Sky Blue

Over the last 18 years, Sky Blue has been a member of Twin Oaks Community, a housing collective, a student housing cooperative, a cohousing community, and two small worker co-operative businesses. He current works as the Executive Director for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. He’s visited dozens of communities and cooperatives, in the US and in Europe. Living in community and furthering the larger cooperative movement has been a primary focus of his entire adult life. He's played a formal or informal role in a number of organizations, as well as forming or developing groups. At Twin Oaks he's had many jobs, including, manager of the Twin Oaks Communities Conference. He…

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Stephanie Maldonado

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Stephanie graduated with her Bachelors in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University where she studied Holistic Health, Urban Development, and Environmental Problems and Solutions. She is a radical activist for the environment, a guerrilla gardner, free-lance herbalist, permaculturalist, and social enterprise entrepreneur. She lives in West Oakland and is an active member of her community. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Liberation Permaculture

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Sunil R Nair

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Sunil Nair is the Founder & CEO of Cogarden - a technology platform that connects People, Plants, and Places. Sunil has been involved in a variety of Food Justice initiatives - Seed Lending Libraries, Community Gardens, Urban Homesteading - along the East Bay, and at the NOFA-NJ Beginner Farmer Incubator program. Previously, Sunil led Line of Business, Business Process Engineering functions within technology companies in India, Middle East, and in the U.S. over a corporate career spanning 22 years, before taking a stay-at-home dad gig on becoming a first time parent in 2012. Sunil's primary focus is on creating a Community to Consumer food supply chain…

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The Biodynamic Approach to Regenerative Agriculture

The deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture can be taken up by any farmer or gardener wanting to enhance the health and vitality of their soil and the food they grow. In this workshop, we will explore the unique and practical ways that you can apply biodynamics to grow the most nutrient-dense and vibrant food possible, build soil organic matter, revitalize landscapes, and protect the climate by bringing more carbon into the living realm. Learn how to apply the deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture in your garden or farm. Friday Oct 6| 11am| Yurt Presented By: Thea Carlson  

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The Evolution of Green Acres Urban Village

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/green-acres.jpg[/image_frame] In 2009, Ann Kreilkamp bought the house next door to hers because it had a large sunny lawn. Over the next two years, the lawn was converted to a permaculture garden via workshops with permaculture teachers and neighborhood involvement. Both houses now hold three people each, two young people in their 20s, and one old woman in her 60s, one in her 70s. The young and old need each other and are learning from each other. Over the last year, the garden itself has become a subset of community, partly due to weekly Community Dinners that are offered free to all. As the village atmosphere grows,…

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Thea Carlson

Thea Maria Carlson is Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association, bringing vitality and renewal to the food system through regenerative agriculture. She is a leader, facilitator, educator, and farmer dedicated to building living soil, growing nutritious food, and nurturing vibrant communities. 2017 Workshop:The Biodynamic Approach to Regenerative Agriculture

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What is Adaptive Agriculture?

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/What-is-Adaptive-Agriculture-1.jpg[/image_frame] With so many categories, ideologies, philosophies, styles of growing food sustainably, it is challenging for beginning farmers to enter the local food system with their own identity. Adaptive Agriculture is the concept that the science, art, and business of growing food is going to be entirely unique to the individual or group managing the system, and it MUST be flexible enough to change. Defining your context requires: identification of your values and intentions, placing yourself consciously in your surrounding ecology, and understanding the markets and communities of which you are a participant. Our contexts are constantly in flux, and adaptive agriculture necessitates an awareness and openness…

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