Speaking Engagements

While I learned a lot at the Provender Conference, [Ana’s] keynote was the moment that deeply inspired me. ‘Oh, THAT’s why I came’, I thought afterward.
-attendee at Provender Alliance Conference 2010, Oregon

Rather than bombard viewers with impersonal facts or apocalyptic policy analysis, Ana Sofia Joanes’ FRESH (Spring 2009) is born from a place of hope. Ana is a powerful public speaker on the social and political issues linked with the connective power of local food systems. She motivates action in viewers, encouraging them to become involved in the transformation of their own food system. By celebrating the real people who are taking sustainable steps toward reinventing the American food system, Joanes aims to motivate viewers to engage in what is happening around them and support the world’s food innovators, activists and lovers in their own communities.

FRESH has spread through thousands of community screenings around the world and local word of mouth. Director Ana Sofia Joanes continues to inspire change and act as a catalyst for grassroots action.

Ana is available for select speaking appearances, via Skype or in person, to facilitate post screening Q & A sessions after viewings of FRESH.

You can access Ana’s full bio on our Bios page. To learn more about Ana’s speaking topics and for information relevant to booking a personal appearance at a screening or conference, please send her an email inquiry.

Past Speaking Appearances Include:

Earth Day New York (April 22, 2011)
Middlebury College
George Washington University: Washington DC
The Knight Theater, organized by Sow Much Good: Charlotte, NC
Texas Conference On Organic Production Systems TCOOPS – Keynote Speaker: Texas
Provender Alliance 34th Educational Conference
Bioneers by the Bay, 2009
Birmingham-Southern College
National Geographic Headquarters
Lehigh University
Edible Austin Eat Local Week
Hofstra University
City Market Coop, Vermont
Vermont Dietetic Association
Park Slope Food Coop, NYC
Church  of Unitarian Universalist, Annapolis MD
Church  of Unitarian Universalist, Fairfax VA
DocuTalk, Seattle Film Institute

John Ikerd

John was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture. Ikerd is author of Sustainable Capitalism, A Return to Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms, and Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture.
More complete background information and selected writings are available at http://web.missouri.edu/~ikerdj/

If you’re interested in bringing John Ikerd to your campus to speak, you can contact him via email: jeikerd@centurytel.net