Small Farm Con­fer­ence Cel­e­brat­ing 30 Years

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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 to­day 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 hand­son ed­u­ca­tion at lo­cal small farms and ranches in the Stock­ton re­gion or with in­depth train­ing ses­sions on­site 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 (http://www.cal­i­for­ni­afar­mcon­fer­ence.com/) 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.

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