For Immediate Release Contact: Sam Hinkle
August 19, 2021 719-440-1303
Seeds Planted During Pandemic Help Agricultural Organizations Grow Unique 2021 Educational Experience
The REGENERATE Conference is an annual educational gathering of ranchers, farmers, government and Tribal officials, and land stewards from across the Western US and country. The conference is hosted by the American Grassfed Association, Holistic Management International, and Quivira Coalition. In 2020 the conference had to be held virtually, a new enterprise for all three organizations. However, the experience laid the groundwork for a truly unique conference experience in 2021.
While past conferences have consisted of a single, three-day event in Albuquerque, the 2021 REGENERATE: Weaving Water, Land, and People will embody more a season of learning than a distinct event. The conference organizers and their manifold partners will host a series of in-person field days at properties across the country in September and October. Then, during the week of October 25, the REGENERATE will host a week of virtual educational workshops for land stewards. Finally, from November 3-4 at Old Town Farm in Albuquerque, NM, the conference organizers will host two days of keynote, plenary, and roundtable sessions, offering opportunities for both in-person and virtual engagement.
2021 REGENERATE will take a holistic educational approach that is grounded in several fundamental ideas: water is life; land includes terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric systems and all the relationships within them; and people refers to those who regenerate our lands and food systems at varying scales and times, past, present, and future. Attendees can expect to hear from speakers like Kara Boyd, President of the Association of American Indian Farmers; Alejandro Carillo from the Las Damas Cattle Ranch; Rachel Armstrong, Founder and Executive Director of Farm Commons; Sarah Parmar, Director of Conservation for Colorado Open Lands; and Ed Roberson, Conservation Director for Palmer Land Conservancy. In addition to topics like soil health and water rights, the conference organizers intend this year to center marginalized peoples, weaving in the often isolated and ignored perspectives of those who have long practiced regenerative agriculture and land stewardship.
Registration for the event is now open and can be found at www.quiviracoalition.org/regenerate/. In-person space is limited, and the conference format and/or requirements for attendance are subject to change pursuant to CDC and state public health guidelines.
About the Partners
Holistic Management International is an environmental and educational non-profit that helps communities grow and thrive by educating family farmers and ranchers and pastoralists in regenerative agricultural practices that empower them to strengthen their businesses, produce healthier food, improve local wildlife habitats and protect the environment.
The American Grassfed Association is a national multi-species organization dedicated to protecting and promoting grassfed producers and grassfed products through national communication, education, research and marketing efforts.
The Quivira Coalition fosters resilience on arid working lands. To create a culture of land stewardship that integrates ecological, economic, and social health, we work in coalition with ranchers and farmers, landowners and managers, public agencies, conservationists, students and educators, and the general public. Quivira believes this culture is rooted in three areas of practice: education, innovation, and collaboration.
2021 REGENERATE CONFERENCE
November 2 & 3
Virtually and In-person
WHAT & WHEN
- In-person learning opportunities Field Days across the country in September and October
- A week of 30 virtual workshops, October 25-29.
- Plenary and roundtable sessions, held both virtually and in person at Old Town Farm in Albuquerque, NM, November 3-4
Old Town Farm, Albuquerque, NM & Virtually via Zoom
In-person Field Days:
White Oak Pastures: Bluffton, GA – 9/17
TomKat Ranch: Pescadero, CA – 9/21
Mannix Ranch: Helmville, MT – 9/23
Lazy M Ranch: Angel Fire, NM – 9/24
Trainor Cattle CO at Lowry Range: Watkins, CO – 9/24
The Regen Ranch: Oakwood, TX – 10/15
Rainshadow Organics: Sisters, OR – 10/20
Ogalla Aquifer Regeneration: Hereford, TX – 10/27
The conference will create a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown. REGENERATE’s outstanding speakers and attendees will contribute expertise in ranching, farming, land stewardship, community, equity, and our changing world. Every attendee will bring something unique to the table, and each will depart with inspiration, new connections, broader perspectives, and the tools necessary to effect change.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS AND PLENARY SESSIONS:
Plenary Topics Include:
Regenerative Ranching, Water, and Community
Indigenous Agriculture and Stewardship
Food Production and Value-added Strategies in These Changing Times
Working with the Impacts of Drought during Climate Change
Heritage, Indigenous and Unique Livestock Breeds
Panel of New Agrarians
Some speaker highlights include:
There will be a wide variety of online workshops to participate in this year. Go to the Workshop page for the full listing.
Read the full descriptions of all 10 field days here.