Transition Sarasota improves overall quality of life by building community, revitalizing our local food system, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and strengthening our local economy.
Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for a decade. He is currently an associate editor at Sarasota Magazine. His work won an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation, a Bronze Award for Best In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Magazine Association, and he was named a finalist for Best Public Service Reporting by the Florida Society of Professional Journalists.
Darryl McCullough came to Sarasota in 2012, after a 33-year career as a professor of mathematics at the University of Oklahoma. He has supported Transition Sarasota since before his arrival here, and has been a Board member since Transition Sarasota became an independent organization in 2016. Darryl has more than 100 fruit trees on his two-acre property in Desoto Lakes, currently serves as Treasurer for two area fruit tree clubs, and is the founder and owner of SweetSong Groves LLC, which markets fresh local tropical fruit in the Sarasota area.
Don Hall is the founder of Transition Sarasota and now contracts with the organization to coordinate the weekly gleaning project. Previously, he worked for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado (now, the Local Food Shift Group), the first official Transition Initiative in North America and a statewide hub. Don holds a Master's in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and is a certified Permaculture Designer and US Transition Trainer.
Jeff Vredenburg is the Sustainability Program Educator for the City of Sarasota and works on the issues of recycling, climate change adaptation, waste diversion and greenhouse gas emission reductions. He has been actively trying to help people reduce their carbon footprint through education and community involvement for a decade. He moved to Sarasota after studying sustainability science and sustainable tourism in 2015.
Joe Chapman is a Certified Public Accountant whom has over 15 years of experience acting as Treasurer for Not for Profit Organizations in the Sarasota area. He enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering his time to local sustainable oriented organizations. His role is to assist the organization with compiling financial records to guide in its mission.
Laurin Kocher is the Marketing Field Associate for Whole Foods Market covering Sarasota to Naples. In 2016 she began volunteering for the planning committee for Eat Local Week. She has also worked with Newtown Nation obtaining a grant for them through Whole Cities Foundation so they could further grow their farmer’s market. She looks forward to making meaningful contributions to the group and in assisting the organization’s growth. She resides here in Sarasota with her dog and two cats.
Leigh Barber is a senior at New College of Florida in Sarasota. She is majoring in Political Science with a focus in Environmental Studies and is an intern with Transition Sarasota's social media team. Leigh has a passion for food, whether it be cooking for her friends and family, shopping for the freshest ingredients, or finding the best restaurants wherever she is. She is so excited to be sharing her passion with Transition Sarasota!
Roger Landry has always been aware of humanity's impact on the natural world. He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Commissioning Specialist and volunteers with several local nonprofits, including the Myakka River Branch of United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Transition Sarasota. Having recently completed a Permaculture Design Certification Course, Roger is now more committed than ever to improving the environment.
For Hall, the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Transition Sarasota, building a sustainable community starts, literally, from the ground up.
Ready to celebrate local food once again? The fifth edition of Transition Sarasota's Eat Local Week has been scheduled for Oct. 24-30.
Ever wonder what it takes to be a local farmer or food producer? The 2nd semi-annual Local Food Entrepreneur Showcase will give you an insider’s glimpse of how you can team up with the local food movement.
Transition Sarasota Executive Director Don Hall mentioned a simple and eminently doable idea: Let's raise $10,000 to commission a foodshed study by economist and author Michael Shuman, the event's keynote speaker.
Wearing a variety of sun hats and outdoor gear, the gleaners headed out into the fields at Jessica's Organic Farm in Sarasota. Walking single file along an irrigation line, every person carried a large tray and cutting knife.
The workshop's keynote speaker is Michael Shuman, a noted economist and author whose work has centered around how small, local businesses create more prosperity for cities and regions than global chains.
Transition Sarasota’s fourth annual Eat Local Week offers a tasty and hugely varied buffet of events for seven straight days starting this Friday,
Transition Sarasota's Eat Local Week, October 24-30, will bring food issues to the forefront and will highlight the local farms and initiatives that are going on to help regain a more environmentally-friendly and human-friendly approach to obtaining food.
Eat Local Week organizers invited Colorado entrepreneur and author Woody Tasch to present the program's keynote speech on March 22 and explain to attendees how they can expand local food economy investments in Sarasota.
When Woody Tasch went on tour to promote his book, he had no idea his collection of musings on how to spark investment in local agriculture would turn into a movement.
Sarasota resident Kim Northrop loves anything and everything to do with plants - from gardening to cooking or even just talking about them. So, as she picked fresh tomatoes Thursday, May 31, at King Family Farm, she couldn’t help but enjoy it.
Although harvesting gathers much of the produce that is grown, as any grower knows, some of the produce is inevitably left behind. Either it was missed during the harvest, or the produce isn't perfect-looking enough to be sold.
Virginia farmer Joel Salatin calls it "an integrity local food tsunami." Transition Sarasota's Don Hall describes it as "a renaissance of local food and farming."
In the five months since they started, the Suncoast Gleaners have harvested over 15,000 pounds of produce from Jessica’s Organic Farm in Sarasota.
To the farmer who grew it, the romaine lettuce, dandelion greens, cucumbers and basil gathered by volunteers at a local organic farm this week were just trash that would have otherwise been tilled under or composted.