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Ecological Agriculture on Small Farms of the Sierra Foothills: A Virtual Farm Tour and Live Q&A With Farmers

Friday, January 15, 2021

10:00am - 12:00pm PT


Join us for a virtual tour of Nevada County farms and live Q&A with farmers! 

Tune in as we take a close look at the farms in and around Nevada County, California. Home of industry leaders in the Organic agricultural movement like Peaceful Valley Farm Supply and the BriarPatch Food Coop, Nevada County nurtures a vibrant community of ecological farmers and ranchers. See examples of the production systems at work on successful vegetable, fruit, flower, and seed farms nestled among the forested hillsides of the Sierra Nevada Foothills. The tour is complemented by an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the farmers during a live session following the farm tour.

The "stops" on our virtual tour will include pieces of these on-farm workshops hosted by Sierra Harvest during the Summer of 2020, as well as snippets of the Working Lands documentary created by the Nevada County Resource Conservation District.


Successful CSA’s– with Jake Benedict of Mountain Bounty Farm

Stay-at-Home orders re-ignited interest in Community Supported Agriculture programs.  Join Jake Benedict who, for the past 10 years, has managed crop production for Mountain Bounty Farm’s CSA program on 18 acres in North San Juan. At over 800 produce boxes a week and dozens of pick-up sites from Penn Valley to Reno, Mountain Bounty’s CSA is a model of how a farm can directly feed a regional community.

Our ‘tour’ of Mountain Bounty Farm will also include a look at a recent community campaign, Forever Farms, that successfully protected the farmland they lease.

Seed Production, Cleaning & Saving with Sarah Silverheels of For the People Seeds  

With the current loss of our seed heritage and diversity from consolidation of seed companies, seed saving has become paramount to life saving. Learn best practices for planting, harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storage. Sarah Silverheels includes among her vegetable crops many varieties of traditional native plants for basketry and forage. Sarah will share her knowledge of production seed farming and teach us to be seed keepers.

Small Farm Engine Maintenance with Paul Glowaski of Dinner Bell Farm

You go into farming to get your hands in the dirt, but every farmer spends a good amount of time with wrench in hand.  Knowing how to keep equipment in good working order is an essential skill. Learn tools and tips for keeping your farm machines in great working order.  Regular maintenance can save you time and money!  Paul Glowaski owns Dinner Bell Farm and is constantly rebuilding machines from walk-behind tractors to weed whips, chainsaws to tractors.  He apprenticed with the infamous Lowell Webb of Webbs Farm Supply.  

Our stop at Dinner Bell Farm will look at techniques for integrating pigs into perennial and annual cropping systems.


More stops on the tour to be announced soon!

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Registration closes Thursday, January 14 at 10:00am PT


Sponsored By: 
Sierra Harvest

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Thank you to our EcoFarm 2023 sponsors!