2019 Keynote Speakers

Daniga - key note speaker farm conference 2019Doniga Markegard

Learn how livestock can be managed to be a powerful strategy to stabilize the climate, decrease drought, and increase  animal habitat.   Author of Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild, regenerative rancher Doniga Markegard brings a permaculture perspective rooted in mimicking nature. Mentored as a teenager in the Wilderness Awareness School by leading wildlife trackers, naturalists and native  leaders, and later tracking wolves in Idaho,  Doniga brings a unique perspective to Regenerative Agricultural practices. Ranching can be good for the land and the environment. Read more about Doniga.

Dru Rivers and Paul Muller

Dru Rivers  was a young farmer almost 40 years ago when the organic movement began to organize itself. She has been on the Board of the Steering Committee for Sustainable Agriculture ever since. Joined by her husband Paul Muller, they  have created  Full Belly Farm,  which developed into a profitable well known certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California, northwest of Sacramento. With help from about 80 employees, the farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. Come learn how they do it.  Read more about Paul and Dru.

Jeff Lowenfels

Living soil evangelist and author Jeff Lowenfels is the King of the Soil Food Web. He practices Laugh and Learn. He has the amazing ability to explain what is happening in the soil between the roots of plants and the microbes living in the soil in simple terms that you can remember the first time hearing his explanations. He helps us understand how to relate and feed the complex life in the soil, rather than wasting time and resources, as well as our backs. Read more about Jeff.

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