2011 Travel & Speaking
1/6 Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference, Springfield, ILLINOIS
Catch Lisa Kivirist's Keynote and breakout sessions about "Cultivating Diversity: A Recipe for Organic Opportunity." What is the key ingredient that can transform the health of our nation, landscape and economy? Organic and sustainable farmers. From increases in farmers' markets to rising numbers of new growers, this diverse movement showcases a fresh vision for our nation filled with healthy, fresh food access for all. Come for a "State of the Soil" overview of where organic agriculture stands today along with a recipe for tapping into tomorrow's opportunities.
2/18 - 19 California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Convention, Ventura, CALIFORNIA
Telling Your Story: Best Practices in New Marketing Tools
This panel will share case-studies on how CCOF certified members are using public and media relations, websites and online marketing tools like blogs, Facebook and Twitter to 'tell their story,' and build their customer loyalty and brand to grow their market share. You will learn about the communication tools that can help you to engage with your customers, help them understand the organic movement, feel part of the organic community and to get to know you, what motivates you, what guides your daily actions and the way that you grow and produce their food.
2/24 - 26 MOSES Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse, WISCONSIN
Plate to Politics: How women can lead the recipe for change
Friday - 12 noon (during lunch time; bring your lunch)
What key ingredient can stir up change in our food system? More women in leadership roles that influence agriculture and food policy change, from launching new farms to rallying for school lunch reform to running for office. Bring your lunch and join an inspiring discussion, facilitated by the MOSES Rural Women's Project.
Power Your Farm with Renewable Energy
Saturday I - 8:30am
Learn how to harvest wind and solar energy to spin your farm's electric meter backwards. John Ivanko, the award-winning author of ECOpreneuring, will cover conservation and efficiency as well as renewable energy challenges and funding options.
In Her Boots: Sustainable Farming for Women, by Women
Saturday III - 4:00pm
Women are one of the fastest-growing segments of organic farmers and business owners, cultivating fresh and creative approaches to agriculture. Join MOSES' Rural Women's Project director Lisa Kivirist and a panel of seasoned and beginning women farmers as they dive into the pragmatics and practicalities of crafting the farm life of your dreams.
3/12 Winter Farmers' Market at First Unitarian Society, Churches' Center for Land and People, Madison, WISCONSIN
Lisa Kivirist to keynote the final "Ethical Eating" series event on how to "Plant Fresh Idea Seeds" and ways to eat that reflect our values.
5/23 - 25 Cultivate 2012: Creating Collaborative Opportunities for Women in Sustainable Agriculture to Transform our Food System, Wingspread Conference, Racine, WISCONSIN
Cultivate 2012 will cross-pollinate solutions and strategies to support and strengthen the national leadership role of women transforming our nationŐs food system, from the federal agriculture policy agenda to whatŐs on our familyŐs supper plate. Lead Organizational Partners: Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES); www.mosesorganic.org; The White House Project; www.whitehouseproject.org; Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN); www.wfan.org; The Johnson Foundation; www.johnsonfdn.org.
6/17 - 19 Midwest Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair, Custer, WISCONSIN (near Stevens Point)
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is a non-profit network for sharing ideas, resources and information with individuals, businesses and communities to promote a sustainable future through renewable energy and energy efficiency. The fair, held in Custer, is the world's largest renewable energy educational event with hundreds of workshops and demonstrations on solar and wind energy, alternatively fueled vehicles, sustainable living and more. Catch Lisa and John's workshops at the Energy Fair.
7/9 Farm Open House: Energy Independence Day and the Good Life
Join us for an all-day feast of friendships, food, fun and renewable energy. From 10am to 7pm, Inn Serendipity will host a farm celebration, welcoming those who yearn for a bit of the good life in the country. Children's activities, farm tours, and potlucks (bring a dish to pass) for lunch (12noon) or snacks (anytime). The day-long educational event is free of charge. Bring along a dish to pass (to share with 5-6 people), and your questions about wind turbines, solar panels, squash and the employment world of free-agency. For more information, visit the schedule of events for the Open House. Please RSVP, so we can anticipate how many chairs are needed. Copies of ECOpreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet before Profitsand Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life, co-authored by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, will be available for sale, as well as John's children's books.
7/30 - 31 Kickapoo Country Fair, LaFarge, WISCONSIN
TBD; in 2010:
Farmstead Cooks: Savor, Save and Celebrate
What's the key ingredient to eating healthy, saving money and stewarding the planet for generations to come? A return to our nation's farmstead roots of independence, self-sufficiency and frugality, blended with the spice of modern living and a passion for transforming our planet. Whether you're a dedicated urbanite or rural dweller, discover simple tips for homegrown and homemade cooking, from preserving the harvest to stocking the pantry to building local community around your kitchen table. Join author Lisa Kivirist for fresh approaches to homesteading, including savoring your garden's abundance and creating homemade pantry staples.
Planting Fresh Seeds: How Women are Transforming Sustainability
Want to blend your passion for making difference with earning a living? A significant, inspiring transformation is erupting across rural and urban America alike: women crafting careers that prioritize healthy food, family, sustainability and transforming our world. From farmers to local food enterprises, from activists to authors, how can these women ecopreneurs positively change both the local communities and the world? Come hear the inspiring stories and experiences of women leaders in the sustainability movement and build your own idea bank, network, resource list and action plan to craft a livelihood that reflects your values.
8/6 Illinois Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair, Oregon, ILLINOIS
Sustainable Living Simplified
Live the "good life" with renewable energy, organic and local foods, green home design and a livelihood you're passionate about. Garner ideas and inspiration to simplify, achieve greater self-reliance and save money while enriching your quality of life. Join Lisa Kivirist, co-author of ECOpreneuring, Edible Earth and Rural Renaissance, as she shares practical tips and strategies from her family's good life, based from their nationally-recognized green B&B, Inn Serendipity. The Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA) supports sustainable energy development in Illinois. IREA provides hands-on opportunities for the Illinois public to learn about the benefits, potentials, and uses of renewable energy and energy-efficiency for our homes and businesses.
9/3 - 5 Mother Earth News FAIR, San Francisco, CALIFORNIA
Kivirist and Ivanko to present, TBD
10/1 National Tour of Solar Homes, Inn Serendipity, Browntown, WISCONSIN
- Tour the farm, learning about renewable energy, energy conservation and sustainable living during this informal opportunity.
11/12 - 14 Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) Fall Harvest Gathering for Women in Agriculture Whalen, MINNESOTA
2/23 - 25 MOSES Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse, WISCONSIN
John will present "Powering your Farm with Renewable Energy". Lisa will also present on a rural women's panel, incoporating ideas from "PLANTING FRESH SEEDS"
3/6 - 8 Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism, Wisconsin Dells, WISCONSIN
4/9 - 10 ECOpreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet Before Profits, Fargo Town Hall - 1st Presbyterian Church, Fargo, NORTH DAKOTA
Lisa Kivirist will Keynote their 2011-12 Speaker Series.
5/22 - 24 Kellogg Food & Community Conference, Ashville, NORTH CAROLINA
Kellogg's national summit to shape and inspire national healthy eating and active living movements and support community models of change, with a particular focus on vulnerable children populations.