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LOCAL Announcement :: Environment & Food

Ecological Farming Conference 2006 (Jan 25 - 27)

For a more detailed conference schedule, click below:
Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Eco-Farm Bus Tour '06 - 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sustainable Agriculture in Northern Santa Cruz County

Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture (Tues. AND Wed.) - all-day at Asilomar
A Participatory National Pre-Conference on Post-Secondary Education
Convened by the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences & Student Farm and the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

A Meeting of the Minds - Farm Bill 2007 - 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sponsored by the California Coalition for Food and Farming

CSA Nuts & Bolts: A Conversation Among Farmers - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Opening Plenary Session: 8:00 to 10:00 pm:
Fields of Plenty; A Journey to the Frontiers of America’s Agriculture
Michael Ableman, followed by Woody Guthrie, (portayed by David Fenimore)

Terra Madre Reception: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Hosted by Slow Food USA

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Workshop Session A: 8:30 - 10:00 am

The Ark of Taste and Presidia
Food, Farming and the Wild
Free Trade Agreements and Sustainable Agriculture
Genetic Engineering and the Species Barrier: Where is the line?
Ground Squirrel Control Options for Organic Farmers and Ranchers
One Potato, Two Potatoes, Many Potatoes
Starting a Successful Farm / Como Fundar una Finca Exitosa
Water In and Out: Treatment Alternatives

Workshop Session B: 10:30 am - 12:00 noon

Biological Alternatives to Methyl Bromide
CSA: Diversity Through Partnerships
The 2007 Farm Bill is IMPORTANT to you! / El Farm Bill 2007 es IMPORTANTE para Usted!
The Future of Biofuels
Helping Your Neighbors Kick the Chemical Habit
Managing Pests in Organic Systems: Selected Topics / Manejo de Plagas en Sistemas Orgánicos: Temas Oportunos
Organic Restaurants for the Masses
A Revolution on the Farm: Sweden’s Natural Step Framework...
Sustainable Agriculture in Higher Education

Plenary Session : 1:30 - 3:00 pm: Changing the Food System: Reconnecting the Seed to the Table
Marion Nestle, Anna Marie Carter, David Roach, and Larry Bain

Workshop Session C: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Assessing Vegetable Crops and Natural Resources for Overall Health
“Eating California?—Edible Gardening and Cuisine
An Emerging Paradigm for Organic Strawberry Production Systems
The Essential Role of Good Nutrition in Childhood Learning and Behavior
Looking for Solutions to the Packaged World
Marketing for Beginners: How to Build and Keep Good Sales Relationships / Mercadeo para Agricultores Principiantes: Como Cultivar y Mantener Buenas Relaciones de Ventas
Post-Harvey Handling
Practical Applications of Radionics in Agriculture
What Do Chefs Want?
What’s the Beef?

Organic Wine Tasting: 5:00 pm

Sees Swap, Mixers, and Receptions: All Evening

Film: Broken Limbs: 8:00 pm

Talent Show: 9:00 pm

Friday, January 27, 2006

Plenary Session : 8:30 - 10:00 am: Successful Organic Farmers
Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens; John Teixeira; Michael Alexander and Sharlene Grunerud

Workshop Session D: 10:30 am - 12:00 Noon

Artisan Cheeses of California: An Industry Ripens
Evaluating Compost Quality
Farming as if Wild Nature Mattered
Fresh Food for Urban People through Organic Agriculture and Markets
GMO Liability Issues
Healing the Community and the Earth through Ancient Agricultural Dance
Irrigation for Optimal Plant Growth and Water Conservation
Social Equity in Sustainable Agriculture
Tips for Startup Organic Food Processing Companies
Youth in Organic Agriculture: The Next Generation

Workshop Session E: 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Benefits of Organic Food and Farming: A State of Science Review
Critical Business Practices and Decisions
Home on the Range: Marketing Organic Livestock
Innovative Equipment Ideas
Join the Conversation - Strategic Directions for the Sustainable Agriculture Movement
Social Forestry and Biomass Resources
Start Fresh to Build the Future
Taking Organic Advantage of Federal Programs
Working with Congress on Organic Issues: Process, Politics and Possible Outcomes (NEW!)

Workshop Session F: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Breeding and Seed Sourcing for Organic Systems: Several Approaches
Ethnobotany, Beans, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, and Obesity
Goats: Capricious, Charismatic, and Efficient Land Managers
Join the Conversation - Strategic Directions for the Sustainable Agriculture Movement (continued)
Lenders that Specialize in Helping Organic Farms
Organic Produce Trade Can Move Towards Sustainability
The Route to Zero Waste on Organic Farms
Growing Scrumptious Stone Fruit
Wise Words From Veteran Farmers

Organic Banquet: 6:00 pm
“Sustie? and “Justie? Awards Ceremony

Dance! Dance! Dance! with Aphrodesia: 9:30 pm

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Workshop Session G: 8:30 - 10:00 am

Beyond Agritourism: The Farm as Community Heart
Compost Tea
Dry Farming: The Old Ways Meet the Future
Practical Media Tools
Reality Check: Renewable Energy on the Farm—a Farmer Panel
Saving Farmland through Conservation Easements
Small Grain CSA’s

Closing Plenary Session: 10:30 - 11:45 am
Keeping the Farm Movement Moving
Jim Hightower
Starhawk (NEW!)

Closing Circle at the Beach: 1:00 pm

Register for Eco-Farm 2006

Ecological Farming Association • 406 Main Street Ste. 313 • Watsonville, CA 95076
ph. 831-763-2111 • fax. 831-763-2112 • info (at)

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