Stephen Bartlett was previously a language teacher with a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from the Inter-American University of San German, Puerto Rico. Fluent in French and Spanish and an able translator and interpreter in both, Stephen has spent 14 years living outside of the U.S. in Senegal, Kenya, the Peoples Republic of China, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, where he farmed with his wife and children for six years. Learning from peasant neighbors and books, he practiced agroforestry and agroecology to produce milk, yogurt, cheese, oranges and other citrus, coconuts, avocados, cassava, sweet potatoes, pigeon peas, and breadfruit. He planted timber trees that provide an excellent sustainable harvest for furniture and house repair in the area. Since 2000, Stephen has been the Coordinator for Education and Advocacy for Agricultural Missions, Inc., an ecumenical food justice and sovereignty organization founded in 1930. His justice work extends to immigrant and farmworker rights, and he works intensively with partners across the U.S. and in Latin America. He currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky where he coordinates a community church garden and, in partnership with local farmers and volunteers, produces staple foods, vegetables and medicinal herbs.
Andrew Kang Bartlett supports movement building in pursuit of structural change in the food system, locally with the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition and more widely through anti-poverty work with a Christian denomination. The strategies aim to end the systemic causes of hunger by supporting labor, human, land and resource rights, agroecological training, and local food economy development through organizing, alliance-building and advocacy. Andrew also serves on the Boards of Heifer International and the National Farm Worker Ministry Board, the Coordinating Committee of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, the global Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance’s Food for Life Campaign Strategy Team, and the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Steering. His prior work in Japan and San Francisco focused on social and economic justice issues, including civil rights, community organizing, and rural development. He has studied in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and Central America, and lived in East Asia for several years working with the Koreans in Japan.
David (Bartlett) Abazs is a farmer, teacher, researcher and local food advocate. His solar and wind powered family farm — nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains along the north shore of Lake Superior, MN — features a 55-member CSA produce and livestock operation. David developed and manages the new Organic Farm at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, designed to provide 100% of the vegetables for the 140,000+ meals served at the cafeteria each year. David also designed, constructed and operationalized Victus Farm, a recirculating greenhouse system using fish, plant, and algae to produce food and energy for the City of Silver Bay and University of Minnesota-Duluth. David served as the Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture’s Endowed Chair at the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, University of MN, and is a current board member of Midwest Organic & Sustainable Extension Service (MOSES). He and his wife recently won the Minnesota “Farmers of the Year” award.