Ava Bynum is a passionate systems thinker and non profit executive, with experience in start-ups, development, nonprofit management, education, food systems, and community organizing. She is the Executive Director of Hudson Valley Seed, a non profit that integrates healthy eating and experiential learning into public school systems. Hudson Valley Seed currently educates over 2,000 students in on-site school gardens across Dutchess, Orange and Putnam Counties. Prior to founding Hudson Valley Seed Ava was a farmer and teacher, and in these roles deepened her commitment to making good food and inspiring education accessible to all children. In addition to running Hudson Valley Seed, Ava facilitates racial justice and equity trainings for individuals and organizations. She brings humor, innovation, and integrity to all of her endeavors.