About this Webinar
Want a career focused on food & agriculture? Curious about working and living on a regenerative farm? Are you passionate about food? Eager to learn more about the intersection of farming and climate change?
If so, join us for a conversation with Mitch Rubin, Semra Fetahovic, and Ash Glover-Ganapathiraju, all alumni from Terra.do's Climate Farm School. During the interactive hour, each panelist will share what they're doing at the intersection of food, farming and climate change today, and what they learned from the Climate Farm School program at Terra.do.
Come with questions, or send them in advance to Amy at Amy[at]Terra[dot]do.
What's the Climate Farm School? Terra.do's Climate Farm School course is a hybrid online and on-farm learning experience. Host farmers welcome participants on to their farms to live, work, learn, and collaborate on advancing climate solutions. Students will have access to online content about regenerative agriculture and soil carbon, background on agriculture, food systems and food justice, and professional development resources. Instructors will facilitate sessions for personal reflection and goal setting as well as group discussion. The on-farm experience is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in farm life, working alongside experienced farmers, preparing meals together with fellow participants and local chefs, and immersing yourself in the roots of our food system.
Our Wonderful Alumni:
Mitch Rubin: Mitch leads Elemental Excelerator’s food, agriculture, and nature-based solutions portfolio. He helps Elemental's portfolio companies co-design projects and connect with high value partners, spearheads diligence and recruitment for the sector, and engages corporates interested in climate tech. Prior to Elemental Excelerator, Mitch was helping to launch a fund focused on building climate-resilient communities in North America. He previously spent over three years at Chobani, where he managed the Chobani Incubator and Food Tech Residency programs to support food and ag entrepreneurs. Before Chobani, Mitch spent two years in Detroit as a Venture for America Fellow. Mitch holds an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and a BA in Political Science from Duke University. | LinkedIn
Semra Fetahovic: Semra has been involved in organic and sustainable agriculture for the past 7 years - professionally, experientially, and academically. In 2015 Semra apprenticed at Fair Share Farm in Kearney, Missouri, parallel to completing the Growing Growers program through K-State Extension. Following this experience, she was able to travel and work on farms outside of the Midwest. In 2016, she switched gears and started a 2-year MSc program in Organic Agriculture & Food Systems at the University of Hohenheim in Germany; spending the first year in Hohenheim, and the second at BOKU University in Vienna, Austria. For the past three years, Semra has been the Juniper Gardens Training Farm Program Manager at Cultivate KC. In this role she co-manages the New Roots for Refugees program, a partnership between Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Cultivate KC. Semra recently moved onto a 10-acre collectively managed urban homestead in KCK, so when she’s not working with farmers she’s probably farming anyway. | LinkedIn
Ash Glover-Ganapathiraju: Ash is the founder of Ojaswe Co, a regenerative food company on a mission to build climate-resilient food systems.In her 15-year career, Ash has worked in a variety of roles, most recently launching consumer products for recognizable brands such as Nestle and Starbucks. Driven by an interest in the Future of Food, Ash has spent the last year deepening her learning about food systems, upcycled food and regenerative agriculture. Ojaswe Co. is founded on the thesis that food is the most accessible way for everyone to engage in climate action, from exactly where they are. Our mission is to build a better food system: one that is climate resilient, includes and engages community partners, respects the earth we live on, and provides a way for people to truly connect with their food. Our first product (launching Fall 2022) is an approachable, easy to use crepe mix, made with regeneratively grown ingredients, inspired by Ash's Indian roots. | LinkedIn
Climate Farm School Course Creators: Dr. Laney Siegner:
Dr. Laney Siegner is Course Creator and Director of the Climate Farm School at Terra.do. Laney recently completed her Ph.D. at the U.C. Berkeley Energy and Resources Group. She researches sustainable, agroecological food systems and climate change education, and spent several summers working on small scale diversified farms while researching for her dissertation. She has published book chapters on teaching climate change in U.S. K-12 classrooms and on conducting participatory agroecology research. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a middle school teaching fellow for 2 years in Boston, MA as part of an AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellowship. When she's not teaching or learning, she enjoys being outside for a variety of physical activities- farming, worm composting, trail running, bird watching, or swimming in the ocean. She helped build the off-grid tiny house that she formerly lived in with her husband as part of the first-ever CA Tiny House Competition, and now lives at Green Valley Farm, one of the Climate Farm School host sites.