2017 Digging Deeper Speakers

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World renowned experts and leaders in Maryland will share their experience and expertise, including:


Dr. steveapfelbaumSteven Apfelbaum: A Senior Ecologist and Chairman of Applied Environmental Services, a global land restoration company with over 9,000 projects completed or in process, Steve teaches soil and ecological restoration at Harvard University, and is the author of several seminal books on the subject.


Lori ArguellesLori Arguelles: As Executive Director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation, Lori brings nearly 25 years of experience in executive management, public relations, and government relations to her position. She has served as vice president of media and policy strategy for SeaWeb, the founding president and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and had also worked at the Girl Scouts of the USA, and for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

bartenfelder-josephThe Honorable Joe Bartenfelder:  As Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Agriculture, Joe draws on his years of experience growing up on a farm and has been a full-time farmer and businessman for more than 35 years. He served in the state legislature and as a member of the Baltimore County Council.


markbeltonThe Hon. Mark Belton: As Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Mark Bolton leads the organization to preserve, protect, enhance and restore Maryland’s natural resources.  Secretary Belton has served in a variety of state and local government leadership positions, including Charles County administrator and Queen Anne’s County administrator.

stuartclarkeStuart Clarke: Executive Director of the Town Creek Foundation since 2004, Stuart has extensive experience in education, philanthropy and community-based volunteerism and civic action.  Previously, he has served as a faculty member of Williams College, as Director of the Atlanta Outward Bound Center, and on the boards of the Center for New American Dream and the Grantmakers Association.  Stuart is currently a Trustee of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

gail-fullerGail Fuller: A Kansas farmer, Fuller is well-known nationally for his efforts to retain and build the soil on his farm all with an eye on economic sustainability. Gail has been a passionate advocate for sharing the lessons he’s learned and began offering the Fuller Field School to provide farmers with on-farm learning experiences.


bengrumblesThe Honorable Ben Grumbles:  As Secretary of Maryland’s Department of the Environment, Ben has broad experience in energy, climate, air, waste, and agricultural policy and regulation. He previously headed the U.S. Water Alliance, a Washington-based environmental nonprofit organization, and served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

terronhillsmanDr. Terron Hillsman:  As Maryland’s State Conservationist through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Dr. Hillsman is responsible for providing technical and program assistance to Maryland farmers and landowners.



larry-kopaldLarry Kopald: Larry Kopald, co-founder of The Carbon Underground, has spent over 25 years in the advertising business, overseeing advertising for companies from McDonalds to American Express, and having launched brands like Acura and Oracle. He is also a lifelong environmentalist, serving on boards like Oceana, the National Marine Sanctuaries, and Patagonia’s 1% For The Planet. His communications work for the planet has run in over 100 countries. He has also been nominated for both Emmy and Grammy awards.

Dtimothy_lasaller. Tim LaSalle:  LaSalle is the co-founder and co-director of the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at California State University, Chico. Previously, he had served as the Agriculture Research Director at the Howard Buffett Foundation, CEO of the Rodale Institute, and a recognized global leader on Regenerative Agriculture. 


kristinenicholsDr. Kristine Nichols:  Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute, where she examines impacts of management practices such as crop rotation, cover crops, tillage and livestock grazing. Kris was previously a soil microbiologist with the USDA and received her Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Maryland.


The symposium is funded by the Town Creek Foundation and produced by the Alice Ferguson Foundation and The Carbon Underground.

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