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.



The Life Changing Difference Between Pickling and Fermenting Are you sure the fermented foods you're eating are truly probiotic? Come bust some myths & uncover probiotic imposters with Monica Ford of Real Food Devotee!

What's Hiding in Your Water? Learn what steps you can take to have peace of mind with Ahlem Mayes of Water with Life.


How do bacteria talk? Did you know that bacteria outnumber your cells 10 to 1? They have their own intricate and independent operating system. Come hear Dr Zach Bush, M.D. and CEO of Biomic Sciences & Restore chat about bacteria and their effect on your relationship with the world around you.

Apple Cider Vinegar "Mother" Revealing the life of the 'Mother' with Kate Phillips, M.S. of Bragg Live Food Products.


Kombucha, Kefir & Jun Hannah Crum, author of The Big Book of Kombucha, will answer all of your questions about these fermented drinks.

Yogurt: Culture on a Spoon Exploring the different cultures, tools, and techniques for making and using yogurt with Jessica Tunis of Mountain Feed & Farm Supply.


The Benefits of Using Unique Bacillus Endospores in Your Ferments Bacillus endospores are some of the oldest fermenting organisms with documented evidence of their use for over 2000 years. These ancient endospores have some unique features that make them ideal for home fermentation resulting in nutrients that have tremendous health benefits not usually seen with other strains. Kiran Krishnan of Just Thrive Probiotic & Antioxidant.

Culturing Your Own Traditional Food and Fermentation Business Learn the "tricks of the trade" with Elaina Luther, owner of Culture Club 101 in Pasadena, California.


How to Build your Real Food Pantry Putting REAL food together with the real world – practical pantry protocols with Victoria Bloch of Hunt, Gather, Grow Foundation.

Ancestral Skincare Melissa Henig of Raw Paleo will show you how to rub vitamin A, D, and K right into your skin with Tallow Skincare.


Nourish, Educate, Empower... The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Melissa Fontaine shares how the Foodbank provides pathways for people to move from hunger to health through our food literacy programs. Come learn how you can join us to build a more secure food future for our community. 

How Co-ops Culture Healthy Communities Melissa Cohen, General Manager of the Isla Vista Food Co-op shares how voting with your dollar in consumer-owned co-ops is a vehicle for whole system, resource regenerative, community based, social change.


Exploring Greenhouse Gas Reduction Via Compost Applications Join Sigrid Wright of the Community Environmental Council as she discusses how applying compost on cropland and rangeland can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Santa Barbara County. 

Building Community Through Gleaning Alexa Senter of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County discusses how we can all work to keep good food from going to waste in our own backyard.


Making Your Own Sourdough and Starter Learn how to make your starter and how to refresh it to make loaves of bread, brioches and other yummy baked treats with Pierre Henry of Bree'Osh.

Exploring the Microbiome of Dogs and Cats Join Dr. Peggy Larned, D.V.M. of Artemis Animal Clinic for a discussion of common troubles relating to your pet's flora and how to help them.


Hormones and the Microbiome Dr. Michelle Hansen, N.D. of Pathways to Natural Health, will share the connections between our microbiome, hormones and health. Ladies, this one's for you!

Grow Sunflower Sprouts at Home! Join Max Becher of First Steps Farm for this hands-on demo showing you how easy it is to grow your own sprouted sunflower to take home.


What We're Learning from the American Gut Project Come collaborate with Dr. Embriette Hyde on what we've learned so far from the American Gut Project, current efforts involving ferments, and what we hope to learn in the future.

Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and the Microbiome Exploring the connection of the gut – brain access as it relates to consciousness, the human body and beyond with Joshua Bridge, C.T. & Jenny Pandol of The Microbiome Learning Center.


How Ancient Grains Benefit Your Health Ancient grain nutrition versus modern grain nutrition with Larry Kandarian of Kandarian Organic Farms.

It Takes Guts to be Happy! Learn proven techniques to heal your digestion, increase your energy and re-boot your nervous system with Julia Logins of Dare to Detoxify.