Drew Belline (Decatur) – Drew Belline is currently the Executive Chef / Owner of No. 246 in Decatur, Georgia; a restaurant that focuses on seasonally and locally sourced American-Italian cuisine. Chef Belline is also the Vice President of Creative Direction and concept development for the Ford Fry restaurant group in Atlanta and has worked in the past with chefs Anne Quatrano in Atlanta and Chef Tom Colicchio in New York City. As a chef, Drew is deeply committed to seasonal ingredients and supporting local farmers and has supported Georgia Organics through events such as Attack of Killer Tomato Festival and a foraged mushroom inspired dinner for patrons.
Pilar Quintero (Dacula) – Pilar, owner of Alegre Farm, is one of the only female Latina farmers that owns property in the state of Georgia. Self-taught through research, mentoring programs and involvement in agricultural forums, her passion for teaching families about sustainable farming, eating healthy, and living life as naturally as possible has positioned Alegre Farm as an agriculturally-based education, agritourism and economic development center. The farm serves the local community through hands-on experiential learning, school field trips, sustainable living workshops and a farm to table market. Pilar is driven by a passion to bring people back to the roots of food and the land and honoring farm life and its importance to our country.
Kristin Russell (Savannah) – Kristin grew up on a family farm/ranch in north, central Kansas. She studied international relations and environmental policy in Minnesota which led to an internship in Southern Africa researching the farming history of that area. She landed in Savannah to open The Sentient Bean- a coffee shop, which evolved into the vegetarian, farm-to-table restaurant that it is today. She helped found the Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah in 2008 and is still involved in that market and other good food efforts in Savannah.
Jennifer Taylor (Glenwood) – In 2010, Jennifer returned to her grandmother’s farm and relaunched it as Lola’s Organic Farm with her husband Ronald Gilmore. The 32-acre farm is certified-organic with three acres in fruit and vegetable production and includes high tunnels to allow for year-round growing. Jennifer studied agronomy at Florida A&M and Iowa State universities, ultimately earning her doctorate degree and a position teaching organic farming at her alma mater. She’s now the coordinator of the Florida A&M Statewide Small Farm Program. Jennifer previously served on the National Organic Standards Board from 2011-2016 and currently serves on the Organic Farmers Association Governing Council.
Rebecca Williams (Chattahoochee Hills) – Rebecca is owner of Many Fold Farm with her husband Ross, where, for eight years, they ran Georgia’s only all-sheep creamery, making award-winning cheeses, fresh eggs, as well as lamb and whey-fed pork. In 2017, they closed the creamery and scaled down their operation to farm livestock, produce eggs, and practice rotational grazing with an eye toward finding new ways to use the farm’s enterprises to support the growth of local agricultural economies. Rebecca is passionate about community farms and the challenges farmers face with scale, value-added operations, and consumer awareness.