Co-Founders

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When a career change relocated Sweet Farm co-founders, Anna Sweet & Nate Salpeter, from Seattle to the Bay Area - they fulfilled their dream of buying land and dedicating it to the pursuit of ending inhumane factory farming practices. Both long time animal advocates and volunteers at local rescues, they wanted to find a way to maximize their impact and educate people on how to live more humane and sustainable lives. The couple still works full time in tech, but dedicates evenings and weekends to working with the animals of Sweet Farm and helping spread our message.


Team

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KAT HUNTER

Agriculture Program Manager

Kat is a food justice activist who is inspired by local community, the Arts and creative innovation. As a farmer, nutritionist, professional cook and soil nerd she strives to find synchronicity with Nature to grow nutrient-dense and flavorful foods using regenerative practices. Kat draws on landscapes from backpacking adventures and unique ingredients discovered while traveling to embolden her permaculture design projects. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Foods Nutrition at San Diego State University, where she also minored in International Security and Conflict Resolution. With this combination of disciplines, Kat gained a holistic perspective of the food system and believes we can all make changes on a local level that have a significant global impact.

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Rosie kirk

Social Media & Outreach Coordinator

Rosie, a Silicon Valley native, started her digital marketing business, SPREAD in 2015, where she creates content for local businesses and non-profits, including the Silicon Valley Roller Girls. When she is not skating, Rosie’s true passion is living the most sustainable life in a non-sustainable world. At home, Rosie loves to cook recipes with ingredients straight from her own garden and local farmer’s market.  She even makes sourdough bread from scratch from her 2-year-old starter! Rosie learned of Sweet Farm when researching local CSA Programs and was immediately hooked. You can find Rosie on the farm behind the camera capturing candid moments of our Animal Ambassadors, Staff, Volunteers, and Visitors to share with the world. She hopes these images and information shared helps educate the public of mass factory farming and inspire you to live a humane and sustainable lifestyle.

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SANDRA LAWRENCE

Development Director

Sandra Lawrence worked in the high-tech industry for 20+ years where she was a dedicated recruiter and project manager.  Born and raised in the Bay Area, she always played an active role in the non-profit world.  Having been one of the first volunteers at Sweet Farm, she made the life-changing decision to leave her high-tech job and officially join the Sweet Farm team.  Sandra hopes that her vast background can help Sweet Farm with educating the world about animal welfare and how making small changes in your life can make big impacts in the lives of animals, the environment, and one’s health.

 

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Becca Nelson

Farm and Programs Assistant

Becca spent the last year as an Americorps member working at two schools in Redwood City running their elementary school garden program sharing the joy of nature and growing food with school kids.  Before that she was at Hidden Villa as an environmental educator, leading tours of curious kiddos through the wilderness and connecting them to their food. Her passion for sustainable farming sprouted from her time spent on a family owned farm on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Her love for the earth and social justice brought her to pursue a career in sustainable agriculture and education. Becca is inspired by the mission of Sweet Farm and cannot wait to contribute to the agriculture and animal programs.

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max Posse

Animal Care Assistant

Max is a Seattle native who moved to the Bay Area in 2009 to pursue education in the Arts.  He has a passion for dogs and attended the Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco where he studied canine behavior and training to become a Positive Reinforcement Based Trainer to work with reactive dogs.  He started volunteering at Sweet Farm as an Animal Care Assistant before joining the team.  Max is hoping to make a direct impact in the lives of farm animals with the goal of one day starting his very own micro-sanctuary.


Board of Directors

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JON AZOFF

Jon is Director of Engineering for Omni, an on-demand storage start-up in San Francisco, CA. Jon's passion for technology has combined with his passion for animals and the outdoors, with his role on the Sweet Farm board. Jon spends too many hours tinkering with new technology to help further the cause of helping farm animals. 

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RYAN BETHENCOURT

Ryan Bethencourt is a scientist, entrepreneur, and biohacker best known for his work as program director and venture partner at Indie.Bio, a biology accelerator and early stage seed fund. He was head of life sciences at the XPRIZE foundation, a co-founder and CEO of Berkeley Biolabs, a biotech accelerator, and Halpin Neurosciences, an ALS therapeutics-focused biotech company. He co-founded Counter Culture Labs, a citizen science nonprofit, and Sudo Room, a hacker space based in downtown Oakland, California. He is a currently the CEO of Wild Earth Pet Foods and a partner at Babel Ventures

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KEN BIRDWELL

Ken has worked in telecommunications, computer simulation, and CAD prosthetics, before combining his passion for both technology and art to help start Valve, a popular video game company in 1996. Retiring after 20 years, Ken is an avid traveler and has been active in the non-profit world since 1992, both as volunteer, board member, and active donor.  Founder of Magic Cabinet Foundation in 2011, an experimental 509(a)(3) organization, Ken is dedicated to finding new ways of transforming lives, and transforming the world of philanthropy.

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PENNY CISTARO

Penny worked in the animal welfare field for over 42 years before retiring to a quiet spot along the coast.  Penny’s long career includes working directly in animal shelters and as a consultant with the Humane Society of the United States.  As a nationally recognized expert in shelter operations her training workshops helped shelters of all sizes across the country better meet the physical and emotional needs of the animals and the shelter staff who cared for them.  Volunteering with Sweet Farm is a natural fit for her administrative skills and her passion for animals.  Penny and her dog Morgan are avid runners along the coast and her two cats are avid couch potatoes.  

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DANIEL ENGELHARDT

As Senior Vice President of Interactive Ventures & Games at Lionsgate, Daniel’s role includes strategic planning, business development as well as production and creative oversight of the Company’s multi-platform games and interactive slate. The division’s portfolio of activities include over 20 games, a number of strategic investments, a robust presence in esports and acquisitions of iconic video game properties to be adapted into film and television. An avid supporter of animals, Daniel has been passionate about Sweet Farm since Anna and Nate first started on their mission. Even before joining the board he was a regular visitor and helped in fundraising efforts. 

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JEFFREY LASKER

Jeff is a Northern California native, having grown up in Napa Valley where he lived and worked on vineyards with his family. It was through this experience that Jeff developed an early passion for sustainable farming and a love for animals. He went on to obtain a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He holds a J.D. from Emory University, where he was active in several pro bono programs, including the Turner Environmental Clinic. Jeff is now senior counsel at a major technology company, where he focuses on intellectual property and helps lead the pro bono program. Jeff lives in San Carlos with his husband, son, and puppy Cleo.

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Kristie middleton

Kristie Middleton is the author of MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live—One Meal at a Time. During her time with The Humane Society of the United States, Kristie worked with some of the nation’s largest school districts—including Los Angeles Unified School District, Detroit Public Schools, and Boston Public Schools—as well as dozens of hospitals and colleges to implement healthier eating programs. She completed a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in August 2014. She is now the Vice President Of Business Development at Seattle Food Tech.

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CATRINA NORTH

A commercial winemaker by trade and long time animal lover, Catrina has significant experience running day to day operations among teams on farms of various sizes. She especially loves black cats, responsible farming and consumption, and sunshine. Catrina hopes Sweet Farm can help to educate folks on the small changes they can make in their diet to make significant impact.

MIRANDA ROBERTS

Miranda is a farmer and beekeeper and leads the agriculture program at Sweet Farm Foundation. She is a graduate of the ecological horticulture apprenticeship at the Center for Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz. Following this program, she founded and operated Fat Cabbage Farm, a certified-organic mixed vegetable, strawberry and flower farm in Pescadero, CA. Before pursuing a career in agriculture, Miranda served with the US Peace Corps in Kenya and Malawi as an English teacher and community-based development volunteer.

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Bunny Rosenberg

Bunny Rosenberg is the Director of Community Engagement at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco, California. In this role, she oversees the volunteer program and sends dogs into temporary foster homes while they await adoption.Prior to Muttville, Bunny worked as a Media Curation Analyst for JPMorgan Chase & Co. While working there in 2012. She was recently re-appointed as a Commissioner on the Commission of Animal Control and Welfare in San Francisco.