Principles of Bionutrient-Rich Foods

Keynote speaker: Dan Kittredge

Saturday, November 2nd at the Foundry Theater at 7:00pm

Something Old, Something New: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes With Real Food & Remote Continuous Care

Presenter: Dr. Stephen Phinney

Antioch College
113 McGregor, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Type 2 diabetes has until very recently, been thought to be a chronic, progressive, and incurable disease. Combining the wisdom of medical practice prior to the advent of pharmaceuticals, the front line medication effects of real food, and today’s technological capacity to monitor and provide real time personalized health care, Dr. Phinney will discuss Virta Health’s delivery of the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery.

Mushrooms and Microbes: Cultivating Soil, Plant, and Animal Health

Presenter: Mark Jones

As our planet rapidly changes, farmers must find solutions to build and retain resilience in our agroecosystems. Explore alliances with fungi that provide farmers opportunities to support and grow biodiversity, promote soil, plant, and animal health, enhance ecosystem services, provide food and medicine for our communities, and advance biological farming through on-farm research. An introduction to growing mushrooms and microorganisms as solutions towards a regenerative agriculture.

An Ecological Approach to Health: Herbal Medicine and Community Resilience

Presenter: Caty Crabb

As we face increasing challenges to economic, political and environmental well-being, herbal medicine can play a critical part in creating healthy, resilient communities. In this class we will explore this topic in more detail, with a specific focus on the unique role of clinical herbalism. Caty has been practicing as a health worker and clinical herbalist for over 15 years, running a low-cost herb clinic in Appalachian Ohio for the past decade. We will talk about the importance and utility of engaging an ecological perspective as we look for solutions to our global health crisis as well as the way this perspective underlies Caty's practice on an individual scale. While herbs are often useful in alleviating acute symptoms, their unique strength is their ability to change the underlying issues that lead to chronic health problems. We will discuss in more depth how Caty uses this approach in making health assessments and coming up with recommendations for her clients. As standard western medicine becomes less and less accessible and effective, herbal medicine will play an essential role in creating viable solutions to individual and community health.

Incorporating Cannabis into Modern Holistic Treatment Plans

Presenter: Teaera Roland

The workshop will be a general overview of the endocannabinoid system, current medical research pertaining to cannabis medicine, and how to incorporate cannabis into the treatment plans of patients safely and successfully. Given the current climate of the cannabis programs nationally, it can be difficult to decipher what could be truly beneficial to the overall health of a person, without contributing to the disease state to be treated. As with most things, it is important for both the patient and the healthcare provider to educate him/herself about the endocannabinoid system function in order to best identify and create successful treatment options.

Revitalizing Local Medicine Economies

Presenter: Dawn Combs

We’ve all spent a lot of time working for local food, but how do we organize our communities to embrace the notion of local medicine? If we are to truly Heal Local as well as Eat Local, who are the players and how do we bring them to the table? Mockingbird Meadows has worked toward energizing and educating the consumer about natural health for 15 years, but this is not enough to change our communities. In this presentation, Dawn Combs will share the benefits and challenges involved as the business model of Mockingbird Meadows expands to raise up growers, keep families on their farms, encourage cooperative medicine and lead local governmental change.


Bringing it Home: Access to Healthy Food PanEl

Presenter: Michelle Moskowitz Brown, Kaia Goodwin, & Leslie Edmunds

Real, locally produced food is key to good health but barriers persist among those with limited resources and drives the disproportionate burden of chronic disease these families carry. Our panel combines their expertise in health care, policy, food production and education to present a broad-based look at resolving the issue using multiple approaches to increase the availability of affordable food and support families in their efforts to shift to healthier diets.

Pathways to Regeneration Panel

Presenters: Dawn Combs, Michelle Moskowitz Brown and Susan Jennings

Cannabis as Medicine Panel

Presented by Ari Greenwald and Nakia Angelique of Cresco Labs, Teaera Roland, and Dr. Suzanne Croteau

Cannabis has been used around the globe as an herbal medicine since 500 BC, and has recently become legal as a medicine in the state of Ohio. Join us in this opening session of the Pathways To Regeneration conference to explore the past, present and future of Cannabis as medicine. On the panel will be the facilities director and a grower from Cresco Labs, and two practitioners licensed to recommend medical cannabis as a treatment modality.


Affordable Anti-INFLAMMATORY eating

Presenter: Leslie Edmunds

Following an anti-inflammatory diet can seem overwhelming and costly. Leslie will break down the hype and explain which foods should really be on your plate. Preventing chronic disease starts with what we put in our mouths, from the ground up. She will help give tips for grocery shopping, growing and preserving foods, how to meal prep like a pro, and how to utilize leftovers. Leslie will finish up the session with a hands-on cooking demonstration.

The Coming Community: Reclaiming herbalism in communities of color

Presenter: Kaia Goodwin

This workshop will discuss a brief overview of minority influence on herbalism with particular focus to this region, followed by the co-creation of one salve and one tincture. This discussion will consider the appropriation of herbal traditions from indigenous and diaspora cultures in the United States, the impact therein and solutions for empowerment.

Connecting Some Dots: Highly Processed Food, Inflammation, and Chronic Disease

Presenter: Dr. Stephen Phinney

A famous quote from Hippocrates is "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". Dr. Phinney will present on the latest scientifically-validated tools showing that chronic disease can be prevented and reversed using locally-sourced real food rather than drugs.

ReImaging our relationship with cannabis

Presenter: Nakia Angelique

"May this cannabis be a blessing on my heart." - Atharva Veda scripture

The waves of cannabis legislation are bringing along waves of marketing hype, shifting regulations, and social controversy. This workshop is an invitation to ground cannabis in an herbal context by revisiting our history with this plant as a spiritual and physical health ally. We'll explore our tendency to compartmentalize healing by isolating constituents, for example, THC, and ways to return our attention to the constellation of healing available with cannabis when it is approached as a whole organism. In this time together we can become clearer about the medicine cannabis can offer us, individually, as well as the social healing potential of this plant as we bring it back into its rightful place in the herbal family. 

United Plant Sanctuary and its Role in Conserving “at Risk” Native Medicinal Plants

Presenter: John Stock

The United Plant Savers: it’s history, programing, and current role in conserving the “At-Risk” native medicinal plants of the U.S. and Canada. An overview of UpS programs including the Botanical Sanctuary Network, Forest Grown Verification, The UpS Internship, and Deep Ecology Fellowship will be discussed. Particular focus will be on the importance of sanctuary in conservation and in creating and maintaining communities - human and other. By exploring current issues impacting wild populations of native medicinal plants including habitat loss, over-harvest from the wild, and the traditional supply chain, the importance of conserving and restoring these plants will be examined and discussed.

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Presenter: Mark Jones

In this introduction for gardeners and homesteaders, learn to grow several different types of mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot. We will explore the biology and ecology of fungi in agriculture, using mushrooms for personal and planetary health, and methods for cultivating shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, reishi, and other mushrooms in wood, straw, and compost.

Decolonizing Herbalism

Presenter: Beth Bridgeman

In this workshop, explore an overview of the history of medicinal plants and an understanding of how herbal medicine knowledge and practice has been suppressed in the United States. Learn how much of the pharmaceutical industry is still plant-based, about the role of women in traditional healing practices, and about concepts of plant communication. Finally, learn of the significance of Ohio to herbalism in America; from the Myaamia and Shaawanowi peoples and the 19th Century Eclectics to the current work of United Plant Savers and the establishment of medicinal plant sanctuaries in a time of extinction. Participants will make fire cider and an herbal tea blend to take home.

Somatic and Herbal Support for Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Newborn Care

Presenter: Amy Chavez

This session will focus on some basic somatic practices to support optimal self regulation/ co-regulation, and easy, safe, herbal support for the childbearing year, as well as for the newborn.  We will explore teas, soups, steams, baths, infused oils, and more!  The plants offer so much love, earth connection, and good medicine to support pregnant, postpartum, and newborn bodies….as a little bonus…. I will share with you my favorite tea formula for birth support folks for building stamina and calm embodied presence to nourish those who nourish the birthing person.

Into the roots

Presenter: Nicole Manieri

This is a hands-on craft-shop with various medicinal roots from our local landscape. This time of year the flora of our habitat draws its vital energy in and down, potentiating the medicinal properties of the plant roots. Nicole will be discussing identification, harvesting methods, health-giving virtues and folkore of these roots, as we learn how to stock our kitchen apothecary with them for local, home healthcare.

The Links Between Soil Health and Human Health

Presenter: Dr. Mary Lou Shaw

A basic understanding of the soil-food-web is presented as an exciting and important necessity of creating healthy soil and healthful food. An overview is given of specific practices to improve soil health. Finally, a view is shared of how what we eat affects our bodies in viewing some of the negative impacts of corporate food.

Regenerating from the Ground Up

Presenter: Susan Jennings

The 21st century is ripe with conflict and dissolution. Climate catastrophe, water woes, food insecurity, economic instability, species collapses and massive migrations challenge humanity to set a radically-different course. Thankfully, farmers, environmentalists, researchers, and activists have been partnering on regeneration projects that provide a hopeful glimpse of a healthy future for all who share the planet. Come to learn what’s happening at Agraria, regionally, and globally, and how you can participate.

Honey as a Medicine Making Medium

Presenter: Dawn Combs

In this workshop we’ll discuss the various ways to use honey as a medium for preparing, infusing and dosing herbs. Learn the capacity of honey to pull different phytochemicals in the context of several different traditional medicine-ways such as the infusion, electuary, oxymel, in this live demonstration followed by a taste test. Emphasis will be placed on properly raised, prepared and processed honey and how using it as a medium can impact preservation of our plant life and the honey bee herself as our world increasingly turns to consumption of this valuable resource.

Soil Balancing

Presenter: Dan Kittredge