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Pictured are four of the presenters at “Nourishing Life,” a conference on regenerative solutions to climate crises, chronic disease and major threats to the worldwide food supply, that will take place at Community Solution’s Agraria property on Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19. From left: Paula Penn-Nabrit, J.D., will present on improving food access and equity; Drew Ramsa, M.D., on the link between nutrition and mental health; Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., on the link between soil and human health; and Dr. Christine Jones, on the impact of healthy soil.

At Agraria— ‘Nourishing Life’ conference set

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Agraria will present a free, virtual conference, “Nourishing Life,” Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19. The conference aims to inspire and inform those attending to imagine regenerative solutions to climate crises, chronic disease and major threats to the worldwide food supply.

This year’s presentations will be:

“Healthy Soil’s Impact on Carbon Pathways and Microbial Diversity,” Dr. Christine Jones — The conference will open with this address from Jones, who is a ground cover and soil ecologist and founder of Amazing Carbon. Jones’ address will focus on the civilizational collapses that have occurred due to topsoil loss, and the factors that have historically contributed to this loss.

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“The Link Between Soil and Human Health,” Vandana Shiva, Ph.D. — Shiva will present this address following Jones; the address will discuss the view that regenerative agriculture is a holistic answer to scenarios like the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“Community Garden Partnerships for Increasing Equity and Food Access,” Paula Penn-Nabrit, J.D. — Penn-Nabrit will discuss the community garden she established on her church’s property, and how partnerships like the ones she and her church have pursued with outside organizations can be used anywhere to improve food access and promote equity.

“How Diversity at All Levels Supports Regenerative Practice,” Tamara Melton, MS, RDN — Attendance at this session and the panel discussion on Friday, June 18, has been approved for one hour of Continuing Professional Education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

“Racial Disparities in Health and Wellness,” Cecily Clark-Ganheart, M.D., FACOG — The presentation will cover racial disparities in healthcare and how Clark-Ganheart’s own experience with metabolic syndrome informs her clinical practice.

“The Link Between Nutrition and Mental Health,” Drew Ramsey, M.D. — Ramsey, a psychiatrist, farmer and author, will begin the second day of the conference with this address; the talk aims to address and define the correlation between nutrition and brain health.

“The Importance of Whole Foods,” Chelsea Dorsett RD, LD — An integrative care registered and licensed dietitian, Dorsett will speak on the importance of eating real, whole food and how to translate nutrition guidance into practical tips regarding food selection and preparation.

“Addressing Metabolic Health: The Importance of Ethnic Differences,” Vyvyane Loh, M.D. — In this presentation, Loh will discuss what constitutes metabolic health and the existing great disparities in health status, particularly among people of color.

“Type 2 Diabetes Remission: Fact or Fiction?” Mark Cucuzzella, M.D. — Cucuzzella will discuss the roles of whole food, sleep, exercise and the new continuous glucose monitoring technology in Type 2 diabetes reversal.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion of the meeting place of medicine, dietetics, community gardening and regenerative practice; the panel will feature speakers Clark-Ganheart, Melton and Penn-Nabrit, and will be moderated by Dawn Knickerbocker.

For a full schedule — and to register — visit Though the event is free, donations to keep the conference accessible and to compensate the speakers are welcome and encouraged.

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