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Mai Nyugen circle

Regenerating Diversity

Mai Nguyen,
Keynote speaker


Biodiversity is widely recognized as beneficial to ecosystems, human health, and climate resilience and adaptation. Regenerative agriculture extends our attention to biodiversity into subsurface spheres. Regenerating diversity requires more than plants and soil. It requires unearthing seeds, knowledge and culture. Farmer Mai Nguyen will talk about how our collective unearthing can regenerate diversity for a healthy, equitable world.

Mai grows heirloom, ethnic grains in Sonoma County, CA. She is the California organizer of the National Young Farmers Coalition and on the board of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. She also co-owns and operates the Sonoma Grain Collaborative. Come hear Mai speak and geek out on all things agriculture this November!


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The Power of Storytelling

Audra Mulkern,
Capnote speaker


We resist the white male narrative of United States agriculture, and illuminate the female farmers who have been left out of the story. We celebrate the fact that women have always farmed. We  assert that female farmers are essential in the imagining and implementation of our future food and agriculture systems. The 1% of Americans who farm today face enormous socio-political and economic challenges. 

It is only by telling stories from the front lines of food production that consumers can begin to envision and understand the policy changes necessary to support farmers. And because female farmers are essential thinkers and doers for the future of food, their stories and perspectives are fundamental for understanding the current food production landscape. Not only will stories acknowledge the many issues that threaten farming, including a decrease in water supply, an increase in weather catastrophes spurred by climate change, the globalizing of the agricultural marketplace, but they will demonstrate the expertise, innovation, resiliency—the grit—of America’s female farmers.

Audra Mulkern is a cook, writer and photographer who is putting good food in the spotlight and changing the way you look at farming and the food on your plate. Audra is the Executive Producer and host of the in-development documentary film, Women’s Work: the untold story of America’s female farmers. She is also the founder of “The Female Farmer Project,” a multi-platform documentary project that chronicles the rise of women working in agriculture around the world.



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