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Eco-Farm Conference Seminars

The 32nd Annual Eco-Farm Conference is only 5 days away and although there are so many seminars to choose from there really is something for everyone.  As I mentioned in my previous blog I will be at the farm tour all day Wednesday. Thursday and Friday the seminars start around 8am and continue through 5pm. Thursday morning it is a toss-up between Multi-Farm CSA’s and Collaborative Farming and National Organic Regulations Update.  CSA’s are a great way to get a variety of fresh produce either delivered directly to your door or to pick up at a central location.  By purchasing produce from a CSA you are supporting local farmers while receiving produce fresh from the farm.  The seminar will talk about the story of a new 15-farm collaborative in California’s Capay Valley.  I am also interested in learning from the National Organic Program(NOP) about the latest issues and policies that  affect everyone who is certified organic or consumes organic food. 

Thursday afternoon I am contemplating the Food Hubs and Value Based Supply Chains seminar or Extend the Harvest with Fermentation.  There is growing excitement and interest about food hubs and values-based supply chains. These new and emerging food distribution enterprises and networks carry values from field to fork, provide greater producer access to wholesale markets and create equitable, transparent relationships with farmers and ranchers.  Happy Girl Kitchens and Farmhouse Culture from Santa Cruz will be exploring the history, science and how-to of vegetables ferments like krauts, kimchis and pickles.  If you have never tried Happy Girl or Farmhouse Culture’s products you are in for a treat! They can be found at farmers markets all over the bay area.

Other events are going on throughout Thursday including Artisian Cheese and Beer Tasting, Art Show with photography of ecological foodies and farmers at work and a talk about On The Farm and In The School Garden hosted by Organically Grown Company.

 

Susan Simitz
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