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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard

  • 2011
  • Behavior

Roger Doiron is founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), a Maine-based nonprofit network of over 20,000 individuals from 100 countries who are taking a hands-on approach to relocalizing the global food supply.

While Roger’s garden in Scarborough is well worth a visit, he is best known for the seeds of change he planted out of state. His successful proposal and petition campaign to replant a kitchen garden at the White House attracted over 100,000 signatures and broad international media coverage. The campaign was voted the grand prize winner of the On Day One contest sponsored by the United Nations Foundation resulting in thousands of emails being sent to the White House in support of his proposal. Roger’s work on the White House campaign also earned him Hearst Media’s Heart of Green award, the Garden Crusader Award, and recognition as one of the 10 Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food by the editors of Fast Company magazine and as a Green Game Changer by the Huffington Post.

In addition to his kitchen garden advocacy work, Roger is a free-lance writer, photographer, and public speaker specializing in gardening and sustainable food systems. His articles on food, agriculture and gardening have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Organic Gardening magazine, Mother Earth News, and Saveur. His work and ideas have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, New York Times and the Washington Post.

Roger is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Holy Cross College and holds a Master of International Relations degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He enjoys cooking, gardening and eating with his three Belgo-American boys Francois, Maxim, and Sebastian and his wife Jacqueline.