Karen has a passion for combining storytelling and science. She is a PhD candidate at Antioch University New England, where she is studying agricultural adaptation to climate change. She has over 10 years of experience developing community programs and teaching courses in nutrition, education and the environment.
Koorosh works as a video producer for the National Science Foundation. He has a degree in Communications from George Mason University. He has produced multimedia content for the foreign press and various non-governmental organisations, universities and businesses.
They had both grown tired of being inundated with disempowering messages about the state of the food system and teamed up to tell a different story; one about hope, community and resilience in the face of climate crisis. In 2015, the duo and their canine companion, Peaches, set out on a road trip across America to give a voice to farmers leading small, local projects with big impacts.
The first episode in the series, Harvests of Hope: New Orleans was a finalist for the 2017 Good Food Media Award and has been included in official selections for the 2018 International Farm Film Festival, Best Shorts Competition, and the Awareness Film Festival.
Their next episode, Harvests of Hope: California, touches on the severe drought, which has left small farmers feeling the squeeze as they walk the tightrope between sustainability and financial viability.
California has the largest farming economy in the United States, but climate change is threatening to change that. Years of severe drought have left small farmers feeling the squeeze as they walk the tightrope between sustainability and financial viability. Hear from them in their own words as they connect the dots between development, water rights, and food justice. Will their farms be able to survive the impending climate crisis?