Soil, Carbon & Community: Regenerative Techniques That Work, Webinar Sept. 15, Noon PT

Soil carbon sequestration is one of the most promising environmental and economic solutions emerging for food systems advocates, conservationists, and rural economic and community developers. There is a growing body of science which shows that by modifying our agricultural and ranching practices to better pull carbon from the air into the soil, we can grow more nutrient-dense crops, increase water quality and retention, and significantly reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

The science is both compelling and inspiring – and simply knowing it is not enough. In this webinar, social innovation strategist Nikki Silvestri moderates a discussion with rancher/investor Sallie Calhoun and rural community developer and restoration designer Euneika Rogers-Sipp about the science of soil, regenerative techniques to reduce atmospheric carbon, and the realities on the ground in America’s fertile Black Belt region, where rural, mostly black communities are finding new ways forward after hundreds of years of exploitive agriculture and economic development.

You’ll Learn:

  • The science showing that more than 100 percent of current carbon emissions can be offset by widespread regenerative land management techniques
  • How to make the case for these techniques as a solution for both health and economic wellness
  • What is working and what is needed to bring this exciting solution home to more communities


Sallie Calhoun
Rancher, Paicines Ranch; Investor, Globetrotter Foundation

After 25 years as an engineer, manager, COO, and CFO in the high-tech world, Sallie and her husband purchased Paicines Ranch in Central California in 2001. Since then, Sallie has implemented holistic management on the ranch to improve the health of the grasslands while producing grass fed beef. She has also created an event center using restored ranch buildings. Sallie is passionate about restoring grasslands, improving soil health, and recreating local food systems. She sits on the boards of Holistic Management International, Valley Verde, and the Women’s Fund Advisory group at the San Benito County Community Foundation. She is president of the I Have a Dream Foundation – Clio, SC and manager of the Globetrotter Foundation, a family foundation. She is a member of BALLE’s Local Economy Investors Circle.

Euneika Rogers-Sipp
Founder & Chief Regenerative Officer, Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF)

Euneika is a restorative designer and communitarian who specializes in strengthening ecological systems. The organization she founded, SURREF, supports families residing in rural areas in expanding their opportunities in new areas of economic development, particularly in renewable energy, agricultural production, and tourism. Euneika has, for over 15 years, helped startup for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises in the field of sustainable development, both nationally and abroad. Euneika has researched sustainable rural economic development at Antioch University and the Rural Development Leadership Network and holds a Certificate of Rural Community Development from the University of California, Davis. She is a 2015-2016 Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellow in Equity and Social Impact Design, and also a 2014 BALLE Fellow.

Moderator: Nikki Silvestri
Social Innovation Strategist

Over the last ten years, Nikki has been a thought leader in creating social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. She had the honor of being named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2014. During her time as Executive Director at Green for All, Nikki led initiatives that placed vulnerable communities at the center of the climate fight. As the former Executive Director of People’s Grocery in Oakland, Nikki increased the organization’s profile as a national thought leader on food systems development for vulnerable communities.

This webinar is part of a monthly series expanding on the contents of our annual conference and shedding light on What Works – eight solutions that together represent the path to real prosperity. The aim of the series is to give Localist leaders tools and insights to build upon proven solutions towards an economy with equity at its core.

See our 2015 At A Glance schedule for more info and for the future recording of this and other 2015 webinars.

BALLE Champion Members Go Deeper

After the webinar, BALLE Champion members will receive access to a 30-minute exclusive call with the presenters to ask more probing questions and get more 1-on-1 time with these leading lights of Localism. Call-in number to be provided upon registration.


BALLE Champion Member – FREE

BALLE Localist Member – $10

General Public – $20

Champion and Localist members please use your member code to recieve your discounted webinar pricing. Please contact Jocelyn Wong at if you have questions regarding your member code.