Casey O'Leary is owner of Earthly Delights Farm, an urban CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and seed farm in Boise, Idaho. She is also a founder of the Snake River Seed Cooperative, a bioregional seed company and seed library serving the Inter-mountain West. She manages the SCRC producer's cooperative, which includes 10 southern Idaho farmers who grow a variety of veggies, herbs, flowers, and native plants for retail sale. She holds a BAS in Horticulture and a BA in Spanish from Boise State University. Casey teaches Sustainable Urban Agriculture for the Horticulture department for the College of Western Idaho and serves on their Technical Advisory Committee.
Don Tipping is a dynamic and inspiring instructor with 20 years of experience in organic and biodynamic farming, seed saving, permaculture, eco-forestry and enthusiastic on-farm education. Don is the owner of Siskiyou Seeds and Seven Seeds Farm, where he teaches the Seed Academy. He helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative which manages a 300 share CSA, commercial seed growing, an equipment co-op and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms. Don is also co-founder of the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, a seed grower, marketing and distribution cooperative comprised of 10 western organic farms.
John "JC" Caccia
John Caccia has a passion for gardening and seed saving as well as music, writing, whitewater rafting, geothermal hot springs and beekeeping. He has a masters degree in English from Idaho State University. John is a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, manager of the Wood River Seed Library, and a longtime environmental activist and grassroots community organizer.
Kelley Weston is founder, partner and owner of Native Landscapes in Ketchum, Idaho established in 1988. Native Landscapes is a full service landscape contracting business specializing in the use of native plants. Weston has been a Landscape Architect since 2007. He was the founder of the Montana State Prison Vocational Horticulture Program and was a founding member of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Idaho’s Bounty. He has been a board member of the Western Watersheds Project since 1999. He is a sustainability educator, has a black belt in Aikido, and has been a Zen practitioner for over 20 years.
Nanna Meyer, PhD
Nanna Meyer is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the Department of Health Sciences. Her research specialty is in sport nutrition and exercise related to bone health and body composition in athletes. A committed food activist, Nanna also promotes food literacy, especially leveraging co-benefits of health and sustainability using creative educational approaches, which her graduate students deliver to the local community. She advises the UCCS leadership in matters of good food and healthy lifestyles on campus and works in her community to support a sustainable food system.