The Nature Conservancy is represented by A.J. Boyce (he/they). A.J. was was born and raised in south side Chicago, where innate environmental ideologies where often rejected within his community due to cultural stigma. He realized the normalization of green spaces and sustainable infrastructure provides educational opportunities and job diversification to disenfranchised communities. His career path has stops at cannabis cultivation, urban flower farming, personal training, and environmental education. As the current Agriculture Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, A.J. works to integrate agroecological concepts into existing and newly developed food production systems. Wholistically addressing sustainability within agriculture is a necessary step in creating local economies, increasing environmental resilience, and improving public health.
The Nature Conservancy is a participating Navigator organization in Protecting the Great Lakes Through a Farm Navigator Network project.