Devoted to the dignity of people, places and products that defend life on planet Earth
I am a social entrepreneur devoted to the dignity of people, places and products that defend life on planet Earth. I continue to question the tyranny of scale, speed and efficiency — all of which undermine the ever hopeful revolution of everyday life.
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For 25+ years, I have played both hyper local and global roles in growing community through food. In 1995, I founded Market Umbrella and its flagship Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans with both urban and rural allies. From the laboratory of underutilized parking lots, we developed worker cooperatives with public housing residents; health incentive programs for seniors, children, fishing families, and families on SNAP; and a wide range of management and evaluation devices for public markets. I served as the founding president of the national Farmers Market Coalition; and in 2013, moved to New York City to take the helm of the USA arm of the world's largest food organization, Slow Food. For six-years, I lead the organization in the spirit of where joy meets justice. I continue to serve on the organization's international governing body.
With a wide range of interests and influences — from The Kinks to Leopold Kohr — I write, speak and facilitate frequently for organizations wishing to grow a new world within the shell of the old.
Based in Midwood, Brooklyn (no, not the hip part of Brooklyn, so much as hip replacement), I live in a coop with my wife and poodles, where we are developing the grounds with neighbors into a shared park and community garden.