Clara Coleman: 2016 Sustainable Agriculture Conference Keynote Speaker

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Nov 21, 2016

Our keynote speaker, Clara Coleman, is a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, writer, TEDx and keynote speaker on sustainable four-season farming and daughter of renowned farming pioneer, Eliot Coleman. In 2008, she created Divide Creek Farm – an organic, intensively-managed 2-acre four-season vegetable farm, located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where she mastered high tunnel season extension in the midst of the harsh winters of the Rockies.

Like her father, she is a proponent of the ‘small is better’ model of farming, advocating business growth through improved efficiency, innovative production methods, farmer collaboration and direct customer marketing, rather than physical expansion. She has provided consulting for groups including Wegmans Food Markets, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, the Maine Farmland Trust, and many others.

She is an active collaborator with many farming innovators who share her mission to farm smarter, not harder, including FarmHack, FoodTank, and Slow Tools. Clara and her two sons now live back at Four Season Farm in Maine, the family farm where she was born and raised. Today she co-manages the farm with her father and step-mother. With four season farming experience in the harsh climates of Maine and the Rocky Mountains, Clara has much to offer Carolina farmers seeking to provide abundant four season harvests. Clara is passionate about inspiring and supporting the next generation of farmers to create sustainable and lasting farming legacies for generations to come.


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