the field of nonprofit community development. Positions included Program Director at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director of Real Estate Development with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent (in New York City).
During the 2011-2012 academic year McGruder was a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, of the New York Public Library, where he conducted additional research and revised his doctoral dissertation for publication as a book. The result is Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920(Columbia University Press, June 2015).
Harold Wilken began farming 33 years ago and credits his first landlady, 82-year-old Ivadelle Dubois, with trying to get him to "just say no" to synthetic chemical herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers.
In 2016, Harold was awarded the R.J. Vollmer Award for Sustainable Agriculture by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Wilken, with his wife Sandy and son Ross, are the proprietors of Janie's Farm in rural Danforth, IL. The farm's name honors Harold and Sandy's daughter Janie, who was killed in a car accident in 2001.
They grow corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, pumpkins, black beans, alfalfa, popcorn and seed corn on the 2,370 acres, with more than 1,900 acres certified organic. The Wilkens have added nearly 1,000 acres since 2008.
Carl Zulauf is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Zulauf’s areas of specialization are commercial agricultural policy and commodity futures and options markets.
Dr. Zulauf was raised on a general farm. He was responsible for helping his Dad with the chickens and milk cows, as well as helping with the crops, in particular bailing hay and straw. He remains a participant in the family farm as a share-rent landowner.
Dr. Zulauf has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 250 outreach articles, he has conducted over 400 public meetings, and he has served as a source for over 750 articles appearing in print, radio, TV, and electronic media. He is a member of the team of agricultural specialists who contribute to the daily blog known as farmdoc daily at the University of Illinois.