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Women of Abundance 2018

Women of Abundance: Women Entrepreneurs in the Regenerative Culture, Economy, and Community

September 22, 2018 11:00AM - 4:00PM

 Soul Food Farm, Vacaville CA 95688

Our 2018 Women of Abundance event was a huge success and we’re looking forward to doing it again in 2019. Enjoy our video archives from last year. We look forward to seeing you September 14, 2019 for this annual event.


How do we build and shape the traits that give women the strength and empowerment to lift themselves up? Are there lessons from the past we can use to reaffirm the comradery and support that women have historically shared with one another? We believe that women of the 21st century can, and should, aspire to uplift and encourage one another to become influential, confident, and successful leaders. 

-As individuals, we can succeed. As a community, we can thrive-

Join us on September 22nd , 2018 at Soul Food Farm for Women of Abundance: Women Entrepreneurs in the Regenerative Culture, Economy, and Community. This will be an in-depth conversation among several successful local women entrepreneurs about regenerative culture, economy, and community. This event will explore the concepts of abundance and discuss what it means to be regenerative. Together, we can cultivate an economy where we grow through collaboration and conversation. 


Read more about our exciting panelist below!



2018 The Panelists


Kelly D. Carlisle is the founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba: A Youth Urban Farm Project. As the heart of her community, her teaching farm reaches into the soul of Oakland and through adversity and determination, has turned her plot of soil and tender plants into a source of hope and affection for those who come to learn and participate in the healing powers of farming. She breaks the boundaries of what a nonprofit can accomplish, what an urban farm is and how to engage with the people who live in her neighborhood.

Elisabeth Prueitt

Elisabeth Prueitt, along with her husband Chad, is the co-founder of Tartine Bakery & Tartine Manufactory. For the last two decades, with the simple and soulful art of baking bread, she has created a new expectation of what defines delicious, satisfying and possible both in business and community. The bread and pastries of Tartine have been the building blocks for cookbooks, restaurants, chefs and bakers throughout San Francisco. She is a leader in the food culture of the Bay Area and continues to hold on to the core of her identity and work.

Nicolette Hahn Niman is an attorney, writer, livestock rancher, and mother. She and her husband own and operate Niman Ranch in Bolines. Much of Nicolette's time is spent speaking and writing about the problems resulting from industrialized food production, including essays she has written on the subject for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. She is a regular speaker at food and farming events, and has been a keynote speaker at the Ecofarm Conference; the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Conference; the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, among others.

Rebecca Burgess is the Executive Director of Fibershed, and Chair of the Board for Carbon Cycle Institute. She has over a decade of experience writing and implementing hands-on curriculum that focuses on the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has taught at Westminster College, Harvard University, and has created workshops for a range of NGOs and corporations. She is the author of the best-selling book Harvesting Color, a bioregional look into the natural dye traditions of North America. She has built an extensive network of farmers and artisans within our region’s Northern California Fibershed to pilot the regenerative fiber systems model at the community scale.

Helena Sylvester is co-owner and lady farmer at Happy Acre Farm with her husband Matthew; currently in her fifth season with Happy Acre growing certified organic mixed vegetables and flowers for market and restaurants on 3 ½ acres in the outer regions of the Bay Area. She was awarded 2017 40 under 40 business owners by Diablo Magazine, is a Carhartt ambassador and recently gave birth to the couples first child, August.

Jessica Prentice

Jessica is a co-founder of Three Stone Hearth; the nation's first Community Supported kitchen. Through the development of a unique business model for food preparation and processing, Three Stone Hearth has had hundreds of students, apprentices, interns, externs and volunteers bring their knowledge and spirit to the mission of serving community.

Originally inspired by the CSA model (Community Supported Agriculture), in which customers support a farm by committing in advance to a share of their produce, the customers of TSH support the kitchen by pre-ordering online, thus limiting speculation, risk and waste.

The Moderator

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Erin Walkenshaw

Erin has a deep abiding passion for agriculture and regenerative systems. Her spirit and brilliant mind drive her to reach out and be part of a new movement of spirited women in the Bay Area who are breaking new ground in the world of farming. Erin is fortunate to work with a number of non-profit and for-profit entities whose common thread is their work towards the emergence of health in and across systems. Currently, the majority of her time is happily engaged with the non-profit organization Fibershed, where she is collaboratively designing and implementing a pilot program to help land managers develop and implement carbon farm plans and a peer-to-peer support network of fellow carbon farmers.

Photo Credit Molly Decoudreaux

Photo Credit Molly Decoudreaux


The Master of Ceremonies

Shakirah Simley is a writer and community organizer in San Francisco. She earned her organizing chops with over a decade of working on food equity, labor and youth campaigns. The daughter of a social worker, and granddaughter of a Black Panther, she graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and completed master’s at Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences as a Fulbright Fellow. She served as the Community Director for famed local grocer, Bi-Rite and its Family of Businesses, and in 2016, she co-founded Nourish|Resist, a multiracial collaborative using food spaces and people as tools for collective resistance. Last year, she was a prestigious Fellow for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Her writing has appeared in Civil Eats, The Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, and recently published cookbook for the revolution: "Feed the Resistance". She currently serves as the Legislative Aide for Supervisor Vallie Brown of District 5 in San Francisco.


The Photographer


Paige Green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, in Petaluma, California, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in multiple books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture.  

A lover of natural light, medium format film, and capturing candid moments, Paige is excited by any photoshoot with kids, dogs, or good food (especially chocolate food) and she looks forward to spending the rest of her life capturing moments, photographing her family and documenting communities. Her philosophy in life and photography: Be Nice. 




Student Pricing is available with valid student ID or proof of current registration. 

Online ticket sales end Friday, September 21st, 2018.

A limited amount will be available at the door.

  • Several of the panelists will have their books available for purchase and signing.

  • Food will be available for purchase from local vendors or you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch.

  • Chairs will be available on a first come first serve basis. Feel free to bring your own folding chair.