What can we learn from soil? How can we become more fertile and rich?
By understanding relationship dynamics and changing the way we interact with others and the earth, we can become more fulfilled, connected, and better equipped to change ourselves and the world. Nikki will explore the complexities that exist in different approaches to farming, so we can find common ground and build from there. Farmers have an important connection to our ecosystems, and the power of that connection can’t be taken away. We must lean in to it.
Nikki Silvestri is founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, a project development firm working to create systems change while improving relationships between communities. As co-founder of Live Real and former executive director of People's Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. Her Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities paper describes a vision to integrate healthy soils into a new model for community investment and development. She’s involved with The #NoRegrets Initiative, a relationship-centered approach to land and asset management.