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CAMBIUM 

 Who We Are 

 Cambium Collective believes that to grow a just and equitable world, we need approaches to change that lead to the transformation of ourselves, the places that we work and the communities that we live in. By doing this necessary work, it becomes easier for people to have their voices heard, to live and work at our fullest potential, to reach our organizational goals faster and to create communities where our needs are sustainably met. In this moment where continued social violence, tension and harm is paired with the growing urgency of climate change, Cambium Collective offers a range of services, skills & processes that are grounded in an understanding of power that resists oppression so we can nurture liberating relationships. 

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Dr. Sade Anderson (she/her) is a mother, racial justice organizer, facilitator, and member of Black Dirt Farm Collective which focuses on reconnecting Black people throughout the African Diaspora back to land through ancestral ways of remembering, being, and living.

 

Dr. Anderson’s food justice and sovereignty work in Wards 7 & 8 of the nation’s capital culminated in her doctoral dissertation entitled Black Food Matters: Surviving Anti-Blackness and Food Insecurity in Washington, D.C. 

 

Sade has ample experience building connections and relationships across multiple identities through gardening, cooking, political education, strategic design/planning, as well as facilitation & training.

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Beth Schermerhorn (she/they) is a racial equity community planner, organizer, facilitator, and ecological landscape designer based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is the owner of Cambium Collective.

 

She was raised on Hanover County, VA homegrown tomatoes; sliced every summer evening after dinner with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, along with a hefty dose of white supremacist culture on top. Beth has spent her life dedicated to dismantling white supremacist culture within herself, her community, and within work cultures while building multi-racial, multi-identity organizing spaces steeped in radical power, love, and community. 

 

Beth received her Master’s in Ecological Landscape Design & Planning from The Conway School. In 2016, she worked with Virginia Cooperative Extension to conduct a multi-lingual community-based food systems assessment that resulted in recommendations to improve food equity throughout the city called the Harrisonburg Food Equity Report. She is currently the co-chair of the Community Ownership, Empowerment & Prosperity (COEP) Action Team

 

Beth spends her time growing food in her backyard year round, participating in community organizing and community building, and enjoying each season's bounty through cooking and fermentation.

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Jonathan McRay (he/him) is a farmer, facilitator, and writer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He is passionate about land care, healthy culture and community, and the renewable use of
energy, from sunlight to calories to conflict!


He grew up in Central Appalachia and worked overseas before completing an MA in Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice, during which time he helped found, garden, and mediate for an urban farm, education center, and supportive
home. Jonathan regularly teaches classes and workshops on cultural ecology and restorative justice and is a member of the Speakers Collective of Soul Fire Farm, where he’s co-facilitated Uprooting Racism in the Food System trainings.

 

Through the Cambium Collective, he consults with and facilitates groups and
organizations to transform conflict, understand power and oppression, and shape liberating visions and decisions. Jonathan grows beautiful and useful plants
with Silver Run Forest Farm, a riparian nursery and folk school rooted in love and
living soil, committed to remediating the toxins that pollute our souls, society, and
soil, from chemical leaching to white supremacy.

 

His writing appears in ACRES USA, Adelaide Literary Magazine, and Geez Magazine.
Jonathan is also learning to give up erosive perfectionism in favor of joyful growth.

Meet Our Team

Asha Carter (she/her) is a racial justice facilitator, community organizer, and environmental justice advocate. Her love of food and commitment to liberation were cultivated by her grandmother, a daughter of sharecroppers who was able to preserve and pass on her love of the land. 

 

Asha began her career supporting youth led organizing for environmental justice in Boston and developing local policy in Atlanta, Georgia. She went on to serve in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration and worked to defend the agency against Congressional attacks. Later, during her time as the Food Justice Strategist at DC Greens, she organized with community leaders most impacted by food insecurity to build power to impact policy at the city level. Asha is the former Deputy Director of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance, and continues to support black queer and trans land stewards to build community, resources, and power together. She is also a regional Co-Chair of the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, and sits on its Community Ownership, Empowerment & Prosperity (COEP) Action Team.

 

Asha has expertise in organizational development, relational organizing, and uncovering where liberatory systems analysis meets praxis. She is an alumna of Wellesley College, where she earned her B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies with a concentration in Urban Development and Sustainability.