Thierry Vrain was born and raised in Paris, France. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology in France and his PhD in the U.S. He has had a long career as a research scientist for the Canadian government in Quebec and B.C. About 10 years ago, after 35 years of research and teaching soil biology and molecular biology – what he now calls “Chemical Agriculture”, he decided to retire young and reinvent life. He and his partner, herbalist Chanchal Cabrera operate Innisfree Farm in Royston in the Comox Valley where they farm, and hold workshops and classes in organic farming, medicinal herbalism and Horticulture Therapy. Thierry is a passionate speaker about organic gardening, from soil health to the devastating effects of GMO’s. He has an in-depth understanding of global agricultural research, including genetic engineering, and can provide information and answer questions on aspects of this topic that moviegoers are not likely to find out about elsewhere.