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Workshops & Keynotes

Conference Year: 2021

Wednesday

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Session: A | 1:30pm PT

Todos somos semillas: Huertos de producción de semillas para que germinemos

En el contexto de la pandemia vemos la necesidad de proteger la semilla nativa frente al avance...
Presenter(s): Gabriela Valeria Villavicencio Valdez
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Navigating Soil Health Planning for Sustainable Organic Production

It is now well known that healthy, living soils are the core of a sustainable and successful farm...
Presenter(s): Klaas Martens, April Thatcher, Haley Baron
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

Untold History: Asian Farmers in California

Asians and Asian-American farmers have played and continue to play a significant role in the...
Presenter(s): Al Baguio, Robina Bhatti, Larry Hirahara
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

Container and Community Gardening for the Masses!

Container and community gardening is all the rage. This exposé on container gardens will cover the...
Track:
Health, Community, Education, Policy

Land & Succession - Challenges & Solutions for Black Farmers

Black farmers in the US are faced with unique challenges surrounding land succession and ownership...
Presenter(s): Savonala "Savi" Horne
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

Reconnecting Markets & Finding New Ways to Feed Communities During COVI...

The COVID-19 crisis disrupted markets for farmers across California, jeopardizing livelihoods and...
Presenter(s): Kelly Hansen, Ana Victoria Salcido
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

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Session: B | 3:00pm PT

How and Why Should Certifiers Address the NOP Requirements for Biodiversit...

Even though the National Organic Program (NOP) requires it, growers benefit from it, and consumers...
Presenter(s): Sean Feder, Jessica Shade, Peter Martinelli
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

How to Build A Farm Budget in 10 Steps

The only way to achieve profitability at a sustainable level on the farm is to plan for it! Join...
Presenter(s): Rebecca Frimmer
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

Ciudades verdes y menos vulnerables

En los últimos años la agricultura urbana ha ganado notoriedad y se está expandiendo rápidamente en...
Presenter(s): Amaya Carrasco Torrontegui, María A. Juncos
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Black Gold Rush: Dirty Little Secrets about Soil Carbon Sequestration

As policy initiatives and economic incentives begin to reward growers for soil carbon sequestration...
Presenter(s): Jeff Mitchell, Sarah Tiffany, Jessica L. Chiartas
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

Integrating Seed Production into a Commercial Farm

One hundred years ago virtually all farmers grew seed. Today seed production is a very specialized...
Presenter(s): Sebastian Aguilar, Dan Brisebois, Theresa Podoll, Clif Slade
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

Racism is Killing the Planet: Centering Racial Equity in Activism and Polic...

In a 2020 article by this same title, Hop Hopkins explains, “You can’t have climate change without...
Presenter(s): Hop Hopkins, Julia Jordan
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

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Session: Keynote | 4:30pm PT

Keynote: Reimagining Our Future

Wednesday, January 20, 4:30-6:15 pm PT The year 2020 has been the year of crisis piling on top of...
Presenter(s): Marcia Ishii, Marion Nestle, Jose Oliva, Saru Jayaraman
Thursday

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Session: Keynote | 8:30am PT

Keynote: Farmworkers on the Forefront: Connecting Our Struggles for Liberat...

Thursday, January 21, 8:30 - 10:00am PT How are farmworkers and their families organizing to build...
Presenter(s): Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Elvira Carvajal, Rita Mancera Hernandez, Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Marley Monacello

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Session: C | 10:00am PT

Creating Fair, Democratic Workplaces: Walking Our Talk

In the social justice movement, we talk a lot about food justice. Meanwhile, family-scale farmers...
Presenter(s): Leah Cohen, Elizabeth Henderson
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

CSA, Meet COVID-19!

COVID-19 set a premium on good health and trust. And Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) — long...
Presenter(s): Melanie Cunningham, Cole Mazariegos-Anastassiou, Verónica Mazariegos-Anastassiou, Cristóbal Cruz Hernández
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

México en la Ruta por Eliminar el Glifosato y promover una Agroecología Bio...

En México desde el primero de enero de este año se publicó en el Diario Oficial de la Federación un...
Presenter(s): Fernando Bejarano, Adelita San Vicente Tello, Ramon Mariaca Mendez, Miguel Robles
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Ventas en línea para pequeñas granjas del mercado directo: la experiencia d...

La pandemia de Covid-19 ha obligado a muchos agricultores a cambiar la manera en que venden sus...
Presenter(s): Kate Smith, Pablo Silva
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Regenerative Practices Invade San Joaquin Valley Almond Orchards

Over a decade ago, a progressive Illinois no-till row-crop farmer began adapting Midwestern...
Presenter(s): Tom Rogers
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds

Beneficial birds eat pests as beneficial insects do — they help when farms provide for their needs...
Presenter(s): Julie Jedlicka
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

The Compost Conundrum: Selecting the Right Amendment

Many questions enter into the compost purchase decision, such as What is the source material? What...
Presenter(s): Beto Ochoa, Cole Smith
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

The Future is Real Organic

USDA organic is in need of a course correction and it’s coming from the passionate farmers that...
Presenter(s): Dave Chapman
Track:
Health, Community, Education, Policy

Organizing for Water Justice in California’s Central Coast Region

Throughout this region, rural communities have struggled for decades to gain access to clean water...
Presenter(s): Horacio Amezquita, Mayra Hernandez, Steve Shimek
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

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Session: D | 11:45am PT

CANCELLED: Farmworker Realities: New and Needed Policy

There have been some gains for farmworkers in the past several years, though there have also been...
Presenter(s): Ann Lopez, Sarait Martinez
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

Reconectando con mercados y comunidades durante la pandemia

La crisis de COVID-19 interrumpió los mercados para los agricultores de California, poniendo en...
Presenter(s): Kelly Hansen
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Contract Grazing in the Time of Fire

In this time of unprecedented wildfires across the West, it’s clear that wild and cultivated lands...
Presenter(s): Marie Hoff, Daniel K. Macon, Andree Soares
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

Enjoy Disease-Free, Pest-Free Crops

In real estate, it's location, location, location. In pest and disease prevention, it's nutrition,...
Presenter(s): John Kempf
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

New Developments in Stone Fruit Varieties

With an increasing demand for higher quality and more flavorful fruits, breeders are stepping up to...
Presenter(s): Leith Gardner, John Slaughter
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

Building Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Farmer-Serving Organizati...

As agricultural service providers, we have a responsibility to acknowledge the deep inequities...
Presenter(s): Iris Nolasco, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo, Michelle Hughes
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

Discussion Group: Liberating Dollars, Approaching Reparations

Many white-bodied folks are looking for a space to talk about their money story, build a culture of...
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

Discussion Group: The Future is Real Organic

What can we do to ensure the success of real organic farms? How do we shift local organic...
Presenter(s): Jean-Martin Fortier, Emily Oakley, Dave Chapman
Track:
Health, Community, Education, Policy

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Session: Keynote | 3:30pm PT

Keynote: Agriculture for a Regenerative Future

Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:20 - 5:00pm PT To be presented in English and Spanish The Revolution...
Presenter(s): John Kempf, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Friday

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Session: Keynote | 8:30am PT

Keynote: Successful Organic Farmers

Friday, January 22, 2021 8:30 - 9:45am PT Learn what these leading ecological farmers do, why they...
Presenter(s): Ben Burkett, Althea Raiford, Matthew Raiford, Blake and Stephanie Alexandre

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Session: E | 10:00am PT

Black Food Justice & Sovereignty

This panel will center on food justice and food sovereignty for Black communities. We'll start with...
Presenter(s): Minkah Taharkah
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

Overcoming Bottlenecks in the Organic & Regenerative Meat Sector

Carbon sequestration on grasslands is a top solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and...
Presenter(s): Laetitia Benador, Kelly Nuckolls, Kathy Webster
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

El estado de la unión de la juventud Latinx

No hay agricultura en California sin la comunidad Latinx. Los agricultores latinx son el grupo...
Presenter(s): Rigoberto Bucio, Hektor Calderon, Josefina Lara, Ana Galvis Martinez, Natalia Pinzón Jiménez
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

La visión hacia el futuro: Entre la labor de la temporada y tus ganas para...

La empresa agrícola no es solo un negocio de ganancias o beneficios, es una forma de asegurar el...
Presenter(s): David Mancera, Nathan Weller
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Mechanized No-Till Organic Vegetable Experimental Collaborative / Year 2 Re...

Two years of Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)-supported field experimentation in commercial-...
Presenter(s): Phil Foster, Paul Muller, Scott Park
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

Wise Words from Well-Seasoned Farmers and Friends

Long-time friends and loved ones in the farming world come together to remember the impactful life...
Presenter(s): Jenifer Bliss, Kalita Todd, Jack Algiere, Wendy Johnson, David Katz, Paul Muller, Dru Rivers, Zea Sonnabend, Mark Squire
Track:
Health, Community, Education, Policy

Native Land Management on Organic Farms

As climate change becomes a more and more tangible reality, there is increased scrutiny on...
Presenter(s): Grayson Coney, Maya Harjo
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

How Storytelling Can Transform Your Business and the Regenerative Movement

It’s hard to remember information but easy to remember stories. It’s how we’re wired. Put this...
Presenter(s): Jessie Gardner
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

Essential Futures: Women Farmers

This workshop will focus on the need to re-imagine the future of farming in relation to women's...
Presenter(s): Carmen Cortez
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

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Session: F | 11:45am PT

California Indigenous Perspectives on Ethics, Occupation, and Land Manageme...

This panel discussion will highlight the politics of place, Indigenous rights, and land-based...
Presenter(s): Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Leah Mata Fragua, Deborah Morillo, Briana Vasquez
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

Discussion Group: Organic and Regenerative Ranchers and Processors

COVID-19 upended supply chains across the food system and spotlighted long-standing challenges in...
Presenter(s): Michael Dimock, Rebekah Weber
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

Farming in the Time of Covid-19: Lessons Learned for Climate Resilience

Farmers and ranchers — declared essential workers during the pandemic — pivoted their markets,...
Presenter(s): Ron Holter, Helen McGrath, Spring Olsen
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

¡Echándole ganas al trabajo en el campo a pesar de pandemia, incendios fore...

Este año 2020 nos ha traído uno de los peores retos económicos, de salud, y de condiciones de...
Presenter(s): Alfredo Vergara-Lobo
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Negocios de ranchos/fincas que son cooperativas

Es difícil para una persona o familia encontrar tierra suficiente para tener una finca que puede...
Presenter(s): Luis Sierra, Maria Ana Reyes, Tania Zuñiga, María Ines Catalán, Carmen Gaspar
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Discussion Group: California Food and Farm Policy for Farmers

Let's discuss food and farm policies recently enacted in California at the state and local levels,...
Presenter(s): Peter Ruddock
Track:
Health, Community, Education, Policy

Alternatives to Copper and Sulfur for Organic Growers

Copper and Sulfur compounds are allowed in organic production but they are among the more...
Presenter(s): Andrew Pedersen, Bill Wolf, Melissa O'Neal
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

Digging into the Research of Small-Scale No-Till Farming Systems

This workshop brings together two groups that have been researching small-scale, intensive, minimal...
Presenter(s): Cole Rainey
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials
Saturday

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Session: Keynote | 9:45am PT

Keynote: Farming is Medicine: Transforming our World through Agroecology

Farming is Medicine | keynote from EcoFarm on Vimeo . Saturday, January 23, 2021 9:45 - 11:00am PT...
Presenter(s): Rupa Marya

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Session: G | 11:30am PT

Continuous Improvement: Enhancing Benefits to Natural Resources & Biodi...

To comply with organic regulations that require producers to maintain or improve the natural...
Presenter(s): Ben Bowell
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

On-Farm Composting: Policy and Practice

This session will outline the policy changes that allow farmers to bring feedstocks onto their...
Presenter(s): Arthur Baker, Phil Foster, Dave Runsten
Track:
Soil, Crops, Animals, Pests, Beneficials

Mapping the Future: Decolonizing Food & Medicine

Keynote speaker Dr. Rupa Marya proposes a workshop to examine the fundamental understandings of...
Presenter(s): Rupa Marya
Track:
Equity, Justice, Food Sovereignty

CANCELLED - Specialty Equipment for Small-Scale Intensive Production

This session will feature a variety of tools and equipment that will be useful for small-scale...
Presenter(s): Joel Dufour
Track:
Business, Labor, Land, Regulations

Biosolarización: Utilizar energía solar y la materia orgánica para controla...

La biosolarización es una nueva innovación en la esfera del control de malezas. A diferencia de la...
Presenter(s): Martín Guerena, Jesus Fernandez Bayo
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Los Impactos del Sobregiro de Agua Subterránea: Un Ejemplo de California

El cambio climático y el crecimiento de la población están ejerciendo presión sobre los recursos...
Presenter(s): Vicky Espinoza
Track:
En Español / In Spanish

Youth Leadership Development Through Urban Food Production

Oakland Leaf runs a paid high school internship program at six different East Oakland elementary,...
Track:
Health, Community, Education, Policy

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