Growing Green Communities 2015

8:30 am -  2pm, Saturday, January 10, 2015

Growing Green Communities 2014

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Speaker Bios

Richard Campbell

Richard J. Campbell, Ph.D. is the Director of Horticulture/Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida, USA.  A native of South Florida, Dr. Campbell draws on his years of travel and experience collecting and researching tropical fruit in Asia and the Americas to provide the latest information, quality trees and tropical fruit tastes to an enthusiastic public. He is featured in the 2013 documentary film, “The Fruit Hunters” by Director Yung Chang and has authored over two hundred scientific and popular articles and book chapters on fruit culture in the past 23 years of professional service. He has published three books, “Mangos: A Guide to Mangos in Florida (1992), “Tropical Mangos: How to Grow the World’s Most Delicious Fruit (2002)” and The Exotic Jackfruit: Growing the World’s Largest Fruit (2004)”. His research focus is on genetic resources and management of tropical fruit with a special emphasis on genetic resources and international production of the mango.

Contact information:
Dr. Richard Campbell
Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit/Director of Horticulture
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Williams Grove Genetic Facility
14885 SW 248 ST.
Homestead, Fl 33032
(305) 258-0464 Ext 302

Amanda Fernandez

Amanda Fernandez is the Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist for Whole Foods Market Wellington. As a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Certified Holistic Health Coach, and all around plant alchemist she is passionate about building new recipes and reducing food waste.  Reconsidered food is totally her thing.

When not educating the masses she passionately pursues continued food science education, sustainability initiatives, and her mission to eat in every restaurant in the state of Florida. Along with speaking at national conferences, school assemblies, and teaching healthy cooking classes she focuses on fusing physical fitness and the power of the almighty fork to boost the health out of life.

Contact information:
Amanda Fernandez
Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist Wellington
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Susan Lerner

Susan Lerner is a Florida Master Gardener, the Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International and Vice President of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. She is also a backyard beekeeper; her half-acre yard is planted with over 2 dozen fruit trees, hundreds of Florida native plants and other edibles – enough to keep her, the bees, birds & butterflies, fed year-round.

In addition to tending to the garden, Susan is a professional photographer and Interfaith Minister, performing sacred ceremonies and organizing events focused on Healthy People, Healthy Planet. Her Vital Longevity Meetup Group has held more than 500 body/mind/spirit related events, including potlucks, speakers, workshops, tours & films and usually meets at The Center for Inspired Living in West Palm Beach.

Contact information:
Susan Lerner
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Gabby Lothrup

Gabby Othon Lothrop is the owner of A Local Folkus, an events, marketing and consulting company with local food at the core of its mission. She has several years of experience in grass-roots work for the Good Food Movement. She became deeply involved with Slow Food and the Central Florida local food scene when she took on the role of Director of the Audubon Park Community Market in 2009, and has worked since then to grow the market and the small businesses that make it a successful weekly gathering. This led her to co-found A Local Folkus, producing the farmers market, annual Harvest Festivals, and other events that celebrate farm to table living in Central Florida. Most recently, she co-managed the founding and development of East End Market, a neighborhood hub for food and community in Orlando.  In addition to her day job, Gabby has served in various leadership roles with Slow Food Orlando, as a chapter leader, and now as the Regional Governor for Florida and Georgia. She is proud to serve in these various roles, where she hopes to align her work and values in an environment where regional food community stakeholders can come together. Gabby is a native of Panama and has gained much of her appreciation for food through her extensive travel throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

Contact information:
Gabby Lothrop
Slow Food USA Regional Governor, Florida & Georgia
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Mobile: 407-590-5499
Twitter/Instagram: @GabbyLothrop

Noel Ramos

Noel has been involved with tropical agriculture and food sustainability in South Florida for the past 25 years and has been a board member of Slow Food Miami and Glades-To-Coast as well as the Broward Rare Fruit Council.  He and has written over a dozen articles and book reviews which have appeared in the California Fruit Gardeners, the Rare Fruit Council International magazine and several others. His botanical photographs have also been published in many of these same publications as well as in the New York Times and Slow Food websites. He has traveled extensively to many private farms, botanical gardens and research stations through out the U.S, Europe and Latin America and lectures throughout the state to different agricultural and environmental organizations.  In addition, he has also led botanical tours in Florida, Puerto Rico, California, Honduras and Costa Rica. Currently at his garden in Coral Springs Florida, he is growing and fruiting many species of rare tropical fruits including Sapotes, Jakfruit, Mangos, Coffee, Cacao and Annonas.

Contact information:
Noel Ramos
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Svetlana Simon

Svetlana Simon is the permaculture farmer and owner of heritage hen farm in palm beach county florida. her enthusiasm for ethical farming stems from her knowledge and experience as executive director of an international architecture firm, 18+ years of environmental design, and a lifetime of influence by her european family’s passion for traditional farming and homesteading. she and husband marty simon launched heritage hen farm in 2005 and since have quickly become the go-to experts on farming heritage livestock, permaculture homesteading and coop construction. they also founded farm chicks, a non-profit that teaches children the benefits of organic farming, ethical husbandry and weekly makes available organic produce to families in-need.

Svetlana is a certified farmer by animal welfare approved, active breeder and member of the american livestock breeds conservancy, chapter leader of the Weston A. Price foundation nourishing foods, special projects board member of Slow Food Glades to Coast, a devoted active member of farm to consumer legal defense fund and a member of the american institute of architects.

She is using her environmental, architectural and farming expertise to change the big bad food problem in our nation by providing exceptional provisions and teaching others to farm.

Contact information:
Svetlana Simon
8495 Haverhill Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33436

Mario Yanez

Mario Yanez is passionate about the possibility of growing a Life-sustaining culture here in the Greater Everglades, his home bioregion. He is an ecologist, organic farmer, and activist, sharing his vision of the necessary transition toward growing ecologically-sustainable and resilient human communities everywhere. He has attained a deep understanding of our interconnectedness with all life, the severity of current ecological crises we collectively face, and the necessary evolution humans must go through in a short amount of time. Mario founded Earth Learning to create empowering, ecological learning experiences to assist in this cultural evolutionary process.

Mario has several decades of experience applying systems-thinking in nonprofits and educational institutions and has developed a gift for creating cutting-edge programming and curriculum that is relevant, effective and fundable. In his practice as Permaculture Designer, he is applying Permaculture design principles at various scales, implementing regenerative productive landscapes, organizations and social systems.

Contact information:
Mario M. Yanez
Founder & Director, Earth Learning
(786) 233-2784 office, (305) 323-8858 cell


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