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Ah, TED Talks, thy shadow is everywhere. This week, the sustainable agriculture scene rips a frame from the YouTube sensation's playbook in a speaker series called INOV8 at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Modeled in the vein of TED, the second-annual INOV8 series aims to address the roots of innovation and new models for creativity in food and drink.

Certainly in our region there are bright minds chugging along on this very subject, and the evening includes Nick Papadopoulos, cofounder of Cropmobster, along with Jennifer Lynn Bice of Redwood Hill Farm, Kathleen Inman from Inman Family Wines (pictured) and Chris Benziger of the Benziger Family Winery. Together, that's a lot of ideas and innovation on the stage.

The best part may be that the presentation is free. See bright minds wax agriculturally on Thursday, Jan. 30, at the SRJC's Newman Auditorium. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. 707.527.4011.

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