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Conference Year: 2019

Wednesday

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Session: Keynote | 8:00 pm

Engaging & Empowering our Communities to Transform the Food System

Leaders in ecological farming, food justice, education & policy share their visions.
Presenter(s): Malaika Bishop, Denisa Livingston, Karen Washington
Location: Merrill Hall
Thursday

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Session: A | 8:30 am

WWOOF: Growing Your Farm by Growing Young Farmers

After 10 years of hosting more than 500 “Wwoofers” and interns from similar organizations, the Kern...
Presenter(s): Hansel Kern, Sue Kern, Jack Whettam
Track:
Farm Business & Labor

Two Part Soil Series Part I: Choosing the Best Crop Fertility Plan through...

Soil is the foundation of the farming system and provides resilience and redundant mechanisms for...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano
Track:
Soil, Fertility, & Production

Everyone Who Eats Is a Farmer

This "picture show" session traces humanity's dubious invention of agriculture and the major...
Presenter(s): Tom Willey
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Cool New Technologies to Address Important Farm Challenges

Smart greenhouses hold great promise for dual-use farming and renewable electricity production...
Presenter(s): Wayne Ackermann, Glenn Alers
Track:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

The Bloom Boom - Organic Flower Production

Flowers are more lucrative per acre than almost any other crop today. Integrating flower production...
Presenter(s): Hannah Muller, Dru Rivers
Track:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

Grazing Sheep in Perennial Crop Systems

Sheep can be a powerful tool for managing ecosystem health and increasing profitability. Learn from...
Presenter(s): Kelly Mulville, Nathan Stuart
Track:
Livestock

Reading Weeds: An Introduction to Plant Indicators

Weeds are a valuable tool for testing your soil. Learn to read them as dynamic and sensitive...
Presenter(s): Ron Whitehurst
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Habitat

Words into Action: Forwarding the EcoFarm Association’s New Strategic Plan

EcoFarm invites you to share your vision, suggestions, and ideas for the future of the organization...

The REAL Science about the Benefits of Organic

Every year scientific research on the benefits of organic expands and so does the spread of...
Presenter(s): Jessica Shade, Asa Bradman
Track:
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations

Discussion Group: Introduction to IFOAM's Organic 3.0

Organic 3.0 for truly sustainable farming and consumption is a guiding concept developed by Markus...
Presenter(s): David Lively, Katherine DiMatteo
Track:
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations

How the New Tax Law Affects Farmers: Time to Change Your Tax Strategy!

The 2017 Tax Act contains the biggest changes to farm taxes in 30 years. One new deduction for...
Presenter(s): Poppy Davis
Track:
Farm Business & Labor

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

Two Part Soil Series Part II: Organic Soil Fertility Management for Vegetab...

Soil is the foundation of the farming system and provides resilience and redundant mechanisms for...
Presenter(s): Joji Muramoto, Richard Smith
Track:
Soil, Fertility, & Production

Organic Produce: The Solution to Our Chronic Disease Epidemic?

Explore the healing powers of organic produce, and hear why it may be the best way to combat the...
Presenter(s): Rick Knoll, Michelle Perro, Taryn Wolf
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Food, Health

Groundwater Recharge & Regulation: Where Do We Stand?

It's never been more important to strategically recharge groundwater aquifers in California. What...
Presenter(s): Jennifer Clary, Brenton Kelly
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Discussion Group: Get Engaged with California Food and Farm Policy

Many laws in California affect how we farm and how we sell food. Too many of them were created...
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Hemp, Hemp Hooray

“Whoa, Sheriff! Put away the handcuffs. That’s not a field of weed you can smoke. It’s medicine for...
Presenter(s): Wayne Richman, Matt McClain, Dave Dinapoli
Track:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

Pastured Poultry: Practices that Work

Poultry farmers Caleb Barron and Teresa Kurtak, will present their experience and challenges...
Presenter(s): Caleb Barron, Todd Kelman, Teresa Kurtak
Track:
Livestock

Cover Cropping for Beneficial Insects

Cover cropping has traditionally been valued for its ability to promote healthy soils. Certain...
Presenter(s): Jessa Kay Cruz, Houston Wilson
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Food, Health

Food Sovereignty in Indian Country

A community garden can improve a tribal community’s mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional...
Presenter(s): Darin Koupal, Samantha Sproull
Track:
Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty

Revolutionizing a Food System from the Ground Up

Hear about the work of two Northern California food hubs that are building the infrastructure of a...
Presenter(s): Tim Page, Isabel Quiroz, Caroline Radice
Track:
Marketing, Retail, & Wholesale

Decolonizing Experiential Ag: Creating Space for Liberatory Learning

This session will examine the process of creating connective, empowering spaces in farm-based...
Presenter(s): Christof Bernau, Kellee Matsushita, David Robles
Track:
Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty

Hot Topics in Organic Ag

This lively workshop will address the most pressing policy issues affecting our organic agriculture...
Presenter(s): Dave Chapman, Paul Muller
Track:
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations

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Session: Keynote | 1:30 pm

Diversity is Key - What 40 Years of Science tell us about Organic Agricultu...

Hear from soil scientists Dr. Kris Nichols and Dr. John Reganold.
Presenter(s): Dr. Kris Nichols, Dr. John Reganold
Location: Merrill Hall

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

Brave New World of Food Safety & Farm Business Strategies

While many interpretations of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are still in process, it is...
Presenter(s): Greg House, Meta Dunn, Alan Haight
Track:
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations

Wise Words From Well Seasoned Farmers

Please join us for another memorable session as we hear about the farming careers of our agrarian...
Presenter(s): Mimi Luebbermann, Lou Preston
Track:
Farm Business & Labor, Farmer to Farmer

Strengthening the Voice and Power of Organic Farmers

California boasts by far the largest number of organic farms in the US (2,800) and enjoys the...
Presenter(s): Kate Mendenhall, Steve Beck
Track:
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations

DPOs: Leveraging Community Capital for Local Agriculture

Many of us are familiar with CSAs, where customers pre-pay a farmer to help fund an upcoming...
Presenter(s): Cameron Rhudy, Warren King, Reggie Knox
Track:
Farm Business & Labor

Diversity of Farming Systems is the Key – Q&A Following the Keynote

Preeminent soil scientists Kris Nichols and John Reganold invite your questions and comments in...
Presenter(s): Dr. Kris Nichols, Dr. John Reganold
Track:
Soil, Fertility, & Production

School Gardens: Inoculating Young Hearts and Minds with a Passion for Farmi...

Learn from programs that are successfully engaging kids with their food! Over the past 18 years the...
Presenter(s): Malaika Bishop, Hansel Kern
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Food, Health

Wildfire & Farms: Regrowing from the Ashes

As wildfires bear down upon California like never before, our farmers must adapt to a New Normal,...
Presenter(s): David Cooper, Melissa Lely, Tim Page
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Wise Words From Well Seasoned Farmers

Please join us for another memorable session as we hear about the farming careers of our agrarian...
Presenter(s): Mimi Luebbermann, Lou Preston
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Creating Better Seed Through Regional Efforts

Given the fact that California is justly famous as one of the premier seed growing regions in the...
Presenter(s): Steve Peters, Gina Covina, Elizabeth Johnson
Track:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

How Farming Practices Can Protect Native Species in Decline

Which native species are in decline and how can you protect them on your farm? We will talk about...
Presenter(s): Alan Haight, Angela Laws, Samantha Marcum
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Habitat

Marketing Your Values, Not Just for Marketing's Sake

In the competitive world that is the organic trade, businesses need to set themselves apart from...
Presenter(s): Sarah Bodnar, Taylor Lee
Track:
Marketing, Retail, & Wholesale

DG: Creating Community, Becoming Food Sovereign in College

California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) students will focus on the joys and challenges of...
Track:
Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty

A Remarkable Turn in the Road: Future of the Transportation Industry

An expert will explore issues facing the transportation industry in three areas: logistics, fuel,...
Presenter(s): Tom Howard
Track:
Marketing, Retail, & Wholesale
Friday

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Session: Keynote | 7:45 am

Successful Organic Farmers

Successful farmers share their stories and insights.
Presenter(s): Marney Blair, Lisa Bjorn, Chanowk Yisrael, Judith Yisrael, Thomas Broz
Location: Merrill Hall

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

Discussion Group: Time to Quit? Real Talk on Redefining Failure

We all know that farming can be hard: the weather, the thin margins, the solitude, the labor. More...
Track:
Farm Business & Labor

Real, Regenerative, Regular? Which Organic Seal for You?

After extensive controversy over how USDA regulates certified organic, particularly with regards to...
Presenter(s): Laura Batcha, Paul Muller, Elizabeth Whitlow
Track:
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations

Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture

Biodynamic agriculture is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to crop production that...
Presenter(s): Thea Maria Carlson
Track:
Soil, Fertility, & Production

Let's Get Wet: Rehydrating the Earth

Through her business, Rehydrate the Earth, Lydia Neilsen works with the land and its inhabitants on...
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Food, Health

Manejo de Negocios / Whole farm business management

Administración de Impresa completa es un foro de discusión abierto sobre el liderazgo y gestión,...
Presenter(s): Victor Hernandez
Track:
Lengua Española / Spanish Language

La Próxima Generación de Agricultores Americanos / The Next Generation of A...

El movimiento orgánico necesita más granjas familiares para continuar su impresionante crecimiento...
Presenter(s): Patricia Carrillo, Javier Zamora
Track:
Lengua Española / Spanish Language

How Plant Breeding Can Help Your Produce Stand Out

Small producers need to stand out from the crowd. Doing your own plant breeding or collaborating...
Presenter(s): Jared Zystro, Eric George, Amy & Jacques Neukom
Track:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

Women in Regenerative Agriculture

Women are seldom in the forefront of farming and ranching, yet they are often the backbone of the...
Presenter(s): Christine 'Baji' Hantelman, Doniga Markegard, Hilary Zaranek
Track:
Livestock

Growing Great Greens!

Let's talk about a vegetable that everybody needs to eat more of: Greens! From kale and mustard to...
Presenter(s): John Bauer, Grant Brians, Farmer TBA
Track:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

Why Birds Matter in Agricultural Landscapes

This workshop will focus on the ecological roles that birds fill, and the ways they benefit farms,...
Presenter(s): Dan Wenny, Chris Whelan
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Habitat

Innovations in Biological Control

Growers are increasingly adopting biologicals (biopesticides and biostimulants) in both...
Presenter(s): Pam Marrone , Michael Gilbert
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Habitat

Queering Ecology: Toward a World View that Affirms All Life

Mainstream understandings of botany and ecology have been used to justify violence against queer,...
Presenter(s): Moretta Browne, Clare Riesman, Edgar Xochitl
Track:
Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty

What’s Happening In Mexican Organic Farming?

The volume of organic produce from Mexico has soared in the last decade, with no end in sight...
Presenter(s): Lois Christie, Paola Guerrero, Esteban Macías Padilla
Track:
Marketing, Retail, & Wholesale

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Session: E | 1:30 pm

Farmworkers on the Forefront: Rights, Solidarity, and Sovereignty

How are farm worker and immigrant families organizing to demand basic rights, build community,...
Presenter(s): Horacio Amezquita, Joaquin Jimenez
Track:
Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty

Discussion Group: Digging into the New Era in the Organic Wholesale Produce...

Monumental changes are facing the organic trade: increased demand for organic production; greater...
Presenter(s): Nicole Mason, Rebecca North
Track:
Marketing, Retail, & Wholesale

Adapt, Mitigate, Thrive: Climate Smart Grant Success Stories

California now has Climate Smart Agriculture grant programs for farmers to improve soil health,...
Presenter(s): Jake Magnuson, Jose Robles, Alli Cecchini
Track:
Farmer to Farmer

National Organic Update

As the EcoFarm agenda goes to print, the Farm Bill and future of organic programs are still up in...
Presenter(s): Tom Chapman, Rick Greenwood, Brise Tencer
Track:
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations

Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 10 Acres or Less

Josh is a part-time market farmer in Portland, Oregon with a strong commitment to bicycle-powered...
Presenter(s): Josh Volk
Track:
Soil, Fertility, & Production

Labor Laws and Regulations for Farm Owners

We’ll review the federal and state laws that agricultural field and packing employers relating to 1...
Presenter(s): Luis Sierra, Marsha Habib, Neil Thapar
Track:
Farm Business & Labor

Canna-business Is Getting Sticky

Cannabis is “legal” to grow for commercial markets. This has presented a plethora of challenges,...
Presenter(s): Kelly Bradford, Andrew Black
Track:
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations

El Uso de Fertilizantes Orgánicos en sus Fincas / The Use of Organic Fertil...

Este taller consiste de tres secciones. La primera parte cubrirá el uso de cultivos de cobertura,...
Presenter(s): Sacha Lozano, Richard Smith
Track:
Lengua Española / Spanish Language

Empowering Youth & Community Leaders

Rooted in Resilience inspires and supports community leaders in building equitable, resilient...
Presenter(s): Youth Leaders from Rooted in Resilience, Youth Leaders from FoodWhat!?
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Women for the Land: New Era of Ownership and Conservation

Women increasingly are becoming primary decision makers on farms. Nearly 1 million women are farm...
Presenter(s): Gianna Banducci
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Biodynamic Animal Husbandry: Cows to Compost

How do we care for cows, pigs, chickens, and other livestock in ways that honor and support their...
Presenter(s): Lisa Bjorn, Marney Blair
Track:
Livestock

Crop planning and farm management with Tend & Jean-Martin Fortier

Join Tend & Jean-Martin Fortier to learn how Tend will streamline your farm operations. We'll...
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

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Session: F | 3:30 pm

An Equitable Foundation for the Future of Farming

All farmers don’t have the same opportunities. What role do we all have to play to ensure every...
Presenter(s): Chanowk Yisrael, Judith Yisrael, Farmer TBA
Track:
Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty

Mastering Farm Accounting & Financial Tools

This business skills session will provide a framework for understanding what you need from your...
Presenter(s): Poppy Davis, Alan Haight
Track:
Farm Business & Labor

Discussion Group: Climate Smart Farming in the Real World

From Carbon Farming to Regenerative Agriculture, the topic of climate smart food production is...
Track:
Farmer to Farmer

Feeding Souls: Food As Sacred in Climate Collapse

Food was once considered both a sacred gift and a responsibility. That recognition was lost when...
Presenter(s): Pamm Larry
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Food, Health

Turn Fire Hazards into Food Forests with Hügelkultur

Hügelkultur, pronounced “hoo-gul-culture,” means hill culture or hill mound. Learn about this...
Presenter(s): Sandra and Josh Khankhanian, Samyol Soulfyre
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Food, Health

Prácticas de Control de Plagas en Sistemas Orgánicos / Pest Control Practic...

El taller será de tres secciones. La primera parte será sobre el uso de plantas para atraer...
Presenter(s): Martín Guerena, Omar Rodriguez
Track:
Lengua Española / Spanish Language

Leyes laborales y regulaciones para dueños de negocios agrícolas

Revisamos leyes federales y estatales relacionados a empleadores con trabajadores en el campo y...
Presenter(s): Luis Sierra, Marsha Habib
Track:
Lengua Española / Spanish Language

Town Hall with our Legislators

Senator Kamala Harris and Congressman Jimmy Panetta have been invited to address salient issues...
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Bad Ass Tractor Maintenance: Diesel vs Gas

Wondering how to power your farm? Here’s a hands-on introduction to the basic operation and repair...
Presenter(s): Christabel Siemens, Nate Siemens
Track:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

Range Riders: Coexisting with Predators

Think “Range Riders” is the name of some action-hero group? Famous Western movie? Maybe, but they...
Presenter(s): Bre Owens, Hilary Zaranek
Track:
Livestock

Discussion Group: Women in Food and Ag Round Table

Come and connect with your fellow female farmers and foodies. Share your stories and experiences...
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Replacing, Reducing and Recycling On-Farm Plastic

It can take up to 500 years for plastic to decompose. Recyclers struggle to create durable products...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Carol Miles, Todd Rickenberger
Track:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

Let's Fight Together to End Agricultural Toxics Now

Over 200 million pounds of pesticides are applied to California fields annually. Over 500,000...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Sarait Martinez, Margaret Reeves
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Habitat
Saturday

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Session: G | 8:30 am

Building Equity in Organic Food Systems

Organic food should not be a food of privilege. Rather, people of all races, ethnicities, and socio...
Presenter(s): Cathryn Couch, A-dae Briones
Track:
Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty

Healthcare’s Great Markets for Local and Organic Farmers

Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare venues have enormous potential for promoting organic and...
Presenter(s): Ben Thomas, Luis Vargas
Track:
Marketing, Retail, & Wholesale

Making Hay in Agritourism

Consumer interest in ag and food is at an all-time high, and agritourism is helping many farms...
Presenter(s): Lynette Sonne, Barbara and Bill Spencer
Track:
Marketing, Retail, & Wholesale

Creating Drought-Resilient Soil

Drought is one of the most feared phenomena in agriculture. Unfortunately over the past 4,000 years...
Presenter(s): Alexis Robertson, Dale Strickler
Track:
Soil, Fertility, & Production

Greywater Clarified

Greywater has come out of the dark of the waste mentality and into the light of wise water use...
Presenter(s): Christina Bertea
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Food, Health

Hippie Food: How Back-to-the Landers Changed the Way We Eat

Jonathan Kauffman authored this enlightening narrative history that traces the colorful origins of...
Presenter(s): Jonathan Kauffman
Track:
Activism, Policy, Community

Integrating Cannabis into your Farming System

How do you integrate sustainably grown cannabis into your diversified farm or homestead? Join this...
Presenter(s): Taylor & Daniel Stein, Josh & Sandra Khankhanian
Track:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

Advances in Bee Breeding and Management

With increased public interest in keeping bees, issues are arising that require further research...
Presenter(s): Rob Keller, Randy Oliver
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Habitat

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

Soil and Your Inner Power

What can we learn from soil? How can we become more fertile and rich?
Presenter(s): Nikki Silvestri
Location: Merrill Hall

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