Through educational conferences, training programs, on-farm events and communications initiatives, EcoFarm pursues a safe and healthful food system that strengthens soils, protects air and water, encourages diverse ecosystems and economies, and honors rural life.
Programs and Projects of the Ecological Farming Association
For almost three decades, EcoFarm’s flagship event has brought food system stakeholders together for education, networking and celebration. With over 60 workshops featuring prominent speakers on the latest advances in agricultural techniques, marketing strategies, research and other important food system issues, along with organic meals and lively entertainment, the EcoFarm Conference is the largest sustainable agriculture gathering in the western United States.
For nearly 30 years, the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival has celebrated organic harvests and rural life, delighting all ages at Full Belly Farm in the Capay Valley. Mini-workshops, games, crafts, farm tours, live music, and organic food make Hoes Down an educational, fun-filled day for the entire family. This event benefits EcoFarm and a variety of sustainable agriculture and community organizations.
This fun filled evening includes fruit tasting and sales of over 60 varieties of peaches, plums, pluots, nectarines and apricots. Enjoy live entertainment, Farm Tours, Kids Craft corner, Jam Making, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Flower arranging and stone fruit recipe contest for stone fruit drinks, artisan treats and pies.
With our partners California Institute for Rural Studies, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Polaris Institute and the WATER Institute at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, we seek to catalyze approaches to agricultural water management that support the viability of agriculture, conserve water, and protect ecological integrity in California.
CalCan is a coalition that advances policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and sustainable agriculture. CalCAN grew out of the CA GE Free coalition, and compliments and augments existing sustainable agriculture and environmental policy efforts by providing a coordinated, unified and diverse coalition to address state agriculture policy from a climate protection perspective. We strive to be a voice for the positive contribution agriculture can make on climate protection and adaptation, and to assemble diverse expertise and stakeholders to advance specific state policy proposals. The vision for California’s agricultural future that has long been articulated and modeled by sustainable agriculture provides powerful solutions to the climate crisis. These include practices and policies that minimize nitrogen-based fertilizer use, decrease tillage, increase biodiversity, conserve water, encourage local food production, protect farmland, produce on-farm renewable energy, and build the organic content of soil to sequester more carbon - all of which mitigate climate change. More Information...
Since 2004, EcoFarm’s GE News Service has been reaching over 1,000 subscribers daily through e-mail updates with the latest news related to genetic engineering in agriculture. Sign up or read the updates on the GE Blog.