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Women of Abundance:

A conversation at the farm.

How do we build a regenerative culture, economy, community ?

September 14, 2019 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Soul Food Farm 6046 Pleasants Valley Rd. Vacaville, CA 95688

Click the orange “Tickets” button below to purchase using our new sliding scale model.

This year, we've incorporated a sliding scale of ticket prices. Our mission with this program is to make this event accessible to all. Full price tickets will contribute to the Women of Abundance Ticket Scholarship where we will provide tickets to those that might otherwise not attend. The ticket button above will allow you to purchase tickets.

Feel free to bring your own chair as well as a picnic lunch.

Lavender lemonade and ice cream will be available for purchase.

How do we build and shape the traits that give women the strength and empowerment to lift themselves up? Are there lessons from the past we can use to reaffirm the comradery and support that women have historically shared with one another? We believe that women of the 21st century can, and should, aspire to uplift and encourage one another to become influential, confident, and successful leaders. 

-As individuals, we can succeed. As a community, we can thrive-

Join us on September 14th , 2019 at Soul Food Farm for Women of Abundance: How do we build a regenerative culture, economy, and community?This will be an in-depth conversation among several successful local women entrepreneurs about regenerative culture, economy, and community. This event will explore the concepts of abundance and discuss what it means to be regenerative. Together, we can cultivate an economy where we grow through collaboration and conversation. 


N’Gina Kavookjian

Co-Founder, Eight American Bistro Catering, Wedding & Event Planning and South Restaurant

N’Gina Guyton is a New Orleans born; Sacramento raised wedding and event planner. She began her career in the restaurant and hospitality industry working for such companies as The Paragary Restaurant Group, The Starwood Hotel and Resort Family and The Selland Family of Restaurants.  In 2009 she opened Eight American Bistro Catering with partner Ian Kavookjian; a small catering company specializing in custom menus for their clientele. In 2011, the company expanded to full service wedding and event planning; housing under one roof, planning, décor, rentals, catering, floral design and event staffing.  In 2014, N’Gina and Ian opened South Restaurant in Southside Park and have continued to cater and wedding plan in the Sacramento area and beyond.


Sibella Kraus

Founder, Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE)

Sibella Kraus has long called upon cities to embrace the farms at their borders and in their regions. Sibella’s work as a thought leader, project developer, and speaker have brought to life the connections between healthy local food, regional sustainable agriculture and resilient urban communities  in the Bay Area and beyond.

In 2001, Kraus founded SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education), which cultivates urban-edge places where farming and local food culture can thrive and be celebrated. Today, as President of SAGE, Kraus continues to foster urban-rural linkages through the development of urban-edge AgParks, the regeneration of agricultural resource areas and the production of food system assessments for regional planning efforts. At the heart of her work is a determination to enhance the invaluable connections between farmer and consumer, urban hub and regional working lands.


Judith Redmond

Co-founder Full Belly Farm

Judith is a co-owner of Full Belly Farm who has been involved in discussions related to ‘food safety’, water, healthy soil and impacts to agriculture from climate change. Full Belly Farm is a certified organic, multigenerational farm founded in 1985. The owners enjoy cooking, eating, growing, harvesting and selling vegetables, flowers, fruits and nuts year-round. The farm also cares for a herd of sheep and a flock of egg-laying chickens. They make every effort to foster sustainability on many levels — from fertility in the soil and care for the environment, to creating a stable and respectful workplace for employees. They attend farmers markets, have a CSA program and sell to many stores and wholesalers. The farm hosts many visitors year-round and offers numerous events for people who want to learn more about agriculture and the farmers that grow their food. Through this work the farm endeavors to invigorate the agricultural economy and build the social well-being of small communities. Judith is currently involved with several organizations: Organic Farmers Association, Treasurer; CDFA Environmental Farming Science Advisory Panel, appointed member; California Agriculture Climate Action Network, Advisory Board; Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Policy Committee; Capay Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Commissioner.

Photo by Elaine Patarini

Photo by Elaine Patarini

Sallie Calhoun

Co-Owner, Paicines Ranch

Sallie owns and manages Paicines Ranch, a 76,00-acre ranch in central California. She is an impact investor, activist, and philanthropic funder in regenerative agriculture. Her work focuses on improving the health of agricultural soils and sequestering carbon in soil to mitigate climate change, while creating healthier people and planet. She is the founder of the No Regrets Initiative, which seeks to use all available forms of capital—human, natural, investment, and philanthropic—to affect change in the agricultural system. Prior to becoming a rancher and farmer, Sallie spent almost 25 years as an engineer, COO, and high-tech entrepreneur; she was co-founder of Globetrotter Software, Inc. where she served as COO/CFO. She is now the managing member of Cienega Capital, an impact investing firm, and the president of the Globetrotter Foundation, a family foundation. She has served on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards, including Holistic Management International, Sierra Cascade Nursery, Agrarian Trust, and Estancia Beef. (Bio courtesy of Stone Barns Center)


Abbey Smith

Co-Owner, The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management

Abbey serves as the Savory Global Network Coordinator. She is also owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with her husband, Spencer. The Jefferson Center is an organic cattle ranch and Savory Network Hub in Fort Bidwell, California.

She spent two months in South Africa living with families on holistically managed cattle farms after graduating magna cum laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in animal science and a focus in communications and ethnic studies. She grew up on a commercial cattle ranch in Indian Valley, in Plumas County, California. Her loving, large, loud family has lived in the valley for seven generations.

Family is a source of joy to her. Her goal in life is to build a beautiful world for her daughter, Maezy and her son Sam, which is why she and Spencer are working to advance Holistic Management.

Living in the rural community of Surprise Valley, California and being involved in a global organization is a dream come true. Abbey serves on the Surprise Valley Education Foundation board and is involved in local food groups. She enjoys doing yoga, throwing kettlebells around, gardening, riding horses and hiking with her daughter. Her happiest moments are on the ranch with her family. She loves running and runs alone, except when in Africa.


The Moderator


Naomi Starkman

Founder and Editor in Chief, Civil Eats

Naomi Starkman is a Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of Civil Eats. She was a 2015-16 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford and a founding board member of the Food & Environment Reporting Network. Naomi served as the Director of Communications & Policy at Slow Food Nation and has worked as a media consultant at Newsweek, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, and WIRED magazines. She was previously the Director of Communications for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). After graduating from law school, she served as the Deputy Executive Director of the City of San Francisco’s Ethics Commission. Naomi is an avid organic gardener, having worked on several farms. 


Paige Green

Documentary and Portrait Photographer

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, in Petaluma, California, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in multiple books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture.  

The Photographer

A lover of natural light, medium format film, and capturing candid moments, Paige is excited by any photoshoot with kids, dogs, or good food (especially chocolate food) and she looks forward to spending the rest of her life capturing moments, photographing her family and documenting communities.

Her philosophy in life and photography: Be Nice.