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Our Team

Abbie Erskine

Communications Coordinator
abbie at eco-farm.org
Abbie has over ten years of experience working in the non-profit sector as a Program Coordinator and Administrative Coordinator. She is passionate about living harmoniously with Mother Earth and creating a sustainable future for the next generation. She connects with the greater community through teaching and practicing Yoga, Ayurveda, Herbalism, Holistic Health and Therapeutic Bodywork. She believes self-awareness and mindfulness leads to taking care of the Earth and each other. Her past experiences include working with Habitat for Humanity and Mount Madonna Center for many years. She is happy to contribute to and grow with EcoFarm.
 

Andy Fisher

Executive Director
andy at eco-farm.org
Andy Fisher has been a leading force for social justice in the anti-hunger and food movements in the US since the mid 1990s. He co-founded and led the primary American food systems alliance, the Community Food Security Coalition for 17 years. He has played a key role in the growth of farm to school, local food policy, and community food assessments. In 2017, MIT Press published his first book, Big Hunger, which exposed the unholy alliance between corporate America and anti-hunger groups. He has Masters degrees in Environmental Policy and Latin American Studies from UCLA. He is too lazy to farm, but loves to tinker in his community garden plot. He’s obsessed with finding the perfect fig, and remains an unapologetic fan of the Dodgers.  
 

Dina Izzo

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Manager
sponsors at eco-farm.org
Dina has been involved with EcoFarm in some capacity for the past thirty years. She served on the Board of Directors for ten years and has been part of the planning committee for twenty five years. Dina is the founder of BluDog Consulting, a company that teaches beginning farmers basic marketing and sales techniques both one on one an in a classroom setting. Clients include Multicultural Exchange of Sustainable Agriculure (MESA), Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), Center for Land-Based Learning, and a host of farmers and businesses.
 

Stephanie Michelle

Program Coordinator
stephanie at eco-farm.org
Stephanie Michelle is the program coordinator at EcoFarm. She joins the EcoFarm team with 13 plus years of experience working with grassroots movements addressing social and environmental justice. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephanie Michelle is committed to advancing equity within agriculture in the urban and rural setting. She has worked from the Bay Area through the Central Valley and Los Angeles, uplifting the voices of Black and Brown farmers in the state. She is a scholar in plant medicine, an environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate and holistic systems thinker. On any given day you can catch her in her garden or cooking a feast in her kitchen.
 

Joyce Rice

Scholarship & Work Trade Coordinator
joyce at eco-farm.org
Joyce has been attending EcoFarm Conference for the last 15 years, as an attendee and most recently as a super-volunteer. She is passionate about food, farming and education. Joyce has over 25 years of experience working at UC Santa Cruz. Her jobs on campus included serving as the Company Manager for Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Environmental Studies Undergraduate Advisor and Staff Program Manager for Student Sustainability. She spends time between upstate New York and California and is happiest being with her family & friends on both coasts, kayaking on rivers and growing food in her garden. 
 

Katelyn Ricks

Administrative Coordinator
Bio coming soon
 

Gabi Salazar

Program Director
conference at eco-farm.org
Gabi is passionate about working with community to protect and build sustainable agricultural systems that balance the needs of farmers, ranchers, eaters, and of our diverse natural ecosystems. She fell in love with the EcoFarm Conference while doing work trade in 2015, and was thrilled to join the crew shortly afterwards. Gabi grew up appreciating the outdoors and helping on her family's beef cattle ranch in West Virginia. Before moving to California as an apprentice with Soil Born Farms in 2014, Gabi worked in the Dominican Republic, Morocco, and Haiti. She studied International Agriculture and Applied Economics at Cornell and speaks Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.

 

Deborah Yashar

Marketing & Communications Director
deborah at eco-farm.org
Deborah (she/her) has focused on advancing the economic viability, social equity, and ecological land management among small and Latinx farmers through her work with organizations like Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), Community Agroecology Network (CAN), and Awe Sum Organics. At EcoFarm she leads communications on a variety of levels including the design and layout of EcoFarm's conference publications. Deborah built bridges between beginning farmers and the rights for community access to healthy local food through marketing education, policy work, and the establishment of SNAP-accessible farmers’ markets. She earned her BA from UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology. Deborah currently serves on the board of directors with Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets and resides on Nisenan land also known as Grass Valley, California.