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.

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.

Growing Farmers in the Wild Onion City

Posted on March 26, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

By Liz Birnbaum, EFA Program Coordinator
The city of the wild onion has launched a network of urban farmers to cultivate up to five acres of City-owned vacant lots. The program will begin by recruiting 25 trainees and giving them technical skills training, contact to markets (through help obtaining General Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification required for retail wholesales), and access shared tools such as compost.

RECHARGE: Preventing Soil Erosion Can Save Irrigation Water

Posted on March 18, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

Though the winter rains have passed, out-of-season rainfall, irrigation runoff, and other forces can affect soil structure and texture on farms. So as farmers prepare for spring planting, erosion prevention, as discussed in this cross-post from Rich Casale at the NRCS, should still be at the top of their minds.

RECHARGE: Water Stewards Gather at EcoFarm 2013

Posted on February 15, 2013 in the Farmer Blog

By Liz Birnbaum, EFA Program Coordinator
From January 23-26, 2013, the 33rd Annual EcoFarm Conference took place at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. Our perennial gathering is a place for people farmers, distributors, and all people who are involved in the food system to assemble and recharge for the year ahead. This year, over 1,600 people gathered there. The beachside setting was a perfect place to contemplate the power and importance of water.