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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

$25

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:

Soil Occultation with Bryanna & Steven Eisenhut, Stone’s Throw Farm

Explore soil occultation and the use of silage tarps to aid in low-till bed preparation with Stone’s Throw Farm. Occultation supports the biology of the soil to incorporate crop residues, suppress weeds, and enhance the tilth of the soil! Stone’s Throw Farm is a certified Organic farm in Colfax, CA, and grows a wide array of vegetables and flowers for local markets. 

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.

Bed Preparation & Weed Management with Jeremy Mineau, Super Tuber Farm

Jeremy Mineau of Super Tuber Farm will share his skills and knowledge of field-scale farming. He grows cabbage, beets, carrots, and potatoes for the wholesale market on 10 acres in Chicago Park, CA. He leads a discussion focused on his methods of bed preparation, weed management, and his experiments with low-till at field-scale.

More stops on the tour to be announced soon!

For more information, contact molly@sierraharvest.org.

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Sierra Harvest

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Thank you to our EcoFarm 2021 sponsors!