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Workshops & Keynotes



Selected EcoFarm workshops will be approved for Continuing Education credits (CEUs) for Pest Control Advisors and Crop Advisors. Stay tuned for the listing of eligible workshops!

Conference Year: 2018

Wednesday

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Session: Keynote | 8:00 pm

Regenerating our Soils: Hope for Farming and Climate

Some 30 years ago, the late Robert Rodale challenged an EcoFarm audience to embrace his “...
Presenter(s): Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, David Johnson
Thursday

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Session: A | 8:30 am

Organic Integrity in a Global Marketplace

Incredible growth in the organic marketplace is driving demand for organic crops sourced from...
Presenter(s): Jake Lewin, Scott Rice, Gwendolyn Wyard
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification

Farming Together: Lessons from Worker Cooperative Farms

Learn about cooperatives and the realities of worker cooperative farming – from how to get started...
Presenter(s): Cody Curtis, Tezo Zomoc
Track:
Farm Business / Labor

Greenhouse and Hoophouse Organic Production

Growing organic crops in protected environments such as greenhouses and hoophouses has a unique set...
Presenter(s): Andrew Mefford
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

What Makes a Healthy Soil?

Despite all the hoopla about healthy soils, there are still great gaps in our knowledge about what...
Presenter(s): Will Brinton, Ray Archuleta
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water

Great Farm Camps for Kids

Farm camps that connect children and families to nature have been successful in northern California...
Presenter(s): Maika Llorens Gulati, Josh Seitchik
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education

Discussion Group & Presentation: Say Yes to a Pesticide-Free Future!

Using the precautionary principle, direct democracy, and out-of-the-box activism, the citizens of...
Presenter(s): Philip Ackerman-Leist, Douglas Gayeton
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community

Conserving and Distributing Delicious, Adapted Fruit Trees

As supermarket fruit disappoints many people who want more flavor, efforts are underway to evaluate...
Presenter(s): Todd Kennedy, Gary Nabhan
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed

Discussion Group - White Folks in Food: Unpacking Your Privilege

How can folks with white-skin privilege contribute to food justice, participating in multi-racial...
Track:
Food Justice

Advances in Organic Insect, Disease and Nematode Management

Here’s what’s new from companies that have been working in the field for decades. Larry will...
Presenter(s): Tommy Escalante, Larry Parker
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat

How Plant Nutrition Affects Diseases and Pests

For integrated pest & disease management to be effective, cultural conditions (especially soils...
Presenter(s): Gregg Young
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water

Dedicating Land to Agriculture: Agricultural Conservation Easements

Farmland is disappearing, fast. Luckily, land trusts increasingly use agricultural conservation...
Presenter(s): Tamara Galanter, Allison Johnson, Benjamin Wright, Jered Lawson
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community

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

Apples: Old and New Varieties for Organic Orchards

Inspired foodies and growers alike know that apples are among the most stable and diverse of crop...
Presenter(s): Freddy Menge, Zea Sonnabend, Terence Welch
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed

Botany of Produce: Understanding the Plants We Grow and Eat

Food is necessary for life to exist. Much of our time on this planet is devoted to thinking about...
Presenter(s): Tom Lively
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health

Cultural Revitalization Through Restoring Indigenous Land Stewardship Pract...

For centuries California Indians managed and sustained cultural ecosystems with traditional...
Presenter(s): Rick Flores, Valentin Lopez
Track:
Food Justice

Discussion Group: The Middle Path

The Middle Path vision for the organic trade and movement is to transform agriculture to...
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale

Controlling Pest Animals Without Poisons on Farms

It has been estimated that vertebrate pests cause $944 million in annual damage to U.S. agriculture...
Presenter(s): Thomas Wittman
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat

Discussion Group: Activating Ecological Farmers' Voices in California...

A surprising amount of policy that affects farmers – including labor, farmers markets, pesticides...
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community

Food Safety Hot Topics

Don’t miss this interactive overview of the hottest topics in food safety. Sign up to get the...
Presenter(s): Kali Feireisel, Jacob Guth, Javier Zamora
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification

Tips and Tools from Experienced Seed Cleaners

Whether you’re interested in producing seed on a commercial scale, or just saving enough for your...
Presenter(s): John DeRozier, Laurie McKenzie, Steve Peters
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed

Balancing Fair Wages, Farm Viability and Affordable Prices

We are faced with a wicked equation. When advocates for workers propose raising the minimum wage...
Presenter(s): Marty Mesh, Leah Cohen
Track:
Farm Business / Labor

Nature Connection, Permaculture & Ecological Responsibility

What practices help to deepen our connection to the natural world? How does connection to the...
Presenter(s): Will Scott
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health

Utilizing Social Media

Whether we like it or not, social media are becoming more and more the preferred methods of...
Presenter(s): Andrea Davis-Cetina, Lennie Larkin, Helena Sylvester
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale

Electric Tractors and Equipment: The Age Of Adaptive Agriculture

It's no secret that food production is energy intensive. With finite resources and a changing...
Presenter(s): Steve Heckeroth, Ruthie King
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

Growing Soil – from North Dakota to California

Gabe Brown of Brown’s Ranch in North Dakota and Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser of Singing Frog Farm in...
Presenter(s): Gabe Brown, Elizabeth Kaiser, Paul Kaiser
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water

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

Eliminating Hunger: The First Requisite of Agricultural Sustainability

Doria Robinson and John Ikerd will address the “first requisite of agricultural sustainability:”...
Presenter(s): Doria Robinson, John Ikerd

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

Fruit Tree Propagation

There are few fruit trees that produce from seed, and a few that can be grown by rooting cuttings...
Presenter(s): Michael Kusiak, John Valenzuela
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed

Knowing Your Worth: Setting Prices and Keeping Them

Setting prices, whether at market or for wholesale, can be daunting. When you're at market, and...
Presenter(s): Chris Hay, Lily Schneider
Track:
Farm Business / Labor

Discussion Group: The Changing Face of CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is continually evolving in response to market trends – or is...
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale

Appropriate Tools and Technologies for the Emerging Small-Scale Market Gard...

Jean-Martin Fortier is an internationally recognized successful farmer who has written the popular...
Presenter(s): Jean-Martin Fortier
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

The New Normal: Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

New pests, loss of winter chill hours, heat waves, and more extreme drought/deluge cycles are among...
Presenter(s): Robert Abbott, Al Courchesne
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education

Distribution: Restoring Integrity to the Food System

John Ikerd’s essay, “Restoring Integrity to the Food System” in his book Small Farms Are Real Farms...
Presenter(s): Hank Herrera, John Ikerd, Doria Robinson
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale

Choosing Crops & Varieties for Greenhouse/Hoophouse Production

In this sequel to the earlier Greenhouse/Hoophouse session, Mr. Mefferd will cover the top crops...
Presenter(s): Andrew Mefford
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

Farm Friends and Foes: Managing for Pest Control and Damage from Birds

Some birds benefit farms by eating pest insects or rodents, while others cause severe damage by...
Presenter(s): Sacha Heath, Sara Kross
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat

A Farm Bill for an Organic Future 2018

Farm Bill is coming, and it will affect you! The Farm Bill is a defining piece of federal...
Presenter(s): Laura Batcha, Kelly Damewood, Brise Tencer
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community

A New Model for On-Farm Internships

In 2016 the National Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network was formed to strengthen the capacity of...
Presenter(s): Marisa Alcorta, Megan Fehrman
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education
Friday

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Session: Keynote | 8:15 am

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition! Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along...
Presenter(s): Jean-Martin Fortier, Dee Harley, Javier Zamora

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

Tectonic Shift Shakes Up Traditional Organic Produce Distribution

A handful of longtime specialty-organic produce distributors, dedicated to ethics beyond the “...
Presenter(s): Rick Lejeune, David Lively, Karen Salinger
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale

The Real Roots Story

This presentation illustrates the way roots really grow, revealing amazing facts such as these:...
Presenter(s): Robert Kourik
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water

Wise Words From Well Seasoned Farmers

Please join us as we learn about the legacy of two longtime farmers. Chris Bunn, 72, is a second-...
Presenter(s): Chris Bunn
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education

Placing Carbon Back Into Our Soils

Experts will compare and contrast a number of tools and policies being considered by governments at...
Presenter(s): David Johnson, Brian Shobe
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community

Quack & Coo: Unusual Poultry Enterprises

Duck eggs, quail and squab are all poultry, but making a success of an enterprise with these...
Presenter(s): Anthony Bordessa
Track:
Livestock

Organic Flower Production / La producción orgánica de flores

Flowers are one of the most profitable crops in agriculture. The demand for organically grown...
Presenter(s): Joanna Letz, Courtney Mellblom
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed

Ag Labor Challenges and Opportunities

A significantly decreased number of farm workers combined with increased wages for labor has put a...
Presenter(s): Al Courchesne, Wesley Van Camp
Track:
Farm Business / Labor

Community Supported but Outside the Box

While the theory behind CSAs is sound, the reality in current times is that a weekly box without...
Presenter(s): Becky Herbert
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale

Decolonizing the Food System: Farms to Grow

Academic and activist Dr. Gail Myers has done a great deal to support Black farmers and other...
Presenter(s): Dr. Gail Myers
Track:
Food Justice

Investing in Local Ag/Food Economy for Regional Resilience

The Bay Area’s rich and diverse food system is an integral part of the region’s economic prosperity...
Presenter(s): Sibella Kraus, Amie MacPhee, Serena Unger
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community

Out in the Field: Queer Farmers Share Experiences

Queer farmers are integral – but historically under-celebrated – members of the ecological farming...
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education

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

Carbon Farm Planning for Multiple Benefits

Learn how developing a carbon farm plan can identify practices to increase carbon sequestration and...
Presenter(s): Jeff Creque, Loren Poncia, Mel Preston
Track:
Livestock

Composting on Your Farm: New Rules and Regulations

Federal law, the Food Safety Modernization Act, now dictates how on-farm compost is to be made...
Presenter(s): Dave Runsten, Willy Reid, Phil Foster, Ryan Flaherty
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification

Seed Saving for Crops that Suit You Best

Saving seeds was once an essential part of the culture of farming, but most modern vegetable...
Presenter(s): Harald Hoven
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed

Create Ecosystems of Abundance with Productive Perennial Polycultures

Perennials can be successfully combined in space and time with annuals and animals in mixed...
Presenter(s): John Valenzuela
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health

Tools and Techniques for Improving Irrigation Efficiency

With water becoming increasingly scarce and expensive, farmers are learning how to increase the...
Presenter(s): Jacob Moreno, Tom Shapland
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water

Conservation You Can Taste: Healing the Urban-Rural Divide

This is a forum on how farmers are helping to bridge the urban-rural divide, providing public...
Presenter(s): Gary Nabhan
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community

What's So Cool About Landrace Grains?

The past few years have seen a surge in interest in historical, landrace and heirloom grains from...
Presenter(s): Sally Fox, Mai Nguyen
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed

To Market, to Market: Fruitful Relationships with Small-Scale Farmers

Learn the latest strategies of retail buyers and department managers who support small-scale...
Presenter(s): Juanita Bruton, Janet Nagamine
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale

Pathways to Latinx Farm Ownership in California / Caminos a ser propietario...

Latinx (Latino and Latina) farmworkers and farmers play a crucial role in California agriculture,...
Presenter(s): Roberto Gonzalez, Bertha Magaña, Brett Melone
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community

Improving Your Soil Quality for the Urban Food Grower

This workshop will provide tools to evaluate soils and manage risk, focusing on the physical,...
Presenter(s): Rob Bennaton
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water

Call Me a Farmer Not a Farmer’s Wife

This workshop will feature women farmers discussing skills they have honed over time on their farms...
Presenter(s): Dee Harley, Hannah Muller, Maya Blow
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education

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

Chasm Widens Between California and Mexican Farm Wages

Our organic community is largely unaware that Mexico’s national minimum wage for an eight-hour-day...
Presenter(s): Jessie Gunn, Gail Wadsworth, Larry Jacobs
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale

Advancing Food-System Social Justice: Funding to Field

This workshop will examine the underlying challenges and opportunities for advancing social justice...
Presenter(s): Tim Galarneau, Navina Khanna
Track:
Food Justice

Discussion Group: Biodynamic Farming and Gardening for the Future

The deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture can help anyone to grow...
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

Sequencing the Soil Biome: The Future Is Here

The understanding of complex soil biology has taken a giant leap forward with the development of...
Presenter(s): Adrian Ferrero, Poornima Parameswaran
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water

Pollinators in Peril: Systemic Insecticides Tip the Scale

This workshop will take a deep look into pesticide industry-sponsored "Pollinator Protection" and...
Presenter(s): Susan Kegley, Stacy Malkan, Terry Oxford
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community

No-Till Vegetable Farming

This session will feature two organic vegetable growers who are making no-till systems work – one...
Presenter(s): Will Allen, Kristyn Leach
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

Bank on It: Hedgerows Reliably Pay for Themselves

Hedgerows provide habitat for natural enemies and pollinators, dust and wind protection, and...
Presenter(s): Sam Earnshaw, Phil Foster, Rachael Long
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat

Discussion Group: Women in Food and Ag Round Table

Come and connect with your fellow female farmers and foodies and share your stories and experience...
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education

Regenerative Grazing: Managing Healthy Ecosystem Processes Using Livestock

Running a farm or ranch in a Western environment is an ever-challenging endeavor. Learn how a...
Presenter(s): Ann Adams, Spencer Smith
Track:
Livestock

Discussion Group: Yes we Cann-abis!

When California legalized cannabis, for better or worse the direction of agriculture took a turn...
Presenter(s): Ian Rice, Michael Straus
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification

Love Your Body Like You Love Your Farm!

Discover and practice a variety of stretches to keep your back, shoulders, neck, knees, hips, and...
Presenter(s): Patricia Becker
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health

Tools and Equipment For Market Gardeners and Farmers / Las herramientas y e...

Small, diversified farms are labor intensive by nature. Managing dozens of different crops in...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, David Grau
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

Daily Drip Irrigation for Greater Yields

How often to irrigate is a topic of great debate. Perhaps the most controversial question concerns...
Presenter(s): Robert Kourik
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water
Saturday

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Session: G | 8:30 am

Creative Strategies for Financing Sustainable Farmland Succession

Retiring and beginning farmers are encouraged to attend this workshop that explores succession-...
Presenter(s): Kendra Johnson, Mai Nguyen, Cameron Rhudy
Track:
Farm Business / Labor

The Farmer and the Chef: Utilizing Abundance

The “farm to table" dining trend is an opportunity for farmers and restaurants to work directly...
Presenter(s): Stuart Brioza, Jeff Dawson
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health

Habitat and Holistic Care for Honey Bees

Honey bee colonies are facing a crisis due in large part to conventional approaches to beekeeping...
Presenter(s): Emily Bondor, Michael Joshin Thiele
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat

Indigenous Food Systems: Models of Food Sovereignty

First Nations Development Institute has funded and supported Indigenous Food Systems since the...
Presenter(s): A-dae Briones, Jackie Franke
Track:
Food Justice

Technology to the Rescue? Will Robots Save The Day in Ag?

There has been a serious labor shortage in agriculture and it is getting worse. On a parallel...
Presenter(s): Anthony Duttle
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

Fins & Feathers on Floodplain Farm Fields

California’s defining resource challenge is to reconcile ag and urban water supply with...
Presenter(s): Jacob Katz, Bryce Lundberg
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat

Scaling Up Soil Health to Deliver Climate Solutions

There is a groundswell of interest in healthy soils and regenerative agriculture throughout the U.S...
Presenter(s): David Bronner
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification

Growing and Marketing Healing Herbs

Kanchan Dawn Hunter is co-creator of the first annual Women of Color Herbal Symposium and co-...
Presenter(s): Maya Blow, Kanchan Dawn Hunter, Tatille Jackson
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed

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

Honoring Land, Food Systems, and Community

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally renowned activist, author, and orator working on...
Presenter(s): Winona LaDuke

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