Conference Speakers 2018
Michael Phillips is legendary for helping people grow healthy fruit.
He is a farmer, author carpenter, orchard consultant, and sought-after speaker from Heartsong Farm in northern New Hampshire, USA. Michael, along with his family grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Michael is the author of The Apple Grower, The Holistic Orchard, and Mycorrhizal Planet.
Professor Susanne Schmidt
Professor Susanne Schmidt, University of Queensland School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, leads a team researching natural ecosystems and agro-ecosystems at the interface of plants, microbes and soil. Susanne is a member of science and journal advisory boards, a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and active in science communication and outreach.
Kalfresh farming operations are managed by Robert Hinrichsen. Rob could see soil structure and biology declining under the standard intensive vegetable production practices. Rob and Soil Wealth are working together on the challenges of soil compaction, surface sealing and the soilborne disease pythium. At the Kalbar site demonstrations are being conducted on the potential benefits of variable rates of compost, cover cropping and a beneficial bacteria. Farm Tour 2 stops at Kalfresh. Photo courtesy Woolworths.
Dr Neil Wilson
Dr Neil Wilson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Sydney School of Agriculture, specialising in the molecular biology and ecology of agriculturally relevant microorganisms.
Neil is passionate about communicating the latest developments in the field of molecular microbiology with people across the food industry, from growers to retailers.
Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute, is a world renowned authority in organic and biological agriculture with expertise in organic crop production systems, weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design.
Jeff has spent the last four decades helping countless farmers make the transition from conventional farming to organic (and biological) methods.
Professor Carlo Leifert
After proving the value of organic production and nutrition of organic foods while working with farmers and supermarket giant Tesco in the UK, Carlo is set to open the door to a new future for Australian agriculture as Director of the new Centre for Organics Research at Southern Cross University. Carlo can also claim the title of farmer. He has an olive orchard in Greece.
Nick farms near Newdegate in WA, 375km SE of Perth, with his wife, Lucy, and his parents, Malcolm and Cathie. The Kellys are broadacre minimum-till/ no-till croppers. Their weather resilient farming system' is enhancing soil health, sequestering carbon, reducing erosion, increasing moisture retention, reducing chemical use and improving crop yields.
South West Catchments, WA report,'NICK KELLY is busy building a huge workforce but unlike most labour sources, this one works for food and shelter.... soil micro-organisms and other soil life'
Dan has managed the Eden Hall vineyard and viticultural program since 2011. He has implemented extensive viticultural practises including bio-diversity programs, mulching, mid-row native grass improvements and more precise water management.
Dan is a key figure in the Eden Hall team. He brings experience, vision and passion so that you can enjoy great wines from the beautiful Eden Valley.
Thank you to the generous, community minded, altruistic Aussie farmers, scientists and service providers who have left behind their farms, labs and businesses to travel to the conference to selflessly share their experience, expertise and enthusiasm for healthy soils, healthy farms and a healthy future.