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Conference Year: 2020

 

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Wednesday

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Session: Keynote | 8:00 pm

Visionaries in the Field: Weaving Together Ecology and Equity

In the spirit of this year’s conference theme of "20/20 Vision," we are hosting visionaries in the...
Presenter(s): Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, Leah Penniman
Thursday

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Session: A | 8:30 am

Women-Owned and Open for Business

In this session we’ll hear from three women who own and operate their businesses: a grower, a...
Presenter(s): Karen Salinger, Alison Bailey Vercruysse, Farmer TBA
Track:
Equity, Social Justice, Food Sovereignty, Women in Food & Agriculture

The Real Dirt on Pesticides and Bee Deaths

How did America’s farms change from occasional pesticide use to a poison-drenched landscape?...
Presenter(s): Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, Stacy Malkan, Sainath Suryanarayanan
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Ecosystems

How Can you Mend a Broken Organic Program?

Agreement is growing that the National Organic Program needs fixing. Animal welfare, import fraud,...
Presenter(s): Dave Chapman, Anne Ross
Track:
Organics, Policy

History of California Native Peoples and Good Allyship

It is essential to understand the history of the land and people of California, since it has been...
Presenter(s): Gregg Castro, Kanyon Sayers-Roods
Track:
History

Farmer-Inspired Research

Whole-farm organic systems are hard to study scientifically, but some farmers and researchers are...
Presenter(s): Doug O'Brien, Jessica Shade
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

How to Make and Use a Farm Financial Budget

A farm business without a budget is like a car without a steering wheel. Having a farm budget can...
Presenter(s): Alan Haight
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Farm Business, Labor, Land

Stewarding Our Rangelands with Livestock

Learn the importance of livestock integration on our landscapes to support a thriving ecosystem,...
Presenter(s): Mark Biaggi, Rodrigo Sierra Corona
Track:
Livestock, Ranching, Regenerative Agriculture

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution, Part I: Advantages of No-Till Farmi...

Much of the interest in no-till farming comes from a desire to avoid the negative effects of...
Presenter(s): Andrew Mefferd, Michael Whamond
Track:
Regenerative Agriculture, Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Cover Crop Selection Tips

More and more information is accumulating about which cover crops are most beneficial in certain...
Presenter(s): John Bauer, Eric Brennan
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

A Permaculture Collaborative: City Repair Meets Social Forestry

City Repair has helped folks in urban neighborhoods reclaim public spaces with art and celebration...
Presenter(s): Mark Lakeman, Hazel, aka Tom Ward
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Education

Doctor, Destroyer, Diviner, Delighter: Women & Sacred Plants

The image of the woman in her garden is an archetype that crosses all time and cultures. The...
Presenter(s): Mariavittoria Mangini
Track:
Food, Health, Community, Women in Food & Agriculture

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Session: B | 10:30 am

Discussion Group: Mentor Meet-Up

Have you been searching for that hard-won wisdom to take your farming, gardening, or ag-related...
Presenter(s): Facilitators TBD
Track:
Food, Health, Community

Beyond Food Sovereignty in Indian Country: Growing Restoration Plants

Last year at the EcoFam Conference the Shingle Springs Tribe talked about their experience of...
Presenter(s): Samantha Sproull
Track:
Equity, Social Justice, Food Sovereignty

Seen But Not Heard: Women of Color in Agriculture

This workshop will highlight some of the many challenges faced by women of color in agriculture. As...
Presenter(s): Robina Bhatti, Josefina Lara
Track:
Equity, Social Justice, Food Sovereignty, Women in Food & Agriculture

Coming to Terms with Vineyard Mealybug in an Organic System

Economic losses from vineyard mealybug have dramatically increased in this past decade. The...
Presenter(s): Erin Amaral, Kent Daane
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Ecosystems

Discussion Group: The Real Dirt on Pesticides & Bee Deaths

This discussion session builds off the workshop session just prior on the same subject, and will be...
Presenter(s): Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, Stacy Malkan, Sainath Suryanarayanan
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Ecosystems

Safeguarding Organic From Fraud

The global organic market is now almost $90 billion annually, with the U.S. organic market alone...
Presenter(s): Natalie Kraut, Jenny Tucker, Gwendolyn Wyard
Track:
Organics, Policy

Discussion Group: California Food and Farming Policy for Farmers

Our third annual roundtable about food and farming policy in California will give us another chance...
Presenter(s): Peter Ruddock
Track:
Organics, Policy

Farm and Ranch Business Transition and Succession Readiness

This is an interactive session structured around a tool to evaluate what structures and procedures...
Presenter(s): Poppy Davis, Liya Schwartzman
Track:
Farm Business, Labor, Land

Foliar Feeding for Fantastic Fennel (and Other Crops)

Although foliar feeding has been in practice for more than 50 years, much new research and...
Presenter(s): Stephen Pavich, Andrew Pedersen
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Setting Beginning Organic Farmers Up for Success

As a beginning organic farmer, it can be challenging to identify which organic management...
Presenter(s): Haley Baron, Isabelle Jenniches, Sam Thorp
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution, Part II: How to Farm No-Till on a S...

While working on a no-till research farm 15 years ago, Andrew Mefferd realized that the method he...
Presenter(s): Andrew Mefford, Michael Whamond
Track:
Regenerative Agriculture, Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Big Fish Eat Little Fish: Organic Survival in an Evolving Supplier Market

Very few first-generation organic processors, retailers, and wholesalers have escaped the American...
Presenter(s): Brenna Davis, Elizabeth Nardi, Bob Quinn
Track:
Marketing, Retail, Wholesale

Tending the Wild & Our Garden

Traditional farming and food gathering was dependent on whole landscapes for sustenance— not just...
Presenter(s): Michael Foley, Carin Fortin, Corine Pearce
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Education

Health Care Revolution: Prescribing Organic Food as Medicine!

There’s a revolution taking place that could change the way healthcare works in the United States...
Presenter(s): Cathryn Couch, Courtney Crenshaw, Dr. Rita Nguyen
Track:
Food, Health, Community

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Session: Keynote | 1:30 pm

The Past, Present, and Future of Organic

Bob Quinn Robert “Bob” Quinn is a progressive leader in promoting organic and sustainable...
Presenter(s): Bob Quinn

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Session: C | 3:30 pm

California Ag Water Supply: Challenges and Ways Forward

Where does our water come from? How is that going to change in the future? What are the guiding...
Presenter(s): Kamyar Guivetchi, Amrith Gunasekara
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Getting Started with Fruit Trees!

For over 40 years, Orin Martin has instructed thousands of farmers and gardeners in the art and...
Presenter(s): Orin Martin
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Permaculture, Gardening, Education

Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A Unique Opportunity for Farmers

Chinese medicinal herbs are steadily becoming an emerging market, with an insufficient number of...
Presenter(s): David Melly, Peg Schafer
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

New Kinds of Genetic Engineering Threaten Organic Farms

Genetic engineering may be one of the biggest threats to the existence of organic agriculture. Now...
Presenter(s): Michael Hansen, Dana Perls
Track:
Food, Health, Community

The State of Organic Grain

In this session, we will hear from leading farmers and voices in organic grain. Bob Quinn has been...
Presenter(s): Liz Carlisle, Bob Quinn, David Vetter
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Discussion Group: Farmer Experiences with Soil Health

This discussion group will offer the opportunity for farmers to share their experiences with soil...
Presenter(s): Joanna Ory
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Mujeres Desarrollando Economías Locales Usando Agroecología en Mesoamérica

Bienvenida a nuestra delegación 2020 visitante de Nicaragua y México: Las pequeñas empresas de...
Presenter(s): Dinora García Díaz, Denisse García Moreno, Mirna Blandón Lumbí, Gisela Illescas Palma, Briseida Venegas Ramos, Darling Campo Rayo
Track:
En Español

Diversity, Equity, and Representation for All Farmers in Statewide Ag Polic...

The Farmer Equity Act was passed by the California Legislature in 2017. It acknowledged that...
Presenter(s): Hektor Calderon, Alfred Melbourne, Thea Rittenhouse
Track:
Equity, Social Justice, Food Sovereignty

Putting Biologicals to Work

Surendra Dara will share his work with strawberries and vegetables to develop reliable alternatives...
Presenter(s): Surendra Dara, David Peck
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Ecosystems

Wise Words From A Well-Seasoned Farmer

David Katz is a lifelong social activist, farmer, conservationist, and entrepreneur. He had major...
Presenter(s): David Katz
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, History

Climate Change Policy: What Do Farmers Need?

Farmers across the country are struggling to cope with the devastating impacts of climate change...
Presenter(s): Mai Nguyen, Dave Runsten
Track:
Organics, Policy, Regenerative Agriculture

Managing the Crisis in Farm Labor Availability

California farm operators have long depended on a steady and relatively affordable farm-labor...
Presenter(s): Ernie Farley, Matt Rogers
Track:
Farm Business, Labor, Land

Women in Regenerative Agriculture

Women are seldom at the forefront of farming and ranching, yet they are often the backbone of an...
Presenter(s): Cory Carmen, Julie Morris, Jenya Schneider
Track:
Livestock, Ranching, Regenerative Agriculture, Women in Food & Agriculture

Mujeres Desarrollando Economías Locales Usando Agroecología en Mesoamérica...

Bienvenida a nuestra delegación 2020 visitante de Nicaragua y México: Las pequeñas empresas de...
Presenter(s): Dinora García Díaz, Denisse García Moreno, Mirna Blandón Lumbí, Gisela Illescas Palma, Briseida Venegas Ramos, Darling Campo Rayo
Track:
En Español / In Spanish, Women in Food & Agriculture
Friday

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Session: Keynote | 7:45 am

Successful Organic Farmers - Friday Keynote Session

Rosie & Ward Burroughs Emigdio Ballon Scott Park
Presenter(s): Rosie & Ward Burroughs and Family, Emigdio Ballon, Scott Park

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Session: D | 10:30 am

Digging Deeper into Different Marketing Channels: What’s Right for Me?

We all know that one of the hardest parts of farming is figuring out which are the best channels to...
Presenter(s): Qiana Cameron, Bianca Kaprielian, Jennifer Knapp
Track:
Marketing, Retail, Wholesale

Ecosystem Restoration Camps California

Based on the growing global Ecosystem Restoration Camp movement, we are drawing together our own...
Presenter(s): Ellen Farmer, Leo Lauchere, Kanyon Sayers-Roods
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Education

The Road to 100% Renewables

The number of U.S. farms that produce renewable energy has doubled in the past five years, to more...
Presenter(s): Joseph Button, Matthew Dillon
Track:
Food, Health, Community

Discussion Group: Making Room For Failure

We all know that farming can be hard: the weather, thin margins, the solitude, the labor. And more...
Presenter(s): Brie Gelinas, Daniella Sawaya
Track:
Food, Health, Community

Encontrando Terrenos Agrícolas

Muchos agricultores tienen la esperanza de comprar su propio terreno, pero con las barreras para...
Presenter(s): Brett Melone, Kaley Grimland de Mendoza
Track:
En Español

Post-Harvest Handling Design for Small Farmers

Small-scale farmers often have many questions and ideas about how to design a post-harvest cleaning...
Presenter(s): Kali Feiereisel
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

What Can We Learn From On-Farm Seed Trials?

On-farm variety trials are one of the most effective tools that farmers have for making smart...
Presenter(s): Nash Huber, Kristyn Leach, Eddie Tanner
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Queer Visions of a Sustainable Future

What does queerness have to offer in shaping our visions of sustainability and the future? How can...
Presenter(s): Moretta Browne, Clare Riesman, Edgar Xochitl
Track:
Equity, Social Justice, Food Sovereignty

Bounteous Beneficial Birds Bolstered by Boxes and Bushes

Beneficial birds can help with production in the same way that beneficial insects can. This...
Presenter(s): Matt Johnson, Elissa Olimpi
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Ecosystems

An Untold History: Asians In Farming

Asian growers have played a significant role in the history of farming in the U.S., but their...
Presenter(s): Robina Bhatti, Larry Hirahara, Amy Wu
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty, History, Women in Food & Agriculture

The National Organic Program: Whose Interests Should It Protect?

Can the National Organic Program rise to meet current-day challenges, such as protecting family...
Presenter(s): A-dae Romero-Briones, Abby Youngblood
Track:
Organics, Policy

Organic for Schools

Organic agriculture offers scientifically proven environmental, economic, and social benefits. To...
Presenter(s): Olivier Griss, Jennifer LeBarre, Judi Shils
Track:
Organics, Policy

Farm Worker Realities, New and Future Policies

There have been significant gains for farm workers in the past year. For example, the 50-mile rule...
Presenter(s): Ann Lopez, Sarait Martinez
Track:
Farm Business, Labor, Land

Encontrando Terrenos Agrícolas / Finding Agricultural Land

Muchos agricultores tienen la esperanza de comprar su propio terreno, pero con las barreras para...
Presenter(s): Brett Melone, Kaley Grimland de Mendoza
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

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Session: E | 1:30 pm

Manejo de Suelos: Cómo Mejorar la Salud de su Recurso Más Valioso / Soil Ma...

Este taller está dividido en tres presentaciones de 30 minutos cada una. La primera es sobre la...
Presenter(s): Martín Guerena, Sacha Lozano, Omar Rodriguez
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Innovative Marketing for Organic Produce Wholesalers

Organic fruit and vegetable farmers, particularly at the small to medium scale, face the daunting...
Presenter(s): Olivier Griss, Andy Martin
Track:
Marketing, Retail, Wholesale

Telling Your Story: Social Media Strategies to Spotlight Your Work

Social media, and in particular photos and video, have become a powerful channel for storytelling...
Presenter(s): Hannah Muller, Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, Amy Wu
Track:
Marketing, Retail, Wholesale

Teaching Outside: School Gardens

School Gardens are important tools and spaces for educating children of all ages. School gardening...
Presenter(s): Wanda Stewart, Rivka Geoghegan
Track:
Permaculture, Gardening, Education

Manejo de Suelos: Cómo Mejorar la Salud de su Recurso Más Valioso

Este taller está dividido en tres presentaciones de 30 minutos cada una. La primera es sobre la...
Presenter(s): Martín Guerena, Sacha Lozano, Omar Rodriguez
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Comprehensive Nitrogen Management for Crop Health and Reporting

Organic nitrogen management is particularly challenging because nitrogen from organic sources such...
Presenter(s): Patricia Lazicki, Margaret Lloyd
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Harvesting Hedgerows: Planting Elderberry for Biodiversity and Income

Native hedgerows on farm edges attract beneficial insects, store carbon and prevent water runoff...
Presenter(s): Sonja Brodt, Katie Fyhrie, Katie Reneker
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Making System Change Possible?

After 40+ years of EcoFarming, movements still remain fragmented and sometimes pitted against each...
Presenter(s): Navina Khanna, Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Beth Smoker
Track:
Equity, Social Justice, Food Sovereignty

Minimizing Soil Disturbance in Organic Systems, Part I: State of the Art

For the last year-plus, a working group of California farmers, scientists and industry...
Presenter(s): Jeff Mitchell, Scott Park, Nate Siemens
Track:
Regenerative Agriculture, Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Organic Weed Control in Vegetable Systems

Controlling weeds is extremely important in vegetable production at all scales. In this session,...
Presenter(s): Jake Benedict, Kali Feiereisel, Richard Smith
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Pests, Beneficials, Ecosystems

EcoFarm Celebrates the History of West Coast Organic Farming: Part I

This fun and refreshing look-back features many of the pioneers of organic agriculture in...
Presenter(s): Farmer TBA, Farmer TBA, Farmer TBA
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, History

Biodiversity or Sterility? Which Ensures Safe Food?

Regulation lags behind emerging science, often by decades. In the hypersensitive realm of food...
Presenter(s): Matthew Jones, Jan Velilla
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Ecosystems

Organic Farm Policy Update With the Organic Farmers Association

Join Organic Farmers Association Director Kate Mendenhall and OFA California Farmers Leadership...
Presenter(s): Mark McAfee, Kate Mendenhall, Dave Runsten
Track:
Organics, Policy

Discussion Group: Continuing the Fight to End Agricultural Toxics Now!

Last years’ pesticide workshop spurred some real activism: over 400 postcards with comments were...
Presenter(s): Sam Earnshaw
Track:
Organics, Policy

Quickbooks and Your Chart of Accounts

Understanding how your business is making or losing money throughout the year is the way to a...
Presenter(s): Rebecca Frimmer
Track:
Farm Business, Labor, Land

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

Producción de Fresas Todo el Año / Strawberry Production Year Round

Este taller esta diseñado para demostrarle cómo es que usted puede lograr una producción de fresas...
Presenter(s): Javier Zamora
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Reducing Plastics in the Produce Department

While organic is the baseline for doing good, there is a growing demand to do more about the...
Presenter(s): Lisa Spicka, Gwendolyn Wyard, Additional Speaker TBA
Track:
Marketing, Retail, Wholesale

Discussion Group: Women/Womxn in Food & Ag Roundtable

Come and connect with your fellow women/womxn farmers and foodies and share your stories and...
Track:
Food, Health, Community, Women in Food & Agriculture

Discussion Group: Viva CSA! A Peer Discussion Session

For many farmers, CSA remains a challenging yet rewarding direct marketing channel. During this...
Presenter(s): Michelle Wyler
Track:
Marketing, Retail, Wholesale

Producción de Fresas Todo el Año

Este taller esta diseñado para demostrarle cómo es que usted puede lograr una producción de fresas...
Presenter(s): Javier Zamora
Track:
En Español

Minimizing Soil Disturbance in Organic Systems, Part II: Equipment and Meth...

This workshop will focus on the “how-to” innovations and the “yet-to-be-resolved” hurdles related...
Presenter(s): Jeff Mitchell, Paul Muller
Track:
Regenerative Agriculture, Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

EcoFarm Celebrates the History of West Coast Organic Farming: Part II

Stick around for the second of this two-part workshop to get a history lesson from many of the...
Presenter(s): Farmer TBA, Farmer TBA, Farmer TBA
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, History

Orchard Floor Management for Biodiversity and Soil Health

Keeping the orchard floor covered with native vegetation or a cover crop is key to promoting soil...
Presenter(s): Mike Naylor, Joanna Ory
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Invasion of the Stink Bugs!

They haven’t yet made it onto the list of California’s Most Wanted Insect Pests, but these hard-...
Presenter(s): Joanna Fisher, Ian Grettenberger, Jhalendra Rijal
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Ecosystems

Calling all Organic Dairy & Grain Producers!

Organic farming is experiencing an enforcement crisis. Longstanding dairy sector abuses have forced...
Presenter(s): Jennifer Beretta, Abby Youngblood
Track:
Livestock, Ranching

Town Hall With Our Legislators

Please join various state and federal legislators, such as Congressman Jimmy Panetta, who will...
Track:
Organics, Policy

Navigating Regulations with Your Agricultural Ombudsman

Agricultural Ombudsmen help farmers understand and navigate the increasingly complicated web of...
Presenter(s): Vince Trotter, Farmer TBA
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Small Farm Tech: Innovation Challenge Winners

Technology can help farmers improve efficiency, save labor and connect with their customers. But...
Presenter(s): Speakers TBD
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations
Saturday

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Session: G | 8:30 am

Managing for Resilience

Farmers need to know how to manage for resilience—the ability to recover in response to a...
Presenter(s): Amélie Gaudin, Valerie Eviner
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Regenerative Agriculture, Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Organic Seedling Production and Greenhouse Efficiencies for Small Farms

This session focuses on managing environmental conditions and systems to optimize germination and...
Presenter(s): Christof Bernau
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Which Crops to Follow Which Crops? Including Cover Crops

Learn from the experience of farmers and a farm advisor about the sequencing and rotations of...
Presenter(s): Leonard Diggs, Dick Peixoto, Richard Smith
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

Personal Well-Being Through Nature's Wisdom

Connect to the sacred in the work you do and the land you love. Learn practical exercises designed...
Presenter(s): Kalita Todd
Track:
Food, Health, Community

Rebuilding River Ecosystems and Farmscapes

Farmers, scientists, water districts, and conservationists are all working together in the Central...
Presenter(s): Roger Cornwell, David Guy, Jacob Katz, Bryce Lundberg
Track:
Pests, Beneficials, Ecosystems

Farmland for Farmers Forever: Agricultural Conservation and the Future of F...

Our country continues to lose farmland at the astonishing rate of over a million and a half acres a...
Presenter(s): Alli Cecchini, Kathryn Lyddan
Track:
Farm Business, Labor, Land

The Farmer-Driven Ethical Diet

Small-scale and organic livestock and dairy producers face numerous challenges, including...
Presenter(s): Kaley Grimland de Mendoza, Spencer Smith
Track:
Livestock, Ranching

Developing New Tomato Varieties for Organic Farmers

Organic growers are confronted with a dilemma when it comes to the availability of new cultivars...
Presenter(s): Steve Peters, Kanti Rawal
Track:
Soil, Production, Crops, Regulations

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

Two Paths to the Future of Food and Farming

Dr. Vandana Shiva There are two paths to the future of our food and farming. The first path is made...
Presenter(s): Dr. Vandana Shiva

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