All members of the California small farm community are invited to register for the 30th California Small Farm Conference, the state’s premier gathering for small-scale farmers, ranchers, farmers’ market managers, and those who support them. The conference will be held Sunday and Monday, Oct. 29 and 30 at the Robert Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton. Attendees can register at CaliforniaFarmConference.com.
Pulling together innovators, family farmers and experts in environmentally and economically transformative practices, this event is an opportunity to interact with leaders in the field, to network and to learn about new trends and practices. Attendees will be inspired – and will inspire others – to make California’s small farms, their products and the farmers’ markets and sellers who promote them, shine.
Here is a breakdown of the scheduled events.
Sunday, Oct. 29:
• Ticketed attendees participate in one of the full day or half day field courses or short courses designed to provide valuable hands-on education at local small farms and ranches in the Stockton region or with in-depth training sessions on-site at the Cabral Agricultural Center.
• After a day in the field, all participants are invited to attend Sunday evening’s Reception to visit with exhibitors and new and old friends from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with food and a no-host bar.
Monday, Oct. 30:
• All workshops will take place in three sessions, each with five concurrent workshops, on Monday Oct. 30. A light Monday breakfast, networking lunch and Sunday evening reception are included in the basic conference registration fee.
• The 2017 quartet of keynote speakers are sustainable farming leaders Carl Rosato and Helen Atthowe who created wildly organic Woodleaf Farms, and the farmers who Carl and Helen selected, after an intensive search, to buy Woodleaf Farms: Danny Lazzarini and Andrew Seidman. Together, their experience farming the same landscape tells a powerful story of creative farming succession.
Visit online at californiafarmconference.com.
Goal of the 30th California Small Farm Conference is to promote the success and viability of small farming and ranching operations and certified farmers’ markets through short courses, tours, workshops and networking opportunities. The Conference is held in a different California city each year and attracts from 200 to 400 attendees.