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Building Community from Land to Table: The Confluence 2021

November 11-13, 2021

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An online event collaboration between Women in Ranching and Good Meat Camp for Women.

  • November 11th

    6-8 PM MT Welcome Session

  • November 12 & 13

    9 AM - 3 PM MT

  • Keynote speakers confirmed

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    Nicole Masters

    Soil health coach and author of For the Love of Soil. November 12th.

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    Diane Wilson

    Speaker, bog steward, writer (The Seed Keeper). November 13th.

  • Full schedule

Western Landowners Alliance and the Good Meat Project have teamed up to gather together women working at every level of our meat supply chain, while also caring for land, animals and community. From women who are stewarding our rangelands to butchers and chefs who are working to build local meat economies in their communities, and everyone in between, we invite you to share knowledge, collaborate, and inspire one another over the course of two and half days. This year’s Confluence includes:

  • 13+ hours of programming
  • 2-hour happy hour welcome session on Thursday night
  • Keynote addresses and Q&As with authors Diane Wilson and Nicole Masters
  • Educational panels on innovation and collaboration in land stewardship and the meat supply chain
  • Butchery and cookery demonstrations
  • Live music
  • Poetry
  • “Rotational Grazing” Networking Sessions
  • “Kitchen Table Chats” between women working along the meat supply chain
  • Community building exercises

We’ve curated a virtual experience that will guide participants on a shared journey to increase our collective hope and impact. Each day at the Confluence, we’ll step over fence lines and stretch our imaginations, with inspiring keynotes, presentations, networking sessions, and plenty of practical education. Expect a few surprises along the way.

Full Confluence Pass

$125

  • November 11th-13th, 2021
Best Value

Day One Single Day Pass

$75

  • November 12th, 2021

Day Two Single Day Pass

$75

  • November 13th, 2021

Please don't let cost be a barrier.

Good Meat Project and Western Landowners Alliance are thrilled to be able to offer a limited amount of full and partial tuition assistance to this year's Confluence. Please fill out an application by October 5, 2021. We will announce scholarship recipients by October 20, 2021.

Questions? Email Amber Smith at amber@westernlandowners.org.

Keynote Speakers

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Nicole Masters

Soil Health Coach, Author, Horsewoman
Nicole Masters is an independent agroecologist, systems thinker, educator and author of For the Love of Soil. She has a formal background in ecology, soil science and organizational learning studies from Otago and Auckland Universities, in her home country of New Zealand.  She has been a leader in agricultural consulting and extension services in Regenerative Agriculture since 2003, and she’s the Director of Integrity Soils. Together with her team of soil coaches, Masters works alongside producers in the U.S., Canada and across Australasia, supporting large and small-scale producers to take their operations to the next level in nutrient density, profitability and environmental outcomes. She is one of a growing number of people who are facilitating the rapidly expanding world of quality food production and biological economies.
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Diane Wilson

Writer, Speaker, Bog Steward
Diane Wilson (Dakota) is the author of The Seed Keeper, a novel forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2021. She is also the author of a memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, which won a Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the One Minneapolis One Read program, as well as a nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, which was awarded the Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her most recent essay, “Seeds for Seven Generations,” was featured in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Wilson has received a Bush Foundation Fellowship as well as awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the East Central Regional Arts Council. In 2018, she was awarded a 50 Over 50 Award from Pollen/Midwest. Wilson is the executive director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a national coalition of tribes and organizations working to create sovereign food systems for Native people. She is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation, and lives in Shafer, Minnesota.

Event Schedule

NOVEMBER 11TH

6-8PM MT

Camas Davis and Amber Smith, our Confluence MC's, welcome the group. Tal Sharabi, a somatic psychotherapist and mindfulness guide, brings us into our bodies and into community with one another. 

Naseem Rakha, award-winning broadcast journalist and author, talks to Connie Hatfield, who, with her husband, founded Country Natural Beef, a cooperative that brings together over 90 family-owned ranches across the West.

We're all here to learn from and share with one another. Each day we'll participate in breakout rooms for small group reflections and further exploration of themes brought up through presentations and speakers that day.

Tia Raiford and Barbie Marshall of Strong Roots 9 gather together to each butcher a chicken in their own way while they tell their unique stories about how they learned butchery, who taught them, what the barriers were to learning, and what their visions for sharing knowledge and skills with other women are.

We're all here to learn from and share with one another. Each day we'll participate in breakout rooms for small group reflections and further exploration of themes brought up through presentations and speakers that day.

Yes. We even have live music at the Confluence!

NOVEMBER 12TH

9AM-2:30PM MT

Camas Davis and Amber Smith, our Confluence MC's, welcome the group. Tal Sharabi, a somatic psychotherapist and mindfulness guide, brings us into our bodies and into community with one another.

Ranching ecosystems are under increasing pressure from external factors like markets, insects and uncertain climactic futures. Ranchers too are being stretched thin in terms of how they respond to these pressures. Now more than ever we need to build our resilience and capacity to face these uncertain times. How do we adopt a regenerative mindset to improve outcomes for land, people and planet? Author Nicole Masters is a systems thinker with over 20 years of experience in regenerative land management. She calls upon her diverse background in adult education, behaviour change, and organisational learning, to weave together stories of success from those who listen to the land.

We're all here to learn from and share with one another. Each day we'll participate in breakout rooms for small group reflections and further exploration of themes brought up through presentations and speakers that day.

Kristina Glinoga, of Butchery 101 and Kari Underly of Range Meat Academy gather together to each butcher a chicken in their own way and tell their unique stories about how they learned butchery, who taught them, what the barriers were to learning, and what their vision for sharing knowledge and skills with other women is.

Women have long held roles in the caretaking and stewardship of land, and this panel will highlight the innovation, collaboration and necessary community building work that occurs across our rural rangelands. 

Panelists: Tuda Crews of Ute Creek Cattle Company in Clayton, NM; Sally Trigg of Trigg Ranch in Mosquero, NM

Facilitator: TBA

Most of our businesses operate around the general principle of a financial sales transaction - we all hustle to sell our meat, our farm products, or our ranch services. Within that transaction, where and how can we integrate our various desires to support and educate our communities, attend to our families, and directly address questions of food sovereignty, while still creating a revenue positive business? We’ll hear from women who have experimented with innovative and collaborative approaches to traditional meat/farm sales models in order to go beyond the one-way producer-butcher-consumer equation, by bringing in community education models, mutual aid, barter systems, creative messaging, alternative product offerings, and other non-traditional approaches while still creating positive revenue streams.

Panelists: AmyRose Foll of Virginia Free Farm, Erika Lynch of Babette’s Table, Jill Gould of Butter Meat Co., and Pixie Lighthorse of Sharp & Lighthorse Superior Grassfed Beef

Facilitator: Olivia Tincani of Olivia Tincani & Co.

We're all here to learn from and share with one another. Each day we'll participate in breakout rooms for small group reflections and further exploration of themes brought up through presentations and speakers that day.

Tal Sharabi, a somatic psychotherapist and mindfulness guide, brings us into our bodies and into community with one another.

There are lessons to learn from Mother Nature's love for disturbance. While our mixed market economy often programs our minds to focus on the reboot, recharge, or regrowth, it is just as critical that we learn to embrace the necessary disturbances that remain at the heart of resilience. This session will explore how disturbances seem to influence our daily lives as women in ranching. Together, we will grow as stewards ready to learn from the disturbances life will undoubtedly continue to send our way.

We're all here to learn from and share with one another. Each day we'll participate in breakout rooms for small group reflections and further exploration of themes brought up through presentations and speakers that day.

COVID exposed the fragility of the meat industry, the promise of regional supply chains, and the bottlenecks and regulation that still thwart honest, accessible meat. What's next? In this candid conversation, hear from Paige Jackson, who, along with her husband and five kids runs Grass Grazed Farm, and fellow North Carolinian Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook, as they discuss ways to approach the creation of accessible meat supply chains from alternative angles, and the impact of farmer-consumer relationships as this work evolves. Through mutual aid and rogue marketing, is it possible to transform consumers into informed eaters? What does it mean to build community supply chain ownership rather than consumer product loyalty? Is it possible to create accessibility for those eaters while still making a living? This chat will visit the opportunities and barriers to a radically decentralized meat supply in the changing context of our society’s food literacy.

Yes, we even have live music! Close the day with some rockin' country-western. 

NOVEMBER 13TH

9AM-2:30PM MT

Camas Davis and Amber Smith, our Confluence MC's, welcome the group. Tal Sharabi, a somatic psychotherapist and mindfulness guide, brings us into our bodies and into community with one another.

Kate Hill, longtime cooking teacher, de facto grandmere to many a wayward young chef and butcher, cookbook author, and long-time barge captain, has spent the the last thirty years living in Southwest France, where she has continued to learn about Gascon food and ways of life from her fellow butchers, bakers, and Armagnac makers. Camas Davis, executive director of the Good Meat Project, was one of her first butchery students, and they have fostered a collaborative mentor/mentee relationship ever since. During this cookery demo, Kate Hill talks to Camas Davis about the many layers of learning and how she has turned those layers into a way of life.

We're all here to learn from and share with one another. Each day we'll participate in breakout rooms for small group reflections and further exploration of themes brought up through presentations and speakers that day.

Description forthcoming.

Across the West, new ranch buyers are looking to add hard assets to their balance sheets. The pace of this trend quickened throughout the Covid outbreak, exacerbating the long-trending issue of land prices continuing to outpace the land’s agricultural value, making it increasingly difficult for land stewards to access land affordably. On this panel we will highlight some of the people and organizations who are focusing their energy and talent on supporting and developing opportunities for equitable land access.

Panelists: Susan Witt of Schumacher Center for New Economics, Kelly Beevers of Ranchers Stewardship Alliance and Winnett ACES, A-dae Briones of First Nations Development Institute

Facilitator: Esther Park of Cienega Capital

How does local meat processing affect a community and how does a community affect and inform local meat processing and the form it might take? In this panel we explore three very different community meat processing models, all spearheaded by women, and through each of these lenses, we explore the current state of meat processing in America.

Panelists: Christy Miller of Marfa Meats, Sarah Silva of Bay Area Ranchers Cooperative, Dahlia Brian of Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia State University, and Michelle Cordaro of Gypsy Butchery 

Facilitator: Kathryn Quanbeck of Carman Ranch

We're all here to learn from and share with one another. Each day we'll participate in breakout rooms for small group reflections and further exploration of themes brought up through presentations and speakers that day.

Tal Sharabi, a somatic psychotherapist and mindfulness guide, brings us into our bodies and into community with one another.

Description forthcoming

We're all here to learn from and share with one another. Each day we'll participate in breakout rooms for small group reflections and further exploration of themes brought up through presentations and speakers that day.

Honoring our own wisdom as women leaders can be one of the great challenges we face, especially when our work is dominated by other voices. Sharing our stories and recognizing the profound wisdom and vision that women bring to their work helps us reconnect to our own unique purpose with clarity and passion. Drawing from the generations of women gardeners and seed keepers whose work laid the foundation for all who followed, Diane Wilson will share her own story as a Dakota writer, non-profit director, and Seed Keeper.

Close the day with some soulful country-western music. 

Organizers

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Heard about the 2020 Confluence

Sarah P.

Colorado

"The confluence this weekend fed my soul, reminding me of the connection that a diverse group of women can form. There are so many things I learned at a young age on the ranch and so many others that I was too stubborn to (like roping). Glad to be celebrating another year of life this coming weekend with the courage to keep learning and to do so being completely me."

Ellie G.

Oregon

“I learned so much this weekend that I’ll be processing it for the next year! Thank you again. It was so positive, uplifting, friendly and supportive. I feel like I have been starving for years, and it fed me in ways that nothing else has. I am so grateful.” 

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