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Soil Restoration: The Foundation for Human and Planetary Health

Women in Regenerative Agriculture Field Day at Paicines Ranch*

Out-of-control wildfires, prolonged drought, severe water shortages, and intense heat waves across the globe: the worsening effects of climate change are affecting human and environmental health and accelerate our need to act now. It would be easy to become disheartened and to point fingers at agriculture as one of the major contributors to global warming — was it not for a growing cadre of innovative farmers and ranchers that are restoring working lands to drawdown atmospheric carbon, efficiently recycle nitrogen, and increase water storing capacity.

Many in this forward-thinking group are women, who care deeply about our soil and excel at nurturing it. In what is promising to be yet another compelling prelude to the EcoFarm Conference, we’re teaming up with Paicines Ranch to introduce you to some of the remarkable female farmers, ranchers, scientists, physicians and advocates at the core of the regenerative movement.

Ironically, while there is too much carbon in the atmosphere, agricultural soils the world over are carbon deficient and nutrient depleted, resulting in increased health issues and food insecurity! Not only is restoring our soils to sequester atmospheric carbon the single most viable pathway to reversing global warming, but increased fungal and microbial biodiversity in the soil also translates into myriad co-benefits for human health.

Walking the fields of magnificent Paicines Ranch, attendees will get to witness several innovative applications of regenerative practices, from integrating livestock and grains into perennial cropping systems, to holistic grazing. A scrumptious lunch will be served by local chefs, and after a tour of Paicines Ranch’s polyculture vineyard, we’ll end with a complimentary wine tasting in the event barn!

* All are welcome — if you identify as female, a farmer/rancher or otherwise! Whether you participated in the inaugural 2018 Regenerative Agriculture Field Day or are new to the movement, we invite you to come share your questions, successes or failures, and find community.

Sponsored by EcoFarm and Paicines Ranch

 

Tuesday, January 22 – 8:00am - 5:00pm

Cost: $95 per person (includes lunch & wine tasting)

 

 

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Track and Session Info

Track: 
Regenerative Agriculture
Soil, Fertility, & Production

Date and Location

Location: 
Paicines Ranch
Day: 
Tuesday
Presenter(s): 

Nikki Silvestri

Title: 
Nikki Silvestri
Presenter Affiliation: 
Founder and CEO, Soil and Shadow, LLC
Bio: 
Nikki Silvestri is the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, LLC (formerly Silvestri Strategies). As the 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. A nationally recognized thought leader, her many honors include being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans.

Dr. Kris Nichols

Title: 
Dr. Kris Nichols
Presenter Affiliation: 
Soil Microbiologist, KRIS Systems Education & Consultation
Bio: 
Dr. Kris Nichols is the founder and principal scientist of KRIS Systems Education & Consultation and a sub-contractor with Soil Health Consulting, Inc. She is a Soil Microbiologist with over 25 years of research experience and a great array of publications and presentations. Dr. Nichols was the Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute and a Research (Soil) Microbiologist with the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in North Dakota. Kris grew up on a 640-acre grain farm in SW Minnesota which is still managed by her father Jim Nichols, former State Senator and Commissioner of Agriculture.

Daphne Miller M.D.

Title: 
Daphne Miller M.D.
Presenter Affiliation: 
MD and Founder, Growing Health Collaborative
Bio: 
Daphne Miller, MD, is a family physician, writer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. She founded WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care practice, where she provides care for patients across the lifespan. In her latest book, Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing, Dr. Miller discovers how learning from sustainable farmers can make her a better doctor. http://drdaphne.com/ 

Doniga Markegard

Title: 
Doniga Markegard
Presenter Affiliation: 
Markegard Family Grass-Fed
Bio: 
Doniga Markegard is dedicated to finding ways to regenerate lands and community through ranching practices that build soil, sequester carbon, capture and purify water, and enhance habitat. Along with her husband and four children, Doniga owns and operates Markegard Family Grass-Fed, LLC raising grass-fed beef, lamb, pastured pork, chicken and dairy supplying the Bay Area with local, nutrient dense foods. The family ranch leases land throughout the Bay Area spanning over 10,000 acres.

Kristyn Leach

Title: 
Kristyn Leach
Presenter Affiliation: 
Namu Farm
Bio: 
Kristyn Leach is an activist and farmer based in San Francisco, where she runs Namu Farm on about an acre of Alameda County's publicly supported urban farmland. A Korean American who was adopted as an infant, Kristyn combines two farming cultures in a method of small-scale agriculture known as "natural farming”, eschewing artificial inputs and pesticides in favor of homegrown fungi. Kristyn specializes in heirloom Asian vegetable varieties, and showcases her produce at the avant garde Korean American fusion restaurant Namu Gaji in San Francisco.

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