Meet Our Presenters

Michael Thiele, Joining us on the All About Bees Panel Discussion

michael_thiele_biopicMichael Joshin Thiele is leading an innovative approach within the biodynamic apiculture movement and teaches in the United States and abroad. His company Gaia Bees is engaged in the research of wild Apis Mellifera and new dimensions of apiculture in a sociocultural, agricultural and spiritual context.  Michael has been involved with the creation of Honeybee sanctuaries and refuges as a means of protection and education. The most recent project is the Honeybee Sanctuary & Refuge at Green Gulch Farm.  In 2013, he worked as a biodynamic consultant for the USDA in the Dominican Republic, and more recently he presented his work at Harvard University.  His approach to apiculture is documented in various national and international magazines, books and film documentaries (“Queen of the Sun”). For one of the more recent interviews go to: Made Local Magazine.   Michael is available for consultations, seminars/workshops and set up of sustainable apiaries. He lives with his family in California.


Clark Wolf, Joining us as Moderator on the Life on the Farm Stage 

clarkwolfe_avatar_1428941817-400x400Clark Wolf has more than thirty years of experience in the food industry and is founder and President of Clark Wolf CompanyWolf is a member of Linkedin’s Influentials, a columnist for, and has been contributing editor to COOK’S Magazine. He has written a book American Cheeses, about his long history with American artisan cheesemaking and Co-Edited 101 Classic Cookbooks:  501 Classic RecipesIn addition to appearing  on CBS Sunday Morning, he has appeared on CNN, the TV Food Network, and as a regular contributor on CNBC’s The Real Story.  Wolf has been the creator and host of two broadcast television series, The Food Show with Clark Wolf and The Big Dish. He is currently the host of the weekly radio program At the Table with Clark WolfTraveling extensively, he lectures and gives seminars to chefs’ associations, food professionals, cooking students and industry groups from California to Paris on food trends, specialty foods, restaurants, marketing, and restaurant real estate and finance. In 2009, Wolf was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the James Beard Foundation.

Charlie Kennard, Joining us as Presenter in DIY Arena

Charlie KennardCharlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences and other museums. You can also visit a basketry plant garden he has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Locally he has taught at the Laguna Environmental Center, and at West County Fiber Arts. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.

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