Transition Sarasota's mission is to create food and economic security by supporting local, sustainable sources. Our vision is a sustainable and thriving community both now and for future generations.
Peter Burkard is a lifelong environmentalist, nature-lover, and player-in-the-dirt. He’s been growing much of his own food since 1973. He’s formally educated in agriculture, with a 1976 Bachelor’s Degree in Vegetable Crops from the University of Florida. He also enjoys keeping chickens and bees and powers his home with the sun. He’s been a fixture at the Sarasota Farmers’ Market since its inception in 1979. He believes if enough people make such changes in their personal lives, plus greatly reducing the human birthrate, humanity and much of the natural world can still survive.
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.
Janet Lewis is our Executive Director. She arrived in Sarasota in 2017. Janet holds a doctorate in plant breeding and genetics, and has lead research and development programs in wheat breeding in academia and industry. She is excited to help develop our community around local food and has a long-term focus on mitigating the effects of climate change on the food system.
Jeff Hollway has been a resident of Sarasota for 21 years. He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Florida. Since retiring, Jeff has been involved with Mote Marine Research Laboratory as a volunteer educator and also volunteers with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and the Transition Sarasota Gleaning Program. These commitments reflect his deep interest and dedication in all aspects of the environment with particular emphasis on promoting a sustainable and healthy community in 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.
Mary Anne Bowie is a sustainability advocate with a passion is to heal the earth. Semi-retired urban planner, she assists Transition Sarasota, Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START), US Green Building Council and the Arlington Park Neighborhood Association. From 2002 through 2009, Mary Anne helped grow Sarasota’s local green economy through Sarasota Green Connection (SGC) with: 200 SGC approved green business certifications; seven years of monthly world-cafe eco-forums combining businesses and Earth Charter principles; publishing Sarasota’s first Green Pages; establishing a network of 3,000 people (pre-Facebook) and creating media green partnerships.