Additional Speakers will continue to be announced

Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman, author of The New Organic Grower and The Four Season Harvest 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.

Woody Tasch

Woody is the founder and chairman of Slow Money, a nonprofit that has facilitated the flow of more than $40 million to over 400 local, organic food enterprises via 20 local networks and 14 investment clubs in the United States, Canada, France, and Switzerland. Tasch is a pioneer of the concepts of patient capital, mission-related investing, and community development venture capital. He was chairman and CEO of Investors’ Circle, founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. Tasch is author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green, 2011). He has been recognized by UTNE as one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Will DeMille

William and Vernie Lynn DeMille were both raised on farms and learned the importance of caring for the land in a responsible way. They have been farming together for 21 years and have been teaching georgic principles for 12 years to groups all over North America. One of their many passions is to help bring the lost American Ideal of Georgics out of obscurity and back into mainstream thinking. They specialize in helping people set up sustainable food production farms from the small backyard garden to the large commercial business. They are currently living in Utah where they are raising a family, tending a garden, riding horses, and writing books. They enjoy writing, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, gardening, and exploring the unconquered wilderness places. They have spent their lives together providing as much food as possible for their family from the natural world by growing, hunting, gathering, and fishing. They have found this intimate relationship with the earth to be very rewarding.

Breakout Session:

Three Voices of Agriculture

Sara Patterson

Sara, a farmer and entrepreneur who started a CSA at 14, is the owner of and runs Red Acre Farm CSA, a successful small Biodynamic farm. With her mom, she established The Red Acre Institute for Food and Agriculture in Cedar City, a rural Southern Utah community. She started the 2 farmers markets in Cedar, is an activist and responsible for making herd shares legal where they were not in 2015 in Utah, and is the 2016 winner of the Gravel Road Gang Award for activism FTCLDF, the Unsung Hero Award from State Policy Network, and the Cedar Chamber of Commerce’s Young Citizen of the Year Award. She eats and advocates that everyone should have access to local nutrient dense food. She is a popular speaker and loves sharing her journey.

Breakout Session:

Oh, The Places She'll Go!

Marc Roberts

Marc Roberts is a member of the Utah House of Representatives. He serves on the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriation Committee, the house Business and Labor Standing Committee and the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee. In 2014 he sponsored and passed HB 104, Cow Share Program Amendments and in 2015 he sponsored HB 144, The Food Freedom Act.

Marc currently lives in Salem Utah with his wife Casey and 5 children.

Laura & Monte Bledsoe

Laura Bledsoe, with her husband Monte, is the owner of Quail Hollow Farm, a small organic vegetable farm in Southern Nevada. Laura was originally inspired to become a farmer by visiting the Founders farms in the Eastern United States and was impressed by the sense of stewardship that they had for the land. Feeling the call to provide wholesome food for her community, she founded Quail Hollow Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Now the farm has grown to service over 100 families, several notable restaurants and farmers markets throughout southern Nevada.

She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 35 years, and is a mother of 5 children with 11 grandchildren. Laura has a Bachelors Degree in Statesmanship from George Wythe University, a 1st degree black belt in Tang Soo Do karate, is active in her church and community organizations, and has successfully worked at the 2013 Nevada Legislature to pass the “Farm to Fork” and Cottage Food bills. Her personal motto is, “Faith, Family, Freedom”; she is passionate about our liberties.