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Speakers 2011

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Bill McKibben - 2011 Quivira Featured Speaker, author and environmentalist - Vermont Bill is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him 'the planet's best green journalist' and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was 'probably the country's most important environmentalist.' Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bill McKibben
McKibben-Debuys 2011 Quivira Conference Audio
Report from the frontlines of the climate fight
MdKibben Quivira 2011 You Tube Pt1&2

Bill deBuys - 2011 Quivira Featured Speaker, author and conservationist - El Valle, New Mexico
William deBuys's seven books include A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American West (recently out from Oxford University Press), River of Traps (a 1991 Pulitzer finalist), The Walk (an excerpt from which won a Pushcart Prize in 2008), and Salt Dreams (winner of a Western States Book Award in 1999). He was a 2008-2009 Guggenheim Fellow. As a conservationist, he has helped protect more than 150,000 acres in New Mexico, Arizona, and North Carolina. From 1997 to 2004 he directed the Valle Grande Grass Bank in San Miguel County, New Mexico, and from 2001 to 2005, he served as founding chairman of the Valles Caldera Trust, which administers the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico. He lives on the farm he has tended since 1976 in the remote village of El Valle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. Bill deBuys
DeBuys-McKibben 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Deborah Madison - 2011 Quivira Featured Mentor, chef and author - Santa Fe, New Mexico Deborah was the founding chef of Greens restaurant in San Francisco in l979, one of the first farm-to-table restaurants. She is also the author of eleven books, including Local Flavors, Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers Markets, was twice the recipient of the Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award, four James Beard awards and the MFK Fischer mid-career. Over the past twenty years she has written innumerable articles on food and farming, managed the Santa Fe farmers market, co-directed the Edible Kitchen Garden at Monte del Sol Charter School, worked as a consultant at the UC Berkeley campus restaurants, and was actively involved in Slow Food both here and in Italy. She is currently working on a book on plant families and their edible members. Deborah gardens, writes, and lives in Galisteo, New Mexico. Deborah Madison Looking Backwards to go Forwards - Food Struggles from the Sixties and Beyond
Madison 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Miguel Santistevan - Featured Mentor, farmer and educator - Taos, New Mexico
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science degree in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, Miguel Santistevan is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Biology at the University of New Mexico. His research interests are in the traditional acequia-irrigated and dryland agricultural systems of the Upper Rio Grande and Sangre de Cristo mountains. Miguel is certified in Permaculture and ZERI Design and has been a High School science teacher in Pecos, Peñasco, and Taos school districts. He has directed youth-in-agriculture programs such as ePlaza and Sembrando Semillas of the New Mexico Acequia Association. He has produced video and public radio programming (¡Que Vivan las Acequias!) with Cultural Energy, of which he is a Board Member. He maintains a conservation farm with his wife and daughter in Taos called Sol Feliz where many visitors have participated in educational presentations, tours, and hands-on workshops. Miguel coordinates a `Living Seed Library' program through the Agriculture Implementation, Research, and Education non-profit corporation he is co-founding. Miguel has recently been elected Mayordomo of the Acequia Sur de Río de Don Fernando de Taos for the 2010-2011 growing season of which he is a parciante (irrigator). He also serves as a Board Member for the Taos Valley Acequia Association. More information on Miguel can be found at UNM
The Prairie Dog ate my Research! - New found realities of agricultural resilience in northern New Mexico: Youth, Community, and Climate Change Santistevan 2011 Quivira You Tube Pt 1,2,3

Jim Gerrish - 2011 Quivira Featured Workshop Mentor, American GrazingLands Services - May, Idaho
Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US and Canada. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers in the Intermountain West using both irrigated pastures and native rangeland. He received a BS in Agronomy from the University of Illinois and MS in Crop Ecology from University of Kentucky. His past experience includes over 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as well as 22 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on his family farm in northern Missouri. Jim was co-founder of the very popular 3-day grazing management workshop program at University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center. His research and outreach efforts have been recognized with awards from the American Forage and Grassland Council, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, National Center for Appropriate Technology, USDA-NRCS, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Progressive Farmer, and American Agricultural Editors Association.
He currently writes regular columns in The Stockman Grass-Farmer magazine. He has authored two books on grazing and ranch management. Management-intensive Grazing: The Grassroots of Grass Farming was published in 2004 and Kick the Hay Habit: A practical guide to year-around grazing was published in 2010.
American GrazingLands Services LLC

Managing Rangelands for Success in the 21st Centur
Gerrish 2011 Quivira Conference Audio Pt 1
Gerrish 2011 Quivira Conference Audio Pt 2
Gerrish 2011 Quivira Conference Audio Pt 3
Gerrish 2011 Quivira Conference Audio Pt 4


Bryce Andrews - Ranchlands Program Manager - Montana
As the Clark Fork Coalition's Ranchlands Program Manager, Bryce manages a cattle ranch in the Deer Lodge Valley, in the heart of the nation's largest Superfund Site. He maintains a field office on the ranch, and works toward achieving innovative and environmentally sustainable land management practices on deeded and leased land. When he's not handling daily tasks such as herding cattle, fixing fence, and making hay, Bryce works on community building and outreach related to Superfund Cleanup in the Deer Lodge Valley and posts a blog on the Clark Fork Coalition website. Bryce comes to us with experience ranching in the Madison Valley, on the doorstep of Yellowstone Park, where he worked on finding a balance between the needs of livestock and wildlife. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from The University of Montana, and has written freelance articles for environmental magazines and journals. Clark Fork Coalition
Dry Cottonwood Creek: Ranching, Restoration, and the Nation's Largest Superfund Site
Andrews 2011 Quivira You Tube Pt1
Andrews 2011 Quivira You Tube Pt2
Andrews 2011 Quivira You Tube Pt3

Dorn Cox - Tuckaway Farms - Lee, New Hampshire "When it comes to agriculture in NH, we are like an underdeveloped country." So says Dorn Cox who is currently making a concerted effort to push farming squarely into the 21st century by building what he refers to as a "biological system" for his farm; it is a most singular system and very much a family enterprise. By successfully integrating the disciplines of plant biology and environmental engineering, Dorn is constructing a near complete carbon cycle making the farm largely self sufficient, reducing production costs, and limiting off farm purchases.
Dorn Cox is a two-time NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant awardee. He has completed his 2006 grant for Farm-based Biofuel: Production, Storage, Co-generation and Education. He is a 2007 New Hampshire Young Farmer Achievement Award recipient. You can read more about Dorn at New England Farmers Union and Green Start

Building abundance through soil health: Carbon banking on a New England Farm
Cox 2011 Quivira You Tube Pt1
Cox 2011 Quivira You Tube Pt2
Cox 2011 Quivira You Tube Pt3

Ben Forsyth - Manager, Three Rivers Station - Meekatharra, Western Australia Passionate about rangeland sustainability, Ben is the Manager of his family's 1.3 million acre, "Three Rivers" Station on the headwaters of the Gascoyne River in Western Australia where he is undertaking an extensive landscape scale regeneration project. In addition to the challenges of running a large pastoral property, Ben is a 2008 Nuffield Scholar, former WA Director of the national Future Farmers Network, a newly elected Councillor of the Australian Rangelands Society and a committee member of the Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association. Ben is also half way through studying for a Masters in Rangeland Management at the University of Queensland and recently became involved in the Meat & Livestock Australia Environmental Advocates Program and the WA Rural Business Development Corporation Y Zone Advisory Group. Following an industry workshop on Total Grazing Pressure in arid rangelands, Ben has been instrumental in the development of "Grazebook" an online forum for producers, practitioners, agencies and other interested parties to break down distance and inherent cultural differences impeding the sharing of knowledge. In its testing phase Grazebook has proven to be very popular and is now set for launching to the community. Ben is a strong advocate for the power of communication as a tool for the advancement of sustainable practices, both locally and on a national and international scale.
Turning Red to Green (a million acres at a time); Regeneration in the Australian Rangelands
Forsyth 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Jeff Gossage - Ranch Operations Manager Zapata Ranch - Mosca, Colorado I grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. My parents owned the Stirrup Ranch in south central Colorado and my uncle Louis Coszalter and aunt Paula ran it as a working cattle ranch using holistic management as the basis for running the ranch. Although I did not grow up on the ranch, I was exposed to ranching and decided out of high school that that is what I wanted to do. I have been ranching ever since, most of my years being spent with Duke Phillips who is responsible for teaching me most of what I know. I have been managing the Medano-Zapata Ranch under him for The Nature Conservancy for the last six years and another four were spent with him at the Chico Basin Ranch. A couple other years in between the Chico and Medano-Zapata were spent on other ranches in other states experiencing other kinds of operations and ranching styles. My passion is not only ranching itself but also preserving ranching as a traditional and progressive way of life and a means to preserve our rangeland. Zapata Ranch
Baseball to Bison
Gossage 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Tyffany Herrera - Erosion Control Crew Leader - Ojo Encino Chapter of the Navajo Nation, New Mexico My name is Tyffany Herrera. I've lived on the Navajo Reservation since I was 6 years old. Since then I've come a long way on learning about ranching and farming. I've learned how to build erosion control structures, identify problem areas on the range, and how to fix problems I may encounter on my ranch. I'm currently attending New Mexico State University, pursuing a degree in Soil Science with a minor in Business and English. I've learned a lot about erosion and various methods on how to control it from specialists such as Craig Spongholtz and Mike Bain. I hope to learn more from these people and others I encounter later in life, because I want to continue "Walking in Beauty." Building Resilience on the Eastern Navajo Checkerboard
Herrera-Vandever 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Lilian Hill - Hopi Tutswka Permaculture - Kykotsmovi, Hopi Nation, Arizona
Lilian is Hopi from the village of Kykotsmovi. She is a member of the Tobacco (Pipwungwa) clan and is the mother of three children. Lilian has studied at the North American School of Natural Building and has studied Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University, focusing on Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Along with her husband and children, Lilian is building a home in her village utilizing permaculture principles and encouraging the conditions for sustainability to happen.
Cultivating the Seeds of Tomorrow for Future Generations: Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture
Hill 2011 Quivira You Tube

Laura Hoffman - Quivira CARLY apprentice on the 47 Ranch - Cochise County, Arizona
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Sarahlee Lawrence - Rainshadow Organics - fifteen miles Northeast of Sisters, Oregon Rainshadow Organics is a market garden located at Lawrence Farms where we have farmed and gardened for twenty-five years. We grow dozens of varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs, berries, and flowers on 27 acres. All of the crops we grow are distributed within 50 miles of the farm through a CSA program, to local restaurants, and farmers markets.
As a girl growing up in remote central Oregon, Sarahlee Lawrence dreamed of leaving her small town in search of adventure. By the age of twenty-one, she had rafted some of the most dangerous rivers of the world as an accomplished river guide. But living her dream as guide and advocate, riding and cleaning the arteries of the world, led her back to the place she least expected to find herself--her dusty beginnings and her family's ranch. Her book, River House is the beautiful chronicle of a daughter's return, her relationship with her father, who helps her build a log house by hand, and the reversal of their desires.
From Rivers to Radishes: a Young Farmer's Journey from the Farm and Back Home Again
Lawrence 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Nikiko Masumoto - Masumoto Family Farm - south of Fresno, California Nikiko Masumoto first learned to love food as a young child slurping the nectar of overripe organic peaches on the Masumoto Family Farm. Since then she has never missed a harvest. In 2007 she graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Gender and Women's Studies and will soon complete a Master of Arts in Performance as Public Practice from UT Austin. She is now back in the Central Valley of California farming with her family, working on a cookbook, and developing `agrarian arts' projects. She hopes to grow her passions for performance and social justice along with peaches, nectarines and grapes to add another generation's voice to the story of the Masumoto Family Farm. She is at heart a 'farm kid' and can never imagine abandoning these ties. For Nikiko sharing food is a revolutionary act, for her when we grow, share, and eat food, there are no borders - we become part of each other.
Becoming a family farmer: performance & body knowledge across generations
Masumoto 2011 Quivira You Tube Pt1
Masumoto 2011 Quivira You Tube Pt2

Jo Myers - Quivira CARLY apprentice at the James Ranch - Durango, Colorado
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Annie Novak - Growing Chefs - Brooklyn, New York Annie Novak is founder and director of non-profit Growing Chefs; in the education department at the New York Botanical Gardens, and in 2009 became the co-founder and head farmer of the first commercial rooftop farm in the country, the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in partnership with Goode Green and Broadway Stages
Annie has worked with the GrownNYC Greenmarket, Slow Food, and Just Food advocating and growing urban agriculture throughout NYC. Her work in agriculture has been featured internationally as well as locally in New York Magazine, the New York Times, Grist, and the Martha Stewart Show among other press.
A lifelong vegetarian, Annie's passion for agriculture began while working in Ghana with West African chocolate farmers. She has since followed food to its roots has taken her to Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Turkey, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Fiji, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Alaska, through the West and Midwest; her adventures are cheerfully blogged at Most recently, she traveled to Tanzania in partnership with the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic to research the agricultural possibilities of greenroofing a medical barge.
Tomato Town: the Growing Urban Farming Movement
Novak 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Timothy Prow - Quivira CARLY apprentice on the 47 Ranch - Cochise County, Arizona
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Amber Reed - Past Quivira CARLY apprentice - Fairfield, Vermont
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Sam Ryerson - Past Quivira CARLY apprentice on the San Juan Ranch, Colorado
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Rochelle Vandever - Hasbidito Youth Advisory Council - Ojo Encino Chapter of the Navajo Nation, New Mexico
My name is Rochelle Vandever. I am originally from a small community called Torreon, New Mexico. I am currently attending New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I am majoring in Civil Engineering. I have worked many summer jobs since I was 14. I begin working with Ojo Encino Chapter. Before working at the chapter, I helped my uncle vaccinate livestock in the summer. I learned a lot the sheep, cattle and horses. After learning about the livestock I wanted to become a veterinarian. When I began working with Rio Puerco Management Committee through the chapter, I became interested in restoring the land for the livestock.
I believe a good environment for livestock is to have more than enough vegetation, water, and less erosion. My main goal is to receive my bachelor's degree in civil engineering. I am planning to attend graduate school. I choose civil engineering because the land in the community I was raised was dry. When the rain passed by the land would look green but there was still bare land. With the low tech erosion control structures I have learned about for many years, I want to improve the land for the livestock.
Building Resilience on the Eastern Navajo Checkerboard
Vandever-Herrera 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Hải Võ - co-founded the Real Food Challenge - Irvine, California
Hai Vo seeks food justice within his lifetime. Hai currently organizes with and coordinates the for Live Real, an emerging community of young leaders building food cultures and policies respecting ourselves, each other, and the Earth. Live Real focuses on historical and current injustices of our food system and how people can meaningfully respond. Hai is a 2009 recipient of the Earth Island Institute's Brower Youth Award for his efforts with the Real Food Challenge, a U.S. campaign of over 350 colleges and 3,000 students reallocating university procurement of "real food" that's ecologically-sound, community-based, humane, and fair. He is a 2008-2009 Sustainable Agrifood Systems Fellow with UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. A southern California native, Hai is an aspiring agroecologist, passionate about traditional foods, and yearns to own and steward land.
Fifty Years Later, Freedom Rides Return -- With a Twist
Võ 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Severine von Tscharner Fleming director, provisional producer, agrarian of The Greenhorns - Hudson Valley, New York Over the past two years Severine has produced and directed a documentary film about the young farmers who are reclaiming, restoring, retrofitting and respecting this country of ours. That film, titled "The Greenhorns" grew into a small nonprofit organization that currently produces events, media and new media for and about the young farming community. The Greenhorns mission is to "recruit, promote and support" the growing tribe of new agrarians. To that end, Greenhorns runs a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, a popular blog, a wiki-based resource guide for beginning farmers, a GIS-based mapping project, and dozens of mixers and educational events for young farmers all around the country. Greenhorns actively works to provide venues for networking, collaboration and communication within their large, and growing! network. Severine attended Pomona College and University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with a B.S. in Conservation/AgroEcology. She co-founded the Pomona Organic Farm and founded UC Berkeley's Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology and is a proud co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition.
Farming as Direct Action: Young Farmers and the New Agrarian Spirit
von Tscharner Fleming 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Katie Wallace - Sustainability Specialist, New Belgium Brewing Company - Fort Collins, Colorado Katie Wallace is the Sustainability Specialist (aka, Purveyor of the Good Life!) at Colorado-based, employee-owned New Belgium Brewing Company. She is one of two full time coworkers dedicated solely to sustainability. Rather than thinking of this two-person team as a "Sustainability Department", they like to consider themselves facilitators of the brewery-wide conversation around sustainability. Katie helps to set the strategic direction of NBB's sustainability efforts, engage coworkers in these initiatives and offer expertise during decision making. As this compassionate business revolution gains momentum, Katie shares NBB's story at events in Colorado and throughout the nation.
Katie's formal education in Economics and Finance prepared her for her first role at the brewery, in 2004, analyzing beer trends and forecasting beer sales. Her passion for cultural innovation, environmental sustainability and life-long learning helped her to move into the role of Sustainability Specialist, which she has held since 2008.
New Belgium's Sustainable Business Story
Purveying The Good Life at New Belgium Brewing
Wallace 2011 Quivira Conference Audio

Amy Wright - Quivira CARLY apprentice on San Juan Ranch - Saguache, Colorado
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