Sponsored by Thornburg Foundation and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
Soil health legislation continues to gain momentum in several state legislatures. Join us for a discussion and update on state soil health initiatives in play in legislatures across the country – from the southwest to northeast and states in between.
We will hear from network leaders working on healthy soil policy and grassroots movement-building to support these policy efforts. In addition, they will share the lessons they have learned, as well as why the state-level implementation process is important. Participants will also be provided information regarding resources to follow to stay up-to-date on soil health state legislation.
Registration for this webinar is limited to funders only. Funders are considered those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually.
Bryan Crawford-Garrett, food and agriculture program officer, Thornburg Foundation (moderator)
Renata Brillinger, co-founder and executive director, California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)
Isabelle Jenniches, New Mexico Healthy Soil Initiative
BYRAN CRAWFORD-GARRETT, Thornburg Foundation Bryan has spent more than a decade working to strengthen local food and agricultural systems, with experience in New Mexico as well as in numerous countries throughout the world. Prior to working with Thornburg, Bryan consulted for five years with non-profits and foundations to improve linkages among strategy, management, and measurement in food and agricultural systems activities. He has also worked for several years in leadership positions with international NGOs in Washington, DC, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Throughout Bryan’s career, he has designed, managed, researched, and evaluated programs that focus on: sustainable agricultural and livestock production practices; policies that support more resilient food systems; market opportunities for small-scale farmers; and access for food-insecure populations to a more affordable and healthier diet. Bryan holds a master’s degree in public policy and lives with his wife and three children in Albuquerque.
RENATA BRILLINGER, California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) Renata has more than two decades of experience in sustainable agriculture policy and food systems projects and has held numerous non-profit administrative positions since 1992. Prior to CalCAN, she was Program Director at the Climate Protection Campaign, focused on renewable energy and on agriculture. For seven years she served as the Director of Californians for GE-Free Agriculture, a coalition of sustainable agriculture and environmental organizations that provided education on genetic engineering in agriculture. She serves on the steering committee of the Center for Sustainability at CalPoly University in San Luis Obispo and the advisory board of UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute.
ISABELLE JENNICHES, New Mexico Healthy Soil Initiative Isabelle has degrees in art, digital media and theater design, and studied organic agriculture and permaculture. She was lead worker at Casalegno Family Farm in Soquel, California, and has been involved in the agricultural non-profit sector since 2012, in capacities ranging from administration to programming and development. At the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm), she established the organization’s regenerative agriculture initiative and coordinated the annual EcoFarm Conference, bringing together ~1,800 food system stakeholders from across the US and internationally. EcoFarm is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020 and has pioneered the farmer-to-farmer education model. Isabelle represented EcoFarm on the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) where she was instrumental in shaping the California Healthy Soil Program. Isabelle has been living in New Mexico since 2018, where she briefly worked with the Quivira Coalition and is now fully focused on the NM Healthy Soil Initiative. She is part of the National Healthy Soils Policy Network and serves on the board of the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council.
LIZ MORAN STELK, Illinois Stewardship Alliance Liz is a veteran organizer with experience in sustainable agriculture policy and building powerful organizations. Liz previously served as a Regional Organizer with the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) in Montana where she worked with farmers and ranchers in seven states on local, state and federal food and agricultural policy. Liz co-founded and serves on the Steering Committee of the National Healthy Soils Policy Network, helping revitalize the Midwest Sustainable Ag Working Group (SAWG), and is a partner in the Regenerate Illinois collaborative. Follow @lizziestelk on Twitter.