2020 Regenerate Speakers

Resilience in times of uncertainty

Roberto Meza

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While a grad student at MIT in the Art, Culture, and Technology program, Roberto was inspired by student projects addressing food production in urban landscapes. His career quickly transitioned from the arts to agriculture, with a focus on food access. After a hiatus working on farms and observing problems in our food systems, Roberto moved to Colorado with childhood friend Dave Demerling, and they started their own farm. On a mission to cultivate, heal, and transform communities with access to fresh food, Roberto cofounded Emerald Gardens in 2017. Using passive solar greenhouse design Emerald Gardens grows, harvests, and distributes microgreens and edible flowers year-round to restaurants, grocery stores, food pantries, and individual residents in the Denver/Boulder area. They currently occupy 35 acres in Bennett, Colorado, and operate sustainably using geothermal and passive-solar energy. In 2020, Roberto co-founded the East Denver Food Hub, which works to create an equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system that meets the needs of communities and rural food producers. In partnership with Front Range producers, High Plains Food Co-op, Bondadosa, and nonprofits, the EDFH promotes equity and inclusion in our food system and expands access to fresh and ethically-produced food. Roberto is a member of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, a board member of the National Young Farmers Coalition, and on the leadership team for Mile High Farmers.

Plenary Panel

Community Resilience in Agriculture During Uncertain Times

 

2019 Speaker Nathan Burk

2019 Speaker Nathan Burk

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Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Chief Strategy Officer, Main Street Project
John Boyd

John Boyd

Founder and President, National Black Farmers Association
Gillian Sanbrook

Gillian Sanbrook

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Roberto Meza

Roberto Meza

Cofounder and Farmer, Emerald Gardens Director of Operations, East Denver Food Hub
Zach Ducheneaux

Zach Ducheneaux

Executive Director, Intertribal Agriculture Council
A-dae Romero-Briones

A-dae Romero-Briones

Cochiti-Kiowa, Director of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Program, First Nations Development Institute
Darrell Oswald

Darrell Oswald

Menoken Farm Manager, Burleigh County Soil Conservation District
Marshall Johnson

Marshall Johnson

Vice President, National Audubon Society and Executive Director, Audubon Dakota
Chris Mehus

Chris Mehus

Programs Director, Western Sustainability Exchange
Bryan Van Stippen

Bryan Van Stippen

Program Director, National Indian Carbon Coalition
Loren Poncia

Loren Poncia

Rancher and Co-Owner, Stemple Creek Ranch
LaKisha Odom

LaKisha Odom

Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Kathryn Bedell

Kathryn Bedell

Owner, Roan Creek Ranch