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2017 Conference Schedule

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Speaker Schedule

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Please note – changes to the schedule may occur.  Please check below for most updated speaker schedule.

Friday, March 24, 2017

10:30 AM

Stage A

Take Back Your Plate: How Flawed Dietary Guidelines Ruined Our Health and Our Farm Economy

Jennifer Calihan, Eat the Butter

Alcove A

Simple Whole Food Living Building the Foundation for a Healthy Lifestyle

Melissa Kuhla, CPT Integrative Health Coach

Stage B

Why Local Mushrooms Make Sense for Optimal Health

Rusty Orner, Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living

Republic Cooking Demo Stage

Healthy Eating Simplified: A Primer on Plant-Centered Meals

Sally Lipsky, Food for Health

11:30 AM

Stage A

Pittsburgh to Emlenton, a boy’s dream!

Warren Thomas, Bay Tree Farm

Alcove A

Gut Health, Sugar and YOU!

Celia Kinville, Health & Wellness Consultant

Stage B

Increasing Academic Achievement: Creating a Healthier School Culture

Deanna Lacek Philpott, Action for Healthy Kids

Project Lunch Tray Stage

A Real Community Garden

Ayanna Jones, Sankofa Village Projects

Republic Food Cooking Demo Stage

Mediterranean (fattoush) Salad

Nicole Saba, Shab’s Mediterranean Grill

12:30 PM

Stage A

Eco Food Labels: History, Health, and Consumer Clarity

Nicolette Spudic, Pick your Poison Consulting

Stage B

The Secrets of Abundance in Farming and Life

Janet McKee, Sanaview Farms

Project Lunch Tray Stage

Introduction to 5-2-1-0

Kelly Regan, Let’s Move Pittsburgh

Republic Cooking Demo Stage

African Foods Past and Present

Olafemi Mandley, African Foods Past and Present

1:30 PM

Stage A

The Future of Local Food in Pennsylvania

Cheryl Cook, Chief Innovation Officer, PA Department of Agriculture

Alcove A

Live the Less Toxic Life

Stephanie Bedilion, NTP

Stage B

DIY Green Cleaning

Rachel Radke, Naturally Clean

Project Lunch Tray Stage

Little Locavores Farm to School Assembly

Susan Lee, American HealthCare Group

Republic Cooking Demo Stage

Can you taste the difference? Myths and Truths of Farm to Table Restauranteering

Ruthie Dell, Toasties Sustainable Table

2:30 PM

Stage A

Republic Food Enterprise Center: promoting the economical, physical, and environmental health of our community by making local, healthy food available to everyone!

Bob Junk, Republic Food Enterprise

Alcove A

Value Added Producer Grant Program

Amanda Hope, USDA Rural Development

Stage B

Essential Oils for your Health

Claire Orner, Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living

Republic Cooking Demo Stage

Crockin’ at Home

Lisa Kozich, Crock Pot Moms and America Talks TV

3:30 PM

Stage A

The Why, When and How of Soil Testing (Bring your soil results!!)

Monica Pape, The Accidental Agronomist

Alcove A

Meat-Eating in a Sustainable Food System

Hannah Ridge, Ethical Farming Fund

Stage B

Using Behavioral Approaches to Encourage Healthy Eating with Children

Sally Dean M.S., Dean Behavioral Consulting, LLC

Republic Food Cooking Demo Stage

Cooking Demo

Pittsburgh Social Exchange

Saturday, March 25, 2017

9:30 AM

Alcove A: PA WAgN Stage

Preserving the Harvest

Susan Marquesen, Penn State Master Gardener & Master Preserver

10:00 AM

Project Lunch Tray Stage

Project Lunch Tray

Community Kitchen Pittsburgh

10:30 AM

Stage A

Innovations in Local Food Accessibility

Christian Ferrence, Cropolis

Stage B

Organic Certification: Dispelling the Myths, Misconceptions, and Confusion Associated with the Transition to Organic Certification

Eric Hanson, Baystate Organic Certifiers

Republic Cooking Demo Stage

Love Your Liver: Nutrition Tips for all Levels of Liver Disease

Meghan Zook, RD, LDN

11:30 AM

Stage A

The Importance of Supporting Community Owned Food Businesses

Deidre Kane, 52nd Street Market

Alcove A: PA WAgN Stage

Digging Into Culinary Tourism: A Primer for Farm Owners

Mary Miller MPH, LDN, RDN Owner, The Fork and The Road

Stage B

Growing a School Garden

Bernadette Hurst, St. Bernard School

Republic Cooking Demo Stage

How to Make Shockingly Delicious & Healthy Power Snacks

Sharon Gregory, The Happy Vegan

12:30 PM

Stage A

Let’s Explore the Sustainable Side of the Cultural District’s Food Scene

Cory Van Horn, Food Guy Adventures

Alcove A: PA WAgN Stage

The Herb Garden Turned Into Retail Value

Rusty or Claire Orner Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living

Stage B

Food Sensitivity

Ilona Berkoben, MD, IHB Consulting

Republic Cooking Demo Stage

Nonna’s Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Janet McKee, Sanaview Farms

1:30 PM

Stage A

National Security Briefing: Farm to School

Aryanna Berringer, American Nutritional Security

Alcove A: PA WAgN Stage

Helping Pollinators Around the Garden

Philip Bauerle, Penn State Master Gardener

Stage B

Savor the Season

Laura Yautz, RDN, LDN, Savor the Season

Republic Cooking Demo Stage

Mason Jar Salads: Prepping easy, healthy lunches that are ready on-the-go

Maya Henry, Meals with Maya

2:30 PM

Stage A

Backyard Chickens: Knowing and Changing the Laws Homestead

Phil Tompkins, Rent the Chicken

Alcove A: PA WAgN Stage

Culinary Herbs

Silloo Kapadia, Penn State Master Gardener and Past Chair of the Western PA Unit of the Herb Society of America

Stage B

Essentials for Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Jessica Graves, Una Biologicals

Republic Food Cooking Demo Stage

Roots Cookbook Demo

Jackie Kennedy Catering

3:30 PM

Stage A

How to Use Natural Healing in Your Personal Health Care Program

David G. Speer, Ph.D

Alcove A: PA WAgN Stage

Heirloom Tomatoes

Barb Kline, PA WAgN

Stage B

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden or Farm

Candy DeBerry, Washington and Jefferson College

Republic Cooking Demo Stage

CSA Bounty for Pasta Lovers

Lisa Donnelly, Thrive by LeVel

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