Board of Directors

Board Of Directors3

 


 

Marc BrownGold

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMarc BrownGold is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of Temple University. Marc’s career in food is extensive—he started at an early age in a family-owned catering and restaurant businesses, worked in the Steve Poses organization (City Bites, 16th Street Bar and Grill, and Frog/Commissary Catering), and served as the general manager and executive chef of Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, NJ.

After Hamilton’s, Marc decided to go out on his own, first with a food market and catering business called JustFood by BrownGold, and then with a similarly named restaurant, JustEat by BrownGold. Seven very successful years later, Marc sold both businesses to pursue his passion in local and sustainable food. After working as the Fresh Foods Manager, he became General Manager of the Swarthmore Co-op in 2012.

Marc has been married to Theresa for 26 years. Theresa, co-managed JustFood and JustEat with Marc, and is now pursuing her original training in the arts as a painter, using portrait painting to document the impact of social issues in a project called Art as Social Inquiry. Marc and Theresa have two sons, Max, an IT consultant, living in Virginia, and Luke, a self-employed digital developer who lives in Brooklyn.
 


 

Annmarie Cantrell

Annmarie Headshot2Annmarie Cantrell, MEd is a former early intervention educator who has worked with young children with special needs for nearly 20 years.

In 2001, when she became interested in using food as a tool for healing oneself, she went through the culinary program at the Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. She then began a career as a chef and wellness educator, helping people weave their way through dietary mazes to find their way back to REAL foods to nourish their bodies, minds and spirits. She is particularly passionate about the health of children in this country and works closely with parents of children with allergies, autism and ADHD.

As an activist and advocate for food justice and food security, Annmarie works with local, organic producers and strives to educate the public about the dangers of our corporate fun food system. She is an active member of the Weston A Price Foundation and leads a local chapter for that foundation in Chester County, PA.

In 2010, Annmarie completed Jeffrey Smith’s speaker training through the Institute of Responsible Technology and began speaking to groups regarding the dangers of genetically engineered foods. Her passion for speaking out against these foods led her to meet Karen Stark and an active group was formed with the purpose to educate local citizens. Zofia Hausman joined the group and GMO FREE PA has quickly grown to an organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for legislation.

She is currently the market manager at the Anselma Farmers Market in Chester Springs, a GMO FREE market!

Annmarie lives in Chester County with her husband, Sam who runs Maysie’s Farm Conservation Center, a working organic farm and non profit organization which strives to bring awareness to the public about the importance of a local, sustainable food system.
 


 

Linda Coulston

Linda CoulstonLinda Coulston was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. In 1996 she graduated from Widener University’s school of nursing. Her first position was as staff nurse with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Later she elected to transition to hospice nursing which enabled her to provide nursing care in a more interconnected way.

Her strong belief in a more holistic, environmentally sound world lead to studying herbal medicine with several well know herbalists. With knowledge of herbs in combination with her nursing science background, she was frequently invited to consult with clients in a healing touch practice for those wanting cleaner, more wholesome nutrition and alternative remedies.

In 2009 Linda co-founded the Media Farmers Market and is currently serving on the board as vice president. In 2013 she attended a GMO Free PA meeting seeking information about her belief that GMOs are effecting every living organism. There she met Zofia Hausman, Karen Stark and Annmarie Cantrell. She has become an outspoken advocate for GMO labeling, attending functions and contacting members of the PA house and senate.

Linda lives with her husband, Rich, at their home in Media, Pa. There they maintain a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat. During the summer, they grow and market organic heirloom tomatoes.
 


 

Brad Gruno

Brad GrunoBrad Gruno is the Founder & CEO of the popular raw food company, Brad’s Raw Foods. Back in 2006, Brad was the typical American guy–overweight, high cholesterol, low energy, didn’t sleep well. Sound familiar? Then something remarkable happened. He was introduced to the documentary film “Eating,” which highlights the benefits of a plant-based diet. He immediately adopted a raw diet, lost 40 pounds and completely overhauled his health, discovering a youthful energy he hadn’t experienced since his 20s. Though he was completely invested in his new way of eating, he did miss traditional American snack food, so he began experimenting with raw chips made from fresh vegetables, sprouted flax seeds, fruit nuts, buckwheat groats and an array of spices.

This quest for that “familiar crunch” eventually led to the creation of Brad’s Raw Foods, and his product lines now include Brad’s Raw Chips, Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale, Brad’s Raw Onion Rings and Brad’s Raw 4 Paws. All of his products are dehydrated below 115 degrees, retaining healthy enzymes and nutrients, which aids digestion. They are all also certified organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

Brad’s job is to continue to oversee the success of Brad’s Raw Foods, he loves traveling around and connecting with people in order to “spread the kale.” Raw food (and especially kale!) completely changed Brad’s health and life, and his products and company’s mission inspire others to do the same.  Brad’s book, ‘Brad’s Raw Made Easy,’ published by Crown Archetype, will launch on December 31, 2013.
 


 

Zofia Hausman

Zofia headshot 2012Zofia Hausman is a British born photographer, documentary film maker and human rights activist who has been living in Philadelphia since 2010.

Zofia spent most of her professional career in the music industry up until 2007 when she migrated over to images and film. While carrying out research for her latest film “The Agtivists”, a feature length documentary that examines the effects of GMOs on human health and the environment, she became passionate about the issues facing our nation’s food supply. This quickly led her to the local food movement in Pennsylvania and to meeting Annmarie Cantrell and Karen Stark who had just formed GMO Free PA. This was the beginning of her work as a safe food advocate.

She is co-founder of the non-profit organization Citizens for GMO Labeling, a national grassroots movement of mothers, fathers, farmers and citizens dedicated to ensuring our basic right of knowing what we’re feeding our families. Its mission is to raise public awareness across the U.S., engage grassroots activists and pass legislation calling for clear and immediate GMO labeling on the state and ultimately federal level.

Zofia has become well recognized as an advocate for food justice issues and GMO labeling and is invited to speak at events on a regular basis. She lives with her husband and rescue cat Miro in Penn Valley.
 


 

Ned MacArthur

Ned MacArthur founded Natural Dairy Products with his wife Susan and father Norman in 1994 before organic was “cool”.  They started the company out of the basement of their home, and have watched it grow from four original farms to a $12 Million dollar business over the last 15 years.  The company produces and distributes the  Natural By Nature  line of grass-fed, certified organic dairy products nationwide including milk, butter and ricotta cheese. Natural Dairy’s mission is to promote and support organic farming and the sustainable use of natural resources. To produce foods that benefit consumers and farmers alike. To use the principles of grass based dairy production as a means to improve the quality of their products, maximize the health of their cows and protect watersheds. 
  
A lifelong farmer, Ned farms a large piece of land behind their building and often provides quality organic hay to many of Natural Dairy farmers. He believes strongly in sustainable agriculture and in the right of American citizens to knowledge and information about how their food is produced. 


 

Karen Stark

Karen StarkKaren Stark is a self-proclaimed locavore who grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. She moved to Philadelphia in August 2010 from Illinois, where she co-founded and was the President of the Geneva Green Market. The Geneva Green Market, NPF supported small, local, sustainable farmers within 200 miles of Geneva, Illinois.

She hosted and organized an educational kid’s corner and coordinated the Chef demo events at the weekly summer open air market. It was the first true locavore farmer’s market in the area, and within two years the first indoor farmer’s winter market in Kane County opened. Karen also promoted the benefits of local food to various organizations within the Fox River Valley in Illinois.

She joined the Jeffrey Smith’s organization, Institute of Responsible Technology to increase the understanding of GMO’s and why it was important to buy local organic foods. She served as a steering committee member of the Fit for Kane Coalition, a group formed to study and fight childhood obesity. Fit for Kane Coalition made a difference throughout the county by successfully securing federal grants and implementing health driven programs.

Karen now serves on the Steering Committee of Slow Food Philadelphia which maintains fundraisers, educational events, and the Snail of Approval recognition. She has enjoyed meeting and interacting with the many urban organizations and people in Philadelphia that make such a difference in preserving the local farming communities, urban farming and those that are rebuilding the local food system. She is also involved with the PA Farmer Union.

She attended Weston A Price meetings in Kimberton, PA, where she meet Annmarie Cantrell. Together they started talking about genetically engineered issues and decided to start having informational meetings about GMO’s to the local population. When attending a Jeffery Smith event in CT, Karen met Zofia Hausmann. This developed into the triple play regarding GMO Free PA. 

Karen is married and has raised three children to young adulthood in a GMO free life-style for the past 11 years.
 


 

William Woys Weaver

william-woys-weaver_originalWilliam Woys Weaver is an internationally known food historian and the author of 16 books. He is a rare four-time winner of the prestigious IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Awards, his most recent gold medal going to Culinary Ephemera, a survey of old advertising materials. His 1993 award winning cookbook Pennsylvania Dutch Country Cooking will be included in the forthcoming anthology: 100 Great American Cookbooks of the 20th Century. Weaver’s most recent book, As American as Shoofly Pie was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in the spring of 2013.

Weaver received his Phd in food ethnography from University College, Dublin (Ireland) and is also the founder of the Keystone Center for the Study of Regional Foods. He maintains the Roughwood Seed Collection of heirloom food plants at the historic Lamb Tavern in Devon, Pennsylvania.