Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections


Program & Speakers

Key Note Speakers

Elaine Ingham

Dr Elaine Ingham

Zach Bush

Dr Zach Bush

carey gillam

Carey Gillam

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson




Speaker Bios

Dr Zach Bush MD

Zach BushZach Bush MD is one of the few triple board-certified physicians in the country, with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care. The breakthrough science that Dr Zach and his colleagues have delivered offers profound new insights into human health and longevity.

In 2012, he discovered a family of carbon-based redox molecules made by bacteria, and his team has subsequently demonstrated that this cellular communication network functions as an antidote to glyphosate, and many other dietary, chemical, and pharmaceutical toxins that disrupt our body’s natural defense systems. This science has resulted in a revolutionary class of dietary supplements, including the product RESTORE.

Dr Zach points to his kids as the driving force behind his passion for change. He is fiercely motivated by a desire to have them experience a much brighter and healthier future. His educational efforts provide a grassroots foundation from which we can launch change in our legislative decisions, ultimately up-shifting consumer behavior to bring about radical change in the mega industries of big farming, big pharma, and western medicine at large.

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Carey Gillam

carey gillamCarey Gillam is a veteran investigative journalist, researcher and writer with more than 25 years of experience covering corporate news, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters international news service. She has specialty knowledge regarding the rise of biotech crop technology and associated rise in pervasive pesticide use in our food production system. Gillam works now both as a freelance writer and researcher on food and chemical policy issues and directs research for the nonprofit consumer group U.S. Right to Know. Gillam has won several industry awards for her work and been recognized as one of the top journalists in the country covering food and agriculture. She is a frequent commentator on broadcast programs and appears as a public speaker at conferences and universities to share her knowledge of hotly debated issues involving food and agriculture. Her new book “Whitewash- The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science” was released in October 2017.


Elaine Ingham, PhD - Founder & President, Soil Foodweb, Inc, Soil Life Consultant

Elaine InghamPh.D. in Microbiology, M.S. in Microbiology, B.S. Biology, B.S. Chemistry

Dr. Elaine Ingham is recognized around the world as the leader in soil microbiology and research of the soil foodweb. She is an energetic, easy-to-understand speaker who explains why life in the soil is so important. With decades of experience as a professor, researcher, and soil benefactor consulting in the field she has helped thousands of homeowners, growers, and influential companies understand healthy soil via healthy organisms. Elaine transmits sophisticated information in a down-to-earth way. Her mission is to show that the key to making any plant thrive, from the turf on golf courses to vegetables in the garden to orchard trees is to team up with suitable soil microbes. Elaine has astounding results to show for it. Dr. Ingham connects the loop from chemical, biological, to available plant nutrients. her easy and enthusiastic style brings the soil foodweb to life.

Elaine Ingham, PhD. is Founder of Soil Foodweb Inc., an international laboratory system that assesses the balance of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, and mycorrhizal fungi in all materials.  The major emphasis of her work is to return health to soil, so that natural nutrient cycling and disease suppression occur, allowing nutrient-dense, maximum yields of the desired plants, without requiring use of pesticides or inorganic fertilizers.

Elaine started her academic career at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN graduating in 1974 with a double major, cum laude, in Biology and Chemistry. Elaine earned her Master of Science in Microbiology in 1977 at Texas A & M University and her doctorate degree from Colorado State University in 1981 in Microbiology with an emphasis on soil.

Elaine was a post-doctor fellow, along with her husband Russ (who also has a doctorate from Colorado State University in Zoology, emphasizing nematology), at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University. In 1985, Elaine accepted a Research Associate Fellowship at the University of Georgia.
In 1986, Elaine moved to Oregon State University, but in 1991, because the samples from outside Elaine's immediate program being sent to her for analysis were becoming a large component of what she was doing, a service through the University was opened called the Soil Microbial Biomass Service. The Service offered researchers and commercial clients the ability to have soil samples analyzed for soil food web organisms.

In the fall of 1996, Soil Foodweb Inc. became the commercial enterprise doing this work and labs began to spread around the world.  Working on compost tea with many people around the world has brought a greater understanding of how to properly manage compost, vermicomposting, and compost tea to guarantee disease-suppressive, soil-building, nutrient-retaining composts and compost teas.

Dr. Ingham works with Soil Life Consultants around the world, maintains a website, writes books, writes articles, publishes scientific papers, and gives talks at meetings and symposia around the world. Recently, a benefactor helped Dr. Carole Ann Rollins and Dr. Elaine Ingham buy a research farm in California in order to have a place to perform Proof of Concept trials with the soil food web using many different agricultural approaches. Our research focus is currently on small and medium scale sustainable management of vegetable and pasture systems, on carbon sequestration with agricultural crops where observations of as much as 10 more tons of carbon per acre sequestered per annum have occurred in crop soils, to food forest systems to hydroponics and aquaponics.

Greg Johnson, Tornado Hunter

Greg JohnsonGreg Johnson, one of North America’s top professional storm-chasers and severe weather experts, is also an accomplished photographer, speaker, author, workshop leader and recently a television personality with the CMT series, Tornado Hunters. After graduating from Canada’s renowned Acadia University and founding and building a leading successful communications, marketing and advertising firm from the ground up, Greg decided it was time to devote himself full-time to pursuing his passion for capturing nature’s most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather.

Using sophisticated weather-tracking technology, his ability to read severe weather patterns and a team of dedicated sidekicks, Greg has put thousands of kilometers on his Tornado Hunter Trucks, intercepting and documenting hundreds of storms across the United States and Canada since 2011 alone. His recent experiences include documenting and compassionately sharing the aftermath of the massive twisters that devastated Joplin Missouri, Moore Oklahoma and El Reno, Oklahoma.  Greg’s skills are now being retained by the outdoor festival industry in order to assist organizers in ensuring their large crowds are kept safe from sudden and severe weather risks.  He also lends his extensive knowledge to organizations who wish to educate their outdoor working crews on severe weather safety and protocol.

Greg is the author of the Blown Away, A Year through the Lens of The Tornado Hunter, a best seller and gold medal award winner for design. He recently published a second book entitled, Why is the Sky Green?, which is already gaining much respect in the photography community.

A firm believer in the ‘Bucket List’ philosophy, Greg’s mission is to inspire others to chase their own passions, while sharing and teaching the lessons he has learned from pursuing his. When he’s not storm-chasing or speaking, Greg enjoys life at home in Regina, Saskatchewan spending time with his three children, and of course - cheering for his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders.