40 Under 40: Jonathan Tescher
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40 Under 40: Jonathan Tescher

Jonathan Tescher, 37, is the program manager of the food and farm tech incubator at Clark Atlanta University.

Jonathan Tescher works at Clark Atlanta University, where he is developing and running an incubator for Southwest Atlantans to start food and farm technology businesses. The Miami native moved to Atlanta in 2003 and is a veteran of Atlanta’s Jewish farming space. He started the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market and is the co-founder of Sparta Imperial Mushrooms.

In 2016, Tescher hosted the first Sukkot Farm-to-Table Festival at Aluma Farm in Adair Park, and he is organizing the 2017 edition of the festival, scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Marcus JCC. Tescher earned his master’s in business from Georgia State University in 2009 and lives in East Atlanta with his partner, Robin Chanin. He is an avid rock climber, cyclist and gardener.

“In 20 years I expect the Atlanta Jewish community’s food ethic to be more reflective of the realities in our current food system, which includes the way in which animals are raised becoming as important as how they are slaughtered,” he said. “In addition, our sense of tikkun olam will have us actively engaged in closing the persistent social and economic gaps institutionalized by slavery, Jim Crow, redlining and mass incarceration.”

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