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Joanna Letz of Bluma Farm and Courtney Mellblom of Farmermaid Flowers shared their experience growing and selling flowers with a large audience in the “Organic Flower Production” workshop at EcoFarm 2018. The two women discussed imperative aspects of running a flower farm including financial record keeping, marketing and sales outlets, and the unique challenges and opportunities facing flower growers. Photo credit: Broken Banjo Photography Flowers tend to have more monetary value than food crops do, and this enabled Letz and Mellblom to start small, spend...Read more
Audibly attend EcoFarm all year long! Stream or download 130+ audio recordings from both EcoFarm Conference 2018 and 2017 for only $70. Browse the list of available recordings. You can login to the audio library here if you already have an account (such as a previous audio purchase) or purchased the audio recordings when you registered for EcoFarm Conference 2018.Read more
Farmer, educator, and award-winning author Jean-Martin “JM” Fortier shared “Appropriate Tools and Technologies for the Emerging Small-Scale Market Gardener” at this EcoFarm workshop. Using his farm as a model, JM shared why bigger is not always better when it comes to farming. In 2004, inspired by the small scale, raised bed gardens he observed on a visit to Cuba, larger scale farmers he met in France who preferred hand tools over tractors, and Eliot Coleman’s "The New Organic Grower", JM began his own 1.5 acre farm . His farm has not grown in size since its creation...Read more
Now available - the edited videos of all Keynote Sessions from the 38th annual EcoFarm Conference! Watch, learn, and share.Read more
Congratulations to this year's Susties and Justies, honored at EcoFarm's annual Awards Ceremony. The Justie was awarded to Dr. Gail Myers and Winona LaDuke. The Sustie," was awarded to Sally Fox, Gary Nabhan, and Dave Runsten. The Ecological Farming Association developed the Steward of Sustainable Agriculture ( " Sustie") to honor people who have been actively and critically involved in ecologically-sustainable agriculture and have demonstrated their long term, significant contributions to the well-being of agriculture and the planet. The Advocate of Social Justice ("...Read more
Be sure to take advantage of highly knowledgeable industry professionals in our Meet the Experts sessions while at EcoFarm Conference. Our experts offer free, in depth consultations focused on your specific business needs during 30 minute, one-on-one sessions. This year we have 13 mentors and consultants offering advice on topics ranging from Vegetable Production, Whole Farm Systems, Seeds, Food Safety, Poultry, Regenerative Grazing and Livestock, to Land Access, Loans, Farm Business, Financial Advice, Mediation and Legal Consulting. This opportunity is free of charge...Read more
ORGANIC FARMING ON & NEAR THE HOLLISTER PLAIN - Reserve your seat for this all-day informative field trip to four organic farms on Wednesday, January 24: Morris Grassfed , Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce , Coke Farm , and Evergreen Acres Dairy . The Hollister plain and surrounding foothills feature a great range of crops suited to the climate and fertile coastal soils, as demonstrated by the range of farms we will tour. Lunch will be catered by acclaimed chef Jim Denevan of Outstanding In The Field . Cost: $90 To learn more and register by Tuesday, January 16...Read more
Bacchus (god of wine) invites you to this esteemed EcoFarm Conference tradition on Thursday, January 25 from 5-7pm. Join us as world class organic vintners and cider producers pour spirits in your personal EcoFarm tasting glass. Pair your wine samples with tasty provisions and your taste buds will sing! Online $25 / Onsite $30 Bonterra Vineyards/Fetzer American Winery of the Year 2016 Chance Creek Vineyards Organically and sustainably grown and bottled in Redwood Valley Clif Family Winery & Farm “Wines with a Sense of Place” Comanche Cellars Sustainably crafted...Read more
Wednesday, Lunch Black Bean Soup (BL/Gf/V) Cubano Sandwich (D/M/W) Vegetarian Cubano Sandwich (V/W) Fresh Potato Chips (Gf/V) Cauliflower Salad (Gf/V) Caramel Banana (Gf/V) Wednesday, Dinner Marinated Cabbage Salad with Fresh Mint & Thai Basil (Gf/V) Shrimp Pad Thai (F/N) Tofu & Wild Mushroom Pad Thai (N/S/V) (Pad Thai: option for gluten free noodles) Fresh Fried Spring Roll (BL/E/V/W) Sweet Thai Chili Dipping Sauce (GF/S/V) Coconut-Pineapple Pannacotta (Gf/Veg) Thursday, Breakfast Scrambled Eggs (E/Gf/Veg) Bacon (Gf/M) Tofu Spinach Scramble - (Gf/S/V) Veggie...Read more
Crop producers who attend EcoFarm Conference are in for an abundance of relevant subject matter to help with crop planning, plant and soil nutrition and other production and marketing subjects. A few choices are highlighted here. Organic Flower Production will open up a whole new realm for growers looking to diversify from vegetables or who enjoy being surrounded by beautiful blooms. Flowers are not only gorgeous and satisfying to produce, but they preserve biological diversity for pollinators and insects who feed on nectar and pollen. They are a great choice for...Read more