Miriam Volat works personally and professionally to promote health in all systems. She directed and taught a hands-on BA and MA program in Ecological Agriculture at New College of California for 6-years and on the Advisory Team for the California Farm Academy. She has worked professionally as a small farmer instructor, facilitator, researcher, small farm advocate and community organizer to increase broad-based community resiliency. Her work has focused on food, agriculture and water systems and the important intersection of biological and socio-cultural diversity. She has an M.S. in Vegetable Crops from UC Davis with an emphasis in Soil Ecology and Nutrient Cycling and a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Her academic research has focused both on preventing nitrogen pollution to groundwater from non-point agricultural sources and small farm viability. Miriam serves as Board Chair of Sonoma Counties’ Daily Acts Organization and previously served on the Board of Directors of an International Cultural Preservation funding organization.