M. Kat Anderson received her Master’s and PhD degrees in Wildland Resource Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an ethnoecologist with the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis. She has conducted field research with California Indian tribes over the past twenty-five years, focusing on the ethnobotanical uses of plants, sustainable harvest strategies, and the array of indigenous stewardship methods that maintained specific plants, animals, and wildland ecosystems. The findings from this work have relevance to the development of conservation initiatives, ecosystem-based management, policies, and planning, including those activities relating to the development of sustainable land uses, addressing current cultural needs of tribes, and restoration of biodiversity in natural ecosystems.
Peter J. Ballerstedt, PhD has an extensive background in forage production, utilization, and forage-based livestock production systems. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 until 1992. He is currently Barenbrug USA’s (www.barusa.com) Forage Product Manager. His recent personal experiences led him to study human diet and health. What he’s learned doesn’t agree with advice we’ve been given for the past 30 years or more. This new understanding, combined with his forage background, has given him an interest in local, sustainable food production systems. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and speaking style will provide an entertaining and informative presentation.
Scott Bevins is the Head Life Coach for Dealer.Com. Through holistic means, Scott educates and encourages company employees to seek and achieve their personal health potential. As Head Life Coach, he conducts wellness seminars and writes articles on a variety of topics from food, exercise, and stress to ergonomics, sleep, and digestion. To address specific needs, Scott works with employees 1-on-1 on various personal goals ranging from weight loss topain relief.
Scott works with Dealer.Com’s café manager to aid in the mission of providing nourishing food to company employees by sourcing the best food possible, exploring alternate suppliers to maintain food quality, and to seek out local, sustainable options as they become available.
A wellness industry advocate and professional for 11 years, Scott is a CHEK Institute trained professional holding certifications as a Level 2 Corrective Exercise Practitioner and Level 3 Holistic Lifestyle Coach. Scott is trained in functional medicine through the Kalish Method Functional Medicine Program and as a structural therapist through Neurosomatic Educators.
Dr. Dean Bonlie has been involved in full-time Research & Development in bio-magnetism for the last 22 years. His scientific theory on the action of magnetism on living tissue has been validated in numerous studies, making him a widely accepted authority in this field. He is a past president of the North American Academy of Magnetic Therapy. Dr. Bonlie has been interviewed extensively on radio, TV and webinars. He gives workshops and lectures regularly across North America.
Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom (NA), is a classical homeopathic consultant and educator. She began her studies in homeopathy in 1986 and is nationally certified by the North American Society of Homeopaths and the Council for Homeopathic Certification.
Author of Cure Yourself and Family, and columnist of The Homeopathy Corner in Wise Traditions, Joette empowers folks on college campuses, at the Chautauqua Institution, seminars and webinars.
Her easy-learn CD’s and books are required study in colleges and homeopathy schools in the U.S. and Canada. Joette coaches and inspires mothers and others to take on the art of genuine health at home through the powerful duo of WAPF and homeopathy. To learn more about Joette’s dynamic presentation, contact us at www.homeopathyworks.net
Gianaclis Caldwell Raised in the 1960’s and 70’s on a small, organic farm in Oregon- where “If we can’t grow it, we can’t eat it” was an unspoken motto, Gianaclis and her husband Vern returned to the original farm in 2005 to build a small, off-the-grid licensed goat cheese dairy. After quickly winning widespread acclaim and recognition for her aged, raw milk cheeses, Gianaclis wrote The Farmstead Creamery Advisor (Chelsea Green Publishing 2010) to help other would-be farmstead cheesemakers enter the business. To further her own cheesemaking knowledge as well as share with others, she has written Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking an in-depth, science based and intuition nurturing comprehensive cheesemaking book, available this September, also from Chelsea Green.
Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, holds two postgraduate degrees in neurology and human nutrition. She lives in Cambridge UK, where she holds her clinic. She is the creator of the term GAPS or Gut And Psychology Syndrome and Gut And Physiology Syndrome, which establishes a connection between functioning of the digestive system and functioning of the rest of the body. She has written two books: “Gut And Psychology Syndrome. Natural treatment of autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia“, and “Put your heart in your mouth. What really causes heart disease and what we can do to prevent and even reverse it“. Dr Campbell-McBride has a large following around he world with patients and health practitioners adopting her GAPS Nutritional Protocol for treating disease. See the website www.gaps.me
Tom Cowan, MD, discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price, and a fellow volunteer explained the arcane principles of Rudolf Steiner’s™ biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree. Tom graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003.
Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He is the principal author of the book, The Fourfold Path to Healing, which was published in 2004 by New Trends Publishing. He writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the Foundation’s™ quarterly magazine, and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three grown children and currently practices medicine in San Francisco where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith Cowan.
Dr. Cowan sees patients at his office in San Francisco, does long-distance consults by telephone, and is accepting new patients. He also gives lectures and presentations across the country
Read more about Tom Cowan’s background in the introduction to his recent book, The Fourfold Path to Healing, written with co-authors Sally Fallon and Jaimen McMillan.
Hannah Crum is The Kombucha Mamma, founder of Kombucha Kamp (http://www.kombuchakamp.com/), the most visited website in the world for Kombucha information, recipes and advice. Along with partner Alex LaGory, Hannah is also an industry journalist & Master Brewer, directly mentoring thousands of new and experienced Kombucha brewers and providing consulting services for Kombucha start-ups since 2004. Kombucha Kamp classes, advice and reporting have been featured in BevNet, Beverage Spectrum Magazine, Whole Life Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Elephant Journal, Vital Juice and many others while her instructional video series with E-How/Expert Village has racked up over 1 million views. Hannah is also a leader and featured speaker in the Southern California Real Food movement, using the “Kombucha Lifestyle” as an introduction to other fermented foods, gut health, the human microbiome, “bacteriosapiens” and more. She has truly lived up to her title as The Kombucha Mamma by shipping freshly grown, full-size Kombucha starter cultures to more than 10,000 people worldwide and offers kits and Continuous Brew Packages, the ultimate in convenient homebrewed Kombucha, via her webstore: http://store.kombuchakamp.com/. Kombucha is incredibly easy to make and a lifetime supply can be made from one fresh, healthy culture. Learn more and get a Free “Do-It-Yourself” Kombucha Guide with brewing, bottling & flavoring tips by visiting: http://www.kombuchakamp.com/kombucha-recipe. Don’t forget the Kombucha Kamp motto: Trust your gut!
Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD is The Naughty Nutritionist™ because of her ability to outrageously and humorously debunk nutritional myths. She earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Anti-Aging Therapies from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, is certified as a clinical nutritionist (CCN) by the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists in Dallas, and is Vice President of the Weston A. Price Foundation and on the board of directors of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. In 2005, Dr. Daniel received the Weston A. Price Foundation’s Integrity in Science Award.
Dr. Daniel’s book The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America ‘s Favorite Health Food (New Trends, 2005) has been endorsed by leading health experts, including Drs. Russell Blaylock, Larry Dossey, Joseph Mercola, Kilmer McCully, Doris J. Rapp, Jonathan Wright and many others.
Dr. Daniel has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, NPR’s People’s Pharmacy, ABC’s View from the Bay and Discovery Channel’s Medical Hotseat, and will be featured on PBS Healing Quest this summer. She been quoted frequently in the media, including Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, London Observer,London Guardian, Toronto Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Bon Appetit, Alternative Medicine, Townsend Letter, Mat und Helse (Norway), Men’s Health, E!, Glamour, and other publications.
Online, Dr. Daniel has been featured prominently as an “Inner Circle” expert on www.mercola.com, the world’s leading dietary and natural health website, and she blogs regularly at www.psychologytoday.com, www.liberationwellness.com and www.westonaprice.org.
Dr Daniel has also spoken at numerous professional conferences, including BoulderFest, Wise Traditions and the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) and will speak at Charles Poliquin’s Biosignature Convention this August.
Based in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Daniel is a nutritionist in private practice, the mother of two children, and enjoys playing the organ, ballroom dancing, firewalking, hiking and karate. She can be contacted through her websites www.naughtynutritionist.com and www.wholesoystory.com.
Carolyn Dean MD NDis a medical doctor and naturopathic doctor in the forefront of the natural medicine revolution for over 33 years, since 1979. She has two published patents on novel health products including RnA Drops.
She is the author/coauthor of over 30 health books (print and eBooks) including The Magnesium Miracle, IBS for Dummies, IBS Cookbook for Dummies, The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health, Future Health Now Encyclopedia, Death by Modern Medicine, Everything Alzheimers, and Hormone Balance.
Dr. Dean is on the Medical Advisory Board of the non-profit educational site – Nutritional Magnesium Association. Her magnesium outreach has recently won her an award from the Heart Rhythm Society in the UK for “Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management.”
Dr Dean has a free online newsletter and a valuable online 2-year wellness program called Completement Now! and runs a busy telephone consulting practice.
Find out more at www.drcarolyndean.com and www.rnadrops22.com.
Sally Fallon Morell, MA is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, Mrs. Fallon Morell lectures extensively around the world on issues of health and nutrition. She is a prolific writer of numerous articles and books and serves as editor of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. In 1996, Mrs. Fallon Morell published the best-selling Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD), the cookbook that launched her career in alternative health. Visit her website at www.newtrendspublishing.com.
Julie Feickert owns Cultures for Health. Prior to starting Cultures for Health in late 2008, she worked in both management and post-secondary education teaching business strategy. Julie is the mother to three children and enjoys cooking and reading.
Dr. Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D., is an author, speaker, certified nutritionist, and naturopath. He has written over 25 books including Coconut Cures, The Coconut Oil Miracle, and Eat Fat, Look Thin. He is the publisher and editor of the Healthy Ways Newsletter. He serves as the president of the Coconut Research Center (www.coconutresearchcenter.org), a non-profit organization which is dedicated to educating the public and the medical community about the health and nutritional aspects of coconut.
Dr. Fife is recognized internationally as one of the world’s leading authorities on the health aspects of coconut. As such, he travels throughout the world educating medical professionals and laypeople alike on the wonders of coconut. For this reason, he is often referred to as the “Coconut Guru” and many respectfully call him “Dr. Coconut.”
Monica Ford is head chef and founder of Real Food Devotee. Monica is a Traditional Foods chef who specializes in preparing nutrient dense food and teaching people how to fit these food preparations into the fast-paced modern life-style of today. Her list of clients is a who’s who of celebrities, athletes, parents who want the best fuel for their families & health practitioners who believe Real Food is an important building block for lasting health. Monica offers classes and private coaching in traditional food preparations like Yogurt , Kombucha, Lacto-Fermented Sodas, Sauerkraut, Kimchee, Local Food Sourcing, Home Cooking and more. Want to see recipes from Monica? Check out www.holistickid.com every Friday for a new Real Food recipe.
Monica’s Mantra? Get Real. Be Well.
Steven Fowkes Steven W. Fowkes’ background in organic chemistry along with his unique 3-D visualization skills have enabled him to envision a new means to create polymers that “self-assemble” with nanostructured precision. This has led to the design and invention of a new general system for harnessing the power of organic chemistry for producing supramolecular nanostructures and to enable bottom-up manufacturing of novel materials and structural subassemblies. This system potentially solves the major problem holding back the nanotechnology industry.
Steve’s background in organic chemistry began at Reed College (BA 1975). He subsequently applied this to understanding problems in multiple fields including biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition, neurochemistry and aging. He was a founding principal in a nutrition company, Vitamin Research Products (1979), and managed their research, new product development, manufacturing, data processing and shipping departments until 1983. During that time, the company grew from three people to 22 people, with $2M in annual sales.
After leaving VRP, Steve became a writer, publisher, graphic artist and business software consultant. Although his foray into writing magazine articles was brief, one of the two articles written won an award for best presentation of technical scientific material and was subsequently reprinted in the Social Issues Resources Series (SIRS) volume on Aging. His writing interests then shifted to “closing the gap” between scientific discoveries and medical practice, which led to his writing and editing two technically oriented health newsletters. His interest in aging and longevity has led to many newsletter articles on that subject, and appearances on television aging documentaries.
His expertise in translating technical topics for the public led to TV appearances on People are Talking, a San Francisco-based TV talk show and The Dr. Dean Edel Show, a nationally syndicated TV talk show. Following this, he appeared in front of two million people on CNN’s Larry King Live.
To date, he has written five books and served as Editor, Technical Editor and Guest Editor on many more. He is currently writing his sixth book.
He has done volunteer work for the HIV+ and Down’s syndrome communities. In the latter capacity, he helped formulate Nutrivene-D, a dietary supplement specifically designed for correcting metabolic imbalances caused by overexpression of the 21st chromosome.
In 1992, he founded and directed the Cognitive Enhancement Research Institute, which he continues to direct on a part-time basis. His groundbreaking presentation, Reversing Alzheimer’s Disease, is now available on YouTube.
Esther Gokhale, L Ac (Go-clay) has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. As a young girl growing up in India, she helped her mother, a nurse by training, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted. This early interest in healing led her to study biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine.
After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Gokhale began her lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in Brazil, India, Portugal and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale Method®, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living.
Gokhale has practiced acupuncture and taught posture, dance and yoga in her Palo Alto wellness center for the past twenty years. In addition, she has given lectures and presentations to medical schools, medical foundations, professional sports teams and corporations. 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back is the first book in her series, Remember When It Didn’t Hurt. In 2010, Gokhale hosted the publish television program BACK PAIN: The Primal Posture Solution (available as a DVD).
Qualified Gokhale Method teachers now teach her method worldwide.
Esther Gokhale lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
Deborah Gordon, MD I chose a career in medicine because I like working with people and I believe in the body’s ability to be healthy. My medical training (University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and the Family Practice Residency at Santa Rosa) was inspirational for its devotion to the sharing of human experience but disappointing for its miniscule glimpse into the makings of health. After graduation, my studies of nutrition, homeopathy and the existing medical research into lifestyle questions has enabled me to fashion an integrative medical partnership with my patients.
In both office-based and hospital care, from migrant and rural health clinics to emergency departments and private practice, I have integrated conventional medicine, alternative care, classical homeopathy and nutritional and lifestyle education. I like to focus on the partnership forged between the patient and myself. I start with education and agreement on sharing responsibility for health. We agree that a key element to good health is the patient taking charge of his or her own health care. A good health plan always starts with wise and informed food choices incorporating local and sustainably raised foods, prepared with wisdom and enjoyed for flavor and health.
Outside of these grand passions, I help direct the Siskiyou Challenge, an Oregon-based annual sports event that raises money to educate children about life on the farm, raise chickens and ducks in my backyard, and row on a beautiful lake just outside my hometown of Ashland, Oregon.
Nancy Herrick M.A, P.A., DH (hon) is a highly respected senior teacher, author, researcher and clinician in the world of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM). She was co-founder of Hering Clinic in 1974, the first alternative medical clinic on the west coast.
She began her career as an international lecturer in 1985 and has toured and given seminars in homeopathic and alternative medicine in over twenty countries. Enlisting the aid of her students, she has done extensive research with provings and has created 18 new homeopathic medicines, now in use all over the world.
She co-founded Hahnemann Medical Clinic in 1985 generally recognized as the premier homeopathic clinic in the USA. She also co-founded Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, a four-year training program for licensed medical practitioners which graduated over 200 professionals in its 20 year history.
She pioneered the use of live video cases for training health professionals and has created with her husband Roger Morrison MD, a series of video seminars that enable the student to study the first two years of basic homeopathic training in a home setting as well as a complete video training series on the new and updated miasms.
Nancy has authored two books documenting her research called “Animal Minds, Human Voices” and “Sacred Plants, Human Voices” plus published numerous articles in nearly every major professional homeopathic journal.
She has thriving practices in SF Bay area and Nevada City, California where she specializes in treating serious, chronic conditions and guiding her patients carefully thru the realms of alternative healing from homeopathy to nutrition as well as lifestyle techniques.
Nancy, received her MA in special education and psychology in 1974 and then licensed as a Physician Assistant in 1980. She was recently awarded the first honorary Doctorate in Homeopathy from the American College of Homeopathic Medicine, the first premier four-year licensed medical school in the USA in 100 years.
Nancy is an accomplished yoga practitioner for 42 years and a Sufi Dervish. She enjoys play, music and dance of all varieties.
Jennifer House, a practicing ethnobotanist, was fortunate to study agricultural science at UC Davis at a time when many of her near-retirement professors could share their foundational scientific work and experience reaching back to life on the ranch and farm. A long-time organic farmer, she participated with the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and her family in the development and the adoption of the National Organic Program (NOP), the populist hard-won legislation that created the legal, bureaucratic line-in-the-sand that now safeguards the vulnerable minority culture of organic agriculture.
Over the years, raised by plants, she has learned much from so many in her Ethnobotanical Traditions and Culinary Arts Agricolae programs, her healing work, her agricultural economics teaching at UCD, her farm management consulting and legal work, as well as from her ancestors, both near and far.
Don Huber, PhD. is Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho (1957, 1959), a Ph-D from Michigan State University (1963), and is a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was Cereal Pathologist at the University of Idaho for 8 years before joining the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology at Purdue University in 1971. His agricultural research the past 55 years has focused on the epidemiology and control of soilborne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology, cultural and biological controls, and physiology of host-parasite relationships. Research also includes nitrogen metabolism, micronutrient physiology, inhibition of nitrification, and nutrient-disease interactions. In addition to his academic positions and research, Dr. Huber has had several concurrent careers including 14 years as a professional labor-relations mediator with 7 years service on the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board as a Mediatory/Fact Finder/Conciliator, and 12 years on two public school boards with recognition as a Master Board Member from the Indiana School Board Association and Honesty in Public Service Award from Taxpayers United For Fairness. He retired in 1995 as Associate Director of the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (Colonel) after 41+ years of active and reserve military service. Dr. Huber is an active scientific reviewer; consultant to academia, industry, and government; and international research cooperator with projects in 11 countries as well as in the U.S. He is author or co-author of over 300 journal articles, Experiment Station Bulletins, book chapters and review articles; 3 books, and 84 special invited publications. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in the development of nitrification inhibitors to improve the efficiency of N fertilizers, interactions of the form of nitrogen, manganese and other nutrients in disease, herbicide-nutrient-disease interactions, techniques for rapid microbial identification, and cultural control of plant diseases. His greatest accomplishment has been his marriage to Paula Huber and their 11 children. 40 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Anore Jones Born in 1941, Anore Bucknell grew up a city girl in Los Angeles until 9, then moved to a primitive island in Washington State. At 16 she went to Alaska and began studying Botany at the University of Alaska in 1958. She met her husband, Keith Jones and they moved to the Kobuk Valley in North West Alaska in 1963. There they learned to live, travel and eat in the sub-arctic from their local Inupiat friends for the next 23 years. Winters were spent in the small Inupiat village of Ambler and summers near Kotzebue, at Sisualik, with Bob Uhl and his Inupiat wife, Carrie. There, Keith and Bob fished salmon commercially while Carrie and Anore fished for subsistence.
In 1972, they adopted an Inupiat daughter from Barrow. Later, another daughter, Willow, was born in Ambler. Each summer the family traveled down the Kobuk by boat to Sisualik and back to Ambler before freeze-up. When the girls were young they lived in camp 7 months each year, harvesting food.
Throughout this time, Anore’s interest focused on learning the old Inupiat food technology from her Inupiat friends, at first just to stay alive, but then it evolved into an idea for a book. She took photos, drew pictures, took detailed notes and grew to genuinely love the foods which she, family and friends continue to enjoy. Her first book, Nauriat Nigingnaqtuat, Plants That We Eat, 1983, detailed the identification, harvesting, preparation and enjoyment of the edible plants in North West Alaska. Long out of print, this book has just been reprinted by the University of Alaska press and will be available in bookstores under the new title: Plants That We Eat.
In 1986, the family moved south to manage a small ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in central California, where they lived for 25 years. Anore’s second book, Iqaluich Niginaqtuat, Fish That We Eat, 2005, identified the fish that live in North West Alaska, and detailed how they were traditionally caught, cleaned, prepared to eat and preserved. This book is free to the public on the web at this link: http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/fisreportdetail.cfm?fisrep=21 Go down to Northwest Arctic, then 7 down. It is called, Study No, 02-023.
Today, Anore shares her slides at the WAP conferences and teaches ethnobotany in the summer in Alaska. Her next book will be a general cookbook, Arctic Cuisine, bringing the healthy traditional Inupiat food technology into our modern kitchens and lives.
Rachel Kaplan is a somatic psychotherapist, educator, permaculture designer and mother. She has been an urban gardener for over 15 years, and belongs to a bi-coastal family of farmers and lovers of the land. She is a passionate advocate for the simple life and the work of transition our culture currently faces. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Multidisciplinary Art and the other in Counseling Psychology. She is the author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living (with K. Ruby Blue). She has written and edited numerous books, including two collections of her performance works, The Probable Site of the Garden of Eden and Diaspora: Stories from the Cities. She lives in Northern California with her partner and daughter on their homestead, Tiny Town Farm.
Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist. He wrote Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods—which Newsweek called “the fermenting bible”—in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned, and demystify home fermentation. Since the book’s publication in 2003, Katz has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, taking on a role he describes as a “fermentation revivalist.” Inspired by grassroots food activism he has encountered everywhere he has gone, he wrote The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements (2006). His latest book is The Art of Fermentation (2012), a more in-depth exploration of the topic, informed by a decade more experience, the unique opportunity to hear countless stories about fermentation practices, and answering thousands of troubleshooting questions.
Chris Kerston has worked for the University of California, various cattle ranches, and other farms. Since 2007 he has been part of the Chaffin Family Orchards team and is the Director of Marketing and one of the three farming partners. He speaks all over the west coast to both farmer and consumer groups about alternative farming models. He’s been on the forefront of the collaborative process with state and federal regulators getting them to recognize alternative ecological agricultural models and the consumer’s right to healthy local foods. He’s also been recognized as a leader in the emerging agri-tourism/farmstay market.
Chaffin Orchards is a 2,000 acre, 5 generation, diversified farm that features Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grassfed Beef, Lamb, Goat, Pastured Chicken and Eggs, Heirloom Stonefruits, Citrus, and Wool. The farm manages part of the largest old growth olive orchard in North American. With the use of permaculture techniques and holistic management grazing the farm is able to minimize inputs and maximize fertility by mimicking natural systems. For the last decade they’ve been leading innovators by integrating grassfed livestock into their old growth orchards. Their sheep and cows now do nearly all their mowing on the orchard floor. The goats handle their invasive weeds, keep irrigation canals clean, and clear firebreaks. And the meat and laying chickens act as pest control, eat downed fruit, and fertilize. The farm uses about 85% less fuel than it used to and is able to operate with just a handful of employees. They also direct market over 90% of their goods selling shelf stable products online and the more fragile or perishable items through local farmers markets and CSA’s. For more information about the farm go to www.ChaffinFamilyOrchards.com .
Dianne Kerwin is a chef with a background in farming and food justice work. She believes sustainability and caring for the earth are important aspects of our food systems. She finds inspiration for her cooking in nature and community, and she holds the vision of creating food for health and pleasure in daily life. Dianne freelances as a bicycle-powered chef and cooks at Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley, CA. Her website is dailylifefood.com.
Pam Killeen is the author of Addiction: The Hidden Epidemic and co-author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Great Bird Flu Hoax. She has been independently studying nutrition and natural health for over twenty years. Her interest in nutrition and natural health stems from overcoming a lengthy battle with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities. As a nutritional consultant, she offers her clients a very comprehensive program which focuses on restoring one’s biochemical imbalances. She is also a dynamic and diverse public speaker and radio personality.
Kathy Kramer, (née O’Brien) CN, has been happily working with the Weston A. Price Foundation since 2003. She is a licensed nutritionist offering classes and consultations. She has encouraged healthy eating in lectures to all ages, in published articles and in radio interviews.
Chris was recently ranked as a top 10 trusted authority in the nutrition and health community, along with best-selling authors Gary Taubes, Dr. Michael Eades and Robb Wolf. Having just passed the 250,000 visits per month mark, his blog is one of the most popular and fastest growing resources in the Paleo/Real Food genre, with a companion podcast getting over 60,000 monthly downloads just one year after launch.
He will be a featured speaker at the two largest Paleo/Primal nutrition events in 2012: the PaleoFX conference in Austin, TX in March and the Ancestral Health Symposium in Cambridge, MA in August. He has also been invited to speak at the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference in Santa Clara, CA in November, 2012.
Chris is known for his in-depth research uncovering myths and misconceptions in modern medicine, and for shedding light on underrated and overlooked ancient wisdom and natural health solutions with proven results.
With a private practice in Berkeley, CA and patients around the world via telephone and Skype, Chris has attracted a passionate and engaged following of more than 40,000 email and social media subscribers.
Chris obtained his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and his master’s degree in traditional oriental medicine from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA. He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and daughter.
Andrea Malmberg was raised on the land with livestock and real food in the western United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Natural Resources from Washington State University. After completing her studies in Zimbabwe and Argentina in 2007, Andrea became an Accredited Associate Consultant and Educator in Holistic Management.
Over the last twenty years and in many different capacities, Andrea has facilitated citizens in gathering data and interpreting and understanding biological and sociological phenomena so that they can make sound ecological, economic, and quality of life decisions. Most notably, Andrea was appointed to the United State’s Interagency Forest Ecosystem Assessment Team in 1993, co-developed a widely used ecosystem process monitoring protocol, and is frequently cited for her work on the importance of place in creating environmental ethics and landscape meanings.
With her husband Tony, Andrea has profitably run several land-based, value-added enterprises including raising and marketing Beyond Organic Exclusively Grassfed Beef and running an agritourism guest business. Guided by their holistic goal, they relocated their family’s cattle ranch from Lander, Wyoming to Union County Oregon in 2008 in order to access better markets for their beef and consulting work, heal more land, encourage the adoption of holistic management, and influence public policy by sharing their results.
Andrea is an active volunteer with Oregon Rural Action, is a participant in Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition and the Slow Food movement, is on the advisory board for Friends of Family Farmers, and is on the governing committee of Oregon Voice. Andrea’s enterprises as well as her hobbies of raising pastured poultry and pork, making goat cheese, and canning vegetables are ways for her to show that agriculture can thrive both ecologically and economically while enhancing one’s quality of life. Her employment choices and volunteer work demonstrate her conviction that if people are empowered with knowledge they can heal the land, effectively influence policy, and create lives full of wellbeing.
Chris Masterjohn, PhD, is creator and maintainer of Cholesterol-And-Health.Com, a web site dedicated to extolling the benefits of traditional, nutrient-dense, cholesterol-rich foods and to elucidating the many fascinating roles that cholesterol plays within the body. Cholesterol-And-Health.Com is home to his blog, The Daily Lipid. Chris is a frequent contributor to Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, is a perennial speaker at the annual Wise Traditions conference, and writes a second blog on the foundation’s web site, Mother Nature Obeyed. He has authored five peer-reviewed publications including a hypothesis on the molecular mechanism of vitamin D toxicity published in Medical Hypotheses, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology challenging the conclusions of a widely publicized study claiming to show adverse effects of eating coconut oil, and a letter to the editor published in The American Heart Journal arguing that drugs used to raise HDL-cholesterol should not be considered safe until their potential adverse effects on vitamin E metabolism have been studied, a human study on the effects of vitamin E on sugar metabolism published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, and a review on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease published in Nutrition Reviews. He has authored two additional experimental papers that are presently under review. Chris has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois where he is studying interactions between vitamins A, D, and K. His presentations at this conference represent his independent work and do not represent the positions of the University of Illinois.
Mark McAfee, is internationally recognized as an expert in raw milk safety and production and has spoken in multiple times in 24 states and 3 countries on the subject. He has been a guest lecturer and spoken at Rutgers and Stanford University Medical Schools and has been an expert witness in Raw Milk legislative and judicial proceedings across America. He pioneered the first “dietary supplements” made from fresh raw colostrum, and secured their retail certification from the FDA and DHS. Mark developed and published the first international raw milk production and safety standards at http://www.rawusa.org. Along with internationally respected doctors and researchers, Mark co-developed RAMP, the first ever Food Safety “Risk Analysis Management Program” program for raw milk. He has been interviewed by countless TV, print and radio programs and authored numerous Raw Milk and food related articles. Mark has worked closely with University researchers to gather much needed data from raw milk consumers related to Lactose Intolerance. Mark is the CEO and founder of Organic Pastures Dairy Company near Fresno California where the company produces and serves 50,000 consumers from 400 retail stores with State of CA inspected, retail approved and tested raw dairy products. He is a political activist and pledges to change America from the Grass-Roots-Up through “teaching raw milk and dollar voting”…. one glass of immune system healing, safe, delicious raw milk at a time. Mark has pioneered a new theory of Pasteurization Intolerance that lays outside the clinical definition of True Lactose Intolerance and has gathered the data to support this concept which will now be proven in future University studies. In addition, he worked for sixteen years as an EMS paramedic, and served as marketing director and operations manager for a $30 million dollar EMS company. Mark taught paramedic medicine at the Fresno County Health Department EMS division and was a preceptor and medical quality assurance evaluator for field paramedics. He is pre-med trained, and is an experienced medical educator. Having flown since turning 16, Mark is an active Mission pilot for the Fresno Flying Doctors of Mercy-LIGA serving clinics in Mexico and is a husband and grandfather. Mark was born and raised on the family farms near Fresno California with his four brothers and milked cows at 13 years old. In 2011, Mark founded the Raw Milk Institute. This start-up non profit is dedicated to the establishment of standards for raw milk and the education of farmers and consumers from all over the world. Mark says that “There is a desperate need for well developed safety and production standards for raw milk. The CAFO Pasteurized Milk Industry rejoices at the scattered disarray of confusion in the raw milk market. This is going to change, Raw Milk is Rising.”
Holly McClenahan, CCRN is an Bio-energist, Inner Human Software Engineer and a Trauma Resolution Specialist. She facilitates optimal harmonious outcomes in all areas of health by using energy modalities and awareness techniques. Her special gift is assessing and prioritizing the unseen causes of physical and emotional diseases. Holly trained in Germany with some of the leading edge developers of Bio-energetic medicine. She has ten years of training with Shaman Serge Running Wolf Martel and twenty years of training in the emerging field of Human Software Engineering. She brings over thirty-five years of experience in the healing field. Holly began as a Registered Nurse in Neuro-surgery and Neuro-trauma and held a C.C.R.N. (Critical Care Registered Nurse) license for many years. She worked at some of the top University hospitals in the U.S., Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA and Barrows Neurological Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.
Judith McGeary, Esq., is an attorney, activist, and sustainable farmer. She has a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. After a clerkship with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, she practiced as an attorney in the areas of administrative law, litigation, and appeals. After seeing how government regulations benefit industrial agriculture at the expense of family farms, she founded the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance to provide a voice for independent agriculture. Judith also serves as the Vice Chair of the U.S. Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health and is active with Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the Weston A. Price Foundation, and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. She and her husband have a farm in Central Texas with sheep, cattle, horses, chickens, and turkeys.
Ann Marie Michaels In 2008, Ann Marie founded Real Food Media http://www.realfoodmedia.org, the first organic food blog advertising network. Comprised of 22 blogs, Real Food Media receives over 1.3 million monthly visits from consumers who are passionate about healthy food and cooking. We connect brands with customers via CPC and CPM banner and text ads, giveaways, and integrated ad campaigns.
With over 15 years of experience in online media and advertising. Ann Marie began her career in 1995 in Silicon Valley at CKS Interactive across the street from Apple Computer. She has since worked at firms including Foote, Cone & Belding; Razorfish; and Deutsch. Her client list includes Apple, Disney, Target, MTV, Clinique, Sony, Warner Bros., Fox, Turner, Levi’s, Old Navy, Nissan, Coors, Mitsubishi, L’Oreal, AT&T, Hallmark, Toys “R” Us, E*TRADE, and Nestle.
Ann Marie holds a BS in Radio/Television/Film with a specialization in New Media from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Advanced Communications Technology Lab (ACTLab). She is also the author of Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor’s Date Night Cookbook (Globe Pequot Press).
Ruth Mueller is a traditional naturopath, an R.N., a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Registered Massage Therapy Instructor. She graduated in 2005 from Clayton College of Natural Health with a doctorate degree in naturopathy, in 2007 she completed Dr. Tierona Lowdog’s Foundation’s in Herbal Medicine program, in 2008 she became certified in NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique), in 2011 she became certified in Functional Bio Analysis. Her past work experiences include being a hospital nurse, a hospice nurse, a massage therapist, an instructor at the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Hospice Training Institute, and an instructor for numerous continuing education classes for nurses and massage therapists. She has had training in numerous alternative healing modalities and has studied extensively with Dr. Bertrand Babinet, founder of Babintics. Ruth served on the New Mexico Board of Nursing subcommittee on integrative healthcare from 2005 to 2006. Ruth has had a private practice for over 22 years providing intuitive energy balancing, and more recently allergy elimination techniques and naturopathic consultations.
Ananda S. Prasad, MD, PhD, MACP has been at Wayne State University since 1963 when he took a position as Director of the Division of Hematology, a post he held until 1984 when he became the Director of the Division of Research. Prasad has also been a Professor of Medicine at Wayne from 1968 until the present. He was appointed as Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology in 2000. Dr. Prasad’s pioneering studies from the Middle East in the early sixties established for the first time the essentiality of zinc for human nutrition and showed that its deficiency occurred in humans. The impacts of this discovery include establishment of RDA for zinc in 1974, mandatory inclusion of zinc in TPN fluids in 1978 resulting in saving of many lives, its use in children with acute diarrhea decreasing the mortality, its use in the elderly with age related macular degeneration for prevention of blindness, treatment of common cold and prevention of infection in the elderly. Dr. Prasad is author of twelve books and over three hundred scientific articles. Dr. Prasad’s several papers have been cited as citation classics. One paper was republished as nutrition classic and another as landmark article. He has received many awards, which include Goldberger award (AMA), Mastership of the American College of Physicians, Robert H. Herman award (ASCN), Medal of Honor from the Mayor of Lyon, France, Honorary doctorate from Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France, election as corresponding member of The European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and American College of Physicians’ (ACP) highest award for outstanding work in science as related to Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Prasad received the prestigious Mahidol Award from Royal Highness King of Thailand for his discovery of zinc as an essential element for human health. Discovery of human zinc deficiency in the early sixties by Dr. Prasad was highlighted in a symposium in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2010 and at FASEB, American Society of Nutrition Symposium, “History of Zinc as a Nutrient,” San Diego California in April, 2012. The American Physiological Society celebrated their 125th year anniversary in 2012 in April at San Diego and at this meeting they recognized 35 members for their achievements which impacted significantly the field of Physiology and Dr. Prasad’s discovery of zinc as an essential element for human was included in this honor list.
Jessica Prentice is a professional chef, author, local foods activist, and social entrepreneur. Her first book, Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection, was released by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2006. Prentice is a co-creator of the Local Foods Wheel, and coined the word “locavore.” Jessica is also a co-founder of Three Stone Hearth (www.threestonehearth.com), a Community Supported Kitchen in Berkeley that uses local, sustainable ingredients to prepare nutrient-dense, traditional foods on a community scale. She lives, works, and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Julia Ross, MA, is a pioneer in the field of nutrition as it impacts mood, appetite, behavior, and addiction. A licensed psychotherapist, she has founded and directed seven treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1980. She is the author of The Diet Cure, a holistic guide for recovery from sugar and other food addictions (40% revised edition out May 2, 2012) and The Mood Cure, a neuronutrient repair manual for depression, anxiety, insomnia, and addiction.
The Diet Cure was chosen for Amazon’s Tremendous Ten List of Health Mind and Body books. The Mood Cure was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award and Ross is now the Executive Director of The Recovery Systems Clinic in Mill Valley, California, where her innovative team of psychotherapists, nutritionists, and holistic physicians have developed an integrative treatment model emphasizing nutrient therapy and biochemical rebalancing.
Ross has taught at several Bay Area universities, and has presented at hundreds of professional and public conferences internationally. She now also provides advanced training and certification for health practitioners. (dietcure.com and moodcure.com, practitioners/resources.)
Julia’s work has been featured on radio and television and in such diverse publications as the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry and Vogue Magazine. An NBC special on her work with depression was aired nationally in 2006.
Beverly Rubik, PhD, earned her Ph.D. in biophysics in 1979 at the University of California at Berkeley. She is internationally renowned for her pioneering research in frontier science and medicine. Her main focus is research on the subtle energetics of living systems, including the human energy field, energy medicine devices, and whole-person health and healing. She has published over 100 papers and 2 books. Dr. Rubik presently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine; Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine; and Integrative Medicine Insights.
Dr. Rubik was a member of the Program Advisory Board to the Office of Alternative Medicine at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1992-1997, and chaired the NIH panels on bioelectromagnetic medicine and energy healing. This was a precursor to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
In 1996, Dr. Rubik founded the Institute for Frontier Science (IFS), a nonprofit corporation for research and education. She has received NIH grants and foundation funding to support her research on energy healing, diet and nutrition, and water. She teaches in Integrative Health Studiesat the California Inst. of Integral Studies and in the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, both of which are in San Francisco, and also at Energy Medicine University, in Sausalito, CA.
Beverly Rubik has won several awards for her pioneering research, including the Integrity in Science award from the Weston A Price Foundation. She serves as a consultant in the health care industry on maverick health and wellness products and as an integrative health advisor to clients.
Kim Schuette, CN, Certified GAPS Practitioner has been in private practice in the field of nutrition since 1999. She earned her license as a Certified Nutritionist in 2002. In 2002 Kim established Biodynamic Wellness, now located in Solana Beach, California, which staffs four additional nutritionists whom she has mentored. Her love for organic gardening, gourmet cooking and healing through foods and real food-based nutritional therapies led her into a practice where she offers private consultations specializing in nutritional and biotherapeutic drainage therapy to address gut/bowel and digestive disorders, male and female hormonal imbalances, autism, ADD/ADHD challenges and a myriad of other health concerns. In 2011 after using the GAPS Diet in her practice for over five years, Kim became a Certified GAPS Practitioner under the training of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Additionally Kim has been trained in hair mineral analysis, salivary hormone balancing and blood chemistry assessment.
Kim teaches numerous workshops centered on the work of Drs. Weston Price and Melvin Page. Her workshop topics range from children’s health and female hormonal concerns to transitioning to a whole foods diet. She serves as co-leader of the San Diego Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is the mother of three healthy children (two adults and one teenager). Kim resides in Encinitas, California with her husband and their youngest son.
Stephanie Seneff, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She has a Bachelor’s degree from MIT in biology with a minor in food and nutrition, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, also from MIT.
Throughout her career, Dr. Seneff has conducted research in diverse areas, including human auditory modeling, spoken dialogue systems, natural language processing, information retrieval and summarization, and computational biology. She has published nearly 200 refereed articles in technical journals and conferences on these subjects, and has been invited to give several keynote speeches. Dr. Seneff has recently become interested in the effect of drugs and diet on health and nutrition, and she has written several essays on the web articulating her view on these topics. She is currently developing spoken dialogue systems to support intelligent search and summarization of user-provided reviews in the medical domain. She is the first author of three recently published papers on theories proposing that a high-carbohydrate diet contributes to the metabolic syndrome and to Alzheimer’s disease, and that sulfur and vitamin D deficiencies play an important role in autism.
Brandon Sheard Brandon Sheard came into traditional curing and butchery right after finishing his graduate work in Renaissance English Literature. After marrying Lauren, he quit his job at Whole Foods in the supplement department and started work on a small, multi-species and pasture-based farm on Vashon Island called Sea Breeze Farm. After two years of working on the farm and then managing the butcher shop, Brandon left and started Farmstead Meatsmith with Lauren. Largely self-taught in the art of traditional animal harvesting, Brandon and Lauren continue to provide the services of livestock processing and classes through Farmstead Meatsmith with a little help from 3 year-old Wallace and 16 month-old John Luke. Their home and business is on Vashon Island, Washington.
Jeffrey Smith, International bestselling author and independent filmmaker Jeffrey M. Smith is the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). His Institute for Responsible Technology is leading the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America, designed to create a tipping point of consumer rejection against GMOs—forcing them out of the market. Jeffrey is the author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, the producer of the films Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals and Your Milk on Drugs—Just Say No!, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and a favorite presenter at the Weston A. Price conferences.
Tara Smith Living out of her convictions Tara Smith jumped from a successful executive career in the Long Term Care Insurance industry to Farming, raising and growing real Food. She seeks to share her experience, inspiration and the humor that has brought her down the unlikely and surprising path as a successful farmer.
Jerry Tennant, MD, MD(H), MD(P) is an eye surgeon that is licensed in Integrative Medicine, Homeopathy, and Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Tennant has developed systems to measure the voltage of organs and to correct them when the voltage is low. In addition, he has developed a simple way to identify infections under crowns and metal fillings. These infections damage the organs on the corresponding acupuncture meridians. Thus the connection of dental infections to systemic disease can be more accurately defined and corrected.
He graduated from Southwestern medical school. He completed residency in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Southwestern Medical School/Parkland Hospital system between 1965 and 1968. He is also board certified in ophthalmology and ophthalmic plastic surgery.
Dr. Tennant was the director of ophthalmic plastic surgery clinic at Parkland Hospital. As the co-founder of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgical Society, he taught most of the ophthalmologists how to preform outpatient eye surgery in the 1980’s
Dr. Tennant was the founder/director of the Dallas Eye Institute. He was one of the first surgeons in the United Stated to place intraocular lenses in eyes after cataract surgery and taught those techniques around the world. He contributed to much of the FDA study for the VISX excimer laser. He has been awarded by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Corboy Award.
He developed encephalitis while doing research in LASIK surgery and spent seven years in bed. He was forced to find a way to get himself well when traditional medicine could not do so. This research lead to the creation of the Tennant Biomodulator™. His findings and techniques are now being used by thousands including medical schools, sports teams, physical therapists, and acupuncturists. He is now in demand as a lecturer here and abroad.
He has a Doctor of Natural Medicine license from the World Organization of Natural Medicine Practitioners. He is also licensed in Arizona by The Board of Homeopathic and Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Tennant holds patents for medical devices including intraocular lenses and surgical instruments. He has written several books about cataract surgery and lifestyle management. His recent books include: “Healing is Voltage – The Handbook” and “Healing is Voltage – Healing Eye Diseases”.
Kim Thompson delights in creating opportunities for her students to move physically in ways that refresh and create a sense of long term well-being.Her commitment to leading a dynamic class in which bodies of all kinds can thrive, has led her to pursue training in Yoga, Feldenkrais®, Bones for Life®, CranioSacral Therapy, and Spacial Dynamics®. A full-time movement instructor since 2002, She currently teaches weekly classes in Gaithersburg, MD and maintains a health and movement blog at www.KimsConnections.com.
Theresa Vernon, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist, Chinese herbal therapist, and nutritionist in California. She assists people all over the United States and in other countries. In her over twenty-seven years of treating thousands of patients, she has developed an eclectic approach to healing chronic illness with diet, nutrition and herbal therapy. Her practice has primarily been with chronic, difficult to treat conditions especially the many forms of chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue.
Tamara Wilder has been practicing, teaching & demonstrating Paleotechnics since 1989 and has been running “Intro to Ancient Living Skills”school programs across Northern California since 1998.
She regularly teaches at the California School of Herbal Studies, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Pt. Reyes National Seashore & the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium; hosts kids beadmaking areas at the Great Handcar Regatta and WordUP! Fair, is coauthor of the book Buckskin, and demonstrates ancient living skills for museums & fairs.
She is also featured on the History Channel in the Modern Marvels show entitled “Leather”.
More info at www.paleotechnics.com.
John Wood is a life long resident of Lewis County Missouri. Following a Farm Operations B.S. degree at Iowa State University in 1975, John returned back to a 5th generation family farm and was involved in day to day management of conventional Northeast Missouri family farm from 1975 to 2000.
John married in 1983 and added two daughters and a son into the rural community. All have prospered on a stubborn work ethic that has preserved the rural way of life for centuries.
In February, 2000, John and 3 partners created a pasture to consumer online grass-fed meat business creating solar dollars on a farm near Canton, Missouri. Grassland Beef, LLC d.b.a. U.S. Wellness Meats was organized officially on September 1, 2000. Marketing commenced on November 7, 2000, and continues today nation wide and into several foreign countries. Grass-fed beef, lamb, butter, cheese, bison, free range poultry, compassion raised pork, organic snacks, wild caught seafood, raw honey and gourmet rabbit compose the core business model. U.S. Wellness Meats have been featured by restaurant chefs, doctors, trainers, authors and the likes of Fox News in recent years.
During the past 37 years, leadership positions were held with Lewis County Extension, Lewis County Farm Bureau, Missouri Young Farmers, 3 year stint on the Missouri Soil and Water Commission during the mid 1990’s, and founding member & chairman of Missouri Wind Resources, LLC.
It is exciting to be in an industry that supports animal agriculture, treats animals with respect, entry position for young farmers with low overhead, good for the land & plant community, good for the rural community and improves health and wellness for our consumers.