• There are no upcoming dates for this program.

Bionutrient Food Association's Sixth Annual Soil and Nutrition Conference Nature as Solution: Cultivating Synergy to Put Nutrition and Flavor Back on the Table

This program delivered in partnership with

For farmers, homesteaders, backyard gardeners, nutritionists, medical practitioners, researchers, health-conscious consumers, and anyone interested in learning more about sustainability in agriculture and how farming agriculture shapes human health. Scholarship eligible.

Our sixth annual conference brings together the collective knowledge of the food movement from the perspectives of successful farmers, cutting-edge researchers, enlightening health practitioners, and pioneers of food quality to delve deep into the connections and importance of soil and nutrition. Integrating diverse viewpoints, this year’s program aims to engage growers and gardeners at their skill level with principles, practices and innovations for ecologically and financially sound farming, as well as present health-conscious consumers and medical professionals valuable insights to effectively advocate and select for quality in their local region and food supply.  

We explore

  • Successful applications of biological (ecological) management, from garden to wholesale scale
  •  Improving public health through agriculture, education and local capacity building
  • Effectively using nutrition to mitigate disease across the landscape
  • Regenerating ecological systems to provide environmental stability and weather climate change
  • Flavor as a focal point in the food quality conversation
  • Implementation and development of techniques for grower success including seed establishment, emergence and in season monitoring solutions
  • Growing and marketing your farm business with an eye to quality.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore how the intersection of farm and human ecosystems holds the key to environmental sustainability, quality food, and overall well-being.

Tuition for the two-day event is $225 nonmembers; $200 BFA members, plus room and meals. To receive the BFA member discount, please register by phone. To become a BFA member, join now; or check your membership status.

Note Please contact Kripalu by phone if you are interested in one-day registration; commuter fee or housing is required.

All meals and accommodations are offered by Kripalu Center. Kripalu features high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, including some items from attending farmers. Your accommodations include access to all facilities and on-site yoga classes. Rates start at $87 per day for dormitory lodging; find out more about accommodations here. Meals are included, beginning with dinner the night of your arrival through lunch on the day of your departure. Due to the extended schedule of this conference, Kripalu will offer complimentary dinner on Tuesday, December 6, for any guests not staying overnight on Tuesday evening. Find out more about staying at Kripalu.

Program participants who are not staying on campus will be charged a $55 per day commuter fee. This fee includes three meals daily and access to Kripalu facilities, daily yoga and wellness programming, sauna, fitness room, and grounds. If you have questions about this fee, or specific meal options, please contact Registrations at 800.741.7353 or registration@kripalu.org.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
Cooking and Nutrition


Joel Salatin is a farmer, lecturer, and author of several books including Everything I Want to Do is Illegal and The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer.

Full Bio and Programs

John Kempf is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a leading crop health consultant, and a designer of innovative soil and plant management systems.

Full Bio and Programs

Fred Provenza, PhD, is professor emeritus of behaviorial ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University.

Full Bio and Programs

Guido Masé is a clinical herbalist, teacher, and the author of The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants.

Full Bio and Programs

Kathleen DiChiara, FDN-P, BNI-P, CHC, is a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner, an integrative health and nutrition coach, and author.

Full Bio and Programs

John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD, is a naturalist, nutritionist, farmer, and assistant professor who teaches courses at universities and wellness centers.

Full Bio and Programs

Selena Ahmed, PhD, is assistant professor of sustainable food systems at Montana State University.

Full Bio and Programs

Jean-Martin Fortier is a farmer, educator, and author specializing in organic and biologically intensive cropping practices.

Full Bio and Programs

Lane Selman is an agricultural researcher at Oregon State University who works with dozens of organic vegetable farmers in the Pacific Northwest on collaborative research projects.

Full Bio and Programs