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Workshops & Plenaries

Selected EcoFarm workshops have been approved for Continuing Education credits (CEUs) for Pest Control Advisors and Crop Advisors. Check out the listing of eligible workshops! https://eco-farm.org/news/continuing-education-credits

Conference Year: 2015

Wednesday

Wednesday Back to Top
Session: Plenary | 8:00 pm

Opening Plenary

Hope Beneath our Feet – The Solution to Climate Change is Soil The new Rodale white paper—titled...
Presenter(s): Bill McKibben, Brock Dolman, Gary Paul Nabhan
Location: Merrill Hall (overflow in Chapel)
Thursday

Thursday Back to Top
Session: A | 8:30 am

Teaching Organic Farming: Resources for Farmer Educators

There are some great instructional resources for teaching beginning farmers, including the free...
Presenter(s): Jim Leap and Sky DeMuro
Location: Kiln

Managing Mimicry: The Art and Science of Restoring Rangeland

For years cattle were classified as Enemy Number One by environmentalists. However, new...
Presenter(s): Nate Chisholm, Doniga Markegard, Byron Palmer
Track:
Permaculture, Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Heather

Exploring the Value of Organic Certification

Many young and beginning farmers adhere to organic agricultural practices but choose not to pursue...
Presenter(s): Sarah Brown, Jake Lewin, Pat Bollinger, Chris Hay
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Compost: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

As agriculture and urban communities have increased their use of compost, there has been a...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Pat Herbert
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill

Monarchs and Milkweed: Why Farms Matter

The North American Monarch butterfly population has declined by over 90 percent in less than 20...
Presenter(s): Gary Paul Nabhan, Scott Black
Location: Oak Shelter

Restaurants Commit to Local, Seasonal and Sustainable Foods

Farm to fork is all the rage these days, however few restaurateurs fully walk their talk. Our two...
Presenter(s): Emanuele Bartolini and Brad Briske, Carolyn and Rudy Rudolph
Location: Nautilus

Discussion Group: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Reportedly, membership in many CSAs is down, as more and more online channels for buying fresh...
Location: Evergreen

Drought Proofing Your Landscape and Garden

Drought proofing your garden is a puzzle with many pieces. This workshop will put the pieces...
Presenter(s): Ken Foster
Location: Scripps

Climate Change and Agriculture: Good News Stories

With California’s drought and other weather extremes across the country, much attention has been...
Presenter(s): Renata Brillinger, Paul Muller, Marc Los Huertos
Location: Chapel

Thursday Back to Top
Session: B | 10:30 am

National Organic Update

The annual update about what is going on with national organic issues will feature news from the...
Presenter(s): Melissa Bailey, Betsy Rakola, Zea Sonnabend
Track:
Activists
Location: Nautilus

Growing Heirloom Produce on the Ark of Taste

The Ark of Taste is a biodiversity project designed to protect superior tasting and place-based...
Presenter(s): Linda Elbert, Gary Paul Nabhan, Jerry Thomas
Location: Kiln

Close the Circle of Waste

One farm’s waste is another farm’s fertilizer, feed, or even energy. Join three certified organic...
Presenter(s): Rebecca King, Jenny Lester Moffitt, Additional Speaker TBA
Location: Acacia

Assessing and Improving Your Farm's Carbon Footprint

Learn about different approaches to estimating and improving the carbon footprint of your farm...
Presenter(s): David Granatstein, Adam Kotin
Location: Oak Shelter

Soil Fertility for Organic Orchards and Vineyards

While the basics of N-P-K for organics are fairly universal concepts, the production of perennial...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Gregg Young
Location: Chapel

Fostering Innovation in the San Francisco Peninsula Food System

The long-term sustainability of local farms and ranches is ultimately dependent on the health of...
Presenter(s): Jered Lawson, Wendy Millet, Hannah Mensing, Rob Trice
Location: Toyon

Urban Integrated Pest Management from an Agroecological Perspective

Learn about agroecological concepts that are used in urban settings to manage pests in schools,...
Presenter(s): Martín Guerena, Steven Zien
Location: Fred Farr

Learning As If Whole Systems Mattered: Permaculture in Schools and Universi...

“Never let formal education get in the way of your learning,” said Mark Twain. This is a fun and...
Presenter(s): Ken Foster, David Shaw, Vanessa Carter
Track:
Permaculture
Location: Heather

Demonstrating How to Embody Triple Bottom Line Values

Let’s look at how three companies: a farmer, a distributor, and a retailer live their values,...
Presenter(s): Nicole Mason, Simon Richard, Adriana Silva
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Scripps

Bring Back the Pollinators: Attracting Native Bees and Beneficial Insects

Native pollinators and predatory insects are the unsung champions of the agricultural world. Join...
Presenter(s): Jessa Kay Cruz
Location: Merrill

Scaling Up Sustainable Food Sourcing to Schools, Hospitals, and Colleges

Farm-to-institution projects have rapidly advanced across the U.S., providing an opportunity for...
Presenter(s): Diana Abellara, Tim Galarneau, Kendra Klein
Location: Evergreen

Thursday Back to Top
Session: Plenary | 2:00 pm

We’re All Eaters Here: Still Connecting to the Foods We Eat

Deborah Madison has helped shape how people think about food, cooking, health and nutrition. She...
Presenter(s): Deborah Madison
Location: Merill Hall (overflow in Chapel)

Thursday Back to Top
Session: C | 3:30 pm

Bagrada Bug Research and Identifying Other Organic Research Needs

A two-part session: Organic controls for bagrada bug & discussion of growers' organic research...
Presenter(s): Dr. Shimat V. Joseph, Jeffery Dahlberg, Ruth Dahlquist-Willard, Chuck Boldwyn
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Toyon

Produce Marketing Is Like Compost for Sales

Farmers can turn their crop plans into money when they present their products in a top-notch way...
Presenter(s): Dina Izzo, Tammi Reidl
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Get to Know Your Farm: Planning Tools to Achieve Financial and Personal Goa...

Recordkeeping and planning are essential practices to ensure the viability of your farm. However,...
Presenter(s): Alan Haight
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Scripps

No-Till Vegetable Production for the Future

Tillage is one of the oldest tenets of agriculture. It can be difficult to imagine breaking away...
Presenter(s): Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser, Helen Atthowe
Track:
Permaculture
Location: Nautilus

Creating Tools for the Small Organic Farm

This session will highlight the work of small-farm tool designers/makers as an inspiration for all...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Barry Griffin, Michael McGowen
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Food Justice Certification Presentation

Please join us to learn more about the Agricultural Justice Project's (AJP's) Food Justice...
Presenter(s): Michael Sligh, Vanya Goldberg
Location: Sanderling

Viva EcoFarm! A Historical Look Back and a Hopeful Look Forward

The West Coast has led the way in the organic food movement, and the Ecological Farming Association...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Ken Dickerson, Thomas Wittman
Location: Oak Shelter

Pastured Pork

Demand for pasture-raised, high-welfare pork continues to grow. The benefits of pastured production...
Presenter(s): Guido Frosini, Tim Holmes
Location: Evergreen

Managing Fire Blight Without Antibiotics

If left unchecked, fire blight can decimate pear and apple orchards. Now that antibiotics can no...
Presenter(s): David Granatstein, Rachel Elkins
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Acacia

Chinese Medicinal Herbs: An Emergent Organic Market

The expanding use of herbal medicine has greatly stimulated U.S. consumption of traditional Chinese...
Presenter(s): Michael Broffman, Michael McCulloch, Peg Schafer
Location: Heather

Abuzz about Bees

One in every three bites of food comes from crops that are pollinated by honey bees. Yet in recent...
Presenter(s): Randy Sue Collins, Larissa Walker
Location: Kiln

Thursday Back to Top
Session: E | 1:30 pm

Crop Insurance for Diversified Organic Farms

Diversified organic farmers have historically been challenged in finding crop insurance products...
Presenter(s): Michael Alston
Location: Nautilus
Friday

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Session: Plenary | 8:15 am

El Exito de los Agricultores Orgánicos

Guido Frosini Granjas “True Grass Farms”, Valley Ford, CA Esta tierra ha pertenecido a la familia...
Track:
En Español

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition - Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along...
Presenter(s): Don Tipping, Guido Frosini, Joe and Doug and Anthony Perry
Location: Merrill Hall (overflow in Chapel)

Friday Back to Top
Session: D | 10:30 am

Invasion Biology Science: Two Perspectives on Invasive Species

Should we try to control invasive species or should we let them be? On the one hand, invasion...
Presenter(s): Mark S. Hoddle, David Theodoropoulos
Location: Evergreen

Excellent Seedbed Preparation

Good seedbed preparation is critical for a weed free and uniform stand of a range of small-seeded...
Presenter(s): Jim Leap, Christina Oatfield
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Connecting with Customers through Online Channels

Online grocery stores offer an opportunity for farmers to provide a full line of products from...
Presenter(s): Judith Redmond, Tahnee Shields
Location: Kiln

Discussion Group: Pastured Poultry for Diversified Farms

Join fellow poultry enthusiasts to share the successes and challenges of raising chickens, turkeys...
Location: Sanderling

Psychoactive Substances and their Impact on the Organic Farming and Ecology...

The past 50 years have seen a significant shift in consciousness about the beauty, vitality,...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Carolyn Garcia, Mariavittoria Mangini, Steve Pavich
Location: Merrill

Estrategias para la Salud del Suelo en las Granjas

Este taller explorará los desafíos en cuanto al manejo de la salud del suelo en granjas orgánicas...
Presenter(s): Sarah Brown, Chris Hay
Track:
En Español
Location: Chapel

Make Your Farm Energy Self-Sufficient

Solar energy, wind power, veggie oil fuel, and other alternative forms of energy are not as novel...
Presenter(s): Lou Preston, John Teixeira, Phil Foster (invited)
Location: Oak Shelter

Anticipating the Final FDA Food Safety Rules

While waiting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finalize the Food Safety Modernization...
Presenter(s): Jo Ann Baumgartner, Cathy Carlson
Location: Heather

Encouraging Urban Agriculture through Innovative Public Policy

Urban agriculture is hot. With limited space and high food prices, people are looking to their...
Presenter(s): Stephanie Goodson, Christina Oatfield
Track:
Activists
Location: Scripps

What Is a B Corp? Discover the Why and How of It

B Corporations are a new type of company that use the power of business to solve social and...
Presenter(s): Andy Fyfe, Shira Tannor
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Nautilus

Demeter Presentation: Farming to the Demeter Biodynamic Farm Standard

The Demeter Farm Standard is based on seven principles that comprehensively outline the Biodynamic...
Presenter(s): Jim Fullmer
Location: Acacia

Film Screening: "Ground Operations"

Ground Operations is an award-winning documentary film and social action campaign that champions...
Presenter(s): Dulanie Ellis
Location: Toyon

On-Farm Soil Health Strategies

This workshop will explore the challenges of managing for soil health on organic farms. Producers...
Presenter(s): Sarah Brown, Chris Hay
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Friday Back to Top
Session: E | 1:30 pm

Find Land You Can Afford: Partnering with a Land Trust to Secure Farmland

This session will provide farmers with tools to partner with land trusts and other land-holding...
Presenter(s): Melissa Campbell, Holly Rippon-Butler, Dan Hulse
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Heather

EcoFarm Farmers’ Association

Discussion Group: The Farmers’ Association is a farmer-directed program of EcoFarm working to...
Location: Sanderling

Dinosaurs Rise Again: The Produce Professionals, Past and Present

Sharing the collective history on how the organic produce trade got to this point provides...
Presenter(s): Bonnie Poux
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Nautilus

Cultivating a Relationship with Your Weeds

Farmers have different approaches to their weeds. Some have worked to integrate weeds into their...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Bob Cannard
Location: Kiln

Discussion Group: Biodynamic Peer Learning

The deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture can be taken up by any...
Presenter(s): Thea Maria Carlson, Robert Karp
Location: Triton

Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem

Creating an edible food forest is both an art and a science. Learn the 10,000-year-old layered...
Presenter(s): Christopher Shein
Track:
Permaculture
Location: Evergreen

Growing Food and Touching Lives

Over the past four and a half decades, Michael O’Gorman’s farming ventures have involved thousands...
Presenter(s): Michael O'Gorman
Location: Acacia

Farming with Wild Nature: Insights from Three Farmers

Sustainable agriculture holds promise as farmers learn how to farm with nature. Hear from three...
Presenter(s): Alan Haight, Paul Hain, Dan Macon
Location: Fred Farr

Do Farmers and Water Districts Really Have Water Rights?

Beginning in June, California farmers and water districts with hundred-year-old water rights to...
Presenter(s): DeeDee D'Adamo, Jay Lund, Nancy Weber
Location: Merrill

Cómo cultivar una relación con sus malezas

Los agricultores tienen distintos enfoques en lo que respecta a sus malezas. Algunos de ellos han...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Bob Cannard
Track:
En Español
Location: Kiln

Crowdfunding to Raise Capital for Your Business

The last few years have seen a proliferation of new mechanisms for raising money for your business...
Presenter(s): Eileen Gordon, Thomas Nelson, Elizabeth Ü
Location: Chapel

Science Supporting Organic and Applied Organic Research Needs

This workshop will cover the current science supporting organic agriculture, as well as the...
Presenter(s): Brise Tencer, Jessica Shade
Location: Oak Shelter

Next Steps in the Fight Against GMOs

As the public has become increasingly aware of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in the overall...
Presenter(s): Rebecca Spector, Gwendolyn Wyard, Zea Sonnabend
Track:
Activists
Location: Scripps

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Session: F | 3:30 pm

Discussion Group: Women in Eco-Ag in California and Beyond

Come and connect with your fellow female farmers, share your stories and experience as we move...
Location: Scripps

Productive Perennial Polycultures: Designing an Ecosystem of Abundance on t...

Across the nation, food forests and edible forest gardens are gaining attention in public projects...
Presenter(s): Timo Granzotti, John Valenzuela
Track:
Permaculture
Location: Merrill

Pest Resistance Management: Alternating Materials for Better Organic Pest C...

It is well known in both organic and conventional farming that pests and diseases can develop...
Presenter(s): Doug O'Brien, Pam Marrone
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Heather

Food Sovereignty in Tribal Communities

Join three diverse speakers as they explore the intersection of food, agriculture, health, and...
Presenter(s): Kouslaa Kessler-Mata, Leah Mata, Melissa Nelson or Kaylena Bray
Location: Evergreen

El Salvador’s Small-Scale Farmers Reclaim Organic Wisdom and Ancestral Valu...

EcoFarm is pleased to host a delegation of Salvadoran farmers whose work has been central to their...
Location: Fred Farr

The Carbon Ranch

The idea of the carbon ranch involves the potential for removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the...
Presenter(s): Courtney White
Location: Nautilus

Discussion Group: Farming with Wild Nature

Farming that values natural systems and works with the wild, remedies the consequences of chemical-...
Location: Oak Shelter

Biodynamic Beekeeping

Biodynamic apiculture turns much of conventional beekeeping wisdom on its head by viewing honeybee...
Presenter(s): Thea Maria Carlson, Michael Thiele
Location: Acacia

Large-Scale Organics with Integrity: Costco and Nutiva

As a community, EcoFarm has worked for 35 years to convert the U.S. food and farming system to one...
Presenter(s): Dennis Hoover, John Roulac
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Kiln

Forgotten Practices that Save Water on the Farm

Most farm water conservation measures focus strongly on irrigation practices such as improving...
Presenter(s): Rich Casale
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Discussion Group: GMOs - A Strategic Planning Session

Join LabelGMO's Pamm Larry, Mom Across America's Zen Honeycutt and California Grange Presidend Bob...
Location: Triton

Agricultores a pequeña escala de El Salvador reivindican la sabiduría orgán...

EcoFarm tiene el placer de recibir a una delegación de agricultores salvadoreños cuyo trabajo ha...
Track:
En Español
Location: Fred Farr
Saturday

Saturday Back to Top
Session: G | 8:30 am

Farmland Conservation and Land Access in California

Through a quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation...
Presenter(s): Misti Arias, John Guardino, Jaclyn Moyer
Location: Nautilus

Slow Tools Roundtable Discussion

Small-scale diversified farmers cannot easily meet market opportunities without improving the...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere
Location: Evergreen

Practical Earth Magic

The earth is sacred, and to live in sacred balance is both a spiritual and a very practical...
Presenter(s): Starhawk
Location: Scripps

Growing, Cooking and Crafting a Diverse Community

This workshop will focus on stories of Latino immigrants whose food and farming innovations are...
Presenter(s): Barbara Goodell, Carmen Herrera-Mansir, Maria Elena Mendoza, Nancy Porto, Angeles Segura
Location: Kiln

Building Bridges: Climate, Agriculture and Justice

The climate crisis has wide-ranging implications and challenges, not only for farmers but also for...
Presenter(s): Diana Abellara, Renata Brillinger, Veronica Garibay
Track:
Activists
Location: Merrill

The World of Creepy Crawlies: Ants and Spiders

Even though all plants and pests have a relationship with ants and spiders, these important...
Presenter(s): Kristen Erik Tollerup, Devin Carroll
Location: Fred Farr

Wise Words from Well-Seasoned Farmers

We are again in for a great treat, as our panelists detail their many decades of farming experience...
Presenter(s): Nash Huber, Silvia Prevedelli
Location: Heather

The Basics of Seed Saving

Explore the exciting art of seed saving. Learn how to plan your garden for saving seed and how to...
Presenter(s): Matthew Hoffman, Steve Peters
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

On-Farm Mobile Poultry Processing

Mobile poultry processing allows small farmers to raise and then slaughter meat chickens, turkeys,...
Presenter(s): Patty and Rob Bielen
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Oak Shelter

Saturday Back to Top
Session: Plenary | 10:30 am

Walking the Edge: Deepening our Magic

In nature, edges, where one ecosystem meets another, are the places of greatest dynamism, energy...

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