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Planning Committee

EcoFarm Planning Committee

The Ecological Farming Association provides a grassroots, open forum for planning each year's EcoFarm Conference. EcoFarm's Planning Committee is an instrumental group of volunteers that help to select and shape conference keynotes and workshops. Members include farmers, ranchers, beekeepers, certifiers, produce distributors, activists, educators, seed keepers, permaculturists, and farm advisors, and others.

The Planning Committee meets three times every year to review the previous conference, select Keynotes, and select Workshops. Members organize and moderate most EcoFarm workshops and often contribute to the conference in additional ways. The public is invited to submit workshop proposals each year. After the workshop proposal deadline in June, EcoFarm staff compile up to 500 proposals that are presented to EcoFarm's Planning Committee. After several weeks to study these proposals the committee meets in July to select 70 workshops to present at conference. By August, EcoFarm staff notify all those who proposed workshops on whether they were selected, and Planning Committee members begin to organize the sessions.

Members

A heartfelt thank you to the members of EcoFarm's Planning Committee, whose dedication and efforts make EcoFarm Conference possible.

Conference Planning Committee: Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance・Lisa Bunin, Organic Advocacy・Amigo Cantisano, Organic Ag Advisors・Cathy Carlson, Las Lomas Lavender and Honey・Thea Maria Carlson, Biodynamic Association・Bill Cook, The Mushroom Farm・Mira Dick, NRCS・Sam Earnshaw, Hedgerows Unlimited・ Benjamin Fahrer, Cornerstone Farms LLC・Adrian Fischer, CCOF・Ken Foster, Terranova Ecological Landscaping・Stephan Garaffo・Dina Izzo, BluDog Consulting・Hansel & Sue Kern, Kern Family Farm・Reggie Knox, California FarmLink・Pam Krone, Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuaries・Mira Dick, NRCS・Erica Lundquist, NRCS・Nicole Mason, Veritable Vegetable・Joy Moore, KPFA Radio・James Nakahara, Orchard Keepers・Deborah Nares, California FarmLink & Kitchen Table Advisors・Rebecca North, The Fruit Guys・Steve Peters, Seed rEvolution Now!・Carla Rosin, Sebastopol Farmers' Market・Peter Ruddock,  Agricultural Acts・Nolan Schmidt, Tower Urban Family Farms・Michele Smith-Jefferies, Earl’s Organic Produce・Zea Sonnabend, Fruitilicious Farm・Steve Sprinkel, Farmer & the Cook・Jerry Thomas, Thomas Farm・ Karen Van Epen, ATTRA/NCAT・Kathy Webster, TomKat Ranch・Evan Wiig, Farmers Guild・Thomas Wittman, Gophers Limited・Tom Willey, Farmer Emeritus・Javier Zamora, JSM Organics. And to our dear departed Debby Zygielbaum, Farm & Vineyard Consultant, we will carry on your work and make you proud.

Get involved!

Submit a workshop or speaker proposal

The public is invited to submit workshop proposals each year in early summer. Whether you're a farmer, rancher, distributor, retailer, consumer, industry rep, consultant, activist, consumer or educator, we want to hear from you! Subscribe to our E-News to get alerts on workshop proposal instructions and deadline.

Apply to join 

Interested in joining EcoFarm's Planning Committee? Contact Gabi at conference@eco-farm.org for more information.