Public Speaking

I am a frequent public speaker in Los Angeles and more broadly in California. While my work has focused on urban farming and gardening, my speaking topics skew more broadly, from physical and mental health to ecological regeneration to redefining the role of urban gardens.

I have been the Keynote Speaker at several conferences, and the more prominent venues and conferences I’ve spoken at are the LA Food Policy Council, UCLA, UCSD, CSULB, Pomona College, and Los Angeles Urban Agriculture Summit, National Heirloom Expo, Seedstock, and Permaculture Voices.

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Recorded Talks

Public Speaking History

Cal State University Long Beach “State of The Environment” Conference | Keynote Speaker
“Towards Regenerative Culture”
Hosted by CSULB SSC | April 26, 2019 |
Gave Keynote address on our cultural values and beliefs that need to change before we can address the climate crisis at CSULB’s main event for Earth Week.

Regeneration: Healing and Transforming Our Food System | Plenary Panelist
“Regenerating People and Planet: Food, Agriculture, and Health”
Hosted by Los Angeles Food Policy Council | August 16, 2018 |
An event focused on introducing the idea of Regeneration as the next step beyond “sustainable.” Panel focused on the idea that if we continue to sustain our current societal practices, the end result will still be catastrophic climate change. Panelists introduced ideas to in the fields farming, food, and health to move Los Angeles towards regeneration.

2017 California WIC Association Annual Conference and Trade Show | Speaker
“Urban Farming as Community Resource for Family Health”
Hosted by California Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Association | April 11, 2017
Professional conference for WIC staff in California
Talk focused on how urban farms can become centers for learning about healthy food and home gardening in low-income communities

Farm Blitz | Speaker
“Community Scale Farming for Community Health”
Hosted by Pando Populus and Huerta del Valle | February 23, 2017
Conference focused on increasing urban agriculture activity in Inland Empire region of Southern California
Talk focused on how to create a successful holistic urban farm that produces food, educates the public and benefits local ecology

Larta Institute Global Ag Innovation Network | Speaker
“Developing Urban Farms that Benefit City and Community”
Hosted by LARTA Institute | October 20, 2016

2016 National Heirloom Exposition | Speaker
“Roots Up Revolution: Creating an Eco-Culture”
Hosted by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company| September 8, 2016

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual 2016 Conference | Panelist
“Global Food Systems: Solutions for the Growing World”
Hosted by Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior | August 1, 2016
National professional conference for Nutritionists
Panel focused on ecological farming as the key source for sustainable and healthy food in the future

Los Angeles Urban Agriculture Summit | Keynote Speaker
“Human Ecology – Erasing the Myth of Disconnection”
Hosted by Collaborative for Urban Agriculture Los Angeles | Sunday May 1, 2016
First Urban Agriculture Summit in Los Angeles. Event focused on best practices introduced by leaders of in Urban Agriculture and also introduced ideas for the future expansion of UA in LA.
Keynote speech focused on how urban agriculture could serve as a stepping stone for urban residents to reconnect with the ecosystems that sustain them and that they are an integral part of.

Grow Local Orange County Conference | Plenary Panelist
“Urban Farming and the Creation of Community and Economic Capital”
Hosted by Grow Local OC | Thursday November 10, 2015
Panel served as a foil to the presentation of Urban Agriculture as a new venue for industrial agriculture to increase its own profits. Panelists introduced ideas of how Urban Agriculture could serve as a reconnection point for urban and suburban communities and as a venue to learning about ecology and human connection.

Seedstock San Diego | Plenary Panel Moderator
“Urban Agriculture and the Expansion of Local Food Access”
Hosted by Seedstock | Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Moderated panel of non-profit and university leaders using urban agriculture as a vehicle for re-introducing healthy, fresh food and gardening to low-income communities

2015 National Heirloom Exposition | Speaker
“Drought Resilient Heirloom Gardening”
Hosted by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company | September 10, 2015

Grow Riverside | Speaker
“Developing Urban Farms that Benefit City and Community”
Hosted by Pando Populus and Huerta del Valle | June 11, 2015
Conference hosted by the city of Riverside with the goal of repurposing suffering citrus and avocado orchards as water and land prices increase, and as Riverside transitions from rural to suburban community
Talk focused on how diversified, community-integrated farms can benefit land, economy, and people

2014 National Heirloom Exposition | Speaker
“Creating Suburban Abundance”
Hosted by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company | September 12, 2014

Permaculture Voices Conference | Speaker
“Advanced Suburban Permaculture”
Hosted by Permaculture Voices | March 14, 2014