This year's 24th Annual National Bioneers Conference is scheduled for October 18-20, as always at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, in San Rafael -- just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco.
If you haven't yet purchased your pass for this year's Bioneers conference, good news! You have until September 8 to save with Early Registration Pricing. Full registration rates go into effect September 9.
To register, visit conference.bioneers.org/registration.
Speakers -- and attendees -- come from the four corners of the world, and the schedule for the three-day conference is always jam-packed with inspiring talks, panels, performances and presentations on a broad range of topics.
Invariably sessions are included on sustainable food and agriculture topics -- and this year's conference is no exception.
On Friday morning, Maya Charise Salsedo will talk about The Youth Food Bill of Rights. Maya is a 2012 Brower Youth Award winner (for helping develop the Youth Food Bill of Rights) and currently a Senior at Mills College where she was recently awarded that college’s Dolores Huerta award for activism and academic excellence. She has been a national food justice activist since the age of fifteen and was the first ever youth organizer for Rooted in Community (RIC), a national grassroots youth-oriented food justice network.
Then on Saturday, Darren Doherty talks about Re-booting Agriculture for the Next 10,000 Years. Doherty is a 5th generation Australian farmer and Permaculture pioneer who has worked in over 40 countries over 20 years as a farm planning consultant and educator. He will be introduced by Brock Dolman, who many of you might be familiar with as he hails from Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in nearby Sonoma County.
Also on Saturday:
Toxic Soil Busters: Urban Soil Remediation, with Brower Youth Award winner, Asa Needle;
Climate Change and Agriculture, with Ann Thrupp, Manager of Sustainability and Organic Development at Fetzer and Bonterra Vineyards, Darren Doherty, master Permaculturist; Renata Brillinger, California Climate and Agriculture Network;
Redesigning the Corporation and Its Supply Chain for Social and Environmental Values, hosted by Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellow at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, NY Times blog dotearth. With: Tensie Whelan, President, Rainforest Alliance; Manuel Rodriguez, Senior Vice President, Government & International Affairs and Corporate Responsibility Officer, Chiquita Brands International, Inc; Jonathan Atwood, Vice President, Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, Unilever;
Biodynamic Farming: Way Beyond Organic, with Gena Nonini, 3rd-generation farmer, owner/operator of Marian Farms, a premiere Biodynamic farm and distillery in Fresno, CA.
Sounds pretty good, right? If you're thinking of attending, this coming week is the time to register -- before early registration rates go away.
For a full conference schedule, visit conference.bioneers.org.