2018 Keynote Speakers
Get inspired by one the most famous farmers in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Joel Salatin will teach you how to make a living raising animals, how to build relationships to have a successful farm business, and how to use “nature mimicry” to increase your yields and profits. With ten published books and a thriving multi-generational family farm, Joel Salatin draws on a lifetime of food, farming and fantasy to inspire farmers, ranchers and home gardeners around the world. Read more about Joel.
At Singing Frogs Farm, Elizabeth and Paul developed a highly intensive, no-till, ecological management system for their small but mighty vegetable farm and CSA which has brought tremendous benefit to their soil, ecology, water, and livelihood. Learn directly from these award winning farmers how to dramatically increase soil organic matter, while reduce water use, and high yield and profitable crops. The Kaisers grow over 100 different crops year-round and generate over $100,000 per acre in sales. Read more about Elizabeth and Paul.
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 innovative family farms around the country. Miller eloquently weaves together biomedical science, soil health and stories from her own medical practice to illustrate the health benefits of local, organic farms and gardens. She is the author of the Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up, demonstrating how the ecological health of the farms from which we eat positively impact our human health. 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. Read more about Daphne.