The Soil & Nutrition Conference will engage farmers, researchers, nutritionists and food system advocates for a multidisciplinary conversation exploring the potential to improve food quality through regenerative agriculture that builds soil, crop and ecosystem health. We bring together some of the leading thinkers and practitioners outstanding in their fields to share with you their insights and personal experience, so that we can continue to grow the movement to increase quality in the food supply! Below are a few of this year's featured speakers, with more profiles to come soon!
Bionutrient Food Association
Founder & Executive Director
Perhaps you are already familiar with Dan through one of his workshops about the principles and practices of biological farming and growing bionutrient-rich crops, at the core of which is the connection between soil health and human health and environmental health. If so, you've likely heard him speak about the vision for a handheld device that a consumer could use to point at a tomato, for example, or a bunch of carrots, and push a button to get a read on it's relative nutritive quality. To say such a device has the potential to be a game-changer is not an understatement. Dan will be presenting on the exciting progress made on the prototype tool, the Bionutrient Meter, defining food quality via the Real Food Campaign, and our movement strategy to increase quality in the food supply.
Soil Foodweb Inc.
Researcher, consultant, author
and Founder & President of Soil Foodweb
Soil health specialist, agronomist, educator
Founder of Carbon for Life, Inc. & Amazing Carbon
Soil ecologist, consultant, educator
University of Washington
MacArthur Fellow & Prof of Geomorphology, author
VT Center for Integrative Herbalism
Clinical herbalist, educator, author
Educator, health advocate, author
Tobacco Road Farm
Quantum Biology Research Lab, Innovative Biophysical Technologies
Co-founder of QBRL and IBT, author of "Quantum Biology: Healing with Subtle Energy"
More speaker profiles to be added soon!
Ray is a Soil Health Specialist and Conservation Agronomist at the NRCS USDA. Ray teaches soil health and the principles of agroecology throughout the country, and is an inspiring advocate for for soil health quality, his advocacy having lead many farmers, conservationists, and agronomists to new levels of levels of land preservation. He has 25 years of experience working around the country with the Natural Resources Conservation Service as Soil Conservation technician, Soil Conservationist, Nutrient/Irrigation Specialist, and Water Quality Project Manager, among other roles. His infectious enthusiasm for soil health has earned him the moniker, "Ray the Soils Guy".
As Rodale Institute's first CEO, Tim champions his science-based hope for a regenerative food system that will mitigate climate change and prevent famine. He has challenged audiences around the world, including Al Gore's Generation Management Investment, United Nations Environment Program, and the National Wildlife Federation.
Tim grew up on a dairy farm and worked his way through college milking his cows. This milk money also allowed him to obtain a master's degree in genetics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Tim applied his knowledge of dairy and genetics as a professor at California Polytechnic State University in addition to starting and operating a conventional dairy farm. While teaching at Cal Poly, LaSalle became involved with the California Agriculture Education Foundation. As a professor in the program and ultimately the president and CEO of the Foundation, he arranged educational leadership programs in more than 80 countries with heads of state, as well as ministers of environment and agriculture. What Tim experienced during his international travel and engagement with exemplary leaders led him to challenge the conventional agriculture mindset he'd grown up with, worked with and taught.
He saw the need for new systems to regenerate devastated natural ecosystems. As part of that quest, he has provided transformational leadership at the Environmental Center in San Luis Obispo, the Savory Center for Holistic Management, and Northwest Earth Institute. He went back to school and earned a doctorate studying the deep psychological roots of human participation in environmental destruction, and how individuals can awake to the task of repairing the planet.
Dr. Elaine Ingham
World-renowned leader in soil microbiology and of Soil Foodweb fame, Elaine has dedicated her career to exploring the organisms which make up the soil food web, with the goal of translating this knowledge into practical actions that ensure a healthy ecosystem that promotes plant growth and reduces reliance on inorganic chemicals. With decades of experience as a professor, researcher, and soil benefactor consulting in the field, Elaine has helped thousands of homeowners, growers, and businesses understand healthy soil via healthy organisms, demonstrating with tangible results that the key to plants thriving is to team up with suitable soil microbes. A central mission of her work is to return health to soil, so that natural nutrient cycling and disease suppression occur, allowing nutrient-dense, maximum yields of the desired plants. In short, Ingham's message is that if you are interested in health, you have to be interested in healthy soil.
David R. Montgomery
David is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies.
An author of award-winning popular-science books (Dirt, The Rocks Don't Lie, and The Hidden Half of Nature), Dave has explored how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil--as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. He has delved into our tangled relationship with microbes and their potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut, leading him to a radical reconceptualization of our relationship to the natural world: by cultivating beneficial microbes, we can rebuild soil fertility and even help turn back the modern plague of chronic diseases.
In his latest work, Growing a Revolution, Dave has stepped into the heart of a brewing soil health revolution, and cuts through standard debates about conventional and organic farming to show why regenerative agriculture can sustain the soil microbiome, and thereby a farmer's crops and livelihood. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, he makes the case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems.
Dr. Christine Jones
Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally renowned and highly respected groundcover and soils ecologist. She has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management practices that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate soil nutrient cycles, restore water balance, improve productivity and create new topsoil.
In response to the pressing worldwide challenge of restoring soil carbon and rebuilding topsoil, Christine offers an accessible, revolutionary perspective for improving landscape health and farm productivity. For several decades she has helped innovative farmers and ranchers implement regenerative agricultural systems that provide remarkable benefits for biodiversity, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, water management and productivity.
Christine is the founder of Amazing Carbon and Carbon for Life, two organizations whose broad goals are to inspire and publicize efficient, effective and prosperous ways for farmers and citizens to eradicate mass emissions of greenhouse gases and improve soil quality in order to create an abundance of thriving resources for growing produce.
As a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, author and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism, Guido works and teaches at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. He is the author of The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter and Tonic Plants.
Guido's teaching style focuses on conveying the interconnections within the human organism and between the organism and its surrounding ecology with a constant eye to the amazing beauty such study reveals: at any level, and in many different "languages", herbs mirror people, the plant and animal kingdoms grew up together as complements. Such a relational awareness provides meaning and context, critical elements to understanding and also to healing.
Kathleen DiChiara, FDN-P, BNI-P, CHC
An educator, health advocate, author and mother of three, Kathleen is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, an Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach and author of the best-selling book, "The Hidden Connection: Discover What's Keeping You from Feeling Happy, Healthy and Symptom-Free".
She received specialized training in the biomedical approaches and supplemental interventions to autism after her son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. Kathleen is also professionally trained as a raw food chef and is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
After years of struggling with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, severe degenerative arthritis, chronic pain syndrome and a myriad of other ailments, Kathleen made it her personal mission to spread the word about the power of healthy food and the astounding ways in which food can positively transform your life. Her knowledge of nutrition has been carefully developed through years of both professional and self-study.
Glen Rein, PhD
Known for pioneering research on the medical applications of non-classical electromagnetic energy, Glen Rein is a leader in Bioelectromagnetics and the emerging field of Energy Medicine. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of London and went on to conduct biomedical research for 25 years at prestigious academic institutions including Stanford and Harvard Medical Schools. His academic career culminated with two publications in the prestigious journal Nature and an assistant professorship at Mt. Sinai Medical School. Glen also has 14 years or corporate experience doing New Venture research and product development for a Fortune 500 biotech company.
More recently, he founded the Quantum Biology Research Labs (QBRL) in Colorado, with a startup grant from the Fetzer Institute, which now investigates quantum information utilization and storage in biological systems and water, in an attempt to understand self-organized, energy-based healing mechanisms. Glen is the author of the book "Quantum Biology: Healing with Subtle Energy" and is the author or co-author of four patents, 25 papers on bioelectromagnetics and over 40 articles in biochemistry, neuroscience and pharmacology. He is the founder and CEO of Innovative Biophysical Technologies, a new subsidiary of the QBRL, which offers individualized biochemical and biophysical contract research services. He has lectured internationally and has made numerous media appearances on radio and TV. Glen is on a number of scientific and editorial boards including the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine and Temple University Frontier Sciences.
Bryan O'Hara has been growing vegetables for profit for more than 25 years at Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT. He speaks throughout the Northeast on economically and environmentally sound vegetable production techniques and is known for providing "mountains of details in a concise, practical and cohesive manner."