I have known Ethan Genauer for two and a half years. I first met him when he apprenticed at a biodynamic farm near my house in Albuquerque. He then lived and volunteered at my community, Trinity House Catholic Worker, for a number of months in 2008 and 2009. I enjoyed working with Ethan in the house, helping homeless people get laundry and showers; at Food Not Bombs, redistributing healthy food; and in the community, attending awesome events he organized like the Cyclebration bike garden tour.

The first time I saw Ethan's skills in action was when he invited me to volunteer at the farm and gave me a great tour and orientation. I was impressed with his
quiet, understated passion, knowledgeableness, and kindness. The second time I got a sense of his skills was on paper, when he showed me several articles he
had gotten published on environmental justice and Israel-Palestine, and that's when I could see his passion exploding off the page! He is in an incredibly articulate, persuasive, well-researched writer, and I have learned much from his narrative descriptions of years of adventures around the U.S, where he has visited many farms and spiritual communities, and engaged in depth with numerous grassroots movements for positive social change, deepening my own knowledge of all the hopeful initiatives out there.

I greatly admire Ethan's willingness and ability to travel and move to be part of various movements; he is extremely flexible, people-oriented, and able to live on very little for the sake of embodying his own values and being available for service. When Ethan moved into Trinity House, I was impressed to see him working almost on a daily basis on creative organizing projects of his own initative, such as raising money from local businesses to sponsor youth at a local organic farming conference, to networking to promote a fund for "nurture capitalists," to creating events that brought community groups together at a new youth- and Chicano-led farm. I was particularly impressed to see the way he plugged in as a supporter and resource-person in this people-of-color-led initiative, putting flesh on the anti-racist and ally ideas he had shared with me.

In working with Ethan side by side at Trinity House and Food Not Bombs, I got to know him as a reliable, professional worker who would inspire others with his visions, ideas, and enthusiasm, in addition to always being willing to talk, teach, and learn about the changes that are needed in our current system to bring about increased human welfare. His knowledge and sense of spirituality about food, and the way community and food systems envitalize each other in so many ways, has been deeply influential on my own work. I recommend Ethan Genauer highly. He would be a great asset to any organization who he works for.

Chelsea Collonge
Albuquerque, NM


Ethan Genauer is a talented writer, organizer and activist whom I have known since 2003. Throughout the time I have known him, I have admired and appreciated Ethan's devotion to environmental work. In 2006, I employed Ethan to coordinate the fieldwork to put on a national conference on sustainable energy and food security in Washington DC. This event could not have succeeded so highly without Ethan, who was impressive in his dedicated and creative planning, outreach, and logistics management. He was able to recruit nationally recognized speakers on food security such as Joel Salatin, as well as an excellent team of volunteers who helped our event run smoothly.

I have found Ethan easy to work with and inspiring to be around. His skills and energy were crucial to our task. During this period I was pleasantly surprised to find out what a fine writer he is on energy and food issues. He was able to get published in respected journals while he had other duties such as our conference.

I believe that Ethan's long-running experience in social justice, food security and energy sustainability makes him ideal to focus on hunger organizing. His subtle way of encouraging others, while not flaunting his own contributions, makes him the most valuable kind of team player. I highly recommend his being selected for the Hunger Fellowship. I believe the experience will give him greater abilities to help the public in the future in these areas of concern. For the world's food supply is in peril, in light of population growth, topsoil loss, unpredictable weather from climate change, and the need for more citizen participation in these matters.

Jan C. Lundberg
Sustainable energy analyst
Publisher, Culture Change
P.O. Box 4347, Arcata, California, 95518
tel. and fax: (215) 243-3144


Dear Sir or Madam;

I am writing to express my personal recommendation for my colleague Ethan Genauer, with whom I have collaborated on several projects over the past nine years. I first met Ethan through his involvement with New Jersey Food Not Bombs, where I was impressed with his commitment to community-building, group process, and good communication in meetings. Over the years, I read his insightful and persuasive articles in the Daily Targum, Earth First Journal, and Communities Magazine, as well as his online communiques through blogs and mailing lists. I grew to greatly respect his sound reasoning and the creative new ways he attacked social problems.

In 2003, Ethan organized a series of concerts up and down the East Coast to raise money for Palestinian olive farmers whose farms were being destroyed because of the construction of Israel's Separation Wall. I had the pleasure of being one of the performers, and I was grateful both for Ethan's organizational abilities in working out all the logistics, and for Ethan's passion for outreach in attracting large and diverse audiences to the events.

I later had the pleasure of serving with Ethan on a speakers' panel about hunger and human migration issues, following a screening of The Future of Food at Bryn Mawr College; volunteering at the DC Peak Oil Conference, which Ethan coordinated; assisting with a series of Philadelphia community fora on biotechnology and agriculture, which Ethan convened in conjunction with the national gathering of Food Not Bombs; and attending a talk that Ethan gave before a group of children at the Morris Arboretum, on the history of Tu B'Shivat and the need to respect trees. Ethan's excellent speaking skills and his way of working with people made all these events a great success.

For all these reasons, I heartily recommend Ethan for the Congressional Hunger Center Fellowship.

Sincerely yours,

Susanna Calvin Thomas

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