Adam Guerrero is a teacher, beekeeper, and farmer who serves on the board of directors of Grow Memphis.

Alice Rolls is the executive director of Georgia Organics, a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta.

Andy Sasser is the prepared foods coordinator at Whole Foods Market in Atlanta, GA.

Ashley Thweatt is a baker at Whole Foods Market in Johns Creek, GA.

Barbie Hernandez is a member of the customer service team at Whole Foods Market in Durham, NC.

Betsy Battenhouse is a demo specialist at Whole Foods Market in Duluth, GA.

Bill Smith is the chef at Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Carol Puckett, a native of Pass Christian, MS, is a culinary educator and consultant based in Jackson, MS.

Caroline Sorrels is a team member at Whole Foods Market in Memphis.

Carmen Bond is the owner of Social, a home-goods and gift shop in Memphis.

Chris Clarke is the store team leader at Whole Foods Market in Durham, NC.

Cleta Ellington of Jackson, MS, is a passionate home cook, painter, and compiler of community cookbooks.

Diane Roberts, an eighth-generation Floridian, is a professor of Creative Writing at Florida State University and the author of Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife.

Desiree Robinson is the owner of the Cozy Corner barbecue restaurant in Memphis, which she founded in 1977 with her husband, Raymond.

Diane Williams is a professional storyteller and fiber artist based in Jackson, MS.

Duane Nutter is the executive chef at One Flew South in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Ella Averett is a 6-year-old elementary school student from Griffin, GA.

Geno Lee is the fourth-generation owner of the Big Apple Inn in Jackson, MS, famous for its pig-ear sandwiches.

Harold Lewis is the store team leader at Whole Foods Market in Atlanta, GA.

Jamila Norman is an urban farmer at Patchwork City Farms in Atlanta's historic West End neighborhood.

Jenn Dixon is a store team leader at Whole Foods Market in Raleigh, NC.

Jenni Harris is the marketing manager at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, GA, and the fifth generation of her family to work on the farm.

Jennifer McCormick is a Whole Foods Market marketing team member in Atlanta, GA.

Jesse Robinson is a blues musician based in Jackson, MS.

Jill Forrester owns and operates Whitton Farms in the Arkansas Delta with her husband, Keith.

Jody Stephens is a drummer, founding member of the rock band Big Star, and the manager at Ardent Studios in Memphis.

John T. Edge, a native of Clinton, Georgia, directs the Southern Foodways Alliance in Oxford, Mississippi.

Julie Shaffer is the foodservice sustainability coordinator at Emory University in Atlanta.

Katy Simmons Prosser is the director of marketing for Simmons Farm-Raised Catfish in Yazoo City, MS, which her father founded in 1982.

Kelly English is the chef-owner of Second Line and Restaurant Iris, both in Memphis.

Kevin Young is an award-winning poet and essayist who teaches creative writing and curates the poetry and literary special collections at Emory University.

Lolis Eric Elie is a journalist and screenwriter from New Orleans and the author, most recently, of Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans.

Michael Hudman is the chef and owner, with Andy Ticer, of two Memphis restaurants: Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog and Hominy.

Marilou Awiakta is a poet and member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

Marisol Maldonado is the store team leader at Whole Foods Market in Sandy Springs, GA.

Martha McMillin of Atlanta, GA, is a lawyer and avid home cook.

Matthew Raiford is the "chefarmer" at Gilliard Farms in Brunswick, GA, which has been in his family since 1874.

Maya Kahn is an 11-year-old middle school student in Marietta, GA.

Mellonee Mayo is a graphic designer for Whole Foods Market based in Atlanta, GA.

Michael Shively is a Whole Foods Market store team leader in Atlanta, GA.

Natalie Keng, whose motto is "Ni Hao, y'all!" is the founder of Chinese Southern Belle, a food-culture business and website based in Smyrna, GA.

Nick Passarella of Durham, NC, is a specialty team member at Whole Foods Market.

Nicoll Joiner is a member of the customer service team at Whole Foods Market in Durham, NC.

Osha Love Lowery, age 11, is a student at Rowan Middle School in Jackson, MS.

Pableaux Johnson is a photographer, writer, and prolific home cook based in New Orleans.

Rashid Nuri is the director of the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, a network of urban farms in and around Atlanta, GA.

Rebecca (Becky) Currence is a home cook from New Orleans and the mother of "Big Bad Chef" John Currence of Oxford, MS.

Sean Lilly Wilson is the owner and CEO ("Chief Executive Optimist") at Fullsteam Brewing in Durham, NC.

Sheri Castle is a cookbook writer, recipe tester, and cooking teacher from Chapel Hill, NC, whose most recent book is The New Southern Garden Cookbook.

Stephen Corradini of Atlanta, GA, is the South regional vice president at Whole Foods Market.

Steven Satterfield, a native of Savannah, GA, is the chef and co-owner of Miller Union restaurant in Atlanta.

Todd Richards is the executive chef at The Shed at Glenwood in Atlanta, GA.

Wally Joe, a native of Cleveland, Mississippi, is a co-owner of ACRE restaurant in Memphis.

Will Harris is the fourth-generation owner at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, GA, where he raises grass-fed beef, lamb, and free-range poultry.