Workshops and Keynote Speakers


Meet the Keynote Speakers

What does it mean to inspire, nurture and educate? What does it look like? Our four keynote speakers are unique examples of farm-based education in action. Individually and collectively they touch, and teach various groups about how to rediscover the joy of farming on land and sea, and how caring for the earth can transform all our lives.

A native of Tilghman Island, Kelley is the founder and executive director of Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. A trained marine biologist with a degree from Salisbury University, Kelley is a Certified Instructor of Project WET and has experience in aquaculture and aquarium maintenance, as well as Chesapeake Bay research.  Kelley is actively involved with numerous regional organizations, including the Maryland Association of Outdoor and Environmental Educators, Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association, National Marine Educators Association, National Science Teachers Association, and Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission. She is the recipient of the 2014 Robert Finton Maryland Environmental Educator of the Year Award from MAEOE, 2018 Heritage Heroes Award, and this year she was recognized by Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism for the Community Impact Award. Kelley works tirelessly to promote stewardship for the Chesapeake Bay, a sustainable fisheries for working watermen and an advocate for Tilghman Island.


Kelley Phillips Cox 

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Tilghman, MD

"Educating the Next Generation about Farming the Sea" Monday, 9 am 


Ira Wallace

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Mineral, VA

Speaking: Monday, 2:45 pm 


Ira Wallace is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange which offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. Ira serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance , and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming . She is a member of Acorn Community which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia. Ira is an organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello,a fun, family-friendly event featuring an old-time seed swap, local food, hands-on workshops and demos, and more. She also writes about heirloom vegetables and seed saving for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, Fine Gardening and Southern Exposure. Her book, The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast , is available online and at booksellers everywhere.


Bonnetta Adeeb and Students

STEAM Onward, Bryans Road, MD

"Connecting Youth to The Land, Their Heritage and the Future" - Tuesday, 9 am 


Bonetta Adeeb, a educator for 37 years now retired, taught of Social Studies and Career Research and Work-based learning. She is the Founder & President of STEAM ONWARD INC, a non-profit which provides youth development and community outreach in Southern Maryland. Its mission is to increase the number of minority and under-served youth pursuing higher education in STEM related fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through the Young Researchers Community Project (YRCP), an after-school youth program, Mrs. Adeeb obtained funding to create community demonstration gardens, restorations and an orchard on the campus of Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Maryland and other locations. The purpose of the demonstration gardens is to educate youth and the community residents that gardening and environmental stewardship are both necessary and easy to create, that community and other gardens can produce food, and contribute to storm water management. YRCP members have developed a Chesapeake region initiative called “NATURE’S KNIGHTS” to advocate for environmental justice, and individual stewardship by using community science tools, and stewardship in the areas of food sustainability and water quality.


Coming from an activist minister's family, Mrs. Adeeb has continued  that legacy of community service. She has fought for education that empowers all ethnicities, women, the poor and underserved and continues to push and encourage these citizens toward self-determination.  She believes that people can create new and powerful ways to improve their lives making a difference through sustainable development.

Atiya Wells is a pediatric nurse and nature educator in Baltimore City.  Her love for nature began after college, during a spontaneous hike with her husband in Western Maryland.  As a pediatric nurse caring for children unable to go outside, she was determined to ensure her children spent time outdoors as much as possible. She has since dedicated her free time to fostering nature connection in urban environments and creating equitable access to nature. She is the founder of Backyard Basecamp, an organization connecting Baltimore's residents to wildlife in the City. Atiya also serves as the Executive Director of BLISS Meadows, an innovative social justice project at the intersection of environmental, food, and racial justice. BLISS Meadows creates equitable access to neighborhood green space with a goal to re-connect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to place with culturally relevant programming.

Atiya Wells

Backyard Basecamp and BLISS Meadows, Baltimore, MD

"Cultivating Community: 10 Acres and a Dream" - Tuesday, 2:45 pm 


Workshops by Track

Farm to School (and Camp!)

Farm Field Trips: The Logistics Behind a Hands-on Experience

Jennica Skoug - Community GroundWorks, Madison, WI​

School to Farm: Agriculture and Food Education for Students

 Misse Axelrod - The Vermont Farm and Forest School / Drift Farmstead, Roxbury, VT

Mutualism by Design- Farms and School Partnerships

Jerry Kelley - Parkside High CTE, Salisbury, MD

​Working with Farmers to Develop Experiential Seminars for College Students

Sarah Goldman - Heart of the Heartland Program at Carleton College, Northfield, MN​

Getting Real about Working with Students & Farm Animals

 Aubrey Gallegos - McDowell Farm School, Nauvoo, AL

Engaging the Head, Heart, and Hands of 6-18 year olds on the Farm at the Chewonki Foundation

Lisa Beneman and Izzy Ruffin - Chewonki Foundation, Wiscasset, ME

STREAMS at Home Winds Farm

Irene Mortensen and Noreen Syed - Gill St. Bernard’s School, Gladstone, NJ

How to Use Your Farm's Compost Pile to Teach about STEM, Sustainability, and Climate Change

Janice Brown McPhillips, Friends of Holly Hill Farm, Inc., Cohasset, MA​

Sustainable Practices for the School Garden 

Amy Sidran, Carol Morgan School, Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic

Livestock and Summer Camp

Tim Reese - Gale Woods Farm, Minniestra, MN

Social Care Farming 

Funding a Care Farm and the Red Wiggler Story 
Woody Woodroof, Red Wiggler Community Farm, Germantown, MD

One Horse Assisted Activity Center Plus One Ecological Design Firm Equals Improved Accessibility, Ecological Function, Economic and Human Health 
Dana Spett, Pony Power Therapies, Mahwah, NJ and Rachel Lindsay, Regenerative Design Group, Greenfield, MA (and one more presenter) 


Hope, Healing, Growth: AG Literacy and Addiction Recovery  
Amy Vaughan-Roland, Char Hope Foundation, White Hall, MD


Farm Based Vocational Training Skills Students 
Chet Mozloom and Suzanne Kapral, The Lands at Hillside Farms, Shavertown, PA


Children's Grief Camp - Farm & Animal Based Therapies Work 
Chet Mozloom and Suzanne Kapral, The Lands at Hillside Farms, Shavertown, PA


Blawesome Farm: A case study on specialty crop farming, micro-enterprise, and strengths-based planning to improve quality of life outcomes and close the employment gap for a young adult living with autism spectrum disorder 
Rebecca Sorensen, Blawesome, LLC, Chapel Hill, NC


Supported Social Care Farming: How farming can impact the social service delivery system for special populations 
Rebecca Sorensen, Blawesome, LLC, Chapel Hill, NC


Matching Abilities to Farm Jobs and Tasks 
Red Wiggler Community Farm Staff

More than Entrepreneurship 


Engaging Youth through Apiculture/Beekeeping

Renel Saint Jour, City Growers, Inc. Brooklyn, NY


Q&A with the "Growing Entrepreneurs"

Esther Rose-Wilen and Youth TBD, New Haven Land Trust, New Haven, CT


Teen Engagement in Farm & Park Based Programming

Andi Anderson, Three Rivers Park District, Gale Woods Farm Minniestra, MN


Integrated Community-Based Bee Farming

Lusanda Magwape, Dream Factory Foundation, Francistown, North East Botswana 


Body, Mind, Spirit, Will

Mindful Connections with Nature 
Giselle Cuevas, Eclectic Kids, Ringwood, NJ 


Children's Will Education 
Bente Goldstein, FarmWise LLC, Elkhorn, WI


Sex and Death on the Farm
Dana Hudson, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT


Spiritual Agriculture 
Rabbi Psachyah Lichtenstein and Greg Strella, Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD, Liz Charlebois,  
Abenaki seedkeeper, educator, nurse, artist, leader, Warner, NH, and Sandy "K" Kimbrough, Sandy K and Partners, Ewing, NJ. Moderated by Lu Neuse, Retreat Farm

Wilderness Awareness Practice
(midday activity) Joe Murray, Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD


Mindful Walking 

(midday activity) Jorge Yagual, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

Yoga Practice 

Giselle Cuevas and Nick Colavito, Eclectic Kids, Ringwood, NJ

Laughter Yoga​ 

(midday activity) Sandy "K" Kimbrough, Sandy K and Partners, Ewing, NJ  

Tending the Wild / Caretaking the Land 

(midday activity) Joe Murray, Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD


Changing the System

Collaborating for Food & Land Sovereignty: 

How Communities & Universities Can Work Together

Tommy Joshua and Pili X, North Philly Peace Park, Philadelphia, PA and Joshua Moses, Haverford College, Haverford, PA

Farm to Food Pantry: Community Service Growing

Jonathan Belber, Friends of Holly Hill Farm, Cohasset, MA


An Introduction to Historic (and Present Day) Racism in US Agriculture

Sade Anderson, PhD, Black Dirt Farm Collective and Chesapeake Foodshed Network and Sonia Keiner, Chesapeake Foodshed Network, W. Bowie, MD


Root to Rise: Weaving Spirit, Healing and Racial Justice into Farm-Based Education

Julia Metzger-Traber and Sophia Maravell, Purcelville, VA, Richael Faithful, Cat Casion, Megan Seldon, Valarie Proctor, Root to Rise at Potomic Vegetable Farms, Purcelville, VA 


​Food as Medicine: Nutrition and Cooking on the Farm for Greater Health and Community

Jocelyn Tidwell, New Haven Farms, New Haven, CT 


Growing Social Change

Rodette Jones and Jason Reed, Filbert Street Garden, Baltimore, MD  


Fighting Implicit Bias in Educators

Elijah Hines, Georgetown University, Washington, DC and Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT


Amplifying Black Land & Food Sovereignty Praxis

Eric Jackson and Brother Lee Jordan, Black Yield Institute, Baltimore, MD

“Little Spots allowed them” - Provisioning, Persistence, and Inspiration in the Gardens of the Enslaved” - Learning from Our Agricultural Past
Leni Sorensen,  Indigo House, Crozet, VA


Working with our Hands

Cooking Culturally Responsive Recipes with Youth

Hannah Joseph and Fabian Moreno, Edible Schoolyard NYC, Brooklyn, NY 


"Farms, Food & Flavor: The Days of Taste program and Farm to Chef fundraiser

Riva Kahn, Tastewise Kids, Brooklandville, MD


Food Forest Care Taking

(Midday Activity) Perri DeJarnette, Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD


Sensory Experiences with Food

Jorge Yagual, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT


Hands-On Biblical Farming

Jakir Manela, Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD


Upcycle Planting

Tome Shaaltiel, Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD


Indigenous Seedkeeping 

Liz Charlebois, Abenaki seedkeeper, educator, nurse, artist, leader, Warner, NH


Seeding Community  


How a Little Urban Farm Raised a Village

Erin Flynn and Skip Connett, Green Gate Farms/New Farm Institute, Austin, TX


Start Seeds/Save Seeds: Connecting School Gardens, Farms, and Seed Libraries

Abbey Palmer, Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, Chatham, MI 


Sharing a Family Farm with a Wider Community: What’s Worked and What Hasn’t 

Cheryl and Don Mitchell, Treleven Farm, Vergennes, Vermont


​Curating Transformative Experiences through Educational On-Farm Experiences

Rosy Smit and Michelle Whalen, Carnation Farms, Carnation, WA 

Our Roots Are Deep: Indigenous Connection to Place 
Melody Walker, Elnu Abenaki Band, Haymarket, VA and other presenters TBD

The Community Cow

Barbara Corson VMD, Hooftales, Dauphin, PA

Creating & Sustaining Your Organization


Measurement Madness with Michael, Meg, and Matt!

Meg Connolly Riley, Soule Homestead Middleboro, MA, Matt Mulder,  Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture in Alexandria, VA, Michael Duffin, PEER Associates, Richmond, VT

Building an Organization that Represents Your Community 
Rebecca Lemos-Otero and Nicole Schenkman, City Blossoms, Washington, D.C.


Practical Infrastructure for the Diverse Educational Farm 
Tim Reese, Gale Woods Farm, Minniestra, MN


It's hard to categorize workshops, but we did our best! Workshops will be 75 minutes or 45 minutes and will take place at the Pearlstone Center on Monday and Tuesday. 

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