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Archive for January, 2011

The 31st Annual Eco Farm Conference starts today!

 Today kicks off the 31st Annual Eco Farm Conference at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California! 

Earl’s Organic Produce has been a major sponsor of the conference for years, and members of our staff have been attending since its formation in the 1980s.  A project of the Ecological Farming Association (EFA), the Eco-Farm Conference serves as a gathering place for over 1,500  farmers, wholesalers, retailers, academics, activists, and other members of the sustainable farming community. It offers more than 70 workshops and plenary sessions on topics ranging from social sustainability in agriculture to the fundamentals of orchard health. It is a truly unique event, with abundant opportunities for members of the organic industry to share ideas, network and celebrate.  Earl’s has a long history with the event, and is honored to participate year after year. 

For more information, check out the Eco Farm Conference link!

http://www.eco-farm.org/programs/efc/

Also, feel free to check out the link below for archived panel disccussions from last year’s conference:

http://www.eco-farm.org/programs/efc/audio_programs/

Rain and Cold! How weather affects the price of produce

Storms have a lasting effect on agricultural production.   Bad weather has a cumulative negative impact on quality and availability of many fruits and vegetables.  Weather can affect a grower’s ability to plant or harvest their crops.  In addition, the quality of many crops is compromised as a result of rain, frost, or other forms of weather.  All of this tightens the supply of various commodities, and raises price.  It all goes back to the basic principles of supply and demand.

For example, the rain we had last week may have made it impossible for growers to plant lettuce for close to 10 days.  As a result, we will probably see a shortage of lettuce in a little over 2 months when that product would have been ready for harvest!   Currently, broccoli and lettuce prices are high as a result of weather and the limited sunlight typical of winter.

Later this week, we will have an update on how has affected fruit crops!

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