Shani Mink (she/her)
Co-Founder | Executive Director
Shani Mink is a seasoned farmer, experiential Jewish educator and the executive director of the Jewish Farmer Network. At the age of 18, Shani began her farming journey at Even’ Star Organic Farm while earning her degree in philosophy at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She has since studied at the Arava Institute, earned her permaculture design certificate at Hava V’Adam, worked as a farmer educator at Eden Village Camp, graduated from the Adamah Fellowship, spent time learning Torah in Jerusalem, and was part of the inaugural cohort of the JOFEE Fellowship. This last experience landed Shani as a farmer at the Pearlstone Center, where she managed annual production and the livestock operation for two years. Her work with the land has deepened her spiritual path, and the wisdom of the Jewish tradition has lent endless meaning and intention to her work as a farmer. Shani’s desire to share the depth and beauty of the connection between farming and Judaism led her to co-found the Jewish Farmer Network with SJ Seldin in 2017. The cultivation of this network is Shani's proudest accomplishment to date.
SJ Seldin (they/them)
Co-Founder | Board Chair
SJ is steward-in-residence of Yesod Farm+Kitchen, a community space near Asheville, North Carolina, dedicated to regenerative agriculture, earth-based Jewish living, and growing relationships across difference. In between adventures into the woods and waterways, they studied public policy and socio-economic injustice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since graduating from UNC, they have been traveling through America's side streets and byways, growing organic produce for donation at educational farms and community gardens, and consulting with organic businesses and community agriculture non-profits. Previous clients and collaborators include The Lord's Acre, Lucky Jack Coffee, Living Web Farms, Organic Growers School, Hazon, Earthaven Ecovillage, and Heartnectar Beeswax + Botanicals. SJ believes that Jewish agricultural wisdom offers modern farmers and stewards compelling questions, tools, and technologies for creating more just and regenerative communities for all.