David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé

David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé

Keynote Speakers:
David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé

Saturday 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

David R. Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. His first exploration
of soil and farming resulted in the book Dirt, and most recently Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. He has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and other media. When not writing or doing geology, he plays guitar in the band Big Dirt. 

David received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in geomorphology. In 2008 he received a MacArthur Fellowship (known popularly as the “genius award”).

Anne Biklé is a biologist with professional experience in field biology, environmental planning, and public health. She uses her endless fascination with the natural world to examine connections between people and their environments. She and David collaborated to co-author The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. She has a bad case of plant lust and spends her free time out in the garden with her hands on plants, mulch and dirt.

She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz earning bachelors’ degrees in biology and natural history. She holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Anne and David are married and they live in Seattle with their black lab guide-dog dropout Loki. 

You can learn more about them online at www.Dig2Grow.com. 


Farmers of the Year:
Jody Bolluyt & Jean-Paul Courtens

Friday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Jody Bolluyt and Jean-Paul Courtens are co-owners of Roxbury Farm, a 425-acre organic/biodynamic farm in Kinderhook, NY; one of the largest community supported agriculture programs in the region serving over 1,000 members. Jean-Paul founded the farm in 1990 on five acres. Today the farm produces 34 acres of vegetables (taking up 45 acres of land), an additional 30 acres of cover crops and green manures in rotation, 100 acres of hay and an additional 100 acres of pasture for cows, sheep and pigs. In season, the farm employs up to 14 people including Jody’s sister, Keri Latiolais, who is part of the management team.

The farm is known for its innovative practices in production systems and soil health as well as its pioneering efforts in the CSA movement (the first CSA in Columbia County, NYC and the Capital District), farmer training (founding member of CRAFT), long term land tenure model (99-year ground lease), and vegetable production systems (online manuals). Jean-Paul and Jody are both seasoned presenters. The extensive list of workshops at numerous farming conferences in over 20 states and Europe includes topics like production systems, soil health, livestock management, empathy and new farmer training.

Jean-Paul has spent the past three years developing a professional farmer training program (ProFarmer Program) at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub outside of Kingston, NY and helped transition their 1200 acre conventional sweet corn farm to organic and ecological practices.