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      EcoFarm Conference at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove


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      January 22, 2020

      Wednesday   8:00 AM

      173 Central Avenue
      Pacific Grove, California 93950

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      EcoFarm Conference at Asilomar Conference Grounds

      The future—not to mention the past and the present—of farming are all here. This 40th annual conference is part celebration, part troubleshooting, part science geek-fest, drawing organic and regenerative and creative farmers from all over the country to Pacific Grove. Workshops this year include policy topics ("How can you bend a broken organic program?" at 8:30am Thursday) and innovative business ideas ("Chinese medicinal herbs: a unique opportunity for farmers" is at 3:30pm Thursday) as well as presentations on seed trials and no-till techniques. There are also tastings (wine and cider tastings at 5pm on Thursday, beer and cheese pairings at noon Friday) and practical/fun workshops (yoga to prevent back injuries—remember, this is for  farmers who spend their days in the field—at 8am on Thursday). The Friday night dance (9pm-midnight Friday) is a chance to let loose, forget about food safety testing requirements, and rock out to live music by Painted Mandolin. Documentary film screenings include The Biggest Little Farm Friday at 7:30pm, and The Seeds of Vandana Shiva at 5:30pm Friday—a good warmup for the visionary scholar's keynote (10:30am Saturday) about empowering small farmers to save their own seeds and protect biodiversity and their own financial interests simultaneously. In short, it's heady, flavorful stuff that gets at the future of our planet and our food. [SR]

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