Michael Foley has been an educator for over 40 years, starting with high school teaching, then at the university level. In the 1980s and 90s he carried out research in Mexico on peasant producer organizations and rural rebellion. Also in the 90’s he led two research projects in El Salvador on rural community organizations and the role of NGO’s in peacemaking and development. In 1997-98, he served as a Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.
Ten years ago Michael left academia to farm, first in Maryland, now in California. Working with WWOOFers and other informal interns convinced him that we need more opportunities for aspiring farmers to get hands on experience, as well as formal education in sustainable agricultural practices. Together with his wife, Sara Grusky, Michael runs Green Uprising Farm in Willits, California. He also serves as Market Manager for the Willits Farmers Market.