From left to right: Gabriel Cumming, Tim Williams (sitting), Rachel Earnhardt, Moses Powell, Carla Norwood (sitting), Ricky Stevenson, Alex Borst, Tahj Fogg, Jalen Wellington, Stephon Teague, and Andre Stevenson
Carla Norwood, PhD, Executive Director – email@example.com
Carla is a co-founder Working Landscapes, and has been with the organization since its inception in 2010. She has deep roots in Warren County, where Working Landscapes is based, having grown up with an extended family on a former tobacco farm that has been in the family for at least six generations. Carla received her B.A. and Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University, along with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, from Duke University. She earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009. Carla previously worked as a researcher at Duke and served as Director of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association in Franklin, NC. She and her partner Gabriel Cumming also help communities develop strategies for sustainably managing their resources by using a research-driven approach to stakeholder engagement, the Community Voice Method. With a working-class background and a bi-racial heritage (Lumbee and white), Carla brings an unusual blend of practicality and vision to the work of creating triple-bottom line benefits in her community (economic, environmental and social). Outside of work, she mostly enjoys the challenge of parenting Juniper and twins Sam and Silas (along with Gabriel), and is beginning to implement a 50-year plan for the revitalization of the family farm.
Gabriel Cumming, PhD, Associate Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
A co-founder of Working Landscapes, Gabriel joined the organization’s staff in 2013. Gabriel received his doctorate in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College. He provides leadership to the organization’s food system revitalization efforts and contributes to fundraising, builds regional partnerships and speaks eloquently on behalf of the organization and rural communities broadly. Previously, he served as Director of the Warren County Economic Development Commission and as a researcher at Duke University. When not at Working Landscapes, he provides stakeholder engagement and qualitative analysis services to domestic and international clients, including a new community-supported fishery initiative in Philadelphia and the development of marine management zones in the UK. In the time that remains, he likes to ride bikes with his daughter, build legos with his 3 year-old twins, and cook big batches of sauces.
Tim Williams, Program Manager – email@example.com
Originally from Charlotte, NC Tim graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2010 with a B.S. in Economics. After college, he cultivated a passion for food and agriculture during a sustainable farming apprenticeship with Urban Roots, a non-profit farm located in East Austin, Texas. His experiences as an apprentice exposed him to the impacts food and farming can have on youth, communities, and local economies. He continued his work with food and youth by serving as a FoodCorps Service Member in Wilmington, NC in 2013. During his service term Tim taught science-based food and gardening lessons to 2nd and 3rd grade classes, was invited to the White House to represent FoodCorps during the Spring Kitchen Garden planting. After his service term, Tim joined forces with Working Landscapes. As Program Manager, Tim oversees the daily operations at the Working Landscapes Produce Center where he manages seven part-time staff members and provides support to farmers in reaching wholesale markets. Building sustainable supply chains and getting good food to school students are his guiding motivations. In 2016, Tim received the inaugural 30 under 30 award presented by the University of California Global Food Initiative, honoring young leaders from around the globe who are working to solve the world’s global food crisis.
Alex Borst, Program Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
A native Mississippian, Alex developed an interest in food systems work through a mix of experiences: working on a sustainable hog farm, taking classes on environmental literature and policy, and participating in food and environmental justice actions ranging from a KXL protest and the Wendy’s national boycott to organizing a small-farms drive-in at the Mississippi state capitol. After graduating with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Mississippi, Alex moved to Warrenton, North Carolina in 2017 to serve as an apprentice with Working Landscapes through NCSU’s Center for Environmental Farming Systems NC Growing Together program. After the conclusion of his internship, he joined the staff. Alex leads cafeteria-based taste tests in elementary schools across northeastern North Carolina, helps to develop outdoor learning environments, increases access to healthy food in childcare centers and corner stores, and helps to manage the shared-use Main Street Kitchen. In his spare time, Alex goes on hikes with his dog, Ollie, reads (less often than he should), and eats good food.
Hannah Hiller, Intern (Duke Divinity School) – email@example.com
Hannah is an Intern at Working Landscapes. She is a native Oklahoman and lives in Warren County with her husband, John, and their dog, Okie. She received her BA in Religion from Oklahoma City University in 2016 and will receive her Masters in Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School in 2018. Hannah began her involvement with Working Landscapes as a volunteer with the What’s Growing On program at Northside K-8 School, where she enjoyed tending the school garden and seeing kids try and LOVE delicious seasonal produce. She joined the Working Landscapes team in September 2017, where she has been able to direct her passions of providing access to fresh, local produce and educating children about the food they eat into programs that reach people across the community, including monthly community dinners and children’s workshops at the Main Street Kitchen.
Rachel Earnhardt is the 2017 – 2018 FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member in Warren County. In this role, she teaches programs about nutrition, gardening, cooking, and food systems to elementary school students and supports school-wide cultures of health in the cafeteria and garden. She loves purple carrots and doing plant life cycle dances, and excited to share these passions with the next generation. Rachel was born and raised in Raleigh, NC, with a wonderful family who imparted to her a love of cooking with farmers market veggies. After shivering through four New England winters during college, she is delighted to have returned (armed with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies & History) to beautiful North Carolina, where warm days and collard greens are more plentiful.
Chopped Produce Initiative staff
Felix Diaz, Production Crew
Tahj Fogg, Production Crew
Ari Hicks, Production Crew
Ben Markgraff, Production and Sanitation Crew
Moses Powell, Production Manager
Andre Stevenson, Production and Sanitation Crew
Ricky Stevenson, Production Crew
Stephon Teague, Production and Sanitation Crew
Jalen Wellington, Sanitation Manager