David Brooks is a sales executive with a large Oklahoma Food Producer. He is a Past President of the Made-In-Oklahoma Coalition and currently serves as the National spokesperson. David has been on the corporate side of the food industry for over 30 years. He and his lovely wife have a small cattle ranch in central Oklahoma. It is considered a small ranch due to the fact that on cold winter nights the entire herd can be brought inside to share a cup of hot chocolate by the fire. David likes books, especially when they come out on DVD. He likes sailing, but is not very good at it and will probably perish in a small storm some day while all the other boats are quietly making there way to port. He teaches a Southern Baptist Sunday School class filled with young adult couples. The Lord has blessed David and his wife with two beautiful children, and a new son-in-law. All three of them have made life the joy it is.
When John isn’t editing Fresh Greens, he teaches English as a second language to secondary students in a metro area school district. At home he enjoys gardening in the back yard, cooking with fresh ingredients from the Oklahoma Food Coop, working on his long awaited (by his wife and mother) novel, and deciding between the Pulitzer winners and graphic novels stacked on his nightstand. To sate his inner masochist, he attaches deranged emotional significance to the fate of each Chicago Cubs season.
Jennifer Gooden's sustainability interests are all over the map. At the top of her list are the interaction of social class and environmental responsibility; the exploration of an Oklahoma brand of sustainability; and the challenges (and occasional rewards) of the transition to a more earth-friendly lifestyle. Jennifer is the program coordinator at the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City and a founder and former president of Sustainable OKC.
Kristen McCarty is a nurse, writer and farm hand living in rural Oklahoma. She has many more books on her bedside table than she can possibly keep up with, but she makes a valiant effort. She and her husband have a small organic farm with chickens, goats, and one llama who believes herself to be a human queen. Her two-year old daughter loves gathering eggs and picking vegetables while wearing all pink with her sparkly princess crown. Her mother hopes that the farm stuff will stick while the princess stuff falls to the wayside.
The Madfarmer is a little bit grumpy. He is inspired by the works of Wendell Berry, primarily his poem, The Mad Farmer Liberation Front. It is his long cherished dream to one day learn how to do absolutely everything by himself. So far he has learned how to make cheese and beer (but not at the same time or in the same pot), attract excessively large amounts of squash bugs, chase away hives of bees, kiss a llama, and grow copious amounts of organic vegetables for the many, many hungry pests on his farm.
Nancy Love Robertson
A think locally, act locally kind of gal, Nancy Love Robertson lives and works in Oklahoma City. She digs community involvement, especially with public education and has been known to show up at an art opening or two. An avid runner and newborn cyclist, Nancy loves Oklahoma and enjoys day tripping whenever possible. She constantly claims to be the richest person she knows due to the wealth she has accumulated in her family and friends. On warm days, Nancy can be found sitting on her front porch swing with her family, including her life partner and two dogs. She strives to “be the change she wants to see in the world,” and has learned it is best to love first and ask questions later.
Chelsey is an editor and writer with a domestic streak that leads to haphazard gardening, cooking and sewing. If she had to put all of her interests on one bumper sticker, it would read: “The Goddess is my co-pilot, but I’d rather be doing yoga, traveling, buying local and watching my schnauzer (spay and neuter!) beat up your honor student.” She is the outreach manager for the Oklahoma Food Cooperative and the Edmond route manager. She spends the rest of her spare time watching HBO programs on DVD with her husband, Jeff.
Shauna Lawyer Struby
I’m a 52-year-old writer, mom, wife, avid locavore, gardener, and passionate advocate for sustainability. Lately karma posted me to the vibrant and growing non-profit group Sustainable OKC, where I’m privileged to serve as president. In my day and sometimes night jobs, I write and edit for the Oklahoma Department of Tourism & Recreation, Sonic America’s Drive-in, and The Dustbowl Conspiracy, an alliance of architects and designers committed to smart, sustainable design. I like this quote from Wendell Berry, “I am more and more impressed by the generality of the assumption that human lives are properly to be invented by an academic-corporate-governmental elite and then either sold to their passive and choiceless recipients or doled out to them in the manner of welfare payments.” I’ve decided to stop being passive and choiceless. In this journey, I’m blessed in Oklahoma City to be inspired by many gracious friends and family. Follow my adventures thinking, living and loving life out loud at ThinkLady blog.
Lindsay: I’m a 27-year-old Oklahoma enthusiast who enjoys being a part of our community’s artistic, cultural and sustainable evolutions. My passions include gardening, reading and baking a mean chocolate chip cookie. The people I meet through Sustainable OKC continually inspire me with the often simple, yet innovative ways they improve our world everyday. I look forward to learning more from the thought-provoking discussion sparked by this forum.
Bob Waldrop is a native, fourth generation Oklahoman. He is the president and general manager of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, the director of music at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, and the founder of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House. He is one of the instructors for the Barking Frogs Permaculture Online Permaculture Design Course. He lives in central Oklahoma City, where he growns more than 100 varieties of useful or edible plants on his former lawns. His Craftsman era bungalow, originally constructed in 1929, has been extensively remodeled and incorporate superinsulation in the walls and attic, passive solar, and other energy and resource conserving features. He moderates an extensive collection of internet discussion groups, including email@example.com, which has 7400 members and has been discussing energy issues since 2001. His websites include www.energyconservationinfo.org, www.bettertimesinfo.org, www.bulgarbugle.com, and www.bobwaldrop.net.
Robbie White is a former teacher who now works for worthy causes in her community while raising her three children. Robbie's passions in sustainability (for the moment) are: consistent changes in small ways, learning about new ways to bring conscious living into the lives of her family and
creating opportunities for intelligent discourse on the topic of intentional stewardship of the earth with anyone who will join in! Robbie loves being in the mountains, riding her Electra bike around Midtown and reading good books.
Tricia is a map-maker and researcher by day and an aspiring domestic goddess by night. She was raised in a small town south of Fort Worth, Texas, and attended the University of North Texas, where she studied emergency management, geography, and environmental journalism. She is especially interested in wildlife habitat loss, waste management, and issues surrounding food: eating, growing, selling, marketing, cooking, etc. You can also find her at oklavore.com. Tricia moved to Oklahoma nearly three years ago and lives in southern Logan County with her husband and two dogs.