we share the stories that explain sustainability

OUR MISSION

industry experts in all aspects of the Food and Farming conversation

THOUGHT LEADERS

Tucker Taylor

Ann Cooper

Joel Salatin

Wes Jackson

Richard Heinberg

Jessica Prentice

Paul Johnson

Paul Stamets

NOVELLA CARPENTER

Elaine Ingham

Vandana Shiva

Will Allen

John Peterson

Robert Kenner

Albert Straus

Jere Gettle

Ted Wycall

Annabelle Lenderink

Aaron Weber

Alex Hozven

Alexis Koefoed

Alice Waters

Ames Morison

Andrew Stout

Anna Larsen

Anne Cure

Austin Young

Ben Flanner

Benjamin Myers

Bill Hodge

Caleb Zigas

Chris Schreiner

Christina Kelly

Corky Luster

Dan Bagley

Dave Carlson

David and Shannon Negus

David Bauer

David Buchanan

David Burns

David Evans

Don Gilardi

Edwin Marty

Eric Skokan

Erika Allen

George and Eiko Vojkovich

Gwendolyn Ellen

Ian W. Jefferds

Iso Rabins

Jackie Chang

Jason Mann

Jay Martin

Jeff Broadie and Kasey White

Jessica Kagele

Jessica Lundberg

Jim Hammond

Jim Sanford

John Dovydenas

Kevin Grove

Kevin Lunny

Lyle Davis

Maggie Akstin and Lacey Jon

Matias Viegener

Matt Palmerlee

Maury Rubin

Michael Ableman

Mr. Stamen

Munson Family

Nick Jones

Penny Livingston-Stark

Rachel Kaplan

Richard Pecoraro and Shanan Olson

Rick Knoll

Ron and Suzanne Joyner

Riley Starks

Robbie McClam

Robin Chanin

Running Squirrel

Sandor Ellix Katz

Steve Ela

Temple Grandin

Tim Dyer

Trathen Heckman

Tyler Gray

Walter Clark and Johnny Burleson

Warren Weber

Xuyen Pham

FOUNDERS

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Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton – Founders of The Lexicon Of Sustainability™

DOUGLAS GAYETON and LAURA HOWARD-GAYETON founded the Lexicon in 2009 and continue to guide the project from a series of barns on their goat farm near Petaluma, California, where they are supported by an amazing team of passionate lexicographers, researchers, artists, filmmakers and sustainability experts. Their production company, RUMPLEFARM, produces the Lexicon of Sustainability™. Laura is a producer, farmer, entrepreneur and executive director of the Lexicon. She pioneered the art of multi-layered narrative approaches to film and video during her life as a commercials producer, then later founded the first goat milk ice company, LALOO’S. Douglas is an information architect, filmmaker, photographer and writer. He has created award-winning work at the boundaries of traditional and converging media since the early 90’s. He is the director of the KNOW YOUR FOOD series for PBS, and author of both SLOW: Life in a Tuscan Town, and the recently released Local: The New Face of Food & Farming in America.


team

Samantha Harmon

Pier Giorgio Provenzano

Lesly Caballero

Lee Anna Mariglia

Katrina Donohue

Mary Tesch

Ruby Acosta

Nina Watkins


LEXICON FORAGERS

The individuals selected for the internship program work closely with the Lexicon staff to bring consumer awareness through vital story telling. The internship offers a unique opportunity for those looking to gain experience in the sustainability sector and offers immersion in the social innovation field with a network of over 300 thought leaders and 300 partner organisations.

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Natalie-AmbrosiaNATALIE AMBROSIA bid her native Sebastopol, CA a tearless farewell upon her acceptance to the University of Notre Dame in 2013, and headed to Indiana. Currently a sophomore, Natalie is pursuing a major in Environmental Science with a minor in Journalism. In between academics, teaching the Take Ten anger management program to South Bend elementary children, working in an Ecology lab on campus, and planning events as her dorm’s Sustainability Commissioner, Natalie heads out of doors where she can always counts on nature to help her relax and recharge.

Claudette-DiazCLAUDETTE DIAZ comes to the Lexicon from Sonoma State University where she is currently pursuing a degree in Energy Management. Claudette has sought experience educating youth through art, cooking, and dance as a Child Development Volunteer at Kid Street Learning Center. Claudette is contributing her bilingual skills and passion to the sustainability movement through social media, outreach, and research.

Brenna-FitzpatrickBRENNA FITZPATRICK has been involved in local agriculture since the age of 12, when she managed to convince a neighbor to allow her to raise pigs for 4H in his fallow horse pasture. She has been involved in the food movement in a variety of ways: working at farmers markets, WOOFing, holding an internship at an urban community garden in Santiago, and as food manager of the largest student housing cooperative in North America, Cloyne Court. Cloyne Court operated underneath the Berkeley Student Cooperatives, an organization dedicated to providing low-cost housing to students who would otherwise be unable to pursue higher education. She experienced, as food manager, not only the challenges of providing healthy sustainable food on a budget (in the midst of a drought), but also the immense possibilities that collaboration and education offer in overcoming these same challenges. At UC Berkeley she was able to translate my dedication to food justice into the study of US Environmental Policy and Management, doing extensive research on US food systems ranging from comparative studies on adjusting SNAP benefits to encourage healthier eating habits among participants to best-livestock rearing practices and methods. She is currently in the process of getting a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Kim-KarrisKIM KARRIS is an artist at heart; a writer by trade; and an activist by nature. Her singular and most passionate subject matter: FOOD. Food justice, to be exact. After just recently completing her Masters degree in Sustainable Food Systems from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, Kim now has the technical expertise to expand on her six years of experience writing grants and digital marketing content for global nonprofit and environmental justice organizations. Her undergraduate background in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia informs her eco-feminist perspective on the need for women-centered agro-ecological farming alternatives, while her three years living and working on rural, organic and permaculture farms with campesinos and campesinas in Mexico and Central America has cemented her commitment to radically transforming our unjust global food economy. Kim’s favorite thing to do (other than cook) is talk about REAL food. You can now find her as an editorial researcher for theLexicon.org project and almost always, wearing a hat.

Valerie-KimVALERIE KIM lives and works on a dairy goat ranch in Mendocino County. Valerie has been able to combine her skills and interests by working as a farmer, a journalist, and a community organizer around local food shed issues. As a young adult Valerie became ravenous for local foods and sought work in her local food system. She became the harvest manager of a school garden, worked on a farm incubation project, and upon receiving her B.A. in Psychology and History of Art from Brown University, she decided to fully pursue the agricultural path. That decision brought her to Northern California, to live and work on farms as well as with local media outlets. Valerie is a regular host of KZYX’s Farm and Garden show, a contributor to local papers, has taught classes on slaughtering and processing poultry, aggregates local produce to distribute at the Anderson Valley Food Bank, and is involved with the local farmer’s market association and food shed. In this capacity, she has employed her skills in writing and public speaking as a means to help spread the word about the food movement and its accompanying issues.

katy-mcwhirterKATY MCWHITER was born in Louisiana, raised in Mississippi and educated in Tennessee. It’s safe to say food has always been on her mind. Her college years were spent in Nashville, where she gained a B.A. in Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies from Belmont University before working in non-profit consultation and government and community relations. In 2011, she packed her suitcases (and her bicycle) and moved to York, UK to complete an MA in Modern History. After honing her skills in educational marketing for two years, the time was right to cross the pond once more. As part of the Editorial team at the Lexicon, she is particularly interested in community-driven food initiatives, creative educational opportunities and instilling an imaginative mindset about our approach to sustainability.

Neda-MovahedNEDA MOVAHED is currently studying to receive a Masters in Sustainability at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. Her current research interests are in how well-being is defined within the field of sustainability. In the past, Neda has interned for non-profits like Amazon Watch and Human Rights Connected. This past summer, she worked on a family-owned organic farm in her hometown of Maryland, where she strengthened her appreciation for local food. In her spare time, Neda enjoys to garden, hike, yoga, and practice ukulele.


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Executive Advisors

KEN WEBER

CHRIS SPAIN

ARAM SHUMAVON

EVE SALTMAN

LYNN HIRSHFIELD

an impressive array of industry professionals

advisors

MELISSA WEISS

BRETT WAYN

NATHAN SHEDROFF

BENZI RONEN

DR. W.J. ‘ROCKY’ ROHWEDDER

ANTHONY RODALE

LAURA MICHALCHYSHYN

JASON MEIL

EDWIN MARTY

JOSH KOPPEL

JOHN A. KNOX

MAY BOEVE

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Douglas_Gayeton-1Laura-at-San-MAteo-Public-LibraryThe co-founders of the Lexicon project, Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton, are available for speaking engagements around sustainability, art, film and social business models. Past speaking events include IACP 2014, TEDxOaxacaCity, Green Mountain College, Disposable Film Festival, SLOW Money, Bioneers, LOHAS and more.

Please contact HarperCollins Speakers Bureau for Douglas Gayeton speaking engagements

Upcoming Events:

September 9-11, 2014  National Heirloom Exposition, Petaluma, CA { http://theheirloomexpo.com/ }
September 12, 2014  Plain Green, Sioux Falls, SD { http://www.plaingreen.org/ }
September 27, 2014  Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, Fulton, CA { http://www.kj.com/visit-tomato-festival }
September 27, 2014  Boston Museum of Science-Let’s Talk About Food Festival, Boston, MA { http://www.boston.com/sponsored/extra/letstalkaboutfood/main }
October 6-8, 2014  SXSW Eco, Austin, TX { http://sxsweco.com/ }
October 24-25, 2014  Unchartered, Berkeley, CA { http://www.berkeleyideas.com/ }
October 29 – November 2, 2014  Sustainatopia, Los Angeles, CA { http://www.sustainatopia.com/ }
November 10-12, 2014  Slow Money, Louiseville, KY { http://slowmoney.org/national-gathering/2014/home }
March 27-29, 2015   IACP Conference, Washington, DC { http://www.iacp.com/attend/more/2015_washington_d.c_conference }

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