Jeff Lowenfel

Jeff is the award winning author of the  best-selling books, Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to The Soil Food Web, Teaming With Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition and Teaming With Fungi, The Organic Grower’s Guide to Mycorrhizae. His first book, Teaming with Microbes, was reviewed as the most important new gardening book in the last 25 years.

Jeff also writes the longest running garden column in North America and is also a highly respected and popular national garden writer and has been inducted into the Garden Writer’s Hall of Fame, the highest honor a garden writer can achieve.

He is the founder of a national program, “Plant a Row for The Hungry.”  The program is active in all 50 states and Canada and has resulted in millions of pounds of garden produce being donated to feed the hungry every year.

Jeff grew up on his father’s hobby farm in Scarsdale, New York where he helped out with the farm until he left to pursue a degree in Geology at Harvard College.

Doniga Markegard

doniga markegard

Author of Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild, regenerative rancher, Doniga brings a perspective rooted in nature. Mentored by leading wildlife trackers, naturalists and Native Spiritual leaders and with a background in permaculture Doniga brings a unique perspective to Regenerative Agricultural practices. She is dedicated to working the with the land and her community through regenerative 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 coastal ranches throughout the Bay Area spanning over 10,000 acres.

Elizabeth & Paul Kaiser

At Singing Frogs Farm, Elizabeth and Paul have applied their unique backgrounds in farming, nutrition, public health and agroforestry to develop a highly intensive, no-till, ecological management system for their small but mighty vegetable farm and CSA. Learn how to adopt their techniques to bring tremendous benefit to your farm or garden’s soil, increasing yield and improving the natural ecology. The Kaisers grow over 100 different crops year-round on three acres, a third of which goes to their 130 member CSA and two-thirds to various farmers’ markets, restaurants and a local food hub.

The Kaisers method of farming has resulted in an increase of over 300% in their soil organic matter, while drastically reducing their water use, and generates over $100,000 per acre in sales. Come to the 2018 Sustainable Food & Farm Conference to learn first-hand how you can decrease your fertility inputs, decrease your water useage and maximize your crop yields while improving the ecological health of your land.

Elizabeth and Paul have received five awards for their innovative, ecological farming practices. For the past few years, they have focused on promoting successful small scale, organic, no-till vegetable production and agroecology.

Elizabeth and Paul met in Peace Corps in Gambia, West Africa where Elizabeth first worked to support farmers in areas of nutrition, health and self-sufficiency, and Paul worked in tropical agroforestry to convert degraded lands into economically viable and biologically diverse and resilient farmland. Since then, Elizabeth received dual Masters Degrees in the Public Health field and worked with immigrant farmer families at the Sonoma County Department of Public Health for 9 years. The love of farming overcame her love of public health and she is currently a full-time farmer. At the same time, Paul received dual Masters Degrees in Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development.  They have been farming at Singing Frogs Farm together since 2007.

Daphne Miller, M.D.

On a quest to discover the hidden connections between how we care for our bodies and how we grow our food, Daphne Miller M.D. ventured out of her medical office and traveled to seven innovative family farms around the country.  What she discovered changed the way she approached treating many of her patients.

Come to the 2018 Sustainable Food and Farm Conference to hear to how Miller weaves together biomedical science, soil health and stories from her own medical practice to illustrate the health benefits of local, organic farms and gardens.  Learn the connection between microbes in the soil and in our bodies; why local, organic farm produce is healthier, and why spending time in organic gardens and farms can promote health in a number of different of ways.

Miller is a practicing family physician, author and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco. For the past fifteen years, her leadership, advocacy, research and writing have focused on the connections between food production, ecology and health.

Her writings and profiles can be found in many publications including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Vogue, Orion Magazine, Yes! Magazine, Food and Wine, The Guardian UK and Harvard Medical Magazine and JAMA. She is author of Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up (HarperCollins 2013), published in four languages and the basis for the award-winning documentary In Search of Balance. She is also the author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World, Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You (HarperCollins 2008).

Miller is an internationally recognized speaker in the emerging field of planetary health and a leader in the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, an effort spearheaded by the National Parks Service to build linkages between our medical system and our park system. Her 2009 Washington Post article “Take a Hike and Call Me in the Morning” is widely credited with introducing “park prescriptions,” a concept that is rapidly gaining traction across the United States.

In 2000, Miller founded WholefamilyMD, the first integrative primary care practice in San Francisco. She is a graduate of Brown University where she majored in medical anthropology. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency and NIH-funded research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Food Institute and a Bravewell Fellow at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine. She serves as an advisor and/or board member to a number of non-profits, including the Institute of the Golden Gate, Education Outside, Mandela Marketplace and the Edible Schoolyard Foundation and Prevention Institute.

Miller lives and gardens in Berkeley, California. Visit her website