Administrative Council

The Administrative Council, often called the AC, is the governing body for the Southern SARE region. The AC appoints the host institution and coordinator, oversees the general budget, guides programming, and reviews and evaluates grant proposals. The term of membership on the AC is normally three years, with the opportunity to serve two terms.

The AC is composed of 22 members: 12 selected by the AC through an open nomination process serving 3-year terms (renewable for a second term), and 10 members who are appointed by our partner agencies. These agencies include 1890 Extension institutions, 1890 Research institutions, 1862 Extension institutions, 1862 Research institutions, State Departments of Agriculture, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Geological Survey, and a representative from the SARE National office. Of the 12 members selected from open nominations, seven are producers, three represent non-governmental organizations, one represents agribusiness, and one reflects quality of life issues for the AC.

Producer Members

Julia Asherman

Contact:

Rag & Frass Farm
15176 US Hwy 80
Jeffersonville, GA 31044

ragandfrassfarm@gmail.com

Dan Glenn

Dan Glenn is the managing director of Deep Grass Graziers, a commercial cow calf and registered seedstock operation focused on forage finished genetics, and also serves as director of his family’s 1200 acre row crop operation.  He is a partner in Sustainable Genetics, an international seedstock marketing business, and the managing director and founder of True South Seeds, a CBD hemp company located in Tennessee.  Dan serves on the national boards of the American Forage and Grassland Council, and the National Grazing Lands Coalition. He also serves as President of the Georgia Forage and Grass Land Council.

Contact:

600 Meadowlark Road
Fitzgerald, GA 31750

dan@deepgrassgraziers.com

Tashel Martin

Tashel Martin is a fourth generation farmer who runs an urban farming business that utilizes organic practices named Mama Isis Farm & Market in the city of New Orleans, LA. Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers (some that are edible) are grown on the urban farm and then sold wholesale directly to consumers and local businesses.  Nonetheless, added value items are created from the items that are grown such as teas, infusions, cough syrup, and other self care products. 

Contact:

5631 Christian Lane
New Orleans, LA 70126

mamaisis504@gmail.com

Tim Miller

Tim Miller owns and operates Millberg Farm, a certified organic farm utilizing dryland farming practices. Miller raises only heirloom crops with over 140 fruit trees. He specializes in alternative farming techniques, and is active in seed saving and growing of transplants. Miller runs one of the first and oldest CSAs in Texas.

Contact:

737 Opal Lane
Kyle, TX 78640

millbergfarm@austin.rr.com

Tenisio Seanima

Tenisio Seanima is the founder of Nature’s Candy Farms, a metro-Atlanta farm delivering certified organic, non-GMO produce, eggs and other items. Seanima practices permaculture techniques on his farm. He sits on the City-Agriculture-Plan Steering Committee for the City of East Point and coaches property owners in sustainable gardening techniques via his consulting enterprise. Seanima served as a member of the National Young Farmers Coalition, and has a history with SARE, serving on an advisory committee and participating as a grant reviewer.

Contact:

Nature’s Candy Farms
795 Miller Run
Atlanta, GA 30349

naturescandyfarms@gmail.com

Pauline Thiessen

Pauline Thiessen serves on the AC as a producer. She is the produce manager of Ozark Natural Foods, a co-op in Fayetteville, Ark. Pauline has worked at the co-op for over 10 years and is very active in supporting local food producers. She acts as the liaison between local farmers and Ozark Natural Foods.

Contact:

Ozark Natural Foods Cooperative
157 CR 546
Berryville, AR 72616

pauline@onf.coop

NGO Representatives

Bonita Clemons

Bonita Clemons is the founder of Dianne’s Call, a non-profit organization that connects families to fresh fruits and vegetables. The organization optimizes community health through education and access to healthy foods in underserved neighborhoods. Programs introduce and teach about sustainable farming and farm practices.

Contact:

1420 Brennen Road
Columbia, S.C. 29260

bonitaclemons@gmail.com

Patrick Lillard

Patrick Lillard serves as a Southern SARE NGO representative on the Administrative Council. He is the vice president for the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (www.tofga.org), and has been involved with sustainable agriculture, conservation, and education in a variety of positions for the past 15 years. He worked on dairies and large acreage grain farms in Australia and New Zealand, and managed a diversified farm in Waco. He earned a B.A. in English, M.S. in Horticulture, and Ph.D. in Agricultural Education. He is also working with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as a communications specialist.

Contact:

1407 Angelina Circle
College Station, TX 77840

patrick.lillard@ag.tamu.edu

Julius Tillery

Julius Tillery serves on the Administrative Council as an NGO representative. He works for The Conservation Fund as a farm resources coordinator for the organization’s Resourceful Communities program and business developer for the National Capital Investment Fund. His work focuses on helping under-served farmers connect to market outlets and resources to improve farm production. Julius has served on the NC A&T Cooperative Extension Small Farmer of the Year committee and is on the advisory board for the Town of Garysburg. Julius is a 5th generation family farmer, growing and selling collards and various green salad varieties at the Garysburg Farmers Market.

Contact:

4324 Pin Oak Drive
Durham, NC 27707

jtillery@conservationfund.org

Quality of Life Representative

Spencer Wood

Spencer Wood is a research associate professor emeritus at Kansas State University in the area of rural sociology. Wood focused a considerable amount of research, professional service, and community service around sustainable agriculture. He conducted research on land tenure issues within the black and rural people of color farming communities and has published works that address food insecurity. While at K-State, Wood served as a reviewer for North Central SARE grants, chaired the North Central SARE Research and Education Grant program, and served on both the North Central SARE Administrative Council and Executive Committee. Wood has worked as a volunteer researcher for Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, Land Loss Prevention Project, Family Farm Defenders and the Rural Coalition. Wood recently relocated to Texas.

Contact:

17902 North Rim Drive
Leander, TX 78641

spencerdwood@gmail.com

Agribusiness

Sandi Kronick

Sandi Kronick is a co-founder and CEO of Happy Dirt (formally Eastern Carolina Organics), whose mission is to cultivate a sustainable food system by providing a viable production and distribution network to customers and farmers.  Prior to launching ECO in 2004, Kronick has worked for many years building sustainable business relationships between organic growers and buyers, starting off in the sustainable food scene as the Local Food Coordinator for a 700-member cooperative in Ohio and later working as Sustainable Foods Consultant to restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 2010, Kronick received a “40 Under 40” regional business leadership award and traveled to Chile on behalf of the Chilean Trade Commission to speak to farmers about the U.S. organic marketplace.

Contact:

Happy Dirt
2210 East Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27703

sandi@happydirt.com

1890 Extension

Raymon Shange

Raymon Shange is Assistant Dean for Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension and Director of the Carver Integrative Sustainability Center. He is also associate professor of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences.

Contact:

209 Morrison Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36083

rshange@tuskegee.edu

1862 Extension

Rich Bonnano

Rich Bonnano is Associate Dean of NCSU’s CALS, and Director of NC State Extension.

Contact:

120 Patterson Hall
Campus Box 7602
NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695-7602

abonnan@ncsu.edu

1890 Research

Vacant Position

1862 Research

Nathan Slaton

Nathan Slaton is associate VP and Director of Soil Testing at Bumpers College Crops, Soil and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

Contact:

1371 West Altheimer Drive
DTAS 217
Fayetteville, AR 72704

nslaton@uark.edu

USDA-ARS

Annie Donoghue

Annie Donoghue is a research leader for the Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, USDA-ARS, at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas and is acting Research Leader for the Dale Bumpers Small Farm Research Unit in Booneville, AR. Her research has focused on developing alternatives to antibiotic use in poultry and developing strategies to reduce or eliminate pathogen contamination.

Contact:

USDA-ARS Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit
University of Arkansas
O-303 Poultry Science Center
Fayetteville, AR 72701

annie.donoghue@ars.usda.gov

USDA-NRCS

Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards is the state resource conservationist for the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana.  Scott has a broad background in federal service working in both Mississippi as a research agronomist at a Plant Materials Center and in Louisiana as a state plant materials specialist and as a coordinator for a nonprofit Resource Conservation and Development Council. For the last 4 years he has been focused on watershed based special initiatives including the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI), Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI), Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) and the Longleaf Pine Initiative (LLPI). Working with these state wide initiatives has allowed him to work with multiple state and federal agencies, non-government organizations and local producers to form dynamic partnerships to implement innovative conservation on private lands. He is currently working as the agencies intergovernmental water quality liaison with Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a BS in Agronomy a MS in Soils. He currently serves on the Professional Development Program Committee.

Contact:

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
3221 Veterans Memorial Drive, Suite H
Abbeville, LA 70510

scott.edwards@la.usda.gov

EPA

Susan Park

Susan Park is regional ag advisor for Region 4, which covers Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Florida.

Contact:

US EPA, Region 4
Office of the Regional Administrator, 14th Floor
61 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

park.susan@epa.gov

Agroforestry

Susan Stein

Susan Stein serves as an agroforestry representative on the Administrative Council. She is currently the director of the National Agroforestry Center in Washington, D.C.

Contact:

USDA Forest Service
Mail Stop 1115
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250

sstein@fs.fed.us

USDA-NIFA

Kim Kroll

Contact:

University of Maryland
5201 Paint Branch Parkway
1122 Patapsco Building
College Park, MD 20740

assoc_dir@sare.org