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Congratulations to this year's Susties and Justies, honored at EcoFarm Conference! Join our Sustie & Justie Awards on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 9:00am - 9:45am PT This year's Justie is awarded to Dr. Isao Fujimoto. Isao passed away this month of March just after receiving the award. This year's Susties are awarded to the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), David Katz and Karen Van Epen, and Richard Smith. The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) developed the Steward of Sustainable Agriculture or "Sustie" to honor people who have...Read more
California schools purchase nearly $200 million dollars in locally grown products, including organic fruits and veggies. These markets require specialized knowledge of food safety regulations, product specs, delivery, and bidding/contracting. This webinar, co-hosted by the Farm to Cafeteria program at CAFF, will discuss how farmers can access these markets in their regions with insights from an aggregator, a food service director and a farmer, from regions throughout the state. Tuesday, October, 19 12 – 1:30pm PT Presenters: Scott Berndt, Food Hub Coordinator,...Read more
Flowering trees provide acres of elevated forage and habitat for honeybees, beneficial insects, and birds. But did you know that most flowering trees from nurseries and brokers are pre-treated with Synthetic Systemic pesticides and fungicides before retail? You may be surprised to learn that 100% of citrus trees sold in California are required to be pre-poisoned with neonicotinoids before sale, rendering the flowers harmful to pollinators. Neonics and other Systemics are effective marketing tools but have contributed greatly to the decline of insect and bird life due...Read more
Explore how two leading national farm-to-institution organizations are incorporating racial equity and economic justice into their organizing and policy agendas. This webinar will delve into the model of the Center for Good Food Purchasing of which labor is at its core, and how the National Farm to School Network is seeking to build the capacity of Black, Indigenous, and farmers of color to successfully sell and distribute their products to schools. Tuesday, September 7 12 - 1:30pm PT Presenters: Krystal Oriadha, National Farm to School Network Krystal Oriadha is the...Read more
In the new book Inflamed, renowned political economist and New York Times bestselling author Raj Patel teams up with physician Rupa Marya to offer a radical new cure: the deep medicine of decolonization. Decolonizing heals what has been divided, reestablishing our relationships with the Earth and one another. Combining the latest scientific research on globalization with Marya’s stories of her work in marginalized communities and the wisdom of Indigenous groups, Inflamed points the way toward a deep medicine that has the potential to heal not only our bodies, but the...Read more
Health care systems can be lucrative markets for small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers looking to earn a fair price for their healthful products. Hear how hospitals in California are buying locally-produced and organic foods, featuring the ins and outs of the relationship between a California regenerative grass fed beef rancher and UC Davis Medical Center. Join the speakers for a live Q&A following the presentation. This is the first installment of EcoFarm’s three-part webinar series on farm to institution. Tuesday, August 3 12 - 1:30pm PT Presenters: Chef...Read more
Join us for a welcoming from Nikiko Masumoto (she/her/hers) of Masumoto Family Farm, and storytelling and conversation with Nikola Alexandre of Shelterwood Collective (he/him/they/theirs) and Dede Boies (she/her/they/theirs) of Root Down Farm. Our moderator Rebecca North will guide us through a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for accessing land and resources, the assumptions of what farming is, and the creative ways that marginalized folx have found to connect with and tend the rest of nature. This webinar is intended for LGBTTQAI+ and allies as we...Read more
We welcome workshop and speaker proposals to be considered for the 42nd EcoFarm Conference, January 19-22, 2022. Proposals are due Thursday, June 17, 2021. Proposal guidelines The educational content that EcoFarm Conference presents is crowdsourced – generated by the community. That means that whether you're a farmer, rancher, distributor, retailer, consumer, industry rep, consultant, activist, student, educator, or simply a lover of food and farms, we want to hear from you! Approximately half of our conference workshops are dedicated to technical farming or ranching...Read more
About Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) EcoFarm is a 40 year-old non profit organization based in Santa Cruz, CA. Our 2020-21 budget is $600,000, and we have two full time staff, three part time staff, and two to three seasonal part time contractors. EcoFarm’s primary program is our annual conference, which has historically taken place on the Monterey peninsula in January, with the 2021 version happening online due to the pandemic. Our mission is to nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people...Read more
At EcoFarm Conference 2021, long-time organizational and social justice consultant Alfredo Vergara-Lobo invited us to be change agents in a discussion-based plenary that asked us to reimagine a more equitable world and to come up with ways to increase equity at EcoFarm, in the food/farm movement, and in our own communities. We have compiled these beautiful visions and commitments as a follow-up and reminder to those who participated. Equity was framed to include race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, abilities, and other...Read more