Workshops

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Kelpie Wilson

Bio:

Experience

Kelpie Wilson is an engineer and analyst with 30 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable forestry and resource conservation.

Since 2008 she has focused on biochar. From 2008-2012 she was employed by the International Biochar Initiative and was responsible for managing a multi-stakeholder process to draft the first international standards and testing guidelines for biochar materials.

She has consulted with private industry and government agencies through her company Wilson Biochar Associates. Her contracts have included work for Cool Planet Energy Systems, Gates Foundation, World Bank, Washington Department of Ecology, North Dakota Forest Service, and many others.

She is on the board of the US Biochar Initiative and is a founder of and contributing editor to The Biochar Journal.

Currently she is directing a Conservation Innovation Grant through the NRCS and South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership working with farmers to make biochar from waste biomass and use it in manure management. She works with several local groups in Oregon promoting sustainable forestry and agriculture, and presents many classes and workshops on small scale biochar production and use every year.

Aaron Howard

 

Bio:

I am the COO and farm manager overseeing daily operations and direction of the farm.

East Fork is an OLCC licensed and Clean Green Certified™ 10 acre farm dedicated to cultivating Oregon’s highest quality organic CBD craft

cannabis with a resolute commitment to environmental and social responsibility.

 

Chris Hall

Bio

Christopher Hall and Gina Angelique call their homestead dancefarm and their cannabis business dancepharm. Chris grew up on an apple orchard in Vermont working on the farm in all capacities, including building up a large vegetable garden with his sister to sell at their country store.

After a career in the performing arts running Eveoke Dance Theatre, Chris and Gina retired to homestead, changing out the dance theatre for a dance farm. Their mission in the city was to cultivate compassionate social action, and their mission on the farm is to cultivate a sustainable arts and agricultural community.

Since 2007, Chris and Gina have been homesteading and growing organic produce to feed their family and to sell at California and Oregon Farmers’ markets. When they moved to Cave Junction, they worked with several community leaders to start the Cave Junction Farmers’ Market that is entering its 5th year. Chris was the market manager for the first year and is currently board chair.

Chris and Gina have been farming Cannabis in the earth like all the produce and fruit they cultivate on the homestead. The focus is farming the soil and letting the plants grow — we are dirt farmers.

Additionally, Chris wrote a 5-year $280,000 grant received from the Oregon Community Foundation that Gina implemented with a staff teaching and performing dance theatre in the elementary, middle and high schools in Cave Junction called RiverStars Performing Arts.

Joe Ninnemann

Bio

Joe Ninnemann was raised on a back to land farm in the eastern Washington Cascade Mountains.  He went to high school on the Yakama Indian reservation after moving to a farm in the lower Yakima valley.  The eldest of his siblings, he helped manage his family’s production fruit orchard and hay operation while his father worked the summers in Alaska.  Graduating from The Evergreen State College with two degrees, he chose to continue operating the business he started in college.  After five years of selling organic tie-dyes throughout the western US and traveling the continent, he sold the business to go to graduate school.  Upon completing his graduate studies in Biogeochemistry, he moved with his wife to Seattle so she could attend medical school.

Joe became the head plant pathologist and horticulturalist for a high-end landscape management company in the Seattle metro area where he worked for six years.  A farmer at heart, the lack of space to grow food became more important then the financial success that they had found in the city.  20 years after leaving the farm, Joe and Dr. Margaret settled into a small intentional community in Takilma Ore.

Joe now runs their small back-to-the-land farm, grows food year around and does consulting for old clients throughout Oregon and Washington.  He grows and wildcrafts a large portion of their food for the year.  His wife has a Naturopathic family practice in Takilma, where they have called home for over ten years.

 

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