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Hendrikus Schraven

Healthy soil evangelist and founder, Hendrikus Group and Hendrikus Organics

President of Hendrikus Group, Hendrikus is a splendid paradox: innovator, designer, pragmatist and persuasive philosopher, all in one. With a strong European background in old school organic farming, construction and craftsmanship, combined with an approach that integrates modern innovation and science, his ability to work with the soil and nature has granted him an insight into how to work with nature successfully and sustainably that few have. He has won over 60 national and international awards for environmental excellence, developed performance soils for erosion, landscapes and vegetable gardens; formulated his own brand of premium organic fertilizers and soil amendments (Hendrikus Organics); as well as consulting in the US, China and Europe on soil restorations. From this expanse and depth of experience, he has innovated a new approach to working with the land called “Neofractal” which integrates the interconnectedness of everything in nature to create gardens that surpass all standards for vitality, harmony and longevity. Hendrikus is an impassioned, cutting-edge, soil to health activist, as he empowers people towards better health from our connection to the soil, through high nutritional foods and a new understanding of the role that taste and our senses have in our own health narrative. He has appeared regularly on “Gardening with Ciscoe” and the Kauai Community Radio Garden show, plus interviews with Rich Roll Podcasts and Dr. Mercola imparting methods and ways to deepen your understanding and relationship with your soil and garden, and improve your own vitality.

Nirav Peterson

Healthy soil evangelist, founder and President, Hendrikus Organics

Nirav is President of Hendrikus Organics, an emerging powerhouse in the organic agriculture-health movement nationwide. As the force behind Hendrikus Organics, and Hendrikus Group, “business growth”, she says, “must forward personal and community growth by making people, cities, and the world healthier”. But she is so much more. Known for her many appearances on “Gardening with Ciscoe,” she is a visionary, a kind of bellwether to trends and needs in organic agriculture, such as creating non-profits groups like the International Compost Tea Council. She is a relentless innovator in developing the product line of Hendrikus Organics, originated by Hendrikus, which are now being used in diverse projects from the tropics to urban cities. Passionate about the interconnectedness of all life, the relationship of our soils and high nutritional organics, she teaches how we can improve our vitality and retain our youthfulness regardless of age. For aspiring, health conscious women she serves as an empowering mentor. Most uniquely however, Nirav herself, at 70, is the very image of the vitality she speaks so passionately about. Shunning the trend of fast foods & sodas as a teenager, she began her organic lifestyle decades before it became a topic of discussion for the world. Regarding her daily time with her cross trainer and weight lifting, she is best described as doggedly tenacious. Part German, part Cherokee, an award winning reining horse competitor, passionate about her vegetable garden, Nirav inspires people of all ages.

The Key to Soil Mastery: Become a Soil “Chef”

Creating a healthy vibrant soil is akin to the art of cooking. Using the similarities in the craft of fine cuisine you will learn how to test and improve your soils, how to sweeten, spice, blend and mix amendments to improve the nutrient density and fertility. Become a Chef in your own garden and use this unique culinary approach to create soils that are catalysts for growing nutrient abundant edibles and vibrant, healthy plants.

Friday, Feb 9 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room