As conference approaches we are excited to introduce our Friday night conference keynote speaker! A Santa Cruz local, Renee Shepherd is a seed developer, gardener, entrepreneur, and author, who will be speaking about two of her passions—gardening and cooking!
Renee will provide an overview of where home garden seeds come from, how they are produced and distributed, and how new varieties are chosen and developed. She will share her favorite picks for in the kitchen and in the garden. Renee will discuss what is best for home and school gardeners, covering topics that include heirlooms, hybrids, seed saving, GMOs, and organic gardening. She will address the many aspects of gardening and the lifelong lessons that can be learned in the garden. Renee uses critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration everyday while running her company and while in her garden.
Renee Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator for introducing international specialty vegetables and herbs for home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she taught in the Environmental Studies department before founding Renee’s Garden in 1998.
Renee’s Garden seeds are sold nationally at independent garden centers, and online at reneesgarden.com. The company offers fellow gardeners access to the high quality seed varieties otherwise available only to mail order shoppers. When Renee isn’t writing copy for seed packets or directing the company’s large trial garden, she can be found authoring cookbooks, speaking at national garden shows, or enjoying the Santa Cruz Mountains.
“Renee’s Garden is my practical way to spread the joy of gardening as a meaningful, productive and satisfying activity that connects us to each other and the earth.” – Renee Shepherd
We are really looking forward to welcoming Renee to our conference and listening to her speak about how gardening, cooking, and education can help students understand more about agriculture!
Renee is one of our four keynote speakers for the 2014 California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. To see the other speakers, and to register for the conference, visit our website at http://learnaboutag.org/conference.