Where the Wild Things Were - Farm to Table Dinner

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Where the Wild Things Were - Farm to Table Dinner


A full­-course harvest dinner at the Emerson Grill with wine pairings, featuring food from local farms committed to sustainability and coexistence. During dinner, wildlife experts will lead roundtable discussions with guests on creative, positive, and effective ways to engage with wildlife issues. Vegetarian/vegan options available. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Defenders of Wildlife. (Please note, this does not include gratuity)

Saturday, September 23rd at 7:30pm

The conversation will cover our spiritual connection to the land and animals, specific issues facing our wildlife and positive ways to engage with our representatives and neighbors as well as creative ways to coexist in this complicated time. We are so excited to introduce the following speakers;

Fiona Buckley - owner of Rathvinden Farm

Fiona is a physician and owner of Rathvinden Farm in Bozeman. The farm was originally established to be a rescue for surrendered domestic animals, especially herding dogs, to provide a safe and caring environment, training, and socialization so that they could have a better chance for adoption. Over time the mission has expanded to include a organic flower farm, events venue, and education center. Using permaculture, experimentation, and holistic management they work to create a cycle of mutual benefit between people, cultivated plants, domestic animals, wildlife, and wildflowers with the guiding principal being health, not just health for humans, but for everything. This means using no pesticides or herbicides, fertilizing with compost and organic manure, practicing crop and animal rotation, using natural predators whenever possible, and leaving space for wildlife. 

Michael Dax - National Outreach for Defenders of Wildlife

Michael is a national outreach representative for Defenders of Wildlife and the author of Grizzly West: A Failed Attempt to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in the Mountain West. He works across the state with a range of organizations and media outlets to increase public support and awareness for wildlife conservation and endangered species. Before joining Defenders, he worked for the Montana Wilderness Association and as field director on a ballot measure in North Dakota to dedicate existing oil tax revenue to conservation.

Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. - Founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute

Ever since Susan can remember, she had an instinctive understanding of the value of all living beings and how important it is not to treat them mindlessly or disrespectfully, for our sake as well as theirs. She pursued studies in biology and psychology, to build a bridge between our scientific and spiritual understanding of animals. After traveling world-wide and living in several “primitive” cultures, to learn to see through non-western eyes, she founded Earthfire Institute. Her goal was to explore how human/animal interaction could lead to new insights about conservation, and thus to more effective action. She believes that intellectual understanding, while essential, needs to be balanced by a heart-based, visceral, intuitive and spiritual understanding that can best be accessed in the actual physical presence of animals and nature. Only with an interdisciplinary approach, input from our full brain and body intelligence, and a deep connection with nature, can we come to solutions leading to lasting ecological renewal. The emerging field of spiritual ecology is a good place to start.

Jesse Tufte - Resilient Ranchlands Coordinator – Western Sustainability Exchange

Jesse recently joined Western Sustainability Exchange (WSE) to engage and support ranching communities in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies. Her role focuses on promoting regenerative ranching practices at a landscape scale, developing new opportunities for resilient ranching operations, and fostering coexistence between ranchers and wildlife through a variety of programs. Prior to joining WSE, Jesse spent five years working for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the Northern Great Plains ecoregion, most recently as a Program Officer with WWF’s Sustainable Ranching Initiative. Her work at WWF was focused on conserving grasslands in Montana by building capacity within rancher-led coalitions, supporting stewardship recognition and educational programs, and mobilizing ranchers to share their stories of land stewardship. Though she was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Jesse’s roots trace back generations to her family’s farm in North Dakota. She holds a B.S. in Economics from MSU’s College of Agriculture and a Master of Public Administration from MSU’s Department of Political Science.


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