July Contributors

Ron Finley is a clothing designer, art collector, and Renaissance man whose March 2013 TED talk on turning vacant lots into food forests went viral, with more than one million views to date, and counting.

Dr. Cary Fowler is on the Board of Directors of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, where he was previously its executive director. His career in the conservation and use of crop diversity spans thirty years. In 1985 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”). In 2010 he received a Heinz Award for his “vision and efforts in the preservation of the world’s food supply.” He is a past-member of the National Plant Genetic Resources Board of the U.S. and the Board of Trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, and is currently Chair of the International Advisory Council of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a member of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and on the Board of Trustees of Rhodes College in Tennessee.

Leslee Goodman is the editor of The MOON and founder of the PR, marketing, and communications agency Alchemy on Demand.

Rowan Jacobsen writes about place and how it shapes ecosystems, cultures, cuisines, and us. His quest to capture the spirit of place and people has led him from the bayous of Louisiana to the marshes of Alaska’s Yukon Delta, from the jungles of India and Burma to the rivers of Amazonia. He has been featured on All Things Considered, MSNBC, Bon Appétit, Saveur, and elsewhere, and he writes for the New York Times, Harper’s, Orion, Mother Jones, and Outside, where he is a contributing editor. He is the author of A Geography of Oysters; Fruitless Fall, which received the 2009 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature; The Living Shore; American Terroir, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by Library Journal; and Shadows on the Gulf: A Journey Through Our Last Great Wetland. His work has received multiple awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and has been selected for the Best Food Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies.

Christine Kendall moved to Twisp, Washington, a town without traffic lights. With only two-lane country roads she always knows if she’s coming or going. Her work has appeared in Jeopardy, Phrasings, Clover, Whatcom Writes, Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, and the Methow Arts Alliance Summer Bulletin.  

Brian Ohme is a singer, songwriter, and performer who uses the stage name SumGuy. He is also a visual artist, , including my visual art, whose work involves high-voltages and ultra violet light. He was born and raised at Ohme Gardens, a world-renowned alpine garden created by his family in 1929 in Wenatchee, Washington, which explains his over-developed imagination, he says. Connect with him on Facebook, or at sumguymusic@gmail.com

Nicholas Powers is a writer whose work is often featured in the Indypendent.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Ph.D., is a research scientist at the University of Maryland, an appointment he obtained after seven years with Penn State University, where he served as a senior extension associate and acting state apiarist. He is one of the leading researchers attempting to understand Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) specifically, and colony decline generally. Currently Dr. vanEngelsdorp is the lead investigator and the director of the Bee Informed Partnership (BeeInformed.org), which attempts to identify management practices and environmental factors (such as proximity to different crops) that correlate to higher or lower colony mortality through cross sectional surveys. He is also on the leadership team of APHIS national honey bee health survey which attempts to determine the prevalence of disease, pesticides, and parasite loads in US operations. dennis.vanengelsdorp@gmail.com