Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

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Kathryn Lukas-Damer

Kathryn Lukas-Damer, an early thought leader and pioneer in the Fermented Foods movement, is the founder and former CEO of the national fermented food company, Farmhouse Culture and co-author of award winning The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting: Crafting Live Cultured Foods and Drinks from Kimchi to Kombucha.

In her Tedx talk on Why Live Culture Foods are Good for Your Gut, Kathryn describes herself as a Microbe Evangelist on a mission to get the healing and delicious microbes into as many guts as possible. She continues to spread the fermentation word as an advocate and teacher for how to start home based fermentation businesses.