Grow Ahead Welcomes Five New Board Members

Board

We are pleased to welcome five new board members, from a diversity of sectors, to our team! These passionate individuals will help us on our mission to support small-scale family farming communities tackle climate change for the next two years. You can find out more about each of them here.

Here's why they're excited to dive into this work: 

 

ANNE COSTELLO

Director of Coffee, Peace Coffee

“In my role at Peace Coffee, I have seen the devastating impacts of climate change and more importantly the impact of dedicated farmer organizations in building climate resiliency in their communities. I strongly support Grow Ahead’s mission to assist small scale farmers in addressing climate change through farmer-led initiatives.  I am excited to partner with Grow Ahead to showcase the power of collaborative climate action!”

 

KATE DUESTEBERG

Co-Manager, Cedar Circle Farm

"I was so intrigued by the idea of using crowd-sourced funding to help small-scale growers learn about production systems that serve not only the farm families and their communities, but also strive to increase soil life and bring carbon out of the atmosphere and back into the soil. There are lots of organizations around the world doing great things from training more farmers in regenerative practices to starting agroforestry projects. By helping to support these organizations, Grow Ahead is not only stimulating the growth of the number of farms that are sequestering carbon, but they are educating consumers about how they can help. From our farm in East Thetford, Vermont I think we can learn a lot from those efforts and I hope we can offer some of our experience as well. After all, we're all in this together."

MARGOT CONOVER

Senior Sustainability Analyst, General Mills

“I'm delighted to join Grow Ahead to support farmers in tackling climate change. Despite our industrialized food system, smallholders still produce 70% of the world's food supply. These farmers produce comparatively little climate impact, yet bear the brunt of climate change in the form of decreased yields, changing weather patterns and increasing pest and disease impact. For smallholders, climate change isn't a computer model or a controversial political issue -- it's everyday life. With the science behind agroforestry's potential to sequester carbon and improve yields, I am thrilled to be working with Grow Ahead as we support smallholders in thriving amidst humanity's greatest challenge yet.” 

MICHAEL REILLEY

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Slow Money Virginia

"Despite the grave consequences from climate change that are upon us, I believe the world’s in the process of turning toward a new eco-centered way of life, the likes of which most people cannot now understand or imagine. An organization like Grow Ahead does understand and does imagine, and that’s why I am so excited to assist them on their mission to spread climate-resilient solutions among small-scale farmers around the world.”

RACHEL SPENCE

Engagement Manager, Fair Trade Federation

“I am thrilled to be a part of Grow Ahead’s Board of Directors. Through my work in fair trade, I’ve seen the pressing need for smallholder farmers to adapt to the challenges of climate change. Grow Ahead’s work aligns with the principles of fair trade in supporting marginalized communities, the environment, and local and global economies.”