John Gerber, Professor of Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass, is one of three candidates nominated to be recognized as a “University Ally” of the Real Food Challenge. If you agree, please vote here!
John is Program Coordinator for the UMass Sustainable Food and Farming program which has grown from 5 students in 2003 to over 7 today. He served as leader and manager for this major outreach effort of the University of Massachusetts with programs in agriculture, natural resources, youth and family development, and nutrition education. He has also served as Associate Dean in the College of Food and Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts. John currently teaches courses relating to sustainability at the University of Massachusetts where he provides leadership for the undergraduate program in Sustainable Food and Farming. He continues to investigate ways in which students are encouraged to explore personal growth and community responsibility through service, dialogue, and contemplation. His greatest professional joy is to watch young people find their calling (especially when it relates to local food and farming). He was instrumental in helping to initiate student projects at UMass such as the Permaculture Initiative, the Student Farm, GardenShare, and the Real Food Challenge. He received the highest honor awarded a teacher at UMass in 2008 with the University Distinguished Teacher Award.
What others say about John: “John’s support has built the bridge between Student Food Advocates and the University. We are always amazed at his capacity to do good at this University, and his effort to support our movement does not go unnoticed.”