Saturday Keynote:

Holistic Regeneration of Our Land: A Producer’s Perspective with Gabe Brown

Join Gabe Brown as he shares the inspiring journey from conventional farming to solving problems in a natural and sustainable way.

At Brown’s Ranch, we regenerate landscapes. We do that through the practice of Holistic Management and by farming and ranching in nature’s image. Improving soil health is a priority and no-till farming has been practiced since 1993. As a result, all aspects of our farm are thriving. We have eliminated the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, and pesticides. We use minimal herbicide and are striving to eliminate it.  We do not use GMOs or glyphosate. This results in increased production, profit, and a higher quality of life for all of us.  We are moving towards sustainability for not only ours but future generations as well.

Saturday & Sunday Keynote Address

Farming as Life­ Long Learning–The Celebrations & Challenges of Multi­-Generational Stewardship

Siblings, Matthew & Althea Raiford, reclaimed family land in South Georgia, to become sixth generation farmers. Both military veterans, they received a grant from Veteran’s Farmer Coalition and started the steep learning curve this is farming. Over the last six years, the challenges  have included lack of resources, lack of regional knowledge on organics, lack of a strong support circle, and nay Sayers galore. By working together, they’ve come a long way from the idealistic vision that brought them back to the land and have learned hard-won lessons. They now run a farm, a market, a restaurant, and have become national speakers. Their biggest discovery? That all along what they’ve been growing more than anything, is community.

Both Keynotes to take place at 1:45pm

On both Saturday & Sunday.

The Keynote Address is included in the cost of the conference registration.

Lee Warren

Lee Warren

Lee Warren has been homesteading and farming in cooperative community for more than 20 years. She is the Executive Director of Organic Growers School, which has been offering organic education to Southern Appalachia since 1993. She is the co-founder of Village Terraces CoHousing Community, a collaborative, off-grid neighborhood at Earthaven Ecovillage, and the manager of Imani Farm, a pasture-based cooperative farm. Lee is also an herbalist, writer, teacher, and food activist, with an avid interest in rural wisdom, sustainable economics, and social justice issues.