Lindsay Way, President
Lindsay’s passion for farming began when she worked on an educational farm in France where she taught students, among other things, that pigs are clean animals, despite the way they smell. She holds a masters degree from Michigan State University in community food and agricultural systems, and has worked in both education and in the farmers market world. She currently works at Fair Food Network, helping to implement Double Up Food Bucks (a program that allows low-income families to purchase healthy, locally produced food) across the state.
She became involved with The Agrarian Adventure in 2013 as a volunteer on the Farmer in the Classroom committee and previously served as the Farmer in the Classroom coordinator. Lindsay joined the board in May of 2015.
Deb Lentz, Vice President
Deb Lentz is co-owner of Tantré Farm, a CSA farm in Chelsea, Michigan, which produces certified organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, mushrooms, and flowers. She and her husband, Richard, also own and operate the Washtenaw Food Hub in Ann Arbor, which includes two rentable commercial kitchens, a farm market, and an agricultural educational event space for those interested in a mutually supportive network of local, food-based businesses along with an ecological demonstration site and sustainable food system destination. She also has served on the Chelsea Farmers Market Advisory Committee for a number of years. As a farmer and former educator Deb has led many Farmer in the Classroom presentations for elementary students in the Ann Arbor Public Schools since 2008.
Deb has been a board member of The Agrarian Adventure since 2010 and is a founding member of The Agrarian Adventure’s “Farmer in the Classroom” subcommittee.
Jeremy Chouinard, Treasurer
A food and music lover to the core, Jeremy has been writing and singing original rock songs on his guitar and professionally serving food for over twenty-two years. When he had a band he cooked up a huge vegan feast for every jam session and sang out “eat food with friends!” As an educator, certified in social studies, he has worked in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, namely Slauson Middle School, as a long-time preferred substitute of yore and currently as a leader of Slauson’s school garden committee. Using his degree in photography he serves as the graphics adviser for the Ann Arbor Book Society. You can find his book-town map in any of the ten indie bookstores in town (a2books.org).
In January of 2016, he finally joined the board after years of being impressed by the good works of the organization. His interests in permaculture, veganism, CSAs, Transition A2, reskilling, and most recently his Master Composter certification prepped him for this moment. In addition, he proudly serves on the board of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Farm To School Collaborative on behalf of The Agrarian Adventure. His personal budget book would make a numbers nerd weep for joy.
Emily Canosa, Secretary
Emily began working with sustainable food at a permaculture farm in Japan, and later moved on to work with community gardens and youth programming alongside residents of Avalon Housing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her M.A. program led her back to Japan to study sustainable food movements in the Kanto region, and after completion she became a farmer-owner at Singing Tree Garden, a cooperative farm in Detroit that uses sustainable growing practices. From 2014-2016 she served as the first manager of the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program, which includes 13 student organizations, several campus gardens, and the Campus Farm. Emily is also the Assistant Director of the Sustainable Living Experience residential community at U-M, co-founder of The Hive sustainable living cooperative, and a board member of We The People Growers Association, which provides jobs in agriculture for people returning from incarceration.
Chef Chris has been the Sous Chef at both The Black Pearl and The Grange Kitchen and Bar in Ann Arbor, among his other work leading the kitchen at The University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He teaches workshops and classes on local sustainable foods through the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative and Munger Graduate Housing. He enjoys volunteering his time and talent to the Ann Arbor community, whether it be serving as a board member at The Agrarian Adventure, cooking breakfast for. the homeless at St. Andrews Church, or preparing the Fall Harvest Dinner for Honey Creek Elementary’s Wellness Program every year.
After volunteering with the Agrarian Adventure as a visiting chef for a couple years, Chris joined the board in 2017.
Kate Long has been a local food advocate and organic grower for the past ten years. She graduated from MSU’s Organic Farming program in 2009, and has since managed various organic vegetable farms that provide local food to the community. She is currently the Vegetable Farm Manager at Robin Hills, as well as a volunteer with Agrarian Adventure’s Farmer In The Classroom program. She has also managed nonprofit farms, most recently an urban farming project in metro Detroit. 2017 is Kate’s first year as a board member of Agrarian Adventure, and she is very excited to be a part of the organization’s important mission and offerings.
Jeff went to Logan Elementary, Clague Middle School, Huron High, and the University of Michigan before stumbling on the awesome local farms and food opportunities surrounding his hometown. Happily, young students won’t have to wait so long now! After working in diverse fields such as solar engineering, green business research, and higher ed administration, Jeff is a farmer with Sunseed and a Realtor with the Charles Reinhart Company in Ann Arbor. He strives to help people in their quests for health, a home in a vibrant community, and a nourishing eco-system. He also enjoys Argentine tango, Iyengar yoga, Sunshen Tai Chi, and learning skills to live in close connection to nature in Michigan.
Neha Shah, Advisor to the Board
Neha Shah is an urban gardener and ecological justice advocate. She teaches fourth grade at Burns Park Elementary in the Ann Arbor Public School District. She holds a Master of Arts in Social Foundations with a concentration in Eco-Justice Education from Eastern Michigan University. At her previous post at King Elementary School as a fifth grade teacher, she spearheaded the school wide composting program and the King Learning Garden.
Neha believes in educating and empowering students with knowledge about the local and sustainable food systems, community interconnection and collaboration, place-based education and eco-activism. Neha co-chairs the Farmer in the Classroom subcommittee and serves on our School Garden Network and Advocacy subcommittee.