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Friday, June 26, 2020

This forum features three uniquely different farmers who are all equally passionate about smart and sustainable ways of growing our food. Addy Shreffler is a young but savvy farmer, who was an executive chef for several years before migrating into farming. Michael Chuisano is the owner of the Naked Farm in Marion, New York. Ronnie Cummings is an organic farming guru and member of the Regeneration International movement. Image credit: [Pexels](http://https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-walking-on-farm-1733192/)

**Addy Shreffler** is a young but savvy farmer, who was an executive chef for several years before migrating into farming. She is committed to spreading her farming knowledge so that people can learn how to grow their own food and eat seasonally. Also through teaching canning and preserving skills, Addy wants to aid consumers to self-sufficiency.
**** Ronnie Cummins is co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and its Mexico affiliate Via Organica. Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in public education, grassroots mobilization, and marketplace pressure campaigns. Over the past two decades he has served as director of US and international campaigns dealing with sustainable agriculture issues including food safety, genetic engineering, factory farming, and global warming. From 1992-98 Cummins served as a campaign director for the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Cummins co-founded the Organic Consumers Association, the largest network of organic consumers in the USA. In 2009 Cummins founded Via Organica, a network of organic consumers and farmers based in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Cummins is a frequent lecturer, both in the US and abroad as well as a regular contributor to online publications such as Organic Bytes, Common Dreams, Truthout, Huffington Post, and Nation of Change.
**Michael Chuisano** is a farmer in New York. He grows a variety of produce, including lettuce, beets, radishes and arugula, at his small East Marion farm using a bio-intensive, no-till agricultural method. He is the former owner of LaFayette Mirror and Glass Company in Brooklyn before retiring and discovering his love of farming.