Speakers & Schedule

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

  • Traditional, Regional Seed Swap
  • CBD Crude Oil Extraction Demonstration
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 :: Micah Roseberry – Saving Seeds and Growing Food in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
  • 11:45 am – 12:45 :: Tom McCracken – Water Issues & Banning GMO’s in Saguache County
  • 1:45 pm – 2:45 :: Miguel Santistevan – Lessons learned on the front lines of climate change on the acequias in Taos: crops types, germination condition, and water availability.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 :: Jerome Ostentowski – Indoor & Outdoor Forest Gardening

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

  • CBD Crude Oil Extraction Demonstration
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 :: Caren Kershner – Reflections from Six Years in the Field- One Woman’s Experiences with Industrial Hemp
  • 12:15 pm – 1:15 :: Clarence “Cab” Baber – Can’t make it. :: Bob Pedersen & Cole Kernstine will lead a round table on KNF and Natural Farming.
  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 :: Terry Moran – of Colorado Department of Agriculture / Industrial Hemp Program
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 :: Round Table Discussion with Gov. Officials and Farmers on Challenges of Hemp Farming

Speaker Bios

Micah Roseberry

Topic :: Saving Seeds and Growing Food in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Micah Roseberry has been an organic farmer,  Waldorf educator and seed saver in Taos, New Mexico for 30 years. She co-created a community supported agriculture farm, Cerro Vista Farm serving 175 families and a CSA in Valle de Bravo, Mexico for 35 families.  She taught Sustainable Farming Classes at UNM Taos for five semesters and started the Farmhouse Café and Bakery as well as the Farmhouse organic, local, USDA School Lunch program serving 600 meals per day with the intention of building a stronger local farming network that supports the bright potential of students by feeding them vital local foods and creating a relationship with Agri-Culture. Micah currently directs a non-profit project Growing Community Now, (a program of Agriculture Institute Research and Education) which includes growing food and seeds in school gardens  and nutrition education programs to over 1,000 students.

Thomas McCracken

Topic :: Water Issues & Banning GMO’s in Saguache County

Thomas and Lillian McCracken, who both have extensive backgrounds in sustainable agriculture and a long-term commitment to environmental preservation, are the co-founders and managers of Green Earth, Inc. Thomas was a founding member of Healing Light, a holistic health community dedicated to the education and practice of alternative healing and organic farming. He was also a senior partner in Cottage Industries, a forestry collective responsible for thousands of acres of reforestation throughout the U.S. With Green Earth Farm’s move to their new location on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo range on the eastern side of the San Luis Valley, Tom and Lillian are in their 30th year of organic production in the valley. The farm’s Archaic Orchard and perennial herb gardens are located at 8200 feet adjacent to the Sangre de Cristo wilderness. A permaculture farm, they have planted over 50 fruit trees, raspberries, strawberries, and many perennial herbs, vegetables and fruiting bushes. They continue to be certified organic.

Miguel Santistevan

Topic :: Lessons learned on the front lines of climate change on the acequias in Taos: crops types, germination condition, and water availability.

Miguel Santistevan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science degree in Ecology from the University of California, Davis.  His research interests are in the adaptation of crops and traditional acequia-irrigated and dryland agricultural systems of the Upper Rio Grande and Sangre de Cristo mountains. He maintains an acequia-irrigated Permaculture farm with his wife and daughters in Taos called Sol Feliz where many visitors have participated in educational presentations, tours, and hands-on workshops. His farm is the venue for much of his research and is connected to the Acequia Madre del Sur del Río don Fernando de Taos of which he is a parciante and has served as past Mayordomo and President.  Miguel also serves as the founder, President, and Executive Director for the non-profit organization Agriculture Implementation, Research, & Education.

Jerome Ostentowski

Topic :: Indoor & Outdoor Forest Gardening

Director and founder of Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute and a permaculture designer for thirty years. Through his greenhouse design business Ecosystems Design, he has designed five greenhouses for himself and scores of others for private clients and public schools in the Rockies and beyond. His site hosts an intensively cultivated one acre of indoor and outdoor forest garden and plant nursery, which he uses as a backdrop for intensive permaculture and greenhouse design courses. Among his accomplishments is hosting the longest-running Permaculture Design Course in the world, now at thirty one years running. Jerome has also been instrumental in identifying, conserving, and propagating heritage fruit trees that have survived and borne crops for over a century in the harsh environment of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Caren Kershner

of Colorado Industrial Hemp Coalition

Caren Kershner has been involved in the industrial hemp movement since its inception in Colorado. After retiring from a successful science teaching career, she now focuses her energies on sharing information about the uses and benefits of hemp. In addition to working with several farmers across the state, she has carried out small scale research from 2013-2018 with an assortment of hemp cultivars and has kept extensive records on their performance for future reference. She has also studied the effects of such variables as soil composition and water usage on cultivar performance. Because her county is grow-friendly, she has paid special attention to pollen drift and its reduction. She administers the Colorado Industrial Hemp Coalition Facebook page, an educational and cooperative forum for all things hemp, and was awarded the first ever Hemp Educator Award at the GrowHempColorado festival in 2014. She is a regular contributor to hemp events around the southwest, with a focus on education.

Clarence “Cab” Baber

Topic :: Rejuvenative Agriculture

Cab has successfully been using EMs (effective microorganisms) as the basis of his farms and business in Hawaii. He has been growing organic fruit, vegetables and flowers since the 70s. He founded Island Herbs Hawaii, LLC, the Hawaii Organic Farmers Association and started the first CSA (community supported agriculture) on the Big Island. Cab has deep understanding of the medicinal value of cannabis and his company received the first hemp license on the Big Island.

Terry Moran

of Colorado Department of Agriculture – Industrial Hemp Program


Speakers and talks were organized by Beyond Organica’s Ag Talks.

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