Jeremy Moghtader, Campus Farm Program Manager, University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
Jeremy Moghtader is the program manager for the University of Michigan Campus Farm, where he works to create high-impact research, teaching and learning opportunities in sustainable food systems. Jeremy does this as a facilitator, mentor, ecological farming practitioner and technical expert cultivating student leadership development and management of the Campus Farm as a living learning lab focused on food grown by students for students, carbon neutrality, diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
With the farm as a living learning lab Jeremy collaborates with a wide range of students, faculty, units, programs, and courses from across campus along with community partners to work on complex food systems issues that sit at the nexus of some of our most pressing sustainability issues. The farms collaborative partners include Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, MDining, U-M Sustainable Food Program, Rackham DEI certificate program, Program in the Environment, Maize and Blue Cupboard Student Pantry and more. Jeremy’s current research interests include agro-photovoltaics and the multi-investigator Kernza perennial wheat research plots located at the farm in collaboration with the Blesh Soil and Agroecosystems Lab (SEAS). Jeremy is also an adjunct lecturer for the Program in the Environment where he teaches Environ 465: Campus Farm Ecological and Organic Farming Practicum at the farm during fall term.
Education and Professional Experience
Jeremy is formerly the Director of Programs for the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm, where he also served for 10 years as Farm Manager. In his time at MSU he developed and directed the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program and the Farmer Field School creating courses, teaching, and giving talks on organic and ecologically based farming techniques.
He holds a M.S. in Resource Ecology and Management (2004) and B.S. Economics (1998) both from the University of Michigan.
Publications, Professional Associations and Related Work
- Rozeboom, D., Thorp, L. G., Biernbaum, J. A., Moghtader, J., Fillius, D., Snedegar, A., Turner, K., & Goralnik, L. (2013). Development and use of an extensive swine production system in interdisciplinary education. Journal of Animal Science, 91(Suppl. 2), 59.
- Badgley, C., Moghtader, J., Perfecto, I. et al. 2006. Organic Agriculture and Global Food Supply. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 22(2); 86-108
- Moghtader, J. 2003 “Conservation in the Human Landscape” Endangered SpeciesUpdate. Vol. 20 No. 4-5
- Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) member
- Ann Arbor Township Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board 2017-Present
- Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP): Founding Leadership Team Member & Farm to School Committee Chair 2005-2009, Board member 2011-2013
- Tilian Farm Development Center: Founding Steering Committee Member, Grant Collaborator 2010-2013
- The Agrarian Adventure: Founding President of the Board of Directors of a 501c3 non-profit partnering with k-12 schools on food and sustainable agriculture education. Board President 2004-2006, Board member 2006-2012 www.agrarianadventure.org
Slow Food Huron Valley: Founding Leadership Team Member of local chapter of SlowFood USA 2002 to 2007 www.slowfoodhuronvalley.org