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Conference Year: 2017

 
Wednesday

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

Respect the Seed: Genetic Diversity Matters!

Our genetic heritage is key to a resilient, ecologically based agriculture. However, the genetics...
Presenter(s): Matthew Dillon, Rowen White
Location: Merrill Hall
Thursday

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Session: A | 8:30 am

Raising, Processing and Marketing Grass-Fed Livestock

Our speakers are well known for their innovative approaches to organic and grass-fed livestock...
Presenter(s): Will Harris, Kathy Webster
Location: Kiln

Annual Research Roundup: Recent Science Supporting Organic

Every year scientists release a wide variety of research that supports the benefits of organic food...
Presenter(s): Asa Bradman, Jessica Shade, Brise Tencer
Track:
Activists
Location: Heather

Back to Basics: Cover Crops and Green Manures for Annual and Perennial Crop...

Our speaker will discuss the practical aspects of utilizing cover crops and green manures in annual...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill

Cultivating Seed Stewardship

Until just a few generations ago, seed stewardship was an integral part of every farm and garden...
Presenter(s): Steve Peters, Rowen White
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Direct Solar Water Pumping and remote Solar Stand Alone Systems

This workshop is designed for farmers and ranchers that require remote power systems that may not...
Presenter(s): Carl Reuter
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Oak Shelter

Discussion Group - Diversify EcoFarm: What Will it Take?

If we are committed to diversifying our EcoFarm movement, what hard work do we need to do to make...
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Acacia

Dynamics of Restaurant Supported Agriculture

How does a farm serve and grow with a restaurant? How do chefs flex their menus around seasonality...
Presenter(s): Steve Sprinkel, Dustin Stewart, Nolan Schmidt
Location: Scripps

Empowering Youth, Nourishing Community

Meet two award-winning nonprofits that offer youth excellent opportunities for growth while...
Presenter(s): Angela Farley, Doron Comerchero
Track:
Activists
Location: Evergreen

Getting Your Farm Business on the Right Legal & Financial Footing

This workshop will help beginning farmers and ranchers develop a solid legal and financial business...
Presenter(s): Poppy Davis, Ali Robinson
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Insights from Farmers: Biodiversity Stories from the Field

Three farmers tell stories about how they partner with pollinators, pest-eating organisms and...
Presenter(s): John Brennan, Phil Coturri, Steve Pedersen
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Nautilus

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

Plants Transformed into Spiritual Tools for Healing

How can farmers and gardeners transform plants into essential oils to assist with healing,...
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Jones
Location: Evergreen

The Real Root Story

WE'RE SORRY - THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED This presentation illustrates how roots really grow...
Presenter(s): Robert Kourik
Location: Nautilus

Reviving Local Grains

Grains, those staples of our diet, have long been missing from local foodsheds. Now small-scale...
Presenter(s): Nathanael Gonzales-Siemens, Mai Nguyen, Larry Kandarian
Location: Fred Farr

Discussion Group – How to Make USDA-NRCS Assistance Work for YOU

Make USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) work for YOU! The USDA-NRCS offers...
Location: Triton

Urban Farms at the Forefront of Policy Change

Urban farms are cropping up everywhere—from nonprofits that work to educate city-dwellers and...
Presenter(s): Kiel Schmidt, Chanowk Yisrael
Location: Scripps

Discussion Group – Biodiversity Stories from the Field

It takes a community to support biodiversity on the farm – farmers, conservationists, researchers,...
Location: Toyon

Cultivating Organic Leaders

Connect with organic leaders and learn how you can help steer the organic movement! One of the...
Presenter(s): Vernon Peterson, Andrea Davis-Cetina, Mark Lipson
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Acacia

Organic Cannabis Certification in the Face of Government Prohibition?

While the feds still classify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, the legalization of cannabis for...
Presenter(s): April Crittendon, Bryce Berryessa, Andrew Black
Track:
Activists
Location: Merrill

Discussion Group – Ecological Farmer and Ranchers Alliance

The Ecological Farmer and Rancher Alliance (EFRA) invites members and all who are interested to...
Location: Sanderling

Experiential Training and Social Learning for Farmers

Explore beginning farmer training models that integrate apprenticeships, mentorship, and farmer-to-...
Presenter(s): Ana Galvis Martinez, Megan Fehrman, Kelly Curry, Marisa Alcorta
Track:
Activists
Location: Oak Shelter

Farmer Funding Opportunities for Climate Smart Agriculture

Governor Jerry Brown has called on farms and ranches in California to become carbon sinks, helping...
Presenter(s): Jenny Lester-Moffitt, Jeanne Merrill
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

Organic Weed Management

Weed control is one of the biggest challenges for organic growers. Although bed spacing, tractor...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Daryl Wong
Location: Chapel

Pathways to Ownership

Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs, it doesn't always make...
Presenter(s): Liya Schwartzman, Anthony Chang, Chris Hay, Maija West
Location: Heather

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Session: Keynote | 1:30 pm

Food Justice: Challenges and Opportunities

Malik Yakini will share the work of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network as a model of...
Presenter(s): Malik Yakini
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Merrill Hall

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

Real World Farm & Garden Education

Farm and garden-based education programs teach food- and eco-literacy, and offer healthy activities...
Presenter(s): Kelly Carlisle, Kyle Cornforth
Track:
Activists
Location: Evergreen

Seeds for the People! Decentralizing our Seed Systems

Organic producers need multiple diverse varieties of seeds in order to produce high quality crops...
Presenter(s): Micaela Colley, Matthew Dillon
Track:
Activists
Location: Scripps

The USDA Organic Check Off: Friend or Foe?

The Organic Trade Association created and promoted the USDA-administered Gro Organic Check Off...
Presenter(s): Laura Batcha, Phil LaRocca, Steve Sprinkel, Tom Pavich
Track:
Activists
Location: Heather

Discussion Group – Pathways to Ownership Part 2: Sealing the Deal

Join this session as a follow-up to the “Pathways to Ownership” workshop. Every farmer hopes to own...
Location: Toyon

Discussion Group – Out Here: Queer Farmers in the U.S.

What does it mean to be a queer farmer in the U.S? Join us for a discussion group before the...
Location: Sanderling

Alternative Aesthetics: Creating New Outlets for Cosmetically Challenged Pr...

Many new methods and models are addressing what has been considered food “waste” at the farm level...
Presenter(s): Oliver Griss, Robin Nicolaus, Taryn Wolf
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Kiln

Add Value to Organic Crops with Small-Scale Processing on the Farm

Small and medium-sized farms can earn extra income with value-added products made legally and...
Presenter(s): Jessie Nichols, Vernon Peterson, Jenna Muller
Location: Triton

Biodynamic Herbal Remedies for your Soil

Herbal medicine is not only beneficial for human health. Medicinal herbs can also be harnessed to...
Presenter(s): Carin Fortin, Delmar McComb
Location: Nautilus

Cultivating Diversity in the Ecological Farming Community

Diversity is important to an ecological farm. Diversity of production, of funding sources, of sales...
Presenter(s): Malik Yakini, Doria Robinson, Chukou Thao
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Chapel

How Are Farmers Adapting to Climate Change?

Farmers and ranchers face an uncertain future as the climate evolves over the coming decades...
Presenter(s): Stephanie Larson, Greg Rawlings, Tom Willey
Location: Acacia

Letters to a Young Farmer

“Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming and Our Future” is an anthology of letters and essays...
Presenter(s): Will Harris, Wendy Millet, Mas Masumoto
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

The Nine Dollar Egg Carton

Farmers’ market, roadside stand and CSA offerings of dozens of chicken eggs have slowly edged...
Presenter(s): Sarah Lopez, Blake Alexandre
Location: Oak Shelter
Friday

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Session: Keynote | 7:45 am

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition! Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along...
Presenter(s): Dick Peixoto, Jamie Collins, Will Allen, Kate Duesterberg
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill Hall

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

Breaking Into Organic Dairy and Livestock Production

We often hear laments from beginning farmers and ranchers that starting a small or family-scale...
Presenter(s): Doniga Markegard, Kenny Muller
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Discussion Group & Presentation – WFS: Growing Farmers Inside an LA Cou...

Wayside Farm School (WFS) has grown to include four instructors, four crew leaders and more than 60...
Presenter(s): Patrick Mitchell, Chris Faucher, Sergio Gutierrez
Location: Triton

Special Presentation - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

An exciting development is underway for CSA farmers statewide! Come join us to learn some tried and...
Location: Toyon

Co-op Solutions for Small Farms

This workshop will show how the cooperative model applies to agriculture, from increasing land...
Presenter(s): Ellee Igoe, Casey O'Neill
Location: Evergreen

Connecting the Cost of Production with Profitable Pricing

It is critical for farmers to know their costs of production in order to make informed business...
Presenter(s): Dina Izzo, Marisa Alcorta
Location: Merrill

Consolidation. Everywhere.

Have you noticed the trend of large companies buying up small and mid-sized farms in the valley and...
Presenter(s): Peter Van Dyke, Bill Schene
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Oak Shelter

De Piscador a Productor / From Farmworker to Farm owner

Meet two successful organic farmers originally from Mexico, who will share their personal histories...
Presenter(s): María Ines Catalán, Javier Zamora
Track:
Lengua Española / Spanish Language
Location: Nautilus

Farming Stories: History of Japanese-American Farmers in California

Prior to Executive Order 9066, Japanese Americans lived, worked, and owned their own farmland...
Presenter(s): James Nakahara, Nina Ichikawa, Mas Masumoto
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Scripps

Discussion Group/Town Hall: The New Farmworker Overtime Law in California

Last September, Governor Brown signed AB 1066, a new law covering farmworker wages, hours and...
Location: Fred Farr

National Organic Update

We always need to hear about what people are doing in Washington D.C. because the actions of the...
Presenter(s): Harriet Behar, Jessica Walden, Patty Lovera
Track:
Activists
Location: Heather

Spinning Food: Big Food's Attack on Organic and Practical tools to rec...

The stakes for influencing public perception of organic are high. As documented in Friends of the...
Presenter(s): Stacy Malkan, Haven Bourque, Scott Murray, Kendra Klein
Track:
Activists
Location: Fred Farr

The Tiniest Livestock: Edible Insects

Edible insects are all the rage, for good reasons and bad. This interest is only likely to get...
Presenter(s): Monica Martinez, Megan Miller
Location: Acacia

Advances In Organic Insect, Disease and Nematode Management

Join our speakers for an update on proven and promising organic pest management products, focused...
Presenter(s): Michael Gardener, Larry Mendez, Bob Fowler
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

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

EcoFarm Poemshare

Man does not live on kohlrabi alone. Robert Bly describes “eating the honey of words:” we’ll...
Location: Sanderling

Fostering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Ecological Farming Moveme...

This workshop will explore ways to broaden the ecological farming and food movement. People of...
Presenter(s): Mai Nguyen, Lupe Martinez, Janaki Jaganath
Track:
Activists, Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Scripps

Adventures in Ecological Gardening

The presenter's gardening and farming adventures have taken her from public edible and pollinator...
Presenter(s): Kate Frey
Location: Oak Shelter

Beavers, Birds and Coyotes: Farming and Ranching with Wild Nature

How can we incorporate diverse species and processes into our farms and ranches to improve the...
Presenter(s): Jo Ann Baumgartner, Camilla Fox, Kate Lundquist
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

Going Beyond the Garden: Cultivating Youth in Good Food

How can we build upon school gardens to empower young people to be tomorrow’s good food leaders?...
Presenter(s): Brandon Yip, Rita Marie Molloy, Alex Villegas
Track:
Activists
Location: Evergreen

Organic Control of Citrus Greening

The purpose of this workshop is to educate citrus growers about organically approved methods for...
Presenter(s): Ben McLean, Jeffrey Steen
Location: Acacia

Classical Biological Control/Control biológico clásico

With the continuing accidental importation of devastating pests such as Olive Fruit Fly, Marmorated...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Kent Daane, William Olkowski
Track:
En Español, Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill

Discussion Group: Agricultural Justice Project

Join the movement of food businesses and family-scale farms that are following Food Justice...
Location: Triton

The Future of Organic Supply: Ensuring the Success of Small and Mid-Sized F...

As the organic market becomes flooded with larger producers who now dominate product lines and...
Presenter(s): Tina Cosentino, Jeff Larkey, Ryan Casey
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Fred Farr

Mycodiversity is BioSecurity: Mushroom Mycelium & the Worldwide Food We...

Join this engaging author, mycologist, medical researcher, and entrepreneur for an immersion...
Presenter(s): Paul Stamets
Location: Nautilus

The Old is New: Exploring Indigenous Land Stewardship

Those familiar with the history of the organic farming movement will recognize its foundation in...
Presenter(s): Jennifer House, Edward Willie
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Heather

To Till or Not To Till, That is the Question

There has been a lot of attention paid to the potential value of reduced tillage in soil carbon...
Presenter(s): Eric Brennan, Jim Leap, Judith Redmond
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Discussion Group – Sustainable Livestock Farm Bill Policy Update and Feedba...

A coalition of groups is leading a campaign to secure new Farm Bill legislation in support of...
Location: Toyon

Friday Back to Top
Session: F | 3:30 pm

Agroecological Methods to Assess the Resilience of Farming Systems

The main objective of this workshop is to help farmers understand the principles and mechanisms...
Presenter(s): Miguel Altieri, Paul Roge
Location: Fred Farr

Building Support for Organic Producers

California is the nation’s #1 producer of organic products, both fresh and processed. But retailers...
Presenter(s): Heather Shavey, Russ Lester, Matt Seeley
Location: Merrill

Can we Keep GMOs out of Organic?

Many new GMO technologies are sneaking into food and farms without any regulation or disclosure...
Presenter(s): Jake Lewin, Dana Perls, Zea Sonnabend
Track:
Activists
Location: Kiln

Conserving Biodiversity Using Organic Practices

Learn about a spectrum of easily adopted, on-farm conservation activities that support biodiversity...
Presenter(s): Jo Ann Baumgartner, John Quinn, Amber R. Sciligo
Location: Heather

Distress and Success for Farmworker Dignity/Angustia y éxito por la dignida...

Farmworker Bill of Rights efforts at the local county level are proving to be an inspiring means of...
Presenter(s): Arcenio Lopez, Maricela Morales, Sarah Nolan
Track:
En Español, Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Nautilus

Growing the Next Generation of Farmers of Color

A just and sustainable food movement requires diversity in the people who grow our food. In this...
Presenter(s): Kelly Carlisle, Karissa Lewis, Heather Smith
Location: Acacia

The Changing Retail Landscape: How Produce Departments Can Ride the Tide

There is a lot of pressure coming down on produce departments to cut pricing and diversify product...
Presenter(s): Simon Richard, Melanie Blankenship
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Toyon

Shepherding School: Sheep Husbandry for the Modern Pastoralist

Join shepherd Dan Macon of Flying Mule Farm and UCCE Livestock/Natural Resources Advisor Roger...
Presenter(s): Dan Macon, Roger Ingram
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Oak Shelter

Wise Words From Well-Seasoned Farmers

Join us again for a session of wisdom from pioneering farmers, researchers and activists. Will...
Presenter(s): William Olkowski, Will Allen
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Discussion Group – Women in Eco Ag in California and Beyond, Continuing th...

Come and connect with your fellow female farmers and foodies and share your stories and experience...
Location: Scripps

Food Sovereignty in Tribal Communities

Panelists will explore the intersection of traditional foods, agriculture, health, and community...
Presenter(s): Rowen White, Jen Schlaich, Tony Brown, Monty Bengochia
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Evergreen
Saturday

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

All About Food Safety for Farmers

Want to produce safe, organic produce while still protecting the environment? Do you need to get...
Presenter(s): Kali Feireisel, Jacob Guth, Dave Runsten
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Evergreen

Carbon Farming - Challenges and Opportunities of a Grazier's Career

Can the camaraderie of an inclusive community of graziers be the first step in solving a host of...
Presenter(s): Doniga Markegard, Ariel Greenwood
Location: Chapel

Dry Farmed & Regenerative Ag PechaKucha

Through a series of seven-minute presentations done in the Japanese PechaKucha tradition, 20 slides...
Presenter(s): Cindy Daley, Andrew Langford, Susan Cousineau, and more!
Location: Merrill

Fair Food: Exploring the Inequities and Racial issues inherent in the Farmi...

This workshop will delve into issues of systemic oppression in the food system, through the lens of...
Presenter(s): Ahna Kruzic, Rosalinda Guillen
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Scripps

Discussion Group - EcoFarming over the Next Four Years

How will organic and sustainable agriculture interface with the new administration? Join this...
Location: Oak Shelter

Indoor Forest Gardening

A forest garden is an edible ecosystem, a consciously designed community of mutually beneficial...
Presenter(s): Jerome Osentowski
Location: Fred Farr

Solar Electricity for Your Farm

Day One Solar will offer a well researched, comprehensive talk on the benefits of Commercial...
Presenter(s): Tony Armor, Ben Valentine, Joe Jordan
Location: Heather

So You Want to Be An Organic Retailing Star

Well, listen now to what I say. Just get yourself a nice little farm and find a beater restaurant...
Presenter(s): Steve Sprinkel, Olivia Chase
Location: Nautilus

Agrihoods Take Root

Feeding off the continuing interest in eating fresh, local food, developers are ditching golf...
Presenter(s): Kirk Vartan
Location: Kiln

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

Mushrooms and The Mycology of Consciousness

Join this engaging speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher, and entrepreneur for an...
Presenter(s): Paul Stamets
Location: Merrill Hall

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