Network Advisory Group

Jesse Burnette

Rebecca Garofano

Rebecca Garofano is a graduate student in Nutrition Science at Syracuse University. She is interested in the ways that communities are resilient and address agriculture and nutritional needs, particularly in the context of change.

Jesse Burnette is a Family Team Meeting Facilitator for the Division of Family and Children Services in Georgia. He works as a neutral party to help build consensus between DFCS, foster parents, service providers, the court and families.  He also enjoys small-scale gardening at his Northwest Georgia home.

Hannah Van Der Vorst

Hannah Van Der Vorst is in the process of acquiring a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies with a focus in religion and society at Princeton Theological Seminary.  She is interested in the intersection of theology, psychology, and gardening as a means of serving underprivileged people groups.  

Hannah Gray

Hannah Gray is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota, where her research focuses on enhancing biological control agents as an alternative to pesticide use in agroecosystems.

Katy Barlow

Bob Morikawa

Katy Barlow is a restoration ecologist settling into the mountains of West Virginia to work with The Nature Conservancy.

Bob Morikawa is technical director for Plant With Purpose ( Plant With Purpose works with small holder farmers around the world empowering them to solve their environmental and economic challenges. 

Rick Bates

Dr. Rick Bates is a Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Plant Science at Penn State University with degrees from West Virginia University and Virginia Tech. Throughout his career he has focused on projects that use horticultural science as a tool to help: 1) increase the profitability of horticulture enterprises, 2) protect and restore the environment, and 3) alleviate poverty in developing parts of the world and at home. Dr. Bates’ research, teaching and outreach programs have emphasized sustainable, scalable solutions to problems affecting horticulture value chain development and low-input food production systems. 

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