Keynote Speakers

Philip Ackerman-Leist

Philip Ackerman-Leist

Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Green Mountain College

Philip Ackerman-Leist is Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Green Mountain College, where he established the college’s organic farm, sustainable agriculture curricula, and the first online graduate program in Sustainable Food Systems in the United States. He and his wife Erin live on a remote off-grid farm in Pawlet, Vermont with their three children, where they raise grassfed American Milking Devon cattle. His newest book is A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement, published by Chelsea Green (November 2017). He is also the author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems and Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader.
Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins

Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is a leader in the transition movement in building economic and ecological community resilience and regular contributor to YES! Magazine. He is author of several books about inequality including Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green, 2016). He is co-author, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why American Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes. His previous books include, 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is cofounder of Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition, a local transition town working to build community resilience. He is a father, cyclist, gardener, part-time Vermonter (Guilford), and anti-fossil fuel activist who mostly lives in Boston.
Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein

Author, Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible

CHARLES EISENSTEIN is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

Bart Nagel

Bart Nagel

Garlic Grower and Founder at Bulbs of Fire

Bart Nagel is a Dutch writer and (business) journalist who moved to Canada in 2006 with the intention to settle and live a more self sustaining life. Bart and his wife Simone found a 1881 farm house on a ten acre homestead parcel just North of Penetanguishene, near the shores of Georgian Bay. Bart started raising chickens and grew a large vegetable garden, providing much of the food needed. One of those vegetables was garlic, an absolute must ingredient in Bart’s cooking. It didn’t take long before hens produced too many eggs and customers dropped by to buy them. And when those egg buyers noticed the drying garlic hanging of the porch, requests started coming in to buy garlic. In 2011, Bart decided to grow ‘a little bit’ more garlic. Now his farm Bulbs of Fire grows over 40 different strains of garlic, producing 40-50,000 heads annually. Bulbs of Fire is a regular at garlic festivals and farmers markets in the region, with a retail line of Smoked Garlic Condiments and Black Garlic Jam.
Alan Newman

Alan Newman

Founder of Seventh Generation, Magic Hat, and Alchemy & Science

Alan Newman is currently re-imaging life in (his version of) retirement after 20+ years building businesses – first as the founder of Seventh Generation in 1988, followed by co-founder of Magic Hat in 1993, then as the co-founder of Alchemy & Science, a whole owned but independently operating division of Boston Beer with the mission of increasing awareness of craft brewed beers. In the five years as head of that division, Alan helped start local breweries in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Alan currently is a partner in Higher Ground Music, a shareholder and advisor to the Burlington Record Plant, as well as shareholder and board chair of a new “cricket farming” business as well as being a partner in a real estate development project in Middlesex, VT.