Keynote Speaker: Janisse Ray

janisse-ray-keynoteOrganic Growers School is thrilled to be welcoming author, activist, and farmer Janisse Ray as an instructor and keynote speaker at our First Annual Harvest Conference, September 5-6 in Asheville, NC.

Janisse Ray’s Keynote Address
Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 8:00pm
AB Tech, Main Campus, Ferguson Auditorium
Free for Harvest Conference Attendees or $5-15 sliding scale
Get there early – first come, first serve – seats will fill.


Keynote Address:

A Field Guide to Hope

More and more it seems that looming threats are underlying our days. Being up against the giants of climate change, corporate rule, and genetic modification affects everything we do. Yet across the country, and without fanfare, folks are reclaiming biodiversity, local food, and community. Janisse offers stories of big movements and little, individuals and towns, to remind us why we’re doing this important work and inspire us that we’re not alone. When we hear real-life stories, whether of success or failure, they are a powerful and profound guide to help us gather strength and carry on renewed. Join us for this artful convergence of life, truth, and community as we remember together how to give thanks.


Registration for the 1st Annual Harvest Conference is open now. This keynote address is open to the public, although free for Harvest Conference attendees. Otherwise it’s $5-15 sliding scale.

About Janisse Ray:Janisse Ray headshot

Janisse Ray, award-winning writer, naturalist, and activist is author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast. Her latest book, on open-pollinated seeds, is The Seed Underground, published in 2012. Janisse holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine. She is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and a visiting professor, scholar-in-residence, and writer-in-residence at colleges across the country. Janisse lectures widely on nature, community, agriculture, wildness, sustainability and the politics of wholeness. She is an organic gardener, seedsaver, and slow-food cook.

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Book Purchase at 25% Discount:

Chelsea Green Publishing is offering 25% off to friends of Organic Growers School. To purchase The Seed Underground, Janisse Ray’s newest book, click here and enter the code GROW upon checkout. The discount applies to all purchases.



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