2021 Women’s Conference Speakers

Corrina Gould (Lisjan Ohlone), Sogorea Te’ Land Trust

Corrina Gould (Lisjan Ohlone) is the chair and spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan​— she was born and raised in Oakland, CA, the village of Huichin. A mother of three and grandmother of four, Corrina is the Co-Founder and Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run organization that works on Indigenous people issues and sponsored annual Shellmound Peace Walks from 2005 to 2009. These walks brought about education and awareness of the desecration of sacred sites in the greater Bay Area. As a tribal leader, she has continued to fight for the protection of the Shellmounds, uphold her nation’s inherent right to sovereignty, and stand in solidarity with her Indigenous relatives to protect our sacred waters, mountains, and lands all over the world.

Her life’s work has led to the creation of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, a women-led organization within the urban setting of her ancestral territory of the Bay Area. Sogorea Te’ Land Trust works to return Indigenous land to Indigenous people. Based on an understanding that Oakland is home to many peoples that have been oppressed and marginalized, Sogorea Te works to create a thriving community that lives in relation to the land. Through the practices of rematriation, cultural revitalization, and land restoration, the Land Trust calls on native and non-native peoples to heal and transform legacies of colonization, genocide, and to do the work our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.

Sogorea Te is an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the SF Bay Area that returns indigenous land to Indigenous people. Through the practices of rematriation, cultural revitalization, and land restoration, STLT calls on native and non-native peoples to heal and transform legacies of colonization, genocide, and patriarchy and to do the work our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.

Linda Emanuel, AgriSafe Network R.N. and Ag Produce

Linda Emanuel R.N. is the Community Health Nurse with AgriSafe Network. She engages with the agriculture community as a health care advocate and educator. She develops webinars, on-site presentations, and resources to enhance learning in health and safety topics for the agricultural workforce. Her passion as an agriculture producer and co-proprietor of her three generation Nebraska family farm enables her to act as a liaison between research and practice and therefore drives her work to address the ever-changing needs of this population.

Carolyn Jones, Mississippi Minority Farmers Association (MMFA)

Hannah Breckbill, Co-farmer, Humble Hands Harvest

Hannah Breckbill is a co-farmer at Humble Hands Harvest in Decorah, Iowa, growing organic vegetables, pastured pork, grass-fed lamb, and the beginnings of fruit and nut trees. She founded the Queer Farmer Convergence in 2018 and continues to cultivate queer farmer community and to use “queer” as a verb.

Josefina Lara Chavez, MPA, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) Farm to Market Specialist

Kate MacLean, Co-Owner, Longest Acres Ranch

Kate lives and farms in the rolling and snowy hills of Central Vermont. The farm is an organic livestock farm specializing in Red Devon cattle and Ossabaw Island hogs. She lives there with her parents, her sister and brother-in-law, her business partner (and former husband) and their two children. It is at once an unconventional and also traditional set up. In the summertime the whole of everyone’s time is devoted to the farm and the animals that call it home. The winter is where space and attention is made for the more cerebral portions of farming; the planning, marketing, and writing.

Dr. Antomia Farrell, MANRRS National President

Dr. Antomia “Mia” Farrell, currently serves as the Assistant Dean and Director for Diversity at the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) and the National MANRRS President. She is a strong advocate for the advancement of women in leadership and supporting them through their journey. She is in Cohort 16 of the Food Systems Leadership Institute, Big Brother Big Sister of Central Kentucky Board Member, Kentucky Women in Agriculture Board member, served on the UK Women’s Forum Board for two years, and a member of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Board just to name a few of her leadership commitments.

Erin Link, EB Ranch LLC Farm Owner

Erin Link is a steward to the critically endangered and rare San Clemente Island Goats. There are about 1,000 of these multipurpose goats left, and Link feels fortunate to have a small herd of 20-50 or so purebred SCI goats on EB Ranch.

At EB Ranch LLC, Luscious goat milk soap is made using specifically THEIR milk. Link hand milks her goats every morning and make small batches of soap with an array of essential and fragrance oils. Each label for these soap bars helps educate and promote these goats.

Link also raises a variety of pastured poultry for on farm processed meat shares, as well as limited whole/pastured goat meat shares. Link incorporates good land management practice and use rotational grazing techniques.

On the side, Link has been teaching herself to clean goat skulls and tan hides to sell in addition to everything else. EB Ranch also offers San Clemente Island Goat breeding stock.

Yolanda Gonzalez, Cornell Cooperative Extension Urban Agriculture Specialist

Yolanda Gonzalez is an Urban Agricultural Specialist with the Harvest NY team. In this role she provides technical assistance and educational programming for urban farmers and gardeners across the five boroughs of New York City. As an Urban Agriculture Specialist, Yolanda’s responsibilities include:

-Technical assistance on fruit and vegetable production
-Ongoing mushroom cultivation programming through the Community Mushroom Educator Training, in-person workshops and online courses
-One-on-one food safety consulting
-Farm research trials on pH management and specialty crops

Yolanda serves as an officer for the newly formed National Young Farmers Coalition- NYC Chapter. As officer of the NYC Chapter, Yolanda has an opportunity to advance policies that support the collective needs of the urban agriculture community in New York City.

As a native of Long Island, Yolanda farms a small, diversified plot in Old Westbury, NY.

Gianna Banducci, California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD) Cooperative Development Specialist

Gianna Banducci has spent eight years as a cooperative owner, developer, board member, and consultant. Her experience has centered around food and agriculture co-ops within California and Oregon. As a founding member of Our Table Cooperative, a multi-stakeholder food and farm co-op located near Portland, Oregon, Gianna dedicated her efforts to marketing, sales, outreach, operations, and organizational structure and policy. Over the years, Gianna has collaborated with small entrepreneurs on organizational visioning, multi-channel marketing strategy, business development, and community engagement. Gianna earned her master’s degree in food culture and communications from l’Università degli studi di Scienze Gastronomiche.

Gabrielle McNally, PhD, American FarmLand Trust Women for the Land Initiative Director

Gabrielle leads AFT’s national initiative to ensure women landowners have access to resources, technical advice, and policy facilitators to ensure they lead in conservation and building resilient agrifood systems. Before joining AFT, she worked as a fellow with the USDA Northwest Climate Hub where she conducted social science research to better understand producer decision making in sustainable agrifood systems, particularly in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation. She has written or contributed to many reports, assessments, and other publications on climate change. Gabrielle earned a Master of Science from the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forestry Science, where she focused on environmental economics and a Doctorate in sociology and sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University where she worked as one of the lead social scientists on a large-scale interdisciplinary USDA-NIFA project as part of her dissertation research.

Caitlin Joseph, American Farmland Trust Women for the Land Outreach Coordinator

Caitlin collaborates with AFT’s national staff to advance the Women for the Land Initiative, specifically supporting extension, outreach, and evaluation of regional learning circles with women landowners and farmers. Prior to joining AFT, she worked as a diverse vegetable farmer, farmers market manager, and farm to school coordinator in Michigan, and served in both grassroots organizing and policy analysis roles for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in Washington, D.C. With more than eight years of experience cultivating regional food systems, she has developed programs and policy frameworks for cross-sector partnerships focused on economic development, health equity, and climate resilience in the San Francisco Bay Area, and nationally. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology education from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in agriculture, food, and environment with a specialization in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University.

Esther Lin, USDA-FSA Outreach Program Manage

Esther is a part of the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency Outreach Office which oversees FSA’s strategic engagement of farmers and ranchers. Her work includes developing tools and resources that help FSA build strong working relationships with producers, and strengthening partnerships across Federal, State, and community partners to ensure equal access to USDA programs.

Lindsay Mutegi, USDA-FSA National Stakeholder Engagement & Program Education Specialist

Lindsay is the National Stakeholder Engagement and Program Education Specialist for the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency Outreach Office. Her portfolio includes women and Asian American and Pacific Islander farmers, urban agriculture, organic agriculture, and County Committee Elections. Prior to her work with the National Outreach team, she held positions at the county and state level of FSA in the Midwest and brings that field perspective into her work at the national level.  Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.S. in Agricultural Education.

Kristin Woods, Alabama Regional Extension Agent

Since 2003, Kristin has focused on community education and economic development in the area of food safety and food systems. Her primary area of emphasis is the development of food businesses in Alabama. She specializes in helping small farmers and food businesses meet food safety requirements and navigate food regulations, including the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Kristin has taught Better Process Control School, Seafood HACCP, School (CNP) HACCP, and ServSafe®. Kristin embraces a lifelong love of agriculture and currently owns and operates a small diversified farm in Southwest Alabama.

Kristine Tidgren, Iowa State University Dolezal Adjunct Assistant Professor & Director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation