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July is upon us, and before we know it summer will wane into autumn - calling for farmers to put their hoes down and celebrate the fruits of labor! Please join us at the Hoes Down Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th to honor agricultural arts and sustainable rural living. Two fun-filled days of events and seminars for all ages will take place at Full Belly Farm in rural Capay Valley - a region of many small farms that supply Northern California's neighborhood grocery stores and eateries with fresh organic produce. This 28th annual...Read more
Celebrate agricultural arts and sustainable rural living at the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival in the Capay Valley (Yolo County) on October 3 and 4, 2015. Two fun-filled days of workshops and events will be held at Full Belly Farm, located within two hours of San Francisco and Sacramento’s busy metropolitan areas. The rural Capay Valley region is home to many small farms that supply Northern California’s families, restaurants, and neighborhood grocery stores with fresh organic produce. The Celebration will offer the public a special chance to enjoy rural life and...Read more
The most delicious event of the Central Valley is almost upon us--the annual Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee! There is no better way to embrace the summer than by eating juicy, ripe, drip-down-your-cheek stone fruit, and you will find no shortage of it at the jubilee this coming Saturday, June 20th from 5:00 - 8:30pm in Clovis, CA. Sample and bring home over 60 varieties of organic peaches, plums, nectarines, pluots, and apricots, and spend your evening enjoying several other activities as well such as farm tours, jam making, a kids craft corner, a Japanese tea ceremony,...Read more
Join us in shaping the next EcoFarm Conference! Suggestions for workshops and speakers will be accepted through June 15, 2015 via our online Workshop Suggestion Form . The Ecological Farming Association provides a grassroots, open forum for planning each year's conference. Whether you're a farmer, rancher, distributor, retailer, consumer, industry rep, consultant, activist, consumer or educator, we want to hear from you . Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee - June 20, 2015 Join the Ecological Farming Association for the year’s most delicious Central Valley event on June 20, 5...Read more
Beginning Farmer Asks: What are the best 3-4 tractor implements for a 15-25 acre vegetable farm? In my mind, the best equipment to have would be a 35-45 Horsepower Kubota with the following attachments: a rolling cultivator, offset disk, flail mower, and then the dreaded rototiller. What would you advise? Farmer Mentor Answers: That is a pretty good list for starters. Ultimately it comes down to your crop list to determine what implements you need. I would add in some sort of A-frame with solid tool bar and maybe two chisel shanks to break up the compaction from...Read more
Although it's only spring, it's the time of year to begin planning next year's EcoFarm Conference. And this is where you come in. Did this year's conference get you thinking about important and timely topics - ones that would make a valuable workshop or discussion group? Share your ideas for consideration in our workshop selection process. Suggestions for workshops and speakers will be accepted through June 15, 2015 via our online Workshop Suggestion Form . The Ecological Farming Association provides a grassroots, open forum for planning each year's conference...Read more
EcoFarm wants to express its gratitude for the commitment and generosity of the individuals and businesses who made it possible for us to meet our goal of raising $35,000 for our Scholarship & Fellowship Fund. THANK YOU!!! With additional funding from a USDA Beginning Farmer & Rancher grant, a record 394 attendees were provided with financial support to participate in the 2015 EcoFarm Conference! These funds made it possible to award 37 farmer Fellows full attendance at the conference, who are now members of the newly formed EcoFarm Farmers' Association,...Read more
The 35th annual EcoFarm Conference was a lively gathering that brought together over 1,700 farmers, educators, students, speakers, exhibitors, activists, retailers, and distributors in the agriculture and food world to learn, share and discuss the health, viability and justice of our food and farming system. The 35th anniversary was an important milestone for the community, and this year's conference included over 70 workshops and discussion groups covering topics ranging from water rights to climate change, and urban agriculture to Chinese medicinal herb production...Read more
Why does it matter if the EcoFarmers of tomorrow participate in the 35th annual EcoFarm Conference? Hear directly from the farmers themselves who attended last year in this video!Read more
Here they are. Just a few of the scholarship and fellowship applicants who want to participate in the upcoming 35th annual EcoFarm Conference. Your generous donation will not only help make this possible, it will also actualize the growing community of farmers, educators, farmworkers, activists, and students working to build a thriving, sustainable food and farming system.Read more