Special Guest Speakers
at the 25th Annual Spring Conference
March 9-11, 2018
Dan Kittredge is the founder and Executive Director of the BioNutrient Food Association, a non-profit educating about vital soils, nourishing food and healthy people. He is the son of prominent leaders in the organic movement, and has been an organic farmer since childhood. His experience managing organic farms and developing sustainable agriculture techniques has connected him to farmers in Central America, Russia, India and the United States. Dan is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply through collaboration with committed individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the value of people growing and eating really good food.
Dan launched The Real Food Campaign (RFC) in 2008, to empower and educate farmers towards the production of quality food for the improvement of human health. In 2008 and 2009 RFC made major strides in developing a cohesive local, national and global vision, and networked nationally to build the base to implement its mission. Under Dan’s leadership in 2009-2010 RFC began holding yearlong courses on Nutrient Dense Crop Production and building a professional team of staff.
Beth & Shawn Dougherty
Beth and Shawn Dougherty have been farming together for over thirty years, the last twenty in eastern Ohio on their home farm, the Sow’s Ear, where they and their children raise grass, dairy and beef cows, sheep, pigs, and poultry. They identify intensive grass management as the point of union between good stewardship and good food. Their ongoing goal is to rediscover the methods and means by which a small parcel of land, carefully husbanded with the application of ruminants, pigs, and poultry, can be made to gain fertility and resilience while feeding the animals and humans living on it.
Beth & Shawn are the authors of The Independent Farmstead, Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management, published by Chelsea Green. The book focuses on the importance of developing true interaction between all the resources of a small farm – from animals to humans – in order to make the land, its residents and its production the best they can be. Simultaneously irreverent and deeply serious, this book is a true how-to for those seeking to develop and manage a piece of land (however big or small) through regenerative farming.
They believe that that a true farm is nearly or completely self-sustaining. It is not dependent upon the importation of feeds, fertilizer, or fossil fuels. It is not depleted by man’s activities, but derives from them yearly deposits of wealth in the form of increases in topsoil, moisture, and fertility. Pursuant of these ideals, they practice management intensive, or rotational, grazing, the age-old principal of moving livestock over forage in imitation of the passage of feral herds and flocks. They use spring and surface water via a variety of non-electric systems for nearly all our stock water and irrigation and their gardens are four-season, organic, intensive, and hand-worked.
Their farm is an ongoing attempt to rediscover by extensive experimentation those goals and principals of farming which once were so obvious to humans as to need no explanation, and to give form to the idea that a farm is a microcosm where diverse species interact to their mutual benefit, where man becomes caretaker and the land a font from which a superabundance of food, clothing, warmth, the means of life, sustain all those living on it and overflow to nourish those outside.