2016 Keynote Speakers


Ending Racism in Farming and Food: 10 Not-So-Easy Steps
Friday Night 7:30pm
Campus Center Auditorium

As a farmer, food justice activist and educator, Leah Penniman is working to dismantle the oppressive structures that misguide our food system. She backs that mission with an incredible work ethic, sharp intellect and a deep passion for racial equality in land ownership and food production. She co-owns Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY, is a full time high school science teacher, was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow and co-founded YouthGROW in Worcester, MA.


Read more about Leah’s work in The Natural Farmer Spring 2016 issue.

Andre Leu

Regenerative Organic Agriculture - How We Can Reverse Climate Change
Saturday Night 7:30pm
Campus Center Auditorium

Andre Leu travels the world advocating organic farming practices, education and crop development, and demonstrating how organic agriculture adapts to and mitigates climate change. In his native Australia, he and his family have regenerated 150 acres of degraded land into a biodiverse ecosystem where rainforest plants and a variety of animals now thrive. Andre is the President of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) and spoke at the November 2015 Paris climate talks.

Read more about André’s work in The Natural Farmer Summer 2016 issue.