DARREN DOHERTY
HOLISTIC LAND MANAGEMENT EXPERT

Darren-Doherty-webDarren J. Doherty has extensive experience across the world in project design, development, management & training. A career-long focus on the profitable & regenerative retrofit of broadacre landscapes has seen Darren acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field.

Darren is a 5th generation Bendigo region farmer, developer, author & trainer and has been involved in the design & development of nearly 2000, mostly broadacre projects across 6 continents in close to 50 countries, ranging from 1 million hectare cattle stations in Australia’s Kimberly region to 110,000 acre Estancia’s in Patagonia, EcoVillage developments in Tasmania to Public:Private R&D Agroforestry & Education Projects in Vietnam, Novel AG Machinery development + Family Farms across the globe with a range of private, corporate, government & non-profit clients.

A true ‘integrationalist’, Darren has more recently been the originator of the Keyline® Design, Carbon Farming, Carbon Economy, Regenerative Agriculture (along with RegenAG®) & Regrarians® course series and Regrarians® REX, ROC & RAP courses across Europe, North & South America and Oceania. This wide experience has created an international reputation of achievement plus an enviable & expansive network that integrates many disciplines. Globally many of Darren’s alumni of over 15,000 people are at the cutting edge of the movement towards regenerative agriculture & living systems.

Darren is the originator of the Regrarians Platform process which outlines a strategic & logical process to the development of regenerative agricultural systems, and is the program extensively outlined in the Regrarians Handbook which is now being released chapter by chapter as an eBook ahead of its hardcopy release in late 2015.

Darren is married to Lisa Heenan & together they have three children, Isaebella (22), Pearl (15) & Zane (14). Lisa, Darren & Isaebella are all Directors of Regrarians Ltd., a family operated non-profit delivering Consulting, Events, Development, AG Products & multi-award winning Media from the family farm in the Bendigo region of central Victoria, Australia.

DANIEL & SHERI SALATIN
POLYFACE FARMS MANAGER & MARKETING

Daniel-Sheri-SalatinDaniel Salatin is the son of Joel Salatin, innovative farmer, writer and speaker. As the third generation on Polyface farm in Swoope, Virginia, he has grown up in the family business.

Polyface services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products through relationship marketing.

Daniel has gone from carrying freshly processed chickens while in diapers, to running and over-seeing the day-to-day workings of Polyface. As a seven-year old he started a pastured rabbit enterprise, which has had its ups and downs but continues today. Starting the rabbit business gave him first hand experience with marketing, processing, research and development, and the costs of a new business.

Today Daniel is fully employed by the farm and spends his days orchestrating animal movement, scheduling daily tasks and apprentice training. At thirty-one, Daniel is married to wife Sheri and has two sons Travis and Andrew and one daughter Lauryn.

Sheri Salatin is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and enjoys working the land alongside her husband, Daniel.

Sheri was influential in getting the buying clubs up and running and now oversees 25 drop locations throughout Virginia and Maryland with over 3,000 families. The buying clubs are nurtured under her direct oversight and she is the go-to person for all questions about marketing to metropolitan areas. Through real life experiences, Sheri has honed her skills and shares some of the best ways to approach and sell to some of the top chefs in the world.

Polyface services more than 4,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products through relationship marketing.

In July 2014, Sheri launched a website called Eager Farmer – Connecting experience, education and enthusiasm in farming. The site is a world-wide online help wanted for farmers to find interns, apprentices, land employees and farm managers. For land owners to find someone to manage their farm or teach them to farm. And for wannabe farmers to find a place to get the experience they need to launch their own farming endeavors.

Today Sheri spends her days juggling marketing, website maintenance, blogging, motherhood, and farming.  At thirty-four, Sheri is married to husband Daniel and has two sons Travis and Andrew and one daughter Lauryn.

MICHAEL KRAMER
ECO INVESTMENTS

Mi_D807754_v3chael Kramer has been focused primarily on various aspects of sustainability for 25 years. A student of permaculture since 1990, Michael that year became a client of Natural Investments – a national sustainable, responsible, and impact investment (SRI) advisor and a Founding B Corp – before becoming the firm’s third financial adviser in 2000. Since 2007, he has served as a Managing Partner and Director of Social Research, through which he oversees operations of the firm, which has 10 offices in 9 states. He invests green economy and fossil-fuel-free portfolios for individual and institutional clients and helps investors and the public understand the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices of corporations and money managers in order to use these criteria to make investment decisions. The firm’s Heart Rating, available at NaturalInvestments.com, rates SRI mutual funds on the breadth and depth of their ESG criteria. Michael is co-author of The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money.

Michael is a former Executive Director of Permaculture Drylands Institute, through which he was also a teacher in the ‘90s. His primary interest within permaculture education has been economics, politics, organizational development, and intra- and inter-personal dynamics. In the past 15 years, Michael has created and facilitated numerous Permaculture Teacher Training courses, through which the principles of permaculture design are applied to the art of facilitation. Michael founded the Youth Ecology Corps in 1992, at the time the only permaculture-focused youth organization in the nation.

Michael is one of the few permaculture educators in the U.S. focused on influencing corporate behavior through shareholder engagement; for example, he specifically helped Costco develop its sustainable seafood policy. Michael is quite active in public policy at the local, state, and national level. He serves on the National Policy Committee for USSIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment – the industry trade association – engaging Congress and regulators in significant policy matters regarding reform of the financial system, corporate disclosure of environmental, social, and political activities, and measures to reign in exploitive corporate practices.

In Hawai`i, Michael founded the Think Local Buy Local program of the Hawaii Alliance for a Local Economy. He founded the Kuleana Green Business Program of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, the only triple-bottom-line business recognition program in the state, and he was an integral part of the charge to create a new type of corporation under Hawai`i law, the Sustainable Business Corporation (SBC); companies incorporating in Hawai`i can self-designate as an SBC as long as they obtain third-party verification of their operational policies and practices. He has been very active in efforts to persuade the trustees of the University of Hawai`i and the Hawai`i Employee Retirement System to divest its endowment from fossil fuels and embrace an investment policy of social and environmental responsibility. Michael also continues to be a local leading proponent of B Corp certification, the highest triple-bottom-line business standard in the nation.
Michael serves on the boards of Sustain Hawai`i and the Sustainability Association of Hawai`i. He helped launch Impact Hub Honolulu – a social entrepreneurship community and co-working center – which emerged from his co-creating HI Impact, an association of investors, entrepreneurs, foundations, and financial institutions interested in cultivating the local social and ecological business and investing ecosystem.

Michael is Treasurer of Friends of Kona Pacific Public Charter School, which owns a 38-acre rural campus and is supporting the school by developing a farm and commercial kitchen to supply its 230 students with organic produce for breakfasts and lunches. He also serves on the board of Kohala Village Hub, a community resource and food hub for Hawaii Island’s northernmost district. He also helps steward the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund, an endowment that supports Hawai`i students in pursuing higher education in sustainability fields.

JAIME ELIZONDO
AGRONOMY EXPERT

Jim-Elizondo-2013To give you a little background on who Jaime is, he has an Agronomy Engineer degree in cattle 1984 Tec of Monterre. He was born in Tampico, Mexico of American Mother and Mexican Father.

Jaime has been in the cattle business all of his life. He started a cheese and yogurt factory in 1985 and sold it in 1998. He bought his ranch in 1990 and Alan Nation visited it in 1991. In 1993 he started a grazed dairy. He implemented rational grazing then rotational grazing, MIG, ultra high stock density grazing and finally sustainable ranching with emphasis on maximum sustainable profits per ranch.

Jaime started a Free Choice Enterprises franchise for Mexico on 1998 and has experience on their unique method of balancing rations for % Oxygen, % Hydrogen and % Protein with outstanding results on dairies both grazed and confined.

He bought his second ranch in 1999 to grow out replacements and planted it in edible silvo-pasture. In the worst drought in 70 years he doubled the stocking rate through correct management and planning using adapted genetics.

Jaime was a pioneer in Leucaena for grazing at high densities in Mexico and now has over 500 acres. He has practiced regenerative grazing since 1995 as the ranches he bought were in Agriculture before with very low organic matter.

He currently has tropical milking Criollo cows trying to improve the breed to create a composite without bos indicus genes that will be heat resistant for the Southern states.

JENNIFER CHIRICO
SUSTY PACIFIC

Jennifer headshotDr. Chirico has experience as a consultant, researcher, teacher, and director on both the U.S. mainland and in Hawai‘i. She oversees Susty Pacific’s operations, strategy, and engagement.

Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawaii Maui College. She continues to work at the University of Hawaii as an adjunct professor for sustainability classes. She also worked as a business consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton providing services to large government organizations, such as the IRS and CDC, and as an investment consultant with Hewitt Associates providing financial services to Fortune 250-500 companies.

She holds a PhD in Environmental Policy from Georgia Tech, a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Portland State University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in management from Georgia Tech. During her education, she spent time studying abroad at Oxford University and in Italy, Spain, and Peru. Her research expertise is in air quality, green building, transportation, sustainable waste management, and renewable energy. She is a 2014 Ka Ipu Kukui Leadership Fellow, serves on the TEDxMaui Advisory Board, and is on the Hawaiʻi Green Growth Measures Team. She has completed trainings and certifications for GRI sustainability reporting, energy management and efficiency, green building, and sustainability assessments.

KAINOA CASCO
SUSTY PACIFIC

Kainoa_0718Kainoa was born and raised in Lahaina, Maui. He views Hawaiʻi as a special place with a proud culture. Kainoa’s mission is to represent Hawaiʻi’s culture in the world of business and sustainability. As Susty Pacific’s CRO, he is tasked with optimizing the company’s impacts on cultures, communities, businesses, and natural ecosystems.

He has worked on projects across six states with organizations in banking, utilities, real estate development, transportation, agriculture, tech, government, and sports. Projects include work with New Resource Bank, Honolulu International Airport, Makena Resort, Pacific Gas & Electric, Maui Land & Pineapple Company, and the Mountain Rider’s Alliance.

A graduate of Lahainaluna High School, Kainoa earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Business Administration: Real Estate Finance and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He is a 2008 Ka Ipu Kukui Leadership Fellow, Board Co-President of Malama Maui Nui (Maui Community Work Day), Board Member of the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, and on the Hawaiʻi Green Growth Core Team. Kainoa is also a varsity wrestling coach for ʻIolani High School in Honolulu. He has completed trainings and certifications for GRI sustainability reporting, energy management and efficiency, green building, sustainability assessments, and facilitation.

JASON SELLEY
ARCHITECT

jason_selley_062r-1024x682Considered to be one of Hawaii’s most innovative and sustainably driven designers, Jason Selley is co-founder of WORKSHOP-HI and currently serving as president of the U.S. Green Building Council Hawaii (USGBC) Chapter. Jason is driving design on two of Oahu’s largest projects targeting Living Building Challenge certification, as well as coordinating multiple net zero water/net positive energy master plans.

Jason most recently received a 2013 AIA Design Award for the Eulu Net Zero Energy Portable Classroom project as well as the Barack Obama Presidential Volunteer Service Award for providing and facilitating over 2000 hours towards sustainable community design projects in collaboration with the UH School of Architecture and local non-profit partners.

With 14 years of experience as designer for two of Hawaii’s largest firms, assistant professor at the UH School of Architecture and most recently co-founding WORKSHOP-HI, Jason is focused on developing the unique collaborative think-tank partnerships for research & high-performance design, with the goal of bringing our islands to the forefront of high-design/net positive architecture.

BRITTANY COLE BUSH
BCB SHEPHERDESS

bcbs-head-shot-thumbA self-deemed ‘modern-day, urban shepherdess’, Brittany Cole Bush is a professional working in the fields of land stewardship, restoration, animal husbandry, consulting and education. In her practice she integrates her professional experience managing upwards of 2,500 head of sheep and goats in the Bay Area of California to perform stewardship and fire hazard abatement projects using the tool of carefully managed grazing, with the lens of HolisticManagement, and integration of her education in Agroecology and Permaculture design.

Since 2012, ‘BCB’ has developed and managed the treatment of over 3,000 acres of both private and public lands annually using prescribed herbivory as a tool for restoration, remediation and fire hazard reduction in over 6 counties in Northern California.

Previously the project manager and co-founder of the reputable contract grazing outfit, StarCreek Land Stewards, Inc., BCB has acquired large, long-term contracts with public agencies such as: CalTrans, PG&E, East Bay Regional Parks District, Parks and Recreation of the Counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo, City of Lincoln, and a number of land trusts and private land owners throughout the greater Bay Area, CA.

BCB also sits as an elected member on the California Rangeland Management Advisory Committee in Sacramento representing California Wool Growers Association; a member of the Young Entrepreneur Committee for the American Sheep Industry, a writer for the Stockman Grass Farmer and Fibershed; and is also an active member and educator with the global network founded by the Savory Institute in Holistic Management and Planned Grazing.