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Harvest Conference (September 5&6, 2014) in Asheville, NC welcomes these wonderful speakers:

Featured Speakers

janisse_recroppedJanisse 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.



alan_muskat_cropped Alan Muskat, philosoforager, stand-up mycomedian, and epicure of the obscure, has been going “out to eat” for nearly twenty years. He founded the first forage-to-table program and wild foods market in the US. Author of Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment, he has popped up on The Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, The History Channel, PBS, CBS, and in The New Yorker, Southern Living, and Country Living. For close to two decades, Alan has sold hundreds of pounds of wild foods a year to over fifty restaurants and hotels, including The Biltmore Estate, Lantern, and The Grove Park Inn. He’s taught thousands and hasn’t lost a customer yet.



marc_cropped Marc Williams is an ethnobotanist, teacher, naturalist, herbalist, and culinary creative. He is the Executive Director of Plants and Healers International and Board of Directors’ member of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. He has taught hundreds of people about the marvelous world of plants and has recently worked with over 50 organizations to help improve our global ecological crisis. Marc’s training includes a BA in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College and an MA in Appalachian Studies focused on Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University. Marc’s passion is teaching people to employ botanicals for food, medicine, and beauty.

Natalie Bogwalker is the founder and director of the Wild Abundance, the Living Skills School, and the Firefly Gathering. She lives in a lively, growing homestead nestled deep in natalie bogwalker_croppedcommunity in the Southern Appalachians and spends her time harvesting of the wild, practicing permaculture design, building, gardening, planting, putting up food, growing, teaching, scheming about how to introduce more people to earth-based living, and worshiping the beauty around her. Natalie holds a B.A. in ecological agriculture, lectures nationally, consults and is writing a book entitled: Preparation and Preservation, a guide to the Wild Abundance of Southern Appalachia and beyond.


Workshop Speakers

(in alphabetical order by first name)

andi Andi Locke Mears is a certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutrition Consultant and in Whole Health Education and Colon Hydrotherapy. She consults and teaches internationally on the subjects of German New Medicine and nourishing traditional diets. Andi has been in private practice since 1993 and in 2006, she founded and ran CALM HealthWorks, a holistic wellness center. She graduated from the University of Maine with a M.A. in Peace and Humane Studies.
brianBrian Rosa serves as the Organics Recycling Coordinator for NCDENR, DEAO. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the organic waste reduction industry. As well as working for the NCDENR, he own and operates an organic waste reduction consulting and compost/vermi-composting equipment sales company and also provides volunteer technical assistance to third world countries through the “Farmer to Farmer” program.
farmer-chipChip Hope started the Sustainable Agriculture program at Western Piedmont Community College. Chip is an Instructor in the Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture programs. He earned his Master’s degree in Plant and Environmental Science from Clemson University. For many years he owned Appalachian Seeds Farm and Nursery, specializing in growing and selling open pollinated and heirloom herbs and vegetables, and edible landscape plants. He is well known for his work with heirloom tomatoes, and is passionate about growing food and medicine and sharing his experience with others.
chris Chris Farmer is the owner of SunWorks Electric and designer and builder of his regionally famous, highly-efficient micro house. Chris has lived at Earthaven Ecovillage, a 320 acre, residential village since 1998. There he has cleared a 5-acre farm field, designed and built passive solar homes, off-grid energy and water system, held leadership positions, raised turkeys & vegetables, and co-founded the Forestry Cooperative. His newest excitement is dabbling in small-scale biochar production and wood gasification.
chuck Chuck Marsh is a permaculture elder, teacher, designer, consultant and nurseryman with a lifetime of experience working with the communities, people, plants, soils, water and climate of Western North Carolina. He brings his experience to bear on the cultivation of abundance for present and future generations of humans and for the regeneration of natural systems on our beautiful garden planet. Marsh is the founder of Useful Plants Nursery, a permaculture plant nursery and senior partner of Living Systems Design.
coreypine CoreyPine Shane is writer, teacher, director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, and a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. He has spent 20 years helping clients by artfully blending Chinese and Western herbal traditions with a focus on local plants. As a seasoned wildcrafter he has extensive knowledge of plant ID and medicine making. CoreyPine believes that laughter is an essential part of medicine, thus he is a part of the “Wise Guy” school of healing.
diana_almond Diane Almond has been keeping bees (12 -15 hives), selling award-winning honey, and developing gardens on her 8-acre farm in Fletcher, NC since 2000. A Master Gardener and Master Beekeeper, she lectures throughout NC, teaches a Natural Approach to Beekeeping at the NC Arboretum, mentors the Bee Crew at Warren Wilson College and serves as Habitat Director for Bee City USA. Diane is establishing BeeHab, a not-for-profit project to educate about pollinators and to help folks establish pollinator habitat.
diana_mccall Diana McCall has managed the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden since 2007, helping to grow food for donation,educate the public and expand annual and perennial gardening throughout the town of Black Mountain. She is versed in permaculture, biointensive and biodynamic techniques. Known by many as “The Goddess in the Kitchen,” she has been teaching classes and nourishing folks with food in Western North Carolina since 1999.
janelle Janelle Lucido-Conate is a self-taught cook, fermenter, and garden enthusiast. She believes that if it tastes great it will get eaten again and again. Janelle has been fermenting for 8 years. During a one year trade group, when she fermented 16 quarts of veggies for 5 families monthly, she gained a sense of mastery in her ferments. She has countless fun and delicious ferments that even kids love! She regularly converts haters, skeptics, and junk foodies to loving ferments.
kelleyKelley Wilkinson has been farming for 35 years. She is a homesteader, artist, farmer and innkeeper in both Mexico and North Carolina. She grows nearly all her own food on her organic 285-acre mountain property near Asheville. Once an organic market grower, Kelley loves teaching, and shares her farm with interns during the growing season and with vacation guests all year. Kelley has spent much of the last decade in a small rural village in the mountains of central Mexico, restoring a 450-year-old hacienda and working with the local villagers.
keri Keri Evjy describes herself as a community revitalist, ecological designer, herbalist, educator, and songcatcher who demystifies holistic life design practices and empowers all ages to be pro-active agents of social and ecological change. Through earth based connection, Keri catalyzes a healing relationship of people and planet through collaboration, demonstration and education.

Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is a Master Gardener and a worker/owner of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She serves on the boards of Organic Seed Alliance, Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and the Organic Seed Growers Association, the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Monsanto. Wallace was one of nine cooperators with the Southern SARE-sponsored Saving Our Seeds Project. She co-organizes the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello and speaks throughout the Southeast.

june-ellenJune Ellen Bradley is an herbalist, naturalist, artist, educator and chef, at Beneficial Food’s commercial kitchen, where she creates culinary delectables for the Deli. She teaches primitive skills, including cooking, teaching how to make a variety of meals in a Cherokee oven, ground oven feasts, wood stove and cobb oven cooking skills. She also offers hands on classes in edible and medicinal plants for camps and college curriculum. She is also a clinical practitioner at Adawehi Healing Center in Columbus, NC and a member of the NC boards of both the AHG and UpS.
Meredith McKissick has been the Program Coordinator for the Organic Growers School (OGS) Spring Conference since 2006 and was the Director and then the Executive Director of OGS for more than 10 years. She is the co-founder and co-owner of Foothills Farm & Butchery, established in 2005, which provides meat raised on a rotational forage based system that benefits the environment, the animals and their customers.
nanetteNanette Davidson has been teaching adults and children to have fun in the kitchen for the past sixteen years. She is resident artist for cooking at the John C Campbell Folk School where she designed and launched their extensive cooking curriculum in 1999. She teaches classes in wood fired brick oven cookery, international flatbreads, world vegetarian cookery, jam making, canning, and preserving, traditional Appalachian foods and fermenting. She has demonstrated jam and chutney making for local farmers markets, food shows, and the Asheville Wine Festival.
pat_foreman Patricia Foreman is a sustainable ag writer, an avid poultry and local foods advocate, sought-after speaker and author of City Chicks; Chicken Tractor; Day Range Poultry, Backyard Market Gardening; and others. She is the course director and developer of the popular “Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification” program. Pat has kept poultry for over 25 years, and has experience ranging from backyard homestead flocks to owning and operating a small-scale farm with free range, organic layers, broilers and turkeys.
patricia Patricia Kyritsi Howell, author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians, is a practicing herbalist, avid forager and accomplished chef. She is the director of BotanoLogos, an herb school that emphasizes the edible and medicinal plants of the Southern Appalachians, and teaches around the country & internationally.
pat Patryk Battle developed intensive cover cropping systems at Sparkling Earth Farm, Highland Lake Inn, and Mountain Air Community Organic Garden. In his current role as director of Living Web Farms, part of his job description is to refine and share this experience. His thoughts on the subject have been shared previously in both local and national publications, on local public radio and national public television, and at numerous local and national conferences.
randal Randal Pfleger is the Program Director for Grass to Greens, an edible landscaping social enterprise affiliated with Bountiful Cities. He has worked as a gardener, landscaper, carpenter, and community organizer throughout the Americas. In latitudes ranging from Asheville to Ecuador, Randal has managed forests and community gardens through the principles of permaculture, aquaculture, poultry, rain water catchment, cob building, and dry stack stonewalls as well as season extension using cold frames, row covers, hoophouses, and greenhouses.
shona Shona Jason-Miller is the chair of Slow Food Asheville, a non-profit that advocates for good, clean, and fair food. She is also the WNC representative for the Arc of Taste with Slow Food USA and member of the Heritage Food Committee. Shona is co-creator and archivist for the Appalachian Food Storybank and a chef with a MA from the University of Gastronomical Science in Italy and an AA from the New England Culinary Institute.
walterWalter Harrill, along with his family, runs Imladris Farm a seventh-generation family-owned farm practicing sustainable agriculture. Their products are nostalgically produced using historically accurate methods to provide their customers with the enjoyment of a quality, handmade product. Walter was the heir to his grandfather’s 50 year-old commercial orchard, and has spent the last 15 years learning to grow and market small fruit. Returning for his sixth OGS teaching engagement, he looks forward to your always challenging questions!

Author: OGS

Organic Growers School is a non-profit organization providing organic education since 1993. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and support people in our region to farm, garden, and live organically.

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