This week: Author Roundtable in Portland

I’ve had quite a few speaking events this year, but the one coming up this week is something a little different. My friend Lisa Kivirist invited me to be part of a unique panel discussion as part of the Women in Sustainable Agriculture (WISA) conference in Portland, OR. I truly feel honored to have been asked, and am looking forward to the discussion, meeting more authors, and sharing the various passions we have related to writing and sustainable agriculture.


This event is happening this coming Thursday, December 1. The following is from the WISA website:


Farmer Author Roundtable – 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The written word mixed with a passion for a healthy, local food system can be a transformational and engaging combination, a tool we can all tap into to share our farming and food stories with the public. Join us for an intimate evening with a talented and diverse group of female authors championing the stories of sustainable agriculture. From memoirs to cookbooks, history to how-to, these women write from heartfelt experience that both fuels the movement and in various ways adds to a diversified livelihood and income mix. Come for inspiration and ideas to launch your own writing endeavors. A book signing will follow the discussion. Faciliated by Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters, Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring & Rural Renaissance

Participating writers:

  • Natasha Bowens, author of The Color of Food
  • Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters, Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring, Rural Renaissance
  • Betty LaDuke, author of Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table
  • Claudia Lucero, author of One Hour Cheese
  • Gabriele Marewski, author of Farm Business in a Binder, Farm Production in a Binder & Farm Hospitality in a Binder
  • Melissa Matthewson, freelance writer
  • Nancy Matsumoto, freelance journalist, contributor to Civil Eats, Food & Wine, Edible Manhattan and
  • Victoria Redhed Miller, author of Craft Distilling, Pure Poultry
  • Carolyn Sachs (State College, Pennsylvania); co-author of The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Julia Shanks, author of The Farmer’s Office; The Farmers Market Cookbook
  • Kirsten K. Shockey, author of Fermented Vegetables
  • Rose-Hayden Smith, author of Sowing the Seeds of Victory
  • Rebecca Thistlethwaite, author of Farms With a Future, The New Livestock Farmer

LOCATION:Double Tree Hotel

DATE:December 1, 2016

TIME:7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

For more information about the WISA conference schedule, click here.

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