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Cómo Asegurarse De Que Su Pequeña Empresa Familiar Sea Exitosa Financieramente

Miércoles, 9 de marzo | 5:00pm-6:30pm PT Jueves, 10 de marzo | 5:00pm-6:30pm PT Viernes, 11 de marzo | 5:00pm-6:30pm PT Este evento durará tres días...
Flor Blancas, Anna Chotzen, David Mancera, Claudia Manrique


Regenerative Agriculture Field Day - Healthy Soil, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

The Science behind Regenerative Practices Thursday, January 12 | 10:00am - 4:30pm The evolution of the soil is much like that of any living being...

White Out: Retelling the Story of Our Identities and Our Role for Racial Justice

Thursday, January 14, 9am - 3pm PT $50 When did we become white? What was ‘whiteness’ for? Does ‘whiteness’ have a culture? How does our ‘whiteness’...
Beth Schermerhorn, Jonathan McRay


Oregon Tilth's Technical Service Provider & Biodiversity Training

Special Two-Day Pre-Conference Event Attend this training 8:00am - 5:00pm on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn about and complete many of the...

Entrepreneurial Two-Day Intensive: Sustainable Business Skills for Sustainable Agriculture, Jan 24 & 25, 9:00am-5:00pm

The sun, soil, and, glory called you to the farmer’s vocation; a well-organized desk might just keep you there. Join the Farmer's Guild, along with...

Mimicking Nature: Integrating Livestock into Cropping Systems Regenerative Agriculture Field Day at Paicines Ranch; Jan 23, 8:00am-5pm

This event is SOLD OUT! Tickets are still available for the Wednesday Regenerative Ag Pre-Conference at Asilomar, as well as the EcoFarm opening...
Tim LaSalle, Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, David Johnson, Chelsea Carey, Mel Preston, Kelly Mulville

Soil Restoration: The Foundation for Human and Planetary Health

Women in Regenerative Agriculture Field Day at Paicines Ranch* Out-of-control wildfires, prolonged drought, severe water shortages, and intense heat...
Nikki Silvestri, Dr. Kris Nichols, Daphne Miller M.D., Doniga Markegard, Kristyn Leach
Regenerative Agriculture, Soil, Fertility, & Production

Regenerative Agriculture Field Day at Swanton Pacific Ranch

Getting Down and Dirty - Bringing Life Back Onto the Land “The rules developed for decision making in conventional systems often don’t apply to...
Gordon Claassen, Dr. Grey Hayes, Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, Nicole Masters, Loren Poncia, Kara Porterfield
Regenerative Agriculture

Real Organic: Stories from the Front Lines

Tuesday, January 17 | 10:00am - 5:00pm Twelve Organic movement farmers and leaders will give short Ted-style talks about our personal experiences...

Organic Pioneers and the Future of Real Organic

Tuesday, January 19, 1 - 4pm PT $35 The time has come for organic farmers to come together to protect the meaning of organic. Join many of the...


Applied On-Farm Permaculture Design

This workshop is a facilitated design day with Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Permaculture Program staff: Brock Dolman, Kendall Dunnigan and...

EcoFarm Bus Tour - Organic Farming on the Central Coast

The 28th annual EcoFarm Bus Tour promises a diverse and informative farm tour on the first day of EcoFarm. This all-day field trip will visit 4...

Central Coast Livestock Producer Summit: Exploring Producer-led Solutions to Processing Bottlenecks

The Summit will be a producer-led meeting of the Farmers’ Association Central Coast Meat Producers Committee, focusing on the feasibility of...

Cultivating Organic Seed Stewardship

A vibrant and enduring agriculture starts with the seed. This all-day interactive session will provide a deeper understanding of the history, culture...

Compost and Soil Health: A Biodynamic Approach

How can we grow resilience to drought and climate change? How can we create more healthy and vital soils? Composting is an essential activity of a...

Bus Tour - Organic Farming on the Central Coast

EcoFarm Bus Tour 2016 promises a diverse and informative farm tour on the first day of the EcoFarm Conference, Wednesday, January 20. This all-day...

Organic Elders and the Next Generation: Planning for Succession

Pre-Conference 9:00am – 5:00pm Many farmers will retire in the next 10 years and are struggling with the questions: "How can I retire and how will I...

Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

The Organic Farming Research Foundation is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend the Organic Agriculture Research...

Building Healthy Soil Ecology: Investing in Your Farm's Bottom Line

Practical, How-to, Take-home Information for Farmers Cultivating a Sense of Humus! Building healthy soil ecology brings the additional benefits of...

Regenerative Dry-Farming: Perspectives and Practices for Regenerative Agriculture in Dry Lands, Jan 25, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Mounting scientific evidence indicates great potential for regenerative agriculture to mitigate and even reverse climate change within our lifetime...
Steve Gliessman, John de Rosier, Andrew Langford, Hezekiah Allen, Jack McAndrew, Mai Nguyen, Mark Lipson, Margaret Reeves, Tim LaSalle

Entrepreneurial Two-Day Intensive: Sustainable Business Skills for Sustainable Agriculture, Jan 24 & 25, 9:00am-5:00pm

The sun, soil, and, glory called you to the farmer’s vocation; a well-organized desk might just keep you there. Join the Farmers Guild along with...

‘Seed to Eaters’ Symposium, Jan 25, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Seed is the foundation of a vibrant and enduring food system. It determines our personal health, the health of our land, the flavors and nutrition of...
Rowen White, Matthew Dillon, Eric George, Adam Wagner, Fred Hempel, Charlie Brummer, Jesse Cool
Activists, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Educators & Researchers, Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors, Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers, Soil & Water, Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity

Producing Value-Added Foods Safely, Legally, and Successfully 8:30am – 4:30pm

In this one-day intensive workshop, you’ll learn how to produce value-added foods from your farm’s crops and animals. You will hear organic farmers...
Magali Brecke, Trini Campbell, Danielle Shaeffer, Shermain Hardesty, Erin DiCaprio, Kathryn Lukas, Merrilee Olson

Bus Tour 2017: Organic Farming in the Salinas Valley, Jan 25, 8am

EcoFarm Bus Tour 2017 promises a diverse and informative farm tour on the first day of the EcoFarm Conference, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. This all-...

Bus Tour 2018 Kicks Off EcoFarm Conference: Organic Farming On and Near the Hollister Plain; Jan 24, 8am-5pm

The 2018 EcoFarm Bus Tour promises a diverse and informative all-day field trip, visiting four organic farms. The Hollister plain and surrounding...

Carbon+Soil=Solutions! Regenerative Agriculture Intensive at Asilomar; Jan 24, 8:30am-5:30pm

Our second full day intensive is an opportunity for the EcoFarm community to engage in dialogue with movement leaders and with each other about the...
Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, David Johnson, Calla Rose Ostrander, Connor Stedman, Finian Makepeace
Regenerative Agriculture

Organic Orchard Intensive: Pome and Stone Fruit Topics; Jan 24, 8:30am-5pm

Raising delicious organic fruit requires passion, dedication and patience. It is gratifying to see customers enjoying the flavors and yet very...
Bill Denevan, Terence Welch, John Valenzuela, Todd Kennedy, Michael Kusiak

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training; Jan 24, 8am-5pm

Fruit growers and vegetable farmers – as well as other people who are interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act...
Kaley Grimland de Mendoza, Kali Feiereisel, Dave Runsten

PSA-Approved Food Safety Workshop for Produce Growers

Get ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)! Has your produce farm sent a supervisor to attend the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA)-approved...
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations

EcoFarm Bus Tour - Organic Farming In The Pajaro Valley

Bus Tour 2019 Kicks Off EcoFarm Conference This all-day field trip will visit 4 organic and biodynamic farms in and near the Pajaro Valley. The...
Farmer to Farmer

Advancing Equity in Ecological Farming

Join us for a creative exploration of how we can collectively move towards greater justice, equity, and liberation in our food and agriculture system...
Denisa Livingston, Kellee Matsushita, Joy Moore, Nancy Vail, Karen Washington, Rebecca North, Sarah Arndt
Activism, Policy, Community, Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty, Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity

Taller de Inocuidad Alimentaria (Higiene de Alimentos/Food Safety) Aprobado por PSA en Español

Prepárese para la Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos (FSMA). ¿Ha enviado su granja un supervisor para que asista al taller...
Certifications, Organics, & Regulations, En Español

Women/Womxn in Food & Agriculture: A Force With Nature

There is an immense need for women and womxn to come together for connection, training, sharing, mentoring, education and exploration in food and...
Rosie Burroughs, Jesse Cool, Emily Oakley, Wanda Stewart
Equity, Food Justice & Sovereignty

EcoFarm Bus Tour: Organic Farming on the Central Coast

Bus Tour 2020 Kicks Off EcoFarm Conference This all-day field trip will take you on an exploration of these farms: Lakeside Organic Gardens Dick...
Elan Goldbart, Dick Peixoto, Javier Zamora
Farmer to Farmer

A Permaculture Collaborative: City Repair meets Social Forestry

Join two iconic Oregonian permaculture teachers for a day of deep learning and brainstorming on place-making using tools from City Repair and Social...
Mark Lakeman, Hazel aka Tom Ward
Permaculture, Gardening, Food, Health

Organic Survival: Practical Strategies for Resistance, Resilience, and Regeneration

As the organic market mainstreams, it is expected that we will offer less expensive products, yet we already witness a failing conventional food...
Brenna Davis, Elizabeth Nardi, Bob Quinn, Albert Straus
Marketing, Retail, & Wholesale

Regenerative Agricultural Systems: Equity and Inclusion Healing People and the Planet

Wednesday, January 13, 1:30-4:30pm PT $35 We invite you to join us for this unique opportunity to look at regenerative agriculture from a different...
Matthew Raiford, Karen Washington, Rodrigo Sierra Corona, Leonard Diggs, Kellee Matsushita-Tseng

Lessons From the Hemp Field: Navigating Opportunities & Risks of the New Market

Wednesday, January 13, 9am - 12pm PT $20 Due to the recent legalization of hemp, it has become one of the most widely adopted agricultural products...
Akasha Ellis, Phil McGrath, Dr. Gordon Jones, Alissa Vanderwey, Sandor Bogdan, Jeff Schahczenski

How Can Farmers Access USDA Cash Assistance After Fires, Drought, and Winter Storms

Wednesday, March 9 | 10:00am-12:00pm Fires, drought, and winter storms can deliver a crushing blow to a small-scale farm or ranch. The USDA has a...
Steve Schwartz, Brooke Raffaele, Navdeep Dhillon

To Till or Not to Till: That is the Question

Wednesday, January 18: 9:00am-4:00pm Reducing tillage, which has tended to rely on synthetic herbicides, has long been unattainable on organic farms...
Amon Muller, Andrew Brait, Cynthia Daley, Dwayne Beck, Jeff Mitchell, Paul Muller, Phil Foster, Scott Park

Central Coast Farms & Ranches Bus Tour

Wednesday, January 18 | 8:00am-6:00pm California’s Central Coast is unique for its foggy summers, sunny springs and falls, mild wet winters, and a...

Farming on the Frontlines of Climate Change - La agricultura en primera línea ante el cambio climático

Wednesday, January 18 | 10:00am - 4:00pm Join other farmers in a facilitated pre-conference workshop that will be a supportive space for farmers to...
En Español / In Spanish

Value Chain Coordination- a toolset for building a more resilient and fairer regional food system

Wednesday, January 18 | 1:00 - 5:00pm Are you a producer looking to expand into more market channels? Are you a support organization trying to...

Goals Setting and Crop Planning for a Successful Season

Wednesday, January 18 | 9:00am -12:30pm PT In this 4-hour session master grower JM Fortier will share his unique method of preparing for a new season...


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 $25 Join us for a virtual tour of Nevada County farms and live Q&A with farmers! Tune in as we take...
Sarah Silverheels, Jake Benedict, Paul Glowaski



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