Workshops

New this year! All workshops will take place in three sessions, each with five concurrent workshops, on Monday October 30. The Monday networking lunch and Sunday evening reception are included in the basic conference registration fee.

Day 1
Mon, October 30

Creative Financing Strategies for Sustainable Farmland Succession

The landscape of agriculture is quickly changing. As a generation of farmers retire, farmland is transitioning away from use for productive, small-scale farms and is consolidating into the hands of...
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Annie and Jeff Main
Cameron Rhudy
Mai Nguyen
Kendra Johnson

CSA Resiliency in a Changing Marketplace

Membership in many CSAs is down with the advent of home delivery services and prolific mainstream organic options. Participate in a facilitated discussion to see how other farmers are building...
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Kiel Schmidt
Alan Haight
Michelle Wyler

Urban Farmer Business and Marketing Strategies- Panel Discussion

At this workshop, 3 farmers will provide their approaches and insights into their business and marketing strategies. They will discuss how they designed their business and marketing strategies and what...
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Clara Andino and Shanee
Inez Aldridge
Hope Sippola
Thea Rittenhouse

Practical Applications of Soil Health Research

Are you looking for the latest information on cultivating healthy, living soil? Curious about the most recent research on cover crops and tillage strategies? This workshop will present recent research...
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Mark Lipson
Dr. Joji Muramoto

Farm Inspections within Farmers’ Market Associations

Farmers’ markets have seen enormous growth over the last twenty years, involving thousands of farms throughout the state. An internal inspection program can help support the regulatory work of county...
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Phil Rhodes
Chong Thao
Samantha Andresky

Creating and Managing Functional Biodiversity on Your Farm

Adding biodiversity to your farm can help the financial bottom line and provide multiple services to your farm! Hedgerows and other conservation plantings buffer many of the uncertain and evolving...
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Chris Hay
Rex Dufour
Sam Earnshaw

Expanding Small- and Mid-scale Farms’ Production of Value-added Foods

As direct market channels for locally grown produce become saturated, small- and mid-scale farms need additional market outlets. A Full Belly Farm family member who produces and markets value-added foods,...
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Jenna Muller
Shermain Hardesty
Gail Feenstra

Farm Finance Networking Event

This “speed dating” and networking session will cover the different financing programs, loans, grants and other financial resources available for farmers and ranchers. It is structured as five small discussion...
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Brad Eidman
Jeana Hultquist
Belle Davis

Farmers Engaged in Policy

Policies affect all farmers, ranging from regulations at a farmers’ market, resources for beginner farmers, permitting agriculture and food sales in urban areas, food safety rules, access to culturally appropriate...
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Chanowk Yisrael
Gail Myers
Mai Nguyen

Successful Strategies to Increase CalFresh Customers at your Farmers Market

Farmers’ markets should be places where all community members, regardless of income, can come enjoy delicious, CA grown foods. In this workshop you will learn about the many benefits of...
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Jaime Flores
Leah Ricci
Danielle Hamilton

Food Safety

The Produce Safety Rule is part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This regulation focuses on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for...
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Michael Scott
Shelley Phillips
Kali Feiersal

Agritourism – a Community Approach

This workshop will show innovative and successful methods that farmers and their partners are using to develop and promote agritourism together in their communities. First, Penny Leff will give a...
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Sean McCauley
Penny Leff

Innovative Farm Transitions

Many of California’s experienced farmers are looking to the future when they can wind down and even retire. At the same time, they want to see the groundbreaking work they...
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Rosie Burroughs
Michael Delbar
Rod Carter

Labor and Input-Saving Organic Orchard Disease & Insect Management Strategies.

How to reduce inputs and eliminate pesticide sprays by creating and managing habitat/soil-building strategies and boosting your crop’s pest-fighting ability. The speakers will share 35 years of research and on-farm...
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Helen Atthowe
Carl Rosato

Sharing Your Success – Farmers Market Roundtable

Do you have a tool, process, promotion, or form that makes managing your market easier? Share it with other market managers around the state! Submit your idea to casmallfarmconf@gmail.com by...
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Jackie Rivera-Krouse