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How are government programs working with farmers to feed more people and minimize food waste? In recent months, the USDA and state agencies have supported the purchase of food from farmers as a way to feed those who are unemployed and to reduce food waste. Even before the pandemic, some food banks were buying food from farmers. This webinar offers an exploration of participation in these new and old programs and their effect on USDA nutrition policy. Join in to hear this conversation with farmers and experts in food policy and food equity. Tuesday, July 28 12:00 - 1:...Read more
EcoFarm stands in solidarity with Black communities in grieving and protesting the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbaury and so many other African Americans at the hands of systemic racism and police brutality. To some, this may seem outside of EcoFarm’s mission. We disagree. We believe that racism and capitalism are intertwined. The racism that allows the police to brutalize and harass the Black community is part and parcel of the economic system that leads to the destruction of ecosystems and exploitation of workers in the food system. It is no...Read more
Globally we are fast-moving more toward a technologized society as the Covid-19 pandemic has shown in medicine, education and the way we work. Agriculture too is at the forefront of this revolution with a fledgling sector called agtech. Farmers challenged by climate change, labor shortage, water and land supply shortage and the depletion of arable land, have already been steadily turning to innovation and technology such as blockchain, automation and robotics. Come join a special panel moderated by Amy Wu that will feature women entrepreneurs who are creating...Read more
More and more small and mid-sized ranchers are seeing an increasing demand for their pastured meats, from grocery stores restricting the amount of meat that consumers can purchase to meat processing facilities being shut down across the country. Yet, there are many challenges to meeting the demand, including distribution, processing, and scale. This online session will bring together ranchers for a conversation on how to problem solve together, collaborate, and create opportunities to change our food system in lasting ways. The format will include presentations, break...Read more
Stories of an increasingly fragile food system are creeping into the news these days. Five hundred workers at the nation’s largest pork processing plant in South Dakota have fallen ill with Covid-19, causing it to close indefinitely. The nation’s meat supply is becoming more vulnerable. With most restaurants, colleges, and schools closed around the country, the farm to restaurant and farm to institution sector has come to a screeching halt. Pictures of crops rotting in the field juxtaposed to never-ending lines of cars waiting for a bag of groceries from the local...Read more
Connect year-round with farmers, ranchers, and others working to grow a healthy food system and world. Learn innovative ways to help your farms and communities thrive as we elevate the diverse voices of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ persons who are leading the way towards a just and regenerative future. Learn more Subscribe to EcoFarm E-News for updates and announcements.Read more
By Katherine Grace Golfinopoulos What happens when you take a pioneering thought leader astrophysicist, a medical doctor musician activist, and a cultural heirloom seed stewarding farmer, and mix them together in a room with two hundred and twenty other people? You get a scintillating discussion by panelists Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Rupa Marya, and Farmer Kristyn Leach at EcoFarm’s 2020 workshop, “ Collective Action for Food Systems Change ,” where ideas around reclaiming the commons, drawing from plant wisdom, and the parallels between the human microbiome and soil...Read more
Elders and newcomers convene at organic farming conference By Amy Wu EcoFarm, a premier conference focused on organic farming, celebrated its 40th year with solid attendance that stretched far beyond its west coast roots. An estimated 1,657 attendees from 29 states and nine countries including the U.S., gathered at the Asilomar State Beach & Conference Center in Monterey from Jan. 22-25th. Photo: RegenerAsians: Asian-Americans Reconnecting with Agricultural Heritage session led by Christine Su. By Broken Banjo Photography This year’s conference titled “20/20...Read more
Watch now - Videos of Keynotes from the 40th EcoFarm Conference! Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice Leah Penniman Transforming Science to Foster an Agricultural Revolution Jonathan Lundgren The Past, Present, and Future of Organic Bob Quinn Successful Organic Farmers Emigdio Ballon, Rosie Burroughs, Scott Park Two Paths to the Future of Food and Farming Dr. Vandana Shiva Access more keynote sessions from EcoFarm Conference over the years - available free on our YouTube channelRead more
EcoFarm is pleased to announce that we will be streaming live each keynote session from the 40th EcoFarm Conference. Watch with us on Facebook Live starting Wednesday, Jan 22 at 8pm Pacific Time and share! Facebook Live Schedule: Wednesday, Jan 22, 8 - 9:30pm Visionaries in the Field: Weaving Together Ecology and Equity Keynote Speakers: Leah Penniman and Jonathan Lundgren Invocation by Gregg Castro Thursday, Jan 23, 2 - 3pm The Past, Present, and Future of Organic Keynote Speakers: Bob Quinn Friday, Jan 24, 8:00 - 10:00am Successful Organic Farmers Keynote Speakers:...Read more