EAV Advisory Board

Chris and Isia, Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet
Chris and Isia are urban farmers and foragers on a 1/2 acre lot in SE Atlanta.  In addition to their farming and gathering, Isia teaches weekly yoga classes in our EAVFM Learning Garden and Chris leads walking tours of fruit and nut trees in East Atlanta.

Laird Ruth, Community Leader
Laird is currently works as a Micronutrient Specialist for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. His focus involves supporting the planning, organization, implementation, analysis and dissemination of international nutrition survey data. In addition, he works with the World Health Organization and UNICEF to provide training and facilitate workshops to develop micronutrient national plans of action for Middle Eastern and African countries.

Jonathan Tescher, Georgia Organics
Jonathan Tescher currently serves as the Farmer Services Coordinator for Georgia Organics, and he recently graduated with is MBA from Georgia State University in May of 2009. He helped start the EAV Farmers Market in 2006 and lead the process for the market to be the first in the state to accept food stamps in 2008. At Georgia Organics Jonathan will coordinate the Farmer to Farmer Mentoring Program and has developed an urban agriculture mentoring program that launches in 2010. His favorite part about the EAV Farmers Market is the community of neighbors, businesses and farmers that have all lend support to set it up for success.

Glynis Ward, Community Leader
Glynis Ward is an East Atlanta resident and passionate gardener and advocate. Her small, community based company Electric Garden Design fosters clients to adapt more sustainable, thoughtful gardens and homes. She teaches gardening and sustainability classes at Oakhurst Community Gardens, lectures and writes about gardening for several publications. Closest to her heart is the garden of Holy Comforter in Ormewood Park where Glynis and her friends garden for food and for faith.

Judith Winfrey, Local Food Activist and Leader of Slow Food Atlanta
The granddaughter of a Georgia sharecropper and daughter of a professional caterer, Judith Winfrey has devoted her life and career to the advocacy of good food since 2003. Beside her role the Assistant Program Director of Wholesome Wave Georgia, she is the former Manager of the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market. She also holds the position of Assistant Maitre d’and Director of Fruition at Atlanta’s Restaurant Eugene working under James Beard-Nominated Chef Linton Hopkins. Judith co-founded The Local Farmstand in 2005 and Love is Love organic Farm with her sweetheart Joe Reynolds in 2007. Judith and Joe also founded and manage the Small Farms CSA. Judith is the Leader of the Atlanta chapter of Slow Food International, and has been Chairperson of the Live Auction Wine Committee for the High Museum Wine Auction since 2000. She is the former Membership and Administrative Coordinator for Georgia Organics.

Ashley Rouse, Farm-to-School Advocate
If you have visited any of Atlanta’s organic farms, it is likely that Ashley Rouse has been there too.  From seed bombing the soon-to-be city hall community garden, helping care for the Oakleaf Mennonite Farm, to assisting Georgia Organics with farm to school programs, Ashley really gets around the local organic food movement.

Robby Astrove, Environmental Educator
Robby is a naturalist and environmental educator specializing in conservation education and environmental restoration. Born and raised in the Everglades watershed, Robby has worked for over 10 years with youths and adults to protect urban ecosystems, wetlands, and wilderness.

Joe Reynolds, Love Is Love Farms
Love is Love Farm is not a place, but the heart-work of Joe Reynolds and Judith Winfrey.  Operated since 2008, Love is Love Farm aspires to demonstrate that young, land-less farmers can grow organic, delicious produce with stewardship philosophies that support and build a farm’s ecology, biodiversity, and community.

A 1992 graduate of The University of Georgia, Lewis moved to East Atlanta in the Spring of 2006 with his wife Debbie where the two of them raise their daughter.  Originally brought into the East Atlanta Community Association fold to fill the role of communication tsar, Lewis quickly fell under a spell which made the desire to be an Officer appealing to include, prior to his current role as East Atlanta Community Association’s President, being Vice President in 2010 and 2011.

To contact our advisory board members, please email info@farmeav.com