The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a 501(c)3 organization connecting regional agricultural producers with the knowledge to address economic viability and resilience in a changing environment.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Anderson – President
I am a fifth-generation Idahoan with family still ranching in Lemhi County. My grandparents taught me the importance of balancing natural systems in everything from flood-irrigating grass hay, selective timber harvesting for wood construction materials, and rotating pastures to minimize over-grazing. That knowledge advanced my undergraduate studies of hydrogeology, environmental science, climate resilience, and sustainable solutions. I currently work as a fund-raiser for a national non-profit specializing in land and habitat conservation.
As a member of the ICSA board, I am focused on identifying opportunities to restore the balance between agricultural production and natural systems for Idaho’s farmers and ranchers through education and advocacy.
Emily Erickson – Vice President
As an Idaho native my best memories are on horse-back either at a rodeo or jumping the ditch in the pasture. My journey has been as unique as the landscape of our beautiful state. From rodeo queen to an MBA in Sustainable Business, I’ve explored California, NYC, and Seattle. Eventually, I found my way home with a deep appreciation for the lifestyle and outdoor adventures that Idaho offers. Since returning to Idaho, I’ve worked with organic food companies, designed and implemented collegiate programming for B Corp certification, led diversity & inclusion conferences for the business community, and promoted regenerative agriculture practices. I believe in using business as a tool for good to build a resilient future for our agricultural state. I’m thrilled to serve on the board of ICSA because we bring Idaho’s stakeholders together to protect our farms, rangelands, soil and water that will feed generations to come.
I grew up on a conventional farm in Iowa. I always loved growing things in the soil and the feeling of accomplishment that went along with it. My idea of farming starting to take different turn when in 2010 the farm we got our CSA from put on a documentary about Organic farming. It connected a lot of dots and thoughts I had about conventional farming. Since then I have been on mission to learn about other farming practices. My degree and interest in human health was now directly connected to the health of the soil, plants, and animals. Upon moving to Boise almost 6 years ago, I really wanted to be a part of the food/agriculture community here. I worked with McIntyre Pastures getting their direct marketing to consumers up and running. I also worked for 2 years with the Grassfed Exchange helping to spread the word of proper grazing and farming techniques. I have now started my own business with my wife and stay very connected with local community through ICSA.
I’m a graduate of Boise State University, with a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies & Minor in Sustainability. My areas of study encompassed environmental policy, natural resource economics, management of public lands, and water quality. I have had the opportunity to partner with the Idaho Power Company on a stewardship program to evaluate elevated water temperature downstream and implement restoration actions to the diverse riparian environment below the Hells Canyon Complex. I have also had the opportunity to manage and lead a corrective action clean-up event for the Teton Creek Corridor Project which was previously a dump site. The purpose of the event was to improve and protect important wildlife habitat along Teton Creek in the greater Yellowstone area. I’ve enjoyed working closely with ranchers and farmers on conservation easements in Eastern Idaho for the Teton Regional Land Trust. This is what brought me to the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture and I look forward to what the future holds.
Amy Mattias – Secretary
Is the co-director of Local Food Alliance, a program of the Sun Valley Institute. Amy Joined LFA in fall of 2017 to deepen their ability to connect the dots among consumers, producers and elsewhere in our local and regional food system. Amy serves on the Blaine County Food Council, is a board member of Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and co-manager of the Wood River Seed Library. She has worked with numerous local organizations committed to the local food movement, including Wood River Valley HarvestFest, Idaho’s Bounty, NourishMe and Kraay’s Market & Garden. Amy created Kraay’s Market & Garden’s website and online ordering platform, expanded their vendor network, and increased awareness and sales throughout the Wood River Valley. Amy has created digital presences for food related entities, such as Wood River Valley HarvestFest and Blaine County Food Council.
Prior to moving to Idaho, Amy graduated from Western Michigan University, magna cum laude, in Sociology and Organizational Communications. She worked as the Communications & Operations Specialist for an herbal supplement company and as a small business consult for Rupert’s Brew House, a micro-brewery, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Amy is passionate about regenerative agriculture, preserving farmland & agricultural heritage, and community resilience.
My journey in sustainable agriculture began growing up in rural New Jersey (The Garden State) where I saw firsthand the impacts of urban sprawl on farms, communities, and local food systems and simultaneously large-scale efforts to preserve remaining farmlands. The desire for a greater understanding of this complex issue led me to pursue a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine. Since then my professional career has focused on the various facets of sustainable agricultural systems including land-use planning, conservation policies and tools, ecosystem service markets, and landowner incentive programs. As a member of the ICSA board, I hope to leverage this knowledge and experience to address the various challenges to sustaining Idaho’s farmlands into the future.
Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture was granted its 501(c)3 status in 2011. The purpose has been to promote local and sustainable food communities through research, collaboration with farmers, and the expansion of local food distribution. We hosted symposiums in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. The current board is in process of building a Farmer Learning Network.