logo_spread_blue low res
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds

para español haga clic aquí

THANKS FOR JOINING US!

This year’s conference featured over 50 different online workshops, forums and videos for the California small farm and local food community as well as ten in-person gatherings around the state. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible. Check out the recordings from this year’s conference on CAFF’s YouTube channel. If you’re interested in getting involved with the 2023 conference, contact us here or apply to join the Conference Steering Committee here.

SCHEDULE

Click on any workshop below for more details

VERDE (GREEN) = La Sección en Español (Spanish Language Track)

Scroll below for the Farmers Market Track & other special events

SUNDAY

FEBRUARY 27

MONDAY

FEBRUARY 28

TUESDAY

MARCH 1

WEDNESDAY

MARCH 2

9 AM

10:30 AM

NOON

1:30 PM

2:30 PM 

4 PM

FARMERS MARKET TRACK

To attend the Farmers Market track, make sure you’ve registered for the conference, which will give you full access with a password. Then simply click on the workshops in the schedule below. Entry to all Farmers Market programming is included with conference registration, except for the Market Manager Day of Learning, which costs an additional $10.

SPECIAL EVENTS

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 5:30 PM

THE FARM BILL IS COMING! 

¡EL PROYECTO DE LEY AGRÍCOLA SE ACERCA!

Organizing for Equity, Land & Climate (Bilingual)

Organizar para la equidad, la tierra y el clima (bilingüe)

para español haga clic aquí

Every five years, we have the chance to influence the Farm Bill, the nation’s largest piece of legislation that shapes everything from beginning farmer training programs to land access to support for sustainable farming practices. The Farm Bill will be updated in 2023 and will invest BILLIONS of dollars into such programs. But to make sure that this important bill prioritizes small and under-resourced farmers and ranchers, racial justice and equity, and the natural ecosystems we depend on, we must organize! In this session, get an overview of the Farm Bill with a specific focus on land access issues, climate change, and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Then, we want to hear from you – California farmers and ranchers – about your challenges, potential solutions and top priorities. Your input will help shape our Farm Bill advocacy efforts in 2022 and beyond.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 5:30 PM

AWARDS CEREMONY

2022 CALIFORNIA FARM & FOOD CHAMPIONS

From farmers to food system advocates, these everyday heroes and movement leaders from across California are forging a stronger local food economy, promoting food justice and empowering a new generation of agrarians. Join us for a virtual awards ceremony celebrating the 2022 Honorees! Recipients announced in January 2022. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

REGIONAL IN-PERSON GATHERINGS

(various times, locations)

Join us on the final day of the conference in-person at smaller, regional gatherings taking place through the state. Each event is unique, but all will give conference-goers a chance to get out from behind a screen and connect with fellow farmers, ranchers and farm advocates in their community and surrounding region. 

WORKSHOPS

Entry to this year’s conference is on a pay-what-you-can basis. Once registered, you’ll receive a password giving you access to all the virtual workshops below. To sign up for a specific workshop in advance or to jump into one in progress, click “Attend” beside any workshop below.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Tajikistan - Apricot Farmers Sughd Province - CNFA - ECCA - FY13_smaller

PARTICIPANTS:

David Visher, F2F volunteer 

Peggy Carlson, F2F Program Analyst 

C. Bruce Williams PhD, Educator, Businessman and Farmer

USAID Farmer-to-Farmer

Sunday, Feb 27 at 9am

Join us on this interactive workshop and learn about the Farmer-to-Farmer program, which has sent over 19,000 volunteer experts to 116 countries since 1985. Recruiters seek all kinds of experts for two to three week assignments. They look for skills in organic vegetable farming, agribusiness, beekeepers, dairymen, branding, extension, academia, and more. You know more than you think you do and F2F may need you.

Grazing School of the West

PARTICIPANTS:

Olivia Tincani, Olivia Tincani & Co / Grazing School of the West

Cole Bush, Shepherdess Land & Livestock / Shepherdess Hides

The Grazier's Toolbox: Indispensable Tools for the Contract Grazier

Sunday, Feb 27 at 9 AM

Contract grazing not only provides everything from wildfire prevention to ecological restoration, it can also be an entry point for a new generation of livestock managers. Come learn business tools and templates created to power contract grazing businesses and empower their entrepreneurs. As part of the ongoing Grazing School of the West project, and alongside multiple supporting organizations (Fibershed, Southwestern Grassfed Livestock Alliance, White Buffalo Land Trust, Quivira Coalition), the Grazier’s Toolbox is an ongoing effort to create practical and useful tools that every contract grazier can utilize in their day-to-day efforts of land and animal stewardship. Whether new to the sector or in business for years, these templates help graziers analyze the vital heartbeats of their businesses. Tools that can be covered include spreadsheets, checklists, SOPs, etc. such as a contract job cost / breakeven calculator; herd growth calculator; safety checklists; hiring guide including job descriptions and more. We will ask graziers to bring their needs to the table to help power future tool development, and include time for breakout rooms so as to encourage industry expansion and networking and peer learning.

Good Meat Breakdown

PARTICIPANTS:

Camas Davis – Executive Director of Good Meat Project

James O’Donnell, Program Director at Good Meat Project

 

Good Meat Breakdown: Expanding Markets & Reaching Consumers

Sunday, Feb 27 at 10:30am

More and more producers are producing thoughtfully raised, delicious meat products and establishing direct markets for consumers to buy them. But, consumers remain confused, intimidated, and overwhelmed by the prospect of buying local meat, and tend to revert to their old habits at the grocery store. The Good Meat Breakdown serves as a marketing and education resource to help producers better reach consumers, increase sales and visibility, and increase the impact of their marketing efforts. This workshop will cover the ways that meat producers can make sure consumers can find them on the web, and will also showcase our professionally designed marketing materials that answer questions like: How much meat can fit in my freezer? How do I cook this new cut? Why is this meat more expensive? We welcome any meat producer hoping to expand these markets.

California State Capitol, Sacramento, California

PARTICIPANTS:

Maria Sanchez (she/her/ella) – Community Garden Co-Manager & Educator at Mar Vista Gardens Community Garden & Boys and Girls Club Santa Monica Gardens

Teresa Gomez (she/her/ella)-  Community Organizer, Ventura CountyCalifornians for Pesticide Reform

Patricia Miller (she/her)- Community Engagement Manager Edible Schoolyard Stockton

The strength of farmer organizing to ensure equity in California agriculture policy

Sunday, Feb 27 at 10:30am

Farmer organizing in various capacities, from local to national, can build meaningful community, facilitate political change, and shift power into the hands of farmers  – particularly for beginning, small-scale, urban, and diverse BIPOC farmers to ensure government programs are serving them and to demand for structural change that supports justice for all communities.  Policies at all levels of government impact all farms – they shape who has access to opportunities, resources, and markets, and which farmers are more successful than others. These policies have historically been racially motivated and the impact continues to be felt today. For these reasons, advocating for policy change that centers racial equity presents a valuable and critical opportunity to impact farmers’ lives and grow a more sustainable future for all. In this session, you will hear from farmers and organizers on the value, learnings, and challenges of grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and their experiences meeting with elected officials. Come ready to join this discussion and share your own experiences and ideas.  

This session will include simultaneous Spanish interpretation.

Farmland Conservation

PARTICIPANTS:

Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

Javier Zamora, JSM Organics

Kendra Johnson, California Agrarian Commons

Bryan Largay, Conservation Director, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

Jamie Fanous, CAFF (moderator)

Land Conservation & Land Equity

Sunday, Feb 27 at 12pm

Join us for a discussion centered around recent efforts to push land conservation groups, such as as land trusts, to better support beginning farmers & BIPOC farmers. Hear from advocacy groups, farmers, and land trusts that are re-thinking their approach to conservation to diversify the land stewards they work with and empower a new generation of farmers.

Untitled design (46)

PARTICIPANTS:

Natalie Solares, Intertribal Agriculture Council (Zapotec)

Meagen Baldy, Klamath Trinity Resource Conservation District (Hupa)

Vikki Preston, Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources (Karuk)

Francisca Tripp, Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources (Karuk)

Indigenous Foodways: Asserting Indigenous Sovereignty from Seed to Plate

Sunday, Feb 27 at 12pm

Despite the ongoing and lasting legacy of colonialism and displacement, Native/Indigenous peoples in California continue to successfully manage their traditional foods and operate food and agricultural businesses. In this panel, California Native community members and Native transplants will share examples about how they are reclaiming their food and identity, what non-Natives can learn from them, and how to provide support.

larry

PARTICIPANTS:

Amy Wu, Farms to Incubators

Larry Hirahara, JapaneseAmerican farmer

Robina Bhatti,  ALBA alum

Al Baguio, Filipino small farmer  

Asian farmers in California

Sunday, Feb 27 at 1:30pm

Asians and Asian-American farmers have and continue to play a significant role in the agriculture sector in California, and yet their contributions and their voice is often non-existent or muted when it comes to food and farming. Come join us in this interactive workshop that features a panel of Asian farmers that represent a diversity of ethnicities, ages and gender in California. The farmers will share their stories on how they got into farming and how farming connects with their cultural heritage. In addition, we will offer an mini-exhibition—a collection of photos (some historical and some modern day) that show the contributions of Asians to farming in California.

Ag Tech graphic for Sunday

PARTICIPANTS:

Steve Heckeroth, Solectrac

Saul Alba, Beneficial Insectary, Inc.

California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)

Farmer Campus

Lightning Session #1: Tools & Tech

Sunday, Feb 27 at 1:30 PM 

Join us for a series of short, engaging presentations from a variety of speakers revolving around a single theme. In this session, we’ll explore tools and technology related to small farms, sustainable agriculture and local food. Presentations in this series include:

  • Going Electric in the Field & Farm: How electric farm machinery reduce emissions from fossil fuel combustion while also having a significant impact on population health, workplace safety and cleaner food.
  • Drones for the Small Farm
  • Climate Planning Tools for Farmers
Tillage radish cover crop
Natalie Lounsbury 
Jack Gurley
  • PARTICIPANTS:

Melissa Sorongon, Piedrasassi Wine & Bread, Central Coast and Southern California Regenerative Equipment Sharing Collaborative

Emilie Winfield, North Coast Soil Hub

Tessa Salzman,  CalCAN 

Kyle Farmer, Rancher

 

Scaling Up Healthy Soils Practices in California

Sunday, Feb 27 at 2:30 PM

Join us on this open forum to discuss what farmers need to scale up healthy soils across the state. What else can we do in addition to the Healthy Soils Program? What do you need to take the leap into new practices and sustain them? This session will begin with a couple illustrative stories, like equipment sharing to offset larger capital costs, different financing options, and beyond, and then open up for group conversation and brainstorming.

cannabis and food

PARTICIPANTS:

Ryan Power, New Family Farm

Daniel Stein, Briceland Forest Farm

David Plescia, West County Community Farm

Integrating Cannabis with Food Crop Production

Sunday, Feb 27 at 2:30 PM

In this panel, we’ll hear from three farmers who got their start as fruit and vegetable farmers, but who later integrated cannabis production into their existing operation while maintaining or even increasing their other crops. From permits to equipment to planting schedules, we’ll hear how they integrated this newer crop into their farm, what impact it’s had on their business, and what obstacles they’ve encountered along the way.

website banner Become a partner of the 2022 Small Farm Innovation Challenge!

PARTICIPANTS:

TBA

Small Farm Innovation Challenge

Sunday, Feb 27 at 4 PM

And the winners are…. Join us for the 2022 awards ceremony of the Small Farm Innovation Challenge, and stick around for a conversation about tools, tech and the landscape of innovation for the small farm. The Challenge called on innovators from around California and beyond to submit their fresh ideas (inventions, apps, hacks and more) designed to give small farms a leg up. Meet the winners, hear from our panel of judges, and explore the latest tech trends as well as the challenges and opportunities facing today’s small-scale farms.

1641789747350

PARTICIPANTS:

Jamie Fanous, CAFF (moderator)

Fernando Fernandez Levia, La Mesa Verde

Maximilian Rosa, Del Paso Heights Growers Alliance 

Fatima T. Malik-Wilson, Del Paso Heights Growers Alliance  

Urban Ag

Sunday, Feb 27 at 4 PM

There is a critical need for intentional conversations among urban farmers to connect, organize, and identify goals to impact policy change. Join other urban farmers across CA for an opportunity to reflect, and identify 2022 goals for urban farmers. This session will highlight innovative urban farmers and discuss questions such as – what are the needs of urban growers and how do we address them? &  How do we best stay connected going forward?

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28

TierraDrought-19

PARTICIPANTS:

Ann Main, Good Humus Farm

Ruth M Dahlquist, Small Farm Advisor, UCANR

Dave Runsten, CAFF Policy Director

Drought & SGMA

Monday, February 28 at 9 AM 

In this workshop, get the latest on the impacts of the current drought and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the most monumental ag water policy in our lifetime. What will the dry conditions mean for small farms and how will these policies impact their water supply and viability? How can small farms and farm advocates influence how these policies get rolled out? Hear from policy experts and farmers.

PARTICIPANTS:

Nelson Hawkins, lead grower at We Grow Urban Farm in Sacramento 

Patricia Miller, lead farmer at Edible Schoolyard’s 

 

From Community Gardener to Farmer

Monday, February 28 at 10:30am 

Throughout California, and particularly in major cities and their suburbs, communities have carved out green spaces to grow food. Communities of color in particular have been at the forefront of the community gardening movement due to disinvestment in their communities, particularly with regard to fresh food access. But how does a gardener growing carrots for their neighbors transition to a carrot farmer selling carrots throughout their region? This panel discussion will feature farmers with roots in community gardens and we will delve into how they created a path towards building a sustainable business. We will also offer breakout sessions led by each of the farmers for our participants to have conversations with them about their respective journeys. 

Untitled design (42)

PARTICIPANTS:

Kevin Greer, Tehama RCD / Mobile Irrigation Lab

Davin Norene, Big Time Farming

Emily Buerer, CAFF (moderator)

Mobile Irrigation Lab

Monday, February 28 at 10:30am

With the drought at the forefront in California, it’s essential that farmers work to improve their on-farm water conservation and efficiency as much as possible. This workshop will feature a video of a walk through of an irrigation system evaluation with Kevin Greer from Tehama RCD and the Mobile Irrigation Lab. It will demonstrate the key aspects for evaluation an irrigation system including testing distribution uniformity, flow rates, application rates and more. We will also speak to the participating grower about the benefits of an irrigation system evaluation and the importance of maximizing energy and water efficiency at the farm. The workshop will conclude with a Q&A about improving irrigation efficiency and recommendations for farmers.

soil

PARTICIPANTS:

Margaret Lloyd, UCCE Small Farms Advisor

Managing Nitrogen on Organic Vegetable Farms

Monday, February 28 at Noon

In this workshop, get a comprehensive package to nitrogen management in organics: amendments (compost, fertilizers, liquids), soil organic matter release, irrigation water, and cover crops. We’ll also look at crop nitrogen demand and how to pair together nitrogen inputs with nitrogen demand. In the case of organics, nitrogen management is essential for crop and environmental health but also very challenging due to the microbially-driven process of nitrogen-availability from organic sources.

Cavernet-Sauvignon-Grapes-on-the-vine-2

PARTICIPANTS:

Frank Leeds, Frogs Leap Winery

Dry Farming in Vineyards

Monday, February 28 at Noon

With drought still fresh on our minds and a water-scarce future ahead, a few vineyards have held fast to or are even returning to an age-old practice that produces superior wine with far less water: dry-farming. In this video, followed by a panel discussion with growers, we’ll explore dry-farming wine grapes, once the norm in California and still common practice throughout Europe. With 635,000 acres of wine grapes statewide, shifting even a fraction of this growing industry could save billions of gallons water. Come tour the fields at Frogs Leap Winery, a long-established dry-farmed vineyard, as we explore topics such as root stock selection, planting, the nuances of tillage, new technology, organic production, and the real-world constraints and potential of this water-smart practice.

No-Till-Farming-Hunter-CUNY

PARTICIPANTS:

Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser, Singing Frogs Farm

Michael Whamond, Hillview Farms

Alayna Reid, Deep Medicine Circle

Cole Rainey, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Student Farms, Gill Tract Community Farm

Sara Tiffany, CAFF

Small-scale and no-till

Monday, February 28 at 1:30pm

As an ecological land management strategy, no-till farming is gaining popularity among small-scale growers for its potential to maximize ecological efficiencies, reduce external inputs, and increase the adaptive capacity of farms. This technique is particularly promising for farmers with limited access to land and capital because of the potential to achieve high yields and withstand socioeconomic or environmental shocks without investing in expensive machinery, intensive irrigation, synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

Join us on this workshop to learn about the principals of small-scale no-till management, and hear from a panel of growers, alongside key takeaways from recent research on the impacts the system has on soil health. 

Screen Shot 2021-11-22 at 8.41.40 AM

PARTICIPANTS:

Thea Rittenhouse, CDFA Office of Equity

Carmen Carrasco, Small Farm Liaison, CDFA

Kellee Matsushita-Tseng, Second Generation Seeds

Lightning Sessions #2: Diversity & Equity

Monday, February 28 at 1:30 PM

Join us for a series of short, engaging presentations from a variety of speakers revolving around a single theme. In this session, we’ll explore diversity and equity as it relates to small farms, sustainable agriculture and local food. Presentations in this series include:

  • Community, Culture, and Seeds: Exploring community seed preservation through Second Generation Seeds.
  • Grants / Programs CDFA Farmer Equity Program: Learn about opportunities aimed at Supporting Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, Urban Farmers, and Other Small-Scale Producers through the CA Department of Food and Agriculture’s Farmer Equity Program.
  • And more!
FARMLAND CONSERVATION

PARTICIPANTS:

Liya Schwartzman, California FarmLink

Farm Lease Clinic

Monday, February 28 at 2:30 PM

Are you a farmer or rancher interested in learning more about farmland leases and accessing land? A sound lease is a crucial, yet often overlooked element of farm business that can have significant impacts, both positive and negative, on any farm that leases land. Join us to learn about agricultural leases, including the legal and financial risks of poorly developed lease agreements, types of lease agreements, lease development and negotiation, and alternative clauses (such as capital improvement protections and drought condition protocols).

Brisa de Ano farm wildfires 2

PARTICIPANTS:

Natalia Pinzon, Farmer Campus, UC Davis 

Katie Brimm, Farmer Campus 

Annie Schmidt, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

Robert Gould, Ag Innovations

Farming though Wildfire Season: A Collective Conversation

Monday, February 28 at 2:30pm

Farmers and ranchers should feel empowered and understand how to move forward together with a future of wildfires. However, the unpredictability and sheer magnitude of fires can leave you feeling threatened, isolated and helpless. The size, longevity and intensity of wildfires is rapidly increasing in the Western region, with record breaking fire seasons every year. Together with CAFF and the Fire Adapted Community Network, Farmer Campus will bring us together for a facilitated & engaging Community Forum to share resources, support systems and discuss how to enliven networks to build community fire resilience together.

image3

PARTICIPANTS:

Tim Bowles, UC Berkeley

Yvonne Socolar, UC Berkeley

Janina Dierks, UC Berkeley

And Margaret Lloyd, UCCE 

Managing Mycorrhizal Fungi in Your Soil

Monday, February 28 at 4pm

Mycorrhizal fungi are often viewed as star players in sustainable agriculture, and for good reason. When they form intimate associations with crop roots, they can help increase nutrient uptake, help crops deal with water stress and possibly reduce soil borne disease pressure. In this workshop, experts will share research and experiences about when and to what extent these benefits are seen in California vegetable systems. Come learn multiple ways management could support (or not!) mycorrhizal fungi, from inoculation to soil health practices like cover cropping and reducing tillage.

online-farmers-markets-7-889x592

PARTICIPANTS:

Alicia Baddorf, Contractor, Small Farm Tech Hub 

Sasha Pesci, Ph.D. candidate in Geography, University of California Davis, 

Elizabeth Vaughan, Tech Hub Specialist at CAFF 

 Alyssa and Christian, Owners of Ranchito Milkyway CSA

Jen Hoover, Owner at The Cloverleaf Farm 

Online Sales 101

Monday, February 28 at 4pm

Over the past year, we’ve seen a dramatic shift in how consumers purchase food, and locally sourced food has been no exception. In response to shut downs and social distancing, Farmer’s markets, CSA’s and food hubs have had to quickly pivot to online sales platforms to accommodate the high demand for online food purchasing or risk losing customers. As restrictions ease and many markets reopen, you may be wondering how and if you should continue to incorporate online sales with your traditional offline business strategy. In this session, we’ll address market trends, diversifying your sales channels, and how to seamlessly tie them all together.

TUESDAY, MARCH 1

CASFC2020-LR-76

Talleres en español

Tuesday, March 1, 9 AM – 5 PM

Los talleres en español cubrirán una amplia variedad de temas, como historias de modelos exitosos de csa, polinizadores beneficiosos, ayuda para subvenciones y mucho más.Para los talleres virtuales de la sección en español haga click aquí. 

cows

PARTICIPANTS:

Matt Gamba, Bud’s Meats

John Fagundes, JMF Slaughter 

Laetitia Benador, CCOF 

Shepherding Change in Meat Processing

Tuesday, March 1 at 10:30 AM

California’s small meat processors provide essential services to the state’s small farmers and ranchers. Over the last several decades, industry consolidation and regulatory pressures have pushed small processors out of business and made it increasingly difficult for processors to expand or upgrade their facilities to meet the evolving needs of California producers. In this workshop, we will learn about the different types of meat processing services in California and a new law that expands on-farm slaughter. We will hear from two California processors who provide mobile processing and cut-and-wrap services, and participants will have a chance to ask any and all processing-related questions. Whether you raise livestock or are interested in getting started, we welcome your participation and your questions!

kids in tractor know your farmer

PARTICIPANTS:

Coastal Roots Farm

Mountain Bounty Farm

Shakefork Farm

Fortunate Farm, and more

Tractors: Does Size Really Matter?

Tuesday, March 1 at Noon

How much tractor do you actually need on a small farm? In this video, followed by a live Q&A with a tractor mechanics expert, hear from a variety of farmers from across California, each employing different size tractors. From pull-behind two-wheelers to 100+ HP earth-moving machines, and everything between, learn the pros and cons of each model to help determine the best fit for your farming operation.

grafting

PARTICIPANTS:

Colin Archipley, Archi’s Acres & AiSA

Margaret Lloyd, UCCE Small Farms Advisor

Mindful Mushrooms

Maureen Claffey, Red Hen Cannery & Foley Farms

Luxin Wang, University of California Davis

Lightning Sessions #3: Production & Processing

Tuesday, March 1 at 1:30 PM

Join us for a series of short, engaging presentations from a variety of speakers revolving around a single theme. In this session, we’ll explore farming production techniques and farm processing. Presentations in this series include:

  • Hydroponic & Aquaponics Farming
  • Mushroom Production
  • Grafting for heirloom tomato production
  • Home-dried fruits
  • Jam on It 
Trials-direct-seeding-Lettuce-6-22-18--026c

PARTICIPANTS:

Maggie Ericksen, High Mowing Organic Seeds

Making the Most of Your Seed Investment

Tuesday, March 1 at 2:30pm

How can you achieve the best possible results from your seeds? Come explore storage, successful germination and growth for vegetable crops. Special attention will be given to best practices and things to avoid for those crops that can often prove most challenging. Learn successful methods, strategies, and tricks of the trade gathered from growers throughout the country.

Female hands holding an aubergine

PARTICIPANTS:

Ellen Cavalli, Titled Shed Cider & Sonoma County Farm Trails

Samantha Ramey, Americana Restaurant & Estero Cafe

Janeen Murray, Sonoma County Go Local Cooperative

Local Food Greenwashing

Tuesday, March 1 at 4pm

Far too often farmers stumble upon their name on a restaurant menu despite not having sold to them in several years. In other cases, grocery store decorations flaunt local producers–half of whom are no longer in business. Then there are the buzzwords: local, farm-to-table, sustainable. Genuine local food partnerships make our small farms possible, but hollow greenwashing not only undermines farms, it also undermines the food businesses who walk the walk, putting in the effort to support local farms. In this workshop we’ll hear from both farmers and food businesses caught in this unregulated Wild West of sloganeering, then invite attendees to discuss strategies for protecting local food integrity, calling out greenwashers, and ensuring consumers know what they’re getting.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2

Kali in field with farmer

PARTICIPANTS:

Victor M. Hernandez, Outreach Coordinator & Sociologist – USDA NRCS

Equity in Program Delivery

Wednesday, March 2 at 9am

In this workshop farmers, ranchers and organizational partners will learn about how USDA is supporting equity and civil rights compliance in program delivery. What is a Historically Underserved Customer, What is a Local Working Group, Food Security Act of 1985, How to be intentional with data driven outreach and collaborating as a community of partners to extend the reach to Black, Latino, Asian, Women, Urban, and Veteran farmers.

US Currency One Hundred Dollar Bill with Yellow Corn

PARTICIPANTS:

Interactive forum 

Moderated by James Nakahara, Kitchen Table Advisors 

& Evan Wiig, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Can We Talk About Farm Viability?

Wednesday, March 2 at 10:30 AM

Some say it’s not polite to talk about money. But when it comes to the financial realities of running a small farm business, what happens when this important detail gets omitted? Whether a farmer operates their business at a loss or subsidizes it with a second job or inheritance; or they run it as a non-profit or as part of an idealistic film project, what stories get told about small farm viability to the public? What impact does it have on other farms? How does it shape the expectations of aspiring farmers, consumers and the food industry? In this interactive forum, farmers are invited to ask: for the sake of everyone involved, how should we be communicating the financial realities of small farms?

cover crop in annual system

PARTICIPANTS:

Dominic Bruno, Farm Manager, River Garden Farms

Sara Tiffany, Director or Ecological Farming, CAFF

 

Seeding Your Cover Crop

Wednesday, March 2 at 10:30 AM

Let’s talk about cover cropping! Cover cropping is an excellent soil health practice that improves water infiltration, builds organic matter and soil structure and provides nutrients to crops. The process of implementing a cover crop, however can be less than straightforward.

Join us to learn about the best practices for planting a cover crop, and how to optimize the use of planting equipment in your particular management system to grow successful cover crops. This workshop will feature a pre-recorded video that will demonstrate and give instructions for seeding a fall cover crop in an orchard. Following the video, we will have a Q&A with the collaborating farmer and cover crop expert and wrap up with resource recommendations for taking the next step in planting a cover crop.

NSAC-carrots-capitol-

PARTICIPANTS:

Cheyenne Stone, Big Pine Paiute Tribe

Emma Torbert – Farmer, UC Davis Student Farm

Jamie Fanous, CAFF Policy Advocate

CAFF Policy Forum

Wednesday, March 2 at NOON

Join Community Alliance with Family Farmers for their annual Policy Forum, a chance to hear about the latest in food and agricultural policy here in California. Learn about new bills and budgets passed in 2021, and get a lay-of-the-land for 2022, as CAFF and other advocates work towards policy reform to better support family farms, promote regenerative agriculture and strengthen local food systems. Share your thoughts and find out how you can become an agent for positive change.

Untitled design-3

PARTICIPANTS:

 

CANCELED:
Women in Ag Tech

Wednesday, March 2 at 12pm

We apologize for the inconvenience. This workshop has been canceled.  

Agtech has become essential to farm profitability and securing a sustainable food supply, as more agribusiness firms seek out technological solutions to increase productivity and profitability. In this workshop we will highlight the contributions of both women founders in agtech and how their innovations are specifically solving some of the biggest threats that growers are facing.

This workshop presents inspiring case studies of how women entrepreneurs from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds – and many who are connected in California — are meeting the challenge of feeding a global population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050.

lettuce_trans_postharvest

PARTICIPANTS:

Kali Feiereisel, CAFF

Grace Perry, CAFF

Post-Harvest Tools

Wednesday, March 2 at 1:30PM

Post-harvest processing presents both risks and opportunities for food safety, especially on small farms who process much of their produce before market.

This workshop consists of a prerecorded video, in which we will hear from experienced farmers about their favorite post-harvest tools and CAFF’s food safety team about right-sized sanitation methods. Expect to learn about innovative tips and tricks, like repurposing equipment and worthwhile investments, and walk away with resources like where to acquire the post-harvest tools mentioned in this video.

Screen Shot 2021-11-17 at 2.10.21 PM

PARTICIPANTS:

Hanna Kahl, CAFF Bios Program

Heidi Herrmann, Strong Arm Farm & Santa Rosa Junior College

Moet Takata, CAFF

Natalia Pinzón Jiménez, Farmer Campus

Lightning Sessions #4: Ecological & Climate Smart Farming

Wednesday, March 2 at 1:30 PM

Join us for a series of short, engaging presentations from a variety of speakers revolving around a single theme. In this session, we’ll explore ecologically-focused and climate smart farming techniques that help promote biodiversity, better steward our natural resources and help fight or prepare for the impacts of climate change. Presentations in this series include:

  • Enhancing Beneficial Insects on your Farm 
  • Mapping Mating Disruption
  • Perennials for economic & ecological resilience
  • Preparing your Farm for Wildfire Season
monarch nectaring on blazing star peter gorman flickr cc

PARTICIPANTS:

Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, The Xerces Society

Sherri Wood, Owner, Patchwork Farms 

Lee Stephenson, Environmental Education Coordinator, Veggielution

Monarch & Pollinator Conservation on California Farms

Wednesday, March 2 at 2:30 PM

Come learn about an innovative new program to create high quality habitat for monarchs and other pollinators on California farms. The Habitat Kit Program incentivizes farmers to plant pollinator habitat through providing carefully selected, native and regionally appropriate plant materials and technical support directly to partners for shovel-ready projects. Launched in California in 2019, it has now expanded to other parts of the country, providing Habitat Kits for over 460 projects in five different states. During this workshop Xerces will explain the program while two participating farmers will share their experience integrating the habitat kits onto their farms. Topics covered will include how the kits are put together, how to apply for kits from Xerces, and lessons learned from participating farmers including planting and managing on-farm habitat for pollinators.

FOOD SAFETY

PARTICIPANTS:

Grace Perry, CAFF 
Don Stoeckel, CDFA
Lianna Kelly, FDA

FSMA updates & Inspection preparedness

Wednesday, March 2 at 2:30 PM

The FDA is still releasing updates to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), leaving some growers wondering how the new regulations apply to them. In this workshop, CAFF’s food safety team will provide FSMA updates and breakdown what they mean for qualified exempt and fully covered farms.

The workshop will also feature a Q+A with representatives from CDFA and FDA. Attendees will hear updates on FSMA inspections in California, including data gleaned from completed inspections, and resources that growers can use to prepare for inspections.

farmer-holding-csa-box

PARTICIPANTS:

Michael Bosworth, Next Generation Foods

Abraham Garcia, Nature’s Gift Organics

Heather Fenney, Village Market Place

Maira Quintanilla, Village Market Place

Food Hub Sales, Trends, & Successes

Wednesday, March 2 at 4:00pm

Food hubs are a valuable resource for farmers, buyers, and community food systems throughout the state. In this session, hear a panel of food hubs discuss how they’ve been able to aggregate and work collaboratively with farmers and buyers to address market needs.
Untitled design-4

PARTICIPANTS:

Travis Parker, UC Davis

Larry Kandarian, Kandarian Organic Farms

Mike Reeske, Rio Del Rey Farm

Krissy Scommegna, Booneville Barn Collective

Lisa Riznikove, Foodocracy

Breathing New Life In Heirloom Beans

Wednesday, March 2 at 4 PM

Chefs love them, but can farmers make money growing them? From advances in heirloom hybrids to reviving traditional farm practices, ancient beans have new life as a profitable, shelf stable product for small farms.

Come to learn from an amazing panel of small family farmers and Travis Parker of UC Davis to discuss the challenges and triumphs growing heirloom beans. The panel will be moderated by Lisa Riznikove, Co-founder of Foodocracy, a mission driven non-profit. The Foodocracy Heirloom Bean and Grain Project includes a subscription bean box that provides market opportunities as well as seed funding for women and minority owned farmers. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

CASFC2020-LR-250

Regional In-Person Gatherings

Thursday March 3 (various times, locations)

Join us on the final day of the conference in-person at smaller, regional gatherings taking place through the state. Each event is unique, but all will give conference-goers a chance to get out from behind a screen and connect with fellow farmers, ranchers and farm advocates in their community and surrounding region. 

Regions include: Sacramento, Yolo, North Bay, Central Coast (en español), San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Humboldt, San Diego, Nevada County 

SPONSORSHIP MAKES THIS EVENT POSSIBLE

Sponsors not only make this important event possible, but they also help us make it accessible to a wider range of attendees, from beginning farmers to students. Share your company’s commitment to the future of family farms, local food and regenerative agriculture by sponsoring today.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 SPONSORS

Regen Ag Foundation
TheVINE_Logo_Horiz_RGB@3x
UCANR_Logo_Forest