Farmer, Polyface Farm
Joel Salatin, 61, calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world. He is also a lecturer, and author whose books include Folks, This Ain't Normal; You Can Farm; and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley.
Farmer, Ferme des Quatre-Temps and Author, The Market Gardener
Calla Rose Ostrander
Climate Change Policy, Science Communications and Strategy Advisor
President, Northern Farm Training Institute; Market gardener
Jackie Milne, the President and founder of the Northern Farm Training Institute, is a local Hay River Métis woman with over 25 years of successful market gardening. She created and executed the vision for building this holistic farm and educational centre to genuinely empower people to transform their lives. NFTI farm campus is designed for feeding 200 people in a remote northern community and supports a vibrant regenerative landscape while empowering northerners to build productive local farms and thriving, healthy resilient communities. Jackie is also the leader of the first Canadian Savory Hub, which is a global network of regenerative agriculture teachers committed to Holistic Management.
Dietician living on a working farm and Owner, Sustainable Dish
Agronomist and Ph. D. Candidate in soil conservation, Université Laval
Vice-President of Growing Operations, The Green Organic Dutchman
Starting work in greenhouse production in 2001, David has spent almost two decades continuously refining his skills in plant science. During that time, he graduated from McGill University with a Master of Science in Plant Sciences, and worked in the Greenhouses and Horticultural Research Center on campus for several seasons. From there, he went on to become the lead agrologist at Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation, designing the certified organic growing program on site and helping the company to become the first fully certified organic licensed producer in Canada.
David’s current role is Vice President of Growing Operations at The Green Organic Dutchman, Canada’s (and the world’s) largest organic licensed producer with 12 acres of greenhouses.
Co-founder, Kiss the Ground
Author and Founder, Center for Sustainable Medicine
Executive Vice President of Research, HowGood Inc
Nathan de Baets
Agronomist-engineer at the Polytechnic University of Ghent, Responsible for the forest-wood sector at CoopCarbone
Soil Microbiologist, Fredericton Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Molecular biologist, Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at New Mexico State University
Professor of Agronomy & Agroecology, University of Dalhousie
Derek Lynch is Professor of Agronomy and Agroecology at Dalhousie University. His academic training is in agronomy (McGill University) and soil science (University of Guelph) and from 2005-2015 held the position as Canada Research Chair in Organic Agriculture. He has also served for many years on the executive of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, including as president from 2014-15. Derek teaches on soil and field crop management and agroecology at the undergraduate and graduate level at Dalhousie. His research program, much of it conducted directly in partnership with participating farms, focuses on cropping and farming system influence on productivity, soil carbon and nutrient dynamics, and soil health and biodiversity.
Co-founder and Director, Upper Canada Fibreshed
Jenny Lester Moffitt
Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Professor of Soil science, biogeochemistry, organic matter, AgroParisTech
Consultant and author
Farmer, Les Bontés de la vallée
Program Director at McConnell Foundation
Chef R&D, Moulins de Soulanges
Prairie Pasture Hub
Erin grew up on a mixed farm in Manitoba in the 1980’s and has spent the last 20 years working on the periphery of agriculture through her store Crampton's Market. She is passionate about both conservation and farm advocacy, and believes the two naturally go hand in hand. Working with hundreds of farmers she started to see a subset of producers making their farms more efficient rather than bigger, layering enterprises to make space for the next generation to stay, creating life and vitality in their rural communities, and diversity and abundance on their land and local ecosystems. These farmers were achieving amazing results by practicing Holistic Management.
She has recently sold her store to focus on blending her conservation and farm advocacy work into decentralized Savory Hubs.
Director general, Mille-Îles watershed council (COBAMIL)
Mr. Raphael has a Master's degree in biology from McGill University and has nearly 10 years of experience in the field of environment, including the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq). After serving on COBAMIL's Board of Directors for more than 4 years, he joined the tenure as Executive Director in June 2018.
Brooks & Jen White
Farmers at Borderland Agriculture
Biodynamic vegetable gardener, Cadet Roussel Farm
Food system analyst and value chain consultant, Grey Bruce Centre for Agroecology
Professor and researcher, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
Co-founder and Head of Farm Development, Propagate Ventures
Harry is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Propagate Ventures. Propagate is establishing the financial and legal infrastructure required to add profitable, functional tree crops to working farms. Bringing together investment capital, consumer brands, and land managers, Propagate fosters agroforestry-inclusive landscapes and supply chains. Crops with momentum include berries, pomme fruit, chestnuts, short-rotation timber silvopasture, and holistically managed cattle.
Headquartered in Hudson, New York, Propagate’s ethos centers on growing soil while strengthening rural economies in the cold humid climates of North America.
Harry originally hails from Massachusetts, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Vermont. Agroforestry research and consulting has brought Harry and Propagate to Argentina, Brazil, The Dominican Republic, Spain, Québec, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio, Oregon, California, Tennessee, Maryland, and much of New England and New York. Harry enjoys running in the forest and and cooking in his free time.
Ka'nahsohon Kevin Deer
Mohawk Elder and Faithkeeper
LIEU - Sols urbains and Professor of Soil Science and Carbon Storage, UQAT
Vincent Poirier is Professor of Soil Science and Carbon Storage at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) where he is Scientific Director of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Research and Development Unit. He is also the Research Director of the Urban Ecological Integration Laboratory (LIEU) in Montreal, a non-profit organization promoting ecological services rendered by urban soils.
Chief development officer, Nori
Project Lead, Soil Health Coalition
Ruth is an advisor, mentor and facilitator, to farmers, land managers and communities for understanding and connecting soil first solutions. Ruth completed a BSc. in Agriculture and MSc. in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph. Growing up in rural southwestern Ontario, and having owned a mixed livestock farm with a former partner for 20 years, Ruth has developed strong connections to agriculture. In 2005, Ruth established her independent consultancy company and has provided services to a diversity of farms, businesses, and researchers with a focus on organic systems. Ruth has a passion for soil health and the power of regenerative agriculture to create a future worth gifting to our grandchildren. In 2017, Ruth cofounded an emergent soil health project with farmers, community members, and citizen scientists in Erin, Ontario. The work of the Soil Health Coalition offers a framework for the transformation and regeneration of our landscapes, people, and communities.
Director of Business Development and New Product Development for Englobe's Soil and Biofuels Treatment Team
Farmer, Ferme Jocelyn Michon
Acting Deputy Director, Environment Policy Division, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Organic farmer from the Gers
Agricultural Counselor, Embassy of France in the United States
Sylvain Maestracci has been the Agricultural Counselor at the Embassy of France in the United States, with regional competence over Canada, since March 2017. From 2014 to 2017, he was in the French Ministry for Agriculture and Food in charge of the subsidies allocation policy to farmers in the framework of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union as project leader and Deputy to the Director of Common Agricultural Policy subsidies management. He handled negotiations on European agriculture, sanitary and food policies, as Inter-ministerial Coordinator (office of the Prime Minister) for these policies between 2011 and 2014, and as head of the European Union unit at the Ministry of Agriculture between 2007 and 2010.
Previously, he worked in the French Ministry of Finance, where he was in charge of economic analysis of agricultural and environmental policies, then of budgetary monitoring of European policies regarding agriculture, food and the environment.