2016 Keynote Speakers
As a leading researcher into mushrooms as a keystone species for soil and plant health, bio-remediation and habitat restoration, Paul will share the science to show how mushrooms can save our lives, restore our ecosystems and transform our world. Stamets has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi, mushrooms that can treat cancer, and mushrooms that can break down oil spills and radiation. Paul will be a plenary speaker on Saturday morning and offer an in-depth lecture on Saturday afternoon. Read more about Paul.
On the verge of going broke after four years of commercial crop failure, Gabe Brown and his family could no longer afford chemical inputs on their 5,400 acre ranch. He began searching for sustainable, nature-based alternatives that would improve his soil and his profits. Today, Gabe is an award winning sustainable farmer and rancher, and he teachers others how his family holistically integrates mob grazing of grass-fed beef, sheep and poultry with a no-till cropping system, including a wide variety of cash crops and over 25 multi-species cover crops. Gabe will be a plenary speaker on Saturday morning and offer an in-depth lecture on Saturday afternoon. Read more about Gabe.
Six figure farmer on 1 ½ acres without a tractor? Learn how to maximize profits on small farming plots from one of North America’s most recognized and influential organic growers, Jean-Martin Fortier. Farmers who follow his footsteps are making farming profitable and fulfilling on even one acre! His book The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Growing illustrates how to successfully earn a living from selling vegetables through CSA shares and local Farmers Markets. Jean-Martin will be a plenary speaker on Saturday morning and offer an in-depth lecture on Saturday afternoon. Read more about Jean-Martin.