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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

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

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

Cultural Revitalization Through Restoring Indigenous Land Stewardship Pract...

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

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

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

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...

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Session: B | 10:30 am

Working with Living Soils

In this workshop, Jean-Martin Fortier will explain his approach to healthy soils and introduce the...
Presenter(s): Jean-Martin Fortier
Track:
Soil, Fertility, & Production

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

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

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

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

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:
Pests, Beneficials, Habitat

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

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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

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Session: C | 3:30 pm

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

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:
Farmer to Farmer

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, Benjamin Lewis
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

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

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

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
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
Track:
Farmer to Farmer
Location: Merrill Hall

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Session: D | 10:30 am

Discussion Group: Develop Your Comprehensive Organic Nitrogen Plan

Coupling soil nitrogen supply with plant demand is challenging in organic systems. In this...
Track:
Soil, Fertility, & Production

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

Better Pay for Farmworkers, More Accountability for Growers and Retailers

Despite the physically demanding and skilled work performed by farmworkers, they are among the...
Presenter(s): Margaret Reeves, Nathalie Marin-Gest
Track:
Farm Business & Labor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:
Crops, Seed, Tools, & Technology

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

There are monumental changes facing the organic trade. From increased demand for organic production...
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Innovations in Biological Control

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

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Session: F | 3:30 pm

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

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, Victor Hernandez, Beth Smoker
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

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

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

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
Saturday

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Session: G | 8:30 am

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

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

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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