You might think that after the flurry of activities and events centered around the holidays that Nevada County would want to take a little break and catch its breath. But if you think that, then you don’t know Nevada County! We start off the year with a bang, with a wide variety of great events with something for everyone.
This weekend, January 6-8, Over 600 farmers, foodies and homesteaders will gather in Grass Valley 2017 Sustainable Food & Farm Conference, organized by local nonprofit Sierra Harvest. This year’s conference features internationally recognized soil scientist and Elaine Ingham, widely known in the sustainable and organic agriculture movement as one of the leading innovators in promoting soil health. The conference also features Ben Hartman, market farmer and author who develops lean principles inspired by the Japanese automotive industry to work smarter, prevent burnout and promote success among family farmers. Greg Judy, rancher and author, will share how he transformed his bankrupt ranch into a profitable, debt-free business by adopting holistic management techniques for producing pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken and more. The conference also features a full day of sustainable food and farm workshops by local experts, and a tour of local, sustainable-minded farms and ranches in Nevada County. The Sustainable Food & Farm Conference is designed to support farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, and gardeners to adopt innovative, sustainable practices that promote nutrient dense food and a healthier environment.
Then, next weekend, January 12-16, is the 15th Annual Wild and and Scenic Film Festival. Hosted and produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the nation’s largest environmental film festival. It brings together top filmmakers, celebrities, activists, and social innovators to trigger and inspire environmental awareness and action. The event will feature more than 115 films, including ten world premieres, and is complimented by activist workshops, special events featuring filmmaker meet and greets, environmental fashion shows, and virtual reality environmental experiences. As part of the event, Pulitzer prize-winning poet, essayist, lecturer and environmental activist, Gary Snyder, and artist, author and educator, Tom Killion at the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Snyder and Killion will host a private evening of film, conversation and poetry focused on the role arts play in the environmental movement. This special ticketed event is happening on Saturday, January 14th at 7 p.m. at the Del Oro Theatre in Grass Valley.
The Nugget Fringe Festival is up next, an eclectic mix of cutting edge performances from around the world taking place from January 19-29 at various locations in Grass Valley. Hosted by Quest Theaterworks, the festival is 10 days, seven venues, 110 performances, and 30 different shows covering everything from music, performance art, talks, burlesque, theater, and more. Celebrating its third anniversary, the Nugget Fringe Theater Festival brings fresh and exciting theater to audiences in the Gold Country. Often over-the-top and under-the-radar of traditional theater, “The Fringe,” whose motto is Theater Unleashed has an ever increasing audience each year. Most performances run around an hour and Fringe Fans have fun trooping from venue to venue, seeing as many shows as they can in one day.