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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
Spanish language workshops, equity and justice, international delegation, and female farmers By Amy Wu California is considered one of the most diverse states in the U.S. especially when it comes to its population . The state is a melting pot of races and ethnicities and languages; according to the latest U.S. Census there were 37% whites, 39% Hispanic or Latino followed by 15% Asian. That said, diversity – as defined by race and gender -- has not been readily reflected in the agriculture sector in the state especially when it comes to representation at industry...Read more
By Terry Oxford How did we lose in just one hundred years what it took billions of years to evolve? Reports from across the globe show a 75% decline in flying insects. Birdless skies are becoming more common. We hear deafening silence in the springtime when our skies should be vibrating with insects and birds. Recent reports show the usage of pollinator killing pesticides in farming is 48 times more toxic than in previous decades. American farmland has become a chemical soup. Photo: Millions of flowering trees are raised in monoculture conditions and sold to cities...Read more
Traveling to different regions can be a powerful way to spread knowledge, and this rings true when it comes to exchanging ecological farming practices. In the early part of this decade, EcoFarm welcomed a number of international delegations to its conference – farmers from El Salvador in 2015 and farmers from Cuba in 2016. We are happy to report that the program will return this coming January with a delegation of farmers from Nicaragua and Mexico attending EcoFarm 2020! Please help us welcome our international agroecology delegation – small coffee farmers at the...Read more
By James Nakahara The clocks have just fallen back, and we now find ourselves with more darkness in the evenings, giving all of us that work in horticulture more time to read, ponder, and plan out next years crop plan, which things did well, which did not, and all the minor tweaks and corrections that will surely follow. Amidst the ample hours of our much needed respite from the hot long days of summer, I would encourage us all to do some light reading. Orin Martin who has spent the last 4 decades working at the Chadwick Garden at UCSC has recently completed in...Read more
Today marks my six-week anniversary as executive director at EcoFarm. Although I’m still a newbie to the internal workings of the organization, it has become obvious that EcoFarm holds a special place in many people’s hearts. It is a treasured organization that has done so much to foster a sense of community among the tens of thousands of people who have come to Asilomar to attend its conferences over the past 40 years. While we celebrate our beloved community, we still must ask who has been excluded from enjoying the benefits of organic and regenerative agriculture,...Read more
The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) presents the 40th annual EcoFarm Conference January 22 - 25, 2020 in Pacific Grove, CA. Building upon its farmer-to-farmer education model, EcoFarm is an essential networking and educational hub for ecologically-minded farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success in growing a healthy food system and world. EcoFarm is the oldest and largest organic farming conference in the West, featuring 70+ workshops, intensives, keynotes, farm tours, an exhibitor marketplace, tastings, seed swaps, mentorships, and organic...Read more
Submit your favorite portrait photos to be featured in a show curated for the 40th EcoFarm Conference! The show, Who We Are: Farmers in Their Own Image, is intended to reflect our common circumstances and to recognize our shared identity as we feed our communities far and wide. The photos will be featured at EcoFarm's Opening Night Art Show on Wednesday, January 22 and at another forum during the conference. Instagram and social media have provided farmers and ranchers an opportunity to communicate internationally with one another in a way that has never been possible...Read more