2017 Radical Center Awards and Panel
Wink Crigler – Ranching, Ernie Atencio – Conservation, Ron Mortensen, Curtis Chee, Mark Willis – Civil Service, Rachel Gilker and Kathy Voth – Research
The Eleventh Annual Awards for Outstanding Leadership in the Radical Center are dedicated to the four legs of the Quivira Coalition’s original chair—ranchers, conservationists, civil servants, and researchers. The awards recognize individuals in each category who have shown remarkable and enduring leadership in the difficult job of working in the radical center. As described by conservation leader Bill DeBuys, the radical center is the place where people come together to explore their common interests rather than argue their differences.
Quivira honors those who have advanced the cause of the radical center with integrity, vision, and determination, sometimes against long odds. Each recipient has inspired us with his or her dedication to community, healthy lands, and the advancement of our movement through teaching, writing, research, service, hard effort, and good humor. The following individuals represent the common bonds that unite us. We cherish their friendship and are proud to recognize their work in the radical center.
We invite you to enjoy videos from our 2017 Conference here. The annual Quivira Conference is internationally renowned for bringing together leaders, innovators, and stewards of the land for three days of provocative plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking with diverse attendees from across the southwest, the country, and globe. The conference creates a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown. Quivira’s outstanding speakers and attendees contribute expertise in ranching, farming, conservation, community, and all things soil, which is the key to it all. Every attendee brings something unique to the table, and each departs with inspiration, new connections, broader perspectives, and the tools necessary to effect change.
2017 Conference Speaker Videos
The Quivira Coalition documents its conference every year. We love to share the content of this event with those who were not able to join us in person. You can also view the 2017 videos, along with past years, on the Quivira You Tube page.
Keri Brandt and Janine Fitzgerald Zombie Agriculture Industrial agriculture has resulted in dead soils and animals living in torturous conditions. We call this process "zombie agriculture" in reference to constant supply of synthetic inputs required to reanimate the...read more
Wendell Gilgert Re-Watering California One Ranch at a Time "Point Blue Conservation Science is collaborating with the USDA-NRCS, cooperating ranchers, RCD’s and conservation partners to improve rangelands in California. Point Blue Partner Biologists are teaming up...read more
Michael Phillips Soil Redemption Song This lively exploration of soil biology and healthy plant metabolism will rouse every gardener, farmer, rancher, and fruit grower to think deeper. How mycorrhizal fungi enhance plant health is absolutely stunning. Nutrients are...read more
Carbon Ranching Panel - Drawing it Down, Funding Regeneration Calla Rose Ostrander (moderator), Russell Chamberlin, Kevin Watt, Kevin Munro This panel led by Calla Rose presented an overview of carbon farming in California, including updates on the state’s Healthy...read more