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Committees

The Ecological Farming Association provides a grassroots, open forum for planning each year's EcoFarm conference. The EcoFarm Planning Committee, currently comprised of 37 volunteers, represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds who review workshop suggestions, discuss, and then vote on the top picks. While core offerings are technical in nature and geared towards farmers, a wide range of food and farming topics are always in the mix.

Workshop topic suggestions are open to the public - gathered each year in the early summer.  Whether you're a farmer, rancher, distributor, retailer, consumer, industry rep, consultant, activist, consumer or educator, we want to hear from you!

We extend a heartfelt thank you to the EcoFarm Planning Committee, whose dedication and efforts make the EcoFarm Conference possible.

EcoFarm Planning Committee

  • Karen Adler - Karen S. Adler, Inc.
  • Sarah Ahern
  • Tim Bates – The Apple Farm
  • Jo Ann Baumgartner – Wild Farm Alliance
  • Patricia Joy Becker - Yoga and Wellness Coach
  • Lisa Bunin – EcoFarm
  • Amigo Cantisano – Organic Ag Advisors
  • Cathy Carlson - Farm Food Safety Consulting
  • Thea Marie Carlson-Biodynamic Association
  • Rich Casale – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Ione Conlan – Conlan Ranches California
  • Bill Cook - the Mushroom Farm
  • Kelly Damewood – CCOF
  • Sam Earnshaw – Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)
  • Benjamin Fahrer - Cornerstone Farms LLC
  • Ken Foster – Terranova Ecological Landscaping
  • Paul Hain - Farmer
  • Elizabeth Kaiser - Singing Frogs Farm
  • Paul Kaiser - Singing Frogs Farm
  • Dina Izzo – BluDog Consulting
  • Isabelle Jenniches – EcoFarm
  • Hansel Kern - Kern Family Farm/EcoFarm
  • Reggie Knox – California FarmLink
  • Justin Magdaleno - Robinson Fresh
  • Nicole Mason – Veritable Vegetable
  • Rye Muller - Full Belly Farm
  • James Nakahara - Pie Ranch
  • Deborah Nares
  • Rebecca North – The Fruit Guys
  • Adam Nuber - Felix Gillet Institute
  • Michael Roberts – 11th Hour Project
  • Carla Rosin
  • Peter Ruddock – Be Healthy Tulare
  • Gabi Salazar - EcoFArm
  • Nolan Schmidt - Tower Urban Family Farms
  • Zea Sonnabend - Fruitiliscious Farm, CCOF, EcoFarm
  • Steve Sprinkel - Farmer & the Cook
  • Kalita Todd - EcoFarm
  • Karen Van Epen – ATTRA/NCAT
  • Michael Weaver - Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Thomas Wittman – Gophers Limited, EcoFarm
  • Deborah Yashar – EcoFarm
  • Debby Zygielbaum