Theme: Food and Farming
Thursday, April 6th
Food can be grown and gleaned in some very unexpected places: People are harvesting wild foods in urban and rural locales, transforming commercial building rooftops into living ecosystems, and making the desert bloom with regenerative and traditional Indigenous practices. Come learn about cutting-edge diverse, innovative, local and rejuvenating food security strategies. With: urban farmer Benjamin Fahrer; Navajo (Diné) farmer James Skeet; Mia Andler, founder and Executive Director of Vilda. Moderated by Arty Mangan, Bioneers’ Director of Restorative Food Systems.
April 6th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Friday, April 7th
9:30 am: [CANCELLED] Bryant Terry – Collage, Curation, Collaboration, Community Building: The Journey of a Black Activist Chef, Author, Publisher, and Artist
Introduction by DJ Cavem, Rapper, Educator and Vegan Chef
In this multimedia presentation, chef, author, publisher, and artist Bryant Terry will talk about the arc of his work over more than two decades, all centered on his tireless efforts to create a much healthier and far more equitable and sustainable food system. Through performance, slides, and music, Bryant will share the multiple ways in which he has approached systems change—engaging in grassroots activism, authoring six books, making media appearances, curating programming at the Museum of the African Diaspora, running a publishing imprint, and creating studio art as a Fellow and MFA student in the Art Practice Program at UC Berkeley.
April 7th | 9:30 am to 10:50 am | Zellerbach Hall
Nothing is more central and visceral to the human experience than eating. Recent decades have seen a sea change in awareness about the crucial importance of what we eat, how and where our food is grown, and by whom. Making radical changes to our entire system of agriculture and to societal attitudes toward plants, animals and the entirety of the natural world will give us the chance of emerging from our current crises and ushering in the birth of a life-affirming civilization. With: Alice Waters, legendary, highly influential chef who has been a leader in radically improving American cuisine’s social and ecological impacts, as well of course as its gustatory and nutritional qualities; in conversation with Nikki Silvestri, Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, former ED of Green for All and the People’s Grocery, recipient of numerous awards, including ELLE Magazine’s Gold Award and OxFam America’s Act Local, Think Global Award.
April 7th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Freight & Salvage
Saturday, April 8th
Regenerative agricultural practices have shown great promise as potentially significant contributors to helping address the climate crisis and eliminate toxic agricultural chemicals from the environment. New research is showing remarkable results that could have profound implications for food security, soil health, water availability, and biodiversity. Yet still the challenge is how to transition from the massively destructive current “degenerative” faming system to a regenerative one. Leading experts will share their perspectives on how to make that transition. With: Dr. Cynthia Daley, founder/Director of the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems (CRA) at California State University Chico; and Tim LaSalle, co-founder of CRA. Moderated by Arty Mangan, Bioneers Director of Restorative Food Systems.
April 8th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Magnes Museum
4:45 pm: Solving the Climate Crisis in One Generation
Presented in collaboration with One Earth
According to the groundbreaking, highly influential organization, One Earth, the solutions to the climate crisis already exist, and there are three pillars of collective action we need to embrace to implement them: a just transition to 100% renewable energy; protection and restoration of half the world’s lands and oceans; and a shift to regenerative food and fiber systems. These goals are daunting, but the good news is that millions of people and organizations around the world are already driving this transformation. How are all these movements connected? How does work in each area grow and thrive with a coherent understanding of the larger systems of change? Join leaders in the three key fields outlined above in a vibrant conversation to explore how both big-picture thinking and slews of on-the-ground practical projects can play a role in solving the climate crisis in time. Hosted by: Justin Winters, co-founder and Executive Director of One Earth. With: Samuel Gensaw III (Yurok) Director of the Ancestral Guard; Cynthia Daley, Ph.D., founder/Director of the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at Cal State Chico; and Danny Kennedy, entrepreneur and founder of New Energy Nexus.
April 8th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Freight & Salvage
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