Keynotes

 

Farming for the Future

Eliot Coleman, author of The New Organic Grower and The Winter Harvest Handbook, harvests vegetables year round and does agricultural research from Four Season Farm in Maine. He has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle, sheep and range poultry. He is a commercial market gardener a teacher and lecturer on organic gardening. He served two years as the executive director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and was an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These days, he consults and designs tools for Johnny's Selected Seeds. At 78, Coleman shows no sign of slowing down. He still enjoys what he does and looks forward to getting up in the morning. He is encouraged by the passion of the current slow food movement and believes it is here to stay.

Friday 4:30 P.M.
Saturday 5:15 P.M.

Eliot Coleman

 

Slow Money and Nurture Capital: A New Vision of Food, Money, and Soil

Since 2009, Slow Money founder Woody Tasch has been at the forefront of a new economic story—a story about bringing our money back down to earth. Published in 2017, Woody's new book SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital is poetic, photographic, philosophical and radical. It is about billions and trillions of dollars in the global economy, and billions and trillions of microbes in healthy, fertile soil. Nurture capital is a vision of finance that starts where investing and philanthropy leave off, giving us a new way to reconnect to one another and places where we live, all the way down to local food systems. Come hear directly from Woody about his new book and Slow Money's progress, including the $60 million invested in more than 625 small organic farms and local food businesses, via dozens of local groups in the United States, Canada, France and Australia.

Friday 9:00 A.M.

Woody Tasch

Workshops

 

Let's Just Talk About It!

A Conversation With:
Shon Foster: Sego Owner & Executive Chef
Steven Rosenberg: Owner of Liberty Heights Salt Lake City’s “Food Evangelist”
Sara Patterson: Owner Red Acre Farm CSA Co-founder of The Year Round and Down Town Cedar City Farmers Markets
Erin O'Brien: Board member of the Downtown St George Ancestor Square Farmers Market, avid supporter of the local food movement, annual CSA member for year

Farm to table: a culinary unicorn!
What's the reality? Does it work? And is it worth it?

Join us as we first define what it means to really be apart of the symbiotic relationship fostered in theory by farm to table supporters.

What is our future and is there one? Can humanity afford not to support local farms and what about those that cant financially afford too? What’s the business model that works? Do chefs have a place in the garden, do farmers have a seat at the table and who cares about you running out of your heirloom Brandywines half way through a stressful summer service. We don’t know the answer but maybe together we can get a little closer…

 

The New Millennial Farmer

There is something politically and morally stabilizing about farming. The very foundations of the Western World were founded on the character qualities of independent citizen-farmers.

The Romans clearly made the connection between small farmers and national permanence. It was Cato the Elder who said in 200 BCE that the old Romans praised a man by calling him a “good farmer” and that farming was the “most highly respected calling.” A 100 years later, Marcus Tullius Cicero defended farming as "the teacher of economy, of industry, and of justice" (parsimonia, diligentia, iustitia). Seeking to build a new nation on the foundations of morality, justice, and political stability, the American founders in an effort to emulate the best of the ancients, saw the value of farming combined with deep critical thinking. They even called themselves the “New Romans.”

This workshop discusses how farming was at the heart of the building of the Roman Republic, it’s value throughout the Dark Ages, how it was the foundation of the creation of the United States, it’s industrialization, and the emergence of the new Millennial Farmer.

Saturday 11:00 A.M.

Dr. Shanon Brooks

 

Are We Saving Seeds or are Seeds Saving Us?

What’s the big deal? Seed banks, seed libraries, heirloom seed savers; along with preserving a bit of history, flavor, and crop diversity, why is seed preservation so imperative today? Is seed preservation the responsibility of governments, corporations or the backyard gardener? Why is this important to me? And, how is it done?

Saturday 11:00 A.M.

Laura Bledsoe

 

Do We Have A Right to Choose What We Eat?

Evolving food preferences for a healthier sustainable diet are driving consumer demand for fresh locally produced food products. Producers, however, are struggling to meet the demand due to an antiquated regulatory frameworks designed to bolster the industrial food industry. Get insights from a local state legislator as he shares his story attempting to change existing laws. Learn what changes are being proposed this coming year, what groups oppose these changes and how you can help support future legislation.

Saturday 1:30 P.M.

Marc Roberts

 

I've Been to the Top. What Now?

A tour of food and business philosophies and the reasons for doing what we do.

Saturday 4:00 P.M.

Shon Foster
Jason Neeley

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