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Keynote Speakers

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

President of Waterkeeper Alliance

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. serves as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Chairman of the Board and Chief Legal Counsel for Children’s Health Defense, and of counsel to Morgan & Morgan, a nationwide personal injury practice. He was previously Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. His reputation as a resolute defender of the environment and children’s health stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn 300 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.

Mr. Kennedy is a former co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career he served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City. He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development. Mr. Kennedy has a long list of published books including the New York Times’ bestseller, “Crimes Against Nature.” Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation, he attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a Masters Degree in Environmental Law.



Elizabeth Kaiser

Owner of Singing Frogs Farms

Elizabeth Kaiser with her husband Paul have operated Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, California since 2007. With a background in tropical agroforestry, natural resource management and public health in the Sahel of West Africa, Central America as well as Northern California, they had fresh insights into farming and as such developed Singing Frogs Farm’s innovative model. Their farm is multi-award winning for their highly intensive, no-till, ecological management system. They have increased their soil organic matter by over 300%, while drastically reducing their water use and generating over $100,000 per acre in sales. Recently, they have focused on teaching their model of successful small-scale, regenerative, no-till vegetable production.

Resilient Agriculture for a Changing Climate

David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé

David: author and professor. Anne: biologist, science communicator, and public speaker.

Anne Biklé is a biologist, science communicator, and public speaker. She writes about connections between people, plants, food, health, and the environment. She finds the botanical world particularly enthralling. A bad case of plant lust draws her to the garden where she coaxes garden plants into rambunctious growth or nurses them back from the edge of death.

Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and radio and her soil-building practices have been featured in independent and documentary films. She co-authored The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health with her husband and geologist, David Montgomery.

David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. David is the author of several popular books including Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and most recently, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life.

His work has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered. When not writing or doing geology, David plays guitar in the band Big Dirt.

Social Media & Contact for David and Anne:
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email: Dig2Grow@gmail.com


The Dirt Trilogy: Destruction, Insight, and Cure

Jonathan R Latham, PhD

Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project

Jonathan R Latham, PhD, is a prominent international advocate for public interest science and former genetic engineer. He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. He holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Plant Virology. He subsequently worked in the Department of Genetics in the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. His published scientific papers span disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, toxicology, genetics, and genetic engineering. Dr Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project which exposes the secrets of the chemical industry and its regulators. He has written for Truthout, MIT Technology Review, the Guardian, Resilience, Salon.com, and many other magazines and websites.

The EPA: Friend or Foe?

Live Performances

AshEL SeaSunZ

Artist & Healer at Earth Amplified

AshEL SeaSunZ is a creative and a healer. He is a TEDx speaker, founder of the music/art collective, Earth Amplified, and a vocalist with West African/West Oakland band Dogon Lights. www.LyftRapper.com is his critically acclaimed rideshare webisode. Currently, AshEL is bringing a unique perspective to the spiritual world music scene with a background in hip hop and his own touch on traditional and modern fusion of instruments and style. His new project, Soulestial Chvrch is inspired by the transformative power of plants and self-realization.

Zarina Olox Kopyrina

Ambassador of Shamanic Culture

My name is Zarina. I am an ambassador of shamanic culture. I come from a tribe in the Arctic circle on the top of the world, the coldest place on earth. My people are Sakha people in Yakutia. I am the founder of a project called OLOX (www.olox.life) which in my language means “Life”. Our project is a marriage between traditional shamanic healing and modern music.
I was born in small remote village of 900 people, far from capital of Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) - Yakutsk city (Arctic Siberia). As a young child I spent a great deal of time in the wild, learning to talk with animals and birds. I was taught traditional songs when I was three years old and was asked many times to sing for my people during ceremonies. When I came of age, I received permission from spirits through Tungus Siberian shaman to play shamanic drum and sing sacred songs. Since that time my life has completely changed and the shamanic music has taken me all over the globe in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and now here in this country.
My desire is to bring healing to this planet during this time of global crisis. Our people have been living in shamanic wisdom for centuries and relying on our deep cultural roots to survive in -94 F winter, facing and struggling extremal life issues. I feel called to share my cultural wisdom and so I created the Olox project - the bridge between ancestral wisdom and new generations, traditional knowledge married to new technology.

In 2018 Olox performed at Lucidity, Burning Man festivals (USA), also the duo took part at President of Russia’s special event at Kremlin and in International forum “Arctic Circle-2015” (Iceland). In 2017 Olox was invited to French-American Arctic expedition Pax Arctica project to DeLong islands of Arctic Ocean. The project about Climate Change was supported by Prince of Monaco Albert II.
Olox works now with documentary movie about Reindeer herders life protection. Their homeland was distroyed by Oil and Gas company last years in Arctic Siberia.

Francisco Herrera

Theologian, Cultural Worker, Singer-Songwriter

Theologian, Cultural Worker, Singer-Songwriter, Francisco Herrera has produced 7 albums (includes 2 children's music in Spanish), writes scores for film and theater, working with producers, Greg Landau, the late Saul Landau, Haskel Wexler. He has shared the stage with Jon Fromer, Pete Seeger, Emma's Revolution at mass actions as School of America's Watch (up to 22,000 people), and the Battle for Seattle, with over 250,000 people shutting down the WTO in 1999. In 1987, Francisco shared the stage with Joan Baez and Jessie Jackson to bring attention to the brutal attack on Vietnam Veteran and Peace Organizer, Brian S. Willson, fasting to stop US arms shipments to Central America. However, Herrera's most common place is not on big stages.He can be found in intimate gatherings of women recovering from domestic violence, day laborers organizing for living wages, children becoming bilingual (Spanish/English), Interfaith groups shutting down private prisons. His Latest album Honor Migrante crosses physical and musical borders to expose the grace and beauty of the migrant community with a rocking sound that brings together regional music from Mexico and the U.S. with a ``Chicano Soul`` style that permeates his eclectic choice of music.


Ronnie Cummins

International Director Organic Consumers Association

Ronnie Cummins
International Director Organic Consumers Association
Ronnie Cummins is co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and its international affiliates Via Organica www.viaorganica.org(Mexico) and Regeneration International www.RegenerationInternational.org
(OCA) is a non-profit, U.S. based network of two million consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a healthy, just, and regenerative system of food, farming, and land use. The OCA’s primary strategy is to work on national and global campaigns promoting health, justice, and climate stability that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media work, litigation, and grassroots lobbying.
Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in public education, grassroots mobilization, and marketplace pressure campaigns. Over the past three decades he has served as director of US and international campaigns dealing with agriculture issues including organic standards, food safety, genetic engineering, factory farming, and global warming. In 2009 Cummins co-founded Via Organica, a network of organic consumers and farmers based in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. In 2015 Cummins co-founded Regeneration International, a global network dedicated to mitigating and reversing climate change through regenerative food, farming and land use. Cummins is a frequent lecturer, both in the US and abroad as well as a regular contributor to online publications such as Organic Bytes, Common Dreams, Mercola.com, Truthout, Alternet, Counterpunch, and Eco-Watch. Cummins is the author of a series of children’s books called Children of the World, as well as the book Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers (Marlowe & Company 2004). His new book, Grassroots Rising: Regenerative Agriculture, Climate Crisis, and the Green New Deal will be published by Chelsea Green in January 2020. Cummins lives with his wife and 21-year-old son in Minnesota and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Diana Donlon

Soil and climate advocate and co-founder of Soil Centric, iversity

Diana Donlon is a soil and climate advocate and co-founder of Soil Centric, a new platform illuminating pathways to regenerative agriculture. From 2013-2018, she was the director of Soil Solutions at Center for Food Safety, a program she founded.
Diana has also worked for a variety of family foundations supporting youth and agriculture programs. As a program executive at the Goldman Environmental Prize, she helped to elevate the causes of environmental activist around the world. She is a founder of Roots of Change and the Board Secretary of Watershed Media, award-winning publishers of action-oriented titles. Diana has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master’s in Education from Harvard University and served two years in Peace Corps, Morocco.

Seth Itzkan

Cofounder, Co-director, Soil4Climate Inc.

Presentation title, ``Hope Below Our Feet: Restoring Grasslands to Reverse Global Warming.``

Seth Itzkan is an internationally recognized leader in the movement to advance soil restoration as a climate solution. He is co-founder and co-director, along with his colleague Karl Thidemann, of Soil4Climate Inc., a nonprofit, educational organization advancing the science, policy and practices of enhancing carbon stocks in soil through regenerative agriculture and grazing. Seth is a TEDx speaker and author or co-author on numerous publications, including popular articles, technical white papers and policy briefs. The Soil4Climate Facebook group is a nexus of discussion and activism with approximately 12,000 members from 100 nations, including a veritable Who's Who of leading voices in the field.

Josie Watson

Soil Health Specialist

Josie Watson
As her undergraduate Environmental Studies capstone project at Tufts University, Josie attended UNFCCC COP24 and wrote a policy brief outlining the conflict between “Climate Smart Agriculture” and regenerative or agroecological paradigms, as their respective advocacy groups battled for incorporation into government plans adapt their agricultural sectors to climate change. She now believes in the power of regenerating soil health through agriculture reform to reverse climate change, feed the world, and build better democracies throughout the world.
She interned for the Food and Agriculture Organization Global Soil Partnership (GSP), aiding in various GSP projects, including the development of a European Union citizen science soil health monitoring project (GROW Observatory), and a policy brief advising Near East and North African governments on the ecosystem service benefits of investing in soil health ‘The Multi-Faced role of soil in NENA.”
She is currently freelancing for various soil health specialists, working with soil health policy expert Calla Rose Ostrander to build a national soil health policy web guide. She is also conducting research for Tufts GDAE, and working with various soil health advocates and farmers in the Northeast United States to coordinate a regional soil management reform project, with a goal of building government support for the implementation of regenerative agriculture across the majority of Northeast farms.

Alana Lea

Founder of iGiveTrees

Alana Lea is laureate of the French Ministry of Environment’s “100 Projects for the Climate,” in recognition of iGiveTrees, the agroforestry project she initiated in rural Brazil in 2009. Since then, she has participated in international climate change conferences and agroforestry events, cross-pollinating resources with Brazilian and French organizations who share her focus on organic, regenerative planting methods.

Since 2016 Alana has created environmental art banners that have been displayed at COP22, 23 and 24 as well as the Global Climate Action Summit and the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry. In 2019 she delivered a TEDx talk at the American University of Paris on “Solutions Activism.”

She’s a member of the Drawdown coalition, the 4p1000 Consortium and is on the Board of Advisors for Kiss the Ground, each focused upon soil carbon sequestration.


Don Tipping

Permaculture & Regenerative Agriculture Land Consultor

Don Tipping has been farming and offering hands on, practical workshops at Seven Seeds Farm since 1997. Seven Seeds is a small, organic family farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon, on a forested mountainside with rushing spring fed creeks and nestled among old growth forest wilderness.
We produce fruits, vegetables, seeds, herbs, while raising sheep, ducks, chickens and people! The farm has been designed to function as a self-contained, life regenerating organism with waste products being recycled and feeding other elements of the system. Lauded as one of the best examples of a small productive Biodynamic and Permaculture farms in the northwest by many, Seven Seeds helps to mentor new farmers through internships and workshops. In 2009 we began Siskiyou Seeds, a bioregional organic seed company that grows and stewards a collection of over 600 open pollinated flower, vegetable and herb seeds and is constantly breeding new varieties that we distribute nationally.

Don is active in the Seed Stewardship movement and educates regionally on seed saving through the Biannual Seed Academy, the Student Organic Seed Symposium, Seed Schools and numerous conferences. He sits on the board of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and contributes to the Open Source Seed Initiative.

While raising a family and managing a diverse seed farm and distribution business occupy much of his time, Don is keenly aware of the eroding Agrarian landscape and believes in rekindling a thriving culture of cottage industries that inspire Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share and is wholeheartedly devoted to seeing this emergent regenerative economy and culture increase and thrive.

Ildiko Polony

Nursery Manager, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Candlestick Point Native Plant Nursery

Born in Oakland, California, Ildiko has been a lifelong environmentalist. She focused most of her energy on advocacy for action on climate change and has founded and led many projects and organizations including student groups and 350 San Francisco, founded in 2012. When she started gardening in her San Francisco backyard and discovered local wildlife, her life changed. Asking herself the question, “how can I foster the birds, bees, butterflies, and surprisingly diverse wildlife I see,” the answer came in planting locally adapted California native plants. She quickly became a native plant and habitat restoration enthusiast.

She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies, with the thesis titled “Connecting People, Connecting Wildlife: A Bicycle Wildlife Corridor on Arguello Boulevard in San Francisco.” Ildiko was a collector and propagator specialist at Larner Seeds, has been a California native habitat landscaper, a coordinator for Nature in the City’s Backyard Native Nursery Network and San Bruno Mountain Watch’s Mission Blue Nursery Manager. She joined Literacy for Environmental Justice as the Native Plant Nursery Manager in 2017.

Ildiko is the founder of Wildfires to Wildflowers: Restoring California Lands for Climate Stability, a campaign to achieve carbon negativity in California through massive investment in habitat restoration. Visit wildfirestowildlfowers.org for more information.

Ildiko is also a modern dancer and aerialist.

Matthew Trumm

Permaculture educator, Designer & Consultant

Matthew Trumm is a Permaculture educator, designer, and consultant from Oroville California. Since Matthew started to study Permaculture in 2011 he has pioneered countless Permaculture projects in Butte County, which all dwell in the ever expanding nest called Treetop Permaculture, specializing in Education, demonstration, and consultation of Permaculture design. Matthew started his journey in the mountains while living off grid on his families 12 acre homestead and farm. There Matthew began learning about forestry, wild mushroom foraging, organic veggie production, created a grant funded school garden and garden program, and later worked and trained with Dr Elaine Ingham as the Assistant Farm Manager for her Life in the soil demonstration and research farm where he became an expert in thermal compost creation and application and helped design the site with Penny Livingston-Clark. Taking what he learned, in 2016 Matthew made a drastic change and moved off the mountain to downtown Oroville where he purchased a home on a 1/3 acre lot and created ``Homestead on High Street``, a urban Permaculture Education and Demonstration center. In just 3 years by developing the site, Matthew has spawned 5 successful permaculture based businesses and several community models that are now a cornerstone in sustainability for the region. Matthew's enterprises include, the education center, offering workshops and Permaculture Design Certification Courses, a composting program that up cycles food waste from all the local restaurants, a plant nursery, a property consultancy, a school garden program, a co-op csa box program (co-op-a-box), as well as offering many other seasonal products from the demonstration site. Now, after the devastating Camp Fire, Matthew was able to take his local network and Permaculture knowledge to found The Camp Fire Restoration Project, a non profit foundation to help educate and assist fire survivors and community members in Permaculture based solutions for restoring their land and lives after the fire, offering an alternative sustainable design model for rebuilding in a way that is in balance with nature. Through Matthews connection to filmmaker, John D. Liu, founder of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, The Camp Fire Restoration Project is now the home for ``Camp Paradise``, the first Ecosystem Restoration Camp in the US with a unique mobile disaster response model for large scale restoration. For more information go to www.campfirerestorationproject.org and www.treetoppermaculture.com

Jorgen Hempel

Hemp Builder

One of the original pioneers of Hemp building from the late 1980's and Founder of Hemp Eco Systems Group. As an environmental activist and humanitarian, Jorgen has dedicated the last 25 years to developing HempLime as a building material.

Alika Atay

President/ CEO of Maui Third Wave Inc

Alika Atay is the President/ CEO of Maui Third Wave Inc., a diversified
agriculture company focused on regenerative natural farming. Bringing
his farming experience as the creator of HINA (Hawaiian Indigenous
Natural Agriculture) to all his work Alika has merged his coaching
abilities and enriched arenas of societal health and well being. His
intergenerational understanding of the people of Hawai‘i has shaped a
personal story-telling style that shares the deep rooted culture of
Hawai‘i and helps conceptualize sustainable solutions in communities.
His political will and experience with SHAKA (Sustainable Hawaiian
Agriculture for the Keiki and the ‘Āina) brings a solid sense of reality
when dealing with corporate structures that impose challenges. His
ability to make swift calculations and strategies results in grass
roots direct actions that are realistically achieved and used as
examples. The repeated lesson of 'home rule' and rights to personal
health has kept Alika connecting the dots and in constant strong
creative networking motion.

John W. Roulac

CEO RE Botanical

John W. Roulac is the founder of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia and red palm. Founded in 1999 and dedicated to nourishing people and planet, Nutiva has been named one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing companies in America for seven years in a row.

A longtime advocate for healthy people and ecosystems, with expertise ranging from home composting and natural healing to forestry and hemp agriculture, John has authored four books on environmental topics, with combined sales of more than one million copies. He helped jumpstart the modern home-composting movement in the early 1990s and successfully sued the US DEA to keep hemp foods legal in 2001. He has founded four nonprofit ecological groups, including GMOInside.org. John speaks on environmental issues at various conferences, including but not limited to Soil Not Oil, EcoFarm, Provender Alliance andBioneers.

Linda Delair

LEED accredited green building consultant

M. Jahi Chappell

Executive Director of Food First

M. Jahi Chappell is Executive Director of Food First, a 44-year old ``think and do`` tank based in Oakland, CA. A political agroecologist by training, Jahi focuses on grassroots work and solidarity, as well as social and natural science research in order to understand the stakes and opportunities in contemporary food systems. The underlying goal of his work is to support the construction of participatory, socially just, and ecologically sustainable agrifood systems that support all members of society. His work has particularly aimed at exploring the ways society and politics can be re-imagined to support agroecology, food sovereignty, and food justice.

Before coming to Food First, Jahi was an Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He has also served on the faculties of Washington State University and Cornell University, and as the Director of Agroecology and Agricultural Policy at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Jahi has consulted for La Vía Campesina, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Future Council. He has published over 20 scientific articles, book chapters, and reports. His award-winning book, Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Beyond, was published January 2018 by the University of California Press.

Clara Nichols

Honorary President of SOCLA & Co-Director of CELIA

Peter Rosset

Professor of Agroecology at the ECOSUR Advanced Studies Institute in Chiapas, Mexico

Peter Rosset is professor of agroecology at the ECOSUR Advanced Studies Institute in Chiapas, Mexico (www.ecosur.mx), and is in the process of retirement from the staff team of La Via Campesina International (www.viacampesina.org). He is co-author of the book “Agroecology: Science and Politics” (www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/agroecology).

Paul Roge

Agroecology Educator and Researcher

Paul's research in agroecology spans peasant farming systems internationally to urban agriculture in the Bay Area. He is currently part of a research team studying soil health in urban market gardens. At MESA, Paul Rogé supports the formation of a network of community-based educators and the establishment of a 3-acre center for urban agroecology. From 2016-2018, Paul Rogé co-designed the Bay Area Farmer Training at MESA and taught two courses on urban agriculture and food systems at UC Berkeley. In 2017, he co-founded The Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice, a project at the cutting edge of web-based education for activist scholars. Paul also raises edible insects in West Oakland for Don Bugito and teaches urban agroecology courses at Merritt College.

Mary Crowley

Founder and executive director of Ocean Voyages Institute

Mary Crowley is the founder and executive director of Ocean Voyages Institute established in 1979 as a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Sausalito, California, with the goal of preserving the maritime arts and sciences, the ocean environment and island cultures. Mary's current efforts at Ocean Voyages Institute include GPS satellite devices to tag large plastic trash. Our ocean clean up project of 2019 is the largest ever ocean clean up of plastic trash and ghostnets from the North Pacific Gyre.
She is also founder and CEO of Ocean Voyages, Inc, an international yacht chartering company that offers trips on sailing vessels and luxury yachts worldwide.

Ms. Crowley is one of the founders and project directors of the environmental mission Project Kaisei and personally led two month-long expeditions on board the 151' Brigantine Kaisei to the North Pacific Gyre. She has previously served as Executive Director of the Oceanic Society, publisher of Oceans magazine and on the board of Directors of WELL Network, Richardson Bay Maritime Association, Project Jonah, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Sail San Francisco and many other organizations. She is a founding member of Planetree, which enhances healing environments in hospitals and healthcare education.

Besides being an educated and ardent environmentalist, Mary has found time to enjoy exploring the world via yacht, logging over 110,000 miles at sea. She was a teacher and program director for the Oceanic School of New York on board the 345' Brigantine Statsraad Lehmkuhl for nine months, (a school year). She was also on the first voyage of S.E.A. of Woods Hole on board the Brigantine Westward as staff. She has sailed in the Galapagos archipelago 23 times as well as repeat visits to most of the world’s ocean areas.

It is Mary’s lifelong passion for sailing, snorkeling, diving and exploring the world’s oceans that has fueled her continuing commitment and dedication to ocean conservation and the marine environment. She feels we all need to take action to improve the health of our oceans.

David Helvarg

Executive Director of Blue Frontier

David Helvarg is Executive Director of Blue Frontier and the author of six books: Blue Frontier, The War Against the Greens, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Rescue Warriors, Saved by the Sea and The Golden Shore. He is organizer of ‘Blue Vision’ Summits for ocean activists, Peter Benchley Ocean Awards (with Wendy Benchley), and chaired the first global March for the Ocean in 2018.

Helvarg worked as a war correspondent in Northern Ireland and Central America, covered a range of issues from military science to the AIDS epidemic, and reported from every continent including Antarctica. An award-winning journalist, he produced more than 40 broadcast documentaries for PBS, The Discovery Channel, and others. His print work has appeared in The New York Times, LA Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Popular Science, Sierra, etc. He’s done radio work for Marketplace, AP radio, and Pacifica and led workshops for journalists in Poland, Turkey, Tunisia, Slovakia and Washington DC. He is also a licensed Private Investigator, body-surfer and scuba diver.

Dakota Peebler

Heirs To Our Oceans

Thirteen year old Dakota Peebler, an independent learner in the San Francisco Bay Area, set out to start a global movement with her family in May 2016. They formed nonprofit Heirs To Our Oceans (H2OO), which is committed to empowering, educating and connecting all youth around protection of ocean and waterways for Dakota’s generation and future generations. Since 10 years old, Dakota has been dedicated to researching and protecting sea otters as keystone and sentinel species. She feels strongly that Marine Protected Areas must take into account land-sea pollution as our important marine life as well as human life and livelihood are threatened. Dakota and her fellow Heir Aislinn Clark, also 13 years old, are on a mission: to get onto the mainstream’s radar that the overuse of fertilizers coupled with warming waters is resulting in harmful algal blooms leading to red tide, deadly blue-green algae and hypoxia killing important aquatic life and poisoning drinking water. They are meeting with Federal and State lawmakers, the CA Ocean Protection Council, and speaking out as much as possible to inform people of the harm that chemical fertilizer use does to our planet’s waters. According to Congressperson Jackie Speier, Dakota, with her youth voice, is “sounding the alarm” as to an issue that should be taken seriously by lawmakers in the State as well as nationally before dead zones become the norm on our country’s coasts. Dakota has learned from and is mentored by such experts as Dr. Shawn Larson, Dr. Melissa Miller, Dr. Samantha “Mandy” Joye, sea otter biologist Gena Bentall and more. Dakota has spoken on high-level panels including at the Marine Conservation Institute’s GLORES event at the Romberg Center in Tiburon, CA, in April 2017, and on an MPA panel in Washington DC at Blue Vision Summit 6 in May 2017. Dakota has spoken at many conferences and events, such as World Ocean Festival in New York kicking off the United Nation’s first Ocean Conference June 2017, Algalita’s Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions Int’l Youth Summit, the 6th Int’l Marine Debris Conference, at the Int’l Sea Otter Conference at the Seattle Aquarium in both 2017 and 2019 and more. Dakota has presented to students of all ages locally, nationally and internationally, regularly for the last 3 years on this issue. To raise awareness through art she has performed red tide to audiences through spoken word including at Coal & Ice, a climate change focused art exhibition in San Francisco during the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018. At H2OO Summit for Empowerment Action and Learning (SEAL) 2017 and 2018, both in Palau, Dakota lead the land-sea pollution team in making 5 minute documentaries. Her team’s film won #2 out of 130 applicants at the San Francisco Int’l Ocean Film Festival in 2018. Dakota has participated in many other media events – television, radio, podcasts and films. She is unstoppable in getting her voice heard for her generation.

Blake Kopcho

Senior Oceans Campaigner at Center for Biological Diversity

Blake Kopcho, Senior Oceans Campaigner, works to protect the oceans from offshore drilling and fracking, plastic pollution and destructive fishing. Before joining the Center he worked on community-based coral reef conservation initiatives in developing nations and spent several years directing grassroots campaigns to ban plastic bags in local communities in California. He earned a master's in science in marine biology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and holds a bachelor's of science in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jeffrey Smith

Executive Director, Co-filmmaker & Author

The leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey Smith was named the 2017 “Person of the Year” by Masters of Health Magazine. For more than two decades, his research has exposed how biotech companies mislead policy makers and the public, and put the health of society and environment at risk.
Mr. Smith’s feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives was awarded the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (AwareGuide). Seen by millions world-wide, the film links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous other problems that have been on the rise in the US population since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced.
In 2018, he and Amy Hart released Secret Ingredients, a documentary that highlights numerous individuals and families that healed from serious conditions after switching to an organic diet.
Mr. Smith’s books include: Seeds of Deception, the world’s bestseller on GMOs; and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. They expertly demonstrate why the safety assessments by the FDA and regulators worldwide are based on outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our top food safety priority.
Mr. Smith has lectured in 45 countries, counseled leaders from every continent, and has been quoted by thousands of news outlets including: The New York Times, Washington Post, The Times (London), Associated Press, Reuters, LA Times, and Time Magazine. He regularly appears on influential radio and television programs, including the BBC, NPR, Fox News, Democracy Now, The Doctors, and the Dr. Oz Show.
He is the founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), a leading source of GMO health risk information for consumers, policy makers, and healthcare professionals. IRT’s educational programs are driving the tipping point of consumer rejection against GMOs, which is already starting to push genetically engineered ingredients out of the market in the US.
Mr. Smith resides in California, as well as Iowa— surrounded by genetically modified soybeans and corn.

Dafna Tachover

Attorney, Founder of We Are the Evidence

Dafna Tachover, Esq. (New York, Israel) MBA

Dafna Tachover is an attorney in both New York and Israel, has an MBA and is the founder of ``We Are The Evidence``, an advocacy organization for the protection of the rights of the many people who have been injured by wireless technology radiation. She has a technology background including in wireless networks and infrastructures from her service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Telecommunication and Computers Officer and the commander of the computer center of the IDF's Operations Center and of its Headquarters. She has also worked for an international investment company and for a private equity fund. In 2009, Dafna developed Microwave, a condition that is caused by exposure to wireless technology radiation. Since then, she has dedicated herself to educating the public and public officials regarding the adverse effects of wireless technology radiation and the widespread sickness that exists from it. as well as on its adverse effects on animals, plants and the environment including on the increase in global energy consumption. In 2012 Dafna initiated and led a Supreme Court case in Israel to replace the use of Wi-Fi in schools and install wired internet networks instead—a case that led to the first and strictest limitations on Wi-Fi use in schools worldwide. She has been working at the Federal and State levels, has taken part in numerous public speaking engagements and has been involved in legal actions. She has been consulting in various related lawsuits and represented 94 international organizations in an amicus brief in a US case. In the past three years she has been focusing her on stopping the deployment of 5G. Dafna has been one of the leading experts and advocates on this topic globally, featured and interviewed by TIME, CNN, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Epoch Times and other media and appeared in documentaries about the topic, including in the award-winning documentary ``Generation Zapped``.

Nils-Michael Langenborg

President & CEO Whole Health Marketing

Nils-Michael Langenborg has over 30 years of sales, marketing and finance experience with some of the best companies in America and is currently President and CEO of Whole Health Marketing, a consultancy for triple-bottom line brands focused on people, planet and prosperity. He is an entrepreneurial mentor for CleanTech Open, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke University and the author of The Regenerative View of Capital. He received a greenMBA from Dominican University of California.

Issac Nichelson

Creative Leader and Entrepreneur

“A creative leader and entrepreneur with 25 years of apparel industry experience. Isaac is known for propelling cutting-edge product and market innovation in the realms of sustainability and circular resource efficiency.

Nichelson has built and led several brands and manufacturers to industry-wide notoriety, and has focused on propelling cutting-edge sustainability through his work in fashion for more than 20 years.

In 2007, California Apparel News dubbed Nichelson “Eco-Johnny Appleseed” due to his growing reputation for being a very passionate and committed early-stage promoter of sustainable textiles and fashion.

Isaac possesses a comprehensive fashion industry knowledge base. Extending from the origins of fiber, to yarn and textile formation, product M&D--- all the way through the branding, marketing, global distribution and leadership of fashion and textile companies.

A visionary creative leader, connector, and communicator, Isaac collaborates regularly with product/sustainability leadership and C-suite operators of most of the worlds major apparel brands, as well as working closely with the leadership of many global NGO’s.

In 2017, Isaac had the honor to be listed as an expert contributor to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Fiber Initiative Report, and is regarded as a thought leader in the realm of circularity/sustainability.”

Martha Ayon

Indigenous Foodways Activist

Estève Giraud

PhD student at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Estève Giraud is a 2d year PhD student at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Her dissertation research focuses on urban agriculture grassroots initiatives for self-sufficiency and their transformative potentials to promote values of social and environmental care. She conducted part of her field research in summer 2018 in La Havana, Cuba. She holds a master in economics from University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and a master in business administration from Toulouse Business School, France. She is passionate about food studies and permaculture, and has participated in local agriculture initiatives in her home country, France, and in Egypt, India, Australia and Spain.

Haleh Zandi

Co-founder and director at Planting Justice

Haleh Zandi is a mother, land-based activist, co-founder and director at Planting Justice, an Oakland-based non-profit organization that operates a 4-acre food forest in El Sobrante, a 2-acre commercial plant nursery in east Oakland, a landscaping service, grassroots fundraising program, and leads educational workshops at schools, sites of incarceration, and with community organizations throughout Ohlone territory.

For the past 10 years, Haleh has been organizing across prison walls to support people impacted by mass incarceration as they return home to community. Haleh's approach towards food sovereignty particularly draws critical connections between the United States' dependence upon fossil fuels within the modern colonial food system and the unjust U.S. militarization of the Middle East. Prior to founding Planting Justice, Haleh worked for Peace Action West in Berkeley and with the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland. She received her BA at UC Santa Cruz and an MA at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. With any inquiries, please contact haleh@plantingjustice.org.

Minkah Taharkah

Multidisciplinary Artist of Afro-Latinx descent

Minkah Taharkah is a multidisciplinary artist of Afro-Latinx descent from Leimert Park in Los Angeles. She is a recent 2018 graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Society and the Environment. Her current mediums include: farming/earthwork, creative direction, fashion design and styling, photography, graphic design, painting, poetry (both written and spoken word), yoga and dance. Through her experience in visual and graphic arts she creates photographic content to highlight and critique gentrification and environmental injustices in South LA, the East Bay, Ghana, and Costa Rica.

Mackenzie Fieldman

Founder of Herbicide-Free Campus

Mackenzie Feldman: Mackenzie graduated from UC Berkeley in Spring 2018 with a degree in Society and Environment and a minor in Food Systems. She is the co-founder of Herbicide-Free Cal, and was the UC Global Food Initiative Student Ambassador for UC Berkeley. Mackenzie and her mom are currently writing a plant-based cookbook that they hope to be finished with by the end of the year.

Isaac Vergun

17-year old sprinter, cross country runner, and climate activist and federal plaintiff in the case Juliana et al. vs. U.S.

Isaac Vergun, from Beaverton, Oregon, is a 17-year old sprinter, cross country runner, and climate activist and federal plaintiff in the case Juliana et al. vs. U.S. At 11-years old, Isaac got the attention of Bill McKibben by stepping onto the stage to ask about starting a divestment campaign.

Isaac trained to become a Climate Reality Leader and was elected to the Global Boards of Plant-for-the-Planet and as president, and he participated in the Youth Summits in Germany and Italy as well as inspiring adults from around the world in Monaco at PlantAhead. Honored as a Youth in Action by the Marshallese Community, Isaac is part of the Oregon Youth Legislative Initiative, and a teen board member of the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation.

Rachel Parent

Food - Climate Youth Activist - Speaker

Youth activist Rachel Parent, is a change maker with a unique capacity to mobilize, inspire and educate people. Her passions include Food and climate, social justice, animal rights, responsible consumption, and environmental protection. In 2012, Rachel founded Kids Right to Know, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth, about the connection between food production and climate change, with a focus and transparency in the labelling of Genetically Modified Food in Canada and the USA.

Despite a busy Toronto student schedule, she has given dozens of television, radio, magazine and online interviews, participated in countless event appearances, including a well-publicized debate about GMO labelling with celebrity host Kevin O’Leary on CBC Television, and two TEDx talks presentations. She has been internationally recognized as an Environmental Speaker and awarded for her work, including the Rob Stewart Youth Eco-Hero Award, the John Filion Award for Community Involvement, Elle Quebec Magazine Woman of the Year, Post City Magazine Toronto most inspiring Women of 2017, Toronto NOW Magazine's Eco-Heroes, along with a long list of other prestigious recognitions and awards. Rachel is presently dedicated to the development of a Monarch Butterfly conservation program and she is the Director of Gen-Earth Events, an environmental platform dedicated to education through film and activism, with the goal of motivating youth to learn Organic Regenerative Climate solutions to help make the world a better place for humans, animals and our planet.

Jibril Kyser

Co-Founder of Black Earth Farms

Jibril Kyser was born and raised in South Sacramento California. While growing up in America’s Farm to Fork Capitol, Jibril tapped into a vibrant community of Black, Indigenous, and Refugee urban farmers and community organizers who inspired his reverence for land, food, and water. The knowledge he gained through his community work inspired him to study agroecology as a Conservation and Resource Studies major at UC Berkeley. Since then, jibril co-founded of Black Earth Farms, a socialist collective of Afro and Indigenous landless farmers in the East Bay stewarding land and growing food for the people who need it most. Black Earth Farms runs a 15 family CSA program and partners with People's Breakfast Oakland to bring food to Oakland's rapidly increasing houseless population. jibril is currently a Grass Roots Science Fellow at the Pesticide Action Network, where he is conducting pesticide air monitoring trials and investigating the environmental effects that pesticides have on soil health.

John Jeavons

Executive Director of Ecology Action

John Jeavons is the Executive Director of the globally active non-profit Ecology Action, located in Willits, CA, and is a leader in the field of Biointensive agriculture. He developed the small-scale, high-yielding, resource-conserving GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming method—an approach that allows small farmers to increase yields, build fertile soil up to 60x faster than nature, and use 67%-88% less water per pound of food, compared with conventional practices. This comprehensive cropping system enables people everywhere to grow a complete, balanced diet, significant income, and sustainable soil fertility using very little land. As a result of Ecology Action’s demonstration, teaching and research activities in biologically intensive farming over the last 43 years, John’s methods are now being used in 143 countries in virtually all climates and soils where food is grown.
John believes that each person has the capacity to make a profound difference in the sustainability of our agriculture and through it, our world; and that if we each learn to take care of our part of the Earth – our garden – then we can change our situation from one of scarcity to abundance: of enough for everyone
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland said of his work: “There are probably a billion people in the world who are malnourished. The Jeavons approach could enable that segment of the population to feed itself adequately for the first time ever. That would be a remarkable development in this world, and would do more to solve the problems of poverty, misery and hunger than anything else we’ve done.”
A political science graduate of Yale University, Jeavons worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Stanford University before launching his career in small-scale agriculture education. He is the author of the best-selling sustainable farming handbook How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible With Less Water On Less Land Than You Can Imagine, now in its 9th edition in eight languages, plus Braille, with over 600,000 copies in print worldwide. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 40 publications on Biointensive agriculture, including a five-part, peer-reviewed article that appeared in The Journal of Sustainable Agriculture.
John has been honored to receive the Boise Peace Quilt Award (1988), the Giraffe Award for Public Service (1989), the Santa Fe Living Treasure Award (1989) and the Steward of Sustainable Agriculture Award (2000). He has also been nominated for the Noetic Sciences Altruism Award (1992), the World Food Prize (1993 and 1995) and the Pew Scholars Award in Conservation and the Environment (1995). In 1988, “Circle of Plenty,” a PBS-TV documentary about Jeavons and his work aired nationally. He is also one of those featured in the PBS-TV documentary “The Living Land” (1999) and in the documentary film “Fall and Winter” (2013).
Major publications have featured his work, including the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor.
He has given numerous presentations and workshops in the U.S., and has taught in Kenya, Mexico, South Africa and Canada. This year he will teach at the 1st World Meeting on “Family Organic Agriculture with the Biointensive Method” in the Dominican Republic, with representatives from 50 countries present.
Key to Ecology Action’s success in spreading sustainable Biointensive agriculture to so many places around the world has been, and will continue to be, catalyzation of small training centers that keep things local, personal, and economically and environmentally relevant to the people learning the method. Encouraging the creation of as many of these “local on a global scale” training centers as possible is John Jeavons’ focus for the future.

Monica Chen

National Programs Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition

Monica has a Master’s in Education and has enjoyed working with students at elementary, middle, and high school levels. In addition to classroom teaching, she has worked in residential environmental education, taught sexual health and served as an instructor for the Prison University Project at San Quentin. She currently volunteers her time as a crisis support counselor, and her activism is focused on the interconnectedness of social justice issues.

Matt Powers

Permaculture Teacher and Regenerative Gardener

Matt Powers, teaches permaculture and regenerative gardening and farming to families, youth, schools, and adults all over the world through his online courses, videos, and books, which are now being used on all continents (except for Antartica.) Translations of his books are already available in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic with French and Italian coming soon. As an experienced educator with a masters degree in Education, Matt went from teaching high school students to teaching high school teachers and administrators to teaching districts and appearing at universities and conferences all over America and online, teaching permaculture and sustainable, regenerative skills and thinking. Matt provides daily inspirational and regenerative content online and is one of the most-followed permaculture teachers online with over 30,000 Twitter followers and tens of thousands of followers in his many Facebook groups and pages ranging in topics from permaculture education to entrepreneurship to gardening to fungi & more.

Michael Collins

CTO, Everflux Technologies

Mike Colllins has worked with the soil for 37 years. He grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, grape growers and wine makers in the Napa Valley and went on to study Olericulture (science of vegetable growing) at UC Davis. It was through this formal education as well as his extensive international agriculture experience where Mike first developed his interest in sustainable agriculture, heirloom varietals and permaculture, after which he founded Bloomfield Organics. His award-winning farm cultivated 215 different crops ranging from spinach to strawberries to many unique crops such as Spigarello and Verdolaga. Bloomfield was one of the first organic farms in California, and the first supplier to Amy's Kitchen. Later they also supplied world-famous chef Alice Waters with vegetables for Chez Panisse. The fermentation process he developed over 15 years turned out to be a superior fertilizer for all of his crops, and is now at the core of Everflux Technologies' process. Connect with him on Linkedin.

Kyra Rice

Board Member: Cloud Forest Institute, member: Forest Reciprocity Group

Kyra Rice, Board Member: Cloud Forest Institute, member: Forest Reciprocity Group
Kyra holds a degree in visual arts from California College of Arts and Crafts and a graduate certificate in education. She designed a garden nutrition program in Oakland, CA, where public elementary students had a direct learning seed-to-table curriculum and grew all organic vegetables for 600 students each week for a free school lunch salad bar. Kyra spent 5 years in salmon habitat restoration with Turtle Island Restoration Network - SPAWN, and with Friends of Sausal Creek in revitalizing paved & piped waterways in Oakland. Kyra was the 2016 - 17 manager of the educational organic production garden, Noyo Food Forest in Fort Bragg, and holds a certificate in Grow BioIntensive carbon sequestering mini-farming methods. She is on the Board of Directors of Cloud Forest Institute, and helped establish the Mendocino County Climate Action Advisory Committee that works directly with the county Board of Supervisors.

Eric Lassotovitch

Co-founder: Polecraft Solutions, members: Forest Reciprocity Group

Eric Lassotovitch, Co-founder: Polecraft Solutions, members: Forest Reciprocity Group
Eric Lassotovitch is a licensed building contractor in Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA. Applying his arts education, Eric innovates efficient pole frame crafting solutions, and draws plans for clients. Energy efficiency, affordability, healthy homes, and appropriate usage of local materials are among his top design considerations. Eric is co-founder, with Colin Gillespie, of Polecraft Solutions. Learn more at polecraftsolutions.com.

Anna Hope

Forest Reciprocity Group

Anna Hope, member: Forest Reciprocity Group
Anna Hope has defended ancient redwoods from being cut down, planted fruit trees with children at their schools all over California, converted diesel buses to run on vegetable oil, made herbal medicine, organized community events, been involved in building natural homes, advocated to maintain owner builder ordinances, and helped educate her local building department about natural building.

Colin Gillespie

Natural Building and Permaculture Designer

Colin Gillespie has worked in the construction trades for over 10 years dedicating himself to Natural Building, Permaculture Design, Eco-forestry, and Sociology. He combines the benefits of modern and ancient building techniques into Elegant round-pole timber frames, that couple well with straw-bale, cob and similar clay plastered wall types. Collin is co-founder, with Eric Lassotovitch, of Polcraft Solutions.

Miguel Robles

Founder & Core Organizer of the Soil Not Oil International Conference

Miguel Robles is the Co-Founder/Project Director of Biosafety Alliance, he was the main organizer of the annual Justice Begins with Seeds Conference and was the core organizer of the 2015 Soil Not Oil International conference. Artisan, poet, urban farmer and activist, he has founded several organizations and launched campaigns of great social impact, during his continuous involvement in various social struggles related to globalization, democracy, human/immigrant rights and in recent years focused in environment and food justice. He is a very well know activist throughout the Latino/social justice networks in California and other states where he has been invited to present in conferences & community events about is work on immigrant rights and environment/non-GMO advocacy. He was the field organizer for Spanish speakers in 2012 during the Prop. 37 campaign in California, in which Latino vote in support of GMO Labeling reached 61%, the highest in the vote preferences by ethnicities. He is one of the founder members of the Californians for GE Food Labeling Coalition. He is a strong supporter of the moratorium to plant Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico and works closely with the leaders behind it. For years he has hosted a weekly educational radio program in Spanish at a commercial radio station in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area in which he educates about urban farming, sustainability, environmental & food issues. For many years he has been an intermittent resident of the San Francisco Mission District

Darree Sicher

Founder of United Sludge Free Alliance

Darree Sicher founded 'United Sludge Free Alliance' to provide information about the health and safety risks for America's farmland, food, water and communities from solid and liquid municipal sewage sludge wastes marketed as a soil amendment and fertilizer. Ms. Sicher's outreach programs include conference presentations, television and radio appearances and published articles. Motivated by a national need for a clean, accessible food and water supply, the right to sustainable family and farm lifestyles resistant to toxic waste dumping and the necessity to recognize the science and experiences needed to challenge industry and bureaucratic marketing of toxic false fertilizer/compost/soil amendment, Ms. Sicher offers educational information to motivate citizens and bureaucrats alike.

After learning about the marketing of sewage sludge as a 'fertilizer' to farmers, growers, home gardeners and landscapers, Ms. Sicher founded 'United Sludge Free Alliance' as a volunteer, non-profit grass-roots organization. Utilizing her B.S. in Common Sense and years of community organizing, Ms. Sicher finds that the most important goal is “Value to the People”, embracing the belief that citizens have a right and value as Citizen Activists and Scientists, to create a better world through personal knowledge and engagement. Ms. Sicher guides citizens toward understanding the link between municipal sewage sludge wastes and the heavy metal, pharmaceutical and chemical contamination - including “forever chemicals’ like PFAS - and the contamination of our waterways, our farmlands and soil health, our environment and our physical bodies. Highlighting real science, real life experiences and investigating alternative uses, United Sludge Free Alliance provides internet information, behind-the-scenes coaching and networking for farmers, citizens and community groups nationally.

Jeff Wright

Farrier Blacksmith Farmer Designer

Jeff will talk about Humanure composting and how we can bring it to a community level. The main text will be Joe Jenkins ``Humanure Handbook.`` Sewer and plow and turn agriculture are stone age concepts that we are evolving out of. The age of Fire, Stone, Bronze, Iron, Oil now Soil. After years of working in a coal forge, Jeff had a simple epiphany, that our ancestors really struggled to do something easier and have more abundance. Perpetuating water sewer is the most difficult task we can ask of our descendants. However, composting is easy and it is abundant. Composting will create jobs for folks, not infrastructure and the oil that builds it. Composting will build a strong agricultural economy at the community level.
Jeff is a baby boomer raised near St Louis and ended up in the Appalachians where he planted trees for the forest service, shoed horses, carpentered, farmed. Worked alongside the health dept. designing proposed traditional septic fields for a small development. Jeff relocated to South Carolina in 2004 where he started composting humanure. Jeff immediately started thinking of ways to take it to a community level. Called the ``poop visionary`` by the Durango Herald in Colorado, he has built public collection toilets, spoken at the Southwest Permaculture Convergence and most recently at the Montessori Hands for Peace International Conference and is working now with South Carolina DHEC to approve a Humanure collection process. Jeff and his wife Sandie keep bees, chickens, raise worms and practice no dig gardening.

Brett Levin

Environmental Advocate

ABrett is a recent graduate of Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he focused on agroforestry and conservation finance and worked under Dr. Florencia Montagnini. He currently works in business development for All Valley Solar, a Solar Thermal and Solar PV developer, Tank Brain Productions, a sustainability film production company, and Biocultivation, a partner organization of Rincon Vitova Insectaries. Brett also sits on the board of Rincon Vitova's affilate non-profit, The Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology, promoting healthy soils, ecologically based pest management, and biological farming. Long term, Brett aims to help develop diverse agroforestry projects globally.

Debbie Friedman

Program Director, Conscious Kitchen

Debbie is an attorney who practiced business law in San Francisco for 5 years. Since leaving the practice of law to pursue environmental work, Debbie has served in a variety of advocacy, communications and leadership positions including as producer for EcoTalk Radio which aired nationally on Air America Radio, and as a communications consultant for innovative nonprofits and businesses. Debbie also co-founded and led two environmental health nonprofits, and remains an advisor to both organizations. In her role at Moms Advocating Sustainability, Debbie led policy initiatives and organized coalitions, with an emphasis on shifting agricultural policies towards ecologically-oriented practices, to reduce the amounts of pesticides sprayed by state and local agencies. Debbie was lead organizer and negotiator with County Government Officials in a 2009 successful campaign to revise Marin County’s regulations to substantially reduce the use of pesticides on County property. She also organized a statewide coalition that successfully ended decades of pesticide spraying by California's agriculture department, in an unprecedented legal decision (presently on appeal). Prior to joining Conscious Kitchen's team as Program Director, she was co-founder and served as Executive Director of GMOScience, a science-based educational and information platform that addresses the costs, risks and benefits of genetically engineered food. Debbie was selected in 2011 as a “Marin Hero for Children,” by Marin Advocates for Children.

Dana Perls

Senior food and agriculture campaigner with Friends of the Earth

Dana Perls is the Senior Food and Technology campaigner with Friends of the Earth. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, she was the Northern California community organizer with Pesticide Watch, where she ran campaigns in agricultural counties to regulate or ban pesticides from the market, to label GMOs in California, and to help reform the corporate control of our food systems. Dana brings a strong background in grassroots campaign organizing and environmental policy and combines them with her commitment to environmental justice. She holds a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley in CA, and a B.A. from Cornell University.

Adriana Silva

Farmer, Tomatero Farms

Adriana is the Owner of Tomatero Farms in Watsonville, California. She and her partner Chris began the farm in 2004 on four acres. With an original focus on growing tomatoes, they named the farm “Tomatero,” meaning “tomato picker” in Spanish. Within a year of opening they were certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). They now grow many different types of vegetables and raise hens for laying eggs. They focus on soil fertility, using beneficial plants, insects, and native hedgerows. Adriana was elected president of the local chapter of the CCOF in 2010 and was the first farmer to partner with Conscious Kitchen.

Klein Kendra

PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, Friends of the Earth

Kendra Klein, PhD is senior staff scientist at Friends of the Earth where she leads work on food and farming solutions. She is a writer, researcher, and advocate with over seventeen years of experience in environmental sustainability, food, agriculture, and environmental health. Prior to joining FOE, she was a lecturer at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, coordinated farm-to-institution work at the California Healthy Food in Health Care campaign and worked at Breast Cancer Action on chemical policy reform and corporate accountability related to pink ribbon fundraising. Kendra has apprenticed on organic farms in California and Hawaii. She is a 2011 Switzer Environmental Fellow and has written for The Guardian, The Nation, Gastronomica, Civil Eats, Food Tank, and Ecowatch. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University of Ohio and a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from UC Berkeley.

Jackie Cabasso

Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation

Jackie Cabasso has been Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation in Oakland, California since 1984. A leading voice for nuclear abolition, she has been involved in nuclear disarmament, peace and environmental advocacy locally, nationally and internationally for 35 years. She was a “founding mother” of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons in 1995. Since 2007, she has served as North American Coordinator for Mayors for Peace. She also serves as National Co-convener for United for Peace and Justice. Jackie received the International Peace Bureau’s 2008 Sean MacBride Peace Award, and Agape Foundation’s 2009 Enduring Visionary Prize.

Andrew Lichterman

Policy analyst and lawyer with the Oakland, California based Western States Legal Foundation

Andrew Lichterman is a policy analyst and lawyer with the Oakland, California based Western States Legal Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms and the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, and is a member of the Coordinating Committee of United for Peace and Justice. He has represented peace and environmental activists in a variety of settings, and also taught at alternative law schools for many years. In recent years his work has focused on the purposes and impacts of U.S. weapons programs and on the relationship between nuclear technologies, militarism, and the global economy.

Marcia Campos

President of the Board of Directors and adjunct Faculty of the Western Institute of Social Research (WISR),

Marcia Campos is President of the Board of Directors and adjunct Faculty of the Western Institute of Social Research (WISR), a premier academic institute for social change based in Berkeley, California. She also serves as Board member of Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF) where she is Program Director of the North of Tlatelolco Project. The North of Tlatelolco project aims to preserve and promote the legacy of Latin America for peace and nuclear disarmament crystalized in the Tlatelolco Treaty, with a focus on the Latin American migrant community in the US.

Rob Bennaton

University of California Cooperative Extension Bay Area Urban Agriculture Advisor

Linus Lancaster

Artist and educator

Towards Dirtier Philosophies of Creative Interchange
(Transdisciplinary Art Practice in Soil Studies)

Linus Lancaster is an artist and educator working in Northern California. He received his MA in philosophy and art practice from Sonoma State and his PhD. in art practice and soil ecology from University of Plymouth (UK); both were done in collaboration with his students at Healdsburg High School. He has also taught English in the Prison University Program at San Quentin. His current work is focused on philosophies of ecology, soil studies, performance art, and amateur radio.

Alisha Utter

Plant and Soil Science/Agroecology PhD Student; Veganic Farmer

Alisha earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy and Marine Science from the University of California San Diego. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Vermont where she studies Plant and Soil Science with a focus on agroecology. Alisha's dissertation research is examining the principles of veganic agriculture, as identified by farmers within the United States. Outside of academia, she co-stewards a small, diversified (veganic) fruit farm in the Lake Champlain Islands of Vermont and sells fresh fruit and fruit products direct-to-consumers. Alisha serves as a board member for various agricultural organizations, including the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association, Vermont Young Farmers' Coalition, and the Champlain Islands Farmers' Market. In 2017, Alisha was recognized as the Northeast Scholar by the James Beard Foundation.

Michael Joshin Thiele


Michael Joshin Thiele
Apiculturist, has led the creation of honeybee sanctuaries and refuges for over twenty years. He is the founder of Apis Arborea (www.apisarborea.com) and offers workshops and trainings in apiculture practice in the U.S. and internationally. Current projects focus on Rewilding of honeybees and the development of programs for conservation and protection.
Michael’s pioneering approach to apiculture as a platform for global renewal has appeared in national and international magazines, books and films. He has presented his work at Harvard University, New York University, consulted for the USDA and developed the organization Gaia Bees to advance biodynamic practices in apiculture.

Nassim Nobari

Executive Director of Seed the Commons and Founder of the People’s Harvest Forum.

Nassim Nobari
Executive Director of Seed the Commons and Founder of the People’s Harvest Forum. As a social justice and food activist, she has worked with radical community programs in Switzerland and the US and volunteered with peasant organizations in a dozen countries. With Seed the Commons, she strives to continue to help build a food system that works for farmers, workers and eaters, while promoting animal liberation instead of agricultural models based on animal exploitation.

Sara Tiffany

Climate Smart Farming, Senior Manager

Sara manages CAFF’s Climate Smart Farming program, which works with farmers, researchers and other agencies to investigate and promote climate smart practices and farming systems throughout California. For years, Sara has worked to promote sustainable agriculture both in the classroom and in the field, and has a passion for connecting the two. She has graduate degrees from University of California, Davis, in Soils and Biochemistry and International Agricultural Development, and has a background in international development work. Sara grew up on a small walnut ranch on the central coast of California.

Douglas Bevington,

Ph.D., Forest Program Director for Environment Now

Douglas Bevington, Ph.D., Forest Program Director for Environment Now. Recently with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation where he authored the influential study ``A New Direction for California Wildfire Policy -- Working from the Home Outward,`` pdf linked below. Dr. Bevington has the ear of California Governor Gavin Newsom to take fire policy out of the hands of fire fighters and timber industry interests alone, and put it in the hands of California community citizens who don't want their neighborhoods and regions to burn out of control.

Pamela Bea Wilson Vergun, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Founder of Youth Acting for our Earth (YAE!)

Pamela Bea Wilson Vergun, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Founder of Youth Acting for our Earth (YAE!)

Pam Vergun built the youth and parent climate training program Youth Acting for our Earth (YAE!) based on her 5-years experience developing and leading another program originally designed to involve 9-12 year olds in planting trees and acting for the future. She brings to this work a decade of program assessment and support.

Dr. Vergun, who holds a PhD in sociology (social psychology and organizations) and a Master in Public Administration and International Affairs, and who is an ordained Maggidah (a Jewish teacher of traditional wisdom, like a preacher or storyteller), is working to fundraise from a variety of sources and to seed this community-based youth and parent climate training using a permacultural approach to climate activism and organizational development.

YAE trains youth in grades 4-12 to train other youth to speak out on behalf of climate science and justice in free one-day trainings. Parents empower other parents to begin acting to address the crisis together with their children and communities through initial parent meetings and building teams of families who can strengthen each other by having fun while getting action on the crisis, with our approach which can be adapted to fit local circumstances.

Elizabeth Azzuz

Board Secretary of the Cultural Fire Management Council, Humboldt County, CA

Elizabeth Azzuz, Board Secretary of the Cultural Fire Management Council, Humboldt County, CA Teaches in the TREX -- Training Experience -- program where hands-on prescribed burn techniques and respect for indigenous knowledge are provided to community members interested in pursuing the practice.

Joseph Hart

Vice President and Co-founder of Kenco Industries HI, Inc

Joseph Hart is Vice President and Co-founder of Kenco Industries HI, Inc., a Kauai, Hawaii based alternative agricultural and biotechnology research company (www.kencoind.com) specializing in fiber crop based product solutions for heavy industry.
In 2016 he wrote a book titled ``KENAF: Plant Based Solutions for Industrial Growth & Environmental Regeneration” www.kenafbook.com- The book is essentially a collection of the last 40+years of research detailing the various uses of the very unique Kenaf plant.
Prior to beginning his work in the agricultural biotechnology industry he worked many positions in the building trades industry ranging from union cement & scaffold builder, to his last position being at the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) where he was the administrative assistant to the President . (LCI)www.leanconstruction.org is a heavy construction research organization setting new industry standards in performance and safety in the heavy civil construction industry.
An avid life student of value based and optimal performance based thinking, in his effort to fully understand effective development and management of large and often unpredictable heavy industrial operations. he has worked with such groups as the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME) www.ame.org and the Compression Institute (www.compression.org) a group of holistic business thinkers that realize that our planet has a finite amount of resources. Compression is best understood, “As the art and science of improving the quality of life, while great reducing resource use and eliminating toxins.” aka “Doing BETTER with less!”

In addition to these learning organizations he has worked with dozens of state and county agencies over the last 15 years on environmental, waste water and social issues. Some of those agencies include the US Coast Guard, City of Chicago, State of California Department of Water Resources, and the North Carolina Division of Waste Management. He decided to opt out of college and was blessed to land multiple jobs working for professors instead of interest rates on a student loan.

Emily Buerer

Climate Smart Farming, Program Coordinator

Emily has been involved in agriculture in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley, the Bay Area, and Spain, and is ardent about promoting regenerative farming practices and strengthening local food systems through applied research. She provides programmatic support for CAFF’s Climate Smart Farming projects to help build small farms’ capacity toward climate resilience and ecologically sustainable production. Emily holds a graduate degree in Organic Agriculture from the University of Barcelona and completed her undergrad in Sustainable Agriculture at CSU Stanislaus.

Larry Ray

Fire Response and Prevention Expert from Northern California

Larry Ray, fire response and prevention expert from Northern Californ

Keyan Bliss

Grassroots Volunteer Coordinator for the Move to Amend Coalition

Keyan Bliss
Email: keyan@movetoamend.org

Phone: 317-902-8399
Organization or Affiliation: Move to Amend
Title of Workshop or Presentation: Planet vs. Corporate Rule: It's up to Us.
Description of Presentation/Workshop/Panel: Without systemic change, industry and mega-corporations will continue to have too much influence on the enactment of environmental protections, and accessibility to sustainable energy technologies. Climate change is making the urgency clear...
Move to Amend’s Grassroots Volunteer Coordinator Keyan Bliss gives an inspiring call-to-action and discussion on the nationwide movement to amend to the U.S. Constitution to end corporate constitutional rights as a step toward creating authentic democracy that priorities life and the planet over property and profit...for the very first time!
➔ Learn the history and current examples of the relationship between many forms of oppression, the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court decisions empowering corporations over humanity -- and what it will take to build a diverse democracy movement that results in justice, peace, sustainability and self-determination of all people, communities and the planet.
➔ Discover why challenging corporate constitutional rights is directly connected to reforming campaign finance laws, access to safe food, providing affordable health care, strengthening worker rights, transforming our criminal justice system, protecting the environment, and so much more…
➔ Learn about the ``We the People`` Amendment and what you can do about it!
Move to Amend, a non-partisan, broad coalition of organizations and individuals, working together to abolish corporate personhood and demand real democracy.
Bios #1: Keyan Bliss is the Grassroots Volunteer Coordinator for the Move to Amend Coalition. Inspired to join Move to Amend by his brother’s participation within the Occupy movement and student power movement, Keyan first joined Move to Amend in 2013 as an intern. Since joining, he has served as executive producer of Move to Amend's online radio program Move to Amend Reports, served on Move to Amend's National Board of Directors before joining the full-time staff, and currently helps to produce their monthly live-streaming program the Move to Amend Live Report. When he's not providing support for Move to Amend affiliate leaders, he is actively involved in fighting for racial justice and equity within his local community.
Keyan is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in political science. Keyan views the goal of ending corporate constitutional rights and money as protected speech to be a crucial first step towards leveling the playing field for all justice movements and creating lasting systemic change within US society. Once the “We the People” Amendment is adopted into the Constitution, he hopes to continue constitutional revisions to include a new bill of rights to expand the protection of civil liberties to all human beings without distinction.
Length: 90 minutes
Region of Influence: National
Categories of Presentation: Environmental Justice, Other Category
Technology or Equipment: I will be using Power point slides. I will bring my own HDMI cord to hook up to a projector.
Success: Outreach, Sponsoring
Anything else: I had difficulty uploading my slides. I will email them to the address provided. I really look forward to participating in this wonderful conference. Thanks for your consideration!

Michael DiMartino

Director of Golden Road Tours

Michael DiMartino has been producing events for 30 years. These
events range from small cultural arts and environmental related events
to large international festivals in Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, and
Morocco. He is the founder of Golden Road Productions, producing over
50 events in the last four years on community resilience, including
co-creating the International Resilience Film Festival in Nevada City.
These events feature keynote speakers, hands on workshops, live music,
films, and discussion relevant to addressing issues and innovative
solutions. Events are live streamed on Facebook and archived on
YouTube and podcasts globally. Michael is the co-creator of the Source
Directory, an innovative tool for networking sustainable and
regenerative practices in the Sacramento River Watershed, as well as
the founder of Global Rhythms, a world music radio show dedicated to
performance and visual and healing arts and is the founder of World
Beat Ensemble, an global arts education program presented in over a
hundred schools, institutions, and venues

Chema Hernández Gil

Political coordinator at the San Francisco Rising Alliance

Chema Hernández Gil helps build the political power of working-class communities of color in San Francisco as the political coordinator at the San Francisco Rising Alliance. His dedication to the goals of decolonization and animal liberation led him to co-found Seed the Commons to help transform our food systems through grassroots popular education that centers Native traditions and scientific knowledge.

Leo Lauchere

Co founder of EcoCamp Coyote and Good News Wood Salvation

With partner Ero Gorski, Leo has built an evolving reclaimed wood business, Ecosystem Restoration Camp and lifestyle rooted in permaculture ethics and regenerative right livelihood. Relinquishing dependence on fossil fuels and other outdated systems, in a mobile, off-grid, inter-sufficient and purpose-centered life's work, Leo stands for a future we need, born from choices we make now.

Miko Vergun

One of 21 youth plaintiffs on a landmark constitutional lawsuit against the U.S. and fossil fuel industry.

Miko Vergun is one of 21 youth plaintiffs on a landmark constitutional lawsuit against the U.S. and fossil fuel industry. Based in Oregon, Miko and Isaac have been advocating for climate justice through their work with Plant for the Planet and are now part of a growing youth movement to hold their governments accountable to protect their constitutional and public trust rights.

Eric Lassotovitch

Polycraft Solutions

Eric Lassotovitch, co-founder: Polecraft Solutions, members: Forest Reciprocity Group
Eric Lassotovitch is a licensed building contractor in Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA. Applying his arts education, Eric innovates efficient pole frame crafting solutions, and draws plans for clients. Energy efficiency, affordability, healthy homes, and appropriate usage of local materials are among his top design considerations. Eric is co-founder, with Colin Gillespie, of Polecraft Solutions. Learn more at polecraftsolutions.com.

Dane Downing

Forest Reciprocity Group

Dane Downing, member: Forest Reciprocity Group, Round Valley Water District Manager
An active member of his community, Dane focuses his efforts on improving the health and well being of his local watershed and all those who reside therein. As District Manager of the town’s sewer district, he oversees the functions of his town’s wastewater treatment plant—the only one in California that utilizes wetlands and ozone to process effluent. He volunteers on the local water district as well as with regional watershed non-profit groups aimed and monitoring water quantity and quality. Nearly 20 years ago Dane began seeking solutions to catastrophic forest fuel loads. With his interest in carpentry, he researched, developed a feasibility study, and eventually created a business plan in small log utilization and other forest health solutions.

Mark Squire

CEO of Good Earth Natural Foods

Mark Squire came to Marin in the late 60s as an idealistic 17-year-old food activist. His conviction that we needed to change our agriculture away from pesticide dependence and our diets back to a more natural one lead him to Good Earth Natural Foods where he has worked continually for the last 42 years.
When Good Earth began in 1969 the concept of a Natural Food store was a new one and the number of organic farms in California could be counted on one hand. Good Earth became a leader in developing this new organic market.
As studies are now showing that Organic food production is quantitatively better for our health, Good Earth’s early food idealism is daily being proven to be a very practical solution to the health crisis our communities face. Since Agriculture is one of the top polluting industries on the planet, and organic agriculture has proved that we can “just say no to pesticides”, organics is one of the great environmental success stories of our time as well. Good Earth’s early commitment to making that vision real led Mark to start working with the early pioneers of organic farming during the 80s. Together they created California Certified Organic Farmers, which developed the first standards for organic farming, standards that still form the foundation of our USDA National organic program. During the 90s Mark served on the board of directors of OCIA, which at that time was the largest organic certifier worldwide and which developed organic standards for organic processing, which was a necessary next step to create the many organic choices available today.
Always vigilant to keep sustainability real and to protect local food systems, Good Earth was the hub of Marin's 2004 voter initiative, which banned the cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops in Marin and passed with 61% of the vote.
Mark and his Good Earth partner Al Baylacq created Good Earth’s organic School lunch program which is one of the first in the country and to date has served over 850 thousand Organic Lunches to Marin kids.
Mark’s latest work is with the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit creating a product seal so that consumers can avoid GMOs in their food. Good Earth was one of three founding stores that recognized the need for a system to recognize and encourage food producers that took the extra steps needed to insure that their products were as free as possible of GMO contamination. Watch for the Non-GMO Project seal on products and know that it is protected by a the non-profit and that Mark is on their board of directors.

Rachel Linden

Co-Director of the Water Protector Tour

Rachel Linden has a long history of protecting the environment as a micro farmer, amateur herbalist, PDC coordinator and community leader.
Rachel was the Founder of GMO Free Arizona.
Rachel served as Co-Director for the Institute for Responsible Technology “Healthier Eating Tour”,
in California behind Prop 37 to label genetically engineered foods.
Rachel is the current Executive Director of Green Lifestyles Network Inc (501c3 Non-Profit) providing education, advocacy, and networking for a wide variety of collaborative environmental and life-affirming ventures.
Rachel is Co-Director for the California ``Water Protector Tour``