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Voices from the Food Revolution: People Who Changed The Way Americans Eat
An oral history project conducted by Judith Weinraub
Made possible with a grant from the Leon Levy Foundation
2009-2011
 MSS.309

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Gus Schumacher

Biographical Note

High-level government employees are rarely known for sharing information with outsiders. It can be particularly difficult to get answers to questions about agricultural economics or the American food system. Yet Gus Schumacher—the only farmer in the Harvard class of 1961—has always considered educating the public (and the U.S. Congress) an essential and enjoyable part of his role.

As Commissioner of Agriculture of Massachusetts, Administrator of the Foreign Agriculture Service, and then Undersecretary of the Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service at the USDA in the Clinton administration, Schumacher consistently found ways to spread the word. He educated reporters; regularly spoke on the farm radio network; facilitated conversations between journalists, political officials, farmers, and agricultural economists; and was always available to explain a new law or regulation or Farm Bill.

Since he left government in 2007, Schumacher has continued that pattern as a consultant. Assisting and enabling new farmers—immigrants, women, young people—is one of his passions. Currently Schumacher is also the president of Wholesome Wave, a Connecticut-based charitable foundation that has been particularly active in finding ways to help the needy purchase nutritionally-rich produce at farmers markets at discount rates.

All of these subjects are discussed in these interviews.

Access Points

People:
Batterberry, Michael
Benepe, Barry
Child, Julia
Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
Espy, Mike, 1953-
Hamersley, Gordon
Lewis, Bob
McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009
McPhee, John, 1931-
Newman, Paul, 1925-2008
Nischan, Michel
Schumacher, Gus
Waterston, Albert
Winthrop, Freddie

Organizations:
Commodity Credit Corporation
Food Network (Firm)
Greenmarket
HeartBeat Restaurant
Kellogg Foundation
Massachusetts. Commission on Agriculture
Monsanto Agricultural Company
New American Farmer Initiative
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
United States. Dept. of Agriculture
United States. Food and Nutrition Service
Wholesome Wave Foundation
World Bank

Subjects:
Agricultural processing industries
Agriculture and state
Animal rights
Community-supported agriculture
Farm produce
Farmers’ markets -- Massachusetts
Farmers’ markets -- New York (State) -- New York
Food habits -- United States
Food industry and trade
Food stamps
Local foods
Nutrition
Produce trade
Refugees -- United States
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (U.S.)
Tomatoes
Union Square (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Names

  • Nischan, Michel
  • Newman, Paul, 1925-2008
  • McPhee, John, 1931-
  • McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009
  • Schumacher, Gus
  • Espy, Mike, 1953-
  • Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
  • Lewis, Bob
  • Hamersley, Gordon
  • Benepe, Barry
  • Batterberry, Michael
  • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
  • Child, Julia
  • Waterston, Albert
  • Winthrop, Freddie

Subject Organizations

  • World Bank
  • Wholesome Wave Foundation
  • United States. Food and Nutrition Service
  • United States. Department of Agriculture
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • New American Farmer Initiative
  • Monsanto Agricultural Company
  • Commodity Credit Corporation
  • Food Network (Firm)
  • Kellogg Foundation
  • Massachusetts. Commission on Agriculture
  • Greenmarket
  • HeartBeat Restaurant

Subject Topics

  • Nutrition
  • Produce trade
  • Farm produce
  • Community -supported agriculture
  • Farmer's markets -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Farmer's markets -- Massachusetts
  • Food industry and trade
  • Food habits -- United States.
  • Local foods
  • Food stamps
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (U.S.)
  • Tomatoes
  • Agricultural processing industries
  • Refugees -- United States
  • Animal rights
  • Agriculture and state

Subject Places

  • Union Square (New York, N.Y.)

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