Thea Maria Carlson is the coordinator for the Biodynamic Association's Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation (BING) and the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) and is part of the planning team for the 2012 Biodynamic Conference. Thea is a farmer, organizer, educator, and artist with roots in California and the Midwest. She is also assistant farm manager at Turtle Creek Gardens CSA, growing vegetables, fruit, and flowers for over 100 families in southeastern Wisconsin. Thea completed a B.S. in earth systems at Stanford University and is certified in permaculture design. Over the past decade she has enjoyed a variety of professional pursuits, including organic and biodynamic farming, beekeeping, developing community and educational gardens, teaching gardening and nutrition, organizing strategic communications training programs, and convening local food and farming networks.