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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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Sunday, February 26
 

8:30am PST

Farm Resources Roundup
With a flood of new state and federal programs and grants being created in the coming months, what do California farmers, land stewards, and food systems partners need to know? Learn more about these emerging efforts and help ensure their design meets your needs.

Speakers
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Carmen Carrasco

Small Farm Liaison, Farmer Equity Program, CDFA
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Víctor M. Hernández

Coordinador de Agricultores y Ganaderos Principiantes / Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coordinator - California, USDA
Víctor M. Hernández comenzó su carrera federal a la edad de 17 años con el Cuerpo de la Marina de los Estados Unidos. Al terminar su servicio militar en las fuerzas armadas, se unió al Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA por sus siglas en ingles) en el 2006... Read More →



Sunday February 26, 2023 8:30am - 9:15am PST
Online

8:30am PST

Sap Analysis: Find Out What the Plant Knows (VIDEO)
In this video, Clayton Handy of Handy Farms will delve into details of what sap analysis is, how to take sap samples, and how to do sap analyses of these samples. Sap analyses looks at what nutrients are moving through the leaves over time allowing growers and technical assistance providers to have real-time data about plant nutrient levels for several diverse cropping systems. Sap analysis can especially be valuable for farmers looking to try alternative regenerative nutrient management practices and improve yield or quality with less inputs. In sap analysis the levels and ratio of different nutrients are assessed to determine nutrient excesses and shortages; this can allow growers to hone in on fertilizer timing and avoid over-fertilizing. Shortages could suggest plant stress (e.g. potential pests, diseases, or drought). Sap analysis can also be used to look at whether different formulations enhance plant nutrients. One example of this is one farm Clayton worked with as a consultant where tried out an application of a mix of amino acids (fermented sugarcane byproducts) and proteins (fish hydrolysate) in almonds right before harvest; this resulted in a 300% increase of Nitrogen in the leaves at half the price of the previous conventional fertilizer used. Setting nutrient targets may also be built into this approach (e.g. obtaining a certain percent increase in sugars and/or brix). Sap analysis can be a very powerful tool growers can use to improve their nutrient management practices.

Moderators
avatar for Hanna Kahl

Hanna Kahl

Ecological Pest Management Specialist, CAFF
Hanna specializes in agricultural research and organizing information sharing with farmers. She is passionate about hosting events where farmers can share their knowledge and experience and doing applied research to serve the need of local farmers. Feel free to ask Hanna questions... Read More →

Speakers
CH

Clayton Handy

Handy Farms


Sunday February 26, 2023 8:30am - 9:15am PST
Online

9:45am PST

Indigenous Knowledge in Agriculture
Despite the ongoing and lasting legacy of colonialism and displacement, Native/Indigenous peoples in California continue to successfully manage their traditional foods and operate food and agricultural businesses. In this panel, California Native community members and Native transplants will share examples about how they are reclaiming their food and identity, what non-Natives can learn from them, and how to provide support.

Moderators
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Taylor Thompson

Intertribal Ag Council

Speakers
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Annelia Hillman

Food Village Coordinator, Yurok Tribe Food Sovereignty Program
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Maya Harjo

Farm Manager, The Cultural Conservancy
Indigenous Food Sovereignty


Sunday February 26, 2023 9:45am - 11:15am PST
Online

9:45am PST

Ag Wells 101
If you're looking to better understand your farm's well, seeking farmland, considering adding a new well, or you just want to better understand how groundwater works on a farm, join us for this educational primer on all things ag wells. From hydrology basics to site considerations to navigating regulations, we hope you come away from this workshop asking the right questions about ag wells and ground water.

Speakers


Sunday February 26, 2023 9:45am - 11:15am PST
Online

11:45am PST

Indoor Aquaponics
How to grow microgreens, lettuce vegetables, peppers and fertilizer year round, indoor sustainably and organic though aquaponics. Along with using a less footprint with zero waste, no chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or chance of contamination, growing clean food.

Speakers
avatar for Ronnie Victor

Ronnie Victor

Owner, Green Organix LLC
My name is Ronnie Victor, I am a United States Air Force Civil Engineer service connected Veteran and the owner of Green Organix with over fifteen years of gardening and growing experience along with engineering, HVAC, building management, welding, pipe fitting, plumbing, electrical... Read More →



Sunday February 26, 2023 11:45am - 12:30pm PST
Online

11:45am PST

Branding with Your Values
Small farms and food organizations are often rooted in a delicious and innovative product, a compelling origin story, and even a vision for a better world. But sometimes what truly sets them apart is not fully reflected in their brand (hint: a brand is more than just a logo!). Whether you’re thinking about refreshing your brand to better tell your story or considering a brand overhaul to reflect a new direction, you’ll learn how to begin the discovery process, plan, and engage your community along the way. You’ll learn do’s and don’ts, and deepen your understanding of the role of values in communicating your brand promise, based on the experiences of small farms and nonprofits.

Moderators
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Christine Farren

Executive Director, Foodwise

Speakers
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Amber Balakian

Balakian Farms
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Lael Gerhart

Frog Hollow Farm


Sunday February 26, 2023 11:45am - 12:30pm PST
Online

1:00pm PST

Pathways into Farming
How do we get there from here? Learn about resources for new and early career farmers, even if you are a gardener just dabbling your toe in agriculture. And walk away with a checklist of what you should be considering to make the leap.

Speakers
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Cindy Fake

Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor, UCCE, Placer & Nevada Counties
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Aleta Barrett

Co-Owner, Starbright Acres Family Farm, Grass Valley



Sunday February 26, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Online

1:00pm PST

Farming Through Wildfire Season: A Practical Workshop for Farmers & Ag Service Professionals
Across the US, climate change contributes to increasingly devastating wildfires. The size, longevity and intensity of wildfires is rapidly increasing, with record breaking fire seasons every year - a trend that is expected to continue. Each year, tragic stories of farmers’ losing everything haunt communities with small scale, sustainable farmers – as producers are faced with severe property, crop, livestock, labor and market losses. This workshop will introduce the Farmer Campus Farming through Wildfire Season Workbook – a practical tool and collection of case studies that helps identify resilience practices and most importantly, empower agricultural producers as they face a future of catastrophic wildfires. This workshop will provide agriculture service professionals, such as technical assistance providers and farmers with the knowledge, resources, and practical tools to build preparedness, response, recovery and socio-ecological resilience on-farm.



Speakers
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Natalia Pinzón

Farmer Campus
avatar for Amber Schat

Amber Schat

Wildfire Resilience Specialist, CAFF
Amber brings her technical assistance skills and passion for ecological land stewardship and equity to the Farmer Services Team at CAFF through the Wildfire Resilience and Preparedness Program. She hails from the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada Mountains where her love of wild... Read More →
avatar for Katie Brimm

Katie Brimm

Co-Founder, Farmer Campus
Hi there, I'm Katie Brimm, one of the Co-Founders of Farmer Campus. My background is in food sovereignty, agroecology, no-till farming, education, writing and all things resilience. Farmer Campus is a woman-run small business with grassroots. In addition to building and offering targeted... Read More →



Sunday February 26, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Online

3:00pm PST

Understanding Farm Insurance Options
General Liability? Wildfire? Wholefarm? What's the current landscape of insurances opportunities and how can they work for smaller farms?

Speakers
CA

Catharine Anderson

Risk Management Specialist, USDA Risk Management Agency



Sunday February 26, 2023 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Online

3:00pm PST

Small Farm Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony
Technology can help farmers improve efficiency, save labor and connect with customers. But most innovations in agriculture today are built for large-scale production, out of reach for many farms, spurring consolidation in the industry. During this awards ceremony, hear from judges and the winners of the 3rd Annual Small Farm Innovation Challenge. We invited engineers, farmers, ag jury-riggers, startups and students to submit proposals for new innovations aimed at helping smaller-scale farms compete. From hardware to software, simple ideas to complex, this workshop will feature the winners’ ideas and prototypes and how they'll help level the playing field, strengthen local food systems and promote on-farm sustainability.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Vaughan

Elizabeth Vaughan

Tech Hub Specialist, CAFF



Sunday February 26, 2023 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Online

4:15pm PST

How to get started with Agritourism
Agritourism is an increasingly popular strategy for farmers and ranchers who are looking to increase and diversify revenue, market products, and connect with the community. Deciding which activities are right for your business, figuring out how to navigate relevant regulations, and understanding how to get started can be overwhelming. This workshop will explore opportunities and benefits, as well as considerations and challenges, for incorporating agritourism into your farm business, with a spotlight on the emerging enterprise of low-impact, camping-based agritourism. Experienced operators and agritourism professionals will share insights, lessons learned, and resources to help guide you through assessing if agritourism is right for you, including how to find and interpret which local regulations may apply to your agritourism activities.

Hear from:
Rachael Callahan, the University of California’s Statewide Agritourism Coordinator will provide an overview of agritourism and share resources.
Cassandra Prenn-Vasilakis, Government and Community Relations Manager at Hipcamp, will share information on low-impact, camping-based agritourism and how to find and understand the local regulations that may apply to your agritourism activities.
A panel of California agritourism operators will share their experiences in inviting the public onto their land through a variety of activities, including camping.

Speakers
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Rachael Callahan

Statewide Agritourism Coordinator, UCANR
Hello!  I am the Statewide Agritourism Coordinator with the University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (UC SAREP). I have devoted my career to strengthening vibrant and sustainable food systems.  Before joining UC SAREP, I have worked for non-profit... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Prenn-Vasilakis

Cassandra Prenn-Vasilakis

Government and Community Relations Manager, Hipcamp



Sunday February 26, 2023 4:15pm - 5:45pm PST
Online

4:15pm PST

Drought and Water Scarcity Impacts on Small-Scale Farmers in California
INTERACTIVE SESSION

High level overview of how drought and water scarcity are exacerbating groundwater levels throughout California and the role of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) on ameliorating undesirable results from groundwater overpumping. Go over the opportunity and importance for small-scale farmers to become involved in the SGMA process and the who and how they can get involved. Go over the challenges of rebalancing water in California to ensure water for future generations in agriculture and go over the Department of Conservation's Multibenefit Land Repurposing Program-- what is it?what are multibenefit land uses? What are the benefits of these land uses? How small-scale farmers can become involved for equiable and locally representative water and land use management. Learn from attendees about any concerns and visions for implementing multibenfit land uses onto their farm.

Speakers
avatar for Vicky Espinoza

Vicky Espinoza

Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy



Sunday February 26, 2023 4:15pm - 5:45pm PST
Online
 
Monday, February 27
 

8:30am PST

Hit the books!
Bookkeeping is fundamental to running a successful farm business. Come learn no-nonsense tips from professionals.

Speakers
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Asia Hampton

California FarmLink
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Frances Andrews

Frances Andrews Books



Monday February 27, 2023 8:30am - 9:15am PST
Online

8:30am PST

Hoop Houses & High Tunnels
Hear successful tips and stories on when they make sense, how to build, and fund them

Speakers
MY

Michael Yang

Small Farms & Specialty Crops, UC ANR



Monday February 27, 2023 8:30am - 9:15am PST
Online

9:00am PST

California Farmers' Market Certification Program


PLEASE NOTE: This is a special, day-long training that requires a separate registration and fee, see link above to register.


About:
This certification was developed by the California Alliance of Farmers' Markets. The Alliance is a member-based coalition of farmers’ markets and affiliate partners from around the state, committed to working together for the betterment of the industry. The Alliance is dedicated to promoting the direct farmer-to-consumer relationship, supporting small independent farmers, increasing the integrity and securing the future of Certified Farmers’ Markets throughout California.

This certification program is divided into four parts that will be delivered virtually over zoom. This is a cohort model certification program, with the our inaugural cohort of 20 market managers starting in February 2023.

Virtual Training #1: Introduction
February 27th, 2023 9-2 PM

Learning Outcomes of Level 1 Certification:
  • Have a clear understanding of the history and purpose of certified farmers’ markets.
    Have a great understanding of the mission of the Alliance and how membership can benefit your market(s).
  • Have a clear understanding of market regulations and how to hold vendors accountable to them. 
  • Learn core skills and techniques for successful farmers’ market management.
  • Learn strategies for making your market(s) accessible, diverse, equitable and inclusive.

Questions? Email Rosio Almaguer Andrade, Program Manager | rosio@ecologycenter.org

Moderators
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Rosio Almaguer

Food & Farming Program Manager, California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets

Monday February 27, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm PST
Online

9:45am PST

Negotiation skills for Womxn in Agriculture
Research shows that women tend to negotiate less and reach less favorable outcomes because of gender-related social pressures and challenges. This can have economic implications for their businesses and may, in the long term, stifle their leadership opportunities. Research also informs what might be some effective strategies that women-identifying people can employ to improve their confidence to initiate a negotiation and
achieve more favorable outcomes. Learning Circles apply a peer-to-peer approach, focused on participants as the experts of their own experience, providing a supportive environment from which to learn collectively. American Farmland Trust (AFT) has been utilizing this model across the country to engage women farmers and landowners to support their increased access to on farm conservation support and farm viability resources. Developed in partnership with Kitchen Table Advisors, and adapted from workshops led by the University of Vermont Cooperative Extension, this Learning Circle will create space for womxn* in agriculture to 1) Learn tips for successfully negotiating in a variety of farm-related scenarios; 2) Practice strategic communication skills within a group of your peers; 3) Dialogue about the challenges you are facing on your farm and hear how farmers like you have navigated similar issues; 4) Build relationships with service providers in your community who are poised to support your farm. *Womxn includes women, transfeminine, and non-binary people, and anyone marginalized by misogyny or impacted by women-related issues.

Speakers
avatar for Anel Trujillo

Anel Trujillo

Outreach Specialist, American Farmland Trust
Anel has experience working closely with farmers of color in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s leading food-producing region. This is where the drought has hit the hardest and where resources are most needed. Her experience in program assistance and outreach in underrepresented... Read More →
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Caitlin Joseph

Women for the Land Deputy Director, American Farmland Trust



Monday February 27, 2023 9:45am - 11:15am PST
Online

9:45am PST

Easing the Transition: Succession Planning for Farmers
INTERACTIVE SESSION

With the average age of the American farmer at 65, many family farms are looking for strategies to successfully transition their farms to the next generation. This transition is multi-faceted, involving complex conversations around estate planning, management transition, and finances (amongst other topics). In this workshop, we will walk participants through available resources and what steps to take to ease this transition on all fronts. Panelists will include Mary Campbell and Jenna Muller who are mediators with the California Agricultural Mediation Program (CALAMP), and farmers from the multi-generation farm Good Humus Produce. During the panel, we will talk about typical challenges, how to get started, finding the right professionals, navigating impasse, and Good Humus’s experience with their transition.

Speakers


Monday February 27, 2023 9:45am - 11:15am PST
Online

11:45am PST

Post harvest is Not a Post-script
Learn the strategies on cooling and airflow, temperatures and different crop needs and how to effectively transport.

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Ronaldo Donis-Gonzalez,

Irwin Ronaldo Donis-Gonzalez,

Assistant Postharvest Engineering Specialist, UCCE
Dr. Irwin Donis-González’s passion for agriculture and postharvest technologies began 10 years ago in his native Guatemala, workiirwinng as an independent agro consultant upon earning his Bachelor’s and Licentiate degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Del Valle University... Read More →
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Kamyar Aram

Specialty Crops Advisor, UCCE
UC Cooperative Extension Advisor for East Bay Counties (Contra Costa and Alameda), serving production horticulture. Current work focuses on IPM and biocontrol, cover crops, and irrigation management.



Monday February 27, 2023 11:45am - 12:30pm PST
Online

11:45am PST

Suicide Prevention Training for the Farm Community
Stressors unique to the agricultural community have led to increased mental health challenges in agricultural producers and workers, contributing to increased rates of suicide in rural areas. In an effort to address the rising rate of suicide, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training gives laypeople and professionals the tools to recognize the warning signs of suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to lifesaving services.

Speakers
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Esmeralda Mandujano

California AgrAbility
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Angelina Padilla

California AgrAbility



Monday February 27, 2023 11:45am - 12:30pm PST
Online

1:00pm PST

Unpacking Soil Disturbance: the Ecological & Management Implications of Till & No-till Systems
Whether we are talking about the potential ecological impacts including carbon sequestration, the on-farm practicality, the access to equipment, or the impact on yield, there has been much debate over the benefits and drawbacks of reducing or eliminating tillage in our management systems. This panel discussion will give us a chance to hear perspectives from researchers and farmers and dig into a participatory discussion about the nuances of tillage.



Speakers
avatar for Sara Tiffany

Sara Tiffany

Director of Ecological Farming, Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Sara leads the Ecological Farming Program Area and CAFF, which includes the Climate Smart Farming Program as well as the Ecological Pest Management Program. Before starting at CAFF in 2017, Sara worked for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program at UC Davis. She... Read More →
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Tim Bowles

UC Berkeley
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Nathanael Siemens

Rodale Institute
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Graham Shelton

Slow Dance Wines



Monday February 27, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Online

1:00pm PST

Land Access Resources & Tools Available Today!
Access to land is a fundamental barrier for most farmers, particularly beginning and BIPOC farmers. Changing the systems that created these barriers will require significant political action and shifts. But there are useful tools and resources currently available to access land today! Join this session and learn about the tools, resources, and steps you can take today to find access to land and achieve land security.

Join PART 2 of our Land Access series at 6pm, focusing on advocacy efforts to promote more equitable farm land access for all. 

Moderators
avatar for Jamie Fanous

Jamie Fanous

Senior Policy Advocate & Organizer, CAFF
avatar for Deborah Nares​

Deborah Nares​

Sr. Manager, American Farmland Trust
Deborah joined the AFT team as the California Senior Manager in March 2022 where she is co-leading and managing CA programs. Deborah is a 3rd generation Californian born and raised in the beachfront town of Oceanside, CA. Her passion for farming started on her grandparent’s small... Read More →


Monday February 27, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Online

3:00pm PST

Community Grazing Cooperatives
Our Community Grazing Cooperatives for Healthy, Fire-Safe, and Climate Smart Land Stewardship is an equity-based, grassroots, community-oriented solution that addresses the risk of fire, engages and empowers the leadership of local indigenous fire ecologists, and builds resilience for high-risk communities in the fire-prone areas of the West.
Participate in this workshop to learn how we can empower communities with education, knowledge and support for the ongoing stewardship of their land and their communities within a healthy fire ecosystem. You can develop collaborative relationships in rural residential neighborhoods to ensure the entire community is investing in creating a fire safe ecosystem using a shared flerd (a combination of sheep and goats) of grazing ruminants. This creates long term, generational sustainability for safety from wildfires as well as local, micro food systems.
Community Grazing Cooperatives can be implemented on public and private lands. Grazing ruminants, owned cooperatively by the community, reduce vegetation in hard to reach places while providing multiple benefits to these communities. Rather than adding to their carbon output and spending hours of human labor; animals do the work. Grazing, if done well, can build topsoil and enhance the microbial carbon pump - a way of supporting soil biology to move atmospheric carbon into the pedosphere. In addition to all of these benefits, the critical piece to the long term success of our communities is the social and material prosperity gained through the sharing of the ruminants. The relationship developed through this shared practice ties people together, provides increased food sovereignty to rural residents and brings joy and humor into the lives of people in these communities. Research shows that the greatest way to manage the effects of climate change is with bonded, supportive communities. This project develops this organically and with long term, ongoing support for sustainability.

Moderators
Speakers
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William Hart

Goldgridge RCD
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Andrew Soll

West Sebastopol Community Council
We live west of Sebastopol in an area of moderate fire risk. We have been working to try to inform and organize neighbors to better manage the risks. Many folks have learned about and done work to harden their homes and manage risk in the defensible space (within 100 feet of homes... Read More →



Monday February 27, 2023 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Online

3:00pm PST

Local Food for People in Need: Introducing "Farms Together"
Farms Together is a subdivision of the Local Food Procurement Assistance Program (LFPA). LFPA is a reimagined version of the Farm to Families Food Box program with the goal to provide culturally appropriate food to underserved communities throughout the state. Local food will be purchased at market price and delivered to food banks and other distribution sites. As a way of further supporting communities, all the food will be sourced from mainly small, local & socially disenfranchised farmers in order to support local food production. The goal of this panel is to introduce the Farms Together Program and foster participation

Speakers
avatar for Héctor Reider

Héctor Reider

Senior Manager, Farm to Market Program, CAFF



Monday February 27, 2023 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Online

4:15pm PST

Serious Soil Sampling: Video + Q&A
Building healthy soil is critical to growing healthy plants. But what exactly does "healthy" mean. Learn how to effectively take and interpret soil samples. During this workshop, participants will watch a pre-recorded soil sampling video describing two methods of sampling in the field. Afterwards, participants will learn how interpret the results of a soil analysis report and discuss resources that exist for growers to improve their soil health.

Speakers
avatar for Hope Zabronsky

Hope Zabronsky

Climate Smart Agriculture Academic Coordinator, UC ANR
Hope Zabronsky is an Academic Coordinator with the statewide UC ANR Climate Smart Agriculture Program housed in the California Institute for Water Resources. The Climate Smart Agriculture Program provides technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to adopt soil health, water-use... Read More →
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Margaret Lloyd

Small Farms Advisor, UCCE



Monday February 27, 2023 4:15pm - 5:45pm PST
Online

4:15pm PST

Farmer Solidarity with Farmworkers
From last summer's 3-week farmworker march on the state Capitol to local struggles to ensure the safety of farmworkers during wildfires, California is embroiled in a renewed fight for the rights of our most essential workers. While some agriculture interests have pushed back on these movements, many smaller-scale farmers are asking how they can stand in solidarity with their own employees and with all those working in the fields. Join us for a conversation with farmworkers and advocacy groups to learn about several recent efforts across the state and explore what role farmers can play to promote a more just and dignified future for all those who make our farms and food system possible.

Speakers
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Lucas Clay Zucker

Researcher and Community Organizer, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy
RP

Roman Pinal

United Farm Workers
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Juvenal Solano

Mixeco Indigena Community Organizing Project
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Davin Cardenas

Director of Organizing, North Bay Jobs with Justice
MB

Max Bell Alper

Executive Director, North Bay Jobs with Justice, and Farmworker Leaders



Monday February 27, 2023 4:15pm - 5:45pm PST
Online

6:00pm PST

Shifting How We Think About Land: Land Equity Advocacy & Policy
INTERACTIVE SESSION

Addressing the fundamental barriers to land access and security requires broad and deep collaboration among food producers, policymakers, workers, cultural leaders, environmental advocates, and more. It requires leaders in California to understand the history of land theft and displacement, and envision a better system - where land is stewarded in community rather than bought for private investment firms or large private corporations and consolidated or turned into warehouses. Join this session to learn more about existing advocacy efforts to address this systemic issue and develop future strategies to build political power.

This is PART 2 of our Land Access Series. To learn about the tools, resources, and steps you can take today to find access to land and achieve land security, join us for PART 1 on Monday at 1pm. (see schedule)

Moderators
avatar for Jamie Fanous

Jamie Fanous

Senior Policy Advocate & Organizer, CAFF
avatar for Deborah Nares​

Deborah Nares​

Sr. Manager, American Farmland Trust
Deborah joined the AFT team as the California Senior Manager in March 2022 where she is co-leading and managing CA programs. Deborah is a 3rd generation Californian born and raised in the beachfront town of Oceanside, CA. Her passion for farming started on her grandparent’s small... Read More →


Monday February 27, 2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm PST
Online
 
Tuesday, February 28
 

8:30am PST

Tapping into Mobile Farmers’ Markets throughout CA
Join Fresh Approach and the Agricultural Institute of Marin as we discuss the impacts of mobile farmers' markets (MFM) throughout California. A MFM serves as a consolidated farmers market that can be transported in a vehicle to low-income communities and areas with limited fresh, healthy food options. Small scale operations like mobile farmers’ markets are able to pivot quickly as shown in the response to COVID-19. This not only strengthens regional food systems by providing consistent access to local produce to historically underserved communities, but also by providing consistent financial support to local growers. This workshop is geared towards small-scale farmers, urban growers, and beginning farmers.




Tuesday February 28, 2023 8:30am - 9:15am PST
Online

8:30am PST

Streamlining your Social Media Presence
Updated speaker information will be added soon. 

Learn key strategies for building a successful business online, with particular focus on marketing and social media.  This includes: using a social media content calendar, professional photography, and email marketing. She will also share helpful apps that enhance the social media experience for the viewer.

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Vaughan

Elizabeth Vaughan

Tech Hub Specialist, CAFF


Tuesday February 28, 2023 8:30am - 9:15am PST
Online

9:45am PST

Advancing Equity for BIPOC Entrepreneurs at Farmers Markets
Farmers markets are historically white-dominated spaces that have not always been equitable and welcoming to farmers, food makers, and shoppers of color. As market operators are working to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusive (DEI) values into their operations, how can they institutionalize practices to make farmers markets more inclusive and representative of the diversity of our communities? We’ll hear from market operators and community organizations working together to provide opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), immigrant, and women food entrepreneurs and set them up for lasting success.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Akers

Andrea Akers

Operations Manager, Foodwise
SD

Sabine Dabady, MPH

Entrepreneurship Development Manager, Mandela Partners
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Samiha Hamdi

Farm Partnerships Manager, Mandela Partners
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Sierra Young

Owner, Mangosay



Tuesday February 28, 2023 9:45am - 11:15am PST
Online

9:45am PST

How Can Small Farmers Better Access State Funding?
This workshop will focus on bringing together small farmers and other ag supporting entities to explore a state funding source, the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program, introducing participants to a variety of funding opportunities, including planning grants, acquisitions and capacity grants. The workshop goals are:

1. Provide basic information on SALC and other California Climate Investment (CCI) funding opportunities

2. Identify broader barriers and opportunities to increasing agricultural land conservation, with emphasis on the Central Valley and Southern California regions;

3. Allow participants to collaborate in network in order to prepare for any people future proposals.

We hope to see you there!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Chandra Richards

Dr. Chandra Richards

Academic Coordinator, UCANR
I am an Academic Coordinator II at UC ANR, working across San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. I support the mission of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) and wrote the first SALC Planning Grant for San Diego County, in 2020. I also supported... Read More →



Tuesday February 28, 2023 9:45am - 11:15am PST
Online

11:45am PST

Planning for Success: Business Planning for Access to Capital
Join the discussion on financing, access to capital and decoding the loan application process! Let’s talk about how record keeping and business planning are connected to accessing capital, and how understanding the difference in credit products and having the vocabulary to navigate the application process are key components of planning. American AgCredit’s Allison Paap will lead the discussion and show how you can begin creating plans to help achieve the goals of your farm and organization. Don’t miss this discussion!

Speakers
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Allison Paap

VP-Lending Manager, American AgCredit
avatar for Regina Sepulveda

Regina Sepulveda

Retail Banking Lead, American AgCredit



Tuesday February 28, 2023 11:45am - 12:30pm PST
Online

11:45am PST

High Quality EBT Access at every Certified Farmers' Market
INTERACTIVE SESSION

The session will begin with a short presentation about SB 907 (Pan/Caballeo/Calderon/McCarty), which would provide the resources needed to offer high-quality CalFresh/EBT access at every certified and tribal-run farmers’ market in California. Following this overview of the bill, its status, and opportunities to advocate for its funding, the session will move into a forum discussion seeking ideas and input regarding the best practices to be promoted through technical assistance for equitable customer access and produce inclusion.



Speakers
SG

Sam Greenlee

Alchemist CDC
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Emma Burke

Alchemist CDC



Tuesday February 28, 2023 11:45am - 12:30pm PST
Online

1:00pm PST

Dry farming practices and perspectives
As we confront the fragility of California’s water system, a crucial question emerges: how can we adapt to water scarcity without jeopardizing farmer livelihoods? Innovative farmers have turned to dry farming, a method of growing high quality produce with little to no external water inputs, and a radical departure from irrigated agriculture. Learnings from research conducted on seven such farms in the Central Coast region will be discussed along with experts from the Dry Farming Collaborative in a workshop designed to answer the following questions:

1. What is dry farming?
2. Is your site suitable for dry farming?
3. What varieties are best suited to dry farming?
4. What soil management techniques are beneficial in dry farm contexts, and how can you manage soils to encourage a healthy microbial community?
5. What are the economics of dry farming? How might it fit in with your farm's business model?

Moderators
YS

Yvonne Socolar

UC Berkeley
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Jared Zystro

Assistant Director of Research and Education, Organic Seed Alliance
Jared Zystro is Organic Seed Alliance’s research and education assistant director. He has an M.S. and Ph.D. in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he studied efficient methods of developing new organic sweet corn varieties. Jared has... Read More →

Speakers
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Amy Garrett

Assistant Professor of Practice, Oregon State University
Amy currently works part-time with OSU Extension Small Farms Program in the Southern Willamette Valley. As an Assistant Professor of Practice, she is devoted to learning and teaching others about ways to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of our food production... Read More →
AA

Amy and Jacques Neukom

Neukom Family Farms
SS

Silas Sarvinski

College of the Redwoods
BR

Blake Richard

Wild Rose Farm
JL

Jim Leap

School Road Farm



Tuesday February 28, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Online

1:00pm PST

Fertile Ground: Farmer-Active Farm to School
Over the last two decades, Farm to School has evolved to take different shapes in different places. In many cases, food hubs/mainline distributors (Sunrise, Goldstar) facilitate connections between farmers and K-12 schools, but the Inland Empire has found success by adopting a "Farmer Active" model. This model centers farmers - they are the relationship owners, they are the procurement drivers, they expand on school gardens experiences with real on-farm experiences. This workshop will feature...

- A three-person panel comprised of a farmer, food hub director, and Child Nutrition Director in conversation about what the Inland Empire's "Farmer Active" model looks like
- Farmer Active vs Farmer Passive
- Case study - farmers owning the relationships with CND's allows for new product development that caters to their needs (pre-sliced produce)

Speakers


Tuesday February 28, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Online

3:00pm PST

Water Recycling Applications for Urban Agriculture
Water scarcity is a critical issue for all farmers, and urban growers are no exception, facing challenges such as outdoor watering restrictions and the high costs of using municipal sources. As a solution, Crop Swap LA incorporates water recycling elements in the design of all its farm sites. This workshop will explore the real world application and use cases of various water recycling methods for the purpose of food production in urban environments.

Information will be geared toward urban growers and will include technical breakdowns of farm design, how to incorporate water recycling into existing infrastructure, rainwater and dew capture, necessary supplies and their associated costs, as well as potential barriers and challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Jamiah Hargins

Jamiah Hargins

Founder and Executive Director, Crop Swap LA
I'm a family man with two daughters and cannot imagine them being without independent food, water, and power. If you feel the same about yourself and your family, let's expand the knowledge around water recycling food growing systems and solve our problems together.Jamiah



Tuesday February 28, 2023 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Online

3:00pm PST

Defensible Space & Infrastructure Protection for the Farm/Ranch
Hardening agricultural operations and creating defensible spaces are critical steps to prevent catastrophic losses during fire events. Science-based solutions have led to the adoption of regulations and building component safety standards, but they have primarily been focused on single-family homes and Wildland-Urban Interface residential communities. Additionally, they typically refer to new buildings and do not teach about fire hazards or mitigation techniques for existing structures and equipment. It is therefore difficult for rural and farming communities to find information tailored to non-urban homes and structures, such as barns and greenhouses, or other operating resources (water, electricity, etc.). This lack of information presents a high risk to these communities not only during fires, but also afterward, when they cannot return to work. Our workshop is intended to provide farmers and rural communities with the information they need to understand how fire can reach their properties, mitigate the risk and prioritize efforts to create fire-resilient environments. Since the costs and time necessary for improvements can be deterring factors for many people, especially small farmers with time constraints, our workshop focuses on solutions that can be readily adopted before or during a fire event, and that could help present and future farmers prevent catastrophic losses.




Tuesday February 28, 2023 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Online

4:15pm PST

Apprenticeship: Creating Pathways to Success
This panel will introduce agricultural apprenticeships as a structured pathway for farmers to invest in someone who will grow into a valuable member of their operation. Similarly, apprenticeships are an opportunity for people to kickstart or develop their career in agriculture through hands-on training that is supplemented with related curriculum. These are invaluable opportunities that help build a skilled workforce for an industry with a growing need for a new generation of farm leaders.

Our workshop will walk participants through the differences between registered apprenticeships and informal apprenticeships and how they both differ from internships, the benefits of working with an educational partner for structured curriculum, and best practices in the world of training new farmers.

Moderators
NC

Nicole Curiel

California Farm Academy Outreach Coordinator, Center for Land-Based Learning
The mission of the Center for Land-Based Learning is to inspire, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders and natural resource stewards. We achieve this mission by providing experiential education programs for high school students (the SLEWS, Caring... Read More →

Speakers
MA

Marisa Alcorta

Apprenticeship Program Manager, Center for Land-Based Learning
MW

Michael Whamond

Owner, Hillview Farms Owner
JB

Jesse Blacksher

Hillview Farms Apprentice, Hillview Farms
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Julie Sullivan

Mentor Training and Support, Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program (NAP)
Julie Sullivan, founding mentor of the Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program in 2008, currently serves as Mentor Training and Support for the program. She and her husband, George Whitten have been mentors with the program for 13 years, and own and manage their 3rd-generation... Read More →



Tuesday February 28, 2023 4:15pm - 5:45pm PST
Online

4:15pm PST

Supporting Urban Agriculture in CA
INTERACTIVE SESSION

For the last year several urban agriculture(UA) support organizations and farmers have collaborated on a comprehensive project to begin to identify what is needed to strengthen Urban Agriculture throughout the state of CA. Simultaneously the California Department of Food & Agriculture(CDFA) has begun the process of designing the state's first Urban Agriculture Grant Program. Program Leads from both of these efforts are joining together in this session to discuss a definition for urban agriculture in California, share important information and discuss in an open listening session what community members like yourself need to thrive in the urban agriculture landscape. The goal of this session is to provide a platform for community members to speak directly and influence program designs to generate a community driven model to support urban agriculture throughout the state.

Speakers


Tuesday February 28, 2023 4:15pm - 5:45pm PST
Online

6:00pm PST

Awards Ceremony: 2023 California Farm Champions
Every year, our community recognizes amazing farms, individuals and local businesses making a difference in our world. Selected from hundreds of nominations by people like you, the 2023 California Farm Champions are blazing trails, giving back, and helping promote a healthier, more regenerative and more just world. Join us for the awards ceremony as travel all across the state, visiting this year's honorees.

AWARD CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

NEW FARMER OF THE YEAR
LEGACY FARMER OF THE YEAR
FARM ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
FOOD BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
CLIMATE SMART FARMER OF THE YEAR
FARMERS MARKET CHAMPION
The Pete Price POLICY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR


Tuesday February 28, 2023 6:00pm - 7:00pm PST
Online
 
Wednesday, March 1
 

8:30am PST

Apps útiles para manejar un negocio agrícola
Esta presentación brindará una descripción general sobre Apps (aplicación informática para dispositivos móviles y tabletas) que pueden ser útiles para el manejo de negocio de una granja. La presentación ayudará a los participantes a identificar algunas Apps que se pueden utilizar para enviar y recibir pagos, escanear y enviar documentos, firmar documentos digitalmente y organizar documentos. Los participantes aprenderán cómo encontrar estas Apps y descargarlas en su teléfono móvil o tablet y los usos que estas Apps tienen. También se explicará la diferencia entre Apps gratuitos y de pago.

Speakers
SP

Sasha Pesci

TechHub specialist, CAFF


Wednesday March 1, 2023 8:30am - 9:15am PST
Online

8:30am PST

Thinking Outside the Coop: New Ways to Earn Higher Profits with Poultry (VIDEO)
After raising layers and selling eggs during her first season as a farmer, Sacramento-area farmer Linda Easton became discouraged about the low profit margins on a dozen eggs. So she started again, this time raising quail for eggs and meat, creating a hatching rental program for families and teachers, and piloting a community rooster program where unwanted/illegal backyard roosters are used to provide culturally appropriate food for local families. This presentation is for farmers and ranchers interested in exploring unconventional, profitable poultry enterprises. Attendees will learn about three poultry businesses and gain insights about the costs, revenue potential, opportunities, and challenges associated with each.



Wednesday March 1, 2023 8:30am - 9:15am PST
Online

9:45am PST

Mujerxs en Agricultura
Las mujeres tienden a negociar menos debido a las presiones y desafíos sociales y esto puede tener implicaciones económicas para sus negocios y sofocar sus oportunidades de liderazgo. Pero hay estrategias que se pueden practicar para mejorar su confianza para iniciar una negociación y lograr resultados efectivos.

Speakers
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Anel Trujillo

Outreach Specialist, American Farmland Trust
Anel has experience working closely with farmers of color in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s leading food-producing region. This is where the drought has hit the hardest and where resources are most needed. Her experience in program assistance and outreach in underrepresented... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2023 9:45am - 11:15am PST
Online

9:45am PST

Jewish Agricultural Wisdom & Ethics
INTERACTIVE SESSION

The Jewish tradition offers a 5,000 year old system of living in a regenerative, mutually supportive relationship with the land, our communities, and ourselves. Join Jewish Farmer Network co-founder Shani Mink to explore Jewish agrarian wisdom – and the healing that comes from grounding our work with the land in our own wisdom tradition. Every land-based culture has unique insight into how to steward land with care, and we are excited to share what the Jewish tradition has to offer. Learn what the ancient body of Jewish wisdom can teach us about building regenerative agricultural systems built on integrated food justice principles, visionary crop rotation and a culture of reverence for the land.

Speakers
avatar for Shani Mink

Shani Mink

Executive Director/Co-Founder, Jewish Farmer Network
Let's talk about ancestral agricultural wisdom—yours and mine. Jewish Farmer Network is having our first annual conference February 13-16, 2020, at the Pearlstone Center near Baltimore, MD. Cultivating Culture: A Gathering of Jewish Farmers will bring together the community of Jews... Read More →



Wednesday March 1, 2023 9:45am - 11:15am PST
Online

11:45am PST

El AgroTurismo: Oportunidades y Retos para Pequeños Agricultores de California
El Agroturismo, definido como una actividad comercial que conecta la producción agrícola y el turismo para atraer visitantes a las granjas, ranchos y negocios agrícolas con el propósito de generar ingresos adicionales para la granja o rancho, puede contribuir a la rentabilidad y sostenibilidad económica de los agricultores y rancheros pequeños de California. Este taller incluirá una introducción general sobre lo que es agroturismo y las muchas formas que puede tomar en la practica, ilustrando los beneficios potenciales y los retos que implica cada una de esas formas. En segundo lugar, el taller incluirá información básica sobre algunas ordenanzas municipales y políticas estatales que pueden facilitar el acceso de los agricultores Latinos en esta actividad. Ejemplos incluyen la Ley de Hospedaje en Casa de California (California Home Stay Bill - AB1258); la Ley de Comidas Hechas en Casa de California (California Home Made Food Act - AB1616) y otras políticas u ordenanzas locales o municipales. Por ultimo, el taller presentara recursos, materiales y programas de apoyo para ayudar a los agricultores Latinos que estén interesados en incorporar actividades agroturisticas para diversificar las fuentes de ingreso y mejorar la sostenibilidad económica de sus empresas agrícolas.  

Speakers

Wednesday March 1, 2023 11:45am - 12:30pm PST
Online

11:45am PST

Legal Issues Facing Small Farms
Consumer demand for locally grown products is increasing while smaller farms face increased scrutiny from state and local regulatory agencies, even as state legislatures begin to lessen the regulatory burden. In this workshop, we will explore federal, state, and local regulations that particularly impact small farms. Topics include the Federal Meat Inspection Act and Poultry Products Inspection Act, state regulation of raw dairy, FSMA safety regulations, Right to Farm laws, and even the use of Livestock Guardian Dogs.

Speakers
SI

Suzy Israel

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund



Wednesday March 1, 2023 11:45am - 12:30pm PST
Online

1:00pm PST

Farmer Market Incubator - Incubadora de Mercados de Agricultores
Una propuesta innovadora y de colaboración entre agricultores y organizaciones  para dar acceso a los agricultores a los mercados de agricultores, una oportunidad  para aprender lo que se necesita para ser exitoso vendiendo en un mercado de agricultores y explorar si es un canal de mercadeo rentable para su negocio.

Speakers
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Vanya Goldberg

AIM Community Programs Manager, Agricultural Institute of Marin


Wednesday March 1, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm PST
Online

1:00pm PST

Supporting the Back-To-Land Black Farmer Exodus
INTERACTIVE SESSION

Black farmers and ranchers have become a rarity; there is a growing trend, however, that looks to change that for the positive. This talk and presentation will span topics that shed light on past trends and current opportunities. Also included are popularly emerging soil and animal husbandry practices that support successful and profitable operations development for new & beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as for established farmers and ranchers who may wan to expand or enhance their operations.

Speakers


Wednesday March 1, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Online

2:00pm PST

Recursos y Asistencia Financiera para el Agricultor Principiante
Los participantes de este taller ganaran mayor informe sobre los programas e recursos y asistencia financiera proveídos por del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA por sus siglas en inglés). Desde acceso a capital por medio de préstamos con la Agencia Servicio Agrícola (FSA por sus siglas en inglés), a reembolsos de incentivo por adquirir a los programas de conservación con la Agencia Servicio de Conservación de los Recursos Naturales (NRCS por sus siglas en ingles), hasta los seguros de granja de la Agencia Manejo de Riesgo (RMA por sus siglas en inglés) además becas e otros recursos con la Agencia Desarrollo Rural (RD por sus siglas en inglés). Los presentadores les facilitaran un resumen en general de las agencias, un reviso de elegibilidad y una asesoraría al nivel personal de su granja para apoyarle con su próximo paso.

Speakers
avatar for Víctor M. Hernández

Víctor M. Hernández

Coordinador de Agricultores y Ganaderos Principiantes / Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coordinator - California, USDA
Víctor M. Hernández comenzó su carrera federal a la edad de 17 años con el Cuerpo de la Marina de los Estados Unidos. Al terminar su servicio militar en las fuerzas armadas, se unió al Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA por sus siglas en ingles) en el 2006... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST
Online

3:00pm PST

Agricultura en tiempos de insendios forestales
En todo Estados Unidos, el cambio climático contribuye a que los incendios forestales sean cada vez más devastadores. El tamaño, la longevidad y la intensidad de los incendios forestales están aumentando rápidamente, con temporadas de incendios que baten récords cada año, una tendencia que se espera que continúe. Cada año, trágicas historias de agricultores que lo pierden todo acosan a las comunidades con pequeños agricultores sostenibles, ya que los productores se enfrentan a graves pérdidas de propiedad, cultivos, ganado, mano de obra y mercado. En este taller se presentará el Cuaderno de trabajo del Campus del Agricultor durante la temporada de incendios forestales, una herramienta práctica y una colección de estudios de casos que ayuda a identificar prácticas de resiliencia y, lo que es más importante, a empoderar a los productores agrícolas a medida que se enfrentan a un futuro de incendios forestales catastróficos. Este taller proporcionará a los profesionales de los servicios agrícolas, como los proveedores de asistencia técnica y los agricultores, los conocimientos, recursos y herramientas prácticas para construir la preparación, respuesta, recuperación y resiliencia socio-ecológica en la granja.



Speakers
NP

Natalia Pinzón

Farmer Campus
AC

Ana Cecilia Galvis

teacher, Farmer Campus and Organic Seed Alliance


Wednesday March 1, 2023 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Online

3:00pm PST

Virtual Fencing: Reflections on the Practical State of the Technology (VIDEO)
The Sonoma Mountain Institute (SMI) team deployed virtual fence technology for the 2022 grazing year. During that time SMI was able to acquire a lot of on the ground repetitions on both the possibilities and limitations of the technology. The SMI team will reflect what works, what doesn't, and help you consider if it is right for your context.

Speakers
avatar for Byron Palmer

Byron Palmer

CEO, Co-Founder, Grounded Land & Livestock, Sonoma Mountain Institute
Byron graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business. Byron has worked on farms and ranches from Tennessee to California. Byron spent two years post-grad in the sustainable land management and landscape design program at the Regenerative Design Institute, where... Read More →



Wednesday March 1, 2023 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Online

4:15pm PST

Seguridad Alimentaria en las operaciones agrícolas: auditorias y el método de 3
El taller que proponemos es para enfatizar la Seguridad Alimentaria (“Food Safety”). Esto lo haremos a través de presentar dos temas cruciales: las auditorias que se suelen hacer en una operación agrícola y “el método de 3” (lavar, enjuagar y desinfectar). Presentaremos sobre las auditorías externas (“3rd Party Audits”)  y las auditorias de la Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos (“FSMA”) de la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA). Escogimos presentar sobre estas dos auditarías porque son unas de las más comunes. Las auditorías son importantes para los agricultores porque pueden afectar las ventas de sus productos dependiendo cuál  sea su clientela y cuales sean las compañías a las cuales venden sus productos. Esto es porque hay unas compañías que requieren certificados de auditorías externas. Las auditorias de FSMA se basan en la Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos. En nuestro taller, haremos un repaso general sobre las diferencias entre una auditoría externa versus una auditoria de la FSMA, poniendo un énfasis en cómo  las auditorías promueven la Seguridad Alimentaria en una operación agrícola. Para apoyar esta presentación, deseamos incluir un video pregrabado sobre el “método de 3”, porque clarifica un tema esencial: la diferencia e importancia versus lavar, enjuagaran y desinfectar (ya sean herramientas agrícolas o las manos). Presentar sobre estos temas será beneficioso para todo agricultor, porque todos deben ser conscientes y pueden hacer su parte en aumentar la Seguridad Alimentaria en operaciones agrícolas (y fuera de operaciones agrícolas

Speakers
PS

Paulina S. Hernandez

Programa de Pequeñas Operaciones Agrícolas y Cultivos Especiales, UCANR: Universidad de California, División de Agricultura y Recursos Naturales
Hello/Saludos:I am a Community Education Specialist serving Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. I received a BS in Environmental Science and Management with a track in Soils and Biogeochemistry together with a minor in Spanish, from the University of California at Davis... Read More →
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Marianna J. Castiaux

Project Manager, UCANR_UCCE Small Farms Fresno
Healthy Soils Project Manager- Small Farms and Specialty Crops, UC Cooperative Extension Fresno County/University of California Agriculture and Natural ResourcesThe Small Farms and Speciality Crops Mission is to assist “small-scale and diversified family farms to thrive economically... Read More →


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

4:15pm PST

Solar PV: On-farm Solar Generation
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 →
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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 →
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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
Online

6:00pm PST

Foro para los Agricultores y Campesinos
La conferencia de este año ofrece muchos talleres tocando varios temas sobre la vida y el trabajo de los agricultores. En este taller, vamos a crear espacio para que ustedes puedan convivir y compartir sobre sus triunfos y obstáculos. Esperamos que en este espacio podamos conectarlos a agricultores y proveedores que los pueden ayudar con recursos.

Speakers
avatar for Dalia Rodriguez

Dalia Rodriguez

Cordinadora del programa de agricola ecologica, CAFF


Wednesday March 1, 2023 6:00pm - 6:30pm PST
Online
 
Thursday, March 2
 

8:30am PST

Sacramento Gathering
Concluding the 2023 California Small Farm Conference, join us at the in-person regional gathering for the Sacramento Region (including Sac Valley, Northern San Joaquin and Sierra Foothills) at beautiful Killdeer Farms (with flower farmers Christine & Scott Calvin)! Farmers, technical assistance providers and farm advocates are encouraged to join as well. Come share your thoughts, questions, reflections, or just reconnect with farmer friends, new and old. You must register so we have an accurate headcount for delicious snacks, lunch and drinks and please show up promptly before or at 9am. Donations welcome to cover costs!

Tentative Agenda
  • 8:30 - 9:00 Check in, coffee and pastries
  • 9:00 - 10:00am Welcome, introductions, & farm tour
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Inter-generational farming
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Exploring cooperative farming
  • 12:00 - 1:30 Lunch

Directions to Killdeer Farms: 
4951 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento
From the I-80 Jefferson exit, drive south 6 miles on Jefferson Blvd. Turn left onto Armfield Avenue and parallel park on the west side of the street.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Towers

Paul Towers

Executive Director, CAFF

Speakers
avatar for Hanna Kahl

Hanna Kahl

Ecological Pest Management Specialist, CAFF
Hanna specializes in agricultural research and organizing information sharing with farmers. She is passionate about hosting events where farmers can share their knowledge and experience and doing applied research to serve the need of local farmers. Feel free to ask Hanna questions... Read More →



Thursday March 2, 2023 8:30am - 1:30pm PST
Sacramento: Killdeer Farms

12:00pm PST

San Joaquin Valley Gathering
Concluding the 2023 California Small Farm Conference, join us at the in-person regional gathering for the San Joaquin Valley! Farmers and local food advocates are invited for our potluck to mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drinks as we decompress in good company from this year's virtual conference. Come share your thoughts, questions, reflections, or just reconnect with farmer friends, new and old.

The San Joaquin Valley Gathering will be held at Yo'Ville Community Garden and Farm. The Yosemite Village Community Garden and Urban Farm Incubator (Yo’Ville) is a 7.5 acre fresh food production space planned and designed to collaboratively enlist and serve the residents of Southwest Fresno. Yo'Ville is located at 872 W Atchison Court, Fresno, CA 93706. Learn more about our host at https://www.facebook.com/permaculturefresno/.

More event details coming soon.

Moderators
avatar for Rasheed Hislop

Rasheed Hislop

Farm to Market Specialist, CAFF
Selling produce. Developing direct markets (CSAs). Helping small farmers access institutional markets. Food Hubs. 
avatar for Grace Perry

Grace Perry

Farmer Services Program Manager, CAFF
CT

Claire Tauber

Farm to School and Institution Coordinator, CAFF


Thursday March 2, 2023 12:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Fresno: YoVille Community Garden & Farm

1:00pm PST

San Diego Gathering
Hosted by: Wild Acres Farm in Vista, hosted by Chuck Samuelson at Heal The Earth, Bonnie Foster at Wild Acres Farm and the CAFF SD Farmers Guild.

A social gathering for farmers from the greater San Diego region with a farm tour of Wild Acres. Possible demos are currently getting sorted out...(gloves and boots needed if so!)

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. 

Additional details will be added soon on what to bring, access notes, etc. Stay tuned!

After party at Prohibition Brewing Company in Vista?? 5pm onwards

About Wild Acres Farm located in Escondido, CA:
Wild Acres is a 50+year old conventional farm that was bought in 2021 and is being transitioned into organic and regenerative.  It is 34 acres of mostly avocado and a small amount of citrus. Lots of plans are in the works for the farm including an acre of vegetables for the future farm stand, a solar powered well, agritourism activities, and bee hives.  This farm was previously owned by Kaite Wild and was sold to Bonnie Foster in 2021 where it continues to be led by women owners.  This gathering will be a first peak at many of the developments on the farm currently underway! We hope you can join us. 



Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Vaughan

Elizabeth Vaughan

Tech Hub Specialist, CAFF


Thursday March 2, 2023 1:00pm - 5:00pm PST
San Diego County: Wild Acres Farm

3:00pm PST

Humboldt Gathering
Concluding the 2023 California Small Farm Conference, join us at the in-person regional gathering for Humboldt and northern California! Farmers and local food advocates are invited to the new North Coast Growers Association's Harvest Hub to mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drinks as we decompress in good company from this year's virtual conference. Come share your thoughts, questions, reflections, or just reconnect with farmer friends, new and old.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Wyler

Michelle Wyler

Farm to Market Director, CAFF


Thursday March 2, 2023 3:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Humboldt: North Coast Growers' Association Farmers Market

3:00pm PST

Yolo / Solano Gathering
Concluding the 2023 California Small Farm Conference, join us at the in-person regional gathering for the Yolo/Solano region! On Thursday, March 2, 2023, farmers and local food advocates are invited to Soul Food Farm for a farm tour (3:00-4:00 PM) and get-together (4:00-6:00 PM) to mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drinks as we decompress in good company from this year's virtual conference. Come share your thoughts, questions, reflections, or just reconnect with farmer friends, new and old. You can attend the farm tour, get-together, or both! RSVP and we will send you a confirmation with driving directions and parking information.

Moderators
avatar for Rose Curley

Rose Curley

Ecological Farming Program Coordinator, CAFF
avatar for Alexis Koefoed

Alexis Koefoed

Owner, Soul Food Farm
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Holly Markham

Associate Director, CAFF


Thursday March 2, 2023 3:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Yolo / Solano County: Soul Food Farm
 
Friday, March 3
 

10:00am PST

Nevada County Gathering (w/ Sierra Harvest)
Learn how to create a successful composting system on your farm with regional experts Marney Blair and Lisa Bjorn. Explore the biological, ecological and societal inputs that influence the composting process, including Biodynamic composting practices. You will participate in building a compost pile with correct carbon/nitrogen ratio, moisture content, particle density, and mass, and then dive hands into three compost piles in various stages of composting, learning how to understand the composting process through your senses. You will learn hands-on troubleshooting techniques and exercises that you can immediately use to improve your current composting system, and composting protocols for how to start a comprehensive composting program on your own farm.

NOTE: Separate registration and additional fee required to attend this event.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Moderators
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Kali Feiereisel

Farmer Services Director, CAFF

Friday March 3, 2023 10:00am - 3:30pm PST
Nevada County: Fulcrum Farm

11:00am PST

East Bay Gathering

Join us for a Farmer Wellness Gathering on Friday, March 3rd at the Agroecology Commons Farm in El Sobrante! We will spend the afternoon practicing wellness, slowing down, and cultivating relationships of mutual care. This event encourages opportunities to network with local farmers, eat delicious nourishing food, and prioritize healing and recovery as we prepare for Spring.

This gathering concludes the 2023 California Small Farm Conference.

Friday March 3, 2023 11:00am - 2:00pm PST
East Bay: Agroecology Commons

1:00pm PST

North Bay Gathering
MARCH 3
SHONE FARM
7450 Steve Olson Ln, Forestville, CA

Join us for the North Bay Gathering of the California Small Farm Conference, an in-person event open to farmers, ranchers and the whole local food community. The afternoon includes tours of Shone Farm (Santa Rosa Junior College's 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory), a small farm tool demo, a land access workshop, seed swap, and a social mixer featuring local food and drinks.

Come for any of these activities or join us for them all!

This free, in-person gathering concludes a week of virtual programing, including over 50 online workshops. Click here to learn more about the full conference or about in-person gatherings elsewhere in the state.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:
1pm - 2pm Farm Tour #1
2pm - 4pm Tool Demo
3pm - 5pm Land Access Workshop
4pm - 5pm Farm Tour #2
5pm - 6pm Happy Hour & Seed Swap

Feel free to bring a dish or drink to share, as well as seeds or plants to swap! We'll have delicious cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery and locally-brewed beer.

Moderators
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Evan Wiig

Director of Membership & Communications, CAFF
Combining communications with community organizing, Evan is committed to promoting regenerative agriculture, local food, and social justice. As the Director of Membership & Communications at CAFF, Evan works to amplify the stories of family farmers, share valuable resources with growers... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2023 1:00pm - 6:00pm PST
North Bay: Shone Farm
 
Saturday, March 4
 

1:00pm PST

Central Coast Gathering
Concluding the 2023 California Small Farm Conference, join us at the in-person regional gathering for the Central Coast region! Farmers and local food advocates are invited to Pie ranch for a farm tour, video and potluck to mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drinks as we decompress in good company from this year's virtual conference. Come share your thoughts, questions, reflections, or just reconnect with farmer friends, new and old.

Moderators
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Héctor Reider

Senior Manager, Farm to Market Program, CAFF
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Sara Tiffany

Director of Ecological Farming, Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Sara leads the Ecological Farming Program Area and CAFF, which includes the Climate Smart Farming Program as well as the Ecological Pest Management Program. Before starting at CAFF in 2017, Sara worked for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program at UC Davis. She... Read More →


Saturday March 4, 2023 1:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Central Coast: Pie Ranch
 
Monday, March 6
 

1:00pm PST

SLO Gathering: Farm Tech Day

Join us at City Farm SLO for a Small Farm Conference Regional Gathering

March 6th, 1p-4p

featuring small farm tech demos by Farm_ng, SolTec, Smart Farm Tech, farmers demoing The Big Tech you always wanted including an electric tractor, harvest bot and more!

Learn about the local Farm Tool Collaborative.

Please leave pets at home. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, bring water bottle, sunscreen, hat.

SLO City Farm
1221 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
https://www.cityfarmslo.org

805.816.8188


Monday March 6, 2023 1:00pm - 4:00pm PST
SLO City Farm
 
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