Soil & Nutrition Conference 2017

The 7th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference explores principles, techniques and practices at the intersection of farm and human ecosystems that can be applied to improve environmental sustainability, food quality, and overall well-being.

Growing the Movement Around Food Quality

Bringing together the collective knowledge of the broader food and environmental movements from the perspectives of successful farmers, cutting-edge researchers, enlightening health practitioners, and pioneers of food quality, this conference is a nexus of information and networking for all interested in delving deeper, and coming together around soil and nutrition.

2017 Soil & Nutrition Conference
Southbridge, MA
November 29-30

plus a special pre-conference vision & strategy gathering with movement leaders on November 28

Integrating diverse viewpoints, this year’s program engages growers and gardeners with principles, practices and innovations for ecologically and financially sound farming, and presents the health-conscious consumer and medical professional valuable insights to effectively advocate and select for quality in their local region and food supply.

Conference Topics

  • Successful applications of biological (ecological) management, from garden to wholesale scale
  • Improving public health through agriculture, education and local capacity building
  • Effectively using nutrition to mitigate disease across the landscape
  • Regenerating ecological systems to provide environmental stability and weather climate change
  • Implementation and development of techniques for grower success including seed establishment, emergence and in season monitoring solutions
  • Growing and marketing your farm business with an eye to quality
  • Improving human health through conscientious food production and cultivation of soil health

Conference Speakers

The BFA is proud to announce that Founder & Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association, and lifelong-farmer, Dan Kittredge will be presenting the keynote address at this year's conference, updating attendees with the exciting progress of the Bionutrient Meter prototype, a hand-held device that anyone can use to flash a light at food and discern levels of nutrient density, or a farmer can use in the field to determine relative crop quality. It is the goal of the BFA that such a tool made widely-available could be a consumer-driven catalyst to revolutionize the food system. Overtly focusing on nutritive value in crops – flavor, aroma, and their corollaries – could be a high ground around which the larger food movement can coalesce is an idea that Dan will explore in his presentation. But how do we get there? How do we empirically determine quality? And how do we grow it? In short, the health of our soils, and a regenerative, biologically-focused agriculture is the necessary foundation to growing nutrient-rich food, community health and ecological health. Not to be missed!

Additional featured speakers include:

Elaine InghamSoil food web
Ray ArchuletaCover crops & soil health
Christine JonesCarbon sequestration
Kathleen DiChiaraHuman health
Bryan O’HaraIn-season management
David MontgomerySoil, microbes & the movement
Tim LaSalleImplications for the developing world
M.L. AltobelliBuilding backyard garden beds
Mark CohenClosing the loops in your bio-region
Glen ReinConscious intention & quantum biology
Johnathan LathamNature of life
Bruno FoladorPhenomenology and quality

And many more!  Additional speakers are quickly being added to the schedule, and as soon as their presentations are confirmed, they will be listed on the site here. Check back soon for updates!
View selected profiles of featured speakers.

New!  Pre-conference Vision & Strategy Day

Real Food Campaign Intensive: November 28

This July, the BFA launched the Real Food Campaign, it’s coordinated strategy to "Increase Quality in the Food Supply" by:

  • Engineering, building and calibrating the hand-held Bionutrient Meter to give anyone the ability to test food quality with a flash of light in real time,
  • Building the database of nutrient levels in crops with which to define relative quality in food,
  • Establishing the open platform for collaborative research to support growers in making best practices management decisions to increase crop quality, soil and plant health, and economic viability.

We will proudly be presenting in public for the first time the prototype Bionutrient Meter at this event.

This year's pre-conference intensive will feature a detailed explanation of the entire Real Food Campaign, with rationale, strategy, progress report, as well as time for strategy discussions, questions and comments.

With presentations from leaders in the broader movement speaking from their perspectives about the importance and implications of the campaign, this event is a major opportunity to network with some of the most important allies in the country and globally around our collaborative and solutions oriented approach.

Join us for this amazing dialogue at an important juncture in the food movement!

Conference Registration Details


BFA Member* General Admission
Pre-conference Strategy Gathering
Tues, November 28, 2017
$100 $200
Soil & Nutrition Conference
Wed & Thurs, November 29 & 30, 2017
$200 $225
Single Day Rate $125 $175

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Final Online Registration Deadline: Online: November 25, 2017
Cancellation Policy: 50% of registration fee refunded until October 31
No refunds starting November 1, 2017


If you have any questions about the Soil & Nutrition Conference, please don't hesitate to contact Angela, the Conference Coordinator:

Please Note

Portions of the Soil & Nutrition Conference may be recorded or photographed for future use by the Bionutrient Food Association for education, web content, and marketing materials. By registering for the Conference, you are granting the Bionutrient Food Association the right to use your attendee information and these recordings and photos.

Thank you to our conference sponsors!

Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting?

BFA is seeking aligned sponsors and exhibitors to help underwrite our conference and enable us to offer scholarships to attendees based on financial need. Please join us in making the Soil & Nutrition Conference a catalytic event to advance food quality! Click here for additional details.