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RFC Alumni

Here are some of our finest RFC Alumni! These guys have been through it all--campaigns on campus, serving as Regional Field Organizers, coordinating events, and just generally being awesome. Use them as resources--that's what they are here for!

Alida Cantor
Simon's Rock College (BA, Geography) 2005; University of California Davis (MS, Community & Regional Development) 2008
 
Involvement with RFC: Organized real food events, worked with dining services in ongoing discussions about increasing purchasing of real food, after graduation worked at California Institute for Rural Studies making the Fair Food Project (online documentary on fair labor in the food system) in collaboration with RFC
Current Activities: Starting Langwater Farm, an organic vegetable farm with family in Easton, MA (south of Boston)
Contact info: alidacantor@gmail.com
Contact me for: domestic fair trade
 

Sue DeBlieck
Iowa State University community and regional planning '07,
sustainable agriculture '09
Involvement with RFC: Midwest Real Food Organizer '09; Steering Committee Member and co-chair of RFC alumni network
Current Activities: Farm to School Coordinator, Healthy Acadia, Bar Harbor, Maine.  I work with about 40 schools in Hancock County Maine to link school cooks and producers and support teachers.  I want to see an increase in the amount of local foods being purchased by schools and more garden and food-based education in classrooms.
Contact Info: leek.seed@gmail.com
Contact me for: farm to school, local food distribution projects, studying sustainable agriculture in graduate school, putting on events, how to communicate effectively with school food service, visiting Maine (or Iowa)

Amie Frisch
San Jose State University, BS Environmental Studies 2007
Involvement with RFC: Member of the founding Steering Committee, developed the Real Food Calculator
Current Activities: Director of Veggielution Community Farm in San Jose, CA
Contact info: amie@veggielution.org
Contact me for: starting and running a new non-profit, recruiting and using volunteers, community food enterprise
 

David Hamilton
UNC- Chapel Hill 2008, BA Political Science and Romance Languages
 
Involvement with RFC: Southeast RFO 08-09 and Steering Committe member, Co-founder of FLO Food (Fair Local Organic) and the Carolina Garden Co-op at UNC - Chapel Hill.
Current Activities: Managing Anathoth Community Garden and working at
Windy Hill Farm in Cedar Grove, NC.
Contact info: dsjhamilton@gmail.com
Contact me for: community gardening, starting a real food campaign on campus

Shannon Kuhn
University of Montana, '09
Involvement with RFC: Northwest RFO, founder of UM Students for Real Food
Current Activities: Program Coordinator, Alaska Youth for Environmental Action
Anchorage, Alaska. AYEA is a state-wide, youth-led empowerment program for teens who want to make a difference in their community and world. I support ten youth chapters working on community action projects (including getting real food in schools and protecting Bristol Bay's salmon fisheries from Pebble Mine); organize state-wide leadership trainings for high schoolers (ex. "The Truth About Coal" Summit, Telling Our Stories about Food & Subsistence); and volunteer for the Anchorage International Community Garden for refugees.
www.ayea.org
Contact info:
work: (907) 339-3910, shannon@ayea.org
Contact me for: working with teens, starting a campaign on campus, vacation to ALASKA!

Sam Lipschultz
New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music; Sarah Lawrence College '09
Involvement with RFC: New York Organizer, '07-'08; A-Team/Northeast Regional Coordinator, '08-'09
Current Activities: Food Access Project Coordinator at the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY.
Contact me for: Campaign planning; how to communicate with administration and dining services; how to integrate extracurricular activist activities into school work/life to get the most out of both! I also may be available for RFC/food justice/leadership-related workshops and trainings at your school.
 

 
Andy "Cotton" Sarjahani
University of Arkansas (BS; BSE) - 2007; Virginia Tech (RD) - 2008;
Montana State University (MS) - 2011
Involvement with RFC: Mainly dealt with on-campus organizing and primary experience was dealing with agribusiness influence at land grant institutions and food safety issues
Current activities: Graduate student and farm manager at Montana State University; Bozeman,MT
Contact Info: andy.sarjahani@gmail.com
Contact me for: Organizing efforts to address agribusiness influence at land grant institutions

Hai Vo
University of California, Irvine, 2009
Involvement with RFC: I've organized with students at the University of California, Irvine, researching our dining hall procurement practices using the RF Calculator, educating the campus and local communities about sustainable food, and advocating for the adoption of RFC goals and sustainable foodservice policies at UCI and the University of California system.  I've attended and facilitated summer leadership trainings and winter summits. 
Current Activities: Healing, traveling, farming in California. I'm currently transitioning and looking forward to being on a farm for the 2010 season, all the while thinking about and implementing RFC/4RF projects.  I'm a real fooder with various intentions - farming, organizing, collaborating, connecting.  See http://www.broweryouthawards.org/userdata_display.php?modin=50&uid=7043.
Contact Info: haiv@alumni.uci.edu
Contact me for: sustainable nutrition, food security, dynamic facilitation, innovative organizing principles and strategies, sharing my personal narrative and connecting it with the larger food movement
 


 
If you've been involved with RFC and want to help out others, send us an email and we'll add you here! (nina@realfoodchallenge.org)