Contributors and Affiliates

Contributors and Affiliates

Our collaborators and contributors help shape and inform MESA's curriculum, seminars and workshops. If you are interested in contributing, please email Leah at leah[at]mesaprogram[dot]org

Miguel Altieri - Professor of Agroecology at University of California, Berkeley
Saray Siura - Professor of Agroecology at Universidad Agraria de la Molina, Peru
Ignacio Chapela - Professor of Microbial Ecology at University of California, Berkeley
Stephen R. Gliessman - Professor of Agroecology at University of California, Santa Cruz
Kevin Cody - Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Studies, University of Northern Colorado
Sean Gillon - Asst. Professor, Food Systems & Society, Marylhurst University
John Jeavons - Founder/Director, Ecology Action
Haleh Zandi - Co-Founder/Co-Director, Planting Justice
Clara Nicholls - Professor, Sustainable Development in Latin America, University of California, Berkeley and Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
Laura Murray - California Certified Organic Farmers
Scott Murray - Organic Farm consultant and founder, Murray Farms
Pandora Thomas - Co-founder, Black Permaculture Network
David Runsten - Community Alliance of Family Farmers (CAFF)
Reggie Knox - California Farm Link
Eric Holt-Giménez - Ph.D. Executive Director of Food First
Ann Baier - Program Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
Rex Dufour - Manager, NCAT/ATTRA National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Jon Hoffman - Occupy the Farm
Claire Kremen - Professor, Kremen Lab Group. UC Berkeley Center for Diversified Farming Systems
Annie Shattuck - PhD candidate, UC Berkeley and Fellow, Food First
Damien Parr -Research and Education Coordinator, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, UC Santa Cruz
Nancy Vail - Co-Founder/Co-Director, Pie Ranch
Barrett "Bear" Boaen - Manager, Swanton Berry Farm
Liz Carlisle - PhD candidate, University of California, Berkeley and Author
Micaela Colley - Program Director, Organic Seed Alliance
Jared Zystro - Research and Education Asst. Director, Organic Seed Alliance

Our Funders and Supporters

  • Clif Bar Family Foundation
  • Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation
  • Frey Vineyards
  • Earls Organic Produce
  • Indiegogo Crowdfunding Supporters
  • Patagonia Foundation
  • Western Risk Management and Education
  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture



Webinar Speakers

At least once per month we hold interactive webinars.
Recent and upcoming featured presenters include:

Miguel Altieri, Professor of Agroecology at University of California, Berkeley
Ignacio Chapela, Professor of Microbial Ecology at University of California, Berkeley
Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance
Raj Patel, Activist and Author of Stuffed and Starved
Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance
Isabel Quiroz, Gaia Soluciónes
Haleh Zandi, Planting Justice

Stay tuned for more speakers throughout the season!

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