Schedule

All sessions will be streamed weekly on Thursdays at 3:00pm EST.

Of course, we don’t expect everyone will be able to attend every Thursday session. If you miss any of the talks (or simply want to watch again), no problem. All sessions will be recorded and available to registrants within a couple days if you cannot join us live.

February
March
April
May
June
July
August
February

4

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Luis Marcos
Opening Ceremony
We open the Conference by tuning into our collective energy and ancestral wisdom, reflecting on beauty and interconnectedness, and how we can be good stewards of the energy cycles on which all life depends

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Opening Ceremony

We will begin the Soil and Nutrition Conference centered, connected, and together. Tuning into our collective energy, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, (Salvatierra Farms in Minnesota, Founder and CEO of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, and VP of the MOSES Board), and Luis Marcos (Mayan spiritual leader, Co-Director at Pixan Ixim Maya Community in Omaha, NE) will guide us in meditation and ceremony to begin the SNC weekly gatherings in spiritual grounding.

The opening ceremony will ask us to slow down and explore more deeply what we are entering into, what brought us together, and what binds us as indigenous people of the earth. We will take the time to reflect on our role in the colonizing systems that have affected the world so we may move forward humbled and ready to develop more wisdom. We will then reflect on beauty and interconnectedness, what we seek, what we are thankful for, and how we can be good stewards of the energy cycles on which all life on earth depends.

We will begin by adopting the indigenous origins and the role of Native people all over the earth in gifting the world with the concept of regenerative agriculture, one based not on reductionist concepts and land practices but a whole systems understanding of life and interdependence, a way of thinking, being, and interacting that when done right restores soil health, biology, climate, human health, all living systems.

This opening ceremony will enable us all to establish more permanent and lasting connections to this work and one another, and we are deeply grateful for the guidance and ancestral wisdom.

11

Steve Diver
The Three Pillars of Eco-Agriculture
Part 1: Minerals, biology, and bio-energetics – an overview
The first of a four-part series will providing an overview of the “three pillars” of biological agriculture – minerals, biology, and bio-energetics.  We will look at examples of advanced growing and crop monitoring methods to raise the bar on food quality. with subsequent sessions going further in-depth on each pillar, and offering practical approaches to optimize your growing practice.

Steve Diver

The Three Pillars of Eco-Agriculture

Part 1: Minerals, biology, and bio-energetics – an overview

Organic vs. Conventional is a false dichotomy. Farmers adopt concepts and practices from many alternative farming systems, including organic, biodynamic, regenerative, natural farming, permaculture, etc. Eco-agriculture, which evolved from the Acres USA Conferences and Seminars in the 1970s onwards, in fact has far greater acreage in production than certified organic farming. This workshop will explore the “three pillars of eco-agriculture” – minerals, biology, and bio-energetics – and provide examples of advanced growing and crop monitoring methods to raise the bar on food quality and optimize your growing practice.

18

John Kempf
Simple & Comprehensive Fertility Management for Market Gardens
How to manage soil health and crop nutrition using a simple “broad brush strokes” approach to soil fertility and plant health. Geared toward the market gardener, a “one size fits all” system to make sure your plants have what they need to thrive

John Kempf

Simple & Comprehensive Fertility Management for Market Gardens

In this presentation John will describe how to manage soil health and crop nutrition using a simple “broad brush strokes” approach that can be used when there are many diverse crops in a small space, without sap analysis, and with very limited use of soil analysis. It is possible to develop a systems based approach to soil fertility and plant health using a “one size fits all” approach in market gardens when we address the macro factors that determine nutrient availability such as paramagnetism, soil biology, and soil geology. This systems based approach is comprehensive and straightforward at the same time.

25

Kathleen DiChiara
Nourishing Immunity
A food-first approach to wellness
Nutrition is one of the most powerful and adjustable factors in maintaining health, both to initiate healing and improve immunity. However, food and dietary patterns must be considered as a whole, beyond micro- and macronutrients

Kathleen DiChiara

Nourishing Immunity

A food-first approach to wellness

The famous quote attributed to Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” has transformed into the widely used phrase “food as medicine.” While the idea of resolving illness by changing our diet is tempting, we may be failing to see the challenges and complications with this mindset. When we turn to food as medicine and frame it as a solution to our illness, we separate it from celebration, history, culture, flavor, joy, and social connection. Our health becomes highly dependent on stressful dietary rules.

Nutrition is one of the most powerful and adjustable factors in maintaining health and food absolutely has the capacity to initiate healing and improve immunity. However, food and dietary patterns must be considered as a whole, through the sum of their parts (beyond micro- and macronutrients), as well as in concert with our microbiome which plays a critical role. Through reconnecting to nutrient-dense food, knowing functional ingredients that unify flavor and quality, and understanding what causes fluctuations in our microbiomes, we can support and nourish the inherent wisdom of the body, and regain trust in our food and ourselves.

March

4

Cathryn Couch
Food as Medicine
Strategies to revolutionize health care & health equity
A quiet revolution is brewing across the country that has the power to dramatically expand access to healthy food and transform how we think about health care

Cathryn Couch

Food as Medicine

Strategies to revolutionize health care and health equity

A quiet revolution is brewing across the country that has the power to dramatically expand access to healthy food and transform how we think about health care. But ensuring that this revolution also leads to a healthier food system is not guaranteed. Learn how you can help leverage this transformation to create a healthy, just and sustainable food system for all.

11

Carol Sanford
A Quantum Paradigm
Seven first principles of living systems
Explore the universal principles from wisdom teachings that run through and speak to all of life’s processes. Human and Planetary health, the systems from fooding (we all eat and are eaten eventually) to spiritualizing existence as Carol learned from her Mohawk grandfather on his farm.

Carol Sanford

A Quantum Paradigm

Seven first principles of living systems

What principles run through and speak to all of life’s processes? Human and Planetary health, the systems from fooding (we all eat and are eaten eventually) to spiritualizing existence… Let’s explore the principles that are found universally in indigenous Iroquois ways of living, as I learned from my Mohawk grandfather on his farm, from wisdom spiritual teachings I experienced from 5 lineages that speak to the same truth, and from living systems sciences I still immerse myself in every day.

18

Walter Jehne
Understanding the Water Cycle
And the potential for rapid global cooling
A deep look at how soil biology controls the water cycle, and how the water cycle regulates the planet’s heating and cooling processes. Soil regeneration is a key strategy for carbon sequestration, but the impact on planetary hydrological processes may be even more profound

Walter Jehne

Understanding the Water Cycle

And the potential for rapid global cooling

We understand that the health and regeneration of soil ecosystems, and by extension the plant and animal communities with which they are interdependent, are critical to the sequestration of carbon and foundational to any successful efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change. But there is a vital part of the story of soil regeneration and global climate mitigation that hasn’t been as well covered as the carbon cycle – and that is the global water cycle.

Walter will explore how soil biology controls the water cycle, and how the water cycle regulates the planet’s heating and cooling processes. He will provide a deep look at the intersection of soil regeneration practices and the restoration of hydrological processes. Participants will gain insight and inspiration toward practices they can apply to their own farms and gardens, as well as a larger context of theory that integrates our knowledge of the water cycle and its role in regulating global temperature with current efforts toward conservation and regeneration of living soils.

25

Steve Diver
The Three Pillars of Eco-Agriculture
Part 2: Mineralization, soil fertility, and nutrient-dense food production
An in-depth exploration of the critical role minerals play in eco-agriculture, looking at soil fertility and testing, mineralization schemes, and trace elements as co-factors, to name a few, as well as related concepts and practices that aim for nutrient-dense food production

Steve Diver

The Three Pillars of Eco-Agriculture: An Overview

Mineralization, Soil Fertility, and Nutrient-Dense Food Production

In this second lecture on the three pillars of eco-agriculture – minerals, biology, and bio-energetics – we will focus on mineral depletion in our food supply, mineralization vs remineralization, holistic soil tests, sea minerals and rock dusts, specialized leaf tests, food as medicine, and related concepts and practices that aim for nutrient-dense food production. We will also review the pioneers of mineral balancing and nutritional food production – Dr. William A. Albrecht, Carey Reams, Dr. Viktor Tiedjens – and how this lineage has grown into a sophisticated approach to quality foods and non-toxic pest control.

April

1

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Decolonizing and Indigenizing Regenerative Agriculture
Part 1: Decolonizing the Mind and Indigenizing Purpose
Understanding our unconscious thought forms and how they affect our relationship to nature, science, and each other as central to achieving regenerative agriculture outcomes

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Decolonizing and Indigenizing Regenerative Agriculture

Part 1: Decolonizing the Mind and Indigenizing Purpose

We have lost our ways, but recovering and validating and adapting existing ancestral (indigenous) ways of being and knowing offers a path forward. We will review ideas for establishing the foundational mantras, doctrine, and patterns to reverse established colonizer thinking, organizing, and processing patterns so we can achieve regenerative system-level outcomes.

8

Kiran Krishnan
The Microbiome’s Control of Immune Function
With the pandemic spread of COVID-19, now is a vital opportunity to gain a better understanding of our natural defenses, how our microbiome and the immune system are inextricably connected, and how a healthy microbiome serves as one of our most powerful tools in fighting invading pathogens

Kiran Krishnan

The Microbiome’s Control of Immune Function

The world has lived through an unprecedented time with the pandemic spread of COVID19. In an effort to decrease our susceptibility to other harmful viral infections, this is an opportunity to collectively educate your patients (the public) on the power of preventative healthcare and to get a better understanding of our natural defenses. The microbiome and the immune system are inextricably connected and the immune system would cease to function without the microbiome. The microbiome acts as the “Neighborhood Watch” for the immune system allowing for effective surveillance of a mucosal system that is over 3000 sq ft in surface area and inhabited by over 40 trillion microbes. This presentation will provide a review on the components of the immune system, the kinetics of our immune response and the critical support and check-points managed by the microbiome. One of our most powerful tools in fighting invading pathogens is having a healthy microbiome and this talk will illustrate what exactly that means.

15

Dan Kittredge & Greg Austic
Part 1: Bionutrient Institute Report & Engagement Overview
We will begin with an overview of the Bionutrient Institute and the work to empower consumers in the store to select for nutrient density, while also equipping growers to make real-time decisions in the field to produce the highest quality crops

Bionutrient Institute

Part 1: Bionutrient Institute Report & Engagement Overview
We will begin with an overview of the Bionutrient Institute and the work to empower consumers in the store to select for nutrient density, while also equipping growers to make real-time decisions in the field to produce the highest quality crops. This session will look at the objectives of the Bionutrient Institute, how it is structured, and how the food and soil quality data is collected. We will present the key findings from 2019 and 2020, and what we hope to learn in 2021, as well as exciting developments launching this year and how you can get involved.

22

Faith Reeves
How Can We Learn to Be Better Pupils to the Land We Steward?
As growers we are in relationship with our land. Our land has a story to tell us, and learning how to listen to it will make us better growers. Learn practical tools to bring your management into alignment with what your land may be telling you.

Faith Reeves

How Can We Learn to Be Better Pupils to the Land We Steward?

As regenerative farmers and land stewards, we all desire to leave the land better for the next generations that will inhabit it, but how do we know if we are doing this? A current or updated baseline is the place to start. From there, we can navigate to the goal. We will discuss simple in-field observational tools, DIY soil microbiological health assessments, and add-on laboratory tests to build this baseline. In doing this, we will peer into the story of the land we steward and perhaps receive an invitation for deepened learning.

29

Lindsay Rebhan
Mycelia Mapping
Design for the seventh generation
Through the lens of mapping we can regenerate our lost connections and enhance the way we interact with each other on the land, highlighting opportunity areas, connection points and organizing patterns at a landscape scale to support ecosystem and community health

Lindsay Rebhan

Mycelia Mapping

Design for the seventh generation

Through the lens of mapping we can regenerate our lost connections and enhance the way we interact with each other on the land. We can use ecological mapping and GIS data to support the healing of our connection to land and our bodies. Mycelia mapping highlights opportunity areas, connection points and organizing patterns at a landscape scale. It is an empowering strategy to support ecosystem and community health. When we begin to organize and interact with each other on the watershed, foodshed, fibershed, medicineshed scale we strengthen place based agriculture and regenerative land use planning.

May

6

Steve Diver
Three Pillars of Regenerative Agriculture
Part 3: Soil biology, humus management, and carbon farming
The health of your plants starts with the health of your soil biology. Dive into the soil food web, the complex living system supported by an interconnected community of organisms. From humus farming to regenerative agriculture, the basis of soil health is creation of good soil biota habitat through a variety of biological farming practices

Steve Diver

The Three Pillars of Eco-Agriculture

Soil biology, humus management, and carbon farming

In this third lecture on the three pillars of eco-agriculture – minerals, biology, and bio-energetics – we will focus on soil biology and humus management, aka organic matter management or carbon farming. While the soil food web first gained traction in the 1990s, eco-agriculture and it’s cousin, biodynamic farming, had already been pushing the integration of soil biology, mineralization, microbial inoculants, and humic acids for several decades. While pioneers like Elaine Ingham are well known, others including Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, Selman Waksman, Raul H. France, and a host of eco-farming consultants and practitioners have made monumental contributions to microbial farming. From humus farming to regenerative agriculture, the basis of soil health is creation of good soil biota habitat through biological farming practices that include crop rotations, compost, cover crops, reduced tillage, organic mulches, integrated crop-livestock, and microbial and carbon soil amendments.

13

Walter Jehne
Processes Governing the Biofertility of Our Soils, Food and Preventative Health
Connecting mycelia and gut flora, and how they serve similar functions on different scales, Walter looks at the critical role natural microbial processes in our soils and food play in our preventative health and capacity to avoid disease vectors

Walter Jehne

Processes Governing the Biofertility of Our Soils, Food and Preventative Health

In this session, Walter will connect mycelia and gut flora, how they serve similar functions on different scales with almost poetic parallels, and how the fungal membrane uptake intelligences perform nearly the same in the soil ecosystem as in our gut biome. Walter will also look at the critical role that restoring the natural microbial processes that govern the availability of nutrients in our soils and food play in our preventative health and capacity to avoid external and internal disease vectors.

20

Jill Clapperton
Discovering, Analyzing, Recovering, and Rebuilding Nutrient Density in Food
Join this exploration of what we understand about nutrient density in foods, the underlying scientific research that has been performed, and what next steps could look like in further creating a science-driven model of nutrient quality in our food system

Jill Clapperton

Discovering, Analyzing, Recovering, and Rebuilding Nutrient Density in Food

As humans, we have always known how to find the foods we needed to nourish and heal our bodies. I remember in a presentation by Dr. Wade Davis from the National Geographic Society talking about living in the Amazon when he was doing his PhD at Harvard in Botany. He related the story of asking the Shaman how he knew plant A worked in a separate way from plant B (that actually looks identical to the first plant). He answered that the plants told him. Later in the lab at Harvard, they discovered that indeed Plant A and B were unique and did have different properties, although it was not possible to tell the plants apart physically.

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, we began to put names on the nutrients like Vitamins A and C. Then we became more interested in how small changes in what we fed livestock affected animal health. Nutrition was becoming a science!

The increasing analytical capacity of chemistry laboratories revolutionized our understanding of human physiology and the nutrients we needed to fuel our engines. Technology continues to change the way we understand nutrition, food and health, especially for livestock. Only now are we seriously starting to again understand and think about how nutrition can nourish and heal our bodies.

When yield became a critical factor, cereals became the dominant crop. As cereals became the staple food in our diets the nutritional quality declined. The question is why?

Agriculture has not held nutrient output as an explicit goal of its production systems. Most adults in North America are deficient in the mineral magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Yet, whole grains can provide these nutrients. What practices can we use to rebuild nutrient density in food and where is the evidence? Join me as I discover, analyze, recover and rebuild the path to nutrient dense food.

27

Rick Haney
Soil Testing for Soil Health
What we have done in the past, where we are now, and where we are going
Historically, soil tests have framed our mindset in chemistry, but the Haney Test is unique in that it identifies nutrient availability based on biological activity. Hear from the creator himself of this new perspective on soil testing, and how it better aligns with quality agriculture and plant nutrition

Rick Haney

Soil Testing for Soil Health

What we have done in the past, where we are now, and where we are going

Historically, soil tests have framed our mindset in chemistry, but the Haney Test is unique in that it identifies nutrient availability based on biological activity. Hear from the creator himself of this new approach to soil testing, and how it better aligns with quality agriculture and plant nutrition.

But to understand where we are, we must understand where we’ve come from. Rick will trace the origins of soil testing, and then look at what drove us toward adopting the methods we have used for the last 70 years. We will then discuss where we are now with some of the new testing along with talking about what is driving some of the soil health movement. Lastly, we will discuss where we are headed in the future with soil testing, and how this may impact the quality of the food that we eat.

June

3

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Decolonizing and Indigenizing Regenerative Agriculture
Part 2: Decolonizing Science and Methodology
Establishing the core earth-based indigenous foundations that define the processes that generated the diversity of life is central to reframing current agriculture science and management and building regenerative systems

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Decolonizing and Indigenizing Regenerative Agriculture

Part 2: Decolonizing Science and Methodology

Science and the methods are not the problem, rather it is how and to what end they are used that needs to change. Establishing the core earth-based indigenous foundations that define the chemical, physical, and biological processes that generated the conditions for the diversity of life to exist is central to reframing current agriculture science and management. We will seek to apply this understanding and indigenous wisdom to the process by which we reconcile these resources and their use in building a regenerative agriculture system.

10

Pierre Weill
Twenty years of Bleu-Blanc-Coeur
From the first “One Health” clinical study to today’s success
Learn how scientists in France conducted clinical trials comparing the diets of people who ate eggs, meat, and butter from quality sources and those who did not, establishing the connection between soil health, crop nutrient variations, animal health, and human health

Pierre Weill

Twenty years of Bleu-Blanc-Coeur

From the first “One Health” clinical study to today’s success

Hear from the founder the story of Bleu-Blanc-Coeur which started with the first “One Health” clinical trial twenty years ago, and is now a success story based on accessibility and measurement. Learn how scientists in France conducted clinical trials comparing the diets of people who ate eggs, meat, and butter from quality sources and those who did not, the results of which established the connection between soil health, crop nutrient variations, animal health, and human health.

17

Dan Kittredge & Greg Austic
Bionutrient Institute
Part 2: Defining quality
The vision, question, and problem the Bionutrient Institute is trying to solve in defining quality, and why no one has defined it before, followed by an examination of ongoing efforts to decode the inherent complexities, including the successes and limitations of our process and methods to date. Join us to collectively explore paths to grow the Bionutrient Institute

Bionutrient Institute

Part 2: Defining Quality
The vision, question, and problem the Bionutrient Institute is trying to solve in defining quality, and why no one has defined it before, followed by an examination of efforts to decode the inherent complexities, including the successes and limitations of our process and methods to date. Join us to collectively explore paths to grow the Bionutrient Institute.

24

Steve Diver
Rudolph Zantinge
Three Pillars of Regenerative Agriculture
Part 4: Bio-energetics in agriculture: Biophysics and practical applications
There is a growing understanding of the complexity underlying living systems, the profundity of which we are still wrapping our heads around. An exciting look at how recent scientific insights are pushing the future of agriculture, including discussion of coherence, bioresonance, biophotons, scalar energy, structured water, agrohomeopathy, and radionics

Steve Diver

The Three Pillars of Eco-Agriculture

Bio-Energetics in agriculture: Biophysics and practical applications

In this fourth lecture on the three pillars of eco-agriculture – minerals, biology, and bio-energetics – we will focus on bio-energetics, which is the lesser known part of the three-legged stool. Life evolved on planet earth amidst a myriad of mineral, biological, and electromagnetic influences. Cellular metabolism is intimately tied to electro-chemical and bio-energetic processes which influence redox, photosynthesis, DNA, mitochondria. Much like the influence of beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms on plant health, electro-magnetic frequencies or EMFs can – depending on the source – have both positive and negative effects on living organisms. Coherence, bioresonance, biophotons, scalar energy, structured water, agrohomeopathy, radionics – there are many concepts and practices in the bio-energetic toolbox.

July

1

David Strelneck
Economic Innovations in Regenerative Enterprises:
Examples, patterns & discussion
Examine how leading food and farming enterprises are growing their income from unconventional sources (from urban water supply to carbon to elephant conservation), based on the great value that nutrient-focused practices create across food, health and environment

David Strelneck

Economic Innovations in Regenerative Enterprises

examples, patterns & discussion
Drawing on nearly 30 years experience organizing systems-focused environmental projects and initiatives with local communities, companies, citizen-sector organizations, David will offer his insights on how leading food and farming enterprises are growing their income from unconventional sources (from urban water supply to carbon to elephant conservation), based on the great value that nutrient-focused practices create across food, health and environment.Having worked with 100+ Nourishment Economy enterprises globally, David will present five examples of successes and innovations in rural economies, what he has discovered watching and working with these enterprises around the world figure out how to grow and sustain economic models based on the many tangible benefits of aligning natural ecology, farming, food systems, and human healthcare in new ways. David will present five examples from his work with 100+ Nourishment Economy enterprises globally, and then host a 45-minute group discussion about the economics.

8

Sandor Katz
Fermentation Fundamentals
Harnessing soil biodiversity to improve nutrient bioavailability
What is fermentation? And why is it practiced everywhere? Starting with these fundamental questions, fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz will walk us through simple techniques for fermenting vegetables at home, while exploring how the process relates to soil biodiversity and nutrient bioavailability

Sandor Katz

Fermentation Fundamentals

Harnessing soil biodiversity to improve nutrient bioavailability

What is fermentation? And why is it practiced everywhere? Starting with these fundamental questions, fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz will walk us through simple techniques for fermenting vegetables at home, while exploring how the process relates to soil biodiversity and nutrient bioavailability. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Empower yourself with simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods in your home. Be part of the fermentation revival!

15

Dan Kittredge & Dr. Dan TerAvest
Bionutrient Institute
Part 3: What causes variation in quality?
Dan Kittredge and Dr. Dan TerAvest, soil scientist at Bionutrient Institute partner, Our Sci, present 2020 data from the lab and explore the question: What causes variation in quality? This is the third in the series discussing the work of the Bionutrient Institute and our progress in bringing nutritional transparency to the food supply

Bionutrient Institute

Part 3: What causes variation in quality?

Dan Kittredge and Dr. Dan TerAvest, soil scientist at Bionutrient Institute partner, Our Sci, present 2020 data from the lab and explore the question: What causes variation in quality? This is the third in the series discussing the work of the Bionutrient Institute and our progress in bringing nutritional transparency to the food supply.

Over the past three years, thousands of food and soil samples have been analyzed from across the United States and Europe, with detailed information collected about how that food was grown and the soil that it was grown in:

  • review the dramatic variations in nutrient levels across the board that were found in 2020 research year;
  • review the connections between soil type, variety and management practices that correlate to these nutrient variations;
  • review the connections between soil carbon, biological activity, management practices and nutrient variation.

Spoiler alert…
Nutrient variation is massive across the board and soil health connects directly to nutrient levels in crops.

22

Pascal Fafard
Communicating With Plants and Nature
An opportunity for true partnership
Plants and nature want to communicate with us, with you! Through this workshop, Pascal will share how learning and integrating this kind of communication has transformed his life, as an agronomist, but also as an individual. He will share some practical examples of his accumulated experiences communicating with plants, soils, insects and microorganisms

Pascal Fafard

Communicating With Plants and Nature

An opportunity for true partnership

Plants and nature want to communicate with us, with you!

Through this workshop, Pascal will share how learning and integrating this kind of communication has transformed his life, as an agronomist, but also as an individual. He will share some practical examples of his accumulated experiences communicating with plants, soils, insects and microorganisms.

You can imagine how it could benefit your life and work as a grower, consultant, researcher or anyone interested in the subject. Maybe, like Pascal, there was a time when you talked to plants or nature, but without expecting them to answer back because you didn’t imagine it was even possible. But it is. And Everybody can do it!

Based on his experience, plants are often surprised to “hear” humans trying to communicate with them, but once started, a relationship is created and it opens a new world of possibilities. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn the basics, and have a glimpse of nature communication that you can take with you into your own growing practice, and even daily life.

We hope you will love the adventure!

29

Dan Kittredge
Q&A Session
This session will be a Q&A format with BFA Executive Director, Dan Kittredge. Dan will open with a reflection on what he is inspired by and thinking about based on the conference so far. Following this, we will open the floor for questions and comments

Dan Kittredge

Q&A Session

This session will be a Q&A format with BFA Executive Director, Dan Kittredge. Dan will open with a reflection on what he is inspired by and thinking about based on the conference so far. Following this, we will open the floor for questions and comments. Topics can include conference content that has inspired you or is not clear, our work in the Real Food Campaign and the transition to the Bionutrient Institute, biological farming and gardening … really anything you would like to hear Dan comment on. We are looking forward to this session to incorporate all the knowledge and wisdom shared so far and support your learning journey.

August

5

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Decolonizing and Indigenizing Regenerative Agriculture
Part 3: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Governance and Community Organizing
Embracing ancestral organizational and governance structures that lead to personal and collective transformation of governing and management structures, ownership and control systems, is foundational to a regenerative agriculture system

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Decolonizing and Indigenizing Regenerative Agriculture

Part 3: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Governance and Community Organizing

Utilizing ancestral organizational and governance structures designed to balance the innate colonizing nature in all of us, we can collectively seek to build a framework for organizing legitimate representation and fully accountable systems to represent our collective interest and to initiate the process of building a Regenerative Agriculture System.

12

Nicole Masters
Microbial Plant Partnerships
Microbes play the central role in plant health and performance, from the uptake of minerals to inducing defence and lifting valuable plant metabolites to create resilient, nutrient-dense foods. Delve into how we can optimize (or get out of the way of) these essential processes

Nicole Masters

Microbial Plant Partnerships

Microbes play the central role in plant health and performance, from the uptake of minerals to inducing defense and lifting valuable plant metabolites to create resilient, nutrient-dense foods. In turn, some plant indicator species (aka weeds) alter microbial and mineral balances to slow succession and increase competition.

In this session, we will delve into how we can optimize, or get out of the way of, these essential processes. We will also touch on the role of epigenetics and seed treatment options to set plants, and ourselves, up for success.

19

Dan Kittredge, Greg Austic, Dan TerAvest
Bionutrient Institute
Part 4: Predicting quality on farms and in stores
This session will look at how data collected through the Bionutrient Institute and its partners can support on-farm and in-store prediction of quality, the spectroscopy technologies underlying the Bionutrient Meter, what it can and cannot do, and our near-future vision for the next generation

Bionutrient Institute

Part 4: Predicting quality on farms and in stores
This session will look at how we are building a tool that can objectively predict nutrient density and help move the food supply beyond labels to transparency. We’ll discuss how the data collected through the Bionutrient Institute and its partners can support on-farm and in-store prediction of quality measurements like antioxidants, polyphenols, and minerals. We will examine the technologies in play – spectroscopy as used in the Bionutrient Meter, what it can and cannot do, and the associated data we are able to collect – and we’ll explore near-future technologies, and our vision for the next generation Bionutrient Meter.

26

James White
The Rhizophagy Cycle
How plants get nutrients from microbes that alternate between soil and roots
A deep dive into the rhizophagy cycle wherein plants “farm” soil microbes to obtain the nutrients they need. How the rhizophagy cycle functions and the vital role it plays in cultivating crops will be discussed in detail

James White

The Rhizophagy Cycle

How plants get nutrients from microbes that alternate between soil and roots

The rhizophagy cycle involves bacteria and yeasts that are used by plants to obtain nutrients in soils. Plants cultivate microbes using root exudates (sugars, organic acids, amino acids, etc.) secreted into soils at root tips, then internalize microbes into root tip cells. Microbes internalized into root cells are subjected to root-produced reactive oxygen (superoxide) to extract nutrients from them. Superoxide causes microbes to lose cell walls and makes membranes leaky. Some of the microbes are completely degraded. Microbe cells that survive superoxide bombardment are replicated within root hairs and are ejected back into the soil from the tips of elongating root hairs. Once back in the soil, microbes obtain additional nutrients, then are attracted back to root tips by exudates. In the rhizophagy cycle plants ‘farm’ soil microbes to obtain nutrients. How the rhizophagy cycle functions and its significance for crop cultivation will be discussed in detail.

September

2

Walter Jehne
How Microbial Ecologies Govern the Earth’s Soils, Climate, Biosystems, and Our Future
Explore how microbes, particularly fungi, have created and govern the Earth’s biosystems and geo-chemical cycles, and why we must respect and regenerate them urgently to secure our safe future

Walter Jehne

How Microbial Ecologies Govern the Earth’s Soils, Climate, Biosystems and Our Future

The talk explores how microbes, particularly fungi, have created and govern the Earth’s biosystems and geo-chemical cycles and why we must respect and regenerate them urgently to secure our safe future.

9

Greg Watson
In Search of Integrity
As a freshman at Tufts University in 1967, I found myself engaged in a personal struggle to reconcile the goals of the civil rights and environmental movements. My African American colleagues considered the latter to be irrelevant at best, and downright counterproductive to the goals of Blacks

Greg Watson

In Search of Integrity

As a freshman at Tufts University in 1967, I found myself engaged in a personal struggle to reconcile the goals of the civil rights and environmental movements. My African American colleagues considered the latter to be irrelevant at best, and downright counterproductive to the goals of Blacks in the eyes of many. Limited-growth slogans rang hollow, suggesting the door was closed to those still struggling to achieve economic equality. My formal education was of little use in helping me resolve this conundrum. Convinced that my frustrations in finding solutions to this apparent conflict between economic equality and environmental quality was the result of wrong-headed thinking about how the world works, I embarked upon what was to become a more-than-fifty-year journey in search of integrity – the overarching wholeness and underlying moral foundation of the world that has been consciously obscured by false narratives perpetrated by a host of bad actors motivated by ignorance, fear and greed. The connecting thread/creative tension that has pulled me along and served as my compass on this journey has been an evolving understanding and application of systems thinking inspired initially by the discoveries, insights, inventions and writings of Bucky Fuller.

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Panel moderated by Lisa Stokke
with Dan Kittredge, Dr. Fred Provenza, and Dr. Stephan van Vliet
Engaging with the Bionutrient Institute
For our final session, we’ll be hosting a roundtable discussion to announce the launch of our exciting beef study. To fulfill our mission of increasing nutrient density in food, we first must define it. Thus far, we have identified profound variations in the nutrient levels in food, but we have not had the data to define Nutrient Density. This study will enable us to comprehensively define nutrient density in beef – the first food or crop for which we will develop this understanding

Panel: Engaging with the Bionutrient Institute

For our final session, we’ll be hosting a roundtable discussion to announce the launch of our exciting beef study. To fulfill our mission of increasing nutrient density in food, we first must define it. Thus far, we have identified profound variations in the nutrient levels in food, but we have not had the data to define Nutrient Density. This study will enable us to comprehensively define nutrient density in beef – the first food or crop for which we will develop this understanding.

This study, in particular, will assess hundreds of species, elements and compounds in beef, their microbiome, forage/fodder, and soil. We are also designing the study to identify the connection between Nutrient Density and management. We know that the levels of nutritional compounds in beef correlate directly with the quality of forage. For example, animals grazed on a polyculture pasture have higher levels of phytonutrients than animals grazed on a monoculture forage, which are still higher than cows fed grain.

In this study, led by the Bionutrient Institute, designed in collaboration with Dr. Stephan van Vliet, we are documenting the direct connections between these critical factors that leads us collectively to a greater understanding of human and animal health and nutrition.

We are currently accepting applications from growers, organizational partners and citizen scientists to be part of this ground-breaking work. Join us for this session to learn about how you can be a part of or support this ground-breaking study!

For more information on the study, visit: https://bionutrientinstitute.org/beef

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