Shi Yan, Lecturer & Career Panelist
Shi Yan, the executive director of Shared Harvest (Beijing) Ecological Agriculture Service Ltd, received her PhD from the Renmin University School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, and has finished her postdoctoral research at Tsinghua University’s School of Social Sciences. As a young PhD student at Renmin University, she founded China’s very first CSA Farm, growing and distributing organic vegetables to city consumers and renting plots of land to city folk interested in getting their hands dirty. Since then, 500 similar CSA farms have opened across the country. She has since moved on to establish Shared Harvest in Beijing in 2012. She has been inspiring a healthier and more sustainable way to feed us. Shi Yan co-started the first new farmers’ market, National CSA Alliance and food and agriculture education program “Children of the Earth” among many other urban farming projects. She is a pioneering force and active promoter behind the Chinese organic community-supported agriculture (CSA) movement. She is now the vice president of International CSA Network (URGENCI), and was selected as one of Young Global Leaders in 2016 by World Economic Forum. She has also published one book “My Alternative Farming Experience in America” and Chinese translations of three related books: Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea, and Japan; Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture; and Slow Money. 《the Beijinger》selected her as one of the 20 most interesting people in Beijing. More than 500 media outlets in China have reported her story, and she also gives many public speeches and lectures to inspire more people to reconnect to land.