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People Who Make a Difference: Lindsey Lusher Shute

Lindsey Lusher Shute grew to love farming on her grandfather’s Ohio farm. As co-founder and executive director (2009-19) of the National Young Farmers Coalition, she engages and mobilizes young farmers across the U.S. Named a “Champion of Change” by President Obama for her leadership on farm issues, Lindsey and her husband Ben also operate Hearty Roots Farm in Clermont, New York, which uses sustainable and organic practices.

Poster Artist Alyssa Tirado: “My interest in art began during adolescence, when I created a prize-winning poster inspired by The Grapes of Wrath. Since then, I’ve had four artworks displayed at DCC’s Washington Art Gallery. My goal is to become a production designer at a film company.”

Words of Inspiration

“I have a constant source of inspiration and motivation in the people that I work to represent: young farmers. These farmers are out to change the country by growing great food, taking care of the soils and water that they depend on, and daring to compete as small farmers in a highly consolidated food system. The risk that these farmers take on behalf of their communities keeps me going. I want them to succeed, and I know what they’re up against.” —Lindsey Lusher Shute

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