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- By Sean Bettles, EcoFarm 2019 Scholarship Awardee I work with the White Buffalo Land Trust in Summerland, California and I also manage a 4 acre Valencia orchard in Ojai, California – which means I do most of the labor myself except I hire a crew to help me harvest the fruit. At White Buffalo, I work with a team to transition 12 acres of mono-culture avocados to a diverse, climate appropriate farm. We practice, develop and promote systems of regenerative agriculture while also engaging in scientific research, education and training. This last year was my third trip...Read more
Wed, Jan 22 | 8:00 - 9:45pm Visionaries in the Field: Weaving Together Ecology and Equity Leah Penniman Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 and has been farming since 1996. Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs - including farmer training for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for communities living under food apartheid, and domestic and international...Read more
By Sam Earnshaw At the 2019 EcoFarm Conference, over 200 attendees signed individual postcards to the attention of Governor Newsom and Jered Blumenfeld, Secretary of CalEPA, to demand changes from our top state officials to eliminate toxic poisons from agriculture. The effort was organized by Margaret Reeves and Mehda Chandra of Pesticide Action Network (PAN), Mark Weller and Sarait Martinez of Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR), and EcoFarm's Steve Sprinkel, Sam Earnshaw, and Amigo Bob Cantisano - a key contributor to this legislative postcard effort. We...Read more
June 27, 2019 - Soquel, CA – As the organization ramps up for its 40th year anniversary, the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) is thrilled to announce Andy Fisher as its new Executive Director. The selection was made after an extensive national candidate search process. Andy Fisher has been a leading force in the food security and food justice movement in the US for the past 25 years. He co-founded and led the primary American food systems alliance, the Community Food Security Coalition, for 17 years. During that time, he led campaigns to gain passage of...Read more
The Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee features fruit tasting and buying of fresh produce from local small farms that specialize in growing delicious varieties of nectarines, peaches, plums, pluots, and other specialty stone fruits. Enjoy a bus tour of nearby farms prior to the event including a pick-your-own experience. There are kid-friendly activities as well as food and beverage booths. Educational talks on Essential Oil Safety and Pollinators as well as Farmer Talks in the Tent Area ensure there is something for everybody. This event not only treats the taste buds, but...Read more
“Integrating Cannabis into Your Farming System” was a well attended workshop presented at EcoFarm Conference that featured cannabis growers Daniel Stein of Briceland Forest Farm and Josh and Sandra Khankhanian of Moon Gazer Farms. Both presenters shared insights and tips on incorporating cannabis into a farming operation including growing methods, seed sourcing, soil fertility, and regulations. Photo credit: Moon Gazer Farms Daniel Stein grows cannabis and diversified vegetables on his Briceland Forest Farm in Humboldt County. He has three separate zones on his farm,...Read more
“Grazing Sheep in Perennial Crop Systems” was a popular workshop at EcoFarm 2019 that featured Paicines Ranch vineyard manager Kelly Mulville and Nathan Stuart, shepherd at Tablas Creek Vineyard, who both touted the benefits of sheep grazing for managing ecosystem health and increasing profitability in perennial systems. Some of the benefits of sheep grazing that Stuart described include eradicating unwanted weeds like mustards to leave room for clover and other desired vegetation, and the creation of manure that sequesters carbon into the soil, increasing soil health...Read more
We would like to express heartfelt gratitude to all who contributed to EcoFarm's 2019 Scholarship Campaign. Together we raised $34,000 dollars, - surpassing our goal and making it possible for 113 scholars to attend EcoFarm Conference! Special appreciation to all who gave in memory of Tom Mello, Debby Zygielbaum, and to the Dusty Farmer Memorial Scholarship Fund. EcoFarm Conference provides farmers and ranchers a strong foundation and vibrant network of community, mentors and co-conspirators, supporting their future in food, fiber, and farming year-round. Learn more...Read more
Audibly attend EcoFarm all year long. Stream or download 130+ audio recordings from both EcoFarm Conference 2019 and 2018 for only $70. Audio subscribers will be notified by email with instructions to listen in the next couple of weeks when the recordings are ready.Read more
Watch now - Videos of Keynotes from the 39th EcoFarm Conference! Empowering our Communities to Transform the Food System Malaika Bishop, Denisa Livingston, and Karen Washington Diversity is Key - What 40 Years of Science tell us about Organic Agriculture Dr. Kris Nichols, Dr. John Reganold Successful Organic Farmers Marney Blair & Lisa Bjorn, Chanowk & Judith Yisrael, Thomas Broz Soil and Your Inner Power Nikki SilvestriRead more