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Women of Abundance 

Visionaries of Abundance: Women Entrepreneurs in the Regenerative Culture, Economy, and Community

September 22, 2018 11:00AM - 4:00PM

 Soul Food Farm, Vacaville CA 95688

Tickets Available August 1, 2018

Join us for an in depth conversation about regenerative culture, economy, and community. How do we build and shape the traits that give women strength and use it for empowerment? Are there lessons from the past we can use to reaffirm the bond 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 Sept. 22, when we will gather at Soul Food Farm for an engaging panel discussion among six successful, Bay Area women entrepreneurs. Collectively, we 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. 


Read more about our exciting panelist below!  



The Panelists


Kelly D. Carlisle is the founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba: A Youth Urban Farm Project.  As the heart of her community, her teaching farm reaches into the soul of Oakland and through adversity and determination, has turned her plot of soil and tender plants into a source of hope and affection for those who come to learn and participate in the healing powers of farming. She breaks the boundaries of what a nonprofit can accomplish, what an urban farm is and how to engage with the people who live in her neighborhood. 


Elizabeth Pruitt, along with her husband Chris, is the co-founder of Tartine Bakery & Manufactory. For the last two decades, with the simple and soulful art of baking bread, she has created a new expectation of what defines delicious, satisfying and possible both in business and community. The bread and pastries of Tartine have been the building blocks for cookbooks, restaurants, chefs and bakers throughout San Francisco. She is a leader in the food culture of the Bay Area and continues to hold on to the core of her identity and work. 


Nicolette Hahn Niman is an attorney, writer, livestock rancher, and mother. She and her husband own and operate Niman Ranch in Bolines. Much of Nicolette's time is spent speaking and writing about the problems resulting from industrialized food production, including essays she has written on the subject for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. She is a regular speaker at food and farming events, and has been a keynote speaker at the Ecofarm Conference; the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Conference; the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, among others.  

Rebecca Burgess is the Executive Director of Fibershed, and Chair of the Board for Carbon Cycle Institute. She has over a decade of  experience writing and implementing hands-on curriculum that focuses on the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has taught at Westminster College, Harvard University, and has created workshops for a range of NGOs and corporations. She is the author of the best-selling book Harvesting Color, a bioregional look into the natural dye traditions of North America. She has built an extensive network of farmers and artisans within our region’s Northern California Fibershed to pilot the regenerative fiber systems model at the community scale.


Helena Sylvester is co-owner and lady farmer at Happy Acre Farm with her husband Matthew; currently in her fifth season with Happy Acre growing certified organic mixed vegetables and flowers for market and restaurants on 3 ½ acres in the outer regions of the Bay Area. She was awarded 2017 40 under 40 business owners by Diablo Magazine,  is a Carhartt ambassador and recently gave birth to the couples first child, August.

Jessica Prentice

Jessica is a co-founder of Three Stone Hearth; the nation's first Community Supported kitchen. Through the development of a unique business model for food preparation and processing, Three Stone Hearth has had hundreds of students, apprentices, interns, externs and volunteers bring their knowledge and spirit to the mission of serving community.

Originally inspired by the CSA model (Community Supported Agriculture), in which customers support a farm by committing in advance to a share of their produce, the customers of TSH support the kitchen by pre-ordering online, thus limiting speculation, risk and waste.

The Moderator

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Erin Walkenshaw


Erin has a deep abiding passion for agriculture and regenerative systems. Her spirit and brilliant mind drive her to reach out and be part of a new movement of spirited women in the Bay Area who are breaking new ground in the world of farming. Erin is fortunate to work with a number of non-profit and for-profit entities whose common thread is their work towards the emergence of health in and across systems. Currently, the majority of her time is happily engaged with the non-profit organization Fibershed, where she is collaboratively designing and implementing a pilot program to help land managers develop and implement carbon farm plans and a peer-to-peer support network of fellow carbon farmers.


Tickets Available August 1, 2018