John Jeavons has been the Director of the Mini-Farming program for Ecology Action since 1972 and is the author of How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops... on GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming, which is currently in use in over 130 countries in English, Spanish, German, French, Hindi and Russian. He is author, co-author and/or editor of over 30 Ecology Action publications. His major responsibilities include directing field and library research and education in Biointensive food-raising. He advises GROW BIOINTENSIVE projects in Mexico, Kenya, Russia and Argentina, as well as all corners of the U.S. John holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. Before coming to Ecology Action in 1971, he worked as a systems analyst in business, government and university settings. He has received the Boise Peace Quilt, Santa Fe Living Treasure, Giraffe and Steward of Sustainable Agriculture awards for his public service. John's dream is to be a GROW BIOINTENSIVE mini-farmer.
Carol Cox, a development professional for 20 years, is Garden Research Manager at the Willits Mini-Farm. She is the co-author of the recent Ecology Action book, The Sustainable Vegetable Garden. She has Master's degrees in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Library Science, and her experience has included teaching English and French in West Africa and Jamaica. Among her present interests and responsibilities, in addition to coordinating the activities in the Research Garden, are maintaining Ecology Action's library collection, making and using solar ovens, studying the compost process, translating a book from the 1850s on the techniques of the Parisian market gardeners, and setting up a demonstration garden in Togo, West Africa.