ABOUT US

Co-founder Beth Neff was born in St. Louis county and sold her organic vegetable farm to return to St. Louis and found M.A.R.S.H. in 2017. Beth has devoted her career to social advocacy and organizing, primarily in the areas of food justice and sustainable agriculture, cooperative organization, and urban planning. She has been the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations, worked as the produce manager at her local store-front food co-op, organized a growers’ collaborative, founded a year-round indoor farmers market, teaches permaculture design classes, has consulted on numerous sustainable urban planning projects, and spent three years gathering city-wide input and writing the document for her city’s sustainable 10-Year Comprehensive Master Plan. Neff is also the author of the young adult novel, Getting Somewhere (Viking/Penguin, 2012). WEBSITE 

Co-founder Esther Neff grew up home-schooled on her mother’s organic goat and vegetable farm in Indiana. She is currently living between St. Louis and Brooklyn, NY as an artist, organizer, and independent theorist. Her work has involved forms of performative institution and organization as well as the making of interdisciplinary performance projects. She is the founder and co-director of Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), a flexible ensemble (experimental opera and performance art) and organizational entity. PPL operated out of and as a lab site in Brooklyn, 2012-2018. Esther is also the initiator of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Foundation (BIPAF), PERFORMANCY FORUM, and other collaborative “institution as a verb” projects including thinktanks, conferences, symposia, and other discursive/interactive/dialogic performances. Her work often involves forms of food-sharing in performance, devising and diagramming processes, tours/geographic relocations, and collective-formations. WEBSITE , tumblr/portfolio , IG  

 

 

 

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