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Friday, October 20
 

9:41am

Lessons from the Forest: How Trees Communicate and Help Each Other

Introduction by Brock Dolman, Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute

Visionary ecologist Suzanne Simard has made extraordinary discoveries about the hidden life of forests: how trees, in symbiotic relationship with fungal mycelia, exchange information, nutrients and water in shared underground networks that make them far more resilient to threats and stressors such as climate disruption. As a professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, her cutting-edge, rigorous research offers us profound ecological parables about what forests can teach us about community, cooperation and mutual aid.


Workshop Speakers
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Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman, co-founder (in 1994) of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), is the Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute and its Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program. For 20+ years Brock has worked as a watershed... Read More →

Keynotes
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Suzanne Simard

University of British Columbia
Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, is an expert in the synergies and complexities of forests and the development of sustainable forest stewardship practices. Her groundbreaking research centers on the relationships between plants, microbes... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 9:41am - 10:06am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

Rights of Nature: Codifying Indigenous Worldviews into Law to Protect Biodiversity | Indigenous Forum
In deep contrast to the “human vs. nature” dichotomy underpinning much Western thought, Indigenous Peoples share a worldview that humans are a part of nature’s interconnected systems. It’s not surprising that Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of a growing movement to acknowledge the legal “Rights of Nature.” World-renowned Indigenous environmental leaders share their approaches to this game-changing strategy for protecting Mother Earth and Indigenous rights. Hosted by Kandi Mossett, (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), Native Energy and Climate Change Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network. With: Maui Solomon (Moriori), attorney, Chairman and CEO, Hokotehi Moriori Trust; Kealoha (Hawaiian), Hawaii’s Poet Laureate; Tony Skrelunas (Diné), Native America Program Director, Grand Canyon Trust; Tom Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota), Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network; Leila Salazar-Lopez (Chicana/Aztec), Executive Director, Amazon Watch.

Keynotes
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Kandi Mossett

Indigenous Environmental Network
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)’s Lead Organizer on its Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign, has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts climate change and environmental injustice have... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Tom Goldtooth

Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, a social change activist for 36+ years, globally recognized as an environmental and climate justice leader, works with Indigenous communities around the world to help them defend... Read More →
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Kealoha

Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i, is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller who has performed throughout the world from the White House to the `Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He was honored as a “National Poetry Slam Legend” in 2010 and serves... Read More →
avatar for Leila Salazar-Lopez

Leila Salazar-Lopez

Leila Salazar-López is Executive Director of Amazon Watch, which stands with indigenous people in defense of the Amazon rainforest and Mother Earth. For 20+ years, she has been a passionate community, corporate accountability and international solidarity activist working with organizations... Read More →
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Tony Skrelunas

Tony Skrelunas, MBA, (Dine), Managing Director of Native America Programs at Grand Canyon Trust, working with tribal communities to create culturally compatible economies, also manages the Colorado Plateau Inter Tribal Gatherings, which works to ensure preservation of tribal agricultural... Read More →
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Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon (Moriori, Kai Tahu and Pakeha), an Indigenous Rights lawyer specialising in cultural and intellectual property with 30+ years’ legal experience locally and internationally, is a Past-President of the International Society of Ethnobiology and current Executive Chair... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum

2:45pm

What Humans Need to Learn from the Natural World

This edge-walking dialogue brings together world-renowned author/ecologist Carl Safina, a seminal figure in exploring what animals think and feel and a heroic campaigner to preserve marine life and the biosphere, with the groundbreaking researcher in forest ecology, Suzanne Simard, whose brilliant work has revealed the "hidden life of trees," including the extraordinary interspecies communication and symbiotic support networks that underlie forest ecosystems. Hosted by Brock Dolman, Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute.


Keynotes
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Carl Safina

Humanity at Stony Brook
Carl Safina, Ph.D., an ecologist, inaugural holder of the Chair for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook and President of The Safina Center, is a world-renowned, multiple award-winning author on oceans, animals, and the human relationship with the natural world. A MacArthur, Pew and... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Simard

Suzanne Simard

University of British Columbia
Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, is an expert in the synergies and complexities of forests and the development of sustainable forest stewardship practices. Her groundbreaking research centers on the relationships between plants, microbes... Read More →



Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 
Saturday, October 21
 

4:30pm

From Plunder to Restoration: Re-Designing the Human-Ocean Relationship
Seafood accounts for nearly 20% of global protein, but our vast appetite and technical capabilities are rapidly shrinking biodiversity while collapsing fish stocks and the economies, livelihoods and cultures that depend on ocean health. On the other hand, systemic opportunities to solve these problems are rising up and being implemented around the world. Learn from leading experts about what is being done to transform our large scale hit-and-run relationship with the ocean to a restorative, inclusive, bountiful (and delicious) one. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs & Research, Bioneers. With: Bren Smith, Executive Director, Green Wave, pioneer of "3D Ocean Farming;" Marah Hardt, Research Director, Future of Fish.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs and Research at Bioneers, previously worked on a range of projects from federal range management to state-level assessments of long-range planning to applied research on topics including climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, biodiversity... Read More →
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Marah Hardt

Marah J Hardt, Ph.D., Research Director at Future of Fish, which works to create more sustainable, traceable seafood supply chains, is a scientist and storyteller who works at the crossroads of research, science, communication, and strategy. She is the author of Sex in the Sea, which... Read More →
avatar for Bren Smith

Bren Smith

Bren Smith, owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and Executive Director of GreenWave, a lifelong commercial fisherman since age 14, has pioneered "restorative 3D ocean farming" to restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change, create blue-green jobs for fishermen, and ensure healthy food... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Manzanita Room
 
Sunday, October 22
 

11:54am

Carbon Farming
Introduction by Guido Frosini, founder of True Grass Farms

Sequestering carbon from the atmosphere back into the soil is emerging as among the top biological strategies to radically mitigate climate disruption on large scales. It’s also a rapidly growing movement among farmers across the country, including in conservative communities – because it IS conservative… of the land and soil. John and Calla Rose are visionary leaders of the Marin Carbon Project, a gold standard of carbon farming research demonstrations. John is co-owner (with his wife Peggy Rathmann) of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch. Calla Rose, former Fellow with the Rocky Mountain Institute, has led policy and climate action programs with Aspen, CO and San Francisco, CA, and is a leading advocate for and expert on agricultural carbon sequestration.

Workshop Speakers
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Guido Frosini

Guido Frosini founded True Grass Farms (based on the motto of “Food, Ecology, Culture”) in Marin County 6 years ago on land that has been in his family since 1867. He seeks to be not just an exemplary, socially/ecologically conscious rancher but also to educate the public about... Read More →

Keynotes
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Calla Rose Ostrander

California Carbon Campaign
Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor/consultant/activist, works with leaders in California and the western U.S. to help re-balance the planet’s carbon cycle. Prior to her work with the California Carbon Campaign, she worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities... Read More →
avatar for John Wick

John Wick

Marin Carbon Project
John Wick, co-owner with his wife, Peggy Rathmann, of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch, an exemplary eco-conscious enterprise, is co-founder of and tireless spokesperson for the cutting-edge Marin Carbon Project, which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 11:54am - 12:18pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:18pm

Place of Power: Ecosystem-Based Management & Reconciliation in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest

Introduction by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer

As a primary architect of the globally significant 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, Jody dedicated 20+ years of her life to the insanely challenging, complex and ultimately successful struggle to protect the largest expanse of old-growth temperate rainforest in the world. This historic agreement formalizes a large-scale model for First Nations reconciliation and shared decision-making, ecologically responsible forestry, and absolute protection of 85% of the forest. Jody will explore how we can find durable solutions to our most “wicked” problems by examining the dynamics of power, gender, science and culture and by using tools drawn from whole systems thinking, innovative conflict resolution techniques and consensus decision-making.


Keynotes
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Jody Holmes

Rainforest Solutions Project
Jody Holmes, Ph.D., Project Director for the Rainforest Solutions Project (RSP), a coalition of Greenpeace, Sierra Club of BC and Stand.org (formerly ForestEthics), has dedicated 20+ years to achieving healthy human and ecological systems in the Great Bear Rainforest and was one of... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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J.P. Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Conference Associate Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a NYC-based consultant, conference producer, copy-editor and writer. A former Program Director at the New York Open Center and a senior review team member for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 12:18pm - 12:43pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

Building Large-Scale Land Conservation and Sustainable Development Coalitions

Representatives from some of the most innovative initiatives working to create broad-based coalitions to protect large ecosystems and guarantee sustainable development share their successful strategies. With: Jody Holmes, Ph.D., Project Director of the Rainforest Solutions Project, which worked for 20+ years to bring together all the stakeholders, including many First Nations, to protect the Great Bear ecosystem, the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest; Henry Izumizaki, Strategy Director for The Russell Family Foundation’s Puyallup Watershed Initiative, a bold new model of community centered change in a vast region of the Pacific Northwest; Deon Ben (Navajo), Native American Program Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust, working to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau. Hosted by Jason Mark, Editor-in-Chief of the Sierra Club's magazine, Sierra.


Keynotes
avatar for Jody Holmes

Jody Holmes

Rainforest Solutions Project
Jody Holmes, Ph.D., Project Director for the Rainforest Solutions Project (RSP), a coalition of Greenpeace, Sierra Club of BC and Stand.org (formerly ForestEthics), has dedicated 20+ years to achieving healthy human and ecological systems in the Great Bear Rainforest and was one of... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Deon Ben

Deon Ben

Deon Ben (Navajo) from Tohatchi, New Mexico, is the Native American Program Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust, managing its Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversation Gathering. Trained in both traditional Native ways and contemporary environmental sciences, he has long worked to... Read More →
avatar for Henry Izumizaki

Henry Izumizaki

Henry Izumizaki, Strategy Director of The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF), with TRFF since 2006, currently leads its 10-year Puyallup Watershed Initiative, the foundation’s largest ever project. Prior to TRFF, Henry’s illustrious career of service included: founder, Transformation... Read More →
avatar for Jason Mark

Jason Mark

Jason Mark, the Editor-in-Chief of Sierra (the national magazine of the Sierra Club), has written for many leading publications including: The NY Times, The Nation, and ScientificAmerican.com, and is author of the book, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Showcase Theater

2:45pm

Cities, States, Regions and Civil Society Leading on Climate Change
In light of the lack of significant action by many national governments and the Trump administration's climate denial and active torpedoing of the Paris Climate Accords, many cities, states, regions and citizens' groups around the world are taking matters into their own hands with very creative and promising approaches. With: Amanda Brown-Stevens, Executive Director of the Bay Area Resilience By Design Challenge; Andy Lipkis, founder/President of TreePeople in Los Angeles; Alexa Kleysteuber, Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations for CalEPA. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs & Research, Bioneers.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Amanda Brown-Stevens

Amanda Brown-Stevens

Amanda Brown-Stevens has a long, highly effective track record in local, municipal and regional conservation and infrastructure development throughout California. Currently Managing Director of the Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge, she previously worked with the Trust for Public... Read More →
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Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs and Research at Bioneers, previously worked on a range of projects from federal range management to state-level assessments of long-range planning to applied research on topics including climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, biodiversity... Read More →
avatar for Alexa Kleysteuber

Alexa Kleysteuber

Alexa Kleysteuber, Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations for California EPA since 2016, previously served as a policy advisor to the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (a negotiation group under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change... Read More →
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Andy Lipkis

Andy Lipkis, a seminal figure in the “citizen urban forestry” movement, founded the groundbreaking organization Tree People in Los Angeles In 1973 as a teenager, and is still its President. An award-winning practical visionary who has dedicated his life to making cities safe... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room

2:45pm

Pacific Connections: Indigenous Approaches to Climate Change from Qik'rtaq (Kodiak) to Hawaiʻi, and Aoteoroa (New Zealand) | Indigenous Forum
Indigenous knowledge can offer invaluable insights on how to recognize, anticipate and adapt to climate disruption. Nowhere is this more evident than in the communities that live on and around the Pacific Ocean, which drives much of the world’s climate and weather. From Alaska to New Zealand and in between, culture bearers from across the Pacific share first-hand observations of the effects of climate change and explore how Indigenous seafaring traditions, knowledge and connections can launch innovative solutions and inform policy. Hosted by Alexis Bunten (Aleut/Yup’ik), Bioneers Indigeneity Program Manager. With: Sven Haakanson, Jr. (Alutiiq), Professor and Curator of Native American Anthropology, University of Washington; Kupuna M. Kalani Souza (Hawaiian), Executive Director, Olohana Foundation; Maui Solomon (Moriori), attorney, Chairman and CEO, Hokotehi Moriori Trust.

Workshop Speakers
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Alexis Bunten

Alexis Bunten, Ph.D., (Aleut/Yup’ik), Program Manager for Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program, has been a researcher, media-maker, manager, consultant, and curriculum developer for organizations including the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the FrameWorks... Read More →
avatar for Sven Haakanson, Jr.

Sven Haakanson, Jr.

Sven Haakanson, Jr. recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington as Associate Professor of Anthropology and Curator of North American Anthropology, Burke Museum after having served, from 2000-2013, as Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. As a... Read More →
avatar for Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon (Moriori, Kai Tahu and Pakeha), an Indigenous Rights lawyer specialising in cultural and intellectual property with 30+ years’ legal experience locally and internationally, is a Past-President of the International Society of Ethnobiology and current Executive Chair... Read More →
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Kupuna M. Kalani Souza

Rev. M. Kalani Souza, founding Director of the Hawaii-based Olohana Foundation, focused on building community capacity and cohesiveness around systems of food, energy, and knowledge, is also a National Disaster Preparedness outreach specialist, and certified FEMA instructor who serves... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum
 
Monday, October 23
 

10:00am

Carbon Farming Breakthroughs - Building Soil to Radically Mitigate Climate Disruption

Co-sponsored with the Marin Carbon Project

 “Climate change, quite simply, cannot be halted without fixing agriculture.” - Michael Pollan

Capturing and storing carbon in the soil—carbon sequestration—is among the most practical and promising ways to mitigate climate disruption on a large scale. Carbon farming also has multiple agricultural benefits: protecting against drought and flooding, enhancing fertility, and boosting production.

The Marin Carbon Project co-founded by John Wick, is one of the nation’s most cutting-edge research and implementation efforts in this domain, performing field trials, gathering rigorous data, and advancing scalable tools and practical models for widespread adoption. Calla Rose Ostrander, an activist with a background in climate policy, has been working with John Wick and many of the organizations in this rapidly growing field to advance these solutions at the state and federal level.

We’ll spend the day at the beautiful Stemple Creek Ranch in West Marin, a thousand acres protected in perpetuity in an agricultural land trust, which raises grass-fed beef and lamb using strict animal welfare practices, and which has protected three miles of riparian area and planted 1,000 trees to help control erosion, provide shade, and create habitat for wildlife.  We’ll discover firsthand how carbon farming practices work and their enormous potential. Our guides will be: Loren Poncia, rancher/owner of Stemple Creek (which has been in his family for a century); John Wick, rancher, carbon farmer, and sustainable land management advocate, co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and co-owner of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch in Marin; and Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor to individuals and organizations committed to stabilizing Earth’s climate who worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities of Aspen and San Francisco and also worked at Earth Economics and the Rocky Mountain Institute; Whendee Silver, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed, board chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute; Paul Muller, co-owner of Full Belly Farm, a pioneering northern CA organic farm; Puja Batra, Ph.D., founder of Batra Ecological Strategies, highly experienced sustainability consultant; Janaki Jagannath, coordinator of the Community Alliance for Agroecology; Elly Brown, Director of the San Diego Food System Alliance, a coalition with a mission to develop a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system; and Mark Shepard, CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development and Forest Agriculture Enterprises, author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers.

Price: $195 (includes lunch)

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Keynotes
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Calla Rose Ostrander

California Carbon Campaign
Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor/consultant/activist, works with leaders in California and the western U.S. to help re-balance the planet’s carbon cycle. Prior to her work with the California Carbon Campaign, she worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities... Read More →
avatar for John Wick

John Wick

Marin Carbon Project
John Wick, co-owner with his wife, Peggy Rathmann, of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch, an exemplary eco-conscious enterprise, is co-founder of and tireless spokesperson for the cutting-edge Marin Carbon Project, which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Puja Batra

Puja Batra

Puja Batra, Ph.D., founder of Batra Ecological Strategies, has worked as an independent consultant in U.S. and international settings on conservation-focused microenterprise, water security, urban ecological design, “carbon farming” and other sustainability domains with a wide... Read More →
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Elly Brown

Elly Brown, MBA, is the Director of the San Diego Food System Alliance, a coalition with a mission to develop a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. Elly has had extensive experience as a strategic consultant for social impact organizations in the U.S., Japan, India, Uganda... Read More →
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Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed and board chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute, has 10+ years’ experience at the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has: taught at Westminster College and Harvard; created workshops for many NGOs and corporations... Read More →
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Janaki Jagannath

Janaki Jagannath, an artist, musician, farmer, horticulturalist, plant breeder and activist, formerly with California Rural Legal Assistance, coordinates the Community Alliance for Agroecology, a group of California NGOs working to advance agricultural and environmental justice. She... Read More →
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Paul Muller

Paul Muller is a co-owner of 350-acre Full Belly Farm in Northern California’s Capay Valley, a pioneering organic farm dedicated to soil stewardship and climate friendly agricultural practices that grows 80 different crops and sells all its produce within a 120-mile radius to farmers... Read More →
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Loren Poncia

Loren Poncia, a 4th generation, highly environmentally conscious cattle rancher of his family’s spread, Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales, CA, raises all natural, grass-fed beef and lamb. His great grandfather Angelo Poncia, an immigrant from Italy, founded the ranch in 1902. Loren... Read More →
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Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard, a certified Permaculture Designer with a background in mechanical engineering and ecology, is the CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development and Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farms, a solar and wind powered 110-acre perennial, commercial-scale agricultural... Read More →
avatar for Whendee Silver

Whendee Silver

Whendee Silver, Ph.D., Professor of Ecosystems Ecology at U.C. Berkeley, a leading researcher on the biogeochemical effects of climate change and the potential for mitigating those effects, serves on the Steering Committee of The Marin Carbon Project, conducting and coordinating its... Read More →


Monday October 23, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Stemple Creek Ranch 900 Burbank Ln, Petaluma, CA 94952