Director of Living Web Farm
Patryk Battle is the Director of Living Web Farms, a network of educational and research farms dedicated to the widespread transition to renewable energy, regenerative farming practices and the elimination of food insecurity. A major focus of his life’s work s the production, processing and delivery of food to his community. Although the locus of his efforts has changed over the decades his dedication to making these endeavors more socially just and environmentally regenerative has not. He sees Mutual Aid as a natural pathway to social and economic justice and environmental regeneration.
Food & Empowerment Activist
Chloe fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2013, when she moved from Massachusetts to Warren Wilson College to study Sustainable Agriculture and Biology. Now, after graduating in 2017, she lives on a community farm in Candler, NC, and works in Asheville as a native perennial gardener. Her passions include cultivating a resilient and just food system in the face of a changing climate. As a young person of color, Chloe feels a calling to work towards the empowerment of brown and black farmers/farm workers. Like many, her black ancestors were stolen from their homeland for slavery, and her free ancestors were pushed into northern cities, where they forgot how to be stewards of the land. Chloe finds empowerment and delight in working southern soils, growing healthy foods and medicines, and having the freedom to love the land and its people.
Organizational Development Consultant
Steve has 30+ years experience working in and with groups, organizations, and communities to shift and align strategy, structure, culture and behavior for greater impact, energy, and equity. His work has taken the form of organizational leader, consultant, trainer, coach, facilitator, and mentor. Currently he is working with organizations attempting to create social and environmental change around the world, many of which are using principles and practices based on the same kind of thinking that created the problems they're trying to address. In the past five years he has become very involved in efforts in the Asheville area to create systemic change related to social, racial, economic and environmental justice/equity. He currently lives in Asheville.
Community Co-operative Organizer
Andrea Golden lives in Dulce Lomita Mobile Home Cooperative with her partner and their three children. She is a worker owner of Cenzontle Language Justice Cooperative and coordinates PODER Emma Community Ownership. She loves sitting by the fire with friends and family!
Herbalist & Rural Mutual Aid Cultivator
Dave Meesters is an herbalist, gardener, and land steward living in Madison County. He is the co-director of Medicine County Herbs, a medicinal herb apothecary and nursery, and the Terra Sylva School, which provides herbal education within a context of radical ecological and social consciousness and immersion in the wild woods of Appalachia.