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Welcome to the 35th annual California Small Farm Conference, a week of learning, inspiration and movement-building. Our hybrid conference features over 50 online workshops, videos, and interactive forums, as well as in-person gatherings around the state. Admission is on a sliding scale. Please pay what you can to help make this event possible and accessible to everyone. All events are virtual except those listed "Gathering" on Thursday & Friday.
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Wednesday, March 1 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Solar PV: On-farm Solar Generation

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Learn how solar photovoltaics (PV) can be incorporated into your farming activities in ways that enhance the sustainability and resiliency of your farm, packing, and processing operations while at the same time reducing costs and providing ancillary economic benefits to you and the surrounding community. Discuss ongoing collaboration efforts designed to create locally-based businesses that have the tools and know-how to effectively work with producers to incorporate clean energy, energy efficiency and energy resiliency approaches into day-to-day operations.

Explore how the addition of stand-alone solar PV might be coupled with other sustainability operational upgrades in ways that would maximize your farm's access to significant federal and state grant monies and other economic incentives.

Speakers
avatar for Byron Komineck

Byron Komineck

Jack's Solar Garden
Byron Kominek is the owner, manager, and developer of Jack's Solar Garden in Boulder County, Colorado - a premier site for agrivoltaics in the U.S. He is also the Executive Director of the nonprofit, the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center, providing educational opportunities to students, community members, and policymakers about how vegetation, livestock, and people can work within solar arrays. He was selected and participated in the 2021 National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Energy Executives program and the 2022... Read More →
avatar for David Visher

David Visher

Principal, Visher Consulting
David Visher has been helping small farmers succeed for 30 years. He is serving his third term as a CAFF Director. Visher built a produce distribution company, farmed 30 acres of specialty crops, and spent nine years with the University of California Cooperative Extension Small Farm... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Daehnke

Kevin Daehnke

Founder and President |, Center for Strategic Policy Innovation
Kevin Daehnke, an environmental lawyer, is the Founder and President of the Center for Strategic Policy Innovation (the “Center”), a nonprofit think tank where Mr. Daehnke spearheads a nationwide effort designed to jumpstart the buildout of clean, renewable energy in small to... Read More →



Wednesday March 1, 2023 4:15pm - 5:45pm PST
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