Cara co-owned and operated a four-season diversified vegetable farm in New York. Passionate about farm viability, she knows that farmers have to wear (too) many hats and strives for solutions that minimize the paperwork so that farmers and ranchers can spend more time doing the parts of the work that they love. As the Business Services Director at the National Young Farmers Coalition, she educated on produce safety and federal farm loans. She works with the National Good Agricultural Practices Program.
Eric R. Sannerud is the National Coop Organizing Lead for Farm Generations Cooperative. Eric serves on Minnesota’s Rural Finance Authority and is a TEDx speaker. Eric farms outside of Milaca, Minnesota with his wife and many, many animals.
Lindsey Lusher Shute
Lindsey co-founded the National Young Farmers Coalition and led the organization as executive director for 10 years. Lindsey is an owner of Hearty Roots Farm, a diversified vegetable and livestock operation in New York's Hudson Valley. At Young Farmers, Lindsey built a network of 150,000 farmers and activists to support grassroots campaigns on the issues of land affordability, conservation, credit, student loans, and farmer training. She has keynoted conferences across the country.
Mark is a bricolage aficionado who has been obsessed with food and dedicated to healing land, body and spirit since before getting involved in the local food movement 10+ years ago. Currently based in NY's Upper Hudson Valley in the foothills of the Green Mountains, he manages a very small diversified livestock farm with his partner & their dog. Before joining the Farm Generations team Mark held down just about every farm job out there and produced a radio segment on local food & farming. He holds a BFA in Theater Design & Technology from SUNY Buffalo and has certificates in Permaculture Design and Holistic Management.
Finance and Operations
Mike has pursued an eclectic career in agriculture, food, entrepreneurship, and education. He is a first generation farmer, currently starting up a grassfed beef enterprise in Cooperstown, NY. Mike also contributes to land access and business services projects for the National Young Farmers Coalition, and coordinates a farm viability grant program and business planning course for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. He holds a B.S. with concentrations in Accounting and Operations Information Management from Georgetown University.
Miguel is a Full-Stack engineer with a passion for cross platform technologies like React Native. With a background in Data Science, he has contributed to back-end and front-end projects involving technologies like Graphql, AWS, Machine Learning, MongoDB, releasing apps to the app stores and a lot of UI development. Miguel holds a masters in computer science from Colorado Technical University and in his free time enjoys traveling, yoga, and camping. In his wildest dream Miguel hopes to one day have his own farm where he will develop new agricultural technologies.
Ravi is a seasoned executive with a passion to build world class products. Most recently, he was VP of a high profile AI/vision team building AR/MR for virtual production at Arraiy. Earlier, CTO of an early stage peer to peer eCommerce startup at Priarc, principal architect of the industry-leading Java IDE, JBuilder and AppWave, an App Store for virtualized software, creator of the patented App Factories at Borland. He holds a B.S. with concentrations in Electronics and Instrumentation from Annamalai University, India
We are farmers and technologists who care deeply about the future of food and small farmers.