BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Remineralize the Earth is a non-profit organization whose mission is to disseminate ideas and practice about soil remineralization throughout the world. Membership and donations are tax-deductible. Remineralize the Earth is the leading knowledge base for a network that stretches to every continent.
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Joanna Campe, Founder and Executive Director
Joanna became an advocate for remineralization in the 1980s, and produced the magazine Remineralize the Earth, facilitating a worldwide network. In 1995 she founded the Northampton, Massachusetts based non profit, Remineralize the Earth. She works to raise public awareness of the role that soil remineralization with finely ground rock dust, sea minerals and other natural means plays in agriculture, reforestation, carbon sequestration, and climate stabilization.
She now has several decades of related conference participation, project organization, media development, authorship, public speaking, professional networking, policy advocacy, and public awareness building. Most recently she has co-edited and co-authored Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase*, a technical book on remineralization and biochar, to be published in 2014 by CRC Press. She is also currently coordinating the New Harmony Farm Research Project in Massachusetts to test for optimal ratios of rock dust, biochar and compost and measure nutrient density and carbon sequestration, as well as proposals for projects in Cameroon and Nigeria. She recently spoke at the II Brazilian Stonemeal Congress (II BSC) in Pocos De Caldas, May 12-17 2013.
Ljuba Marsh, President
Founder and Principal, The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
Ljuba Marsh is the co-founder and principal of the The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, and was a co-founder of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, where she also taught film. She has been involved with educational reform for the past 36 years, working with public and private schools in New York and Massachusetts. Ljuba has researched, developed, and facilitates education programs at the pre-school, elementary, secondary, and adult level. She is also the author of Creative Vision, a workbook for nurturing creativity in elementary school children.
In Remembrance of William Holmberg, Board Director (1996 – 2016)
Co-Founder, American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Bill was a co-founder of ACORE, and most recently served on the Board of Directors as chairman of the Biomass Coordinating Council and LAC-CORE, in 2013 he moved onto the ACOE Board of Advisors. Bill brought an additional thirteen years of experience in the federal government supporting sustainable agriculture and energy technologies, with a focus on biofuels. While at the EPA, FEO, FEA, and DOE, Bill helped to pioneer the ethanol and biodiesel industries. He retired from the federal government at the Senior Executive Service level. Bill spent an additional twenty-one years in the private sector, managing small businesses and associations relating to biofuels, including the New Uses Council and the Biomass Coordinating Council. He was a founding member of the Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC), which makes major contributions to the Senate and House Renewable and Energy Efficiency (RE & EE) Caucus. Bill was an original founding board director of Remineralize the Earth who made a tremendous contribution to RTE and will be greatly missed.
Ken Whitman, Board Director
President of Natual Vitality
Ken Whitman is the president of Natural Vitality, a purpose-driven international supplement company focused on human nutrition. He is also the publisher of the award-winning Organic Connections magazine and the driving force behind Natural Vitality’s Calm Earth Project environmental initiative now in its eighth year. Ken is a recognized thought leader, an advocate for organic produce and a strong proponent for GMO labeling. Through Ken and Natural Vitality, a portion of the profits from the sale of Natural Vitality products goes to the Calm Earth Project, which provides the operating budget for Remineralize the Earth. This funding has made possible various initiatives including our project Agroforestry in Costa Rica: Food, Fuel, and Income to Sustain Local Communities and our remineralization of the 7- acre Florence Organic Community Garden.
Greg Watson, Board Director
Former Commissioner of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Greg Watson was sworn in as the Department’s 19th Commissioner by Governor Deval Patrick on April 2, 2012. He also served as Commissioner (1990 to 1993) under then Governors Dukakis and Weld. His major accomplishments as Commissioner during his first tenure included the promulgation of innovative groundwater protection regulations designed to prevent contamination of aquifer recharge areas; outreach program to farmers to adopt integrated pest management techniques; worked to make Massachusetts the first state to establish a dairy pricing system; and clarification of acceptable agriculture practices under the Wetlands Protection Act. Prior to being Commissioner, he worked as the Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology within the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Commissioner Watson is an original founding board director of Remineralize the Earth.
Tom Goreau, Board Director
President, Global Coral Reef Alliance
Tom Goreau is President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, a non-profit organization for coral reef protection and sustainable management, and Coordinator of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Partnership in New Technologies for Small Island Developing States. He works with tropical fishing communities and organizations around the world to restore their coral reefs and fisheries. He is also a trained nuisance crocodile remover who would rather not. Dr. Goreau is the researcher for Remineralize the Earth’s New Harmony Farm CSA Research Project. He is working to determine optimal ratios of rock dust, biochar and compost for use in agriculture, to create foods with high nutrient density and maximum carbon sequestration. He did a significant study on remineralization showing more than eight times the biomass for trees grown in Panama with basalt rock dust over a five-year period, and showing increases in major macro and mico-nutrients. He is the main editor and co-author of Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase, a technical book on remineralization and biochar, to be published in 2014 by CRC Press.
Michael Garjian, Board Director
Michael Garjian is a commercial and social entrepreneur, holding 9 worldwide patents, and employing 400 individuals in the US and Australia, who work manufacturing his inventions. He is also a longtime consultant to Greasecar Vegetable Fuel Systems, developer of kits enabling diesel vehicles to run on waste or virgin vegetable oils. President of Vegetable Energy Group, d/b/a Vee-go Energy to produce alternative, non-fossil based fuels. CEO, Angel Eyes Produce of New England, establishing biofuel powered Cityfarms to grow certified organic crops indoors in inner city buildings while employing inner city youth and residents at living wages. Michael founded E2M.org on 1/1/2000 to establish first cell of a new patent pending alternative and sustainable economic model for the USA and other free market economies. His goal is to use renewable energy to grow safe, organic, nutritious crops within inner cities as an industrial base to expand the E2M Economic Model, to achieve social and economic transformation.
Tara Zadeh, Board Director
General Counsel, MA Dept of Agriculture Resources
Senior Counsel, Nature Conservancy
Tara began work with the Nature Conservancy in 1999. She is currently the Senior Counsel with them, and previously served as their senior lawyer. She was a private legal consultant with Fenn and Associates from 1999 until 2012, and a licensed site professional board for Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She was previously the General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources from 1990 to 1997. Tara is an original founding board director of Remineralize the Earth.
Board of Advisors
Suzi Huff Theodoro, Ph.D., University of Brasilia, Brazil
Eder Martins, Ph.D., EMBRAPA, Brazil Peter van Straaten, University of Guelph, author of Rocks for Crops
Peter van Straaten, Ph.D., University of Guelph, author of Rocks for Crops
William Fyfe, Ph.D., Professor emeritus and former chair of the Geology Dept and Dean of Science at the University of Western Ontario, and Former President of the IUGS
Ward Chesworth, Ph.D., University of Guelph
John Todd, Ocean Arks International and the Center for Restoration of Waters
Lee Klinger, Ph.D., Sudden Live Oak
Bob Cannard, Cannard Farms, Greenstring Institute
Don Weaver, co-author of The Survival of Civilization
Tom Vanacore, Rock Dust Local LLC