From January 20-23, 2021, EcoFarm and local nonprofit Sierra Harvest are partnering to host the West’s largest gathering for sustainable agriculturalists, backyard gardeners, activists, and foodies alike – which can now be attended from the comfort of your own home! Now in its 41st year, EcoFarm Conference was the first organically focused farm conference and continues to be a model around the country. The move to a virtual format opens up this inspirational event to a wider audience, with even more groundbreaking speakers and a lower price tag.
EcoFarm Conference has deep roots in Nevada County, with local food heroes Amigo Bob Cantisano, Kalita Todd, and Ritchie Marks as founding members of this popular event. While the conference won’t be on the coast as it usually is, there are still many opportunities to network, learn and be inspired. You don’t have to be a farmer to benefit from the magic of EcoFarm, there’s plenty of information for all kinds of gardeners, permaculturists and foodies alike. With a focus on practical regenerative agriculture and a strong lens of equity, social justice and amplifying diverse voices, this year’s gathering is not one to miss!
A few of this year’s visionary keynote speakers include: Rupa Marya, M.D. , John Kempf, and Reginaldo (Regi) Haslett Marroquin. Focusing on everything from ecology and climate change to regenerative strategies for soil health to sustainable poultry systems, even the most seasoned grower will find something new to learn in this year’s conference.
In addition to these world-class keynotes, the conference will be offering 50+ workshops, networking opportunities, and a virtual vendor expo.
A few of the workshops sponsored by Sierra Harvest (and taught by local experts) include: “Contract Grazing in the Time of Fire” with Dan Macon, Marie Hoff and Andree Soares plus “Native and Land Management on Organic Farms” with Grayson Coney and Maya Harjo.
The event starts with all-day Pre-Conference intensives that will take place on January 19 and January 20 including:
- Organic Pioneers and the Future of Real Organic
- Regenerative Agricultural Systems: Equity and Inclusion Healing People and the Planet
- Lessons from the Hemp Field: Navigating Opportunities and Risks of the New Market
- White Out: Retelling the Story of Our Identities and Our Role for Racial Justice
Too cold outside to think about bundling up to go on a farm tour? EcoFarm has you covered. Pre-Conference events will culminate with Friday’s virtual Nevada County Farm Tour focused on Ecological Agriculture on Small Farms of the Sierra Foothills and Live Q&A with Farmers.
Stone’s Throw Farm from Colfax will discuss soil occultation, For the People Seeds will teach about seed production cleaning and saving, and Super Tuber Farm will share skills around bed preparation and weed management.
Help 2021 get off to an inspirational start and join Sierra Harvest and EcoFarm for a conference filled with visionary leaders and practical skills to elevate your farm, garden and consciousness. Information and tickets: https://eco-farm.org/conference
Submitted by Miriam Limov, Sierra Harvest