Ethan Genauer, Sustainable Food Systems Resume

Ethan Genauer ~ email: ethanagri4 (at) ~ phone: (856) 535-8547


To utilize my experience and skills in farming, research and writing, community organizing, event coordination, grassroots activism and progressive policy advocacy to educate, communicate, advocate and organize for sustainable food systems.


● BA Degree with Majors in History, Political Science and Middle East Studies (GPA 3.6/4) from Rutgers College, Graduated 2004, New Brunswick, NJ
● Study Abroad: Tel Aviv University Overseas School Honors Program and Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES), Israel
● Coursework in Sustainable Agriculture at AIES, Spring 2000 and Volunteer, Cook Student Organic Farm, Rutgers University, Spring 2001
● Summer 2006 – Certified Permaculture Design Course (“Earth Activist Training”) Missouri

Sustainable Food Systems and Community Organizing Experience (selected)

Spring- Summer 2009, Special Assistant, Abundance in Balance, Bay Area, CA
• Designed and installed edible "food forest" and permaculture landscapes at homes, organizations and schools. Mapped designs, planted trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs and vegetables, placed irrigation systems, worked with volunteers, conducted outreach, and mobilized community participation in "Grow Food" special events and work days.

● Spring to Fall 2008, Volunteer Assistant Farmer, La Placita Gardens, Albuquerque, NM
~ Assisted community, interfaith and youth groups with partnership growing produce on 4 acres at historic County Open Space site. Helped till, plant, weed, cultivate, harvest and market crops, recruit and lead volunteers, and support classroom service learning outings. Organized events including "silent auction" benefit event at statewide Environmental Educators conference and “Community Gardens CYCLEbration,” a free bike tour of numerous Albuquerque community gardens and farms.

● Summer-Fall 2008, Campaign Outreach Assistant, NM Youth Organized, Albuquerque
~ Conducted outreach to city residents to raise awareness and opposition regarding environmental impacts of oil and gas drilling inside Albuquerque, collected petition signatures, and encouraged democratic civil participation in local, state and national elections.

● Winter-Summer 2007, Farm Apprentice, Erda Gardens and Learning Center, Albuquerque
~ Interned with community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm to cultivate five plots (8 acres) using biodynamic agriculture practices. Responsible for tilling, planting, transplanting, irrigation, composting, fertilizing, weeding, harvesting, supervising volunteers, distributing shares to CSA members, selling produce at farmers markets, and organizing special events.

● Winter-Spring 2006, Field Organizer, Culture Change, National “Peak Oil and Post-Petroleum Sustainable Living” Conference, Washington, DC
~ Coordinated logistical planning (venue arrangements, speakers travel, audio and video recording), volunteer recruitment and coordination, media communications, local and national outreach, registration process, conference schedule, design and printing of conference literature. Recruited leading organic farmers and permaculture experts to speak about sustainable food production without dependence on fossil fuels.

● Winter-Summer 2005, Lead Field Organizer, BioDemocracy Mobilization, Institute for Social Ecology (ISE) Biotechnology Project, Philadelphia, PA ´
~ Led development of $15,000 “BioDemocracy Conference and Mobilization” advocating strong environmental regulation and democratic oversight over genetically engineered agriculture, health care and weaponry sectors of corporate biotechnology. Administered website and Internet communications networks, facilitated coalition meetings, recruited and supervised volunteers, enlisted sponsor and participant organizational allies, designed and distributed outreach literature (color postcards and posters, dozens of flyers and e-mail alerts, 8-page newsletter, research article published in national environmental journal), drafted grant proposals, organized fund-raising events, negotiated event venues, and compiled final weeklong schedule of over 50 BioDemocracy events, including 3-day Conference, a “Day of Action” attended by over 1,000 people, “Reclaim the Commons” festival, “Farmers Speak-Out” opposing GMOs in agriculture, and feature presentation of film “The Future of Food.”

Publications, Awards, Events (selected)

2009 – Wrote essay on youth leadership in sustainable food movement / Journalistic reporting on Ecological Farming Conference in Pacific Grove, “Strengthening the Roots” Student Convergence in Santa Cruz, CA, National “Slow Money” Gathering in Santa Fe, NM, and Community Food Security Coalition national conference in Des Moines, IA / Scholarship to attend national Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative gathering in Milwaukee, WI / Assisted installation of permaculture food forests at Food First! office in Oakland, CA and UCSC campus in Santa Cruz, CA / Wrote travel essay describing visit to Essene Garden of Peace in rural Oregon

2008 – Attended W.K. Kellogg Foundation "Food and Society Gathering for Good Food" in Phoenix, AZ as delegate with national student group Real Food Challenge / Participated in full week of "Youth Food Movement" discussions, workshops, and advocacy at “Slow Food Nation” Gathering in San Francisco, CA / Campaigned in 3 states with White House Organic Farm Project cross-country bus tour gathering petition signatures for next President to plant organic food crops on White House lawn / Organized youth scholarships and facilitated workshop led by young farmers at NM Organic Farming Conference in Albuquerque / Presented workshop on sustainable agriculture and climate change at Sierra Student Coalition “Student Environmental Leadership Training” in Abiquiu, NM / Published "Open Letter on Food Justice" to the New Jewish Food Movement / Joined the annual Black Mesa Indigenous Support supply caravan and work party to support indigenous elders in remote, off-grid, environmentally and culturally endangered areas of Native American reservation. Organized donations of supplies and organic food in Arizona cities. Spent one month assisting elders on the land by cooking food, chopping wood, repairing buildings, herding sheep and goats

2007 – Received scholarships to attend Holistic Management International and Quivira Coalition conferences in Albuquerque, and Food and Seed Sovereignty Symposium in Tesuque Pueblo / Organized and facilitated youth-led panel discussion on “Youth and the Future of Sustainable Agriculture in New Mexico” at Bioneers Conference in Santa Fe / Wrote essay on climate change, water and sustainable agriculture in New Mexico for Edible Santa Fe / Completed in-depth course of study in Fundamentals of Sustainable Herbal Medicine in the Southwest

2006 – Awarded grant by Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund to study relationship of ecological agriculture with Christian mysticism / Published “Peak Oil and Community Food Sustainability” in Journal of Cooperative Living and “Peak Opportunity! Earth Activism and the Oil Endgame” in Earth First! Journal

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