Expo 2019 Seeding the Future Keynote Address

October 26, 2019 Bozeman, MT

  • The Vision is Easy: Are “we” willing? by Dr. Ricardo Salvador


Seeding the Future: Youth, Wisdom & Food

Pecha-kucha-style talks to kick off AERO Expo 2019

  1. Gratitude: You can’t change systems (or minds) without first saying ‘Thank you’ by Zach Brown
  2. Ugly Vegetable Certified by Vanessa Williamson
  3. The Future of Sustainability is Community: AERO’s next decade by Robin Kelson & Jenn Battles
  4. The Change of Native Food Systems and the Purpose of FAST Blackfeet by Danielle Antelope
  5. Perspective: The view of the farm by a farmer and her son by Jacy and Zachary Rothschiller
  6. Supporting the Next Generation of Ecological Farmers by Liz Carlisle
  7. Venture vs. Collaborative Capital: Why & how local ownership can (and should!) be accomplished by Jeff Batton
  8. The Vision is Easy: How do “we” get there? by Dr. Ricardo Salvador

Thank you to the Open & Local coalition for incredible efforts to plan the event, thank you to our speakers, and special thanks to Kareen Erbe for emceeing a beautiful evening.

*Save the Date* for Open & Local’s PK-style night in Bozeman, October 17, 2020

Expo 2019 Seeding the Future

October 26-27, 2019

COMMUNICATING VALUES  in community-based food systems:“If you eat you’re in”

  • Marketing the Message: Is ‘Buy Local’ working? Panel facilitated by Jenn Battles
  • Blackfeet Innovative Pathways to Food Sovereignty by Loren Bird Rattler

FOOD FOR ALL: The role of food equity in resilient systems

  • Access & Affordability for All Panel facilitated by Andrew Withey
  • Food = Health: Connections between food & health today, Panel facilitated by Mary Stein

FOOD SYSTEM DYNAMICS: What makes a functional system?

  • Community-based Food Systems discussion facilitated by Kate Burnaby-Wright
  • Meeting the Need: Farmer, Panel discussion sustainability facilitated by Karl Sutton
  • Did they have it right in 1950?: Re-building community-based food systems facilitated by Michael McCormick

Resilience in a CHANGING CLIMATE: Energy & regenerative agriculture

  • Farm and Food Systems Resiliency Assessment workshop facilitated by Bruce Maxwell and graduate students
  • Energy & Carbon On Farm facilitated by Mark Juedeman


  • Moving Forward: Connecting key elements for a values-based food system in your community facilitated by Janet Hess Herbet & Robin Kelson
  • Moving Forward: Food system innovation for community resiliency facilitated by Trevor Huffmaster
  • Moving Forward: Using policy instruments to support community resiliency facilitated by Paul LaChapelle & Steve Thompson

DIY Sessions

  • Montana-Made Food Products: Design thinking facilitated by Emma Tarbath, Trevor Huffmaster, Mary Stein
  • Plan Your Own Edible Backyard by Kareen Erbe
  • Food Safety & Licensing for MT-Made Food Products by David Wise
  • Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Grant Writing Workshop for Farmers by Fabian Menalled & Allison Milodragovich

Discussions & Tours

  • Transition Streets facilitated by Dodie Andersen & Mark Juedeman
  • Statewide Food Plan: Is Montana ready by Janet Hess Herbert
  • Montana State University Farm to Campus Tour
  • Helena Middle School PEAK  Students Visiting MSU

Expo 2018 Seeds of Sustainability

October 26-29, 2018,  Missoula, MT

  • Keynote Scaling Up Agroecology for Climate Resilience by Dr. Miguel Altieri
  • Beginnings of AERO by AERO Founding Member Wilbur Wood
  • The Effects of Climate Change on Nutrition, Ag & Health by Drs. Robert & Lori Byron
  • University of Montana, Missoula Farm to College Tour by Trevor Low and Anastasia Orkwiszewski
  • Garden City Harvest Tour at River Road Farm by Greg Price
  • Backyard Oyster Mushroom Production by Larry Evans
  • Zero Waste in the Last Best Place by Dr. Bradley Layton, Caitlyn Lewis & Bryce Rowe
  • Industrial Hemp Processing by Zach Johnson
  • Value Added Products: Distillation and Creating Hydrosols by Karrie Westwood
  • Cooperatives Working for Community by Brianna Ewert
  • DIY Solar Photovoltaic by Jim Baerg
  • Greenhouse Effect, Carbon Footprint & Carbon Tax by Kristen Walser
  • Hazard Ready by Dr. Rebecca Bendick

All videos were Captured and Produced by Joe Clark author of How To Farm and Garden.

Alternative Energy Resources Organization

Mailing address: PO Box 1558, Helena MT 59624-1558

Physical address: 32 S Ewing St #314, Helena MT 59601