Meet Our Presenters

Miguel Elliott, Building an Earthen Oven for Your Backyard  | Saturday Aug. 17 at 4:00PM | D.I.Y. Arena

Miguel Elliott, knighted as “Sir Cobalot”, is the owner of Living Earth Structures. He has been an avid natural builder for the past 20 years. After spending over ten years of natural building in countries ranging from Argentina, Guatemala, Africa, Thailand and around the US, Miguel Elliott has brought his skills to his hometown of Petaluma, California, a town with a rich history of natural adobe building. Living Earth Structures specializes in leading community workshops, crafting ovens, benches, and small huts. Much of his work can be seen around the county. His latest series of projects are called “Palletable Cobins”. These cobin houses are constructed out of pallets, insulated with straw, and covered in cob. Miguel believes it is an excellent solution for super low-cost, well-insulated housing.

Gabe Jackson, Making Hard Cider & Cyser | Sunday Aug. 18 at 2:30PM | D.I.Y. Arena

Gabe Jackson has been making cider at home for nearly two decades and advising home cider makers at The Beverage People since 2007.  He has spent years working in the hobby world of home fermentation (cider, beer, wine, cheese, etc.), as well as a stretch in commercial brewing at Moylan’s Brewing Company. Under the guidance of homebrew pioneers Byron Burch and Nancy Vineyard, as well as industry expert Bob Peak, he became a Beverage People teacher of home brewing and cheese making classes in 2006. He is a BJCP certified beer judge, and has served in various volunteer positions with local homebrewing and cheesemaking clubs including Treasurer, VP, and President. Gabe is a Sonoma State University alumnus with a BA in History and BS in accounting, and is currently a shareholder and General Manager of The Beverage People.

 Jim Moreda Cow Milking | Saturday & Sunday 12:30 | Life on Farm

Jim Moreda, a fifth generation dairyman, graduated from Cal Poly where he majored in Dairy Science and became the herdsman on the campus dairy.  Upon graduation he moved to New Zealand for a year to further his dairy experience before returning home to his family’s business, Valley Ford Cheese Co. In 2008, Jim’s mother Karen Bianchi-Moreda founded the creamery. The creamery is located on the family’s ranch, Mountain View Jersey Dairy, off the rural coast of Sonoma County. The Bianchi family has owned and operated the 640 acre ranch since 1918, and it is now occupied by the third, fourth, and fifth generations.

Joe Pozzi, Sheep: Shearing & Spinning | Saturday & Sunday 4:30 | Life on the Farm

Joe is a fourth generation rancher, livestock producer. He produces lamb, wool and cattle for various markets. He is a community leader dedicated to land conservation and the economic viability of family farms and ranches. space in our counties. Under Pozzi Ranch, Joe markets and sells 100% natural, grass-fed, pasture-raised lambs, year round. Pozzi Ranch also produces and purchases wool from other sheep ranchers on the West Coast to process and sell to natural bedding companies for mattresses, comforters, pillows, and fabric throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, the ranch develops and manages commercial Angus cow-calf operations for the conventional market.

Alisha Reyes, Using Natural Dyes in the World of Fiber Arts |  Saturday Aug. 17 at 11:30AM | D.I.Y. Arena

Alisha has been actively involved in the knitting industry since 2008. After exploring the knitting world for 4 years including pattern designing, she decided she wanted to learn it all and ventured to Washington to learn the process from start to finish. After returning home and teaching at her local yarn shop for 5 years, it became evident that a space needed to be created where people could learn it all. With a background in small business management and a love for gaining and sharing fiber arts, Fiber Circle Studio came to being. In her spare time, she is hanging out with her awesome son, Leland, and slowly working towards a certificate in the TKGA Masters Hand Knitting Program.

Michael Joshin Thiele, Building Natural Log Beehives | Sunday, Aug. 18 at 11:30AM | D.I.Y. Arena

Michael Joshin Thiele has led the creation of honeybee sanctuaries and refuges since 2007. He is the founder of Gaia Bees, an organization engaged in the research of Apis Mellifera, rewilding programs and new dimensions of apiculture in a sociocultural, agricultural and spiritual context. In 2017, he created Apis Arborea, which is dedicated towards rewilding honeybees and an innovative, holistic apian paradigm. Michael’s pioneering approach to apiculture as a platform for global renewal has appeared in national and international magazines, books and films. He has presented his work at Harvard University and has consulted for the USDA. Michael offers workshops and trainings in apiculture practice in the U.S. and internationally. He lives with his family, and an infinity of bees, in the oak woodlands of Northern California.

Clark Wolf, Panel Moderator | Saturday & Sunday 1:30 | 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 Company. Wolf is a member of Linkedin’s Influentials, a columnist for Forbes.com, 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 Recipes. In 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 Wolf. Traveling 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.

Mindy Wright, Making Honey Apple Oatmeal Soap | Sunday Aug. 18, 1:00PM | D.I.Y. Arena

Mindy Wright, owner of The Goat Farm in Santa Rosa, CA, started making soap to utilize surplus milk from her herd of dairy goats. She was so smitten by the craft that it quickly transformed from being a hobby to a career changer for her. Her seasonal-based soaps and gift baskets are sold on The Goat Farm website, at craft shows, and on open days at her family’s small farmstead. She also teaches a variety of bath and body product classes at Santa Rosa Junior College and other locations. Mindy is a member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and Sonoma County Farm Trails!

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