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Workshops & Keynotes



Selected EcoFarm workshops will be approved for Continuing Education credits (CEUs) for Pest Control Advisors and Crop Advisors. Stay tuned for the listing of eligible workshops!

Conference Year: 2015

Wednesday

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Session: Keynote | 8:00 pm

Opening Plenary

Hope Beneath our Feet – The Solution to Climate Change is Soil The new Rodale white paper—titled...
Presenter(s): Bill McKibben, Brock Dolman, Gary Paul Nabhan
Location: Merrill Hall (overflow in Chapel)

Opening Plenary

The Myth of Safe Pesticides and Genetically Engineered Crops - Problems and Solutions For 36 years...
Presenter(s): John Roulac, Don Huber, Andre Leu

Respect the Seed: Genetic Diversity Matters!

Our genetic heritage is key to a resilient, ecologically based agriculture. However, the genetics...
Presenter(s): Matthew Dillon, Rowen White
Location: Merrill Hall

Regenerating our Soils: Hope for Farming and Climate

Some 30 years ago, the late Robert Rodale challenged an EcoFarm audience to embrace his “...
Presenter(s): Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, David Johnson
Location: Merrill Hall
Thursday

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Session: A | 8:30 am

Drought Proofing Your Landscape and Garden

Drought proofing your garden is a puzzle with many pieces. This workshop will put the pieces...
Presenter(s): Ken Foster
Location: Scripps

Climate Change and Agriculture: Good News Stories

With California’s drought and other weather extremes across the country, much attention has been...
Presenter(s): Paul Muller, Marc Los Huertos
Location: Chapel

Teaching Organic Farming: Resources for Farmer Educators

There are some great instructional resources for teaching beginning farmers, including the free...
Presenter(s): Jim Leap and Sky DeMuro
Location: Kiln

Managing Mimicry: The Art and Science of Restoring Rangeland

For years cattle were classified as Enemy Number One by environmentalists. However, new...
Presenter(s): Nate Chisholm, Doniga Markegard, Byron Palmer
Track:
Permaculture, Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Heather

Exploring the Value of Organic Certification

Many young and beginning farmers adhere to organic agricultural practices but choose not to pursue...
Presenter(s): Sarah Brown, Jake Lewin, Pat Bollinger, Chris Hay
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Compost: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

As agriculture and urban communities have increased their use of compost, there has been a...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Pat Herbert
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill

Monarchs and Milkweed: Why Farms Matter

The North American Monarch butterfly population has declined by over 90 percent in less than 20...
Presenter(s): Gary Paul Nabhan, Scott Black
Location: Oak Shelter

Restaurants Commit to Local, Seasonal and Sustainable Foods

Farm to fork is all the rage these days, however few restaurateurs fully walk their talk. Our two...
Presenter(s): Emanuele Bartolini and Brad Briske, Carolyn and Rudy Rudolph
Location: Nautilus

Discussion Group: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Reportedly, membership in many CSAs is down, as more and more online channels for buying fresh...
Location: Evergreen

Special Fruits for Specialty Markets

All small and mid-sized growers want to distinguish their crops from the mass market. Choosing...
Presenter(s): Ed Laivo
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Nautilus

Relevant Technology and Practices for Irrigation Efficiency

Water is a farmer’s most important resource. Too little or too much at the wrong time is often the...
Presenter(s): Michael McClung, Michael Johnson
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Evergreen

Insights from Farmers: Biodiversity Stories from the Field

Three farmers share the art and science of producing food in balance with nature. One farmer could...
Presenter(s): Peter Martinelli, Scot Monckton, Chris Overbaugh
Location: Heather

Building a Socially Just Local Food System

Is there money to be made selling food in all communities? After all, everybody eats. And yet many...
Presenter(s): Hank Herrera, Doria Robinson
Location: Oak Shelter

Armchair Farming: Basic Financial Management for Beginning Farmers

Real farm work is not just plowing fields, weeding, and transplanting. It’s also sitting down at a...
Presenter(s): Belle Davis, Chris Hay
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Saving Farmland, Saving the Climate

California has launched a trail-blazing program to invest in farmland conservation as a climate...
Presenter(s): Matt Freeman, Kathryn Lyddan
Location: Merrill

Organic in the Age of the “Super Audit”

The prominence and market share of Certified Organic agriculture have grown steadily since the...
Presenter(s): Liz Carlisle, Dale Coke, Mark Lipson, UCSC-CASFS
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Current Organic Research Results – Hot Topics

Speakers will report on cutting-edge research from the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium...
Presenter(s): Eric Brennan, Timothy Delbridge, Diana Jerkins, William McBride
Track:
Educators & Researchers
Location: Kiln

Biodynamic Composting: Insights and Practices

This session will examine the biodynamic approach to the art and science of composting. We will...
Presenter(s): Bruno Follador
Track:
Soil & Water
Location: Scripps

Getting Your Farm Business on the Right Legal & Financial Footing

This workshop will help beginning farmers and ranchers develop a solid legal and financial business...
Presenter(s): Poppy Davis, Ali Robinson
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Dynamics of Restaurant Supported Agriculture

How does a farm serve and grow with a restaurant? How do chefs flex their menus around seasonality...
Presenter(s): Steve Sprinkel, Dustin Stewart, Nolan Schmidt
Location: Scripps

Direct Solar Water Pumping and remote Solar Stand Alone Systems

This workshop is designed for farmers and ranchers that require remote power systems that may not...
Presenter(s): Carl Reuter
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Oak Shelter

Back to Basics: Cover Crops and Green Manures for Annual and Perennial Crop...

Our speaker will discuss the practical aspects of utilizing cover crops and green manures in annual...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill

Insights from Farmers: Biodiversity Stories from the Field

Three farmers tell stories about how they partner with pollinators, pest-eating organisms and...
Presenter(s): John Brennan, Phil Coturri, Steve Pedersen
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Nautilus

Empowering Youth, Nourishing Community

Meet two award-winning nonprofits that offer youth excellent opportunities for growth while...
Presenter(s): Angela Farley, Doron Comerchero
Track:
Activists
Location: Evergreen

Discussion Group - Diversify EcoFarm: What Will it Take?

If we are committed to diversifying our EcoFarm movement, what hard work do we need to do to make...
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Acacia

Cultivating Seed Stewardship

Until just a few generations ago, seed stewardship was an integral part of every farm and garden...
Presenter(s): Steve Peters, Rowen White
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Annual Research Roundup: Recent Science Supporting Organic

Every year scientists release a wide variety of research that supports the benefits of organic food...
Presenter(s): Asa Bradman, Jessica Shade, Brise Tencer
Track:
Activists
Location: Heather

Raising, Processing and Marketing Grass-Fed Livestock

Our speakers are well known for their innovative approaches to organic and grass-fed livestock...
Presenter(s): Will Harris, Kathy Webster
Location: Kiln

Organic Integrity in a Global Marketplace

Incredible growth in the organic marketplace is driving demand for organic crops sourced from...
Presenter(s): Jake Lewin, Scott Rice, Gwendolyn Wyard
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification
Location: Chapel

Conserving and Distributing Delicious, Adapted Fruit Trees

As supermarket fruit disappoints many people who want more flavor, efforts are underway to evaluate...
Presenter(s): Todd Kennedy, Gary Nabhan
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed
Location: Heather

Advances in Organic Insect, Disease and Nematode Management

A prime opportunity to learn of advances in organic management of pests and disease, this session...
Presenter(s): Larry Parker, Tim Johnson
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat
Location: Kiln

Greenhouse and Hoophouse Organic Production

Growing organic crops in protected environments such as greenhouses and hoophouses has a unique set...
Presenter(s): Andrew Mefford
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment
Location: Fred Farr

Discussion Group & Presentation: Say Yes to a Pesticide-Free Future!

Using the precautionary principle, direct democracy, and out-of-the-box activism, the citizens of...
Presenter(s): Philip Ackerman-Leist, Douglas Gayeton
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community
Location: Toyon

Farming Together: Lessons from Worker Cooperative Farms

Learn about cooperatives and the realities of worker cooperative farming – from how to get started...
Presenter(s): Cody Curtis
Track:
Farm Business / Labor
Location: Nautilus

Discussion Group - White Folks in Food: Unpacking Your Privilege

How can folks with white-skin privilege contribute to food justice, participating in multi-racial...
Track:
Food Justice
Location: Scripps

What Makes a Healthy Soil?

Despite all the hoopla about healthy soils, there are still great gaps in our knowledge about what...
Presenter(s): Will Brinton, Ray Archuleta
Track:
Regenerative Agriculture, Soil / Roots / Water
Location: Merrill

Great Farm Camps for Kids

Farm camps that connect children and families to nature have been successful in northern California...
Presenter(s): Maika Llorens Gulati, Josh Seitchik
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education
Location: Evergreen

Dedicating Land to Agriculture: Agricultural Conservation Easements

Farmland is disappearing, fast. Luckily, land trusts increasingly use agricultural conservation...
Presenter(s): Tamara Galanter, Allison Johnson, Benjamin Wright, Jered Lawson
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community
Location: Oak Shelter

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Session: B | 10:30 am

Scaling Up Sustainable Food Sourcing to Schools, Hospitals, and Colleges

Farm-to-institution projects have rapidly advanced across the U.S., providing an opportunity for...
Presenter(s): Diana Abellara, Tim Galarneau, Kendra Klein
Location: Evergreen

National Organic Update

The annual update about what is going on with national organic issues will feature news from the...
Presenter(s): Melissa Bailey, Betsy Rakola, Zea Sonnabend
Track:
Activists
Location: Nautilus

Growing Heirloom Produce on the Ark of Taste

The Ark of Taste is a biodiversity project designed to protect superior tasting and place-based...
Presenter(s): Linda Elbert, Gary Paul Nabhan, Jerry Thomas
Location: Kiln

Close the Circle of Waste

One farm’s waste is another farm’s fertilizer, feed, or even energy. Join three certified organic...
Presenter(s): Rebecca King, Jenny Lester Moffitt, Additional Speaker TBA
Location: Acacia

Assessing and Improving Your Farm's Carbon Footprint

Learn about different approaches to estimating and improving the carbon footprint of your farm...
Presenter(s): David Granatstein, Adam Kotin
Location: Oak Shelter

Soil Fertility for Organic Orchards and Vineyards

While the basics of N-P-K for organics are fairly universal concepts, the production of perennial...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Gregg Young
Location: Chapel

Fostering Innovation in the San Francisco Peninsula Food System

The long-term sustainability of local farms and ranches is ultimately dependent on the health of...
Presenter(s): Jered Lawson, Wendy Millet, Hannah Mensing, Rob Trice
Location: Toyon

Urban Integrated Pest Management from an Agroecological Perspective

Learn about agroecological concepts that are used in urban settings to manage pests in schools,...
Presenter(s): Martín Guerena, Steven Zien
Location: Fred Farr

Learning As If Whole Systems Mattered: Permaculture in Schools and Universi...

“Never let formal education get in the way of your learning,” said Mark Twain. This is a fun and...
Presenter(s): Ken Foster, David Shaw, Vanessa Carter
Track:
Permaculture
Location: Heather

Demonstrating How to Embody Triple Bottom Line Values

Let’s look at how three companies: a farmer, a distributor, and a retailer live their values,...
Presenter(s): Nicole Mason, Simon Richard, Adriana Silva
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Scripps

Bring Back the Pollinators: Attracting Native Bees and Beneficial Insects

Native pollinators and predatory insects are the unsung champions of the agricultural world. Join...
Presenter(s): Jessa Kay Cruz
Location: Merrill

Managing Crop Nutrient Levels to Control Plant Disease

Dr. Don Huber will follow up on his plenary session by sharing more insights from over 50 years of...
Presenter(s): Don Huber
Track:
Soil & Water
Location: Merrill

For-Profit Urban Farming: Successful Models

There is great potential for urban farms to provide environmental gains, fresh nutrient-rich food...
Presenter(s): Caroline Devany, Caitlyn Galloway, Kristyn Leach, Willow Rosenthal
Location: Heather

Bringing Communities Together: How to Start a Community Garden

Ana Rasmussen has successfully launched eight community gardens, three community orchards, two...
Presenter(s): Ana Rasmussen, Roberto Santos & Reyna Cruz
Location: Oak Shelter

A Sponsor-Presented event: SLOW POULTRY – Overview of Sustainable Poultry P...

This is an overview of what it takes to develop a sustainable poultry production model! All across...
Presenter(s): Jim Adkins
Location: Triton

Discussion Group: Biodiversity Stories from the Field

Come tell your stories about nature on the farm, and hear from others about theirs. Learn about...
Location: Acacia

Yes, You Can! …Make Retirement and Succession a Reality

A growing wave of organic farm pioneers are thinking seriously about retirement and the succession...
Presenter(s): Rod Carter, Jane M. McKenzie
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

On-Farm and Vocational Training Programs

This session is for those who want to develop or improve their on-farm education or vocational...
Presenter(s): Sky DeMuro, Beth Waitkus
Location: Scripps

Love Your Body Like You Love Your Farm

Join farmer Andrea Davis-Cetina, owner-operator of Quarter Acre Farm, as she teams up with wellness...
Presenter(s): Patricia Joy Becker, Andrea Davis-Cetina
Location: Nautilus

How to Engage Food Businesses with Your Brand

Having great product isn’t enough in the competitive world of produce. We’ll discuss why thinking...
Presenter(s): Jessi Gunn, Waverly Aufmuth
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Aiming for Zero Waste

Learn how to implement a fully integrated waste management program for your company. These speakers...
Presenter(s): Russ Lester, Celine Schafer
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Evergreen

A Sponsor Presented event: Moving from Spreadsheets to Smartphone: A Single...

Tend is a farmer-operated startup developing modern software built from the ground up for...
Location: Toyon

Discussion Group: Ecological Farmer and Ranchers Alliance

The Ecological Farmer and Ranchers Alliance (EFRA) invites members and all who are interested to...
Location: Sanderling

Ready, Set, Go! New Climate and Agriculture Funding

Are you thinking about increasing water efficiencies in your operation? Or perhaps doing a...
Presenter(s): Jenny Lester-Moffitt, Jeanne Merrill
Location: Fred Farr

Experiential Training and Social Learning for Farmers

Explore beginning farmer training models that integrate apprenticeships, mentorship, and farmer-to-...
Presenter(s): Ana Galvis Martinez, Megan Fehrman, Kelly Curry, Marisa Alcorta
Track:
Activists
Location: Oak Shelter

Organic Cannabis Certification in the Face of Government Prohibition?

While the feds still classify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, the legalization of cannabis for...
Presenter(s): April Crittendon, Bryce Berryessa, Andrew Black
Track:
Activists
Location: Merrill

Urban Farms at the Forefront of Policy Change

Urban farms are cropping up everywhere—from nonprofits that work to educate city-dwellers and...
Presenter(s): Kiel Schmidt, Chanowk Yisrael
Location: Scripps

Discussion Group – How to Make USDA-NRCS Assistance Work for YOU

Make USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) work for YOU! The USDA-NRCS offers...
Location: Triton

The Real Root Story

WE'RE SORRY - THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED This presentation illustrates how roots really grow...
Presenter(s): Robert Kourik
Location: Nautilus

Pathways to Ownership

Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs, it doesn't always make...
Presenter(s): Liya Schwartzman, Anthony Chang, Chris Hay, Maija West
Location: Heather

Farmer Funding Opportunities for Climate Smart Agriculture

Governor Jerry Brown has called on farms and ranches in California to become carbon sinks, helping...
Presenter(s): Jenny Lester-Moffitt, Jeanne Merrill
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

Discussion Group – Ecological Farmer and Ranchers Alliance

The Ecological Farmer and Rancher Alliance (EFRA) invites members and all who are interested to...
Location: Sanderling

Cultivating Organic Leaders

Connect with organic leaders and learn how you can help steer the organic movement! One of the...
Presenter(s): Vernon Peterson, Andrea Davis-Cetina, Mark Lipson
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Acacia

Discussion Group – Biodiversity Stories from the Field

It takes a community to support biodiversity on the farm – farmers, conservationists, researchers,...
Location: Toyon

Reviving Local Grains

Grains, those staples of our diet, have long been missing from local foodsheds. Now small-scale...
Presenter(s): Nathanael Gonzales-Siemens, Mai Nguyen, Larry Kandarian
Location: Fred Farr

Plants Transformed into Spiritual Tools for Healing

How can farmers and gardeners transform plants into essential oils to assist with healing,...
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Jones
Location: Evergreen

Organic Weed Management

Weed control is one of the biggest challenges for organic growers. Although bed spacing, tractor...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Daryl Wong
Location: Chapel

Balancing Fair Wages, Farm Viability and Affordable Prices

We are faced with a wicked equation. When advocates for workers propose raising the minimum wage...
Presenter(s): Marty Mesh, Leah Cohen
Track:
Farm Business / Labor
Location: Chapel

Tips and Tools from Experienced Seed Cleaners

Whether you’re interested in producing seed on a commercial scale, or just saving enough for your...
Presenter(s): John DeRosier, Laurie McKenzie
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed
Location: Oak Shelter

Botany of Produce: Understanding the Plants We Grow and Eat

Food is necessary for life to exist. Much of our time on this planet is devoted to thinking about...
Presenter(s): Tom Lively
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health
Location: Nautilus

Cultural Revitalization Through Restoring Indigenous Land Stewardship Pract...

For centuries California Indians managed and sustained cultural ecosystems with traditional...
Presenter(s): Rick Flores, Valentin Lopez
Track:
Food Justice
Location: Scripps

Utilizing Social Media

Whether we like it or not, social media are becoming more and more the preferred methods of...
Presenter(s): Andrea Davis-Cetina, Lennie Larkin, Helena Sylvester
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale
Location: Heather

Growing Soil – from North Dakota to California

Gabe Brown of Brown’s Ranch in North Dakota and Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser of Singing Frog Farm in...
Presenter(s): Gabe Brown, Elizabeth Kaiser, Paul Kaiser
Track:
Regenerative Agriculture, Soil / Roots / Water
Location: Merrill

How Plant Nutrition Affects Diseases and Pests

For integrated pest & disease management to be effective, cultural conditions (especially soils...
Presenter(s): Gregg Young
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water
Location: Fred Farr

Discussion Group: Activating Ecological Farmers' Voices in California...

A surprising amount of policy that affects farmers – including labor, farmers markets, pesticides...
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community
Location: Sanderling

Food Safety Hot Topics

Don’t miss this interactive overview of the hottest topics in food safety. Sign up to get the...
Presenter(s): Kali Feireisel, Jacob Guth, Javier Zamora
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification
Location: Evergreen

Nature Connection, Permaculture & Ecological Responsibility

What practices help to deepen our connection to the natural world? How does connection to the...
Presenter(s): Will Scott
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health
Location: Kiln

Apples: Old and New Varieties for Organic Orchards

Inspired foodies and growers alike know that apples are among the most stable and diverse of crop...
Presenter(s): Freddy Menge, Zea Sonnabend, Terence Welch
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed
Location: Acacia

Discussion Group: The Middle Path

The Middle Path vision for the organic trade and movement is to transform agriculture to...
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale
Location: Toyon

Electric Tractors and Equipment: The Age Of Adaptive Agriculture

It's no secret that food production is energy intensive. With finite resources and a changing...
Presenter(s): Steve Heckeroth, Ruthie King
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment
Location: Triton

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Session: Special Session | 12:45pm

Hot Topic Session: From the Ground Up

This fall, the NOSB reversed its 2010 ruling to not allow soilless, hydroponic crops to be...
Presenter(s): Steve Sprinkel, Paul Muller, Tom Willey
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification
Location: Fred Farr

Thursday Back to Top
Session: Keynote | 2:00 pm

We’re All Eaters Here: Still Connecting to the Foods We Eat

Deborah Madison has helped shape how people think about food, cooking, health and nutrition. She...
Presenter(s): Deborah Madison
Location: Merill Hall (overflow in Chapel)

Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up

Dr. Daphne Miller brings us beyond the simple concept of "food as medicine" and introduces us to...
Presenter(s): Daphne Miller M.D.

Food Justice: Challenges and Opportunities

Malik Yakini will share the work of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network as a model of...
Presenter(s): Malik Yakini
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Merrill Hall

Eliminating Hunger: The First Requisite of Agricultural Sustainability

Doria Robinson and John Ikerd will address the “first requisite of agricultural sustainability:”...
Presenter(s): Doria Robinson, John Ikerd
Location: Merrill Hall

Thursday Back to Top
Session: C | 3:30 pm

Abuzz about Bees

One in every three bites of food comes from crops that are pollinated by honey bees. Yet in recent...
Presenter(s): Randy Sue Collins, Larissa Walker
Location: Kiln

Bagrada Bug Research and Identifying Other Organic Research Needs

A two-part session: Organic controls for bagrada bug & discussion of growers' organic research...
Presenter(s): Dr. Shimat V. Joseph, Jeffery Dahlberg, Ruth Dahlquist-Willard, Chuck Boldwyn
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Toyon

Produce Marketing Is Like Compost for Sales

Farmers can turn their crop plans into money when they present their products in a top-notch way...
Presenter(s): Dina Izzo, Tammi Reidl
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Get to Know Your Farm: Planning Tools to Achieve Financial and Personal Goa...

Recordkeeping and planning are essential practices to ensure the viability of your farm. However,...
Presenter(s): Alan Haight
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Scripps

No-Till Vegetable Production for the Future

Tillage is one of the oldest tenets of agriculture. It can be difficult to imagine breaking away...
Presenter(s): Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser, Helen Atthowe
Track:
Permaculture
Location: Nautilus

Creating Tools for the Small Organic Farm

This session will highlight the work of small-farm tool designers/makers as an inspiration for all...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Barry Griffin, Michael McGowen
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Food Justice Certification Presentation

Please join us to learn more about the Agricultural Justice Project's (AJP's) Food Justice...
Presenter(s): Michael Sligh, Vanya Goldberg
Location: Sanderling

Viva EcoFarm! A Historical Look Back and a Hopeful Look Forward

The West Coast has led the way in the organic food movement, and the Ecological Farming Association...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Ken Dickerson, Thomas Wittman
Location: Oak Shelter

Pastured Pork

Demand for pasture-raised, high-welfare pork continues to grow. The benefits of pastured production...
Presenter(s): Guido Frosini, Tim Holmes
Location: Evergreen

Managing Fire Blight Without Antibiotics

If left unchecked, fire blight can decimate pear and apple orchards. Now that antibiotics can no...
Presenter(s): David Granatstein, Rachel Elkins
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Acacia

Chinese Medicinal Herbs: An Emergent Organic Market

The expanding use of herbal medicine has greatly stimulated U.S. consumption of traditional Chinese...
Presenter(s): Michael Broffman, Michael McCulloch, Peg Schafer
Location: Heather

Tools that Empower Women Farmers

The fresh crop of women farmers is the key ingredient to stimulating the health of our environment...
Presenter(s): Lisa Kivirist
Location: Scripps

Organic Textiles from Field to Tee

The market for organic textiles is the most rapidly growing non-food organic category in the U.S.,...
Presenter(s): Sally Fox, Tierra Del Forte, Joe Dickson, Gwendolyn Wyard
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Evergreen

Keeping Your News Feed Fresh

In the digital age, social media is a vital tool for staying connected with customers and...
Presenter(s): Molly Baker, Greg Massa, Brie Mazurek
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Discussion Group: Central Coast Meat Producers

A project of the Ecological Farmer and Ranchers Alliance (EFRA), the Central Coast Livestock...
Location: Sanderling

Building a National Grassroots Campaign for Young and Beginning Farmers

A rising tide of young men and women are resolving to put their shoulder to the wheel for the...
Presenter(s): Sophie Ackoff, Old House Farmer or Rancher representing EFRA
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

Lease Discussion Group: Growing on Solid Ground

Have questions about a lease you're pursuing? Unsure about what information should go into an...
Presenter(s): Liya Schwartzman, Chris Hay
Location: Triton

Updates from the Anti-GMO Movement

Each year more and more Americans are becoming aware of GMOs. Victories and defeats are stacking up...
Presenter(s): Kristina Hubbard, John Roulac
Track:
Activists
Location: Fred Farr

Turning the “Problems” of Pests and Invasive Species into Functional Farm S...

This dynamic workshop will explore managing agro-ecosystems for maximum diversity and productivity...
Presenter(s): Eric Lee-Mader, Tao Orion
Location: Oak Shelter

On-Farm Research: Why Is It Important?

Organic farmers work to find systems that optimize their resources for a healthy and profitable...
Presenter(s): Raul Villanueva, Curt Rom, Jared Zystro
Track:
Educators & Researchers
Location: Acacia

Get in the Loop with a Hoop House

This workshop will focus on the use of seasonal high tunnels, or hoop houses, in organic farming...
Presenter(s): Rich Casale, Caleb Barron
Location: Nautilus

Biodynamics: The Rhythms and Dynamics of Nature

Biodynamic agriculture offers practical methods for understanding and working with the living...
Presenter(s): Harald Hoven, Delmar McComb
Location: Heather

Cuban Delegation: Organic Agriculture and Training Programs in Cuba

A delegation of farmers and agronomists join EcoFarm to describe the organic and permaculture...
Presenter(s): Isis Salcines, Miguel Salcines, Roger Santiesteban Anazco, Welbry Delince
Location: Toyon

Cultivating Diversity in the Ecological Farming Community

Diversity is important to an ecological farm. Diversity of production, of funding sources, of sales...
Presenter(s): Malik Yakini, Doria Robinson, Chukou Thao
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Chapel

Add Value to Organic Crops with Small-Scale Processing on the Farm

Small and medium-sized farms can earn extra income with value-added products made legally and...
Presenter(s): Jessie Nichols, Vernon Peterson, Jenna Muller
Location: Triton

Discussion Group – Pathways to Ownership Part 2: Sealing the Deal

Join this session as a follow-up to the “Pathways to Ownership” workshop. Every farmer hopes to own...
Location: Toyon

Seeds for the People! Decentralizing our Seed Systems

Organic producers need multiple diverse varieties of seeds in order to produce high quality crops...
Presenter(s): Micaela Colley, Matthew Dillon
Track:
Activists
Location: Scripps

The Nine Dollar Egg Carton

Farmers’ market, roadside stand and CSA offerings of dozens of chicken eggs have slowly edged...
Presenter(s): Sarah Lopez, Blake Alexandre
Location: Oak Shelter

How Are Farmers Adapting to Climate Change?

Farmers and ranchers face an uncertain future as the climate evolves over the coming decades...
Presenter(s): Stephanie Larson, Greg Rawlings, Tom Willey
Location: Acacia

Biodynamic Herbal Remedies for your Soil

Herbal medicine is not only beneficial for human health. Medicinal herbs can also be harnessed to...
Presenter(s): Carin Fortin, Delmar McComb
Location: Nautilus

Alternative Aesthetics: Creating New Outlets for Cosmetically Challenged Pr...

Many new methods and models are addressing what has been considered food “waste” at the farm level...
Presenter(s): Oliver Griss, Robin Nicolaus, Taryn Wolf
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Kiln

Discussion Group – Out Here: Queer Farmers in the U.S.

What does it mean to be a queer farmer in the U.S? Join us for a discussion group before the...
Location: Sanderling

The USDA Organic Check Off: Friend or Foe?

The Organic Trade Association created and promoted the USDA-administered Gro Organic Check Off...
Presenter(s): Laura Batcha, Phil LaRocca, Steve Sprinkel, Tom Pavich
Track:
Activists
Location: Heather

Real World Farm & Garden Education

Farm and garden-based education programs teach food- and eco-literacy, and offer healthy activities...
Presenter(s): Kelly Carlisle, Kyle Cornforth
Track:
Activists
Location: Evergreen

Letters to a Young Farmer

“Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming and Our Future” is an anthology of letters and essays...
Presenter(s): Will Harris, Wendy Millet, Mas Masumoto
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Presentation & Discussion: Food Sovereignty in Indian Country

Presenters will explore how a community garden can improve a tribal communities’ mental, physical,...
Track:
Food Justice
Location: Triton

Distribution: Restoring Integrity to the Food System

John Ikerd’s essay, “Restoring Integrity to the Food System” in his book Small Farms Are Real Farms...
Presenter(s): Hank Herrera, John Ikerd, Doria Robinson
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale
Location: Kiln

Farm Friends and Foes: Managing for Pest Control and Damage from Birds

Some birds benefit farms by eating pest insects or rodents, while others cause severe damage by...
Presenter(s): Sacha Heath, Sara Kross
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat
Location: Nautilus

Appropriate Tools and Technologies for the Emerging Small-Scale Market Gard...

Jean-Martin Fortier is an internationally recognized successful farmer who has written the popular...
Presenter(s): Jean-Martin Fortier
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment
Location: Chapel

A New Model for On-Farm Internships

In 2016 the National Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network was formed to strengthen the capacity of...
Presenter(s): Marisa Alcorta, Megan Fehrman
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education
Location: Acacia

Fruit Tree Propagation

There are few fruit trees that produce from seed, and a few that can be grown by rooting cuttings...
Presenter(s): Michael Kusiak, John Valenzuela
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed
Location: Oak Shelter

Knowing Your Worth: Setting Prices and Keeping Them

Setting prices, whether at market or for wholesale, can be daunting. When you're at market, and...
Presenter(s): Chris Hay, Lily Schneider
Track:
Farm Business / Labor
Location: Fred Farr

Discussion Group: The Changing Face of CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is continually evolving in response to market trends – or is...
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale
Location: Toyon

Choosing Crops & Varieties for Greenhouse/Hoophouse Production

In this sequel to the earlier Greenhouse/Hoophouse session, Mr. Mefferd will cover the top crops...
Presenter(s): Andrew Mefford
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment
Location: Scripps

The New Normal: Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

New pests, loss of winter chill hours, heat waves, and more extreme drought/deluge cycles are among...
Presenter(s): Al Courchesne, Kathryn Lyddan
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education, Regenerative Agriculture
Location: Evergreen

A Farm Bill for an Organic Future 2018

Farm Bill is coming, and it will affect you! The Farm Bill is a defining piece of federal...
Presenter(s): Laura Batcha, Kelly Damewood, Brise Tencer
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community
Location: Heather

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Session: Special Session | 5:10 pm

Discussion & Short Presentation: Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the...

Doniga Markegard, author and regenerative rancher will be sharing about her new book Dawn Again:...
Presenter(s): Doniga Markegard
Track:
Regenerative Agriculture
Location: Triton

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Session: Other Time(s)

Discussion Group: Manure Safety

7:30pm to 8:30pm The session will be structured as a short presentation setting up the discussion...

Thursday Back to Top
Session: E | 1:30 pm

Crop Insurance for Diversified Organic Farms

Diversified organic farmers have historically been challenged in finding crop insurance products...
Presenter(s): Michael Alston
Location: Nautilus
Friday

Friday Back to Top
Session: Keynote | 8:15 am

El Exito de los Agricultores Orgánicos

Guido Frosini Granjas “True Grass Farms”, Valley Ford, CA Esta tierra ha pertenecido a la familia...
Track:
En Español

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition - Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along...
Presenter(s): Don Tipping, Guido Frosini, Joe and Doug and Anthony Perry
Location: Merrill Hall (overflow in Chapel)

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition! Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along...

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition! Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along...
Presenter(s): Dick Peixoto, Jamie Collins, Will Allen, Kate Duesterberg
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill Hall

Successful Organic Farmers

An EcoFarm tradition! Learn what these farmers do, why they do it, and what they’ve learned along...
Presenter(s): Jean-Martin Fortier, Dee Harley, Javier Zamora
Location: Merrill Hall

Friday Back to Top
Session: D | 10:30 am

Demeter Presentation: Farming to the Demeter Biodynamic Farm Standard

The Demeter Farm Standard is based on seven principles that comprehensively outline the Biodynamic...
Presenter(s): Jim Fullmer
Location: Acacia

Film Screening: "Ground Operations"

Ground Operations is an award-winning documentary film and social action campaign that champions...
Presenter(s): Dulanie Ellis
Location: Toyon

On-Farm Soil Health Strategies

This workshop will explore the challenges of managing for soil health on organic farms. Producers...
Presenter(s): Sarah Brown, Chris Hay
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Invasion Biology Science: Two Perspectives on Invasive Species

Should we try to control invasive species or should we let them be? On the one hand, invasion...
Presenter(s): Mark S. Hoddle, David Theodoropoulos
Location: Evergreen

Excellent Seedbed Preparation

Good seedbed preparation is critical for a weed free and uniform stand of a range of small-seeded...
Presenter(s): Jim Leap, Christina Oatfield
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Fred Farr

Connecting with Customers through Online Channels

Online grocery stores offer an opportunity for farmers to provide a full line of products from...
Presenter(s): Judith Redmond, Tahnee Shields
Location: Kiln

Discussion Group: Pastured Poultry for Diversified Farms

Join fellow poultry enthusiasts to share the successes and challenges of raising chickens, turkeys...
Location: Sanderling

Psychoactive Substances and their Impact on the Organic Farming and Ecology...

The past 50 years have seen a significant shift in consciousness about the beauty, vitality,...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Carolyn Garcia, Mariavittoria Mangini, Steve Pavich
Location: Merrill

Estrategias para la Salud del Suelo en las Granjas

Este taller explorará los desafíos en cuanto al manejo de la salud del suelo en granjas orgánicas...
Presenter(s): Sarah Brown, Chris Hay
Track:
En Español
Location: Chapel

Make Your Farm Energy Self-Sufficient

Solar energy, wind power, veggie oil fuel, and other alternative forms of energy are not as novel...
Presenter(s): Lou Preston, John Teixeira, Phil Foster
Location: Oak Shelter

Anticipating the Final FDA Food Safety Rules

While waiting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finalize the Food Safety Modernization...
Presenter(s): Jo Ann Baumgartner, Cathy Carlson
Location: Heather

Encouraging Urban Agriculture through Innovative Public Policy

Urban agriculture is hot. With limited space and high food prices, people are looking to their...
Presenter(s): Stephanie Goodson, Christina Oatfield
Track:
Activists
Location: Scripps

What Is a B Corp? Discover the Why and How of It

B Corporations are a new type of company that use the power of business to solve social and...
Presenter(s): Andy Fyfe, Shira Tannor
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Nautilus

Enterprise Analysis for Fun and Profit

Want an easy way to learn which of your enterprises will create the most profit? This interactive...
Presenter(s): Ann Adams
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

Built to Last: A Sustainable Approach to School Gardens

Gardens are the cornerstones of nutritional and environmental education in schools across the...
Presenter(s): Leo Buc, Emilie Gioia
Location: Fred Farr

A Sponsor Presented event: Organic Ingredients, the need is growing!

This session will be addressing the lack of increased North American organic grain production,...
Presenter(s): Dag Falck, Nathaniel Lewis, Brise Tencer
Location: Triton

Supporting Bees for a Sustainable Future

This workshop is for growers, practicing beekeepers, beginners, and all bee-lovers. The speakers...
Presenter(s): Michael Thiele, Neal Williams
Location: Nautilus

A Sponsor Presented Event: Put a Price on Carbon to Transition Off Fossil F...

The best next step for a stable climate--U. S. federal carbon pricing – is the topic of this...
Presenter(s): Jan Dietrick
Location: Dolphin

Maximizing Value from Excess Harvest to Benefit Communities

Almost half of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted, lost at all stages of production from field...
Presenter(s): Ron Clark, Dana Frasz
Location: Oak Shelter

Herbal Medicine Making for Everyday Health and Wellness

Learn about some little-known workhorses of the plant world, herbal medicines that can increase the...
Presenter(s): Kami McBride
Location: Scripps

A Sponsor Presented Event: Basic Financial Records for Farm Business Succes...

Lots of people have told you that you need financial records for your farm. But where do you start...
Presenter(s): Gary Matteson
Location: Hearth Living Room

Análisis Empresarial por Diversión y Ganancias

¿Quiere una manera sencilla de saber cuál de sus empresas generará mayores ganancias? Este taller...
Presenter(s): Ann Adams
Track:
En Español
Location: Kiln

A Sponsor Presented event:On Farm Food Safety Workshop for New Producers

Description: Join Bi-Rite Market and Community Alliance for Family Farmers for a training on farm...
Location: Sanderling

CSA: Thinking Outside the Box

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is continually evolving in response to market trends. Or is...
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Kaiser, Steve Pedersen, Teresa Kurtak
Location: Chapel

Weed Blasting and Mechanical Weeding for Row Crops and Perennials

After a decade of using compressed air and abrasive grit for blasting weeds, farmers are giving it...
Presenter(s): Andrew Brait, Frank Forcella
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill

Discussion Group: Hemp and Cannabis as Part of a Diversified Farm Portfolio

A principle plant in the founding of America, cannabis hemp has been a “forbidden fruit” for nearly...
Location: Toyon

National Organic Update

It is never business as usual with organics in the federal government. We will hear what is new...
Presenter(s): Amy Lamendella, Miles McEvoy (Invited), Jean Richardson
Track:
Activists
Location: Heather

Innovative Techniques for Recharging Groundwater Basins

As groundwater elevations continue to drop throughout the arid West, certain farming regions are...
Presenter(s): Don Cameron, Mark Foxworthy, Cristel Tufenkjian
Track:
Soil & Water
Location: Acacia

From Hoof to Plate: Business Essentials for Pastured Meat Producers

This workshop with the co-author of The New Livestock Farmer looks at the enterprise from raising...
Presenter(s): Rebecca Thistlethwaite
Location: Evergreen

The Tiniest Livestock: Edible Insects

Edible insects are all the rage, for good reasons and bad. This interest is only likely to get...
Presenter(s): Monica Martinez, Megan Miller
Location: Acacia

National Organic Update

We always need to hear about what people are doing in Washington D.C. because the actions of the...
Presenter(s): Harriet Behar, Jessica Walden, Patty Lovera
Track:
Activists
Location: Heather

Discussion Group/Town Hall: The New Farmworker Overtime Law in California

Last September, Governor Brown signed AB 1066, a new law covering farmworker wages, hours and...
Location: Fred Farr

De Piscador a Productor / From Farmworker to Farm owner

Meet two successful organic farmers originally from Mexico, who will share their personal histories...
Presenter(s): María Ines Catalán, Javier Zamora
Track:
En Español
Location: Nautilus

Connecting the Cost of Production with Profitable Pricing

It is critical for farmers to know their costs of production in order to make informed business...
Presenter(s): Dina Izzo, Marisa Alcorta
Location: Merrill

Breaking Into Organic Dairy and Livestock Production

We often hear laments from beginning farmers and ranchers that starting a small or family-scale...
Presenter(s): Doniga Markegard, Kenny Muller
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Spinning Food: Big Food's Attack on Organic and Practical tools to rec...

The stakes for influencing public perception of organic are high. As documented in Friends of the...
Presenter(s): Stacy Malkan, Haven Bourque, Scott Murray, Kendra Klein
Track:
Activists
Location: Fred Farr

Farming Stories: History of Japanese-American Farmers in California

Prior to Executive Order 9066, Japanese Americans lived, worked, and owned their own farmland...
Presenter(s): James Nakahara, Nina Ichikawa, Mas Masumoto
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Scripps

Special Presentation - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

An exciting development is underway for CSA farmers statewide! Come join us to learn some tried and...
Location: Toyon

Consolidation. Everywhere.

Have you noticed the trend of large companies buying up small and mid-sized farms in the valley and...
Presenter(s): Peter Van Dyke, Bill Schene
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Oak Shelter

Co-op Solutions for Small Farms

This workshop will show how the cooperative model applies to agriculture, from increasing land...
Presenter(s): Ellee Igoe, Casey O'Neill
Location: Evergreen

Discussion Group & Presentation – WFS: Growing Farmers Inside an LA Cou...

Wayside Farm School (WFS) has grown to include four instructors, four crew leaders and more than 60...
Presenter(s): Patrick Mitchell, Chris Faucher, Sergio Gutierrez
Location: Triton

Advances In Organic Insect, Disease and Nematode Management

Join our speakers for an update on proven and promising organic pest management products, focused...
Presenter(s): Michael Gardener, Larry Mendez, Bob Fowler
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

Organic Flower Production / La producción orgánica de flores

Flowers are one of the most profitable crops in agriculture. The demand for organically grown...
Presenter(s): Joanna Letz, Courtney Mellblom
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed
Location: Chapel

Ag Labor Challenges and Opportunities

A significantly decreased number of farm workers combined with increased wages for labor has put a...
Presenter(s): Al Courchesne, Wesley Van Camp
Track:
Farm Business / Labor
Location: Nautilus

Community Supported but Outside the Box

While the theory behind CSAs is sound, the reality in current times is that a weekly box without...
Presenter(s): Becky Herbert, Vernon Peterson
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale
Location: Evergreen

Out in the Field: Queer Farmers Share Experiences

Queer farmers are integral – but historically under-celebrated – members of the ecological farming...
Presenter(s): Brandon Pugh, Hail Stiers
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education
Location: Oak Shelter

Placing Carbon Back Into Our Soils

Experts will compare and contrast a number of tools and policies being considered by governments at...
Presenter(s): David Johnson, Brian Shobe
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community, Regenerative Agriculture
Location: Fred Farr

Hot Topic Session: Organic Farmers Association

How can farmers regain control of the organic agriculture movement and the market that they built?...
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification
Location: Sanderling

Tectonic Shift Shakes Up Traditional Organic Produce Distribution

A handful of longtime specialty-organic produce distributors, dedicated to ethics beyond the “...
Presenter(s): Rick Lejeune, David Lively, Karen Salinger
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale
Location: Heather

Decolonizing the Food System

Academic and activist Dr. Gail Myers has done a great deal to support Black farmers and other...
Presenter(s): Dr. Gail Myers, Mr. Will Scott
Track:
Food Justice
Location: Scripps

The Real Roots Story

This presentation illustrates the way roots really grow, revealing amazing facts such as these:...
Presenter(s): Robert Kourik
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water
Location: Toyon

Controlling Pest Animals Without Poisons on Farms

It has been estimated that vertebrate pests cause $944 million in annual damage to U.S. agriculture...
Presenter(s): Thomas Wittman
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat
Location: Kiln

Wise Words From Well Seasoned Farmers

Please join us as we learn about the legacy of two long time farmer activists. A chance to learn...
Presenter(s): Chris Bunn, Wendy Johnson
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education
Location: Merrill

Investing in Local Ag/Food Economy for Regional Resilience

The Bay Area’s rich and diverse food system is an integral part of the region’s economic prosperity...
Presenter(s): Sibella Kraus, Amie MacPhee, Serena Unger
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community
Location: Triton

Quack & Coo: Unusual Poultry Enterprises

Duck eggs, quail and squab are all poultry, but making a success of an enterprise with these...
Presenter(s): Anthony Bordessa, Molly Myerson
Track:
Livestock
Location: Acacia

Friday Back to Top
Session: Special Session | 12:00 pm

Discussion Group: QUEER FARMERS UNITE

We hope this is: An opportunity for queer farmer’s from all walks of life, from everywhere along...
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education
Location: Oak Shelter

Friday Back to Top
Session: E | 1:30 pm

Science Supporting Organic and Applied Organic Research Needs

This workshop will cover the current science supporting organic agriculture, as well as the...
Presenter(s): Brise Tencer, Jessica Shade
Location: Oak Shelter

Next Steps in the Fight Against GMOs

As the public has become increasingly aware of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in the overall...
Presenter(s): Rebecca Spector, Gwendolyn Wyard, Zea Sonnabend
Track:
Activists
Location: Scripps

Find Land You Can Afford: Partnering with a Land Trust to Secure Farmland

This session will provide farmers with tools to partner with land trusts and other land-holding...
Presenter(s): Melissa Campbell, Holly Rippon-Butler, Dan Hulse
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Heather

EcoFarm Farmers’ Association

Discussion Group: The Farmers’ Association is a farmer-directed program of EcoFarm working to...
Location: Sanderling

Dinosaurs Rise Again: The Produce Professionals, Past and Present

Sharing the collective history on how the organic produce trade got to this point provides...
Presenter(s): Bonnie Poux
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Nautilus

Cultivating a Relationship with Your Weeds

Farmers have different approaches to their weeds. Some have worked to integrate weeds into their...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Bob Cannard
Location: Kiln

Discussion Group: Biodynamic Peer Learning

The deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture can be taken up by any...
Presenter(s): Thea Maria Carlson, Robert Karp
Location: Triton

Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem

Creating an edible food forest is both an art and a science. Learn the 10,000-year-old layered...
Presenter(s): Christopher Shein
Track:
Permaculture
Location: Evergreen

Growing Food and Touching Lives

Over the past four and a half decades, Michael O’Gorman’s farming ventures have involved thousands...
Presenter(s): Michael O'Gorman
Location: Acacia

Farming with Wild Nature: Insights from Three Farmers

Sustainable agriculture holds promise as farmers learn how to farm with nature. Hear from three...
Presenter(s): Alan Haight, Paul Hain, Dan Macon
Location: Fred Farr

Do Farmers and Water Districts Really Have Water Rights?

Beginning in June, California farmers and water districts with hundred-year-old water rights to...
Presenter(s): DeeDee D'Adamo, Jay Lund, Nancy Weber
Location: Merrill

Cómo cultivar una relación con sus malezas

Los agricultores tienen distintos enfoques en lo que respecta a sus malezas. Algunos de ellos han...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Bob Cannard
Track:
En Español
Location: Kiln

Crowdfunding to Raise Capital for Your Business

The last few years have seen a proliferation of new mechanisms for raising money for your business...
Presenter(s): Eileen Gordon, Thomas Nelson, Elizabeth Ü
Location: Chapel

Organic No-Till Farming 102: Weed and Disease Suppression

This workshop will cover advanced topics in no-till farming to help you identify where to start on...
Presenter(s): Paul Kaiser
Location: Nautilus

To Scale or Not to Scale

This workshop will investigate the role of scale in the organic industry. How do small, mid-sized,...
Presenter(s): Gregory House, Dick Peixoto
Location: Evergreen

Organic Seed Activism: A New Roadmap

How seed is bred, produced, and managed will affect the health of people and our planet and the...
Presenter(s): Kristina Hubbard, Jared Zystro
Track:
Activists
Location: Heather

Discussion Group: Agroecology: What's it to you?

“Agroecology” is not a common term in U.S. food movements. Yet it is gaining legitimacy globally...
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment

Campaign to End State Organic Program Fees

Join this discussion on the evolution of the organic movement and learn how you can help end unfair...
Presenter(s): Mark Lipson, Judith Redmond
Location: Oak Shelter

Grow a Triple Bottom Line with Food Justice Certification

Consumers are looking for more than the lowest price. The marketplace increasingly demands...
Presenter(s): Michael Sligh, Jason Freeman
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Acacia
Presenter(s): Ann Baier, Kaley Grimland de Mendoza
Track:
En Español
Location: Merrill

Holistic Grazing, Pasture Management and Grass-Fed Beef

It is imperative that American ranchers develop models for managing land in ways that demonstrate...
Presenter(s): Aimee Danch, Jeremiah Stent
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

FSMA and NOP: Side-by-Side and Simplified

Does it seem daunting to manage food safety and organic certification programs? This workshop will...
Presenter(s): Ann Baier, Kaley Grimland de Mendoza
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill

Evaluating Sustainability of Organic Farming Practices in California

Funded by the USDA-OREI program, scientists have been conducting a research project to evaluate the...
Presenter(s): Alexander Gershenson, Diego Nieto, Carol Shennan
Track:
Educators & Researchers
Location: Scripps

Regenerative Agriculture’s Role in Reversing Climate Change 

Andre Leu and John Roulac of the opening plenary and invocation, join here to present studies and...
Presenter(s): Andre Leu, John Roulac
Track:
Activists
Location: Chapel

The Bloom Boom: Growing and Marketing Cut Flowers

With the demand for local, sustainably grown blooms on the rise, more and more farmers are heeding...
Presenter(s): Zoe Hitchner, Hedda Brorstrom, Nichole Skalski
Location: Fred Farr

To Till or Not To Till, That is the Question

There has been a lot of attention paid to the potential value of reduced tillage in soil carbon...
Presenter(s): Eric Brennan, Jim Leap, Judith Redmond
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Mycodiversity is BioSecurity: Mushroom Mycelium & the Worldwide Food We...

Join this engaging author, mycologist, medical researcher, and entrepreneur for an immersion...
Presenter(s): Paul Stamets
Location: Nautilus

Discussion Group: Agricultural Justice Project

Join the movement of food businesses and family-scale farms that are following Food Justice...
Location: Triton

Classical Biological Control/Control biológico clásico

With the continuing accidental importation of devastating pests such as Olive Fruit Fly, Marmorated...
Presenter(s): Amigo Bob Cantisano, Kent Daane, William Olkowski
Track:
En Español, Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Merrill

Going Beyond the Garden: Cultivating Youth in Good Food

How can we build upon school gardens to empower young people to be tomorrow’s good food leaders?...
Presenter(s): Brandon Yip, Rita Marie Molloy, Alex Villegas
Track:
Activists
Location: Evergreen

Fostering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Ecological Farming Moveme...

This workshop will explore ways to broaden the ecological farming and food movement. People of...
Presenter(s): Mai Nguyen, Lupe Martinez, Janaki Jaganath
Track:
Activists, Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Scripps

Adventures in Ecological Gardening

The presenter's gardening and farming adventures have taken her from public edible and pollinator...
Presenter(s): Kate Frey
Location: Oak Shelter

EcoFarm Poemshare

Man does not live on kohlrabi alone. Robert Bly describes “eating the honey of words:” we’ll...
Location: Sanderling

Discussion Group – Sustainable Livestock Farm Bill Policy Update and Feedba...

A coalition of groups is leading a campaign to secure new Farm Bill legislation in support of...
Location: Toyon

The Old is New: Exploring Indigenous Land Stewardship

Those familiar with the history of the organic farming movement will recognize its foundation in...
Presenter(s): Jennifer House, Edward Willie
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Heather

The Future of Organic Supply: Ensuring the Success of Small and Mid-Sized F...

As the organic market becomes flooded with larger producers who now dominate product lines and...
Presenter(s): Tina Cosentino, Jeff Larkey, Ryan Casey
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Fred Farr

Organic Control of Citrus Greening

The purpose of this workshop is to educate citrus growers about organically approved methods for...
Presenter(s): Ben McLean, Jeffrey Steen
Location: Acacia

Beavers, Birds and Coyotes: Farming and Ranching with Wild Nature

How can we incorporate diverse species and processes into our farms and ranches to improve the...
Presenter(s): Jo Ann Baumgartner, Camilla Fox, Kate Lundquist
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Kiln

To Market, to Market: Fruitful Relationships with Small-Scale Farmers

Learn the latest strategies of retail buyers and department managers who support small-scale...
Presenter(s): Juanita Bruton, Janet Nagamine, Lucy Norris
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale
Location: Heather

Create Ecosystems of Abundance with Productive Perennial Polycultures

Perennials can be successfully combined in space and time with annuals and animals in mixed...
Presenter(s): John Valenzuela
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health
Location: Fred Farr

Discussion Group: Agroecology: What's it to you?

“Agroecology” is not a common term in U.S. food movements. Yet it is gaining legitimacy globally...
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment
Location: Oak Shelter

Improving Your Soil Quality for the Urban Food Grower

This workshop will provide tools to evaluate soils and manage risk, focusing on the physical,...
Presenter(s): Rob Bennaton
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water
Location: Sanderling

Call Me a Farmer Not a Farmer’s Wife

This workshop will feature women farmers discussing skills they have honed over time on their farms...
Presenter(s): Dee Harley, Hannah Muller, Maya Blow
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education
Location: Scripps

Conservation You Can Taste: Healing the Urban-Rural Divide

This is a forum on how farmers are helping to bridge the urban-rural divide, providing public...
Presenter(s): Gary Nabhan
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community
Location: Chapel

Carbon Farm Planning for Multiple Benefits

Learn how developing a carbon farm plan can identify practices to increase carbon sequestration and...
Presenter(s): Jeff Creque, Loren Poncia, Mel Preston
Track:
Livestock, Regenerative Agriculture
Location: Evergreen

Seed Saving for Crops that Suit You Best

Saving seeds was once an essential part of the culture of farming, but most modern vegetable...
Presenter(s): Harald Hoven
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed
Location: Toyon

Winona's Hempire

Supporters of fossil fuels claim that nearly everything in our daily life is made from oil. While...
Presenter(s): Winona LaDuke
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed
Location: Merrill

Tools and Techniques for Improving Irrigation Efficiency

With water becoming increasingly scarce and expensive, farmers are learning how to increase the...
Presenter(s): Jacob Moreno, Tom Shapland
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water
Location: Acacia

Pathways to Latinx Farm Ownership in California / Caminos a ser propietario...

Latinx (Latino and Latina) farmworkers and farmers play a crucial role in California agriculture,...
Presenter(s): Roberto Gonzalez, Kate Greenberg, Brett Melone, Eddie Gonzalez
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community
Location: Triton

What's So Cool About Landrace Grains?

The past few years have seen a surge in interest in historical, landrace and heirloom grains from...
Presenter(s): Sally Fox, Mai Nguyen
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed
Location: Nautilus

Composting on Your Farm: New Rules and Regulations

Federal law, the Food Safety Modernization Act, now dictates how on-farm compost is to be made...
Presenter(s): Dave Runsten, Willy Reid, Phil Foster, Ryan Flaherty
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification
Location: Kiln

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

Discussion Group: Women in Eco-Ag in California and Beyond

Come and connect with your fellow female farmers, share your stories and experience as we move...
Location: Scripps

Productive Perennial Polycultures: Designing an Ecosystem of Abundance on t...

Across the nation, food forests and edible forest gardens are gaining attention in public projects...
Presenter(s): Timo Granzotti, John Valenzuela
Track:
Permaculture
Location: Merrill

Pest Resistance Management: Alternating Materials for Better Organic Pest C...

It is well known in both organic and conventional farming that pests and diseases can develop...
Presenter(s): Doug O'Brien, Pam Marrone
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Heather

Food Sovereignty in Tribal Communities

Join three diverse speakers as they explore the intersection of food, agriculture, health, and...
Presenter(s): Kouslaa Kessler-Mata, Leah Mata, Melissa Nelson or Kaylena Bray
Location: Evergreen

El Salvador’s Small-Scale Farmers Reclaim Organic Wisdom and Ancestral Valu...

EcoFarm is pleased to host a delegation of Salvadoran farmers whose work has been central to their...
Location: Fred Farr

The Carbon Ranch

The idea of the carbon ranch involves the potential for removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the...
Presenter(s): Courtney White
Location: Nautilus

Discussion Group: Farming with Wild Nature

Farming that values natural systems and works with the wild, remedies the consequences of chemical-...
Location: Oak Shelter

Biodynamic Beekeeping

Biodynamic apiculture turns much of conventional beekeeping wisdom on its head by viewing honeybee...
Presenter(s): Thea Maria Carlson, Michael Thiele
Location: Acacia

Large-Scale Organics with Integrity: Costco and Nutiva

As a community, EcoFarm has worked for 35 years to convert the U.S. food and farming system to one...
Presenter(s): Dennis Hoover, John Roulac
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Kiln

Forgotten Practices that Save Water on the Farm

Most farm water conservation measures focus strongly on irrigation practices such as improving...
Presenter(s): Rich Casale
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

Discussion Group: GMOs - A Strategic Planning Session

Join LabelGMO's Pamm Larry, Mom Across America's Zen Honeycutt and California Grange Presidend Bob...
Location: Triton

Agricultores a pequeña escala de El Salvador reivindican la sabiduría orgán...

EcoFarm tiene el placer de recibir a una delegación de agricultores salvadoreños cuyo trabajo ha...
Track:
En Español
Location: Fred Farr

Innovaciones para el Manejo de Sequías

¿Cómo contribuye la agricultura orgánica a un suelo sano y a la resiliencia en condiciones de...
Presenter(s): Nikiko Masumoto, Stephen Gliessman, Michael Cahn
Track:
En Español
Location: Kiln

Incubator Farm Models in Local, Regional and National Food Systems

With over 200 incubator farm projects running or in development across the country, there are a...
Presenter(s): Brianna Bowman, Nathan Harkelroad, Maureen Thompson
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Heather

A Sponsor Presented event: Expanding distribution: how to create new sales...

Hear and discuss how Markets like the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market are resources for...
Presenter(s): Michael Janis

Discussion Group: Women in Ecological Agriculture - California and Beyond

Come and connect with your fellow female farmers, share your stories and experience as we move...
Location: Scripps

Discussion Group: Agricultural Justice Project Standards - We Need Your Inp...

Dovetailing on the Triple Bottom Line Workshop, the Agricultural Justice Project invites you to a...
Location: Acacia

Scaling Up Organic: Into the Mainstream or Around the Margins?

One of the few areas that people in the organic movement agree on is that they want organics to...
Presenter(s): Laura Batcha, Ken Cook
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Merrill

Putting Poultry on Pasture Organically & Humanely

Consumers and farmers are recognizing the benefits of organic, pasture-raised poultry for animal...
Presenter(s): Andrew Gunther, Cameron Harsh
Location: Fred Farr

Keep on Composting in the Free World

Compost entered the lives of many organic farmers as something like a Druid sacrament. Consumers...
Presenter(s): Matt Cotton, Steve Sprinkel
Track:
Soil & Water
Location: Oak Shelter

Innovations for Drought Management

How does organic agriculture contribute to healthy soil and resilience to drought conditions? This...
Presenter(s): Michael Cahn, Stephen Gliessman, Nikiko Masumoto
Track:
Soil & Water
Location: Kiln

Go Native: Farms Reap the Benefit of Indigenous Species

Learn about the role of native plants on the farm and in surrounding ecosystems, and how to...
Presenter(s): Jo Ann Baumgartner, Sam Earnshaw, Ellen Uhler
Location: Toyon

A Sponsor Presented event: Building Regional Food Systems Through Innovatio...

A discussion on how innovation and dynamic partnerships can overcome common challenges to building...
Presenter(s): Matthew Wadiak, Jean-Martin Fortier, Tim Mueller, Rod Faurot, Paul Faurot
Location: Triton

Wise Words from Well Seasoned Farmers

Join us to hear from and celebrate growers who have many decades of farming stories and experiences...
Presenter(s): John Muller, Lou Romano
Location: Chapel

Discussion Group: Networking between Flower Growers and Buyers

Join members of the North Bay Flower Collective in a discussion about collaboration between farmers...
Location: Hearth Living Room

Running a Successful Produce Department

This workshop is geared for produce department staff to learn everything it takes to run a...
Presenter(s): David Benson, Kerri Williams
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Evergreen

Organic Pest and Weed Management: Latest Products

This session is an opportunity to learn about new and proven methods for organic management of...
Presenter(s): Peter Bierma, Tommy Escalante, Andrew Pedersen
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Nautilus

Shepherding School: Sheep Husbandry for the Modern Pastoralist

Join shepherd Dan Macon of Flying Mule Farm and UCCE Livestock/Natural Resources Advisor Roger...
Presenter(s): Dan Macon, Roger Ingram
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Oak Shelter

Growing the Next Generation of Farmers of Color

A just and sustainable food movement requires diversity in the people who grow our food. In this...
Presenter(s): Kelly Carlisle, Karissa Lewis, Heather Smith
Location: Acacia

Conserving Biodiversity Using Organic Practices

Learn about a spectrum of easily adopted, on-farm conservation activities that support biodiversity...
Presenter(s): Jo Ann Baumgartner, John Quinn, Amber R. Sciligo
Location: Heather

Building Support for Organic Producers

California is the nation’s #1 producer of organic products, both fresh and processed. But retailers...
Presenter(s): Heather Shavey, Russ Lester, Matt Seeley
Location: Merrill

Food Sovereignty in Tribal Communities

Panelists will explore the intersection of traditional foods, agriculture, health, and community...
Presenter(s): Rowen White, Jen Schlaich, Tony Brown, Monty Bengochia
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Evergreen

Discussion Group – Women in Eco Ag in California and Beyond, Continuing th...

Come and connect with your fellow female farmers and foodies and share your stories and experience...
Location: Scripps

Wise Words From Well-Seasoned Farmers

Join us again for a session of wisdom from pioneering farmers, researchers and activists. Will...
Presenter(s): William Olkowski, Will Allen
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

The Changing Retail Landscape: How Produce Departments Can Ride the Tide

There is a lot of pressure coming down on produce departments to cut pricing and diversify product...
Presenter(s): Simon Richard, Melanie Blankenship
Track:
Merchants, Handlers, & Distributors
Location: Toyon

Distress and Success for Farmworker Dignity/Angustia y éxito por la dignida...

Farmworker Bill of Rights efforts at the local county level are proving to be an inspiring means of...
Presenter(s): Arcenio Lopez, Maricela Morales, Sarah Nolan
Track:
En Español, Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Nautilus

Can we Keep GMOs out of Organic?

Many new GMO technologies are sneaking into food and farms without any regulation or disclosure...
Presenter(s): Jake Lewin, Dana Perls, Zea Sonnabend
Track:
Activists
Location: Kiln

Agroecological Methods to Assess the Resilience of Farming Systems

The main objective of this workshop is to help farmers understand the principles and mechanisms...
Presenter(s): Miguel Altieri, Paul Roge
Location: Fred Farr

Advancing Food-System Social Justice: Funding to Field

This workshop will examine the underlying challenges and opportunities for advancing social justice...
Presenter(s): Tim Galarneau, Joann Lo
Track:
Food Justice
Location: Heather

Tools and Equipment For Market Gardeners and Farmers / Las herramientas y e...

Small, diversified farms are labor intensive by nature. Managing dozens of different crops in...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere, Josh Volk
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment
Location: Chapel

Daily Drip Irrigation for Greater Yields

How often to irrigate is a topic of great debate. Perhaps the most controversial question concerns...
Presenter(s): Robert Kourik
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water
Location: Toyon

What's REALLY Happening to Pollinators? It’s Systemic Neonics!

This workshop will take a deep look into pesticide industry-sponsored "Pollinator Protection" and...
Presenter(s): Susan Kegley, Stacy Malkan, Terry Oxford
Track:
Activist / Policy / Community
Location: Nautilus

Discussion Group: Yes We Cann-abis!

When California legalized cannabis, for better or worse the direction of agriculture took a turn...
Presenter(s): Ian Rice, Michael Straus
Track:
Regulations / Organics / Certification
Location: Oak Shelter

Chasm Widens Between California and Mexican Farm Wages

Our organic community is largely unaware that Mexico’s national minimum wage for an eight-hour-day...
Presenter(s): Jessie Gunn, Gail Wadsworth, Skye Ogden
Track:
Marketing / Retail / Wholesale
Location: Fred Farr

Love Your Body Like You Love Your Farm!

Discover and practice a variety of stretches to keep your back, shoulders, neck, knees, hips, and...
Presenter(s): Patricia Becker
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health
Location: Triton

Discussion Group: Biodynamic Farming and Gardening for the Future

The deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture can help anyone to grow...
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment
Location: Dolphin

Sequencing the Soil Biome: The Future Is Here

The understanding of complex soil biology has taken a giant leap forward with the development of...
Presenter(s): Adrian Ferrero, Poornima Parameswaran
Track:
Soil / Roots / Water
Location: Evergreen

No-Till Vegetable Farming

This session will feature two organic vegetable growers who are making no-till systems work – one...
Presenter(s): Will Allen, Kristyn Leach
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment
Location: Merrill

Bank on It: Hedgerows Reliably Pay for Themselves

Hedgerows provide habitat for natural enemies and pollinators, dust and wind protection, and...
Presenter(s): Phil Foster, Rachael Long
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat
Location: Kiln

Discussion Group: Women in Food and Ag Round Table

Come and connect with your fellow female farmers and foodies and share your stories and experience...
Track:
Farmer-to-farmer / Education
Location: Scripps

Regenerative Grazing: Managing Healthy Ecosystem Processes Using Livestock

Running a farm or ranch in a Western environment is an ever-challenging endeavor. Learn how a...
Presenter(s): Ann Adams, Spencer Smith
Track:
Livestock, Regenerative Agriculture
Location: Acacia
Saturday

Saturday Back to Top
Session: G | 8:30 am

The Basics of Seed Saving

Explore the exciting art of seed saving. Learn how to plan your garden for saving seed and how to...
Presenter(s): Matthew Hoffman, Steve Peters
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Chapel

On-Farm Mobile Poultry Processing

Mobile poultry processing allows small farmers to raise and then slaughter meat chickens, turkeys,...
Presenter(s): Patty and Rob Bielen
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Oak Shelter

Farmland Conservation and Land Access in California

Through a quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation...
Presenter(s): Misti Arias, John Guardino, Jaclyn Moyer
Location: Nautilus

Slow Tools Roundtable Discussion

Small-scale diversified farmers cannot easily meet market opportunities without improving the...
Presenter(s): Jack Algiere
Location: Evergreen

Practical Earth Magic

The earth is sacred, and to live in sacred balance is both a spiritual and a very practical...
Presenter(s): Starhawk
Location: Scripps

Growing, Cooking and Crafting a Diverse Community

This workshop will focus on stories of Latino immigrants whose food and farming innovations are...
Presenter(s): Barbara Goodell, Carmen Herrera-Mansir, Maria Elena Mendoza, Nancy Porto, Angeles Segura
Location: Kiln

Building Bridges: Climate, Agriculture and Justice

The climate crisis has wide-ranging implications and challenges, not only for farmers but also for...
Presenter(s): Diana Abellara, Veronica Garibay
Track:
Activists
Location: Merrill

The World of Creepy Crawlies: Ants and Spiders

Even though all plants and pests have a relationship with ants and spiders, these important...
Presenter(s): Kristen Erik Tollerup, Devin Carroll
Location: Fred Farr

Wise Words from Well-Seasoned Farmers

We are again in for a great treat, as our panelists detail their many decades of farming experience...
Presenter(s): Nash Huber, Silvia Prevedelli
Location: Heather

Lightning Summary Talks

NEW this year: With a nod to the Oregon Country Fair and the CalCAN conference, this is a lightning...
Presenter(s): Additional Speaker TBA
Location: Chapel

Working with Water in Your Garden

Learn the details of design and maintenance for naturally balanced ornamental and functional water...
Presenter(s): Sue Golden, Ken Foster
Location: Scripps

Inviting the Public Onto Your Farm

Ecological farms tend to be diverse businesses, from the multitude of crops they grow to the...
Presenter(s): Pamela Lanier, Dee Harley
Location: Evergreen

Harvesting Solar on the Small Farm or Homestead

Come join us for a photo tour and discussion of the variety of solar applications in use on the...
Presenter(s): Hansel Kern & Mary Lewallen
Track:
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Heather

Farmers Growing Ourselves: A Spiritual Journey

Most of us did not grow up harvesting for our next meal or knowing how to recognize the plants that...
Presenter(s): Michelle Vesser
Location: Oak Shelter

Resilient Agriculture for a Changing Climate

Sustie winners Nash Huber and Paul Muller will be joined by soil scientist/author Laura Lengnick in...
Presenter(s): Laura Lengnick, Nash Huber, Paul Muller
Location: Kiln

Integrating Animals in Orchards, Vineyards and Row Crops

Looking for an alternative income stream or a way to increase biodiversity and save money, too? Our...
Presenter(s): Deborah Walton, Rye Muller
Location: Fred Farr

Got Marijuana? Make it Organic

It’s no secret that growing marijuana is big business, big money, and rapidly expanding across the...
Presenter(s): Dr. Andy Gordus, Jay Feldman, Clark Tippin
Location: Merrill

Badass Tractor Mechanic 101: Keep Your Old Tractor in the Field

It is easy to find a workshop on which crops to choose, how to keep them healthy, and how much...
Presenter(s): Nathanael Siemens & Justin Siemens
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Nautilus

So You Want to Be An Organic Retailing Star

Well, listen now to what I say. Just get yourself a nice little farm and find a beater restaurant...
Presenter(s): Steve Sprinkel, Olivia Chase
Location: Nautilus

Indoor Forest Gardening

A forest garden is an edible ecosystem, a consciously designed community of mutually beneficial...
Presenter(s): Jerome Osentowski
Location: Fred Farr

Dry Farmed & Regenerative Ag PechaKucha

Through a series of seven-minute presentations done in the Japanese PechaKucha tradition, 20 slides...
Presenter(s): Cindy Daley, Andrew Langford, Susan Cousineau, and more!
Location: Merrill

All About Food Safety for Farmers

Want to produce safe, organic produce while still protecting the environment? Do you need to get...
Presenter(s): Kali Feireisel, Jacob Guth, Dave Runsten
Track:
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Location: Evergreen

Solar Electricity for Your Farm

Day One Solar will offer a well researched, comprehensive talk on the benefits of Commercial...
Presenter(s): Tony Armor, Ben Valentine, Joe Jordan
Location: Heather

Fair Food: Exploring the Inequities and Racial issues inherent in the Farmi...

This workshop will delve into issues of systemic oppression in the food system, through the lens of...
Presenter(s): Ahna Kruzic, Rosalinda Guillen
Track:
Social Justice Advocacy & Cultural Diversity
Location: Scripps

Discussion Group - EcoFarming over the Next Four Years

How will organic and sustainable agriculture interface with the new administration? Join this...
Location: Oak Shelter

Carbon Farming - Challenges and Opportunities of a Grazier's Career

Can the camaraderie of an inclusive community of graziers be the first step in solving a host of...
Presenter(s): Doniga Markegard, Ariel Greenwood
Location: Chapel

Agrihoods Take Root

Feeding off the continuing interest in eating fresh, local food, developers are ditching golf...
Presenter(s): Kirk Vartan
Location: Kiln

The Farmer and the Chef: Utilizing Abundance

The “farm to table" dining trend is an opportunity for farmers and restaurants to work directly...
Presenter(s): Stuart Brioza, Jeff Dawson
Track:
Permaculture / Gardener / Food / Health
Location: Scripps

Technology to the Rescue? Will Robots Save The Day in Ag?

There has been a serious labor shortage in agriculture and it is getting worse. On a parallel...
Presenter(s): Anthony Duttle, Lalitha Visveswaran
Track:
Production / Tools / Equipment
Location: Evergreen

Fins & Feathers on Floodplain Farm Fields

California’s defining resource challenge is to reconcile ag and urban water supply with...
Presenter(s): Jacob Katz, Bryce Lundberg
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat
Location: Fred Farr

Growing and Marketing Healing Herbs

Kanchan Dawn Hunter is co-creator of the first annual Women of Color Herbal Symposium and co-...
Presenter(s): Maya Blow, Kanchan Dawn Hunter, Tatille Jackson
Track:
Crop Specific / Seed
Location: Merrill

Creative Strategies for Financing Sustainable Farmland Succession

Retiring and beginning farmers are encouraged to attend this workshop that explores succession-...
Presenter(s): Kendra Johnson, Mai Nguyen, Cameron Rhudy
Track:
Farm Business / Labor
Location: Chapel

Indigenous Food Systems: Models of Food Sovereignty

First Nations Development Institute has funded and supported Indigenous Food Systems since the...
Presenter(s): A-dae Briones, Jackie Francke
Track:
Food Justice
Location: Nautilus

Habitat and Holistic Care for Honey Bees

Honey bee colonies are facing a crisis due in large part to conventional approaches to beekeeping...
Presenter(s): Emily Bondor, Michael Joshin Thiele
Track:
Pests / Beneficials / Habitat
Location: Heather

Scaling Up Soil Health to Deliver Climate Solutions

There is a groundswell of interest in healthy soils and regenerative agriculture throughout the U.S...
Presenter(s): Birgit Cameron, David Bronner, Renata Brillinger
Track:
Regenerative Agriculture, Regulations / Organics / Certification
Location: Kiln

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

Walking the Edge: Deepening our Magic

In nature, edges, where one ecosystem meets another, are the places of greatest dynamism, energy...

Flavors of Regeneration

Mas and Nikiko Masumoto Del Rey, CA Father and daughter, Mas and Nikiko Masumoto, will explore the...
Presenter(s): Mas Masumoto, Nikiko Masumoto

Mushrooms and The Mycology of Consciousness

Join this engaging speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher, and entrepreneur for an...
Presenter(s): Paul Stamets
Location: Merrill Hall

Honoring Land, Food Systems, and Community

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally renowned activist, author, and orator working on...
Presenter(s): Winona LaDuke
Location: Merrill Hall

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