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.

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.

Ask the Farmer Mentor - Central Coast Beginning Farmer Blog Series

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.

Public Participation in Government Decision-Making: An Organic Tradition

Posted on May 2, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

Re-posted blog entry about public participation in organic policy making from Lisa Bunin, EFA Board President and Center for Food Safety Organic Policy Director.

Healthy Soil Saves Water

Posted on April 22, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

Healthy soils hold more water, nutrients and absorb more carbon dioxide. A good soil structure allows roots to spread deep and anchor themselves more securely. A simple field test to determine the relative health of your soil involves the use of your senses “sight, touch and smell”.

RECHARGE: A WIN Win To Protecting Pajaro Valley Groundwater Supplies

Posted on April 16, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

Learn about the WIN (Wireless Irrigation Network) system in the Pajaro Valley, supported by the Pajaro Valley Community Water Dialogue.

Key Next Steps For US Food Policy

Posted on April 1, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

A re-post from about what’s next after the signing of HR 933 Continuing Resolution including the “Monsanto Protection Act.”

GMO Update, Eco-Farm Conference 2013 and Beyond

Posted on March 29, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

A guest post about the GMO labeling workshop at the 2013 EcoFarm Conference by Michael Traugot of Farms Not Arms.