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Plenaries

Conference Year: 2015

Wednesday

Opening Plenary

Hope Beneath our Feet – The Solution to Climate Change is Soil The new Rodale white paper—titled Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change...
Presenter(s): Bill McKibben, Brock Dolman, Gary Paul Nabhan
Location: Merrill Hall (overflow in Chapel)

Opening Plenary

The Myth of Safe Pesticides and Genetically Engineered Crops - Problems and Solutions For 36 years, the EcoFarm Conference has brought together the...
Presenter(s): John Roulac, Don Huber, Andre Leu

Respect the Seed: Genetic Diversity Matters!

Our genetic heritage is key to a resilient, ecologically based agriculture. However, the genetics of our crop plants are threatened on many fronts—...
Presenter(s): Matthew Dillon, Rowen White
Location: Merrill Hall

Regenerating our Soils: Hope for Farming and Climate

Some 30 years ago, the late Robert Rodale challenged an EcoFarm audience to embrace his “Regenerative Agriculture” prescription. Although our...
Presenter(s): Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, David Johnson
Location: Merrill Hall

Engaging & Empowering our Communities to Transform the Food System

Leaders in ecological farming, food justice, education & policy share their visions.
Presenter(s): Malaika Bishop, Denisa Livingston, Karen Washington
Location: Merrill Hall

Thursday

We’re All Eaters Here: Still Connecting to the Foods We Eat

Deborah Madison has helped shape how people think about food, cooking, health and nutrition. She was the founding chef of Greens restaurant in San...
Presenter(s): Deborah Madison
Location: Merill Hall (overflow in Chapel)

Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up

Dr. Daphne Miller brings us beyond the simple concept of "food as medicine" and introduces us to the critical idea that it's the farm where the food...
Presenter(s): Daphne Miller M.D.

Food Justice: Challenges and Opportunities

Malik Yakini will share the work of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network as a model of community self determination. He will also...
Presenter(s): Malik Yakini
Track: Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Merrill Hall

Eliminating Hunger: The First Requisite of Agricultural Sustainability

Doria Robinson and John Ikerd will address the “first requisite of agricultural sustainability:” meeting the basic food needs of all in the present...
Presenter(s): Doria Robinson, John Ikerd
Location: Merrill Hall

Diversity is Key - What 40 Years of Science tell us about Organic Agriculture

Hear from soil scientists Dr. Kris Nichols and Dr. John Reganold.
Presenter(s): Dr. Kris Nichols, Dr. John Reganold
Location: Merrill Hall

Friday

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition - Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along the way.
Presenter(s): Don Tipping, Guido Frosini, Joe and Doug and Anthony Perry
Location: Merrill Hall (overflow in Chapel)

El Exito de los Agricultores Orgánicos

Guido Frosini Granjas “True Grass Farms”, Valley Ford, CA Esta tierra ha pertenecido a la familia de Guido desde 1867 y es esa misma prueba del...
Track: En Español

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition! Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along the way. Sally Fox Viriditas Farm and Vreseis...

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition! Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along the way Dick Peixoto Lakeside Organic Gardens,...
Presenter(s): Dick Peixoto, Jamie Collins, Will Allen, Kate Duesterberg
Track: Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill Hall

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition! Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along the way. Jean-Martin Fortier, La Ferme des Quatre-...
Presenter(s): Jean-Martin Fortier, Dee Harley, Javier Zamora
Location: Merrill Hall

Successful Organic Farmers

Successful farmers share their stories and insights.
Presenter(s): Marney Blair, Lisa Bjorn, Chanowk Yisrael, Judith Yisrael, Thomas Broz
Track: Farmer to Farmer
Location: Merrill Hall

Saturday

Walking the Edge: Deepening our Magic

In nature, edges, where one ecosystem meets another, are the places of greatest dynamism, energy and creativity. Where the meadow meets the forest or...

Flavors of Regeneration

Mas and Nikiko Masumoto Del Rey, CA Father and daughter, Mas and Nikiko Masumoto, will explore the meanings and stories of regeneration. What does...
Presenter(s): Mas Masumoto, Nikiko Masumoto

Mushrooms and The Mycology of Consciousness

Join this engaging speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher, and entrepreneur for an informative lecture on mushrooms that aims to deepen your...
Presenter(s): Paul Stamets
Location: Merrill Hall

Honoring Land, Food Systems, and Community

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally renowned activist, author, and orator working on issues of climate change, renewable energy,...
Presenter(s): Winona LaDuke
Location: Merrill Hall

Soil and Your Inner Power

What can we learn from soil? How can we become more fertile and rich?
Presenter(s): Nikki Silvestri
Location: Merrill Hall

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