Bios: Presenters & Demonstrators - ALPHABETICALLY
Presenters are listed alphabetically by last name. Check back as we will be updating..........
Mindy Beltramo is the Executive Director of The Dewey School at the Canterbury Shaker Village; welcoming children ages 3-5 to nature based Reggio inspired early learning. After decades in public school, Mindy envisioned The Dewey School as a place where early learners can connect with the peace of nature (environment as the third teacher), mindfully uses resources, and learn joyfully in community.
- Chris Blackstone is executive director of the Lamprey River Watershed Assoc. and a member of GardenComm, the Associations national sustainability committee. She's visited farms and horticulture businesses in many U.S. states, as well as internationally. She serves on the Newmarket Conservation Commission and regularly attends the Rockingham County Conservation District meetings & events. As a certified landscape professional, she's eager to help spread permaculture concepts & practices to many people using all available channels.
- Marsha Campaniello has been doing organic gardening in over 10 communities in NH & VT for the past 45 years. She now "does it all" the permaculture way on 1/4 acre site, that includes her sprawling ranch, in downtown Concord. The 7,ooo sqft of tillable area contains over 200 varieties of perennial & annual vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, ground covers, grasses, ferns and shitake mushroom logs. The low maintenance gardens incorporate companions planting, microclimates, spiral herb garden, gutter irrigation, lasagna, hugelkultur, barrel, worm bin and mounded composting; with meandering brick, stone, moss & grass paths.
- David Cedarholm is a professional engineer and works for Concord, NH as their City Engineer. Dave has lived in NH for over 30 years and practices sustainable wastewater management with his plant based family in Lee. Prior to being Concord's City Engineer, he was the Town Engineer in Durham, and has worked as an environmental engineering consult before that.
- David Ford comes from California and moved to NH in 1996. He has worked in historic preservation for years and in August 2015 became property manager at Canterbury Shaker Village.
- Buzz Ferver I have always been preoccupied with the natural system of the planet. My earliest memories are of crabapples, flowers, rocks and water, spending my childhood collecting bugs, leaves and being lost in the woods studying plant communities. Totally convinced that either bacteria or fungus (or both together) actually run the show, I nonetheless work hard in human society. In the 70’s, I studied horticulture and landscape design at the feet of my father and continue with my horticulture fantasy at my wet farm in Berlin Corners VT. In the 80's and 90's I worked with two of the largest mushroom growers in Pennsylvania to build revenue roducing operations from their previously underutilized stream of mushroom growing substrate. I also spent quite a bit of time researching and developing mushroom compost as the organic fraction
in green roof media. I have worked for 30 years as a consultant to farming operations on every scale, to design, and develop on-farm composting at appropriate scale and technology, and in a parallel career, as a general contractor, designing and building homes and doing major renovations to existing buildings. On my farm in Vermont I use permaculture principles, searching nut trees suitable for Zone 4, and building soils by composting. I was on the Board of Directors of Yestermorrow Design Build School for 9 years and still teach there periodically.
- Bea Hebert has a BS in wildlife biology from UNH and has spent 30 years as a scientist/arborist at a local utility. She is currently retired and splitting time between Canterbury Shaker Village and her dogs!
- Ann-Marie Jackson has been practicing herbal medicine since 2002 and working with medicinal mushrooms since 2011. She holds a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from UNH (2000)and has been a massage therapist since 2007. "I love teaching about the wonders of our natural world and reconnecting them to nature"
- Kevin Marzoli has over 10 years as an interpreter at COV and two years as a guide at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. He has 30+ years as a B.S. or America leader - recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. Retired sales manager/trainer.
- Andy Messenger is in his 2nd year at the Concord Food Coop Organic Gardens. He has a BA in sustainable Agriculture from Sterling College (2010) and his Permaculture Design Certificate from Newforest Institute in 2009. He has been working on organic farms in the northeast since 2010.
- Alyssa Pitter owns/runs the "Salty Rose" out of Northwood, NH. She has a passion for all things in the garden, is an avid "kitchen witch" and herbal alchemist. She has combined a study in both herbalism and permaculture since 2014.
- Jonah Rue Roberts is a medicine woman, gardener, teacher and activist for soul empowerment. Shi is a Chinese medicine and Western herbal medicine practitioner and energy healter and is steeped in spiritual lore from her own long and varied journey on the spirit path. Her medicinal herb gardens in Unity, NH are created on the principles of permaculture. She is the creator of Unity Mountain Herbs and Way of the Wild Women - a spiritual empowerment immersion for women (coming soon)
- Chris Skoglund has a broad background that includes education, farming, healthcare and energy & climate policy. His day job is focused on the development of statewide energy & climate plans & policy, and his is currently managing an effort within the NH Department of Environmental Services to incorporate considerations of climate change across the agency's programs & activities. However, he falls asleep musing about resource sustainability and upcycling treasures from the dump,and when hi isn't playing dress-up with his two daughters, he is replacing his lawn with vegetable gardens and a diverse perennial polyculture.
- David Wichland is the owner of Wichland Woods, a unique, local myco-business located in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. By educating the public about mycology, Dave strives to promote people’s awareness about the health and ecological benefits of mushrooms. Through various workshops, Wichland Woods encourages people to expand their gardening realm into a mycological-friendly landscape. We educate the public on the techniques of “backyard mushrooming” and how everyday resources can be used to cultivate their own mycelia network. Dave creates over a dozen local strains of mushrooms, which are carefully expanded using sterile techniques. By working with other northeast mycologists, we are promoting the health benefits that mushrooms have in our world.