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The National Heirloom Expo

Over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed on-topic speakers. Join us in three unique speaker halls, all with their own format.  Choose from individual speakers, expert  panels, or in-depth roundtable discussions.

 

More details coming….

10th Annual Monterey Bay Greenhouse Tours Plant and Flower Sale

Come visit the beautiful flower and plant farms of Monterey Bay!  Ever wonder what beauty lies behind the glass in a greenhouse?  Now’s your chance to find out during the 10th Annual Monterey Bay Greenhouse Tours – Plant & Flower Sale!  Participating greenhouses will be open to the public June 8th between the hours of 10:00am-4:00pm.  There is an array of flowers, herbs, plants and trees to see ranging from roses to gerberas, succulents to citrus trees, and more while touring these Monterey Bay farms.

This event is FREE and open to the public, thanks to our sponsors.

There is no specific start point for the tour and no reservations are necessary.  Just pick to start at any of the participating nurseries and go!  We also have a couple of locations with food and beverages available and a few special presentations, rain or shine!! Come and enjoy this day of fun with your entire family! Each of the five locations on the map have a portion of their sales benefitting a local non-profit organization.

Pathways to Farm Ownership – Webinar

Join the CCOF Foundation, California FarmLink, and the National Young Farmers Coalition for a webinar that will guide you through the key steps in negotiating and composing a lease that has a built-in pathway to ownership. 
Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs and sky-high land prices in places like California, it often doesn’t make sense to purchase property before starting your farm business. Learn about different types of lease structures, clauses, tactics that can lead to farm ownership, and how to position yourself financially to be able to execute a purchase option.
By 2030, more than two-thirds of all private agricultural land in the United States is expected to change hands. Additionally, over the past decade, the average cost of farmland has doubled, and land prices continue to climb. Unless you stand to gain farmland the old fashioned way—inheritance—new and scaling farmers need “out-of-the-box” strategies to stand up against the tide of U.S. farmland transition.
This webinar will provide ideas on choosing a land tenure method that’s right for your growing organic farming business, and how to best position yourself to consider a possible farmland purchase in the future, including financial planning through the National Young Farmer Coalition’s Finding Farmland Calculator tool.

Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

Join organic farmer Bob Quinn and Stanford Lecturer Liz Carlisle for highlights from their new book, Grain by Grain.  Drawing on Bob’s 30-year journey in regenerative organic agriculture and renewable energy, they will discuss how transformation of regional food systems can drive big changes over time: creating good green jobs that rebuild rural communities, while providing healthier food and better environmental stewardship.  Along the way, they’ll shed some light on the recent epidemic of gluten sensitivity, and offer some suggestions for how to restore a healthy relationship with wheat. Organic snacks will be served, including samples of kamut-based products. Books will be available for purchase.

Hidden Villa Homesteading Day

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.

25th Annual Master Gardener Spring Garden Market – San Jose

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 tomatopepperherb, 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.

Rural Justice Summit

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

Learn to Farm – The Singing Frogs Farm Way!

Singing Frogs Farm is proud to continue offering their successful, intensive, hands-on workshops to teach the mechanics behind their multi-award-winning, no-till, agroecological, intensive farming methods. Build your ecology, both above and below ground. Learn how to farm with (and for) Mother Nature. Understand how, in using these natural systems, you too can increase your soil organic matter, crop nutrient density and overall productivity.

Tuesday, March 5th 
Wednesday, March 20th
Tuesday, April 9th

Backyard and Pasture Poultry Workshop

Healthy Animals, Healthy People Workshop

Morning session: Backyard and Pasture Poultry
• Avian Health/Avian Diseases
• Avian Behavior & Welfare
• Egg Handling & Food Safety
• Disaster Preparedness: Evacuation or Shelter-in-Place

Lunch Break (Attendees for backyard poultry may leave at lunch)

Afternoon session: Pasture Poultry
• Antimicrobial Use and Regulations
• Pastured Poultry
• Pasture-based and Integrated Systems: Food Safety Risks
• Poultry Regulations
• Panel Discussion with Poultry Growers

Online registration required: http://ucanr.edu/poultrywrkshop

31st California Small Farm Conference

THE SMALL FARM CONFERENCE & FARMERS GUILD-RAISING UNITE!

The 31st annual California Small Farm Conference where farmers, ranchers, local food advocates and farmers market managers gather each year to network, explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture, work to bridge field and fork, sharpen their skills, and give voice to those growing a more resilient food system from the soil up.

Small farms, big impact.