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Tilth Conference 2019

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Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora,
JSM Organic Farms (CA)

Saturday

A second-generation farmer, Javier Zamora grew up farming with his father in Michoacán, Mexico, where he worked until he came to the United States in his twenties. Javier started his farm, JSM Organic Farms, on 1.5 acres in Aromas and Royal Oaks in 2012 after completing the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) program in Salinas. Today, Javier grows certified organic berries, vegetables and flowers on nearly 200 acres in California and employs 25 full-time employees. His farm sells at farmers markets, retail stores and restaurants with a dedication to providing affordable, organic produce that is accessible to the local community.

He’s also a leader in his community. Javier sits on the board of local non-profits and agencies including ALBA, Eco-Farm and the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, as well as the advisory committee for the USDA Small and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers program. He mentors seven local farmers and serves as a resource for local college students and ALBA farmers by giving tours of his farm and as a public speaker.

Javier describes himself as a “very blessed individual” who gets to do what he loves every day, and share that with his wife, two kids, and community. 

 

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Revitalizing Coast Salish Food Culture

Valerie Segrest,
Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project (WA)

Sunday

Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot) is a native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community as the coordinator of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project and also works as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In 2010, she co-authored the book “Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture”. Valerie received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University in 2009 and a Masters Degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University. Valerie aims to inspire and enlighten others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a culturally appropriate, common sense approach to eating.

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