EcoFarm Blog

The EcoFarm Blog features program, news, and organization updates.  Stay tuned for fresh and fun ecological agriculture posts.

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

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.

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.