The mission of the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) is to nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration.
Through educational conferences, training programs, on-farm events and communications initiatives, the Ecological Farming Association supports farms working to achieve a Triple Bottom Line. Since its inception in 1981, EcoFarm has facilitated hands-on learning, interactive teaching models, and farmer-to-farmer education.
For nearly four decades, EcoFarm’s flagship event has brought food system stakeholders together for education, networking and celebration. With over 70 workshops featuring prominent speakers on the latest advances in agricultural techniques, marketing strategies, research and other important food system issues, along with organic meals and lively entertainment, the EcoFarm Conference is the largest sustainable agriculture gathering in the western United States.
In an effort to increase the number of beginning and limited-income farmers' participation at the EcoFarm Conference, EcoFarm offers yearly farmer fellowships and scholarships. Since 2012, over 130 farmers have attended the conference with this support. Stay tuned for more information about the offerings for the upcoming EcoFarm Conference as the stipulations vary year to year.
Leveraging the Farmer Fellowship Program and the broad ecological agriculture community brought together by EcoFarm, the farmer-led Ecological Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (EFRA) was established to further the success of Triple Bottom Line ecological farmers and ranchers through member-led, collaborative programs. Projects include information resources; business development, financial, management, and legal services; access to affordable inputs; equipment sharing; work for viable farm-gate prices; liability and health insurance; and policy advocacy, among other possibilities.
This work has been funded in part by the Appleton Charitable Foundation and the USDA Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).
For nearly 30 years, the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival has celebrated organic harvests and rural life, delighting all ages at Full Belly Farm in the Capay Valley. Mini-workshops, games, crafts, farm tours, live music, and organic food make Hoes Down an educational, fun-filled day for the entire family. This event benefits the Ecological Farming Association and a variety of sustainable agriculture and community organizations.
This fun filled evening includes fruit tasting and sales of over 60 varieties of peaches, plums, pluots, nectarines and apricots. Enjoy live entertainment, Farm Tours, Kids Craft corner, Jam Making, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Flower arranging and stone fruit recipe contest for stone fruit drinks, artisan treats and pies.
The Ecological Farming Association’s Water Stewardship Project provides education and outreach materials about implementing on-farm water conservation measures. The cost of water and the energy needed to deliver it are rising, and this impacts farmers across the West. Farmers across California are working on ways to use water more wisely and more efficiently. The water conservation practices featured in the Water Stewardship Project Curriculum hold incredible potential for providing farmers with technical support to manage and use water.
The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a coalition that advances policies to support California agriculture in the face of climate change. We believe that agriculture can play a constructive role in responding to the climate crisis by reducing its carbon footprint and thus help to ensure the long-term viability and security of our food and farming system.
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