Grace Gershuny is widely known as an author, educator and organic consultant. In the 1990's she served on the staff of USDA’s National Organic Program, where she helped write the regulations. She learned much of what she knows through her longtime involvement with the grassroots organic movement, where she organized conferences and educational events and developed an early organic certification program for the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). A reformed market gardener, Grace still grows her own veggies and chickens in Barnet, Vermont.
Grace currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Institute for Social Ecology and the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition and gives on-line and in person presentations on behalf of both organizations. She has previously taught in online and low residency programs for Green Mountain College, Prescott College, Burlington College, and Goddard College, as well as in person for Sterling College. She has a Masters in Extension Education from the University of Vermont, with a self-designed concentration in Ecological Agriculture (1982).
Grace is available to give presentations to classes, conferences, and workshops on topics such as organic agriculture and policy, organic farming and climate change, food justice, organic certification, history of alternative agriculture, and related food system issues.
Doing business as GAIA Services, Grace continues to work an independent organic inspector and consultant.
Institute for Social Ecology – Board of Directors, Faculty
Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition – Board of Directors
Center for Grassroots Organizing – Agroecology Team
Woodstock Timebank, LLC/ Community Supported Enlightenment – Ethos & External Relations Circle, Resource Persons Circle