Hollie Hall, International Cannabis Farmers Association
Hollie Hall is a soil and water scientist with expertise in providing Cannabis farmers the support needed to transition farms into environmentally compliant, water secure, regenerative agricultural systems. She draws from two decades of experience in natural resources management, global studies of agricultural practices and training in adaptive water resource management to design, coordinate and implement “beyond compliance” solutions for Cannabis farms. She works with government agencies, non-profits and the private sector to integrate the needs of society, government and environment to drive the establishment of Cannabis farmers who implement watershed-friendly practices that reverse the negative impacts of historic natural resources extraction practices.
Her professional goals are to redefine the dominant societal perspective of Cannabis industries via participation in development of farm management systems, breaking of barriers between farmers and government agents and participation in policy development processes. In addition to operating two natural resources consulting firms, Hollie serves as a board member of the Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce and the Humboldt Cannabis Council, two organizations that integrate diverse stakeholder groups and provide expert opinion regarding emerging Cannabis industries.
Obi Kaufman, naturalist, author, illustrator
Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. He is author and illustrator of the California Field Atlas, having enjoyed two months at the number one spot for non-fiction paperbacks in Northern California and continues to rank in the top ten. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. He is an illustrator for Bay Nature Magazine, the Berkeley Times and Premium Arts, as well as a long-term collaborator with the men’s apparel brand Indigofera. Obi is working on his latest book, STATE OF WATER- a field atlas to the conservation of California's most precious resource - a book to be published by HEYDAY books in April 2019. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is www.CoyoteAndThunder.com.