"Feeding the Fort" was started by Ashley, Starin and Michelle - three graduate students at Colorado State University with a common interest in Food Systems - and Ted, a film student with the Colorado Film School in Aurora, CO.
Michelle Berkowitz Sultan is currently an MBA candidate with Colorado State University's "Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise" program. Her research focuses on providing access to agricultural solutions to smallholders living in the developing world. She is also a Colorado Master Gardener volunteer teaching gardening to hispanic populations living in Fort Collins, CO. On her free time, Michelle enjoys gardening, cooking, and preserving delicious veggies!
Ashley Colpaart is a Sustainable Food System Policy Consultant currently earning her PhD in Food Systems. She is a graduate research assistant for a food system outreach group at Colorado State and her current projects include developing Cottage Foods business curriculum and conducting a food system assessment. She is a Registered Dietitian and earned a Masters in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition - specializing in Sustainable Food Systems and the Environment from the acclaimed Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She has a unique understanding of the importance of food in human health and in social, economic, and environmental spheres.
Ted Mitchell has been a resident of Ft. Collins, CO since 2005. He has dirtied his hands working on a farm to produce local food. He graduated from CSU in 2009 with a BA in history and is currently a student at the Colorado Film School. Ted also grows a home garden, where he sometimes has to convince his four year-old daughter that earthworms are best left outside.