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Anya Fernald

Anya Fernald has worked for a decade with small- and medium-scale food producers in business and market development and has worked on sustainable food projects in over 30 countries. Anya is the founder and director of Live Culture Co., a consulting company that builds innovative sustainable food businesses. Live Culture Co.’s subsidiary Live Culture Productions also produces an annual event, the Eat Real Festival. Anya began her career in food working in rural development in southeastern Sicily developing and implementing a business and marketing plan for artisan cheesemakers for the Consorzio Filiera Lattiero Casearia. Anya then directed programs for the Slow Food Foundation in Italy, developing and implementing a micro-investment program that supported small-scale artisan food producers in over 30 countries. Anya returned to her home state of California to lead a Farm-to-School program, a social venture produce distribution company, and the California Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign for CAFF. Anya launched the inaugural edition of Slow Food Nation in San Francisco in 2007, serving as the organization’s Executive Director. At Slow Food Nation, Anya directed all aspects of the organization, including development and refinement of the event vision and strategy. The event drew 85,000 attendees and generated over 600 stories in the news media. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Anya spent a post-graduate year of study as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow studying traditional cheesemaking. She has co-authored two books with Slow Food, and has written for numerous publications. Anya’s work in building distribution systems and infrastructure in California has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle and Newsweek, she has been featured in the New York Times, Via Magazine, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. Anya is a regular judge on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and a season judge on the 2009 season of The Next Iron Chef.