Food As Medicine Summit Presenters

April 7 – 9, 2015: Learn & get inspired with 16 experts, authors & longtime practitioners sharing about wild food & fermentation, nourished eating, natural healing & more! For FREE access to the online summit, register here:

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Janell KapoorJanell Kapoor has been fermenting and foraging wild food for over 20 years. She is an award-winning mead maker and foody extraordinaire. Janell is Ashevillage’s founding director, co-producer of the Food As Medicine Summit and Whole Earth Summit, and founder of Kleiwerks International and the Permaculture School. She lives in Asheville, NC. “I hope you will join us for this summit and leave with something that will transform your diet and your life.”

Presenter Bios

Click on any photo to see the presenter’s bio. All interviews will be available for free for 48 hours after they air.

Tuesday, April 7

Sandor Katz
Sandor Katz is a native of New York City, and a graduate of Brown University. In 1993, he moved to Tennessee where he became part of a vibrant extended community. He had AIDS and considers fermented foods to be an important part of his healing. In 2003 he published “Wild Fermentation,” which Newsweek called “the fermenting bible.” Since then, Sandor has taught hundreds of workshops demystifying fermentation and empowering people to reclaim this important transformational process in their kitchens. The New York Times calls him “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.” His latest book, “The Art of Fermentation,” received a James Beard award. Sandor has presented workshops through most of the United States, and across the world in venues that have included universities, farms, farmers’ markets, conferences, and community spaces.
Natalie Bogwalker
+ Asia Suler

Natalie Bogwalker is the founder and director of Wild Abundance LLC, the Living Skills School, and the Firefly Gathering, all based in and around Asheville, NC. Natalie teaches and shares tools and skills that are essential for living harmoniously within the natural systems of the earth. She also teaches with Wild Intelligence, the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Maps Meet, Earthskills Rendezvous, Ashevillage, and has presented at universities. Natalie practices and shares skills she considers vital to humanity’s future, while living in a lovely, growing homestead nestled deep in the Southern Appalachians. She spends her time harvesting in the wild, building, gardening, planting, putting up food, growing, teaching, and scheming about how to introduce more people to earth-based living, all while worshiping the beauty around her.

Asia Suler is a writer, teacher, herbalist, and energy healer who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC. Asia holds a B.A in English, Anthropology, and Native American studies from Vassar College and a Reiki Masters degree. She began her journey into healing and plant-based medicine after early years of chronic pain. She began her formal study of herbs with Juliet Blankespoor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and has continued to study, seek, listen, and learn since. Asia teaches at gatherings across the country and is blessed to work intimately with people and plants, spirit and stones. She is the creator and concoctress of One Willow Apothecaries, a small Appalachian-grown business that offers handmade, heartfelt magic and medicine.

Marc Williams
+ Luke Cannon

Marc Williams is an ethnobotanist who has studied the people-plant connection intensively while employing botanicals for food, medicine, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Business from Warren Wilson College. Marc also holds a Masters degree in Appalachian Studies, concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He is the Executive Director of Plants and Healers International, and on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. Marc has taught hundreds of classes about the marvelous world of plants, people, and their interface. In the last few years, Marc has worked with over 50 organizations, as well as with Botany Everyday, an online botany course.

Luke Cannon, more than a botanist, is a long time pursuer and teacher of the magic and medicine of plants. His passions to study and understand the ecological intricacies of the natural world have led him throughout the Americas and across the globe. An avid naturalist, Luke draws from a diverse pool of knowledge, combining his botanical studies with his life experience in sustainable living, organic farming, permaculture, eco-village design, and rural homesteading. His course of studies include the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Plant Biology at Cornell University, the Karuna Falls School of Permaculture (New Zealand), and John Young’s Art of Mentoring course. During the last decade, Luke has instructed several wilderness awareness programs, led walks for the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, and taught at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and the Appalachian School Of Holistic Herbalism. Luke currently lives in Western North Carolina, studying Appalachian ecology, and making his living as an ethnobotany instructor and environmental educator. He offers regular classes and walks to share his knowledge of the local plants, birds, mushrooms and his enthusiasm for building closer relationships with the wilds around us.

Alan Muskat
Alan Muskat, philosoforager, stand-up mycomedian, and epicure of the obscure, has been taking people “out to eat” for over 20 years. He founded the first and only forage-to-table company in the country and the first wild foods public education program in the world. Author of Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment, Muskat has popped up on Bizarre Foods, The History Channel, PBS, The Washington Post, and other major media. For two decades, Alan has sold hundreds of pounds of wild foods a year to over fifty restaurants and hotels. Muskat has taught self-catering to James Beard Chefs, Dr. Andrew Weil, VPs of major corporations and a number of other notables. The creator of the documentary “GMO OMG” is filming his next film about Alan’s work.

Wednesday, April 8

Jenny McGruther
Jenny McGruther: An advocate for farm fresh foods and sustainable agriculture, Jenny believes that food is something worthy of celebration. Alongside her husband, she’s nurtured and grown their local foodshed – connecting small family farms with an eager customer base through their local farmers market. Together they created and manage a lively, progressive farmers market in the heart of Colorado ski country that nourishes their community. With an unshakeable belief that everyone deserves access to high quality, nutrient-dense foods they’ve spearheaded programs that provide free food to low-income residents of their community and steadily supply their community’s food bank with wholesome, sustainably grown local foods. Real food takes real work. And it’s worth it. Nourished Kitchen’s goal is to promote sustainable agriculture and nutrient-dense, whole foods in everyday kitchens. The focus here is on whole, unrefined foods prepared according to traditional methods that optimize nutrient density. Cherish your body, nourish your kitchen.
Juliet Blankespoor
+ Ceara Foley

Juliet Blankespoor is the director and primary instructor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, where she teaches the traditional art of bioregional community herbalism. In addition, she cultivates a diverse herb garden and apothecary, and enjoys dreaming up herbal concoctions in her free time. Juliet shares her plant obsession through her herbal articles and botanical photography in her Blog Castanea. She is currently developing an online program on growing herbs, along with writing and photographing her first book –Cultivating Medicinal Herbs- A guidebook to Growing Healing Plants in the Home Garden. Both the book and the course will be available June 2015.

Ceara Foley’s passion has always been connecting to the cycles of life. Her work with at-risk, inner-city children in Pennsylvania, Virginia and California sparked her love of healing through teaching. Ceara serves as director of the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. She has led women’s spirituality circles since 1994, empowering women to reconnect with their inner and outer environments. In Oregon she worked with Medicine Flower creating aromatherapy products for mind, body, and spirit. Ceara serves as president of the North Carolina Natural Products Association board, is a certified herbalist and beekeeper, steward of Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary, Co-founder of North Carolina Plant Savers and NC American Herbalists Guild.

CoreyPine Shane
+ Todd Elliot

CoreyPine Shane: CoreyPine is Director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and has been helping clients since the early 1990s by artfully blending Chinese and Western herbal traditions with a focus on local plants. As a seasoned wildcrafter, he has extensive knowledge of local plant identification as well as medicine making. He is an expert on herbal first aid, an experienced Street Medic and Wilderness First Responder. He has taught and led plant walks across the country, including the Medicines from the Earth Symposium, International Herb Symposium, Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, AHG Symposium, Wild Herb Weekend, Midwest Herb Fest, and the Montana Herb Gathering.

Todd Elliot is a primitive skills instructor passionate about applying and preserving many traditional lifeways on his family homestead in the mountains of western North Carolina. He has worked with TV networks including PBS, National Geographic Channel, and UNC-TV. Todd has been involved with research projects exploring biological diversity on six continents and has discovered and described organisms new to science. He has lectured widely about various aspects of the natural world. Todd is an award-winning photographer with over 100 of his images published in books, magazines, scientific journals, and newspapers. In addition, he is a champion fiddler, storyteller, and performing artist who has played music and told tales on stages from Carolina to California.

Dina Falconi
Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. She has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild-food foraging and cooking, for more than twenty years. She produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation and on the board of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. An avid gardener and wildcrafter, Dina is passionate about ecological agriculture and has completed the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. She is the author of Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook and Earthy Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody.

Thursday, April 9

Alex Jamieson
Alexandra Jamieson is a mom, writer, and health coach who helps women listen to their true cravings for pleasure in order to achieve the body and life they desire. The co-creator and co-star of the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me, Alex has appeared on Oprah, CNN, Fox News, numerous documentaries and other news outlets. Her recipes and interviews have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, People, Gourmet Magazine, Naturally Danny Seo, and numerous magazines, blogs, and podcasts. She is a healthy gourmet chef, having trained at The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, and is the author of The Great American Detox Diet, Vegan Cooking for Dummies, Living Vegan for Dummies, and Women, Food & Desire.
Amie Valpone
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of; she is a Manhattan Celebrity Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean Eating’ recipes.  Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain including Lyme Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, Leaky Gut, Heavy Metals and much more exhausting thousands of doctors in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how clean eating and detox saved her life and inspires you to clean up your food, too.  Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, organic, whole foods. Amie’s work appears on Martha Stewart, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Amie’s first cookbook on ‘Clean Eating and Detox’ will come out in early 2016.
Angelique Moss-Greer
Angelique “Sobande” Moss-Greer, BS, HN, CNHP, is an army veteran turned certified holistic nutritionist, master herbalist, consultant, author, and educator with more than 20 years in the field. She is the founder and owner of Natural Choices Botanica, the only African American, hand-blended, gourmet tea company in the South producing a wonderful line of teas called Legacy Tea Blends that were the recipes of her great-grandmother. Passionate about her gifts, Sobande also runs the Natural Choices Botanica School of Herbalism and Holistic Health where students can learn the art and science of herbalism the old fashioned way. She has traveled the world extensively, learning, teaching growing her passion for health and longevity. She resides with her supportive husband & three daughters just outside Nashville Tennessee where she maintains a private practice that centers on education and consulting communities through retreats, lectures, workshops, seminars & products. Sobande is currently completing her Doctorates Degree in Naturopathy and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with you for health & longevity.
Jeremy Seifert


Jeremy Seifert is director, writer, and editor of the documentary GMO OMG.The film is a journey in search of answers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice. The personal nature of his films find instant connection with viewers and inspires real change both personally and socially. Jeremy uses his films and experiences to speak on issues surrounding the environment, food, and social change at universities and conferences around the world. Jeremy and his wife, Jen, live in North Carolina with their three children, Finn (8), Scout (6), and Pearl (3).


[Free & Online] Why Food as Medicine?

From the nutrient depleted soils of mono-cropped farms, to the overly processed and packaged foods that fill our supermarkets, to the body ailments that are more common today than even before; we must face the fact that our food system is broken. However, rather than dwelling on what’s not working, many of us are asking how we can upgrade the choices we’re making in our daily lives to improve our personal health and the health of the planet…

Join this first time online gathering of world renowned experts, best selling authors, and beloved teachers as they share their journeys and wisdom around using Food As Medicine. Gain valuable insight and inspiration for getting maximum medicinal value from everyday ingredients, boosting the nutritive properties of your food through traditional techniques, foraging for wild edibles and medicinal plants, boosting your immunity and digestion, and supporting a sustainable food system — all while creating a deeper connection with yourself, your diet…and the earth, itself.

Food As Medicine Summit is an opportunity to learn how to:

  • Create a nourished kitchen using new & traditional foods & recipes
  • Make herbal concoctions for digestion, anxiety, immunity & more
  • Boost the nutritive properties of your food with fermentation
  • Figure out what foods work best for your own body
  • Understand modern homesteading principles
  • Forage for wild mushrooms & other edibles
  • Wild-craft medicine from local plants
  • Ferment just about anything

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Speaker Schedule – All interviews will be available for free for 48 hours after they air

April 7th — Wild Food & Fermentation: Bringing It Home!
5-6pm EDT — Sandor Katz:
 Wild Fermentation: Understanding the benefits of cultured foods in your everyday life
6-7pm EDT — Natalie Bogwalker & Asia Suler: Mineral Rich Bone Broths: Making nutrient dense broths for vitality & immunity (with Natalie). Ancient Roots, Ancient Foods: Preparing medicine & digestive bitters with nourishing roots (with Asia)
7-8pm EDT — Marc Williams & Luke Cannon: The Power of Wild Salad & Pesto: Foraging for detoxifying wild greens & edible flowers (with Marc). Wild Tea Party: Infusing & imbibing wild herbs for energy, balance, digestion & immunity (with Luke)
8-9pm EDT — Alan Muskat: Wild Mushroom Foraging: Basic tips from one of the country’s leading mushroom experts

April 8th — The Nourished Kitchen: Recipes, Foods & Tips For Your Healthy Lifestyle
5-6pm EDT — Jenny McGruther: Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-table tips for the traditional foods lifestyle
6-7pm EDT— Juliet Blankespoor & Ceara Foley: Kitchen Witchin: Making medicinal beverages, vinegars, oils & salts (with Juliet). Medicine From the Hive: Health enhancing powers of honey, pollen & propolis (with Ceara).
7-8pm EDT— CoreyPine Shane & Todd Elliott: Medicinal Properties of Culinary Herbs: Hidden powers in everyday food (with CoreyPine). A Wild Foraging Adventure: Harvesting herbs, mushrooms & other (with Todd).
8-9pm EDT — Dina Falconi: Foraging & Feasting: Native nutrition in our everyday lives

April 9th — Natural Healing & Well-Being Through How We Eat
5-6pm EDT— Alex Jamieson:
 Women, Food & Desire: Recipes & inspiration for a body & life you love
6-7pm EDT— Amie Valpone: Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Learn how to detox your food & your life
7-8pm EDT— Angelique Moss-Greer: Evolutionary Food & Herbs: The underground railroad & the soul food diet
8-9pm EDT — Jeremy Seifert: What’s on your plate? Gain insight into growing concern of citizens the world over

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Dive Deeper with the Summit Presenters In Person: Workshops in Asheville, NC

Food As Medicine Workshops – Join us if you are interested in learning more through hands-on classes with the summit presenters…in a castle! By immersing yourself in an entire week, you will have the knowledge to integrate traditional practices, recipes, how-to methods, and new ideas into your day-to-day life. Have fun, enjoy the beautiful environs of Asheville, and make the long-range upgrades to your personal health and to the health of our planet with world-renown leading experts and a whole community of people who share your personal passion for food as medicine. Join in!

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