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Selim Sandoval

Art: Nat Damm Selim Sandoval Founder, Growingreen Energy and EarthPlay Learning Adventures Ventura, Calif. Selim Sandoval, born in Guatemala and raised in South Central L.A., is hard at work creating green jobs in Southern California. His company Growingreen Energy installs renewable energy systems and trains workers to enter the field, while another venture, EarthPlay Learning Adventures, creates customized outdoor learning programs for kids and adults. Sandoval also works as community relations advisor for Sunside Solar, which manufactures solar systems, and as green jobs coordinator for Venice YouthBuild, which helps at-risk youth get on a positive career track. Watch Sandoval talk about his work:

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Benjamin Shute and Miriam Latzer

Art: Nat Damm Benjamin Shute and Miriam Latzer Farmers, Hearty Roots Community Farm Tivoli, N.Y. In a shallow 2008 New York Times style-section article, Benjamin Shute was portrayed as a hipster farmer. But growing food is no trendy pastime for him and his business partner, Miriam Latzer, 35. Since 2004, they’ve run Hearty Roots Community Farm, which is tackling two big challenges facing sustainable agriculture: 1) the scarcity of affordable land for new farmers; and 2) the need to broaden access to sustainably grown local food. They’ve already had to move their operation once because they couldn’t afford the multi-million-dollar sales …

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Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr

Art: Nat Damm Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr Founders, Architecture for Humanity Sausalito, Calif. Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, both 36, founded Architecture for Humanity in 1999 to promote architectural and design solutions to social and humanitarian crises. Their motto: “Design like you give a damn.” (That’s also the name of their book.) Since its founding, Architecture for Humanity has established a network of more than 40,000 professionals who donate their time and expertise to build everything from much-needed facilities in disaster-stricken spots like Haiti and New Orleans to “Football for Hope” centers across Africa, where the love of sport …

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Sammy Slade

Art: Nat Damm Sammy Slade Member, Board of Aldermen Carrboro, N.C. Sammy Slade, 35, has a vision for Carrboro, N.C., a bustling, densely populated town that borders Chapel Hill. Where other people see a conventional burg with lots of single-family houses and lawns, Slade sees one big community farm for a post-oil era. Bikes, pedestrians, and vegetable carts would take over the roads, and the lawns would give way to densely planted veggie beds and grassy chicken runs. He helped launch Carrboro Community Garden in 2008, which quickly grew into a highly productive public space. Every year, he and his comrades from Carrboro …

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John and Julie Stehling

Art: Nat Damm John and Julie Stehling Owners, Early Girl Eatery Asheville, N.C. In 2001, John and Julie Stehling, now 42 and 39, had a radical idea: Let’s start a restaurant that sources as much as possible from its foodshed, and let’s serve simple, diner-style fare at accessible prices. At that time, most local-minded restaurants were foodie temples, with the menu prices to prove it. (Think Chez Panisse.) Today, with the sustainable-food movement focusing more on broadening access and with the economy in the doldrums, restaurants that combine eco-consciousness with affordability are all the rage. At the the Stehlings’ pioneering …

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Bryant Terry

Art: Nat Damm Bryant Terry Eco-chef and Food-justice Activist Oakland, Calif. Chef and activist Bryant Terry, 36, works to make our food system just and sustainable, and, in his own words, “illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity.” He’s reminded people of the healthy origins of African-American cuisine in Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African American Cuisine. He’s also working on the Southern Organic Kitchen Project, which aims to inspire healthier eating in urban communities in the South. In 2006, he coauthored Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with Anna Lappé and started an online Grub hub to promote healthy eating. …

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Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Art by Nat Damm. Original photo by Anthony-Masterson. Severine von Tscharner Fleming Director and Founder, The Greenhorns Hudson Valley, N.Y. Severine von Tscharner Fleming, 28, is director of the forthcoming film The Greenhorns, about America’s young farmers, and founder of a group by the same name that recruits and supports “greenhorn” farmers. The group provides resources, puts on gatherings, hosts a wiki, maps new farms, blogs, tweets, podcasts, and more. “We have the advantage of youth. Brave muscles, a fierce passion, and probably pretty savvy marketing insights,” she says. “We have a country that needs us to step to the plate, swing that pick, and plant the future—now!” Read a Grist …

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Hai Vo

Art: Nat Damm Hai Vo Food Activist and Farmer Davis, Calif. Five years ago, as he was about to head off to college, Hai Vo weighed in at 250 pounds. But at the University of California–Irvine, he underwent a double transformation: By embracing healthful food, he lost more than 100 pounds, and in an effort to spread healthful food to everyone else, he became a food activist. He got involved in the national Real Food Challenge campaign and cofounded a Real Food Challenge project at UCI. He researched the university’s food-procurement system, drew more than 500 people from the campus and …

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Janine Yorio

Art: Nat Damm Janine Yorio Founder and Managing Director, NewSeed Advisors New York City, N.Y. Janine Yorio, 33, formerly a Wall Street investor, has turned her finance savvy to the food world. Her firm, NewSeed Advisors, founded in 2009, invests in and advises promising companies working to make agriculture more sustainable. NewSeed has hosted two Agriculture 2.0 investor conferences, in New York and Palo Alto, Calif., connecting venture capitalists with ag entrepreneurs — two groups that don’t usually mix and mingle. Read a Grist article about the 2010 Agriculture conference. Follow Yorio on Twitter.

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