Resource: Janette (Jan) Wesley
Description: Slow Food Upstate Executive Director
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Comment: Jan is an avid slow food enthusiast. She not only runs the Slow Food Upstate chapter, but also started the Earth Market farmers market (the only Earth Market in the United States - no GMOs, all organic, all local farmers selling goods). Jan along with her husband Renato Vicario also owns and operates a villa / farm in Tuscany which produces olive oil and wine. Renato would also be interesting as a speaker as he teaches cooking classes for Slow Food Upstate and has written a book on Italian liqueurs.

Resource: Reece Lyerly
Description: Director, Gardening for Good, Greenville’s Community Gardening Network
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Comment: Reece can speak about Gardening for Good's network of over 70 community gardens that has been developed since the summer of 2011.  Reece is quite plugged into the food community in Greenville, and can speak about gardening, the moving parts of a local food system, and community engagement through gardening.  He is a Furman alum (2011) and was an EES major; as a student, he did research on food deserts and walkability, and has an interest in community-based research projects.

Resource: Samantha Wallace
Description: Publisher of edible Upcountry magazine
Comments: Because she publishes edible Upcountry magazine, Sam knows the food community in Greenville, and can give a really nice overview of the local food system in the upstate.  

Resource: Scott Dorriety
Description: Food Service Director at the DH
Location: Furman Dining Hall
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Comments: Scott is the Food Service Director for all food service on campus. He can provide a good overview of the Furman food system and can speak on and answer questions about Furman’s food offerings, purchasing, sourcing, and green thread initiatives.

Resource: Scott Park
Description: Planner, Greenville County
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Comment: Scott wrote the assessment of Greenville county’s local food system in 2012.  Though he is a planner, he has a heavy interest in food systems and can speak about the overall food system, policies in the county related to food, and the barriers to creating a sustainable local food system in the upstate.

Resource: Dan Weidenbenner
Description: Director, Mill Village Farms
Comments: Dan is the founding director of Mill Village Farms, an organization that hosts urban farms in special emphasis neighborhoods in Greenville.  Mill Village Farms employs youth from the neighborhoods to work on the farms to teach job skills and responsibility.  Dan is a Furman alum (2011) and was a Psychology major.  He can speak about building community in underserved areas related to food systems.

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