Haile Johnston[Business Content Provider] is a Philadelphia-based social entrepreneur who works to improve the vitality of rural and urban communities through food systems reform and policy change. As a father of three, Haile actively pursues his core purpose to “repair the earth for our children and prepare our children for the earth.” Along with his wife Tatiana, he is the Co-Director and a founder of the Common Market Philadelphia, a nonprofit distribution enterprise that connects communities in the Mid Atlantic region to sustainable, locally grown farm food. The two have also teamed up to found the East Park Revitalization Alliance in their community of Strawberry Mansion where they have resided for eleven years. Haile is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business where he concentrated in entrepreneurial management and is proud to have recently served as a Food and Community Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.
Koreen Brennan[Permaculture Designer] is a sustainable living consultant, permaculture designer and educator, and small business owner. She has founded edible landscaping nurseries and design businesses in Los Angeles and Tampa Bay, has done career counseling, and assisted others to make career changes and start businesses. Koreen has taught permaculture at Tuskegee University, Gulf Coast University, Univ of Southern Florida, Eckard College, Miami, Los Angeles, Tampa, Pine Ridge Lakota reservation, Haiti, Cuba, and elsewhere and has shared her knowledge of permaculture through hundreds of speeches and lectures as well as professional level courses. She has helped many people create healthy and easy to care for gardens in their yards, community spaces or small farms. More information about Koreen's activities at www.growpermaculture.com.
Mario Yanez [Business Content Provider & Permaculture Designer] is Director and founded Earth Learning in 2003 to create empowering, ecological learning experiences and to carve out a space for a life-sustaining culture to evolve in his home bioregion. Mario teaches interdisciplinary courses, leads public workshops, and delivers professional development training. He has attained a deep understanding of the New Cosmology, the current ecological crises, humanity's needed responses and global movements; a clear sense of who he is, his gifts, a strong sense of mission and life's work; and a deep connection to Earth, his larger body. Mario has several decades of non-profit and financial management, as well as systems experience, and is an accomplished grant-writer. He combines his vision of the necessary transition toward an ecologically sustainable world with a passion to bring about a resilient and healthy Greater Everglades bioregion. Mario is a community connector, a local organic farmer, and food activist. As a Certified Permaculture Designer, he is applying Permaculture (permanent culture) design principles at various scales, implementing food forestry projects and leading the comprehensive and participatory design process of local food systems. Mario has been running farm businesses since 1996 and has experience with whole farm planning/design and creating diversity of income streams/enterprises on Permaculture farms.