Orren Fox is a 19-year-old beekeeper, chicken wrangler, sustainable-food advocate, longboard builder and student. He grew up in Newburyport, MA and has been keeping bees and chickens for most of his life. He was a speaker at the Do Lectures USA in 2012.
Orren is the author of happychickens.com, a blog on raising healthy chickens and bees, naturally. He has written several articles for Edible Boston “The Reason I Keep Bees”, Handpicked Nation and has been interviewed for the Huffington Post, NPR and Yankee Magazine to name a few.
This past June Orren’s Book Do/Beekeeping from the Do Book Company was published and it is currently in stores and on amazon. “By sharing the journey of 18-year-old beekeeper Orren Fox – who clearly remembers what it’s like to be a rookie – you’ll discover that keeping your own honeybees is easier than you think”. Here is a little teeeny film about the book and Orren.
Nick works as a Chef Teacher at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA teaching youth. One of his favorite lessons includes students eagerly observing a beehive with their noses pressed against the glass and tasting fresh honeycomb.
Nick grew up in the Bay Area with a love of eating and cooking. He studied biology at Williams College in rural, western Massachusetts. There, surrounded by small organic farms producing incredible vegetables, meats, and dairy he found himself with half a pig in his freezer and weekly CSA box on his doorstep. After visiting the farms and meeting the people behind those foods, he dove into the sustainable food movement and helped start an organic garden and food advocacy group on campus.
A beekeeper, a certified NYC Master Composter, and all-around green girl, Rebecca is the author of Compost City: Practical Composting Know-How for Small-Space Living.
A former features writer at The New York Daily News and arts editor at Vibe magazine, Rebecca is the recipient of a 2013 Work-In-Progress Grant (Contemporary Fiction Category) from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a William Plumer Potter award in fiction and a writing fellowship at Artcroft. Her fiction has appeared in Alimentum: The Literature of Food. A city and country girl, Rebecca splits her time between New York and the Catskill mountains. She enjoys cooking, snowboarding, traveling and making things grow.
Suzanne is an Assistant Dean of Students and Sustainability Council co-chair at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Suzanne is dedicated to sustainability and loves to work with a creative team to help inspire others to be good stewards of the earth. Under her guidance, the highly competitive Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) has accepted Commitments to Action developed by FIT students for three consecutive years: the FIT Natural Dye Garden in 2014, the FIT Muslin Compost System in 2015 and, in 2016, FIT HIVES.
Jan is a beekeeper, an amateur mycologist and microbiologist working in collaboration with communities including Newtown Creek Alliance, BeeVillage, New York Mycological Society, Brooklyn College Soil/Microbiology Lab, and Genspace to innovate ways to communicate with each other and the larger public.
Jan is also an accomplished artist who creates social sculptures using a combination of artistic and scientific processes that manifest in the form of interactive installations, photography, performance, and bio-art. In 2014 she received a Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grant and in 2015 the New York State Council on the Arts, New Media Individual Artist grant to support her project, ProfileUS: Invasive Species, which includes BeeSpace: Audio Observation, a unique installation that houses live honeybees inside an observation hive that responds to the presence of viewers by producing and amplifying the sounds of the bees.
Shelagh Nichols Traill
A southern California native, Shelagh Nichols Traill is an outspoken vegetarian who practices pro-bono disability law and dedicates her time to art and environmental causes on Florida’s Treasure Coast. A former resident of New York, Paris and London, she is married to a Scottish Silicon Valley visualization pioneer and together they independently educate their four gifted, autistic children.
Her teen and tween daughters initially piqued her interest in the plight of the honeybee. For three years they have been developing and expanding a garden to provide essential fats, proteins and vitamins via select pollen sources to coastal honeybees – no small feat in an area with ample sand and little soil. Shelagh is an active member of the Florida State Beekeeper’s Association, the International Dyslexia Association and the American Bar Association.
Susan is an urban beekeeper, gardener and Docent at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She first observed the opening of beehives in rural China on a Heifer study trip, and was smitten. Back in NYC, she located a beekeeping community offering classes and became a member. Since 2008 she’s kept bees on her rooftop and works on the hives at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as being actively involved in urban bee programs. Meanwhile, at the Met, when she is not giving tours…she’s always looking and discovering bee imagery in works of art from cultures around the world, ancient and new.
As a young girl growing in Egypt, Nicole Toutounji was fascinated by bees and the delicious honey they made on her family’s farm. After a long career as a photographer and photo editor at UNICEF’s headquarters in New York, Nicole took classes in beekeeping, joined an urban beekeeping organization and apprenticed with seasoned beekeepers. She’s presently the head beekeeper at the Cathedral of St John the Divine where she tends two beehives and conduct various events and seminars on the value of bees and beekeeping, and a founding member of BeeVillage in Battery Park which consist of six beehives.