Linda Borghi, Biodynamic farmer of Abundant Life Farm in Walker Valley, NY has no lack of diverse experience. She worked both sides of the fence, as both a vendor and producer. She began her career in 1977, managing four star restaurants on the upper east side of Manhattan, including La Grenouille, Bruno’s, Toscana and Piccolo Mondo. She began farming in 1988 on Block Island, RI where she established Abundant Life Farm. There she invented a 5 gallon pasteurization machine, and was the only farm in the country with a “herd” of one cow to be licensed to sell cheese to the public.
In 1992 she returned to the mainland to manage the cut flower operation of 26 Costco wholesale locations. Her territory was from Norfolk, VA to Holbrook, LI. In 1998 she was the first intern at the Pfeiffer Center Garden in Chestnut Ridge NY, which pioneered the practices of Rudolf Steiner’s Biodynamic agriculture. In 2004 she re-established Abundant Life where she began practicing SPIN-Farming and established the Eat Local Virtual Farm stand which created a direct distribution channel from farmer to eater. In 2009 Linda spoke at the United Nations at a conference entitled Food, Famine and the Future of Food Technology. In 2015 she felt the strong desire to teach others of both the importance of why they should farm-a-yard and Farm-A-Yard was born with a mission to turn lawns into food and to teach BioEnergetic methods. This mission took her on the road with the “Grow Food Earn Money Tour”. She is now located in South Carolina and continues to speak, educate, mentor and grow opportunities for others through online podcasts, webinars, Farm-A-Yard trainings, classes and events.
Marsha is dedicated to raising consumer awareness and supporting urban farming entrepreneurship. You will find Marsha working on an urban farm, speaking to groups about local food security, revealing the truth about processed foods and the local, seasonal healthy eating solutions to take back our health and build thriving local food systems. She consults with farmers and local food entrepreneurs and works shoulder to shoulder with community organizations.
Marsha has always embraced a holistic lifestyle. She facilitates local food education and her Kitchen Table Wisdom program to help families have a new personal food revolution that is creative, healing and fun! She is Founder of Sustainable Neighbors in Fayetteville, NC, Director of Food Education at Guiding Wellness Institute and a Certified Permaculture Design Practitioner. She is passionate about making “sustainable attainable” by sharing sustainable life skills, like growing your own chemical free food, as a catalyst for healthier families and a more self reliant, food secure community.
“Our food system is making us sick. We need to reframe our relationship with food on every level, physically, mentally, and spiritually. The sooner we do the sooner we will heal. Real Food should be our medicine, one forkful at a time”.
Evan Folds got his start in agriculture by founding a gardening store called Progressive Gardens that specialized in hydroponic and beyond organic gardening techniques. For over 14 years Evan honed his craft and learned the art of teaching and connecting with an audience on the subjects of gardening and health.
He closed Progressive Gardens in 2016 to focus on his current company Progressive Farms, a consulting and product development company focusing on regenerative agriculture. Progressive Farms manufactures the Microbe Maker compost tea system (www.MicrobeMakers.com) and formulates an amazing compost tea recipe that can be used at home or on the farm.
Evan is passionate about growing soil, healing the Earth through nutrient dense food production, the need for personal agriculture, and healing people through vibrant local food economies. Through his consulting work he has worked to develop the method of BioEnergetic Agriculture, which seeks to increase the life force of living systems through physical, mineral, biological, and energetic influence.
What we think, we grow. Evan is active in performing lectures and workshops for gardening and farming groups, and interested in broadening our literal and spiritual vocabulary as a means of reaching the aspirations of human potential. He is a contributing writer for many reputable international publications including Garden Culture, Urban Farmer, Maximum Yield, and more. He has a BS in Biology and a minor in Religion from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and resides with his wife and two children in Wilmington, NC.
Criss is the “eclectic tech” on the Farm-A-Yard project. Raised by parents who introduced her to wild food and slow cooking, Criss began cooking with herbs in her late teens and soon started taking herbalism courses. Following the Wise Woman Tradition of herbal medicine, with a smattering of courses on wildcrafting, Western conventional herbalism, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Criss studied herbs for over 10 years and still wildcrafts her own medicines. She briefly taught classes on making your own medicines and wildcrafting, and was active in the movement against the FDA banning herbs in the early 1990s.
In the middle of all of this, Criss held down a variety of jobs in graphic design, desktop publishing, copywriting, programming, accounting, and more until she opened her own business: Eclectic Tech, LLC offering marketing, print and web design services. That’s when she met Linda Borghi, and Criss became Linda’s Fairy Godmother. Criss has been helping Linda with her farming projects for around 10 years.
Enamored with Linda and her mom’s chickens, Criss started raising bantam chickens in 2012, and created a short online course called Raising Chickens in Your Backyard on Udemy.com.
Criss is a loud defender of food freedom and environmental activism, she writes books in her copious spare time, and lives with her kids in the Hudson Valley of New York.