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In preparation for the 38th EcoFarm Conference, staff member Deborah Yashar interviewed Mark Mulcahy, creator of the altar of produce that is set up on the main stage each year for the duration of the conference. Read on for a unique and inspiriting perspective from this organic retail pioneer. How did you get started with organic produce? “In the late 70’s and early 80’s I was reading Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry and Edward Abbey which peaked my interest in a better world. I started working at a coop that didn’t sell any organic food, which was curious to me. ‘...Read more
At EcoFarm Conference, people both young and old bring together their ideas to revolutionize the way agriculture works, from the field all the way to the checkout line. Today we kick off our scholarship campaign to fund the next wave of EcoFarmers eager to shape that conversation. Will you support them by donating today? Your gift will help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 to create a more inclusive EcoFarm Conference. Let's support beginning farmers and ranchers who are working to "SOW GOOD"! Interested in applying for a scholarship? Click hereRead more
Join EcoFarm and Santa Cruz CRAFT for an exclusive tour of ALBA's Organic Farm Incubator in Salinas, and learn about Aggrigator's new e-commerce marketplace! Attendance is free, community members welcome. ALBA (Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association) is a non-profit organization with a 100 acre training facility based in the heart of the Salinas Valley. ALBA provides a bilingual and college-accredited Farmer Education Course for aspiring farmers, the majority of which are current or former farm workers. After graduation, participants can qualify to lease land...Read more
Come one, come all to the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, October 7 & 8 at Full Belly Farm! Join revelers, agricultural enthusiasts, families, artists, and musicians to celebrate our 30th birthday - We're still dirty at thirty! Along with dancing, smiles, and hugging arms, e njoy yummy organic food and drinks, live music, farm tours, children's activities, farmers' markets, and crafts. Special highlights include a Seed Swap, Circus Bella, Nighttime Storywalk, and a screening of Evolution of Organic. Don't forget there's always camping, storytelling, and glowing...Read more
Congratulations to Patricia Larenas and Ellen Cavalli - they each won a Dirt First tee for participating in our #dirtfirstselfie social media contest! About our prize winners... Baby Dean , Next Gen environmental protector, is the grandson of Patricia Larenas, the founder of Urban Artichoke where she writes about seeds, growing edibles, and responsible, earth-friendly garden design. Originally from Chile, Patricia lives in California where she specializes in replacing lawns with water-wise, earth-friendly designs, and edible gardens. A passionate seed keeper, Patricia...Read more
EcoFarm is thrilled to announce keynote speakers Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, and David Johnson to speak on EcoFarm opening night, introduced here by farmer emeritus Tom Willey of TD Willey Farms. North Dakota farmer Gabe Brown is the celebrated poster kid for a new breed of no-till practitioners, who by embracing high-species-diversity cover crops, broadened rotations and mob grazing have vastly improved their farms’ productivity, soil function and carbon carrying capacity, while reducing all chemical inputs, fertilizers, herbicide and pesticides by 80%. Photo caption...Read more
EcoFarm's July CRAFT workshop is a rare opportunity to learn about humane animal husbandry. Attendance is free, RSVP required, community members welcome! Fiesta Farm is a first-generation family farm located north of Salinas near Watsonville, California. Farmers Aurelio and Sarah Lopez' main focus is pasture-raised eggs and meat, primarily chicken and pork. The pasture based production system is very different from conventional poultry and pork production, and involves daily or weekly rotation of all animals across grass pastures and through oak forests. Fiesta Farm's...Read more
We are honored to announce the first line-up of keynote speakers to present at EcoFarm Conference 2018! Winona LaDuke John Ikerd Doria Robinson Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally renowned activist, author, and orator working on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems, and environmental justice. LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group that encourages public support and funding for native environmental groups. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced...Read more
Hoes Down is turning 30! Save the dates! October 7-8, 2017. Unlike any other festival you will ever attend, Hoes Down offers an experience to immerse yourself in nature and farm while enjoying endless fun, incredible food and drink, live music, farming workshops, camping in an orchard, and soooooo much more. Online registration opens August 1 More info at www.hoesdown.orgRead more
EcoFarm is proud to offer its signature Dirt First tee, now online! These super soft shirts are 100% organic, with cotton that is grown, milled, and sewn in the U.S., and colored using all-natural plant dye. EcoFarmers know that soil is our most precious resource: As the foundation of a flourishing farm, healthy soils also store atmospheric carbon, reversing climate change. Help spread this message and support EcoFarm by wearing our new line of "Dirt First" tees! Say, do you have one of these vintage shirts in your closet? Take a selfie while wearing your Dirt First...Read more