2019 Keynotes

Investigative journalist Carey Gillam

Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, researcher, and writer with more than twenty-five years of experience in the news industry covering corporate America. Since 1998, Gillam’s work has focused on digging into the big business of food and agriculture. As a former senior correspondent for Reuters’ international news service, and current research director for consumer group U.S. Right to Know, Gillam specializes in finding the story behind the spin; uncovering both the risks and rewards of the evolving new age of agriculture. Her areas of expertise include biotech crop technology, agrichemicals and pesticide product development, and the environmental impacts of American food production. Gillam has been recognized as one of the top journalists in the country covering these issues.

New Jersey organic farming conference

David Montgomery and Anne Biklé are Dig2Grow, a husband and wife and a pair of writers.  Dave is a broad-minded geologist and Anne is a free-range biologist with a bad case of plant lust.  They chose the name “Dig2Grow” because that’s what happens when you write, talk, and act on things that matter to the well-being of people and our one-and-only planet. Together, they have authored a trilogy of well-known environmental books. First there was Dirt  — about the plight of soil and what we’ve done to it since the dawn of agriculture. Then came The Hidden Half of Nature, a revealing exploration of how microbial life underpins the health of soil and, even our own bodies. Now, they have Growing a Revolution, a way to transform farming practices so that agriculture can help cure what ails the land.