Presenters

3hattrio

3hattrio (three hat trio) plays American Desert Music. Their aim is to create a new music which responds to the natural world of their sacred homeland near Zion National Park in southern Utah, USA. They also strive to acknowledge the cultural traditions of generations of people who have worked and lived on the deserts of the American southwest. The subject matter of the songs is often desert oriented, sometimes not. Mostly, they express the desert experientially from a daily-ness of watching light off distant mesas and hearing the way sound plays off sheer sandstone cliffs. The music is spacious, atmospheric, mirage-like, spiced with old-time cowboy, classical, jazz, and Caribbean overtones.

Special Events

Bob Quinn

Owner of Montana Flour & Grains and Founder of Kamut International

Bob Quinn is passionate about organic farming and the need to provide a sustainable, nutritional food source for the United States. A deep-rooted belief that rural communities should be valued and nurtured has always been a driving force of this passion. Bob has been farming organic Kamut ancient grain since 1983. He is the founder of Kamut International which allows him to promote organic agriculture and the KAMUT brand ancient wheat. He is the author of “Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food.”
Keynotes
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Organic Saturday, February 5th 9:00 A.M. – 10:10 A.M.

Brook LeVan

Self-Proclaimed Certified Generalist and Cosmic Engagement Officer

Previously an artist of some standing, now incorporating science and alchemy in his work to rebuild our relationship to All of the Life that we collaborate with as farmers and ranchers. He sees his ranch as a laboratory to rediscover a form of deep nutrition that is sorely lacking in our current diets. He claims to be leery of what he knows, as it might get in his way and feels he is perfectly unqualified for what he does every day.

LeVan is co-founder and un-better- half visionary at Sustainable Settings, now in it’s 21st year, a Demeter Certified Biodynamic working ranch, and Whole Systems Learning Center with a 100-family shareholder A2 A2 raw dairy, meat and egg production, a 40-family vegetable and fruit CSA, and most recently adding medicinal herb production. He is co-founder partner of Biodynamic Source – a Demeter certified Biodynamic preparation making and distribution non-profit devoted to healing the earth through utilizing homeopathic therapies, the Biodynamic preparations, and fostering practical multi-disciplinary land stewardship ethics and methods. LeVan is also co-founder and partner of Biodynamic Botanicals producing potent healing herbs for the apothecary market.

Visit Build Soil or Die to join the soil revolution.
Keynote
  • Saturday, January 5th 3:10 P.M. – 4:10 P.M.

Constance Lynn

Co-founder of The Boulder Skills Foundation

Constance Lynn has been devoted to holistic health for Self, individuals and Earth for over 30 years. In 1991 she worked on her first organic farm and discovered the gifts of eating from the land and connecting with plants as our relatives, as well as our allies in healing. Currently living in Boulder, Utah, she tends to a large garden and is co-creating a homestead based on Permaculture design principles.

Constance began offering herbal remedies through Night Raven Wild and Organic Herbs ten years ago. She hand collects medicinal plants from her garden, mountain and desert and then prepares salves, creams, tinctures and teas to offer the healing gifts of the plants to others.

Certified as a yoga teacher and therapeutic yoga practitioner for 20 years, Constance inspires her students through interconnecting the ancient tradition of yoga with wild nature and soul. She also has extensive experience with organic/whole food nutrition with an influence from an Ayurvedic perspective, and cooking for retreats, co-ops and cafes.

She loves Silence, Solitude and Wild Nature…..

Pre-Conference Workshops

John & Haidy Peterson

Farmer John Peterson, owner of Angelic Organics which is also home to both Farmer John Peterson, star of the documentary The Real Dirt on Farmer John, and Angelic Organics Learning Center, a non-profit educational organization that offers educational, creative, and experiential programs to the regional community.
Keynotes
  • Thursday, February 6th 7:15 P.M.
Q & A
  • Thursday, February 6th 9:15 P.M.

Kerry Gibson

Kerry Gibson was appointed the commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) in 2019. Recognized for his vast experience in the dairy industry and business, he has served as a state legislator, county commissioner, and previously as a deputy director of Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Kerry is fluent in agriculture production, business management, and governance leadership.

Born and raised in Weber County, where he owned and operated a fifth-generation dairy farm with his father and brother. Kerry has also successfully owned and operated several small businesses. He’s a big believer in the free enterprise system and feels government’s role is to support and help all citizens achieve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Keynotes

  • Friday, February 7th
    3:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Kristin Kimball

Co-Owner Essex Farm
Kristin Kimball is a farmer and a writer living in northern New York. Prior to farming, Kimball worked as a freelance writer, writing teacher, and as an assistant to a literary agent in New York City. A graduate of Harvard University and the author of The Dirty Life and Good Husbandry, she and her husband Mark have run Essex Farm, a full-diet CSA, since 2003, where they live with their two daughters.
Keynotes
  • Friday, February 7th 8:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Lloyd Nelson

Co-Founder of Biodynamic Source

Lloyd Nelson has been practicing the art of Biodynamic (BD) Agriculture for over twenty years, working extensively on BD projects across the U.S. He is a BD preparation maker, builder, artist, farmer, arborist, BD educator & consultant. He is co-founder of Biodynamic Source – a Colorado based non-profit specializing in high potency BD preparations – and he owns and operates a Biodynamic spray, fertilizer and consultation service in Western Colorado. He has worked with small and large scale farms, vineyards, and orchards to transition to sustainable Biodynamic land management and Demeter BD Certification.

Mary Crafts

Founder of Culinary Crafts

Mary Crafts is…quite simply…. a living legend. From humble beginnings and dire circumstances, she invested blood, sweat and countless tears into building what would become the most celebrated catering company in Utah.

That multi-million dollar empire became the launching pad for so much more. Today, Mary has handed the reins of her catering empire to her incredibly gifted children who have taken her company to the next level, while Mary turns her attention to helping others build their dreams.

Whether those dreams are centered around business, family or personal growth, Mary is ready to engage her expertise, assets, and energy into helping others build and grow!

Keynotes

  • Friday, February 7th
    3:45 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
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