As a farmer, educator, advocate and leader, Mark has spent the last two decades immersed in creating sustainable food systems. Mark was the founding Director for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, where he launched an inter-disciplinary program and a thriving 60-acre teaching and research farm on campus. Prior to his work at UBC, Mark worked in the non-profit sector, establishing school gardens, new farms and food enterprises, and a range of international urban agricultural programs. Mark joined Yale University as the Director for the Yale Sustainable Food Program in late 2011. Under the theme of “Food Literate Leadership,” Mark aspires to position the Yale Sustainable Food Program at the forefront of a global movement for change in the food system. Mark is a lecturer in Yale College, where he teaches the seminar, “Approaches to Sustainable Food and Agriculture,” and is a fellow of Berkeley College.
Programs Manager for Professional Experience
On parental leave through January 2020.
Since joining the then-Project in 2009, Jacqueline has been committed to placing Yale students and alumni at the helm of the ever-changing food system. She envisions, develops, and manages a range of extramural programs, particularly international and pre-professional experiences, for students across academic disciplines. Jacqueline organizes education events at the Yale Farm and manages the wood-fired hearth oven. Before coming to Yale, Jacqueline received a M.A. in Food Culture from Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Sciences in Parma, Italy, and a B.A. in French Studies and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire. She came to the Project from Navdanya, a network of seed-keepers and organic producers in New Delhi, India, where she was an assistant to Dr. Vandana Shiva. Jacqueline serves on the board of the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, is an Affiliate Member of the New Haven Food Policy Council, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International and proud to be a Pierson College Fellow. Jacqueline is a home cook with Armenian roots who loves feeding people.
Manager of Field Academics
Jeremy manages the Yale Farm and coordinates on-farm academic programming. During the academic year, he works closely with Yale College students and graduate students on agricultural and pedagogical projects. During the summer, Jeremy directs farm programing and course study for the Lazarus Summer Internship. He graduated from Williams College in 2005 with a degree in American Studies. In 2012, he received a MFA degree in Writing and Literature at the Bennington Writing Seminars. Jeremy’s food and farming experience includes field manager positions in California and Maine (including Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Farm), and founding The Freelance Farmers, a company that consulted schools, restaurants, and homeowners on customized agricultural infrastructure and programing.
Lazarus Fellow in Food and Agriculture
Erwin manages educational programming and strategic communications for the YSFP. He graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Global Affairs, and is a fellow of Timothy Dwight College. Before arriving at the YSFP, Erwin taught food-related courses as a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow in Beijing, and volunteered for Coastal Roots, a community farm in his hometown of San Diego. Now, Erwin empowers student leaders through curriculum development, coordinating the Harvest pre-orientation program, and directing the Chewing Fat speaker series and podcast, among other special projects. Rooted in tenets of environmental justice, his interests in food and agriculture seek to broaden what cultural imaginations of sustainable food can be.
Noah oversees farm events and programs like knead 2 know and Seed-to-Salad. He graduated from Yale College with a degree in Linguistics, and he’s excited by the connections food and food systems create between ways of learning, academic disciplines, and individuals. After participating in the Harvest pre-orientation program, he held several student positions at the YSFP, including Lazarus Summer Intern, farm manager, market manager, and senior adviser. His projects at the YSFP have included research into biological controls (i.e. good bugs) in agriculture and the use of non-standard beehive designs. He grew up beekeeping in Atlanta, and is a Master Beekeeper through the University of Georgia Honeybee program.