Tag Archives: land use

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.

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

Free Screening of “The Biggest Little Farm”

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Patagonia Palo Alto, Kitchen Table AdvisorsSlow Food South Bay and Hidden Villa are pleased to invite to you the free screening in San Jose of The Biggest Little Farma 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. 

Food For the Future Panel Discussion, a part of “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation”

From our agricultural roots to today’s cutting-edge sustainability efforts, the way we grow, eat, and share food has been shaped by innovation.

Visit Los Altos History Museum’s“Silicon Valley Eats” food exhibit.

May – September

Gather around the table with us this summer as we remember the orchards and canneries of the Valley of Heart’s Delight, celebrate today’s diversity of cuisine, and learn about the new food technologies being developed in Silicon Valley.

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Farms & Ranches Forever Fest

Join the Greenbelt Alliance for their Farms & Ranches Forever Fest.  Experience the Bay Area’s agriculture in downtown San Francisco! This annual happy hour features local farms and ranches, their products, and hands-on activities. Guests will be treated to live music, hors-d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and cocktails.

Since 1984, more than 200,000 acres of Bay Area farmland—an area six times the size of San Francisco— have been lost to sprawl development. If we don’t act now, sprawl development could fleece the Bay Area of our treasured local agriculture.

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

Umunhum: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Celebrate indigenous stewardship and cultural conservation while viewing the short film Umunhum, which will transport you to the sacred site of the Amah Mutsun creation story. In partnership with the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, Hidden Villa will host a special screening of the film in our Dana Center. After the screening, learn even more about the great collaboration that has made the return of the Amah Mutsun to Mt. Umunhum possible from a panel discussion featuring members of the Tribal Band, the Land Trust and the film’s producer.

Seats are limited, so register for this special program today!

Horizon Workshop – Transform the Future – San Jose

In March, MTC and ABAG will host five public workshops where you will be asked to identify the right suite of transportation, land use, economic development and resilience strategies to create a better future for the Bay Area in the year 2050. The workshops will present three different “futures,” then ask which strategies will produce the best outcomes for each. Input from the workshops will assist MTC and ABAG with our long range planning effort. The events are two hours each and are located in venues around the region.

Assembly Member 3rd Annual Open House – Marc Berman District 24

Share your ideas, ask questions, and discuss community and legislative matters important to you.

Free parking onsite.  Light refreshments will be provided at no tax payers expense.