William Hale owns and operates All-Farm Organics farm in Louisa County, Virginia. He has 23 years of experience growing organic grains, and for the past several years has been producing certified organic popcorn and cover crop seed. William also runs a commercial composting operation on the farm. He is the current board president of Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF).
Debbie Piesen has managed seed growing at Living Energy Farm since 2010, growing seeds and produce on three acres of certified organic land just outside of Louisa, Virginia. LEF is a project to build a self-sufficient farm, community and education center that uses no fossil fuels or grid electricity. She is passionate about identifying and stewarding varieties that really work well for homesteaders and gardeners who grow most of their own food, as well as for market growers.
Edmund Frost grows seeds, produce and medicinal herbs at Sycamore Farm in Botetourt County, Virginia. He managed the seed growing business at Twin Oaks Community (Louisa, VA) from 2008-2015. Sycamore Farm is new a project to create an agriculturally-based income-sharing community connected to the Appalachian Trail, in keeping with the original vision for the trail (see https://www.appalachiantrail.org/docs/default-document-library/2011/04/16/An%20Appalachian%20Trail-A%20Project%20in%20Regional%20Planning.pdf). Edmund also does breeding and variety trial research work with a variety of vegetable crops, especially focused on Cucurbits. He has worked as an anti-GMO activist and is committed to building functional alternatives to corporate control of our food, farms and seeds.
Sapphyre Miria lived at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia for five years and left to help start Sycamore Farm with Edmund. Sapphyre has been growing vegetables and seed crops for five years now and continues to pursue her passion of learning medicinal herbs. She believes that it is essential for personal autonomy and freedom that everyday people control their own food, seed and medicine systems, rather than corporations like Monsanto and big pharma. Her favorite crops are corn, gourds and squash. She bottom-lines IT, accounting, germination testing, and order fulfillment for CWSG.
Lyndsey Walker worked for several years on the seed growing crew at Twin Oaks. She has now been farming in Buckingham County, Virginia for two years. She is growing seeds as well as produce crops.
Betsy Trice grows seed crops and produce at Peacemeal Farm, which she runs with her husband Chris Trice in Hadensville, VA. They also raise meat goats, cattle, and laying hens. In addition to farming, Betsy is an instructor at Reynolds Community College where she teaches Sustainable Agriculture.