Speakers listed in alphabetical order
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Science Teacher, Beginning Farmer, Longview Farm
They are a small-scale diversified farm raising pigs, goats,& poultry. They have been in business for a year, but started with backyard chickens 5yrs ago. They have their sights on growth and production of oilseed in the next year
Organic Grower, Bittersweet Farm
Growing organic plants and vegetables for over 25 years. Owner of Bittersweet Farm. Living in the North Country for 14 yrs
Ag Issue Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Animal Science Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension for over 17 years.
Lead Diva, Lead Prevention, Project Manager for Oneida County Public Health
Nationally recognized for her expertise in strategic planning to eliminate lead exposure in children .and increase healthy housing. Cathe's passion has led to her development and implementation of lead abatement and preventive lead poisoning programs that have become national models.
Dr Matthew Bullwinkel
Associate Professor, SUNY Canton
Alicia (Anna) Busser
Homesteader, Carpenter, Riverbow Farm
Josh is a transplant to the North Country, he has been Gardening and homesteading here for 6 years. He continues to Learn the ins and outs to making a living going back to the land.
Marie Cook, Garrison Cook & Samantha Derooy
Farmer, Baker Cook’s Farm
Student at St Lawrence University with a love for good food and good community Active volunteer on area farms
Farmer, Oakwood II Farm
Cheryl runs 156 acre farm. In 2007 the farm was certified organic for grains. Now Cheryl raises hair sheep and Satin rabbits. She is a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association and Northern Lites Rabbit Club
Richard Douglas, Aimee Douglass
Severine von Tschemer Fleming
Author, Greenhorn Founder
Sustainability Coordinator, SUNY Canton
Louise Gava graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. Upon graduation she filled the newly created role of Sustainability Coordinator at her alma mater, where she continues to ‘green’ the academics and operations of the scarlet and the brown, including the new Sustainability Semester. Louise and her husband own 15 acres of land in South Canton where they built a tiny house and grow food for their neighbors. An avid bicycle commuter, bird song identifier, scrounger, food preservationist and vegan cook, Louise is also learning the joys of fermentation, seed saving and a simpler life.
Eddie Goldstein has a passionate interest in non-violent communication, radical interdependence, and co-creative responses to conflict.
Herb Grower, Reflexology, Poet
Owned Harblin's Herb Farm & Garden in West Potsdam. She gave classes ine every- thing from medicinal to cooking. The farm was featured on 2 PBS shows and Becky continues to work with plants as a curandara, a healer
Author, Educator, CSA Farmer
Pioneer in CSA farming and author
Extension Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Betsy has been a livestock educator for over 14 yrs. She keeps her own flock of sheep in a special high tunnel barn and enjoys border collies and guard dogs
Chef/Innkeeper of Clear Lake Lodge
Ecological living, Jack of Many Trades
Jim is known as the "King of Scrounge" His book "The High Art and Subtle Scuience of Scrounging"will be available. Jim lives with his family at Woodhenge, an ecologically designed community in Adams Center, NY with 5 green' residences that are also mortgage free
Biodynamic Farmer, Mill Creek Dairy
Sherry and her husband, Walt, milk Jersey cows at their certified organic/biodynamic farm. They are joined by their son Rob and his wife Fanny. They are the only Biodynamic Farm in the area.
Owner of Parsley Place Herbs
Co-Coordinator of Local Living Venture
Farmer, Outhouse Farm
Associate Professor, SUNY Canton, Dept Chair for Energy
Mike has a background in thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics as a professional engineer. He has been teaching since 1999 and in the last 5 years concentrated in the areas of renewable energy topics
Professor, Paul Smiths College
Author, Energy Specialist
Herbalist, Minds Eye Farm & Herbary
Rebecca is an avid gardener and community herbalist who studied with Rosemary Gladstar and Dr John Christopher. She is a member of New England Herbalist Association and United Plant Savers. She delights in sharing the power of plants with everyone
Chemistry Teacher, Hawkshaw Farm
Dawn Light Herbs & More
Dawn's interest in herbs goes back to her teen years when she began making herbal products for her family and friends. She is a homeschooling mama of three and runs a small home business Dawn Light Herbs & More in her spare time
Director of Earthwood Guilding School
Rob is the author of more than a dozen books in the green building field.With his wife Jaki, he founded the Earthwood Building School. The couple coduucts workshops all over the world in cordwood masonry,timber frame and earth sheltered housing.
Owner of Northern Lights Energy Inc.
Founder and owner of Northern Lights Energy. Scott has work as a senior energy analyst and Director of Technical Services for companies from Ithaca to the North Country. He holds several national certifications including one from North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. He lives in Canton with his wife and 2 children.
Dr Peter Smallidge
Professor, Cornell University
Organic Farmer, Birdsfoot Farm
Dulli moved here from Germany to marry the love of her life Steve. She lives in community at Birdsfoot Farm where she grows and markets certified organic vegetables.
Michael has worked primarily in the anti-poverty and education fields in the Capital Region for Unity House, the Schenectady Community Action Program as its CEO and, since 2000, for the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a project manager managing some of their federal Race to the Top education reform initiatives. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Rockefeller College. He is married to Laura Tracy-Ireland, an attorney and has two grown children. All live and work in Schenectady, NY.