2021 Fall Convening

Get to Know Our Presenters

Henry Soto is passionate about sustainable food production, permaculture design and seed saving.

Henry grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Prescott College earning a degree in Sustainable Community Development. He worked at Native Seeds/SEARCH collecting seeds and evaluating crops. He has an extensive seed collection and teaches others how to grow and save their own seeds. As a permaculture instructor he has worked with Permaculture Drylands Institute, Black Mesa Permaculture Project, and the Traditional Native American Farmers Association. Henry maintained a small farm in Arizona from 1998-2004 selling to the local co-op and through a CSA program. And, currently runs a small-scale farm in SE Portland growing food for a few local restaurants and CSA program. Henry is also an instructor in the Landscape Technology Department at Portland Community College and owns his own consulting business focusing on landscape construction and developing sustainable systems. Henry loves being in the outdoors, living in tune with nature, and always striving to lessen our impact on the environment.

Olivia Davis is a lifelong learner who believes personal and professional growth is constant. 

She is a Minnesota Chippewa and Ojibwe descendant and grew up, both on and off, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Warm Springs, Oregon. She received her Master’s in Nutrition from Bastyr University, WA, through their naturopathic nutrition research program. For the past 6 years she has been working in Nutrition Education and Program Delivery for Oregon State University Extension in Jefferson County and on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. As a co-leader for Extension’s Indigenous Peoples Workgroup (IPWG) she addresses programming inequalities and promotes cultural humility. Olivia enjoys spending time outdoors with her 4 kids and significant other, teaching tap dance in her community, and baking.

Danita J Macy (Algonquin/Anishinaabe/Basque) has worked in Nutrition Education for Oregon State University for over 17 years. 

Her work has been centered on Indigenous People, for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the last 7 years in the Portland Metro area. She currently serves as the SNAP- Ed/FCH Outreach Program Coordinator for Multnomah County. Collaborating with Native organizations and coalitions identify emerging community priorities. She works to uplift Indigenous values ensuring programming is culturally appropriate, in respecting Tribal Sovereignty. She co-leads the Indigenous Peoples Workgroup (IPWG) for OSU; advising colleagues on best practices, cultural humility, and trauma informed lens with the nine federally recognized tribes and urban areas of Oregon. Danita enjoys collecting comic books and vinyl records. Is proud of her 3 amazing children and grandchildren.