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Landscape and Agriculture Track

Morning Keynote:  Common-Sense Sustainability: Smart Ways to Make a Difference
Anna Clark, author of "Green, American Style" and president of EarthPeople, a global consulting and communications firm

Are you interested in maximizing your potential to make a difference? In this presentation, Anna Clark explains how consumers can vote with their dollars and entrepreneurs can seize opportunities. By sharing her own journey from that of consumer to sustainer, she sheds light on opportunities to change the world at home, at work, at school and in your community. Some questions she answers are:

  • What is sustainable living, and why should I care?
  • What are the economic benefits to sustainability?
  • What are the barriers that Americans are uniquely confronted with on this journey?
  • How can simple green living help my family save over $5,000 per year?
  • How can I gain the influence I need to make a difference?
  • What are the best opportunities for entrepreneurs to enter the eco-economy?

Session 1:  Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs)
Marie Tedei, owner, Eden’s Organic Garden Center

Community Supported Agriculture is an increasingly popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from the farmer. Ms. Tedei owns a CSA farm that is 20 minutes outside of downtown Dallas. Come to this session to learn how CSAs work and how to join one.

Session 2:  Organic Gardening 
Tropical John

Spreading the word about organic gardening is Tropical John’s passion, and he's been doing it for more than 20 years. Learn about all-natural solutions for a safer yard from this talk radio host who appears on “The Dirt Doctor” with Howard Garrett on Sunday mornings on KSKY 660 AM.

Session 3:  Aquaponics and Earth Sustainable Living, Inc. (AESL)

John and Teresa Musser, co-founders

Aquaponics and intensive earth grow systems are some of the most desired farming skills in the world today and part of the new wave in future farming. Backed by a small but efficient staff and a team of loyal college interns and volunteers, they have developed a fully-operational aquaponics system that can function in almost any part of the world. The system is economical and quick to set up and establish, and most of the parts can be found anywhere in the world.

Session 4:  Square Foot Gardening
James Lawrence, architect, LEED

This session is an introduction to space-saving, bountiful organic gardening. You can plant a square foot garden in your back yard, office side yard or even on the roof, if you’re in an urban setting. You’ll learn how to create one, what soil amendments to use, how much to water, what to grow and when and where to grow it.

Evening Keynote:  Building a Sustainable Workplace
Mabrie Jackson, CEO and president of North Texas Commission

Being green is anything but a line item in a corporate budget.

Session 5:  How to Save Water Outdoors
Yvonne Dupre, water conservation program manager for Dallas Water Utilities

Want to have a beautiful landscape and a reasonable water bill? Then this session is for you. Learn the seven principles of waterwise landscaping (formerly known as xeriscape), and which native and drought-tolerant plants will thrive in north Texas.