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
Give What You Can on December 3
December 3rd is “Giving Tuesday,” and you can become a member of Slow Food USA for a donation of any amount on that day. This link will be live with an open entry form on December 3: slowfoodusa.org/give-what-you-can.
Be sure to note ‘South Bay’ as your designated Chapter.
|Look forward to interesting Speakers, Seed Exchange, Great Silicon Valley Bean Weigh-In, Potluck Buffet* and Garden Chat
9 – 10 Set up. All are welcome to assist. Seed Exchange – open all day
10 – 11 Joyce Eden & Instant Pot Demo w Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean
11 – 12 Garden & Seed Chat – How does your garden grow? sharing garden stories, brIng your questions. Keep your hands busy cleaning seeds to exchange while we chat and learn from our local experts -> YOU! Screens and seeds will be available to try your hand or Bring YOS to clean and share. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your garden and seed questions.
12 – 1 Peter Ruddock – Slow Food & the Ark of Taste Ark
1 – 1:40 Craig Dremann – Landscape Restoration w/ Native Grasses
1:40 – 2 pm Great Silicon Valley Bean Weigh-In – bring your Cherokee Trail of Tears beans to share with the community and celebrate our collective achievements. Raffle for all who return CToT beans.
2:00 – 3:00 +
3pm clean up
Free with food and seeds to share OR suggested donation of $5-$20.
No one turned away.
*Please bring plant based food and drink for potluck buffet table & your plate, cup and utensils for zero waste.
This is a community event and community participation is welcome, particularly in setting and cleaning up. Please come a little early to help set up and/or stay a little late to help clean up. Thank you.
Tagged education, food advocacy, food education, garden, harvest, landscape, native plants, Seed exchange, seeds, Slow Food South Bay, sustainability
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