Jacob Rutz – Executive Director

Jacob hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, but has fallen in love with the rolling hills of central North Carolina where he presently lives. Jacob received his B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from NC State, focusing on agroecology and organic cover crop research. After his first degree, Jacob farmed around North Carolina and central California before returning to NC State for a M.S. in Crop Science. Jacob’s masters research focused on a Farm to Childcare project, connecting low-income childcare centers with local sources of food in North Carolina. Jacob comes to The People’s Seed with an enthusiasm for building the local food economy through programs that diversify ownership, incentivize sustainability and create new opportunities for creative individuals.