Grazing for Change: 2018 Speakers & Sponsors
Guest Speakers Include:
Will Harris, White Oak Pastures
- Making the break from commodity agriculture as a self-reliant, diversified farming operation, that builds soil for future generations.
Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association
- How to produce nutrient dense food and be recognized and rewarded for it in the market.
Dr. Sina McCullough, Author “Hands Off My Food!”
- How commoditizing our food system has caused the current health crisis in our nation. The truth behind “what’s in our food”, how it got there, and who’s responsible.
Chico State – University Farm Pavilion
311 Nicholas C. Schouten Ln.
Chico, CA 95928
Viable market opportunities and production techniques that are not based on consolidation and commoditization.
The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management & the CSU Chico Regenerative Agriculture Initiative
EQUIPPING SELF-RELIANT FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO TAKE BACK OUR FOOD SYSTEM
Abbey & Spencer Smith
Husband and wife team, Spencer and Abbey Smith, work to empower communities through ecological regeneration. They grew up on commercial cattle ranches in Northern California. Their daughter, Maezy Smith, is a seventh generation Northern Californian. They practice and teach Holistic Management so that the land and lifestyle they love will be here for seven more generations.
Spencer is an accredited Field Professional with the Savory Institute. He also manages Springs Ranch and leads the Jefferson Center. He worked on enormous ranches in Nevada for Stix Cattle Company prior to setting out on the Savory adventure. He is an excellent hunter, cook and father.
Abbey, an accredited Professional Educator with the Savory Institute, leads the Jefferson Center from a second-floor office in the booming metropolis of Fort Bidwell, California. She is ever grateful to live in a place with more elk and cattle than people in the county, and yet talk with people from Argentina and Guam (and many more places!) on a regular basis as part of her work as the Savory Global Network Coordinator for the Savory Institute.
Dr. Sina McCullough
Sina McCullough has a doctoral degree in Nutritional Science and a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, both from the University of California at Davis. Dr. McCullough taught Biochemistry and Bioenergetics at UC Davis. She was also the Director of Research and Development for a supplement company. Later, she became a consultant as well as a freelance writer. She currently lives in Virginia where she homeschools her two children and writes when inspired. Her articles have been featured on Dr. Axe, Natural News, See Kids Thrive, and Neapolitan Family Magazine.
Despite her knowledge, Dr. McCullough developed an autoimmune disease from eating food. The disease prompted her to launch a near 5-year investigation into our food supply. What she learned saved her life – she was able to reverse her disease without the use of medication.
Her investigation also revealed the truth about how our food supply is making us sick, and what “We the People” can do to stop it. Now, Dr. McCullough is dedicated to helping others avoid the health challenges she has faced by sharing that truth. She recently published her findings in the book Hands Off My Food!: How Government and Industry Have Corrupted Our Food and Easy Ways to Fight Back. Learn more at www.HandsOffMyFood.com.
Dr. Cynthia Daley – Regenerative / Organic Agriculture (CV)
Cynthia Daley is a Professor within the College of Agriculture at California State University Chico where she supervises and directs the Organic Dairy Program (ODP) for the College of Agriculture, a program she founded in 2006. The program provides education and training in organic pasture management and organic livestock production practices to students and farmers through courses, workshops, field days and conferences. With the launch of the ODP, Daley worked with a group of dairy farmers to create the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, a grassroots organization that serves as a voice for the producers in the western region.
Through these industry relationships the concept of the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (RAI) was born. RAI now represents an interdisciplinary team of faculty and farmers who believe that agriculture, done correctly, can be the solution to our biggest threats to humanity, i.e., soil degradation and climate change. Daley serves as Co-founder and Co-director of this important initiative together with Dr. Tim LaSalle and a cadre of like-minded faculty from across disciplines.
Fallon Turner Stover
Fallon (Turner) Stover is the driving force behind Regenerating Rangelands. She grew up on a cattle ranch in a small town in Northern California, which cultivated a strong love for livestock and the land. She is passionate about regenerative agriculture, holistic decision making and multi-generational ranching traditions. Fallon is excited to join Grazing for Change so she can be directly involved with those who are building the movement in regenerative agriculture. For her, it is all about the big picture, and being part of bringing it to life and however that manifests. Of all of her successes, she is most proud of her achievement in germinating four different types of oak trees, by utilizing holistic management principles, and getting animals at the right place, at the right time, and for the right reasons.
Will Harris is a fourth generation cattleman, who tends the same land that his great-grandfather settled in 1866. Born and raised at White Oak Pastures, Will left home to attend the University of Georgia’s School of Agriculture, where he was trained in the industrial farming methods that had taken hold after World War II. Will graduated in 1976 and returned to Bluffton where he and his father continued to raise cattle using pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics. They also fed their herd a high-carbohydrate diet of corn and soy.
These tools did a fantastic job of taking the cost out of the system, but in the mid-1990’s Will became disenchanted with the excesses of these industrialized methods. They had created a monoculture for their cattle, and, as Will says, “nature abhors a monoculture.” In 1995, Will made the audacious decision to return to the farming methods his great-grandfather had used 130 years before.
Since Will has successfully implemented these changes, he has been recognized all over the world as a leader in humane animal husbandry and environmental sustainability. Will is the immediatepast President of the Board of Directors of Georgia Organics. He is the Beef Director of the American Grassfed Association, and was selected 2011 Business Person of the year for Georgia by the Small Business Administration.
Will lives in his family home on the property with his wife Yvonne. He is the proud father of three daughters, Jessi, Jenni, and Jodi. His favorite place in the world to be is out in the pastures, where he likes to have a big coffee at sunrise and a 750ml glass of wine at sunset.
Dan has been an organic farmer for more than 30 years, and is the founder and executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association, an 8-year old non-profit educational organization whose mission is to “increase quality in the food supply”. Known as one of the leading proponents of “nutrient density”, Dan has worked to demonstrate the connections between plant health, soil health, carbon sequestration, crop nutritional value, flavor and human health.
Out of these efforts was born the Real Food Campaign, which has engineered the prototype of a hand-held consumer spectrometer that is designed to test nutrient density at point of purchase, thereby empowering the consumer to choose for nutrient quality. Via this tool, the deeper goal is to connect the economic incentives of consumers to growers to drive full system regeneration.
Lani and her family own and operate a vertically integrated diversified livestock operation producing cattle, sheep, alfalfa and grass hay. The ranch is in Northeastern California and Northwest Nevada. They practice regenerative agriculture and with the help of partners like Fibershed and Carbon Cycle Institute are now operating under a Carbon Farm Plan. Lani is also the founder of Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool. A commercial wool business and small yarn line. Lani graduated from the University of Nevada Reno with a BS degree in Agricultural Economics in 1987.
Open Range Meats
Moving forward purposefully and holistically towards providing a wholesale distribution model that thrives off of a smaller-framed cow is no small task. However, it’s one that Hunter and Sarah, the husband and wife duo behind Open Range Meats and Provisions, is excited to tackle. After moving from the bustling city of Los Angeles to the much less bustling city of Alturas, CA, Sarah and Hunter began to learn more about Alan Savory and regenerative agriculture. Through their work with Alturas Ranches Meat Company, they knew that they had high demand for quality meat that had exceptional marbling and flavor. They also knew that if their dream of opening a Butcher Shop and wholesale distribution company that employs holistic and regenerative practices was going to happen, they were going to need to evolve…and fast.
Open Range meats aims to be the first Land to Market shop in the state of California. Their unique breed of Black Angus is something that brings their family an incredible sense of excitement and pride. Open Range Meats has an amazing team who is willing to step out of their comfort zones and into new spheres. Between running the day-to-day operations of Alturas Ranches, including but not limited to (very glamorous) office work, they also manage the logistics of marketing, shipping and deliveries. In addition, they make time to check the fields, plan for the future and meet with their team — all while working on the permitting requirements needed for the city of San Jose.
Even amidst all of the work that they do on a daily basis, when all is said and done, some of their favorite memories hide in the mundane. The seemingly non-special moments when they realize how much planning and preparation that got them into the world of regenerative agriculture and how much potential is in store for their future.
Alexandre Eco Dairy
Blake and Stephanie, along with their children, Joseph, Christian, Vanessa, Dalton and Savanna own Alexandre Family Farms, a grass-based organic dairy producing organic milk in Crescent City, Eureka, Ferndale, and Smith River, California. Managed under traditional farming methods and strong organic principles, the Alexandres have been certified organic since 1999.
The Alexandres believe their God-given talents are to be stewards of the land. They dedicate themselves to operating a profitable sustaining business by their commitment to holistic farming practices, lush green pastures, animal welfare and environmental stewardship. The Alexandre’s believe that this cool coastal climate is highly conducive to sustainable organic grass, milk, meat and egg production. Pasturing animals nourishes the land, recycles nutrients and reduces erosion and organic dairying conforms with the Alexandre’s philosophy, core principles and stewardship practices. The result is nutrient dense milk, meat and eggs. Blake and Stephanie are blessed to be a part of farmers who are blending old traditions and new values; that a traditional way of life, raising cattle, can be done in harmony with nature.
Paicines Ranch is a completely restored ranch that includes 25 buildings and is quietly nestled an hour south of San Jose and about an hour inland from the Monterey Bay region. There are 18 people who share the work across all 7,600 acres of rangeland, but all of them are equally invested in one thing: learning to see things differently when it comes to the regenerative movement. If you ever find yourself in Paicines, CA, the ranch will gladly welcome you to their daily 7am Morning Meeting where the team will talk schedules for the day, overall vision and ideas for the ranch or maybe even veer towards a humorous rabbit hole. And if you stick around long enough, and the weather is just right, you might even be able to catch an impromptu popsicle stand at the office.
TomKat Ranch is all about connecting people to healthy food. Whether that’s through partnerships with producers and scientists or the sale of their grass-fed beef through their label LeftCoast GrassFed, they are a non-profit and educational ranch on a mission to connect passionate consumers with regenerative ranchers and influence change in how our food is grown and raised.
TomKat Ranch is an 1,800 acre working ranch in Pescadero, CA, which provides healthy food on working lands in a way that sustains the planet and inspires others to action. Together with other industry experts and leaders, they test, study, and share practices and technologies that help scale and democratize regenerative agriculture.