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Rodale Institute Southeast Organic Center
Born in 1974 in Cleveland, Ohio, Garver Akers was raised in Ohio and studied at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. He is a certified ecological horticulturist, agroecologist, farmer, and educator. Garver specializes in multi-scale, diverse variety, sustainable crop production.
Akers is a Farm Educator and Consultant at Southeast Center with Rodale Institute in Georgia. He farmed organically in states across the Southeast and recently took on the leadership of the Rodale Institute Southeast Organic Center in Georgia. He relocated for the job with his wife and children in 2020. Akers explains in this interview how plans for opening the new center have changed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.