Cheryl Velez

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Cheryl Velez is a concerned consumer and family cook.   Recognizing the negative health effects of refined, processed foods and factory farmed meats, Cheryl has recently begun the journey of transitioning to local sourced farm fresh foods.  Cheryl's goal is to improve her family's health, support local farms, and share the knowledge she's gained about factory processed food.

Rick D

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Rick is a founder at eatlocalgrown.com. He enjoys taking on near impossible pursuits. His beautiful wife of 25 years, his 3 three grown children (and his future grandchildren) provide the motivation required to keep throwing rocks at the big bad guys. In his spare time he enjoys being a dad, cooking, playing guitar, traveling, drinking good beer and hanging out with great friends.

Jeff Cox

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Jeff Cox is the author of The Big Summer Cookbook from John Wiley & Sons, and The Organic Cook’s Bible, also from Wiley, plus 17 other books on food, wine, and gardening. You can find out more about his books at www.jeffcox.net, and order them online at www.amazon.com.

Shirley Frederick

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Shirley is one of the organizers of the Dakota Local Food Network. Her website was created in response to the deteriorating quality of the industrial food now found in supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the country. Too many chemicals, too much processing, abusive treatment of animals, drugs and hormones, genetically modified crops (in some cases modified to tolerate more pesticide), recalls of tainted food, the list goes on. The solution is to grow our own food and buy from local farmers and ranchers, people we know and trust. Shirley has worked as an environmental educator in the Southwest and as a local organizer in the Black Hills area.

Andrew Ettenhofer

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Andrew thinks food is supposed to nourish us, to keep us alive and thriving – and yet lately the way we feed ourselves is having the opposite effect. His blog asks are you getting filled up or fed up with what you eat. He welcomes your thoughts – are you filled up or fed up?