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MARCH 30 & 31, 2022 | VIRTUAL





James Beard Award-Winning Fine Wine Expert and Author

Katherine Cole is a James Beard Award-winning fine wine expert and the author of five books on wine, including Rosé All Day and Sparkling Wine Anytime. A graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Katherine is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers and has been named to the “Imbibe 75” list of “the people, places and flavors that will help shape the way we all drink.” Katherine is the executive producer and host of The Four Top, an award-winning podcast focusing on the hot-button topics in the wine and food world. In her spare time, Katherine serves on the board of Portland Backpack and is the Volunteering Chair for the Portland chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. The single mother of two girls, Katherine lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is an avid skier, hiker, and cyclist.

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MacArthur Fellow & Professor of Geomorphology, University of Washington

David R. Montgomery is an internationally recognized geologist who studies the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies.  His work has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered.


David co-authored The Hidden Half of Nature with his wife, biologist Anne Biklé.  Their latest collaboration, What Your Food Ate: How to Heal the Land and Reclaim our Health, explores connections between soil health and human health and will be published in late Spring, 2022.


David is also the author of several popular books including Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations and Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life.

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Science Writer, Public Speaker & Co-Author of The Hidden Half of Nature

Anne Biklé is a science writer and public speaker focusing on the connections between people, plants, food, health, and the environment.  A bad case of plant lust draws her to the garden where she coaxes garden plants into rambunctious growth or nurses them back from the edge of death with her regenerative gardening practices.


She is the co-author of The Hidden Half of Nature with her husband, geologist David Montgomery.  From garden to gut, the book explores humanity’s tangled relationship with the microbial world through the lens of agriculture and medicine.  Their latest collaboration, What Your Food Ate: How to Heal the Land and Reclaim our Health, explores connections between soil health and human health and will be published in late Spring, 2022.


Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and radio and her soil-building gardening practices have been featured in independent and documentary films.

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Manager of the Porto Protocola, an International Nonprofit Based in Portugal

Marta Mendonça is the manager of the Porto Protocola (www.portoprotocol.com), an international nonprofit based in Portugal working to mitigate climate change across the entire value chain of the wine industry. Marta has built most of her career in Marketing & Sales, having worked with various brands, countries, industries, and companies. In the past few years, before joining Porto Protocol, Marta was working with her own brand and consultancy project, through which she took sustainability and climate advocacy to schools, events, and companies, promoting awareness and encouraging change. Marta holds a degree in International Relations, a Post-Graduation in Marketing, and a Master in Corporate Social Responsibility.