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Dr. Gail Myers TVCMN
Gail Ross TVCMN
Diane Williamson
Diane Williamson was born in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After high school, she went to college at Edinboro University in Erie, Pennsylvania. She left school to join the army in the summer of 1976, becoming a Nuclear Weapons Maintenance Specialist. Diane came home to complete her Associate of Science in Graphic Design. She and her daughter moved to Oakland, California, where she continued working for the government until the base closures in 1997. She continued her education and received a certificate of completion from Silicon Valley College in Computer Graphic Design and 3 certificates from City College of San Francisco in Video Production and Broadcasting. She graduated in May of 2014 from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts.
Dr. Gail Myers
Dr. Gail Myers is an Agricultural Anthropologist. For the last 18 years she has researched, lectured, taught, wrote about and recently filmed 30 stories of African American farmers, sharecroppers, gardeners, and a basket weaver. As a doctoral student at the Ohio State University, Myers organized the first statewide conference for African American farmers in Ohio: “Sustaining Communities: Ohio’s Black Farmers at the Crossroads.” She also served as the conference coordinator of the 19th California Small Farm Conference in Ventura, California, in 2005. The Root Magazine (April 24, 2015) featured Dr. Myers as 1 of 7 urban farmers in the United States you should know. Myers received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, a master's degree in Applied Anthropology from Georgia State University and received her doctorate from Ohio State University in Cultural Anthropology. Dr. Myers designed an original course from her fieldwork and taught the course at Denison College, Sustaining Community: Black Farmers in the USA. Myers’ Ph.D. dissertation is well-sought after by those researching black farmers. She has taught for Ohio State University, San Francisco Art Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine’s MPH Program, Morehouse College, and Denison College.
In 2004, Dr. Myers co-founded the non-profit, Farms to Grow, Inc. Farms to Grow assists African American farmers to maintain and grow their farms. Since 2004, Myers and the organization has connected African American farmers to urban communities, assisted African American farmers grow their business, increased access to healthier and more affordable food options by developing and managing Community Supported Agriculture projects, planning and managing farmers’ markets, church farm stands, and other direct-to-consumer opportunities. In 2013, Farms to Grow started the Freedom Farmers Market in Oakland, California. The Freedom Farmers Market not only brings produce grown by African American farmers into urban communities, but also educates the community and connects urban youth with the land and its rich historical traditions and culture. Also, Farms to Grow developed its Farm Field Day Program to bring together volunteers who work with African American farmers on their farms weekly.
Dr. Gail Myers lectures and consults frequently for community based, local, state, national organizations and federal departments. Dr. Myers has authored several articles including the recent article in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Decolonizing a Food System: The Freedom Farmers Market as Resistance and Analysis, Summer 2015. Her master’s results are published in the American Journal of Public Health The Context of Youth Weapon Possession. Dr. Myers has received numerous awards and recognitions including Certificate of Recognition from California’s State Senate and the Commendation Award from the Ohio State House of Representatives. Dr. Myers continues a wide spectrum of grass roots organizing and coalition building through her work with Farms to Grow. Currently, she is working with Cornell University’s Network for Sustainable Food Systems and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to diversify outreach and presentations to ensure greater access and participation by farmers of color. Her upcoming documentary film, “Rhythms of the Land,” is currently in post-production.
Gail Ross
Please check back soon to learn more about Gail Ross and her amazing professional history. 

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