Thomas Schoenfeldt is a volunteer food procurement manager at CARES of Farmington Hills, Michigan. He can be reached at CARES is at

Angie Mejia is Assistant Professor and
Civic Engagement Scholar at the Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester. Contact her at

Lariza Garzon is Executive Director of the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry.

Julia Waity is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

Phoebe Stephens is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Waterloo in Canada, working under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Clapp. Her research focuses on impact investing for sustainable food systems and is funded by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Phoebe has published articles in Globalizations Journal, the Canadian Journal of Food Studies, and a number of book chapters on alternative financing and sustainability in the food system.

Amy Halloran wrote The New Bread Basket, a record of and template for the revival of regional grain production. Her activism for specialty grains and for changing emergency feeding programs shares a common thread: of restoring human values to the work of farming and the acts of feeding ourselves and each other. Amy can be contacted at 221 Tenth Street, Troy, NY 12180 USA, or

Rafael Alvarez has been a working writer since he joined the city desk of the Baltimore Sun as a college student during the Carter Administration. He spent 20 years covering neighbor­hoods, crime, and blues music for the Sun before working on merchant ships and writing for the HBO drama, “The Wire.” His many books include the short story collection Tales from the Holy Land and First and Forever: A History of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He can be contacted at P.O. Box 432, Linthicum, MD 21090 USA or More about his writing is at

Dr. Kathleen Liang received her MS and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. Dr. Liang is the founder of Dollar Enterprise experiential learning in entrepreneurship, and an award-winning scholar of interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation, food systems, multifunctional agriculture, and sustainable community development.

Kim Hines acts as Co-Chair and Comms for the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN.) She is the founding Executive Director of Augusta Locally Grown in Augusta, GA, (2010-2020) and currently an assistant professor of food systems studies for Augusta University. With more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Kim's current interests sit at the intersection of food systems, social-change philanthropy, and storytelling. She is also a slow but steady student of oyster farming. Kim now lives in Washington, DC, and Cobb Island, MD.