The Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference

 

We’re counting down the Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference – sharing one of the many exciting speakers with you each day to help you prepare for the conference on December 4th.

The Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference  are listed in no particular order (because they’re all great.)

#9 Mary Lynn Lipscomb, RN, AHN-C, CGP

 Mary Lynn Lipscomb has been in private practice as a nurse consultant since 1999s. She brings 30 years of nursing experience to her work with clients.  A resident of Rockbridge County, Mary Lynn is passionate about using food as medicine and helping others discover ways to address health issues using practical methods.  She enjoys making fermented and cultured foods as well as preparing meals following the nutritional guidelines of Weston A. Price.  As a certified GAPS™ (Gut and Psychology Syndrome™) practitioner, she works with people who suffer from the consequences of leaky gut, food allergies and chronic inflammatory conditions.  Learn more about Mary Lynn Lipscomb on her website at http://www.gapsconsulting.com/.

Mary Lynn has been a healthcare professional for more than 28 years. This experience includes 12 years of private practice as a nurse consultant.
Mary Lynn has been a healthcare professional for more than 28 years. This experience includes 12 years of private practice as a nurse consultant.

“In my practice, I consult with clients to help them develop an understanding of the connection between health of the gastrointestinal tract and the symptoms they are experiencing. Most “GAPS™ people” have physical AND developmental, mental and/or emotional symptoms. Working together, we determine what changes need to be made to take charge of the problem and clients are provided with the tools they need to make informed choices that, in many cases, bring about profound results.”- Mary Lynn Lipscomb

Mary Lynn will be moderating the panel “Connecting the Dots: Soils and Human Health” on Day 2 of the conference. If you’re interested in exploring how food could help you control leaky gut, food allergies and other chronic inflammatory conditions, register now to connect with Mary Lynn at the conference.

 

The Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference

 

We’re counting down the Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference – sharing one of the many exciting speakers with you each day to help you prepare for the conference on December 4th.

The Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference  are listed in no particular order (because they’re all great.)

#10 Peter Allison

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Peter Allison is the Coordinator of Farm-to-Institution New England (FINE) and the Director of the Upper Valley Farm-to-School Network (UVFTS).

Farm-to-Institution New England 

FINE is a six-state collaboration that connects schools, colleges, hospitals, and others institutions to producers of locally grown foods. FINE encourages farmers and institutional buyers to develop sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships that enhance the well being of institutions’ food consumers and our regional agricultural economy.

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FINE includes non-profit organizations, government agencies, foundations, farmers, food distributors and processors, and the food service industry in New England. (http://www.farmtoinstitution.org)
The Upper Valley Farm to School Network (UVFTS)

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The Upper Valley Farm to School Network (UVFTS) is a group of teachers, parents, farmers, and community members. UVFTS connect local food and farms to the classroom, cafeteria and community in the Vermont and New Hampshire Upper Valley Region. (http://www.uvfts.org/)

Here’s his bio:
Peter Allison. Photo from www.farmtoinstitution.comPeter Allison | Coordinator
Peter brings over 25 years of project and program management experience in a wide array of non-profit, government and business settings. He is the director and founder of the Upper Valley Farm to School Network, which supports existing and emerging farm to school programs in over thirty communities in the Upper Valley Region of Vermont and New Hampshire. Peter sits on the advisory committees of both the Vermont Farm to School Network and the New Hampshire Farm to School Program. Prior experience includes serving as Branch Chief for Commercial Waste Reduction for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Senior Consultant for Eco-Logical Solutions, Inc., an innovative environmental consulting firm serving the hospitality industry, and consultant to the Tufts Center for Environmental Management on their college and university environmental initiatives. Peter has a BA in Philosophy from Drew University, and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University. He lives with his family at the Cobb Hill co-housing and farm community in Hartland, VT. 

Are you a farm-to-school fanatic? If so, you’ll want to hear Peter Allison’s words of wisdom! Register today and reserve your seat at the conference.

 

The Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference

We’re counting down the Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference — sharing one of the many exciting speakers with you each day to help you prepare for the conference on December 4th.

The Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference  are listed in no particular order (because they’re all great.)

#11 Philip Ackerman-Leist

Here’s his bio: 

Philip Ackerman-Leist is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum. He is the director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project and founder and director of a Masters in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS)  — the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems, featuring applied comparative research of students’ home bioregions. He is the author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems (2013) and Up Tunket Road: The Education of Modern Homesteader (2009).  He and his wife, Erin, farmed in the South Tirol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their sixteen-year homesteading and farming venture in Pawlet, Vermont. With more than two decades of “field experience” working on farms, in the classroom, and with regional food systems collaborators, Philip’s work is focused on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up.

Here’s his powerful personal statement:

Straddling a fence is never comfortable, but it can provide a helpful vantage point, as well as the freedom of choice to explore either side at will. Such has been much of my experience straddling the worlds of the liberal arts and farming. Whereas many persons tend to see these worlds as disparate landscapes, I see them as much the same landscape viewed with different lenses, a landscape often demarcated with borders, boundaries, and barriers that warrant removal.

Agriculture, at its ecological best, is a study of a myriad of ecological interactions and an ensuing attempt to work with those interactions to achieve a desired result. The liberal arts tradition, at the core of its soul and history, is a recognition of the interdependence of knowledge gleaned from different realms, timeframes, and cultures. Ultimately, the cultivation of good citizens and the cultivation of good soils are not so different—in both cases, disciplines and discipline are requisite, along with an ample dose of humus-inspired humility.

Teaching at Green Mountain allows me to explore and share with students multiple fields of knowledge and numerous fields of farmers simultaneously—a rare experience in college education. I teach here because I keep learning here, and I farm at home because I keep learning there. I tend to think that teaching and farming are two professions that tend to keep one reasonably honest, since neither allows one to be too right for too long. 

And here’s a quick interview with him, as he talks about homesteading in the 21st century:

 

If you’re interested in small, diversified farms, homesteading, organic agriculture, artful writing and well-crafted words, don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired and motivated by Philip Ackerman-Leist. Register today and reserve your seat at the conference.

Missed yesterday’s post? Find out more about #12: Jeff Heatwole.

The Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference

There are twelve days left until the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference, so get ready because we’re about to bring you the Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference . We’ll bring you one each day so you can get a little more excited for the conference each day for the next twelve days.

The Top 12 People You’re Going To Want To Hear at the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference  are listed in no particular order (because they’re all great.)

#12 Jeff Heatwole

Photo of producers at the Shenandoah Valley Producer Auction by DC Central Kitchen. See additional photos of the auction at http://svproduceauction.com/aboutus/photomediagallery.html
Photo of producers at the Shenandoah Valley Producer Auction by DC Central Kitchen. See additional photos of the auction at http://svproduceauction.com/aboutus/photomediagallery.html

Jeff Heatwole is the manager of the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction (SVPA).  The SVPA is located in Dayton, VA. It provides a place for any produce grower within one hundred miles to come and sell their product.  Everything is auctioned off with price determined by supply and demand on that day.  In it’s nine years of operation the SVPA has grown to become a convenient source of all manner of produce for buyers from across the Commonwealth and from other states.  More information about the auction can be found online at www.svproduceauction.com.   Jeff lives in Harrisonburg, VA with his wife and two daughters.

The Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction was the first produce auction in Virginia.   Produce is picked for freshness and flavor, graded and packed in standard containers and sold by box, pallet or bin lots.

Are you a wholesale produce buyer (such as a store, roadside stand or a farm market)? If so, you’ll want to talk to Jeff at the Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference so your business can benefit from the exceptional produce sold at the auction. Register today and reserve your seat at the conference.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Volunteers
Volunteers working to fight hunger in our region though BRAFB’s Backpack Program.

We’re really excited to share this conference update. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) is bringing food barrels to the conference, which will make it possible for us to collect up to 750 pounds of food for people in our community who need it most. The BRAFB is making it possible, but it’s up to us to make it happen. Learn more…

Support from [Your Name Here] Makes This Conference Possible!

We just updated the list of conference supporters and sponsors on the conference website. You can view them on the “Supporters and Sponsors” page (http://conference.virginiafarmtotable.org/sponsorship/) or by checking out this slideshow on the conference website:

 

There’s still time for your business or organization to participate in the conference this year. Just call conference co-chair Eric Bendfeldt at 540-432-6029 ext. 106 to discuss the option that would work best for you.

 

Speaker Bios Added!

Philip Ackerman-Leist will be speaking at the conference on December 4.
Philip Ackerman-Leist will be speaking at the conference on December 4.

North Carolina. West Virginia. Vermont. North Dakota. And Virginia, of course. The speakers for the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference will be coming in from all over the country to share their perspectives with us in Weyers Cave on Dec. 4 & 5. We just updated the “Speakers” page to include more information about many of the people who will be joining us at the conference. Check it out here.