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
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
EcoFarm offers a free mentoring program for apprentices, beginning farmers, and the farm-curious through Santa Cruz CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farming Training). CRAFT events are held monthly at various farms and gardens in and around the Santa Cruz area. EcoFarm is committed to providing mentorship opportunities for beginning farmers through farmer-led education. Visit the Santa Cruz CRAFT website for info on upcoming events.