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Welcome to the first annual

Veganic Summit 2023

Watch the introduction video (30 min.)

Each day we’ll make new talks available for you to watch below!

Want to share your ideas or ask questions about the talks? Pop into the summit’s Facebook group.

And if you have an All-Access Pass, check your email for the links for the Networking Activities and Q&A’s.

Friday, November 10th

Talk #

Cultivating change: my transition to veganic farming

Length: 60 min.

Jimmy Videle is an experienced veganic farmer and author of the Veganic Grower’s Handbook. But did you know that he used to farm with animal manure and was skeptical that veganic farming was even possible? Come hear about Jimmy Videle’s transition (including how he found out the hard way that manure contains E. coli!)

Jimmy Videle

Jimmy Videle has been homesteading for over 25 years and working as a full-time professional organic farmer since 2005. He transitioned to veganic techniques in 2014 and currently runs a small-scale veganic farm and seed company at La Ferme de l’Aube with his wife Mélanie Bernier in Quebec, Canada. Jimmy is the author of The Veganic Grower’s Handbook, the host of The Veganic Grower’s Hour on YouTube, and the co-founder of the North American Veganic Certification Standard (NAVCS). He has worked and consulted on farms in Arizona, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Canada.

Talk #

Building a vegan food forest as an autism family

Length: 9 min.

This lovely video by Katrina and Clayton showcases the garden of their vegan family of 5 in Scotland. It shows how they started a veganic food forest as a family, animal-friendly ways they protect their harvests, and how their gardens grew from spring ‘til fall. And how the eldest son Clayton, who is autistic and non-verbal, has a strong passion for gardening, particularly planting seeds and nurturing his garden.

Katrina & Clayton

Katrina & Clayton Gelderbloem live with their family in East Ayrshire, Scotland and share their daily life in the garden on Instagram (@buildingafoodforest_scotland). They practice permaculture principles, reducing & repurposing waste whenever they can. Katrina shows how home educating in nature has helped Clayton thrive. Clayton completed the Grow and Learn Course with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society. Clayton is 16, autistic, non verbal & has been home educated for the last 6 years. They featured on BBC Beechgrove Gardens Ep23 2022 and returned to the show on Ep17 this summer too. Katrina & Clayton are also authors of their 2nd children’s book in the series of Clayton’s Gardening Adventures: Stories of Autism and Gardening.

Talk #

Generating biocyclic humus soil

Length: 63 min.

At his composting plant in Greece, Johannes has developed a technique for creating a high-fertility substrate with qualities similar to soils in natural ecosystems, which provides long-term fertility for plants. Johannes introduces the international Biocyclic network, show the process and science behind Biocyclic Humus Soil, and examples of Biocyclic farms around the world.

Johannes Eisenbach

Johannes Eisenbach has a doctorate in agriculture and lives in Kalamata, Greece. He has been involved in organic farming since 1982. Together with organic pioneer Adolf Hoops, he developed the Biocyclic Vegan Standard, through which plant-based organic farms can be certified internationally. Johannes started a compost plant in Greece, in which high-quality compost and Biocyclic Humus Soil have been produced continuously since 1997. In 2022, he founded the International Biocyclic Humus Soil Initiative and has been one of the driving forces towards the establishment of the terra plena Fund to scale up Biocyclic Humus Soil generation worldwide with benefits for mitigating global warming, restoring natural soil fertility and enhancing world food security.

Talk #

Roadmap to solving the ecological crisis

Length: 14 min.

Explore how we can move away from an agricultural system that is dependent on animal agriculture, and create a cruelty-free world with clean rivers and oceans, an abundance of wildlife, and healthy nutritious food for all, while freeing up land for rewilding and housing.

Dan Graham

Dan Graham has been involved with the Vegan Organic Network (VON) since its inception in 1996. He produces regular online events including Veganic Gardeners Question Time and Farming for a Future, as well as in-person events like Vegan Organic Fest Cornwall. Dan helped create the World Map of Veganic Gardeners to facilitate networking between gardeners locally and around the world. Dan also helps promote the Vegan Organic Network’s magazine Growing Green International, as well as the certified Stockfree Organic Standards to farmers.

All-Access Pass Activity

Live networking online – welcome!

Friday November 10th at 2-3pm EST (7-8pm GMT)

In this discussion over Zoom, meet with likeminded people to discuss veganic growing and your projects!

If you have the All-Access Pass, you’ll receive Zoom links by email!

Saturday, November 11th

Talk #

Self-sufficiency by growing your own plant-based fertilizer

Length: 62 min.

Helen Atthowe, of Woodleaf Farm, will share results from her 40 years of on-farm research and experience using no-till living mulch residues and different incorporated cover crops to cycle nutrients, suppress insect pest, disease, and weed populations and to attract beneficial insects. This grow-your-own-fertilizer approach ultimately leads to more self-sufficiency as a farmer or gardener.

Helen Atthowe

Helen Atthowe is the author of “The Ecological Farm: A Minimalist No-Till, No-Spray, Selective-Weeding, Grow-Your-Own-Fertilizer System for Organic Agriculture”. She has a master’s degree in horticulture from Rutgers University, and has worked for 35 years to develop ecological farming management strategies. She currently farms and does research on her new 5 acre farm in Western Montana. Previously, Helen and her late husband owned a 211 acre organic farm in Eastern Oregon experimenting with grow-your-own fertilizer and no-till orchard and vegetable production methods. Before this, Helen operated with her late husband their certified organic orchard in California where they pioneered no-till methods for raising apples, peaches, and other tree fruits without the use of any type of pesticides. Earlier, Helen also owned and operated a 30 acre certified organic vegetable and fruit farm in Montana.

Talk #

Let’s garden! How to grow your own veganic veggies

Length: 40-50 min.

Growing a veggie garden is a wonderful experience, but most fertilizers on the market are made from chemicals or animals, so it can be tricky to navigate! We’ll look at ways you can veganize your backyard garden or allotment while making your own plant-based fertilizers from local materials.

(Note: The main presentation is 40 minutes long. And there’s an extra 10 minutes at the end for people who would like to find out more about the Learn Veganic gardening course).

Meg Kelly

Meg Kelly is an advocate for veganic gardening and farming, and the coordinator of the Veganic Summit. In 2008 she co-founded the Veganic Agriculture Network to promote fully plant-based food systems. An avid gardener, Meg has been growing food veganically for 15 years in backyards, on balconies, and in the countryside. She teaches the Learn Veganic online gardening course to empower people around the world to grow their own fruits and vegetables at home using sustainable veganic techniques.

Talk #

Agroecology: a social justice movement

Length: 34 min.

This presentation explores the difference between the green revolution and the smallholder farmer-led agroecology movement, and how a veganic ethic can work within this movement.

Liz Ross

Liz Ross is the founder and Executive Director of Rethink Your Food Inc., which works to address nutrition-security through plant-focused diet and menu-change initiatives, and advocates for policy change. Born and raised in the Caribbean, Liz comes from a lineage of farmers and gardeners who have maintained agricultural land-ownership within their family for generations in the Caribbean. She completed the farmer apprenticeship program at the University of California Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Currently living in the U.S., Liz has also been volunteering her time to help create and maintain edible gardens in collaborative community environments since 2017.

Talk #

Urban jungles: grow a veganic balcony garden

Length: 56 min.

Discover how to make your balcony (or other urban space) a place full of life, vibrant colours, and delicious flavours. We’ll look at containers made from recycled materials, tips for maximizing space, examples of well-suited vegetables and tips for success. In just a few weeks, a bare balcony can be transformed into a lush space, even with little sunlight.

Stéphane Groleau

After studying organic agriculture in college, Stéphane co-founded the Veganic Agriculture Network in 2008. He has been gardening veganically for 20 years, both in-ground and on balconies, and he co-teaches the Learn Veganic gardening course. He is passionate about approaches to food and farming that respect the planet, people and animals. He translated the book Permaculture: A Beginner’s Guide into French (La permaculture – une brève introduction), and he is also an eco-filmmaker, musician and webmaster. Stéphane co-organized the 2023 Veganic Summit.

Talk #

Biocyclic vegan agriculture in practice

Length: 7 min.

In this short video about Biocyclic vegan farming, see how Michel Arn uses vegan principles on his farm in Switzerland, where he grows grains, legumes, and vegetables.

Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture

Note: This video was produced in the context of the project “Veganer Ökolandbau” (Vegan Organic Farming) conducted by the German Förderkreis Biozyklisch-Veganer Anbau e.V. (Association for the Promotion of Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture).

All-Access Pass Activity

Live online gardening Q&A

Saturday November 11th at 3-4pm EST (8-9pm GMT)

Ask your questions and learn from experienced veganic gardeners Meg Kelly and Stephane Groleau in this live Q&A on Zoom!

If you have the All-Access Pass, you’ll receive Zoom links by email!

Sunday, November 12th

Talk #

Stockfree organic farming for future resilience

Length: 61 min.

Growing 20 acres of vegetables on low grade land, Iain will show how a systems approach to fertility building, and pest, disease and weed control is managed by the farm’s close interdependence with biodiversity and the role that natural systems play in the success of the farm. The Stockfree Organic system has been running continuously for 36 years on this land, which is producing good yields and quality produce.

Iain Tolhurst

Iain Tolhurst has been at the forefront of the UK organic farming movement for almost 50 years and he is an internationally renowned speaker on sustainable farming. His 8-hectare farm is Certified Stockfree Organic and produces a wide range of produce. Tolhurst Organic farm is a model of sustainability, incorporating green manures, diverse crop rotations, woodchip composts, and agroforestry practices in the vegetable system. He also pioneered woodchip substrates for propagation to move away from peat-based materials. Iain Tolhurst is the author of several books, including Growing Green.

Talk #

Gardening veganically on two different continents

Length: 40 min.

From avocados and oranges in Los Angeles, to raspberries and rhubarb in the UK, see how Sarah has gardened veganically on two different continents, and how she’s learned to work with the climate and track down veganic materials.

Sarah Taubman

Sarah Taubman is a long-time vegan and an avid veganic gardener. She has been gardening since 2009, and has navigated the joys and challenges of veganic gardening in two very different climates: the hot dry sunny weather of Los Angeles, and the cooler damper weather of England. She has recently become an activist in the veganic movement, and volunteers for the Vegan Organic Network, the Veganic Summit, and the Sondu Vegan Support Center Group of Kenya.

Talk #

How we started a small-scale veganic farm

Length: 64 min.

Hear about Reynaldo and Morgan’s path to becoming veganic farmers and how they tracked down land, and see photos of how they created permanent raised beds on a hillside for their regenerative no-till farm.

Reynaldo and Morgan

Reynaldo Budhi and Morgan Martin met in 2017 and started their first farm in Tupelo, Mississippi, on a rented homestead. Overcoming many obstacles, they built a successful business focused on year-round microgreens, salad greens, and vegetables. They moved to Meadows of Dan, Virginia in 2021 and founded Fool’s Hill Farm, a terraced hillside garden, using knowledge from their past farming experience while adopting only veganic sources of fertility. They sell locally through a CSA and farmers market. They live in a converted off-grid schoolbus with their dog and two cats.

Talk #

Transforming food policy for a plant-based future

Length: 79 min.

Learn how policies and subsidies are currently propping up animal agriculture, and what we can do individually and collectively to influence policy to favour a plant-based food system and veganic farming.

Connie Spence

Connie founded Agriculture Fairness Alliance to bring fairness back to food policy and to create a channel of communication on behalf of Vegans to Federal Legislators and decision makers. Connie strongly believes that the food system needs urgent change and recently moved to DC to be a lobbyist to ensure we take every opportunity to: increase plant-based accessibility, incentivize small farmers to adapt to the plant-based economy, advance ag worker’s rights, mitigate environmental & animal virus emergencies, reduce/eliminate animal deaths, all with an umbrella of specifying legislative money focusing on helping marginalized communities first. She is also passionate about educating others on what goes on under the hood of the American Food System from understanding how our taxes are used, to knowing true USDA production & stockpile details to understanding historical policy and legislation that brings us to a food system that she feels we absolutely can change if we centralize.

Ina Maria Toncescu

Ina Maria Toncescu is the Managing Director of Canadians for Responsible Food Policy, a non-partisan political advocacy group lobbying to shift multi-billion dollar government subsidies away from animal agriculture and towards the creation of a plant-based food system. Ina Maria has been leading the charge behind the organization’s operations and marketing. Ina Maria is also a Small Business Consultant and works mainly with non-profits and plant-based businesses. She also grows her own vegetables veganically at home in her garden.

All-Access Pass Activity

Live online farming Q&A

Sunday November 12th at 2-3pm EST (7-8pm GMT)

Ask your questions and learn from experienced veganic farmers Iain Tolhurst and Jimmy Videle in this live Q&A on Zoom!

If you have the All-Access Pass, you’ll receive Zoom links by email!

All-Access Pass Activity

Live networking online – summit wrap up!

Sunday November 12th at 4-5pm EST (9-10pm GMT)

In this discussion over Zoom, meet with likeminded people to discuss veganic growing, what you’ve learned at the summit, and your projects!

If you have the All-Access Pass, you’ll receive Zoom links by email!

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