About

We know that farmers should be at the forefront of agriculture, and we work hard to protect their natural right to define and shape their own food system.

We do this by reframing the way the world views farmers, facilitating collective learning and catalyzing innovation through farmer-to-farmer exchange, and supporting on-the-ground efforts for farmer-led research and documentation.

MISSION

Advancing a culture of farmer autonomy and agroecological innovation.

VISION

A sustainable food system inclusive of
farmers and healthy for the environment.

Our Staff

Loren Cardeli

Loren Cardeli

President

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Freya Yost

Freya Yost

Vice President

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Bonnie Averbuch

Bonnie Averbuch

Director of Communications

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Dan Kiprop Kibet

Dan Kiprop Kibet

East Africa Coordinator

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Laura Titzer

Laura Titzer

Contributing Author

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A special thank you to our web developer, Chris Hershberger Esh,
and our graphic designer, Nora Molina.

Loren Cardeli

Executive Director

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Loren Cardeli

Originally from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Loren was introduced to agriculture through Putney High School. He went on to get a B.A. from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, where he studied Sustainable Agriculture and worked on the mixed-crop and livestock Farm. There, his work and research  focused on small-scale pig production and a 65 head grass-fed beef operation. In 2006 Loren spent a semester at the University of Hawaii in Hilo where he studied Tropical Agriculture. After college Loren helped successfully run an organic brewery in Asheville.

In 2010 Loren and Asher founded AGC, and the organization was granted 501(c)3 status shortly after. The following year, Loren embarked on a journey to frame a new narrative of the role of agrarians around the globe. He searched for the innovations that allowed societies to feed themselves for countless generations—absent of harmful chemicals.  Loren visited farmers of the Himalayas, the Mekong delta, Bedouins who farmed the desert oasis, indigenous tribes who herd the great rift of Africa. He helped set up and run organic farms and projects in Kenya, and Vietnam, and consulted with NGOs in Egypt and Uganda.

Loren is a leader in a small but growing movement of farmer-centric organizations. He believes the key to sustainability lies in returning small-scale farmers back to the forefront of agriculture. Along with his colleagues in the movement, he promotes farmer-led research, extension, and outreach, helping to create sustainable, self-driving futures.

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Freya Yost

Vice President

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Freya Yost

Freya Yost is a writer and researcher interested in knowledge systems, open access, grassroots digital media, social justice, the arts, and much more. Prior to working with AGC, she has worked at the United Nations, New York Public Library, and Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She holds an M.S. in Information Science from Pratt Institute. Freya is based out of Central Italy.

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Bonnie Averbuch

Director of Communications

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Bonnie Averbuch

Based out of New York City, Bonnie has explored many arms of the food sector: she earned her M.S in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, and has worked and volunteered on farms around the world. She comes to A Growing Culture with over seven years of communications experience at organizations including Food Tank and Slow Food USA. If she’s not advocating for a more ecological and just food system, she’s probably out for a run.

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Tanner Roark

Development Coordinator

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Tanner Roark

Tanner grew up in central Kansas where agriculture was everywhere except on his radar. After moving to Oklahoma for school, Tanner began working with local community gardens and various farms to pay for tuition. He completed his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Baptist University where he studied Anthropology and became deeply interested in social justice and human rights. Tanner was drawn to agriculture when he saw all the things he loved could be combined including geopolitics, traveling, farming, reconciliation and community. Overall, his love for people and learning is what propels him forward. Tanner has spent the last 5 years working in many different facets of agriculture including farming, cooking and advocacy from the Western slope of Colorado and plains of Oklahoma to Southeast Asia and East Africa. He is currently completing his Masters in International Agriculture at Oklahoma State and is proud to be working with AGC.

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Jason Taylor

Jason has been working in the field of development for 15 years. He started his career as a photographer and eventually moved into filmmaking. In that time he have been commissioned to produce photo assignments, multimedia online projects, and films for a variety of International and local organizations. His projects have taken them to many different parts of the world, including the Americas, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe.

While working on some of these projects, Jason began to realise that in many cases, the voice of the people were not being heard when it came to the conversation around solutions. Six years ago, he started the Source Project in an attempt to give some sort of balance to much of the policy driven media being commissioned. Through photographs and videos, he makes heard and raises the voices of those who have been silenced so we can get serious about solving many of our agricultural problems.

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Laura Titzer

Laura currently holds an M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University-Seattle and resides in Seattle, Washington. She co-founded the Indianapolis Food, Farm and Family Coalition which created the first grower’s guide connecting individuals with sustainable farmers. Laura also developed a popular education series for Community Alliance for Global Justice while she was the Food Justice Project Co-Chair. She is currently writing a book on the processes we need to take to change the food system.

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Dan Hughes

Blog Editor

Dan Hughes

Dan Hughes was raised in the Piedmont of North Carolina, the son of an avid gardener and cook. Food and a commitment to the environment have shaped much of his thinking over the years. Having worked in the fields of several farms and the the kitchens of many restaurants and food companies, he remains connected to these roots while exploring new avenues of affecting change. He has been working with AGC since its inception in 2010 and currently resides in Oakland, CA.

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Dan Kiprop

East Africa Coordinator

Dan Kiprop Kibet

Dan Kiprop Kibet was born in Salawa, Baringo County, Kenya where he grew up on a small-scale diversified farming homestead. His love for agriculture began in primary school. He raised garden crops using locally available resources, and through this realized how sustainable farming can give us access to healthy food while sustaining the environment. This experience motivated him to choose agriculture, where he began his career as a volunteer at Ukweli Training and development Center in Eldoret, Kenya. The Center specializes in training on Organic farming methods and later sponsored him for a Certificate in Bio- Intensive Agriculture at the Manor House Agricultural Center. He holds higher diploma in Counseling Psychology and a certificate in trainer of trainers from the Kenya Institute of Psychological Counseling. Using his expertise and experience, Dan integrated the fields of psychology and agriculture to foster sustainability for better lives for all.

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