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

Founder and owner of Kamut International, Kraklin Kamut, and The Oil Barn
Founder of Montana Flour & Grain
Author of Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

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.
Keynotes Workshops
  • Friday, February 7th
    11:10 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.
Special Events
  • Booksigning
    Friday, February 7th
    9:45 A.M. – 10:00 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.
Pre-Conference Events Keynotes

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

Chase Campbell

Founder of Champion Your Well-Being

My name is Chase Campbell and I am a Certified Traditional Foods Cook & Instructor. I am a proud member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Chapter Leader of the Washington County WAPF Chapter. I have been teaching and cooking traditional foods for over 2 1/2 years. I study how traditional cultures have prepared their foods to obtain optimal health in their life and how to re-introduce that into today’s society. The majority of the population is not living an optimal life and many people are ignorant to that fact. My personal goal and my businesses mission is to help people understand their food like our ancestors did and prepare their food in order to improve their health and live a long happy life without any pain or restraints. We are meant to eat and live in a way that keeps us strong, healthy and fit and I am working to bring that back to the world and those I love. YOU!
Pre-Conference Workshops

Gina Cornia

Gina Cornia is the Executive Director of Utahns Against Hunger she has been with UAH since 2001.

Before joining the staff at UAH Gina worked as the Welfare Reform Policy staff at Utah Issues for five years. She has more than 20 years of state & federal legislative experience. Gina Cornia attended the University of Utah, where she earned her degree in Family and Consumer Studies.

Under her leadership UAH has been recognized for the work they do by the Inclusion Center, Slow Food Utah and the Food Tank as an organization making a difference in the food system. In 2014 Gina received the Dr. Raymond Wheeler/Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award from the Food Research and Action Center.

Gina also serves on the board of the ACLU.
Workshops

Gwen Crist

Special Events

Hannah Muller

Hannah Muller was born and raised at Full Belly Farm, a 400 acre certified organic farm located in Northern California. The farm produces a large variety of fruits, nuts, animals, produce and flowers for wholesale, farmers markets, stores, and restaurants. The farm has just about 15 acres of certified organic flowers that they sell in a variety of different ways. Hannah moved back to the farm after college seven years ago to start Full Belly Floral which offers the farm’s flowers arranged for weddings and events. Throughout the year, Hannah hosts a variety of on-farm floral design classes, offers DIY and full-service wedding packages to over 25 weddings and arranges the flowers for countless events and farm dinners in and around the Sacramento Valley. Flowers are current the farm’s #2 top-grossing crop and provides jobs for 9 people year-round.
Workshops

Jared Sorensen

Jared Sorensen and his wife Selena of 22 years are 3rd generation ranchers, parents to nine children and are committed to regenerative agriculture. Jared is a student of soil health and is implementing principles to enhance the health of the soil on his family’s livestock ranch in Nevada. Some practices include; brewing and application of compost tea, high stock density adaptive grazing, multi species grazing, and recently the implementation of biodynamics. Jared enjoys growing nutrient dense forage, traveling and collaborating with other regenerative producers throughout North, Central and South America and teaching regenerative principles. Jared has mentored many young people seeking to learn more about and get a start in agriculture. The Sorensen’s produce and market grass finished beef and pastured pork.
Workshops

John Flatberg

Workshops
  • Permaculture
    Friday, February 7th
    11:10 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.

John & Haidy Peterson

Since 1990, lifelong farmer John Peterson (known to many as Farmer John) has been running Angelic Organics, an organic and biodynamic Community Supported Agriculture farm in Northern Illinois. More than 2200 families in Chicagoland receive a weekly delivery of vegetables and herbs from Angelic Organics during the growing season.

Farmer John is the subject of Taggart Siegel’s feature documentary film The Real Dirt on Farmer John, which has been seen by millions in theaters and on television throughout the world. The film garnered 31 film festival awards. John presented the film in 18 countries from 2005 through 2009.

In 2006, John’s first book was published, Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables. An intention behind both the film and the cookbook was to make Rudolf Steiner’s insights regarding food and farming more widely available to the general public. (Watch a film clip about Biodynamics here.)

John helped to found the Angelic Organics Learning Center in 1999, which has subsequently become a regional leader helping urban and rural people build local food systems. He also helped to found his region’s CRAFT initiative (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) in the mid-90’s.

In 2010, John married Haidy El-Gendy (now Haidy Peterson) from Finland. They met in Järna, Sweden, an Anthroposophical community, while John was touring with the film. John and Haidy are dedicated to creating spaces at Angelic Organics that are conducive to vibrant social life. They share a passionate interest in Rudolf Steiner’s work.
Keynotes
  • Why I Did It
    Thursday, February 6th
    7:30 P.M. – 7:50 P.M.
Special Events Workshops

Josh Choate

Joshua Michael Choate is the President of the School of Natural Philosophy and a teacher of Natural Philosophy, Wellness, Herbalism and Permaculture Design. He is also the Director of Living Campus Operations at Monticello College.

He is a Certified Permaculture Design Consultant through the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. He mentored under Peter Bane (The Permaculture Handbook, 2012) and Jerome Osentowski (The Forest Garden Greenhouse, 2015). He is the designer of Monticello College Living Campus where he leads a Permaculture Design Certification Course annually and related coursework and workshops.

Together with his wife Amy, Joshua founded, owned and operated the Natural Philosophy Organic Market and Yoga Studio in Logan, UT. While thus engaged, he offered countless lectures on natural diet and lifestyle and consulted with thousands of individuals in herbal nutrition. He also experienced firsthand the precarious and inefficient nature of our food supply chain and inherit deficiencies in mainstream food quality. This instilled in him a deep desire to liberate individuals, families and communities from nutrition scarcity and economic slavery through Natural Philosophy and Permaculture Design.

He is a student of Katri Nordblom, ND and certified under the Nordblom American Institute of Footzonology as a Footzonologist, Master Footzonologist and Zoning Coach.

He is a practicing herbalist and has studied with Dr. Patrick Jones (The Home Grown Herbalist). He has been strongly influenced by the works of John R. Christopher, Maurice Mességué and Stephen Buhner. He teaches classes in herbal nutrition, herbal medicine and wild crafting.

Joshua is a native of Cache Valley, Utah and currently resides in beautiful South Eastern Utah with his wife and four children on the Living Campus at Monticello College.

Workshops
  • Permaculture
    Friday, February 7th
    11:10 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.

Julie Clifford

Keynotes

Kelsey Hall

Dr. Kelsey Hall is an associate professor of agricultural communication and Extension specialist at Utah State University. Her research and Extension projects discover how agricultural communication and Extension can impact Utah communities through the local food movement (farmers’ markets, farm stands, community-supported agriculture, farm to school sales, & direct-to-retail businesses).
Workshops

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 Workshops Special Events
  • Booksigning at Book Store
    Saturday, February 8th
    10:10 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.
Pre-Conference Events Workshops

Lori Parr

On finding a dearth of technical guidebooks and realizing most of the information from the coastal growers to be non-applicable to farming lavender in an Intermountain locale, Lori found herself flying by the seat of her trial-and-error pants in her first lavender farming venture as a sharecropper in Missoula.

Lori has corralled all her experience (and plenty of entertaining anecdotes) in her first book Lavender Farming: Secrets from a Hard Row Hoed.
She consults lavender initiates in person and online in places as far away as the Arabian Desert.

She was born and raised in SLC, Utah. In ’93 she moved to Montana and started a garden maintenance/consulting/design service in 1995, and has farmed lavender since 2001.

Workshops Special Events
  • Booksigning at Book Store
    Saturday, February 8th
    11:25 A.M.

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. Mary is a champion for Utah. She never misses an opportunity to promote local food purveyors and to highlight Utah as a destination.

Long before farm to table was even a phrase Mary was embracing local and purchasing from small farmers. 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!

Michael Cundick

Workshops
  • Permaculture
    Friday, February 7th
    11:10 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.

Pat Ford

Co-Owner of Beehive Cheese

Pat and his business partner Tim had 8 days of cheesemaking experience between them when they filled their vat for the first time. The friends sought help from The Western Dairy Center, at Utah State University who adopted Beehive as their artisanal interns and mentored the novice cheesemakers with their expertise in cheese crafting.

Their tiny creamery at the mouth of the Weber Canyon continues to grow. Pat and Tim have expanded their trust and brought on the next generation of cheesemakers and staff to continue the vision, but still with the commitment to making friends through their craft every day.

Workshops

Regan Emmons

Regan Emmons is the Farmers Market Promotion Program coordinator for Utah State University. Through organizational development, initiating collaborative projects, and a knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion, she is building a statewide network of farmer’s markets. She has worked in agriculture and community food system development for 10 years and has a Masters of Art in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University.
Workshops

Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson was born in 1961 in South Florida and is Co-owner of Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch. Through a series of events, he found himself in the west; Salt Lake City. Since then he has always held southern Utah close to his heart.

Formally Ron is a business-man and is currently invested in several ventures which include Short Line railroad in SLC, Co-op member of the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp company, co-owner of Aseda Honey, all while working on a project with Dr. Elaine Ingham in the remediation shrimp farms in Vietnam.

Ron enjoys hiking, fine arts, produced music and live events and has a passion for creating sustainable businesses and taking care of the community.
Workshops

Roslynn McCann

Dr. Roslynn Brain McCann is a Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist in the Department of Environment and Society, College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. She uses conservation theory, communication techniques, and social marketing tools to foster a range of environmental behaviors. She is currently leading a USDA project to connect low income and ethnic minority populations around Utah to locally grown food.
Workshops

Sara Patterson

Workshops

Shayn & Kristen Bowler

Keynotes

Todd MacFarlane

Workshops

Vernie Lynn DeMille

Author of Walking My Father’s Fields

Vernie Lynn DeMille is a storyteller of the simple, unhurried life, and the magic of making time for a love affair with the earth and those you share it with. As a family farmer, author, speaker, and licensed massage therapist she has centered her life around the pursuit of the interconnectedness of labor, love and the human need to create our life from the elements surrounding us. To touch the earth and one another in ways that strengthen and sustain our relationships.

From her experiences as a child traveling back roads and scenic byways, the youngest of 12 children, to raising her 4 children on a small family farm, Vernie Lynn has lived the truth that our life isn’t just what happens to us, it’s the story we tell ourselves about our experiences and our willingness to learn lessons from our own lives that shapes our personal happiness and satisfaction. She believes and teaches that nature and nurture go hand in hand and that the soil beneath our feet has the power to grow common bonds between people of all different backgrounds and beliefs.

Workshops Special Events
  • Booksigning at Book Store
    Saturday, February 8th
    11:25 A.M.
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