EcoFarm Blogs

The EcoFarm Blogs seek to nurture and support sustainable and organic farmers and food system change agents. Through sharing entertaining and informative essays, we hope to promote important voices to a wider audience, create a platform for interactive dialogues on important issues and increase communication among diverse groups.

How to Choose Spacing for Beds – Fresh Dirt from the Farmer Mentor

Posted on July 16, 2014 in the Farmer Blog

Jim Leap is one of the Central Coast’s trusted Beginning Farmer Mentors. Jim offers online technical assistance in correspondences such as this Q&A, through face-to-face farm visits, and at the annual EcoFarm Conference. This blog series is made possible in part by the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program.

Irrigation Techniques for Transplants & Direct Seed – Fresh Dirt from the Farmer Mentor

Posted on May 22, 2014 in the Farmer Blog

Jim Leap is one of the Central Coast’s trusted Beginning Farmer Mentors. Jim offers online technical assistance in correspondences such as this Q&A, through face-to-face farm visits, and at the annual EcoFarm Conference. This blog series is made possible in part by the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program.

Equipment for Beginning Row Crop Farmers - Fresh Dirt from the Farmer Mentor

Posted on May 7, 2014 in the Farmer Blog

Jim Leap is one of the Central Coast’s trusted Beginning Farmer Mentors. Jim offers online technical assistance in correspondences such as this Q&A, through face-to-face farm visits, and at the annual EcoFarm Conference. This blog series is made possible in part by the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program.

Dry Farming Tomatoes - Fresh Dirt from the Farmer Mentor

Posted on April 18, 2014 in the Farmer Blog

Jim Leap is one of the Central Coast’s trusted Beginning Farmer Mentors. Jim offers online technical assistance in correspondences such as this Q&A, through face-to-face farm visits, and at the annual EcoFarm Conference. This blog series is made possible in part by the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program.

34th EcoFarm Conference Opening Invocation and the Good Food Movement by Mr. Tom Willey

Posted on April 17, 2014 in the Farmer Blog

Tom Willey of T&D Willey Farms provided the opening invocation, overview, and plenary panel moderation in Merrill Hall on Wednesday, January 22nd at the 2014 EcoFarm Conference. He was originally scheduled to provide a ten-minute invocation, but when Dr. Kathleen Merrigan was unable to attend because of inclement weather and a cancelled flight, Tom rose to the occasion and provided a bold vision for the ecological food and farming system. He began at the very beginning—with creation mythology, the development of agricultural civilizations, and agricultural land stewardship. He brought his style of jokes and philosophical musings in full color, and captivated the crowd of approximately 600 in the hall. Here is the uncut text of Mr. Willey’s invocation and overview for the opening of the conference.

USDA Policy Fails to Address GMO Contamination of Organic Crops

Posted on March 3, 2014 in the Farmer Blog

At a time when consumers are demanding greater access to organic and non-genetically engineered (GE) foods, the USDA latest, “coexistence” policy threatens the ability and right of consumers to make that shift. Until March 4, the public has a unique opportunity to challenge the USDA’s coexistence policy which pivots around two primary recommendations: the creation of non-binding farmer-neighbor “coexistence agreements,” and organic and other non-GE farmers taking out insurance to recoup losses from GE contamination.

Fresh Dirt from the Farmer Mentor - Conversations on the Central Coast

Posted on December 5, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

The Ecological Farming Association is proud to kick off this blog series with Jim Leap, the Central Coast Beginning Farmer Mentor. Jim offers online technical assistance in correspondences such as this Q&A, through face-to-face farm visits, and at the annual EcoFarm Conference. This blog series is made possible in part by the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program.

What does ecological agriculture mean to you? Liz Birnbaum of EcoFarm

Posted on June 14, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

EFA Program Coordinator Liz Birnbaum was approached by the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development to answer some questions about ecological agriculture and the way she entered this movement.