“This movement is about a cultural shift in the way we manage landscapes and tend to the soil. For the sake of future generations, we must do betteR.”

- Mackenzie Feldman


 

FOUNDER

 
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Mackenzie Feldman

Mackenzie graduated from UC Berkeley in Spring 2018 with a degree in Society and Environment and a minor in Food Systems. She was the UC Global Food Initiative Student Ambassador for UC Berkeley, and the Co-Founder of the Herbicide-Free Cal campaign. Upon graduating, Mackenzie has expanded the campaign nationally into Herbicide-Free Campus with the mission of stopping the use of toxic herbicides at every school in the country.


 

ADVISORS

Anna is a national bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on food systems. She is a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award and a  TIME  magazine Eco Who’s Who. In 2011, she founded   Real Food Media  , a project of Corporate Accountability, which works with grassroots partners nationwide to catalyze creative storytelling about food, farming and sustainability. With her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, she is also the co-founder of the  Small Planet Institute  and  Small Planet Fund , which has raised and given away more than $1 million since it was founded a decade ago. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Anna is a national bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on food systems. She is a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award and a TIME magazine Eco Who’s Who. In 2011, she founded Real Food Media, a project of Corporate Accountability, which works with grassroots partners nationwide to catalyze creative storytelling about food, farming and sustainability. With her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, she is also the co-founder of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund, which has raised and given away more than $1 million since it was founded a decade ago. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

ANNA LAPPé

Dewayne is a 46-year-old father and husband, and spent several years working as a school groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District. He developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and sued Monsanto for including cancer-causing chemicals in its weed-killer product Ranger Pro and causing his cancer, as he sprayed the product frequently as a groundskeeper. Mr. Johnson won the case and was awarded $289 million, which was later reduced to $78 million. Bayer is appealing the decision.

Dewayne is a 46-year-old father and husband, and spent several years working as a school groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District. He developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and sued Monsanto for including cancer-causing chemicals in its weed-killer product Ranger Pro and causing his cancer, as he sprayed the product frequently as a groundskeeper. Mr. Johnson won the case and was awarded $289 million, which was later reduced to $78 million. Bayer is appealing the decision.

Dewayne “Lee” Johnson

James has actively worked for two decades to bring balance to his environment through ecological stewardship and researching mind body relationships. James has a Masters’ Degree in Philosophy and has pursued graduate studies in social work and education. He was a grounds manager at UC Berkeley for ten years prior to taking on his current role as the facilities manager at the Insight Meditation Society, MA. He has studied with nutritional consultants and master herbalists and soil ecologists, and is working to unify his knowledge through developing a user friendly cost effective series of methods individuals can employ at their homes to easily grow nutrient dense fresh food anywhere. James joined the Agni Institute as a Board Director in 2014, is currently serving as Treasurer, and leads the Agro-Ecology program.

James has actively worked for two decades to bring balance to his environment through ecological stewardship and researching mind body relationships. James has a Masters’ Degree in Philosophy and has pursued graduate studies in social work and education. He was a grounds manager at UC Berkeley for ten years prior to taking on his current role as the facilities manager at the Insight Meditation Society, MA. He has studied with nutritional consultants and master herbalists and soil ecologists, and is working to unify his knowledge through developing a user friendly cost effective series of methods individuals can employ at their homes to easily grow nutrient dense fresh food anywhere. James joined the Agni Institute as a Board Director in 2014, is currently serving as Treasurer, and leads the Agro-Ecology program.

James Sanner

Charles is President of Osborne Organics, LLC, and Founder of the  Organic Landscape Association . He has over 10 years experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes through natural turf management, and 35 years experience as a professional horticulturist. As a wholesale and retail nurseryman, he has first-hand experience with the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides routinely used in landscape and horticultural industry.  Personal experience led him to believe there must be a safer way to grow plants. His personal investigation, study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on experimentation led him to become one of the country’s leading experts on growing sustainable, natural turf.  Along the path to greening his own industry practices, Chip became a regular lecturer for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, a board member of Beyond Pesticides, Chairman of the Marblehead, Massachusetts’ Recreation and Parks Department, and speaker nationwide on the topic of turf management for athletic fields and landscapes. He remains a dedicated environmental activist speaker for communities wanting to learn about why and how to change their town policies.

Charles is President of Osborne Organics, LLC, and Founder of the Organic Landscape Association. He has over 10 years experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes through natural turf management, and 35 years experience as a professional horticulturist. As a wholesale and retail nurseryman, he has first-hand experience with the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides routinely used in landscape and horticultural industry.

Personal experience led him to believe there must be a safer way to grow plants. His personal investigation, study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on experimentation led him to become one of the country’s leading experts on growing sustainable, natural turf.

Along the path to greening his own industry practices, Chip became a regular lecturer for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, a board member of Beyond Pesticides, Chairman of the Marblehead, Massachusetts’ Recreation and Parks Department, and speaker nationwide on the topic of turf management for athletic fields and landscapes. He remains a dedicated environmental activist speaker for communities wanting to learn about why and how to change their town policies.

Chip Osborne


 

PARTNERS


 

OUR ROOTS

 
Mackenzie Feldman and team at one of the early Berkeley work days, 2017

Mackenzie Feldman and team at one of the early Berkeley work days, 2017

One day in the Spring of 2017, Mackenzie Feldman and Bridget Gustafson showed up for Cal Beach Volleyball practice, where their coach cautioned the team not to chase after the balls if they roll off the court because the groundskeepers had just sprayed an herbicide on the surrounding area. Bridget and Mackenzie were shocked.

They scheduled a meeting with the Supervisor of Athletics Fields & Turf and learned that the herbicide sprayed was Ranger Pro, which contains the same amount of glyphosate as Roundup. This was two years before the Johnson v. Monsanto ruling, but one year after the World Health Organization had ruled that glyphosate was a probable human carcinogen. They asked him not to spray anymore, and in return, the team would pick the weeds that would grow back.

Mackenzie and Bridget decided to expand these efforts to the rest of campus, and founded Herbicide-Free Cal, a campaign to ban herbicides at UC Berkeley. Upon graduating, Mackenzie launched then Herbicide-Free UC, and now Herbicide-Free Campus, with the goal of eliminating toxic herbicides from every school in the country.

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