Theme: Food and Farming

Thursday, November 11th

Building on their highly influential “Dirt Trilogy” (Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations; The Hidden Half of Nature; and Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life), geologist David Montgomery and biologist Anne Biklé will preview their forthcoming book, You Are What Your Food Ate. They’ll share the growing body of scientific evidence underlying how soil health dramatically affects the health of crops and animals, and ultimately human bodies. The intimate connections between the life of the soil and the nutritional quality of food points to the profound importance of farming practices that can imbue the human diet with the nutrients and compounds that underpin health, or rob us of them. They will discuss how a growing vanguard of farmers pioneering regenerative practices is proving that farming practices that are good for the land are good for us too.

November 11th | 11:42 am to 11:59 am

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Keynote


David R. Montgomery
Professor of Geomorphology
University of Washington
Anne Biklé
Biologist, Avid Gardener and Author

Permaculture, based on the ethos of “earth care, people care and fair share,” has provided millions of people the principles and tools to live and work in right relationship to the earth and to produce and harvest abundance without degrading the environment. At a time when the world is desperate for a new approach to living on the planet, can permaculture scale-up to create the global ecological and social changes that are needed for human survival? With Permaculture co-founder David HolmgrenMaddy Harland, co-founder and editor of permaculture magazine and author/ regenerative farmer Mark Shepard. Hosted by Permaculturalist Penny Livingston.  

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


David Holmgren
Leading Ecological Thinker, Teacher, Writer and Speaker
Maddy Harland
Co-Founder
Permaculture Magazine
Mark Shepard
CEO, Author and Regenerative Farmer
Restoration Agriculture Development Inc
Penny Livingston
Prominent Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Speaker

Saturday, November 13th

We humans tend to look mostly around, sometimes up, and occasionally down, but even then, only at the surface of things. It turns out, however, that all of life on Earth actually depends on the extraordinarily dynamic life hidden beneath our feet, in the incredibly complex interrelationships of plants, bacteria, fungi, insects and minerals that make our continued existence above ground possible. In this session three of the world’s leading specialists on different aspects of those underground ecosystems will share their cutting-edge research. With: Suzanne Simard, Ph.D., Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, one of the planet’s leading experts on the synergies and complexities of forests, and a highly influential, world-renowned pathfinder on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence, and author of the current best-selling Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest; Anne Biklé and David R. Montgomery, a wife and husband team of scientific researchers whose groundbreaking work on the microbial life of soil has revealed its crucial importance to human wellbeing and survival. Dave, a professor of Geomorphology, is the author of the seminal Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and Anne, a biologist and science communicator, co-authored The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. Their latest collaboration, What Your Food Ate, to be published spring 2022, tells the sobering and inspiring story of how agriculture can help restore health to the land—and ourselves. Moderated by Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Director Arty Mangan

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Suzanne Simard
Professor of Forest Ecology
University of British Columbia
Anne Biklé
Biologist, Avid Gardener and Author
David R. Montgomery
Professor of Geomorphology
University of Washington
Arty Mangan
Restorative Food Systems Director
Bioneers

Co-Sponsored by the New Leaders Initiative/Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards, named after the late, legendary environmental giant, David Brower, are one of the most prestigious prizes for youth activists, and we at Bioneers are delighted to be able to highlight the work of this year’s cohort of winners, an exceptional array of young mobilizers, organizers and paradigm-shifting leaders, who will discuss their activist trajectories, the challenges they face, and their aspirations for the future. Hosted/moderated by: Mackenzie Feldman, founder/Executive Director, Herbicide Free Campus. With: Sonja Michaluk, 18-year old NJ-based young scientist and citizen science activist, founder of the Conservation Communities Initiative, which encourages people to monitor and protect their local aquatic habitats; Peter Pham, 22, San Jose, CA-based environmental and transit justice activist with Turnout4Transit; David Baldwin, 18, Fort Lauderdale-based invasive plant researcher and activist with Everglades Restoration Ambassadors; Artemisio Romero y Carver, an 18-year old, Santa-Fe, NM-based artist, poet and organizer, co-founder of Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA) (who was also Santa Fe’s 2020 Youth Poet Laureate!).

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Mackenzie Feldman
Founder and Executive Director
Herbicide-Free Campus
David Baldwin
Invasive Plant Researcher and Activist
Everglades Restoration Ambassadors
Sonja Michaluk
Founder
Conservation Communities Initiative
Peter Pham
Transit Justice Activist
Turnout4Transit
Artemisio Romero y Carver
Co-Founder
Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA)

To understand how we steward the land appropriately in harmony with nature and natural forces, it is necessary to understand our relationship to the primal elements and their relationship to each other. Join a discussion that will bridge ecological science, permaculture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and how they are applied to land management in ways that nurture ecosystem resilience and regeneration. With Permaculturist Penny Livingston; water protector and permaculturist Carmen Gonzales (Diné); and Bill Tripp (Karuk Tribe), Deputy Director of Eco-Cultural Revitalization for the Karuk Tribe. Hosted by Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Director Arty Mangan

November 13th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Panelists


Penny Livingston
Prominent Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Speaker
Carmen Gonzales
Permaculture Designer and Environmental Scientist
Bill Tripp
Deputy Director of Eco-Cultural Revitalization
Karuk Tribe
Arty Mangan
Restorative Food Systems Director
Bioneers