Kazi Pitelka is a professional musician and passionate gardener. Her career as a professional violist has included 20 years as principal viola of the Los Angeles Opera, performing on film and movie soundtracks, and working with such disparate artists as Frank Sinatra, Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo and Prince. She has been growing food in southern California for 33 years with her gardening, cooking, preserving and animal husbandry featured in the Los Angeles Times and Pasadena Star News, and on Evan Kleiman's "Good Food" on KCRW. Her search for successful varieties and methods for southern California is energized by the satisfaction of watching food grow; the assurance of quality in meat and eggs, and the pleasure of combining colors, textures, and flavors in the kitchen.
Kreigh Hampel tells the stories that are hidding in our garbage cans. Since 2003 he has served as the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Burbank and now oversees the City’s zero waste programs. He is a graduate of the UCLA Municipal Waste Management Program and has worked with nonprofit and public agencies on urban forestry, school gardens, solar energy, home composting, bicycle transportation, and Extended Producer Responsibility
He draws on natural designs, simplicity and community involvement to move beyond conventional waste management frameworks and engage restorative designs.
Amanda Rose, Ph.D. has a degree in political science and a minor in statistical analysis from Indiana University at Bloomington with publications in strategic political behavior. She works as an analyst for California social service agencies and authored the book "Rebuild From Depression: A Nutrient Guide." Rose lives on a five acre homestead in California's Sequoia National Forest and advocates for consumer "free choice" of food.
Jonathan Vos Post
Jonathan Vos Post has been a Professor of Mathematics at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. His first degrees in Mathematics and English Literature, were from Caltech in 1973. He has been, also, a Professor of Astronomy at Cypress College in Orange County, California; Professor of Computer Science at California State University, Los Angeles; and Professor of English Composition at Pasadena City College. He is a widely published author of Science Fiction, Science, Poetry, Mathematics, Drama, and other fields. In his so-called spare time, he wins elections for local political offices and produced operas, as Secretary of Euterpe Opera Theatre.