Crafting the Future for
Food and Agriculture

October 2–4, 2015San Francisco

This unprecedented event will be a venue for producers and consumers to come together and celebrate the cadre of people embracing the holistic paradigm shift in ecology, health, and diet. Join us, along with all thirty Savory Institute Hubs and everyone from gauchos, to Masai, to cowboys — all of whom are actively engaged in this movement. These artisans, who have built their livelihood on fostering an intimate relationship with the land, will commune with passionate families striving to feed their children clean, healthy food that helps rejuvenate the environment on which we all depend.

Grasslands are being healed all over the world as pastoralists of all races, genders, religions, and ages band together in a unified effort to regenerate the land and paint a brighter future for all humanity. Holistic Management practitioners use existing resources to sculpt degraded terrain and transform it into thriving working landscapes. 

A new era of food production and healthy living is upon us

We've seen a new awakening among people to embrace living in harmony with their environment — making healthier food choices, and staying active. As we blaze forward, our next step is to engage urbanites. As the incredible poet Wendell Berry was quoted, “Eating is an agricultural act,” and we must meet people where they are — their daily food choices.

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Conference Venue

The conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Burlingame.

San Francisco is an ideal location for our partners and collaborators from around the globe to join us for this year’s annual international conference. This unique location with easy fly-in-fly-out access to the San Francisco International Airport provides all the modern amenities to host our world-gathering.

Conference Food

Your ticket includes many amenities including lunch and dinner banquet on Saturday, lunch on Sunday, as well as a complementary Friday night reception and small plates dinner. All meals will be made from organic, gluten-free ingredients, and sourced from local, holistically-managed farms where possible.

To see the full menu click here.

Speaker Bios

This year's conference will include an engaging and dynamic line-up of speakers from multiple industries and spaces. These presenters will include experts in the fields of soil science, climate change, permaculture, range science, the local food movement, human health, conservation biology, and alternative finance. Prepare to interface with some of the world's thought leaders in everything from the food we eat, to being profitable land managers. We will also be announcing our newly accredited 2015 Hub Leaders and hearing from the Savory Institute Executive Team, as well as Allan Savory himself.

  • Friday, Oct 2nd
    9:00am – 10:00am

    AG PRODUCER TRACKS

    Focusing on issues specifically for producers. Anyone is welcome to attend, but the conversations will be geared towards production whereas the keynotes and breakout tracks throughout the rest of the conference will have broader topics for a broader audience of educated consumers, investors, alternative health practitioners, and researchers.

    Holistic Management Track

    Foundations of Holistic Management
    Byron Shelton

    Ag-Business Track

    The Brains of the Buyer-Food Craft Institute
    Allison Ball

    Advanced Media Training Track

    Media Spokesperson Training (runs until 11:00am)
    Haven Bourque

    Human Nutrition Intensive Track

    Robb Wolf (runs until 12:00pm)

    10:00am – 11:00am

    Holistic Management Track

    Holistic Financial Planning
    Brian Marshall

    Ag-Business Track

    Mission Driven Leadership-Food Craft Institute
    Allison Ball

    11:00am – 12:00pm

    Holistic Management Track

    Ecological Monitoring and Land Planning
    Pablo Borelli

    Ag-Business Track

    Propaganda for Good: A Crash Course in the Black Arts of Marketing, Brand and Product Development, Design and Market Research-Hilary Bromberg
    Hilary Bromberg

    Advanced Media Training Track

    Do-it-yourself PR and Social Media Intro (runs until 1:00pm)
    Haven Bourque

    12:00pm – 1:00pm:

    Holistic Management Track

    Holistic Grazing Planning
    Spencer Smith

    Ag-Business Track

    Build a Business From Your Passion
    EPIC Provisions

    Human Nutrition Intensive Track

    Sally Fallon (runs until 1:00pm)

    1:00pm – 2:00pm

    BREAK

    2:00pm – 3:00pm

    Holistic Management Track

    Holistically Managing a Vineyard
    Kelly Mulville

    Ag-Business Track

    Connecting with Customers
    Anya Fernald

    Advanced Media Training Track

    Media Panel
    Haven Borque

    Human Nutrition Intensive Track

    Sally Fallon (runs until 4:00pm)

    3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Holistic Management Track

    Holistically Managing a Dairy
    Dr. Cindy Daley & Phyllis Van Amburgh

    Ag-Business Track

    IntercroppingColin Seis

    Advanced Media Training Track

    Blogging and Social Media
    Jenny McGruther


    MAIN CONFERENCE BEGINS

    4:00pm – 6:00pm

    Mixer in Sponsorship Lobby & Small Plates Dinner, Wine Tasting, Cash Bar

    6:00 – 6:35pm:

    Opening Message

    Daniela Howell, CEO, Savory Institute

    6:35pm – 6:55pm

    Forming Event Holistic Context

    Tim Casswell

    6:55pm – 7:10pm:

    Wine Tasting Presentation

    Kelly Mulville

    7:10pm – 7:45pm:

    Celebrating the Art of Story

    Jonah Sachs

    7:45pm – 8:15pm:

    Kiss the Ground

    Finian Makepeace

    8:15pm – 9:00pm:

    Allan Savory

  • Saturday, Oct 3rd
    7:00am – 8:00am

    Morning Yoga

    9:00am – 9:15am

    Historical Change

    Tim Casswell

    9:15am – 9:40am

    Robb Wolf

    9:40am – 10:10am

    Nicolette Hahn Niman

    10:10am – 10:30am

    BREAK

    10:30am – 11:30am

    Panel Discussion Track

    Getting to Market
    Jenny McGruther, Diana Rodgers, Will Harris, Phyllis Van Amburgh, Nicolette Hahn Niman, Doniga Markegard
    Moderator: Chris Kerston

    Hub Track

    Communities
    Precious Phiri

    Health Track

    Robb Wolf

    Financial Track

    Don Shaffer

    Science Track

    Dr. Richard Teague & Peter Byck

    11:30am – 12:30pm

    Panel Discussion Track

    Dealing with Drought
    Joe Morris, Judy Schwartz, Courtney White, Spencer Smith, Colin Seis, Zachary Jones
    Moderator: Chris Kerston

    Hub Track

    Operating a Hub
    Abbey & Spencer Smith

    Health Track

    Nicolette Hahn Niman

    Financial Track

    Jim Howell

    Science Track

    Dr. Cindy Daley

    12:30pm – 1:30pm

    LUNCH

    1:30pm – 2:30pm

    Savory Network Hubs

    Tre’ Cates

    2:30pm – 3:30pm

    Wool Demonstration

    Pablo Borelli

    3:30pm – 5:30pm

    Holistic Policy Workshop

    Allan Savory & Tre’ Cates

    3:30pm – 4:30pm

    Hub Track

    Phyllis Van Amburgh & Tim Joseph

    Health Track

    Nora Gedgaudus

    Financial Track

    Sara Scherr

    Science Track

    Dr. Jason Rowntree

    4:30pm – 5:30pm

    Hub Track

    Managing For Drought
    Beth Robinette

    Health Track

    Sally Fallon Morell

    Financial Track

    Birju Pandya

    Science Track

    Tom Newmark &

    5:30pm – 7:00pm

    BREAK

    7:00pm – 7:45pm

    BANQUET DINNER BEGINS

    Welcome

    7:05pm – 7:30pm

    Terroir of Meat

    Anya Fernald

    7:30pm – 7:50pm

    Affinity Keynote Exercise

    7:50pm – 9:00pm

    Dinner

  • Sunday, Oct 4th
    7:00am – 8:00am

    Morning Yoga

    7:00am – 8:00am

    Morning Run hosted by EPIC Provisions

    9:00am – 9:15am

    Personal Change

    Tim Casswell

    9:15am – 9:40am

    Traditional Diets of the World

    Sally Fallon Morell

    9:40am – 10:00am

    Carbon Underground

    Tom Newmark

    10:00am – 10:10am

    Seth Itzkan

    10:10am – 10:30am

    BREAK

    10:30am – 11:30am

    Panel Discussion Track

    Reversing Climate Change
    Dr. Jason Rowntree, Tom Newmark, Dr. Richard Teague, Seth Itzkan, Nicolette Hahn Niman, Peter Byck
    Moderator: Chris Kerston

    Hub Track

    Ivan Aguirre

    Celebrating Soil Track

    Colin Seis

    Building Community Track

    Judith Schwartz

    Holistic Wellbeing Track

    Positive Outcomes in Communities
    Jody Butterfield

    11:30am – 12:30pm

    Panel Discussion Track

    Going Past the Choir, Communicating Regenerative Agriculture Effectively
    Jared Stone, Bryan Welch, Durukan Dudu, Finian Makepeace, Sara Scherr
    Moderator: Chris Kerston

    Hub Track

    Open Hands Project for Youth
    Durukan Dudu

    Celebrating Soil Track

    Courtney White

    Holistic Wellbeing

    Andrea Malmberg

    12:30 – 2:00pm

    Lunch and Book Signing Break

    2:00pm – 2:45pm

    What is Holistic Management

    Tony Malmberg

    2:45pm – 3:00pm

    Setting Our Sights

    Tim Casswell

    3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Panel Discussion Track

    How Much Meat Should We Eat
    Nicolette Hahn Niman, Sally Fallon Morell, Robb Wolf, Andrea Malmberg
    Moderator: Chris Kerston

    Hub Track

    Will and Jenni Harris

    Celebrating Soil Track

    Jim Howell

    Building Community Track

    Bryan Welch

    Technology

    Tre’ Cates

    4:00pm – 4:30pm

    Kat Taylor

    4:30pm – 5:00pm

    Brock Dolman

    5:00pm – 5:20pm

    Brock Dolman

    Become a Newsense
    Tim Casswell

    5:20pm – 5:30pm

    Closing

    Daniela Howell

    7:00pm – 9:00pm

    Movie Screening: Earth a New Wild

Tickets

Please note, all tickets purchased before July 7 qualify for early-bird pricing.


Early Bird Pricing (Ends July 7)

  • $499 Standard Ticket
  • $425/ea Qty Discount (buy 5 tickets and get 15% off)
  • $350/ea Qty Discount (buy 10 tickets and get 30% off)
  • $299 Savory Institute Accredited Professionals/Hub Leaders
  • $299 Students/Educators

July 7 - September 7

  • $549 standard ticket
  • $425/ea qty discount (buy 5 tickets and get 15% off)
  • $350/ea qty discount (buy 10 tickets and get 30% off)
  • $349 Savory Institute Accredited Professionals/Hub Leaders
  • $349 Students/Educators

September 8 - October 2

  • $599 standard ticket
  • Bulk Discounts not Available
  • $399 Savory Institute Accredited Professionals/Hub Leaders
  • $399 Students/Educators

All tickets include meals as listed above in conference food.

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CONFERENCE FARM TOUR

We are pleased to announce a very special farm tour that will take place on Monday the 5th, the day after the conference ends. This bus tour will go to 3 farms in the Pescadero area right along the beautiful California Coast. These are 3 spectacular operations that are shaping the future of agriculture in the region.

The all-day farm tour tickets are $80 per person and feature a fantastic catered lunch, provided by TomKat Ranch, highlighting local ingredients and grassfed beef.

Even if you've already got your tickets to the conference, you can still get tickets to the farm tour.

This tour is sponsored by the McConnell Foundation

View Farm Tour details and agenda.

Sponsors

If you would like to sponsor this special event please reference our sponsorship package (PDF). If you are a farmer or rancher and are interested in donating food, please contact Paul Frank at paul@ptfassociates.com.

These sponsoring organizations do not necessarily represent the views, policies or strategies of the Savory Institute.

Food Donors

Cornerstone Donors

We want to thank the following donors for their ongoing support of the Savory Institute and our mission.