The Garden Faire 2013 – Speakers


Keynote Speaker

Rich Merrill

“Kitchen Gardens for Personal Health and the Health of the Environment”

Your kitchen garden can nurture the health of you and your family, while enhancing local biodiversity.

Main Tent:  1:00 p.m.

Richard Merrill is founder and former director of the Horticulture Program at Cabrillo College, where he taught for 30 years. While at Cabrillo, he established the popular Cabrillo College Mother’s Day Plant Sale, now in its 34th year. Richard also helped to design and facilitate Cabrillo’s 11-acre Environmental Horticulture Center and Botanic Gardens. He has written several magazine articles on gardening and books including The Gardener’s Table: Growing and Cooking Vegetables Naturally (TenSpeed Press);  Radical Agriculture, (Harper & Row);  and Energy Primer: Solar, Wind and Biofuels, (Delta.) In the early 70’s, Richard first proposed the idea of designing landscapes and kitchen gardens with certain plants and microhabitats to attract and nurture local beneficial wildlife; he was thus one of the pioneers of today’s ‘habitat gardening’ and the use of hedgerows in farming.  He believes that tending a backyard kitchen garden is one of the most powerful things that families and individuals can do for their own health and, if designed properly, the health of the local biodiversity. In his talk, Richard will discuss how to prioritize what and how much to grow in limited spaces, and in a local food economy where produce is plentiful. He will also describe the plants and microhabitats best suited for attracting and nurturing beneficial insects and other useful garden creatures. Richard presently runs a small horticulture consulting business. In his spare time, he tends his kitchen garden zoo, something he has been doing for most of his life.

Meet The Garden Faire Emcee ~ Emmet Brady

Main Tent: 12:00 noon.

It’s Not Just About The Bugs . . . It’s About Us

Emmet  Brady is an innovator in the emerging field of Cultural Entomology, and the creator of the Insect News, which airs on the radio on KDRT 95.7 FM Davis, CA (Wednesdays 4-5 pm).



Thomas Wittman The Gopher Whisperer  “Non-Toxic Vertebrate Pest Control”

Main Tent: 4:00 p.m.

Gophers Limited is dedicated to the humane and efficient resolution of human and animal conflicts. Thomas Wittman started his gopher career as an organic farmer in 1982.  He trapped gophers daily for over twenty years and founded a wildlife damage control company focusing on gophers, moles, voles and ground squirrels. The company has expanded into resolving any human and animal conflict that results in damage in ways that do not degrade the environment and water resources.  Wittman has been a consultant on rodent problems since 1991. He was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz as an ecologist, where he studied under the famous wildlife ecologist Raymond Dassmann.  Today, along with focused presentations about non-toxic vertebrate pest control, field training of farmers and gardeners, Gophers Limited non-toxic measures are becoming the method of choice. Gophers Limited is insured and owner Thomas Wittman holds a PCA license from the Department of Pesticide Regulation and a nuisance animal trapping license from the California Department of Fish and Game. Gophers Limited is now a certified Green Business.                 

Patrick Adams & Emmet Brady “Nourishing Our Community Through Resources: Bees, Insects, Community Groups, Meet-ups and Outreach”

Blue Moon Bees

Main Tent 12:00 noon

Blue Moon Bees is run by Master  Beekeeper Patrick Adams. A  seasoned urban farmer, Patrick  also raises chickens and grows  much of his family’s food in  addition to keeping bees. He  teaches Biology and Botany at  Bellarmine College Prep where he also runs the school’s organic garden. Patrick is also a mentor teacher & instructor for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s teacher instututes.Blue Moon Bees is a green company which uses no pesticides and only safe, natural and humane methods are employed when keeping our bees.

 BethYoung Beth Young Garden Design  “Naturescaping for Health, Wealth, Beauty and Peace”

Main Tent:  2:00 p.m.

Beth, the owner of Beth Young Garden Design, has been helping homeowners create healthy, beautiful and sustainable gardens since 1998. She is the author of The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard.

Dr. Juan Acosta Urquidi, PhD, QEEGT  Energy Medicine: New Frontiers in Brainwave Research


Main Tent: Health Panel 3:00

Dr. Acosta, PhD Cellular Neurophysiology, University of Toronto, has worked with a variety of clients, including: ADD/ADHD children adolescents and adults, closed-head injury patients, depression and anxiety disorders, CFS, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and multiple sclerosis patients. He has worked extensively with relaxation and stress management techniques and neurofeedback training. He has carried out pioneering research with energetic healers, mapping brainwaves and heartwaves during energy healing sessions and during altered states of consciousness. After more than 20 years of basic laboratory research in cellular neurophysiology, mainly on invertebrate nervous systems, Dr. Acosta entered the field of QEEG (quantitative electroencephalography) in 1996. He then joined an NIH-funded project in alternative medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center to study pulsed magnetotherapy treatment on neurologic patients suffering MS. While still there, a chance discovery lead him to pursue research with Energy Healers, at a time when he was initiated as a Reiki Master. Using an electrocrystal detector device he recorded electromagnetic signals emanating from Energy Healers during the state of “sending”, or “channeling” energy. He extended this research by simultaneously measuring EEG in a subset of the healers sample, documenting the shifting brainwave patterns as the healers transit through different states of consciousness during the energy healing state. These topographic brain maps, with the recent addition of HRV (heart rate variability) measurements, have been yielding rich data on the heart-brain exchange, charting new ground in the research interface of Science, Healing and Spirituality. Dr. Acosta has been in private practice since 2001, and is currently a healing practitioner with Healthy Solutions in Santa Cruz, Calilfornia.

~ In The Beer Garden ~

 Toby Wingo  “Krauting Party” toby

Beer Garden:  11:30 – 1:00

Toby Wingo is currently the production manager for Farmhouse Culture.  As as avid and wild fermenteer, he tries to inoculate microbial metabolism wherever he goes.  As a proponent of incorporating wild native plants into our local food culture, he was able to win the “wildest ferment” award at the 2011 Wild Fermentation Festival for his Candy Cap Yam Kraut.

Craig Lane  Health Alchemy  “Get Your Libido Fizzing with Herbal Sodas”

Beer Garden:  2:00 – 3:00

Most of us eat foods that have an inherent energy, like hot, cold, or drying.  And most do not know how to navigate and use foods instead of having food use us.  Many of us eat foods that act like kindling on a fire, they burn hot and bright quickly, but leave soon and leave us without long-term support. I help people change by monitoring their diet, giving them “homework” to set health goals, and find ways to love food more, love our bodies more, love our relationships with food and ourselves more.  I also offer ways to experiment safely with food changes, and see how you react, which tells us a lot.Craig-businessheadshot

Craig Lang, CMT, founder of Health Alkemy, Certified Nutritionist and Planetary Herbalist, has an exhaustive and ongoing education in nutrition and healing including a B.S. in nutrition from California Polytechnic Institute, Completion of the Kushi Institute of Macrobiotics program of study, and extensive training in the world’s major herbal and health traditions: Western medicine, Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda.
Craig is a Shiatsu Massage and Acupressure Therapist, and a Whole Foods therapeutic chef with expertise in alchemy and predigestion of foods. He resides in Santa Cruz, California, where he has a daily yoga and meditation practice. He is author of the book Moving Into Balance.


Kelly Dearie “Fermentation as an Art & Medicine”

Kelly Dearie

Beer Garden: 3:00 – 4:00

Kelly founded her business Creative Cultures in 2009.

  • probiotic beverages
  • specializing in fermentation and nutrient dense foods
  • Innovative product development
  • Health and product consultation
  • Innovative culinary workshops combining concepts from Nourishing Traditions, the raw foods movement, macrobiotics, and alternatives to common allergy foods.