Plentiful, ample, bountiful, generous, fertile, rich, replete--these are words that describe both the attitude and the goals of the next wave of agrarians. A social movement is like an ocean wave. It arises at a certain period of time, gathers strength, grows and works toward a defined goal, becoming an effective agent of change for a while. Eventually, a new wave with fresh ideas and energy heads toward shore, building on the earlier wave's success. Today, the goal is to put the now large and diverse regenerative toolbox to work cultivating abundance for all. In this conference, we will hear from ranchers, farmers, scientists, activists and others who are leading this next wave. We'll look down the road with them and share their thoughts on how to flourish amidst the emerging conditions and challenges of the twenty-first century.
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Environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author.
Wednesday evening's lecture and fundraiser
will focued on Hawken's new effort Project Drawdown
which its web site describes as "a book, open-source database, and digital platform describing how one hundred solutions deployed at scale can alter the composition of our atmosphere." This comprehensive list includes technological solutions
such as renewable energy and energy efficiency measures; social solutions
that require behavior change like lowering consumption of material goods and limiting population growth; and ecological solutions
that restore carbon in soils and plants by bio-sequestering carbon dioxide.
Read the Orion Magazine November interview with Paul Hawken
Groundcover and soils ecologist. Australia
All day Wednesday workshop, Fundamentals of Soil
A pioneering soil biologist from Australia, Dr. Jones has inspired many people around the world with her research and insights on soil carbon, climate mitigation, and agroecological land management. In this day-long workshop, she will dig into the fundamentals of soil biology, chemistry, and strategies for their management.
Christine Jones 2015 Quivira Audio pt1
Christine Jones 2015 Quivira Audio pt2
Radio Cafe Interivew
Family Ranchers, Rancho la Inmaculada. Sonora, Mexico
Early adopters of holistic management on their ranch, the Aguirres have successfully implemented a variety of business enterprises in addition to their cattle operation. Two generations will reflect on their experiences.
Aguirre, Quivira Conference PDF
Founding Director of Fibersheds. San Geronimo, California
Burgess is the driving force behind a visionary effort to create regenerative textile systems in California that are based on sustainable wool production, progressive farming practices, carbon sequestration, regional manufacturing and public education.
Rebecca Burgess You Tube
Navajo farming project. New Mexico
Three Chapters on the Eastern Checkerboard of the Navajo Nation have developed a successful farming project in a food desert to sell produce in the three communities through a Mobile Market.
Hasbidito, Quivira 2015 Audio
Project Specialist, Senior Research Scientist/Molecular Biologist Institute for Energy and Environment, New Mexico State University. Las Cruces, New Mexico
A microbiologist, Dr. Johnson has pioneered research on regenerative methods for activating and measuring biological life in agricultural soils that has huge potential for ecological farmers, ranchers, policy-makers and consumers alike.
David Johnson, Quivira 2015 Audio
Radio Cafe Interivew
Farmer and President of IFOAM - Organics International. Daintree, Queensland, Australia
In his roles as an organic farmer and president of the international umbrella organization for organic advocacy, Leu has a deep, global perspective on all the issues connected to food production. In this talk he will discuss an exciting new effort called `Organic 3.0'.
Andre Leu, Quivira 2015 Audio
Andre Leu You Tube
Radio Cafe Interivew
Senior Conservation Planner - Center for Conservation Science & Strategy, TNC. Colorado
A path-breaking habitat restoration project designed by Bill Zeedyk and aimed at improving the chances of the endangered sage grouse is underway around Gunnison, Colorado. Neeley will describe the project's hopeful goals and early accomplishments.
Betsy Neeley, Quivira 2015 Audio
Betsy Neeley You Tube
National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) director for The Trust for Public Land. Santa Fe, New Mexico
GIS information systems have grown dramatically in sophistication in recent years. Using case studies, Robertson will describe how landowners and others can employ GIS in their planning and monitoring for a variety of conservation and agricultural work.
Breece Robertson, Quivira 2015 Audio
, Executive Director of The Center of Southwest Culture, Inc.
Arturo's daughter, is an attorney and has worked on economic development, environmental justice, conservation, and civil rights issues. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sandoval, 2015 Quivira Conference Audio
Range ecologist with Texas AgriLife Research, Texas
Dr. Teague has been scientifically studying the effects of planned grazing by livestock for decades and has lots of data to back up claims by holistic ranchers that their progressive management really does work. He will present a comprehensive summary of the science.
Richard Teague, Quivira 2015 Audio
Richard Teague You Tube
Bill owns and operates a small consulting business, Zeedyk Ecological Consulting, LLC, specializing in the restoration of wetland and riparian habitats using low tech, hands-on methods and native materials. Sapello, New Mexico
Restoration guru Bill Zeedyk will contribute to the Day 1 afternoon workshop by talking about Plug-and-Spread treatments that utilize the Keyline principles for managing water on western rangelands and degraded wetlands. Come and learn the basics in this dynamic, practice-based workshop!