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Special Events

Conference Year: 2015

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Wednesday Night Opening Reception & Art/History Exhibit

Celebrating 35 years of EcoFarm poster art! Unwind from your travels, discuss the opening plenary, and cajole with friends and colleagues, while...

Wed, Jan 20, 2016 to Sat, Jan 23, 2016

EcoFarm Healing Center

Visit EcoFarm’s Healing Center to decompress and relax. A variety of health practitioners will aid in nurturing your physical, mental, and spiritual...

Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Wednesday Night Opening Reception & Art/History Exhibit

10:00pm – 12:00am Unwind from your travels, discuss the opening plenary, and cajole with friends and colleagues, while viewing an exhibition of Kim...

Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Opening Night Art Show, Jan 25 9:00-11:00pm

We are pleased to announce that award winning Monterey artist Warren Chang will be showing his work at the EcoFarm opening night art reception! Best...

Sponsor Presented Session: Scaling Together: Key Lessons Learned from a Year with Blue Apron, Jan 25 5:00-7:00pm

Join Matthew Wadiak, co-founder and COO of Blue Apron, Chris Hay of Say Hay Farms, Patrick Johnston of Dwelley Farms and Christine Coke of Coke Farms...

Wed, Jan 25, 2017 to Sat, Jan 28, 2017

The Healing Center

The Healing Center is open to all conference participants, providing massage, acupuncture & more at affordable prices. To book a session, stop by...

Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Opening Night Art Show: A Precautionary Tale, 9:00-11:00pm

We are delighted to premier Gayeton’s latest “information artwork” at EcoFarm 2018. The project titled A Precautionary Tale includes a poster series...

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

COPAC Meeting

Join us for the California Organic Products Advisory Committee meeting. 1:00 – 3:00pm

Farm to School: Procurement, Education in the Classroom, Cafeterias & School Gardens Mixer

Farmers and Educators, learn 101 tips for selling to school districts and ways to incorporate garden based learning in the classroom and cafeteria...

California Seed Stakeholders’ Meeting

Join seed producers, farmers, seed industry professionals, and university and extension personnel to take stock in our State’s sustainable seed...

Wine & Cider Tasting

It’s an EcoFarm tradition! Join growers, distributors and beverage enthusiasts to sample premium organic wines and cider varieties offered by more...

EcoFarm New and Beginning Farmer/Rancher Mixer, Part I

Emerging farmers and ranchers! Get to know the people that provide support to new farmers. Meet other beginners and connect with resources. This year...

EcoFarm New and Beginning Farmer/Rancher Mixer, Part II

A multi-media reception with lively dance music. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while linking up with potential partners, landowners, and...

Landscapers Unite! Mixer

Are you an ecological landscaper? Mingle with your peers and discover the latest news in the ecological landscaping world. Learn about cutting edge...

18th Annual Seed Swap & Scion Exchange

Do you want to expand the biodiversity of your farm or garden? Many seeds of non-hybrid, non-genetically engineered varieties will be available from...

EcoFarm Contra Dance

2015 marks the return of the popular Contra Dance, featuring jubilant, soaring music by the Farmer’s Market String Band, with calling by Greg...

2015 EcoFarm Film Series

Bringing It Home (52 mins, 2013) Thursday, 12:15 pm in Chapel Industrial hemp (a non-psychoactive plant) is grown in 31 countries around the globe...

Artisanal Beer & Cheese Tasting

Hone your hop tasting, and say “Cheese,” during the popular Artisanal Beer & Cheese Tasting. Sample craft beers paired with an illustrious...

Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Wine & Cider Tasting

5:00 – 7:00pm $25 adv/$30 at EcoFarm It’s an EcoFarm tradition! Join growers, distributors and beverage enthusiasts to sample premium organic wines...

EcoFarm New and Beginning Farmer/Rancher Mixer

6:30-9:30pm Emerging farmers and ranchers! Get to know the people that provide support to new farmers in the sustainable agriculture landscape. Meet...

Artisanal Beer & Cheese Tasting

12:00 – 2:00pm, Exhibitor Marketplace $15 adv/$20 at EcoFarm Quench your thirst during Thursday’s lunch break by enjoying craft beers and a variety...

Farmer Educator Networking (FEN)

12:30 – 2:30pm Are you an educator working with farmers and ranchers? Talk to other farmer educators from the non-profit, public, and private sphere...

COPAC Meeting1:00 – 3:00pm Join us for the California Organic Products Advisory Committee meeting.

1:00 – 3:00pm Join us for the California Organic Products Advisory Committee meeting.

On the Farm and in the Garden Educators Mixer

1:30 – 3:00pm Join Life Lab and Common Vision to mix it up, networking with educators who are making the farm to fork connection. This session will...

California Seed Stakeholders’ Meeting

2:00 – 3:30pm Join seed producers, farmers, seed industry professionals, and university and extension personnel to take stock in our State’s...

Landscapers Unite! Mixer

7:30 – 9:00pm Are you an ecological landscaper? Mingle with your peers and discover the latest news in the ecological landscaping world. Learn about...

19th Annual Seed Swap & 
Scion Exchange

8:00 – 10:00pm Do you want to expand the biodiversity of your farm or garden? Many seeds of non-hybrid, non-genetically engineered varieties will be...

EcoFarm Talent Show

9:00 – 11:00pm 2016 marks the return of the popular, rousing, and often irreverent Talent Show! Each person or group will have 3 minutes to entertain...

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Farmer Educator Networking (FEN) Meeting, Jan 26 12:30-2:30pm

Are you an educator working with farmers and ranchers? Talk to other farmer educators from the non-profit, public, and private sphere. Open space...

California Seed Stakeholders Meeting, Jan 26 1:00-2:30pm

Join seed producers, farmers, seed industry professionals, and university and extension personnel to take stock in our State’s sustainable seed...

COPAC Meeting, Jan 26 1:00-2:30pm

Join us for the California Organic Products Advisory Committee meeting.

Ecological Landscapers Mixer, Jan 26 1:30-2:30pm

Calling all ecological landscapers! Join us for our annual mixer. We will have a short information session about the Monterey Bay Friendly...

New & Beginning Farmers Mixer, Jan 26 6:30-10:00pm

Farmers and Ranchers, seasoned and new, please join us for a mixer to get to know the people that provide support to farmers in the sustainable...

Seed and Scion Swap, Jan 26 8:30-10:00pm

Come One, Come All, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Ecofarm Seed Exchange, one of the most beloved and popular events of the conference!...

Wine and Cider Tasting, Jan 26 5:00-7:00pm

$25 Early Bird/ $30 at conference Raise your commemorative glass and join us at an EcoFarm classic! Savor the tastes of organic wines and ciders from...

Asilomar Birds and Their Habitat Homes, Jan 26 12:45-1:45pm

Join Amanda on an easy walk through the lower Conference Grounds to discover how the approximately 60 different bird species at Asilomar utilize...

Thu, Jan 26, 2017 to Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Film Series, Jan 26-27

Six ecological agriculture-related films will be shown throughtout the conference, including: Unbroken Ground , Out Here: A Documentary about the...

World Café: Cultivating Diversity from Meaning to Action in the Food System, Jan 26-27 8:30-10:00am

Please join us for a morning interactive conversation inviting participants to explore their interests, insights, and barriers to cultivating a more...

Thu, Jan 26, 2017 to Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Yoga

Yoga Room at Longview : The Yoga Room and the Meditation Room located at Longview will both be open to attendees during the conference. We encourage...

Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Asilomar Birds and their Habitat Homes, 9:45 - 10:45am

Join Amanda on an easy walk through the lower Conference Grounds to discover how the different bird species at Asilomar utilize their respective...

CA Seed Stakeholder Meeting, 1 - 2:30pm

Join seed producers, farmers, seed industry professionals, university and extension personnel to take stock in our State’s sustainable seed system.

Ecological Landscaping Mixer, 1 - 2:30pm

Come explore the world of ecological landscaping! Our annual mixer is a great place to meet fellow eco-landscapers, learn about this unique approach...

COPAC Meeting; Thursday, Jan 25, 1 - 3pm

Join us for the California Organic Products Advisory Committee meeting.

Wine & Cider Tasting, 5 - 7pm

Online $25/ On Site $30 Bacchus invites you to our Wine & Cider Tasting, an esteemed EcoFarm tradition. Join us as world class organic vintners...

Beginning & Intergenerational Farmers, 6:30 - 10pm

We invite emerging farmers/ranchers to get to know us and to meet other beginners, as well as EcoFarm elders who want to provide mentorship to new...

Seed & Scion Swap, 8:30 - 10pm

Immerse yourself in the magical world of seeds and expand the biodiversity of your farm or garden by gathering up seeds of non-hybrid, non-GMO...

Talent Show, 9 - 11pm

The bright lights of EcoFarm are calling your name! Showcase your talents (5 minutes max) as a solo act or bring your friends and family on stage...

Farmer Educator Network (FEN) Meeting, 12:30-2:30pm

Meet with fellow farmer educators from the non-profit, public, and private sphere in California and beyond. Open space sessions will allow for...

Driscoll’s Presents: Soil and Plant Health Practices in Organic, 5:30-6:30pm

Disease free soils are an integral part of growing healthy organic food. Soil borne diseases are concerns for organic growers worldwide. Come mingle...

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 to Sat, Jan 27, 2018

EcoFarm Film Series

Six ecological agriculture-related films will be shown throughout the conference, including: From Farms to Incubators, Look & See: A Portrait of...

EcoFarm Healing Center

The Healing Center is open to all conference participants, providing massage, acupuncture & more at affordable prices! To book a session, stop by...

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 to Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Thursday and Friday, All Levels Yoga, 7-8am

Connect with the body, mind, and breath in this all levels Hatha class to support a balanced approach to the yoga practice. Movement will be guided...

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

Tomorrow’s Organics Mixer

Enjoy food and libations, and mingle with like-minded eco-foodies. Brought to you by Robinson Fresh, producers of Tomorrow’s Organics fruits and...

Women in Food & Agriculture Mixer

Cultivate connections with women farmers and advocates who are committed to working together to build a better food system and hear about plans to...

Cal Poly Mixer

Join alumni, students, faculty, and Central Coast neighbors for an evening of sustainable edutainment! 7:00 – 9:00pm

Biodynamic Mixer

Interested in biodynamic agriculture? Mix and mingle with biodynamic farmers, gardeners, winegrowers, consultants, enthusiasts, and curious newcomers...

EcoFarm Awards Banquet & Ceremony

Celebrate the winners of the 2015 Steward of Sustainable Agriculture (SUSTIE) award, and the Advocates for Social Justice in Sustainable Agriculture...

EcoFarm Dance

Join us for a rousing and lively dance party during this final evening celebration at EcoFarm 2015! Kick up your heels and enjoy the dynamic rhythms...

2015 EcoFarm Film Series

Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields (41 mins, 2013) Friday, 10:30 am in Toyon Veterans are looking for new and challenging careers while...

Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Blue Apron Presentation & Mixer

3:30 – 5:30pm Following the presentation, which will focus on how innovation and dynamic partnerships can overcome common challenges to building...

Women in Food & Agriculture Mixer

5:00 – 6:30pm Cultivate connections with women farmers and advocates who are committed to working together to build a better food system and learn...

EcoFarm Awards Banquet & Ceremony

6:00 – 8:30pm Celebrate the winners of the 2016 Steward of Sustainable Agriculture (SUSTIE) award, the Advocates for Social Justice in Sustainable...

Biodynamic Mixer

8:00 – 9:30pm Interested in biodynamic agriculture? Mix and mingle with biodynamic farmers, gardeners, winegrowers, consultants, enthusiasts, and...

EcoFarm Dance

9:30pm – 12:30am Join us for a rousing and festive dance party during this final evening celebration at EcoFarm 2016! Kick up your heels and enjoy...

Thu, Oct 22, 2015

Tomorrow’s Organics Mixer

4:30 – 6:30pm Enjoy food and libations, and mingle with like-minded eco-foodies. Brought to you by Robinson Fresh, producers of Tomorrow’s Organics...

Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Artisanal Beer and Cheese Tasting, Jan 27 12:00-2:00pm

$15 Early Bird/ $20 at conference Take a midday break to indulge! Enjoy sampling a wide selection of craft brews and a delicious assortment of...

Sponsor Presented Session: Achieve your Farm Goals with software from Tend, Jan 27 3:30-5:00pm

We’re creating a software system for diversified growers who work with nature’s delicate balance. We recognize that it can be hard for farms to stay...

Tomorrow’s Organic Mixer, Jan 27 4:30-6:30pm

Enjoy food and libations and mingle with like-minded foodies in a relaxed oceanside setting. Brought to you by Tomorrow’s Organics, who believes in...

Women in Agriculture Mixer, Jan 27 5:00-6:30pm

Join us for the opportunity to celebrate women farmers and supporters of sustainable agriculture. This is a perfect opportunity to meet with people...

Recepción y Exhibición de Recursos en Idioma Español / Spanish Language Mixer & Resource Fair, Jan 27 5:30-6:30 pm

Reúnase con Agricultores Ecológicos hispanohablantes y aprenda sobre las organizaciones que brindan educación agrícola o recursos en español:...

CASFS Farm & Garden 50th Anniversary Kick Off Mixer, Jan 27 6:00-8:00pm

Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the UCSC Farm & Garden and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)! Hear from...

Biodynamic Mixer, Jan 27 8:00-9:30pm

Interested in biodynamic agriculture? Mix and mingle with biodynamic farmers, gardeners, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and curious newcomers. Enjoy...

EcoFarm Dance, Jan 27 9:30pm-12:30am

Turn it up! Come dance, shake and boogie your way through our last night together. Live music performed by Orgone , a funkalicious band ready to set...

Awards Banquet Dinner, Jan 27 7:00-8:30pm

Celebrate the winners of the 2017 Steward of Sustainable Agriculture (Sustie) Award, the Advocate for Social Justice in Sustainable Agriculture (...

Sponsor Presented Session: Organic Container Production – Embracing Innovation and Respecting Traditions, Jan 27 10:30-12:30pm

Organic specialty crop producers are facing tremendous pressures on their resources with record droughts and high land prices. Many are looking to...

Asilomar Dunes Preserve and Coast Trail Hike, Jan 27 4:00-5:30pm

Get out and about for an invigorating hike through the Asilomar Natural Dunes Preserve, finishing at the Asilomar State Beach Coast Trail...

Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Beer & Cheese Tasting, 12 - 2pm

We always brew up a good time at the EcoFarm Beer & Cheese Tasting! Come hang out and learn from some local curd-eous cheesemakers and hoptastic...

Growing with Tend, 1:30 - 3pm

Join Jean Martin-Fortier and Tend, the first all-in-one farm management software, to discover how Tend's powerful features for crop planning, record...

Asilomar Natural Dunes Preserve and Coast Trail Hike, 4 - 5:30pm

Hellooooo sunset lovers! Explore the last 25 acres of what was once 480 acres of contiguous dunes habitat. This easy mile-long hike of Asilomar Coast...

Women in Food and Ag Mixer, 5 - 6:30pm

Come enjoy some delicious wine and snacks while connecting and networking with your fellow female farmers and foodies! You never know who you'll meet...

¡Conozca a los compradores! Meet the Buyers! 5:30-6:30pm

Están invitados los hispanohablantes y otros para conocer a varios compradores prominentes de frutas y hortalizas de la región de la costa central...

EcoFarm Awards Banquet & Ceremony, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Help us acknowledge some shining stars in our community. EcoFarm will present the 2018 Steward of Sustainable Agriculture (Sustie), the Advocates for...

Biodynamic Mixer, 8 - 9:30pm

Interested in biodynamic agriculture? Come mingle with biodynamic farmers, gardeners, enthusiasts, and curious newcomers! This annual mixer is a...

EcoFarm Dance, 9:30pm - 12:30am

Are you ready for some Afro-Samba-Funk? Time to start working on those moves because SambaDá is serving it HOT for EcoFarm this year! Known as “the...

Slow Food/CA Grain Campaign Mixer, 4 - 5:30pm

Join co-hosts Slow Food CA and the CA Grain Campaign to continue the conversation about re-localizing grain production. Learn how you can connect...

Town Hall with our Legislators, 12:15-1:15pm

We will ask Congressman Jimmy Panetta to address our movement's concerns, as an Organic Caucus' member, and get an update on California’s agriculture...

Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Closing Circle

Following the final plenary, join us for a Closing Circle! Meet at Asilomar Beach at 1:15pm. In the case of rain, meet in Merrill Hall.

Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Saturday, Morning Yoga Stretches, 7-8am

Bring your stiff body to breath, bend, stretch and wake up the tight spots! We will practice creating greater mobility, flexibility and balance!...

Closing Circle, 1:15pm

Join us as we bring the conference to a close as a community. In the case of rain, meet in Merrill Hall.

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