Keynote Speaker: Dr. Claudia J. Ford

Dr. Ford has enjoyed a career in international management, development, and women’s health spanning three decades and all continents. Dr. Ford holds degrees in biology, midwifery, business administration, creative writing and a PhD in Environmental Studies. She has been a professor for over twenty years and is currently on the faculty of State University of New York at Potsdam. Dr. Ford conducts research and teaching in ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, gender studies, sustainable agriculture, spiritual ecology, environmental justice, environmental literature and international business. Dr. Ford serves on the boards of directors of the Soul Fire Farm Institute - committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system - and the Biodynamic Farming Association - transforming the practice and culture of agriculture to renew the vitality of the earth and the health and wholeness of our communities.