2019 Summit Schedule

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UPDATE:

Due to personal reasons, Winona Laduke has regretfully cancelled her appearance at the Summit. Liz Charlebois will be stepping in for Winona Laduke.

Therefore, schedule changes are as follows:

Liz Charlebois will speak on Thursday, June 6 • 8:30 – 9:15 AM
“Preservation of Native American Food Systems”
Liz is the Chair of NH Commission of Native American Affairs who has a strong focus in growing and preserving northeastern indigenous crops.

Charlie Merinoff will speak on Friday, June 7 • 8:30 to 10 AM
“Making Money in Agriculture – Lessons from the Wine Business“
Charlie is the principal founder of Breakthru Beverage Group.

 

Thursday, June 6

 

Time

Session

Details

7:30-8:25 AM REGISTRATION, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST – in the River Garden
8:30-9:15 AM PLENARY SESSION: Preservation of Native American Food System

– The River Garden

Session Details

Liz Charlebois is an Abenaki educator, artist, and leader. She was Chair of the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs from 2013-2016, and is an accomplished basket maker, bead worker, dancer, and farmer. Liz’s focus is growing and preserving northeastern indigenous crops. She has established a seed library dedicated to those seeds. Liz uses the food she grows in many indigenous dishes, both traditional and contemporary. She is a member of the younger generation of Abenaki people who are working to preserve and revitalize the culture, history, and identity of our original inhabitants.

 

Keynote Speaker: Liz Charlebois
9:15-10:00 AM PLENARY SESSION:  Heifer USA — Growing Farmers, Food and Community

– The River Garden

Session Details

Content goesHeifer Ranch is returning to its agricultural roots by scaling up its livestock and market garden enterprises. Combined with this is a focus on training smallholder farmers for success. Donna’s talk will describe the growth process at the Ranch and Heifer USA’s commitment to growing farmers, healthy food and community. here

 

Keynote Speaker: Donna Kilpatrick
10 – 10:30 AM

BREAK

10:30 AM – NOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Women in the Workplace, How to Approach Both Challenge and Success – The River Garden 

Session Details

This panel discussion will challenge the gender assumptions that exist in today’s workplace. While the topic of gender equality has been around for decades, progress has been slow. We have learned that there is a lot of work to do. Gender bias is still very prevalent in the workplace, which plays out on many days and in many ways. Working women face a unique set of challenges that intersect with race/ethnicity, gender, and culture. Often these challenges vary depending on the industry and the company culture. We will discuss techniques and strategies to help address both explicit and implicit bias in the workplace, how to support women in leadership roles, as well as how to break gender stereotypes. There will be time set aside for questions and discussion.  
 
Presenters: Christine Hallquist,  Marni KarlinMeghan Ireland, Emily Harrison
Innovation in Agriculture: Leaders in Change  – Brooks Memorial Library

Session Details

Panelists will talk about the ways that they are contributing to change in food systems. From flavor maker at General Mills, promoting organic practices in farming to revamping a third generation family farm, these change makers are changing foods in new and interesting ways.
Moderator: Roger Allbee

Presenters:  Christine NgJesse LaflammeAmber Sciligo

 

The Hospitality Industry – The River Garden

Session Details

It’s no secret that working in the restaurant industry can be taxing, but not everyone has the same experience. Women leaders in from successful restaurant(s) talk about their experience, successes and failures and what they have learned about their business and about themselves along the way.
Moderator: Richard French

Presenters: Caroline CorrenteAmy Chamberlain, Danielle Boyce

Co-ops, Sustainability and Scale  – Brattleboro Food Coop

Session Details

This panel will spotlight creative ways of sustaining and scaling innovative ideas and their community impact through the cooperative business model. Powerful cooperative ideas have shaped and are reshaping local economics in New England and women are leading the way. Addie Rose Holland of Real Pickles, Amanda Freund of Freund’s Farm Market & family farmer-owner of Cabot Creamery Co-operative, & Heather Wright of Wright Jones PLC, will join moderator Kaeleigh Barker of Cooperatives for a Better World in discussing what cooperatives are, their individual work with cooperatives, their leadership experiences in driving innovative business ideas & positively impacting in their communities, and offering reflections for those interested in joining or starting cooperatives.
Moderator: Kaeleigh Barker Van Valkenburgh

Presenters: Heather Wright,  Amanda FreundAddie Rose Holland

Grow Food Everywhere!: Regenerate Soil, Restore Climate, Revitalize Community  – Key Bank 

Session Details

Get inspired in this energizing, interactive workshop with Deb Habib, co-founder of Seed of Solidarity Farm and Education Center in Orange MA, Healthy food and a more connected, sacred relationship to nature and each other are essential to personal and community resilience in these times. Through slides and interactive conversation, beginning and experienced growers will gain practical ideas for using local resources to create low maintenance gardens from lawns to lots to farms while conserving water, helping restore the climate, and promoting food access and diverse community partnerships.
 

 

Presenter: Deb Habib
NOON – 1:30 PM Lunch Breakout and Food Demo: Seasonal Spring Rolls   – The River Garden

Session Details

Spring rolls make a beautiful appetizer with colorful seasonal vegetables and garden fresh herbs. As the seasons change you can substitute ingredients and create colorful mosaic patterns with numerous combinations of salad greens, grated, marinated, pickled, seasonal vegetables, edible flowers, herbs and more. Plus, with climate change, this “yoga in the kitchen” flexible approach to mixing and matching local ingredients may be the key to lessening our carbon footprint and eating well throughout the year. Join Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet farm to table vegetarian chef, author and cooking teacher for a cooking demonstration and some tasty spring rolls.

 

Presenter: Leslie Cerier
NOON – 12:30 PM

Music in the River Garden

Provided by local heroes The Full Catastrophe

NOON – 1:30 PM

Access Lunches

Have lunch with one of the Summit’s speakers at a downtown restaurant. Sign up at morning registration. Each lunch has 9 seats available.

RESTAURANT ADDRESS SPEAKERS

Hazel

75 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT

Charles Merinoff

Twin Flames Taqueria

97 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT

Cathy Berry

Brattleboro Food Coop 69-73 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT Lisa Lorimer

The Works

118 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT

Christine Hallquist

Whetstone Restaurant and Brewery 36 Bridge Street, Brattleboro, VT

Jim Verzino


1:45 – 3:10 PM PLENARY SESSION: Place-Based Food Business Creation and Investing  – The River Garden

Diving into the incredible depth of knowledge of Cathy Berry formerly of Vermont Smoke and Cure and Co-Founder of Slow Money and BALLE, Lisa Lorimer, Founder of Vermont Bread Company and Co- Founder of MamaSezz and Orly Munzing, Founder of Strolling of the Heifers, Slow Living Summit and Windham Grows are women who have been part of meteoric growth and positive change in the food industry. They will exchange views on the following topics.

As investors, considering a nonprofit as an investor too, how to we invest in what is truly needed and not add to the waste?

How do we ensure that our communities are fed healthy food?

How do we invest and work collaboratively, ensuring that all benefit from our investment – community, workers, Earth, investors, entrepreneurs, farmers, etc?

How are our actions providing a model for others to use?

 

Keynote Speakers: Cathy BerryLisa LorimerOrly Munzing
3:15-3:30 PM

BREAK

3:30 – 5:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
  Keynote Breakout – The River Garden

Session Details

In this follow-up to the keynote discussion with Cathy Berry, Orly Munzing and Lisa Lorimer, space will be given to investors, entrepreneurs, workers, community members, farmers and anyone else who is interested to have a conversation about the past, present, and future of food business.

 

Presenters:Cathy BerryLisa Lorimer
  Pitch Workshop, Let Your Ideas Shine

– Brooks Memorial Library

Session Details

Learn an overview of best practices in pitching for money for your business. This workshop is hands-on and will help you practice your business’s pitch.
Presenters: Gwen Pokalo, Cairn Cross
  Cooperative Ownership – our path to owning our workplace! – Brattleboro Food Coop

Session Details

Jaquelyn Fernandez Rieke, Liz Knapp and Martina Anderson are the leaders of Nutty Steph’s chocolate company, but for them, business is more than making chocolate… and even more than just making money! In a business dedicated to community building and worker empowerment, how does a business balance the multiple bottom lines? We have found ways to disseminate power through consensus-based work teams, while also maintaining efficiency through delegation and leadership. During this talk, you will have the opportunity to examine how your business or organization can be a powerful engine for nourishing the community, how to think about power dynamics in the workplace, how to balance efficiency and consensus-building, and other means of deepening your workplace experience through smart values and innovative systems.
Presenters: Nutty Steph’s: Jaquelyn Rieke, Martina Anderson and Liz Knapp
5:00 – 7:30 PM Reception – networking & socializing – Mocha Joe’s Roasting Co., 35 Frost St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Catering is brought to you by Vermont Table Catering, drinks by The Whetstone Brewery in collaboration with Whistle Pig Rye.
Live music by 
local heroes The Full Catastrophe

 

 

Friday, June 7


Access LunchesHave lunch with one of the Summit’s speakers at a downtown restaurant. Sign up at morning registration. Each lunch has 9 seats available.

Time

Session

Details

7:30-8:25 AM REGISTRATION, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST – in the River Garden
8:30-10 AM PLENARY SESSION: Making Money in Agriculture- Lessons from the Wine Business 

– The River Garden

Session Details

Charlie Merinoff will discuss how to promote and create value in agricultural brands that are currently sold as commodities. “My families passions are biodynamic farming, craft food and beverage, Edible Magazine, and giving back. It is through this lens that I filter my business ethos. My deep understanding of value added business is also a passion of mine. I will explain, for example what the core difference is between a $4.99 bottle of wine and a $2,995 bottle of wine, is there really a difference or is it just perception?”

 

Keynote Speaker: Charlie Merinoff
10:00 – 10:30 AM

BREAK

10:30 AM – NOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Women in Agriculture: Telling our Stories and Finding the Balance
– Brattleboro Food Coop

Session Details

What does balance mean to you? Work life balance is something that so many of us struggle with, but what does that mean when your home is so intrinsically tied to how you make a living? Donna Kilpatrick, Amy Richardson, Hannah Sessions and Abbie Corse will discuss how they find balance in what can sometimes be a hectic career path, and will share what Slow Living means to them.
Moderator: Anson Tebbetts

Presenters: Donna Kilpatrick, Hannah Sessions, Amy Richardson, Abbie Corse

Know Your Rights: Law in the Era of #metoo – Key Bank

Session Details

The #MeToo movement brought to light the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the workplace and in our society as a whole. This session will cover recent changes to the legal framework of sexual harassment in the employment context, as well as both proactive and reactive steps that managers, owners, and entrepreneurs can take to help eradicate sexual harassment from the workplace.
Presenter: Heather Wright
The Social, Economic, and Ecological Benefits of a Diverse Food System

The River Garden

Session Details

The demographics are rapidly changing in our regional New England economy. Some of our New England food producers and harvesters are responding to the cultural tastes of this changing economy. There are significant opportunities to expand into new markets and to support an equitable and secure food system. The workshop will focus on the past, present and future of diversifying farming and food systems in New England.

The issues and opportunities addressed in this workshop include:

Defining ethnic crops, ethnic catch, and ethnic meats Social benefits of valuing the role of immigrant farmers who have the knowledge of growing ethnic crops Economic benefits of connecting to farmers, harvesters, and value-added food producers with the new markets in urban markets Ecological benefits of culturally connected foods grown and sold within New England

* Audience: farmers, harvesters, and food policy makers


Presenter: Nicola Williams
Women Founders – Real Life Startup Stories from Windham Grows  – Brooks Memorial Library

Session Details

  Women are particularly active as founders in the food and agriculture industry. 75% of businesses in the Windham Grows business accelerator are women-owned. In this session you will hear true-to-life startup stories of women founders that beat the odds and scaled up their businesses. Also, you’ll hear how accelerators like Windham Grows helps them navigate the many complexities of startup and growth.
Moderators: Cairn Cross and Jim Verzino

Presenters: Ingrid Chrisco, Kate Dodge, Andrea Ogden, Allessandra Rellini

Wholesale Success: Four Steps to Getting Your Product on the Retail Shelf – River Garden

Session Details

Capturing that wholesale buyer’s attention is hard, and you have only one chance to make a positive impression. Alli Ball, Former Grocery Buyer & Head of Grocery from Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco, shares her four-step framework for ensuring you’re prepared, confident, and ready to get that buyer to say “yes!” to carrying your product line.
Presenter: Alli Ball
NOON – 1:30 PM

Access Lunches

Have lunch with one of the Summit’s speakers at a downtown restaurant. Sign up at morning registration. Each lunch has 9 seats available.

RESTAURANT ADDRESS SPEAKERS

Hazel

75 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT Stacey Vanek Smith

Twin Flames Taqueria

97 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT

Donna Kilpatrick

Brattleboro Food Coop 69-73 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT Udi Mandel Butler & Kelly Tearney

The Works

118 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT

Richard French

Whetstone Restaurant and Brewery 36 Bridge Street, Brattleboro, VT

Anson Tebbetts

Echo 69-73 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT

Cairn Cross


2:00-3:30 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS
The Money Menu – The River Garden

Session Details

Entrepreneurs will learn about the opportunities open to them from traditional to more unconventional. Learn about the various types of “alternative” loans available, including subordinated debt, convertible debt, and royalty financing, and which type of financing may be most appropriate for your business. Lenders will also be on hand to answer your questions about The Money Menu.
Presenters: Louisa Schibli, Becca Schrader
Easy Ways You Can Invest in Vermont Women TODAY  – Brooks Memorial Library

Session Details

Want to invest locally, in women-owned and -managed businesses and organizations, but don’t know where to start? Good news: there are a number of opportunities and approaches in Vermont to doing exactly that, from values-led asset management to community investing networks. Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A about the impact investing state of the State, including the Vermont Community Loan Fund, Vermont Women Investors Network and Clean Yield Asset Management.
Moderator: Jake Ide

Presenters: Laury Saligman, Janice Shade, Karin Chamberlin

YOU Can Influence Food Policy: Strategies for Advocacy – Brooks Memorial Library

Session Details

Ever wonder what the laws and regulations are governing our food system, and how you can make them better? Many people think they can’t make a difference in what laws and policies exist, and how they are implemented and enforced – but that’s just not true. Join Marni Karlin, founder and principal of Karlin Strategic Consulting, to learn more about the different food laws and policies out there, and advocacy tactics you can use to make sure they make sense. We will discuss specific ways you can influence policy-makers and make a difference. There will be time set aside for questions and discussion.
Presenter: Marni Karlin
Building Connection to Place through Food: Stories both Urban and Rural
– Key Bank

Session Details

How do we acknowledge the past, its systems in existence today and the effects on people and their relationship to the land while working to envisioning a regenerative worldview? How do we cultivate a deep relationship to place or land, especially in contexts of displacement, or the modern urban alienation from the natural world? How do we build food systems that strengthen people’s connection to place, land, and community? This panel brings together perspectives from pioneering initiatives – both urban and rural – working on issues of food justice, community health, and regenerative agriculture. It showcases real-world examples of the potential of food systems and food traditions to honor one’s community and its residents and transform people’s relationship to the land, to themselves and each other.
Moderator: Udi Mandel Butler

Presenters: Jamila Gaskins, Mari Stuart, Lynn Ellen Schimoler

Women’s Business Journeys
– Latchis Theatre

Session Details

What does it mean to run a viable business, steward positive workplace culture, and invest in our working lands as entrepreneurs? Join us for a lively discussion with passionate, forward thinking business leaders who push the limits of what it means to be successful, innovative, AND a woman in the world of food and farming. Facilitated by Elena Gustavson, Business Advisor of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, Sas Stewart of Stonecutter Spirits, Emily Benson of Emily Benson PhD, LLC, Linda Kuzior of Redex Industries, Caitlin Caserta of Walpole Valley Farms and The Hungry Diner, and Danya Landis of Machina Arts, will share their will share their stories of success, lessons learned, and what it really takes to do “woman’s work.”
Moderator: Elena Gustavson

Presenters: Sas Stewart, Emily Benson, Linda KuziorCaitlin Caserta, Danya Landis

4:00-5:30 PM FINAL PLENARY SESSION with Stacey Vanek Smith

 – Latchis Theatre

Session Details

For the Summit closeout, Stacey will talk about how money affects women in business. We have all heard the stats before, but Stacey will take a deeper dive and the reasons behind the numbers. After she breaks down some stats, she will take some time to ask some questions of the Summit’s Keynote speakers as a wrap-up for all of the ideas shared. The panel will also allow some Q&A time at the end to give the audience a chance to interact with the panel.
Moderator: Stacey Vanek Smith

Presenters: Charlie Merinoff, Cathy Berry, Lisa Lorimer, Donna Kilpatrick

5:30 -8:30 PM Gallery Walk and Strolling of the Heifers Festival, Downtown Brattleboro & The Brattleboro Common

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 8:

SUNDAY, JUNE 9:

  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Farmers Breakfast, The Marina Restaurant, Putney Road
  • 8 a.m through the day: Tour de Heifer 15, 30 and 60-mile farm-to-farm, dirt-road cycling rides, beginning and ending at Robb Family Farm,West Brattleboro
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Farm Toursself-guided exploration of five unique and varied farms in the region