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Temra Costa is a nationally recognized sustainable food and farming advocate and award-winning author of Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat. Her work and writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Civil Eats, SF Station, and SF Gate, among others. 

Prior to publishing Farmer Jane, Temra inspired eaters and buyers to eat and buy more locally grown foods before local was a household name from 2003 - 2009. During this time she helped create local food brands such as Capay Valley Grown and others, and published local food guides across California. Her work linked farmers to more eaters, retailers, restaurants and schools for greater economic viability. 

Since she successfully launched her book in 2010, Temra has focused on communications and sustainability programming as a consultant in the nonprofit and natural foods sector with clients such as Clif Bar, Numi Inc., and Amy’s Kitchen.

In July of 2016 Temra and her husband manifested their life dream of co-owning a farm, and soon to be educational center, on a 172-acre property just 20 minutes west of Sebastopol in Sonoma County. She lives and works on this eco-system rich land with her husband and two young sons, Teo and Quin. She is currently working on her next book about people and their relationship to land. 

A selection of Temra’s past speaking engagements include the following:

Presenter: Women's History Month at Hastings College, Hastings, NE
Presenter: Local Food Week at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

Presenter: Ecological Farming Association, Asilomar, CA
Keynote: Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Des Moines, IA
Presenter: Women in Naturals Event - Natural Food Expo West, Anaheim, CA
Keynote: Great Basin Women and Youth in Agriculture Conference, Las Vegas, NV
Special Guest: Local Matters benefit dinner, Columbus, OH

Presenter: Trailnet Livable St. Louis Conference, St. Louis, MO
Keynote: APPEAL Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA
Keynote: Fresno Metro Ministry Community Gardening Conference, Fresno, CA
Presenter: Bioneers: Women Changing the Way We Eat, San Rafael, CA

Presenter: Ecological Farming Association, Asilomar, CA
Workshop Leader: Buy Fresh Buy Local for Retailers and Farmers, Oakland, CA

Presenter: Ecological Farming Association, Asilomar, CA
Workshop Leader: Buy Fresh Buy Local for Retailers and Farmers, Oakland, CA

Presenter: Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Berkeley, CA
Presenter: Kellogg Food and Society Conference, AZ
Workshop Leader: Buy Fresh Buy Local for Retailers and Farmers, Berkeley, CA

Presenter: University of California, Davis
Presenter: Solano County Youth Obesity Summit, Fairfield, CA
Workshop Leader: Buy Fresh Buy Local for Retailers and Farmers, Sacramento, CA


Temra Costa is a tireless advocate for small-scale and sustainable farming in California.  It is through this work that she has met and worked with the collection of inspiring, unrelenting women featured in this book.  Farmer Jane is a work about good stewardship of the land and it is a joy to see so many peers, colleagues and friends honored in this wonderful anthology.

- Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse

Temra is extraordinary. She is motivated, energetic, articulate, creative, self-assured, and richly talented in a number of areas. She single-handedly energized CAFF's Buy Fresh Buy Local program into a real force in Bay Area food policy. She brings a potent combination of idealism and pragmatism to her work and her life.

- Stacey Sullivan, Director at Sustainable Conservation

Temra is an excellent speaker and she managed to exceed my expectations! Her rallying victory cry and inspirational words were uplifting and her deep historical knowledge is nothing short of impressive. I hope to hear Temra speak often in the future- for our future!

- Jody Mason, Conference Manager | Natural Products Expo West

Ms. Costa has been a great advocate for the creation of more community gardens in our neighborhoods as she collaborated with us on our 2010 Fresno Community Garden Conference, offering her expertise on food systems and healthy eating to participants.

- Karen Clifton, Director, Hunger and Nutrition Program  |  Fresno Metro Ministry

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