George Boody guided the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) for almost a quarter-century as its executive director. Boody started with LSP as its managing director in 1990. In 1993, he took over as executive director, succeeding the organization’s co-founder, Ron Kroese, who at the time had led LSP since it was launched in 1982. During Boody’s tenure, LSP became a membership organization and expanded its work to encompass four major program areas: Policy and Organizing, Community Based Food Systems, Farm Beginnings, and Membership and Individual Giving.
The organization’s staff has also grown, with almost three-dozen organizers and support staffers working in three offices and from farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Under his guidance, LSP has gained national prominence for its work to reform farm policy, support beginning farmers and build a just and sustainable food and farming system. Boody also personally led LSP’s work in developing influential landscape-level research on multifunctional farming.
Having stepped down as Executive Director, Boody now focuses his efforts in a part-time capacity on working with the Chippewa 10% Project, which he helped launch five years ago. He will also be working with initiatives related to soil health and climate change and other special projects.