Workshops • On-farm Demos
Field Days • Annual Ag Policy Forum
Agrarian Lovers Ball
Local food, innovation, community roots and healthy soils—just 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.
Tools and technology can help farmers improve efficiency, save labor and connect with their customers. But it seems many of the innovations taking place in agriculture today are built for large-scale production, out of reach for many family farmers and spurring consolidation in the industry. Join us for this event showcasing what’s possible for small-acre and sustainable agriculture. From cost-effective tools to software that streamlines direct sales, from practical tractor implements to data management to help you better understand what’s happening beneath your fields. Whether you’re growing 20 acres of row crops or just tending a quarter acre market garden, managing a small-scale ranch or a family-owned vineyard, come learn the latest in appropriately-scaled Ag Tech, interact with innovators and start working smarter, not harder.
Slow Food Nations is a major international food festival hosted in Denver, CO. This year, we explore Where Tradition Meets Innovation. Be part of the international Slow Food movement and connect with farmers, foodies and families.
Experience Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural past, present and future, on land the Cottle family farmed for over 150 years. There will be children’s activities, local craft makers from San Jose Made, and food trucks. Meet the animals at the 4H parcel and visit the petting zoo.
The UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will host gardening talks at the Master Gardener parcel. They will also have seedlings and succulents for sale. Come see their new educational pavilion and beautiful water-wise California Native Garden!
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Join us as we celebrate the practice of sustainability and self-reliance through home-scale agriculture and the cultivation of culinary and craft skills! Hear from local experts and passionate enthusiasts and learn to use natural resources in your community. With demonstrations and conversations in sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and so much more, you are guaranteed to leave with knowledge and inspiration!
Note – this is a ticketed event and may sell out. Tickets are sold for the Morning Session, Afternoon Session, or Both.
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Join the Santa Clara County Master Gardeners for their 25th annual Spring Garden Market (SGM), a premier plant sale and sustainable gardening showcase.
Choose from a huge variety of tomato, pepper, herb, and flower seedlings and succulents raised right here in the Santa Clara Valley. They grow varieties not readily available elsewhere, selected for outstanding taste, beauty, and performance in our soil and climate.
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The annual Spring Garden Market is a plant sale and educational fair brought to you by the UCCE Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.
We offer more than 5,000 vegetable plants, herb starts, and succulents to get your home garden started. You’ll discover a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, other vegetables and herbs that have been expertly selected and lovingly grown by us for you.
We’ve carefully chosen top-performing varieties for each microclimate, ensuring that you’ll have a productive and flourishing garden this year.
There will be educational tables to help you select the best plants for your garden, and we’ll provide tips on how best to plant, grow and care for your new seedlings. Don’t miss our other activities and features too, including our exhibit and sale of beautiful succulent arrangements.
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This year’s theme is “Creating a Road Map for Change”. Friday will feature a Welcome by Professor Mario Sifuentez, director of the Center for the Humanities at UC Merced, and a day of tracks focused on farmer justice, youth organizing, immigration, labor, climate, incarceration, and story-telling. Art and music will infuse these conversations with inspiration and empowerment.
The goal with the Rural Justice Summit is to open channels of communication between researchers and community members– including advocates and organizers– about historic and current struggles for access to resources in the Central Valley. After our 2016 launch we realized there is a need to continue to host this summit as a place for both conversations and action, the Rural Justice Summit is now a major annual event. Every year our waiting list is almost as long as our list of attendees. We find ourselves booking larger spaces every year and now for 2019 we are expanding our event to two days. Our core organizing team has also expanded to include the UC Davis Center for Regional Change and Dulce UpFront Arts Collective.
The Summit draws diverse participants from across the State of California and from other states with similar challenges. While our audience is primarily rural Californians, we have had participants from Montana, Colorado and Arizona — states where rural residents are marginalized and immigration policies have a negative impact.
Each year, we focus our strategic conversations around a set of key rural issues that Summit participants have decided need urgent attention. These include immigration reform and response; improving access to clean water for underrepresented rural residents; incarcerations impacts on communities; and building political power and voice in youth communities and through local elections. In 2019 the Summit will also be a key organizing space for the Farmer Justice Collaborative.
With our 2019 theme –Creating a Roadmap for Change — we will be focusing conversations on practical, actionable steps for moving the Valley towards justice. We want to change the narrative of rural California– and in doing so, change the landscape.
NOTE: Friday registration is required, Saturday no registration is required
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