The Hunt Gather Grow Foundation offers the opportunity for its members to have a voice in the direction and focus of the foundation via democratic governance – including active participation in voting for the board. Ron Schmid, Kaayla Daniel, and David Gumpert, as founders of the organization, are the initial board members. Conference attendees elected four additional people, and we’d like to introduce you to everyone here!
Ron Schmid, ND
After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ron earned his ND from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1981.
In 2000, he became the first Clinic Director and Chief Medical Officer at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, where he served for two years; he has also taught at NCNM and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He maintained a private naturopathic practice until his retirement in 2015. His company, Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure, makes additive-free supplements and natural body care products.
Dr. Schmid is the author of Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine (1986), revised and reissued in 2015 as Primal Nutrition. The Untold Story of Milk (2003) is widely respected by those involved in the raw milk movement.
He lives with his wife, Elly, on a small farm in rural Connecticut, where they enjoy tennis and walks on the country roads that surround their home.
Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D.
Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D., is also known as The Naughty Nutritionist® because she “tells the truth that’s too hot too handle.”
Kaayla is co-author of bestselling book Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World (2014), and author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food (2005).
She has received the Integrity in Science Award from the Weston A. Price Foundation (2005), the Health Freedom Fighter Award from Freedom Law School (2009), and most recently, the BadAss Award from the Paleo-Primal-Price Foundation (now the Hunt Gather Grow Foundation) in 2015.
Kaayla has been a guest on The Dr. Oz Show, PBS’s Healing Quest, NPR’s People’s Pharmacy, ABC’s View from the Bay, and Discovery Channel’s Medical Hotseat. She has appeared with Mark Hyman, M.D., JJ Virgin, Gary Taubes, Charles Poliquin, Dr. Joseph Marcela, Joel Salatin, Robb Wolf, David Wolfe, and other prominent health experts. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including Ancestral Health, Paleo f(x), BoulderFest, Wise Traditions, National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP), Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA), and Bio-Signature.
David E. Gumpert
Founding Board Member
David E. Gumpert is a journalist specializing in health and food issues, and author of three books about food civil rights: The Raw Milk Answer Book: What You REALLY Need to Know about Our Most Controversial Food (2015); Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat (2013), and The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights (2009). He has written several online publications, including Modern Farmer, Alternet, Grist and Huffington Post.
His popular blog has aggressively covered health and food rights issues since 2006, focusing heavily on regulatory excesses involving raw milk and food safety. It has been instrumental in launching a national discussion about restrictions on the availability of unpasteurized dairy products, and in highlighting an emerging debate over food rights.
David is also a well-known business writer, having authored or co-authored seven books about various aspects of entrepreneurship and running a small business. Prior to his book-writing and entrepreneurship career, he spent nine years as a staff reporter with The Wall Street Journal and seven years as small business editor of the Harvard Business Review. He was also a senior editor of Inc. Magazine.
Victoria Bloch, NC
Victoria Bloch has been actively involved with cooking, alternative health, and nutrition since childhood. Her interests led her to Hawthorn University, and she graduated summa cum laude in 2014 as a Nutritional Consultant.
She is a principal at Bloch+Coulter Design Group, an award-winning graphic design firm, since 1989. In 2005, she co-founded Real Cooking™, a coaching business created to help people make the transition to a real food way of eating. She was one of the first local chapter leaders for the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), maintaining an active meeting schedule until she stepped down in 2015.
In 2011, while working at a local farmer’s market, she was arrested on raw milk charges, an experience that inspired her to become even more engaged with the politics of food, food safety, and regulatory issues.
She has been a speaker on health issues, farming, and food choice at the Health Freedom Expo, Wise Traditions, Take Back Your Health, and a variety of small groups in the Los Angeles area, and blogs occasionally at forloveofood.com, providing a lively commentary on anything and everything relating to food.
Founding Board Member
Mother, musician, and most recently secret memoirist, Annie Dru is also an ancestral cuisine educator in San Diego, California, facilitating the joyous rediscovery of our time-honored food traditions.
Advisory board member for the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation (PPNF), Annie spreads the gospel of grease, guts, bones, grass, shoots, and pickle to those hungry for the opportunity to hone their “nutrition intuition” and reclaim their birthright of optimal genetic expression.
Annie and her husband recently refitted a 1978 Cheoy Lee Offshore 32 sailboat, and have been chartering farm-to-harbor dinners on beautiful San Diego Bay, featuring offerings from local farms and fisheries.
Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, NTP, BCHN
Founding Board Member
Nora Gedgaudas has a professional background that ranges all the way from music to science. While engaged in the field of wildlife science in 1991 she spent the summer living on Canada’s High Arctic archipelago to intimately study wolf behavior in the wild. Having studied nutritional science since the late 1970’s, Nora was later inspired by Weston A. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration (and the Inuit culture to which she had been exposed in northern Canada), to research the evolutionary origins of human dietary needs, and has since completed many hundreds of hours of continuing education with leading thinkers and educators in functional medicine and nutrition.
Nora is the author of Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life (2011) and Rethinking Fatigue: What Your Adrenals Are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It (ebook, 2014). She co-authored Going Paleo: Your Complete Guide to Changing the Way You Look and Feel, For Good, as well as an academic book titled, Restoring the Brain: Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach (2015), and has written for numerous publications (including Townsend Letter, Well-Being Journal, PALEO Magazine, New Dawn, and The Paleo Way). She has a new book coming out in January of 2017, published by Simon & Schuster, titled Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life with a High-Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet, with a foreword by David Perlmutter, M.D.
She has been a guest on several television and radio shows, among them The Dr. Oz Show, CBS News, Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show, Bulletproof Radio, Coast to Coast AM, and The Solari Report. She has spoken at numerous universities, including Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Portland, University of New South Wales, University of New England, and Bond University (the last three in Australia). She spoke at the annual Ancestral Health Society Symposium in summer 2016. She is on the Board of Advisors for both PALEO Magazine and Ben Greenfield Fitness.
Nora founded a successful private practice in 2002 as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a Board-Certified Holistic Practitioner, a Board-Certified Clinical Neurofeedback Specialist, and Certified Gluten Practitioner in Portland, Oregon.
Alanna Marie Woods, PDC
Founding Board Member
Alanna followed her very own rabbit hole into a world of infinite curiosity and mind expansion, which led to an ongoing study of optimal nutrition and fitness. By following the paleo diet, she was able to resolve chronic hypoglycemia, cystic acne and relentless migraines.
Her professional background is focused on marketing and event planning, and she has worked in these capacities for numerous corporate clients, including BuzzFeed, Sony and Nissan. A passionate traveler, she has worked in wildlife rehabilitation, spent time as a WWOOFer (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), and along the way, earned her Permaculture Design Certificate so she can assist others to grow food, not lawns.
She stands ready to attract millennials to the real food movement. You can find her chasing the sun and music festivals across the United States, with pilgrimages to the Cold Ones popsicle/paletas cart in Austin whenever possible.