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Martha Boyd, Chair

Martha is Program Director for Chicago's Urban Initiative of Angelic Organics Learning Center. She apprenticed on a Biodynamic CSA near Ann Arbor in 1989. Since then, Martha has practiced urban farming and community building in Minneapolis, Santa Cruz, Boston, Chicago, and Guatemala. She arrived in Chicago from a masters program in land restoration, public health, and environmental justice at UW-Madison.

Martha is a founding Board Member of Eco-Justice Collaborative, and served as treasurer until 2015. She is passionate about grounding self-reliant communities in and around their ecological infrastructure, and both participated in and supported the two regional Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago events organized by EJC in 2012 and 2013. This included leading a 2 1/2-hour, interactive workshop on local food that followed the World Cafe model and was designed to obtain input from professionals, teachers, and the general public that would feed into the broader conference's theme on community resilience. Martha also holds a certificate in Zen Shiatsu and lives in Woodlawn.