Eco-Farm 2014 Is Here!
In January, the oldest and largest yearly ecological agricultural gathering in the West, the Eco-Farm conference, meets to create, maintain and promote healthy, safe and just food farming systems. Earl’s Organics has been a proud sponsor for 18 years. Over 1,500 people will attend the 3 day conference in beautiful Asilomar, located in Pacific Grove, nestled between Carmel and Monterey off the California coast. Earl’s will have a large group going down for Eco-Farm with plans to attend workshops, network and meet with clients and growers. There will be 60 workshops covering all aspects of ecological farming and food and farmer discussion groups. I will be starting off Eco-Farm with the Farm Tour and learning about organic farming on the central coast. Our stops include the Lonely Mountain Farm, Happy Girl Kitchen Cannery, Live Earth Farm and Prevedelli Farms. I hope to see some of you on the Farm Tour!
Lonely Mountain Farm where UCSC Farm & Garden alumn Kenny Baker is in his 4th year of growing year round veggies on 6 acres of leased ground, with his sister Dawn Sternadell joining him two years ago. The farm is noted for heirloom dry beans and seasonal veggies and sells at local farmers markets.
Happy Girl Kitchen Co., Monterey County’s only operating cannery, preserves local organic foods like citrus, pickles, berries, kraut, and tomatoes. Owner Todd Champagne and staff will offer samples of these and other goodies, serve refreshments, and feature his café, community cannery, and bakery concept.
Live Earth Farm is operated by UCSC Farm & Garden alumni Tom Broz and his wife Constance. They grow more than 50 annual and perennial crops on 75 acres, year round. Their diverse marketing via an 800-member CSA, farmers markets, restaurants, web store, retailers, and wholesalers will be discussed, as well as their vibrant on-farm educational program, now reaching more than 1500 grade school children and at-risk teenagers.
Prevedelli Farms, started in 1945, produces 80 acres of organic fruit including 36 varieties of apples, 5 pear varieties, numerous cane berry varieties and summer veggies. They sell at 15 farmers markets, restaurants, and retailers and make value-added treats. Third generation farmer Sam Lathrop will host and provide samples of late season fruit and jams.
Amigo Bob Cantisano of Organic Ag Advisors, Sam Earnshaw of Hedgerows Unlimited, and Richard Smith of UC Cooperative Extension will lead the tour.