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California Small Farm Conference

Workshops • On-farm Demos
Field Days • Annual Ag Policy Forum
Agrarian Lovers Ball
Local food, innovation, community roots and healthy soilsjust a few of the things you’ll find growing on small farms all across California. Join us in February 2020 for the 32nd annual California Small Farm Conference where farmers, ranchers and local food advocates gather each year to explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture, work to bridge field and fork, sharpen their skills, network and give voice to those growing a more resilient food system from the soil up.

Intensive / Rotational/ Holistic Grazing on Small Acreage – Workshop

The effectiveness of rotational grazing for improving forage growth and storing carbon in soils depends on many factors, one of the most important of which is adaptation through experiential knowledge and decision making. This workshop will build on the experience of 4 ranchers as they have practiced holistic or rotational management in various geographic contexts with different herd types. The workshop will include an overview of development of a grazing plan, how to observe plant recovery and adaptive management in the context of small acreage. We will also discuss intensive rotational grazing for smaller livestock (goats, chickens and pigs), which are becoming increasingly important in food systems due to the cost of land and production. Following the workshop, we will tour Fiesta Farm, and overview their rotational system. Presenters include Joe Morris (Morris Grassfed Beef), Mark Biaggi (Tomkat Ranch), Rebecca King (Monkeyflower Ranch), Sarah Lopez (Fiesta Farm), and Rich Casale (retired NRCS). Please register in advance to reserve your space: pam.krone@noaa.gov.

Small Farm Food Safety – Online Free Webinar

Have you heard conflicting information on how the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) applies to small produce farmers? Has a buyer asked you to be “FSMA Compliant?” Have you heard conflicting information about food safety from different people? Join the CCOF Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Farmers Guild (CAFF/FG) for a webinar that goes over FSMA frequently asked questions for produce growers, as well as clears up common myths and misconceptions about small farm food safety.

On-farm food safety is a complicated topic that many small farmers are left to understand on their own. With the start of FSMA inspections on the largest produce farms this year, there’s lots of talk within the produce industry about food safety. Sometimes farmers hear or are told incorrect information.
In this webinar we will go through the top FSMA and small-farm food safety questions we hear from farmers and provide clear, practical, and correct answers. We will cover food safety topics including FSMA overview information, postharvest handling, personnel training, and using manure as a soil amendment.
Ample time will be reserved for questions from the audience.
About Our Speakers
Kali Feiereisel serves as CAFF and the FG’s Senior Manager for Farmer Services. She provides food safety technical assistance to farmers as they further develop their practices to meet new requirements. In addition to her background in organic farming, Feiereisel studied food safety, local food systems, and food and agriculture policy while completing her graduate degree in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.
About Our Partners
USDA NIFA: This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number USDA-NIFA-FSMA-2018-70020-28869.
NIFA

Blueberries in Abundance

Yes, blueberries can thrive and produce abundantly in Santa Clara County!

Join UC Master Gardener Jeff Jenks to learn how to maximize your success with blueberries. Types of blueberries and varieties that do well in our area will be discussed. Planting, feeding, watering, pruning, and harvesting will also be covered.

Growing Container Microgreens at Home

No yard? No problem! Grow some microgreens. This gourmet specialty crop can be grown using recyclable containers and on a windowsill. We will show how to plant a tray of greens in class and complete the growing cycle at home.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Beth McGuire

Culinary Herbs

Easy to grow Culinary Herbs can offer big savings! This talk is designed to acquaint the home gardener with a basic understanding of how various herbs are grown. Instructions on when to harvest and how to preserve many common herbs will also be given!

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Janet Waagen

Growing Onions, Garlic, Scallions, Shallots, Leeks and Chives

Learn about the history of alliums, i.e. Onions, Scallions, Garlic, Shallots, Leeks and Chives, and how to successfully grow them in your garden, taking advantage of our bay area mild and rainy winters, warm and sunny summers. Grow a gourmet garden of bulbing onions, scallions, garlic, shallots, leeks and chives. Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw will teach you how to select the best varieties for our area, how to prepare the soil, when and how to plant, grow, harvest and store your alliums.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Sue Zaslaw

Garlic: Cultivation and Care

Learn how to select the best varieties for our area, how to prepare the soil, when and how to plant, grow, harvest and store garlic bulbs. With proper curing, your garlic will last until next year’s garlic is ready. And with careful planning, you will never have to buy garlic again!

Master Gardener Louise Christy will discuss the cultivation and care of garlic both in the garden and containers

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Louise Christy

Urban Permaculture

Learn from the various Permaculture schools and apply the lessons in a yard-sized environment. After a quick photo tour of Ecology Action in Willits and the Holzerhof and Kremeterhof in Austria, we will dive into Jesse’s adventure converting his front lawn into a productive miniature food forest. Topics will center around growing soil, water management, and niches.

Presenter(s): Jesse Imbach, certified permaculturist & CRFG board member

Ecocity World Summit – Vancouver

The Ecocity World Summit is the longest-standing international conference that addresses building cities in balance with nature. It is a biennial event which involves over 1000 delegates from all around the world. The first conference in this series was held in Berkeley, USA in 1990 with the purpose of bringing together bright minds to share knowledge on ecological and sustainable city designs. Ecocity Builders, a nonprofit corporation, has since been convening summits in different locations around the globe such as Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2015 and Melbourne, Australia in 2017.

This year, the conference will be hosted by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in collaboration with the City of Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from October 07-11, 2019.

Within BCIT, the School of Construction and the Environment will be taking the lead to convene the conference program. Ecocity 2019 will consist of keynote and guest speakers, presentations, and local field trips highlighting features of sustainable city design, construction and operation.

The 2019 conference will bring focus to the International Ecocity Standards (IES) which were developed through a decade-long partnership between Ecocity Builders and BCIT School of Construction and the Environment. The IES has 18 standards pertaining to sustainable urban living grouped under:

  • Urban design
  • Bio-geophysical conditions
  • Socio-cultural features
  • Ecological imperatives

Each day of the 2019 summit will individually highlight one of these four topics in order to promote the understanding and development of Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver at the Ecocity World Summit 2019!