Nate was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from Abington Friends School in 2000 and from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2004. He worked a wide range of jobs, from landscaper to spotlight operator to office manager, before realizing he needed to pursue a life of activism. He has since primarily sought work in politics and organizing, though he quit his last “real job” in 2012 (as an organizer with the Service Employees International Union). He is grateful to be able to consider himself equal parts farmer and political organizer today.

Nate has been involved in activist efforts ranging from the Sudan Freedom Walk to Occupy Sandy. He helped found, an open communication platform for activists. He ran for U.S. Congress in 2012 and was called “the first Occupy candidate” by Politico. He has served on the executive board of the Project for Nuclear Awareness (PNA), the Cumberland County (NJ) Long Term Recovery Group, the Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN), and GMO Free Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Seed Advisory Committee of the Non-GMO Project.

As co-founder of the Experimental Farm Network, Nate works to organize plant breeders, researchers, farmers, and gardeners, facilitating collaboration on projects aimed at developing new crops and growing systems for carbon sequestration and climate stabilization. His efforts as a plant breeder are focused on developing perennial grains and oilseed crops. He currently lives and farms in Salem County, New Jersey.

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