Photo caption: Peter Van Dyke of Van Dyke Ranch teaching organic tree fruit pruning for an EcoFarm Bus Tour.
The mission of the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) is to nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration.
For nearly four decades, EcoFarm’s flagship event has brought food system stakeholders together for education, networking and celebration. Featuring over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops cover practical information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing techniques, farming issues, and cutting edge information to help farmers succeed. As the oldest and largest organic farming event in the West, EcoFarm is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators. To learn more visit www.eco-farm.org/conference
In an effort to engage beginning and limited-income farmers' participation at the EcoFarm Conference, EcoFarm offers yearly scholarships. Since 2012, over 330 farmers have attended the conference with this support. Stay tuned for more information about the offerings for the upcoming EcoFarm Conference as the stipulations vary year to year.
The farmer led Ecological Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (EFRA) was established to further the success of Triple Bottom Line ecological farmers and ranchers through member led, collaborative programs. Projects include information resources; business development, financial, management, and legal services; access to affordable inputs; equipment sharing; work for viable farm-gate prices; liability and health insurance; and policy advocacy, among other possibilities.
For nearly 30 years, the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival has celebrated organic harvests and rural life, delighting all ages at Full Belly Farm in the Capay Valley. Mini-workshops, games, crafts, farm tours, live music, and organic food make Hoes Down an educational, fun-filled day for the entire family. This event benefits the Ecological Farming Association and a variety of sustainable agriculture and community organizations. To learn more visit www.hoesdown.org
This fun filled evening includes fruit tasting and sales of over 60 varieties of peaches, plums, pluots, nectarines and apricots. Enjoy live entertainment, Farm Tours, Kids Craft corner, Jam Making, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Flower arranging and stone fruit recipe contest for stone fruit drinks, artisan treats and pies. To learn more visit www.fruitjubilee.org
The Ecological Farming Association’s Water Stewardship Project provides education and outreach materials about implementing on-farm water conservation measures. The cost of water and the energy needed to deliver it are rising, and this impacts farmers across the West. Farmers across California are working on ways to use water more wisely and more efficiently. The water conservation practices featured in the Water Stewardship Project Curriculum hold incredible potential for providing farmers with technical support to manage and use water.
The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a coalition that advances policies to support California agriculture in the face of climate change. We believe that agriculture can play a constructive role in responding to the climate crisis by reducing its carbon footprint and thus help to ensure the long-term viability and security of our food and farming system.
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