2018 Keynote Speakers

Rowen White

Rowen White

Founder Sierra Seeds

 Friday Keynote: 7:30-9pm

 Location: Robert Crown Center

Rowen White, founder of Nevada City, CA-based Sierra Seeds, is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. She is on a journey woven by the stories seeds tell us and the stories that form our identities. Her heartwarming presence, placid poise and demeanor embody a connection to the agricultural heritage and wisdom upon which we base our food production. Rowen’s ability to connect students to the stories inside seeds is a powerful medicine that will deeply affect your way of being a food producer. Rowen will provide an all day Seed Saving intensive on Friday, August 10th, and she will deliver her keynote that evening.

Eric Holt-Giménez

Eric Holt-Giménez

Executive Director of Food First

Saturday Keynote: 3-4pm

Location: Robert Crown Center

Eric Holt-Giménez, is the Executive Director of Food First, an organization based in Oakland, CA. Eric has huge passion and over 25 years experience working to create a just and fair food system. Beginning from the ground up, Eric has studied and worked with Latin American farmers that have protected their farms from natural disasters by implementing agroecological methods on their land. From that basis, Eric’s passion reaches into the structures of the food system that leave many farmworkers, food service workers and communities of color without food security on a planet that produces far more food than the earth’s population requires every year. Eric will provide our Saturday keynote on August 11.