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.
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: email@example.com.
Tagged class, education, farm, farming, food advocacy, food education, health, holistic, holistic grazing, land use, local, our environment, regional food web, sustainability
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.
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
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.
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
Tagged class, education, farming, food advocacy, food education, garden, land use, local, master gardeners, our environment, permaculture, plants, sustainability
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Patagonia Palo Alto, Kitchen Table Advisors, Slow Food South Bay and Hidden Villa are pleased to invite to you the free screening in San Jose of The Biggest Little Farm, a film that chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.
Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.
Doors will open for the screening at 6:00. Come early and meet representatives from local farming groups, or enjoy some refreshments from the concession stand. The film will start promptly at 7:00 PM and has a runtime of 1 hour, 32 minutes.
Tagged education, farm, farming, film, food advocacy, food justice, harvest, health, land use, movie, organic food and farming, our environment, plants, slowfood, soil, sustainability
The UC Master Gardener Fall Garden Market plant sale offers a bounty of winter vegetable and flower seedlings plus beautiful low-water succulents. They all thrive in our cool winter conditions and will keep your garden producing year round. Come get inspired! Arrive early for best selection.
UC Master Gardeners will be hosting educational talks, children’s activities, a Green Elephant sale, and an “Ask a Master Gardener” booth where you can ask questions and bring in samples for diagnosis.