Stop by the Culture Chat tables with all your fermentation and health related questions - our experts will be on hand to provide insight and resources for information you want to know about! Schedule of experts and their topics of titles and descriptions listed below.



Getting Over Your Fear of Fermentation with 3-time Screamin' Pickle award winner, Lisa Valantine of True Food Beauty: Get ready to explore all the obstacles that might be stopping you from diving into DIY fermentation and walk away inspired with the confidence you need to get started.

What Contaminants Are Hiding in Your Water and on Your Food? with Ahlem Mayes of Water-With-Life Systems: Attendees will be introduced to eco-friendly systems and technologies that transform tap water into the healthiest water. Learn from a live comparison demonstration about the various types of water and how we can use this technology to clean, enhance the taste and extend the shelf life of our food.


What Happens When Your Bacteria Starts Talking to You! with Zach Bush, M.D. of Biomic Sciences and Restore: The discovery of a communication system that is generated by the bacteria in our soils and in the healthy human body has begun a new chapter of understanding the fragile balance of human life and longevity on a planet that we have so aggressively attacked with our weedkillers, antibiotics, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers. Our food now carries more toxins to our healthy biome than our medical system does. It is time for us as to come together as consumers and transform the way in which we grow, eat, and commune around food.

Shio-Koji... Japan's Fermented Salt with Laci Ulrich of Fermentopia: Koji is a fermented rice known as a "Bundle of Enzymes!" With the ability to break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, it unlocks numerous flavors- including UMAMI. Learn to make a salt-koji marinade for salads, eggs, meats, seafood, and much more!!


Probiotics for Skin Health with Erin Regan of Kefirology and Susan Cousineau, M.Sc.: Susan and Erin will talk about the science and important role that probiotics play in skincare. Learn about skin health, including new research directions and intriguing new products on the market.

How Your Microbiome Affects Your Mood with Melissa Patruno, I.N.H.C.: Anxiety, depression and even your energy levels are all connected to the health of your gut. This chat is going to go into how your second brain, your gut, affects your mood. We will also discuss what top foods to eat for mood that also heal your gut.


Cocktails and Gut Health? with Kirsten Soria: A discussion about fermenting tomatoes for a healthy, probiotic cocktail. Bloody Mary's anyone?

Joint Pain and Your Gut with Terence Carfrae of Temple SBGut dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome are making your joints hurt. Understanding the importance of the relationship between your gut health and your joints is key to taking effective steps to free yourself from chronic joint pain.


The Microbiome of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding with Nikole Paulos, L.M., C.P.M., of Santa Barbara Birth Center: A conversation about the role of the microbiome in pregnancy and breastfeeding and how it benefits both the mother and baby.

Effects of Micronutrients on the Microbiome with Niko Hall, D.C., C.F.M.P.: Vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients are crucial for maintaining a diverse, healthy population of gut microbes. Learn about the roles these important micronutrients play and how to ensure you are achieving adequate intake.


Kids' Favorite Fermented Foods with Monica Food, Real Food Devotee: Wondering how to feed your kids fermented foods that taste great, are fun and not weird or a little too aromatic? Come get all the deets from kid friendly fermenter, Monica Ford of Real Food Devotee.

Your Second Brain: How the Microbiome in Your Gut Affects Everything with Dr. Adam Harcourt: Dr. Adam Harcourt, owner of Imagine X Functional Neurology, will shed light on the health of the gut and its relation to systemic inflammation in the body caused by dietary and lifestyle choices. Learn why your gut is being called your 'second brain' and how the microbiome affects everything - from the way you feel to how clearly you think, and why many scientists are saying that microbes could influence your health just as powerfully as genes do.


Bacteria and Babies with Dani Rhoades, N.C. of Wholesome Practices: Babies are in a unique situation to establish healthy bacteria from the very moment they first enter this world, whereas trying to re-establish proper levels of beneficial bacteria later in life can be very difficult and time consuming. With the right care and set of protocols you can ensure your baby gets the best start at having a healthy gut.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Pets! with Dr. Peggy Larned D.V.M. of Artemis Animal Clinic: Enhance your pet's health by understanding how a diverse microbiome prevents common pet diseases. 


Essential Oils and Gut Health with Tahara Ezrahti, doTERRA Wellness Advocate: Learn how doTERRA essential oils can be used internally to support gut health and flavor fermented and raw foods.

Sourdough Ferments with Freshly Milled Grains with Amanda Nunez Peterson and Scott Peterson of Oats and Ivy FarmAmanda and Scott specialize in working with fresh milled flours as the foundation of their Somis based bread CSA. While taste is optimized, hydration and optimal fermentation times can vary by flour combinations. They will share their best tips for creating successful sourdough ferments.


Immunity and Microbiome in Childhood/Adolescence with Dr. Michelle Hansen, N.D. of Pathways to Natural Health: The impact of the microbiome on immunity, hormones, behavior, ADD/ADHD and acne in childhood and adolescence.

Spicing Up Your Ferments with Chef Michelle Lainez of Chef Michelle & Co.: Want to spice up your ferments? Chef Michelle will share how to kick up the kraut, kombucha and more with chilies, dry spices, fresh herbs and a dash of fun!