Who We Are


Working collaboratively to transform the future of food and agriculture



CRAFT is an outgrowth of Chatham University's longstanding engagement with sustainable practices and ideas. From the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment to the Food Studies program, CRAFT builds on education, outreach, and training to support products and knowledge building in our region.

In conjunction with the Masters in Food Studies program, CRAFT incorporates an interdisciplinary and hands-on curriculum with research initiatives and projects. Faculty and advanced students collaborate with local businesses, farmers, and innovators on real world solutions.

As a convener of open source data, technical resources, and training opportunities, we work with stakeholders across the food system. 


Alice Julier


Alice Julier is a sociologist whose research focuses on food, material life, and inequality.   She is the founding director of the Food Studies program at Chatham University and has previously served as the Associate Dean of the Falk School.  She is the former president of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, a council member for the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, and has served on boards of multiple non-profits.  She researches food systems, family meals, masculinity and food, commercial and homemade food, and labor in food systems.  Her most recent book is Eating Together: Food, Friendship, and Inequality.  She is also the co-editor of the newest edition of Food and Culture: A Reader. 


Cassandra Malis

Project Manager

Cassandra Malis is a graduate of the Food Studies Masters of Arts program at Chatham University, with a concentration in food politics. Her thesis work focused on the commodification of breast milk, and the emerging global market for the product. Also during her time at Chatham University, Cassandra worked in the gardens to grow food utilized by the campus dining services. Cassandra has worked in community food access by previously managing the Lawrenceville Farmers' Market, and is currently the chair of the market's committee. She has also worked as a food systems analyst at a local non-profit, where she helped to research bottlenecks and solutions for the local food system.

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Cynthia caul

outreach coordinator

Cynthia Caul is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School for Public and International Affairs where she studied International Development. During her time at GSPIA, Cynthia's research focused on food and nutrition security, land access, and the role of agricultural smallholders in an increasingly globalizing economy. She also worked at the school's Ford Institute for Human Security, conducting research on human rights-based approaches to improving agricultural land access for women farmers and was the 2017 recipient of the Simon Reich Human Security Writing Award for her paper Improving and diversifying water access to mitigate the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women in northern Ghana. Prior to this, Cynthia worked on public health and nutrition programming in Ghana with the U.S. Peace Corps.



Sally Frey

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Gastronomy


Shauna Kearns

Bread Oven Coordinator


Neil rickard

Food Systems GIS Mapping


Victoria stone

Food Systems GIS Mapping


Emeran Irby

Oral History Coordinator 


sophie slesinger

Product Development and Promotion, Retail Outlet Manager


mollie walter

Supply Chain Analyst


Emily Schostack

Kitchen Lab Coordinator





Chairman and CEO of Tomanetti Food Products: Product Development 

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mary miller

Fork and the Road: Culinary History & Tourism


cory van horn

Food Guy Tours: Marketing


NICOLETTE Chilton spudic

Pick Your Poison Consulting


Our Friends

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Pittsburgh food policy council

The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council is committed to working with City officials and residents of Pittsburgh to develop food and urban agriculture policy. The Council also provides technical assistance, education, momentum, and support on issues related to food production, food access, food distribution, health/nutrition, and urban planning.


Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Building on Chatham University's tradition of educating women for 145 years, The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has provided quality education and training for women entrepreneurs since 2005.

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hollymead Capital

Hollymead Capital is a business focused on capital and resource support for small businesses. They works with businesses that have enjoyed some history of success, but have begun to "plateau" in their markets or with their products. Currently, Hollymead Capital focuses on growing emerging companies, regional food systems development, and leveraged buyouts.

weatherbury farms

Weatherbury Farm is a family owned and operated sustainable farm located in the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania. Since 2009, certified organic grains (soft & hard wheat, oats, spelt, open-pollinated corn, emmer and einkorn) have been grown on the farm. In April 2014, Weatherbury Farms began milling flour for sale directly to consumers. Weatherbury Farms are the leading grains farmer and flour producer in Southwest Pennsylvania.

la prima espresso co.

La Prima Espresso Co. was founded in 1988 by owner Sam Patti. While the company originally began as an espresso machine supplier, the showroom was soon transformed into an Italian style espresso bar. La Prima is a certified organic roaster by Pennsylvania Certified Organic. They are the only certified organic coffee roaster in Pittsburgh, and only one of three in Pennsylvania. 


Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

In existence since 1992, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is a diverse network of growers, businesses and consumers that facilitates and enables viable farming systems which provide healthy food as locally as possible through innovative programs of education, marketing and advocacy in service to its members and the general public.


Idea Foundry

Founded in 2002, Idea Foundry is a Pittsburgh-based non-profit innovation acceleration and commercialization organization focused on creating high-potential, innovation-related jobs across diverse industry verticals. With more than 200 companies in its portfolio, Idea Foundry is a pioneer in hands-on business development and innovation commercialization.

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black urban gardeners and farmers cooperative of pittsburgh

The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers Cooperative of Pittsburgh (BUGS FCP) revives and continues the tradition of black farmers begun after Emancipation in the 1860’s. They address the dire food desert problem in many majority-black communities by making fresh food available to people who have limited transportation options. BUGS also hold talks on various social justice themes, such as the impacts of gentrification and increasing economic opportunity in the black community.

wigle whiskey

Wigle Whiskey, a local distillery, has been the most awarded craft whiskey distillery in the U.S. by the American Craft Spirits Association. They are working to restore a Pennsylvania tradition championed by historical rebellious distillers. Wigle Whiskey makes spirits much the same way Phillip Wigle and his friends did when Pittsburgh was the center of American Whiskey – with a copper pot and local ingredients