Event Details:


Farm Conference events will run from Friday, January 9th - Sunday, January 11th.

• Friday: Tour of three farms and ranches
• Saturday: Keynote speakers, expo and then in-depth session with Eliot Coleman or Mark Shepard.
• Sunday: Full day of 20 workshops on a wide variety of food and farming subjects.

Detailed Schedule by Day:

Friday Schedule - Three Farm Tour:

January 9, 2015 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Food included in ticket price)

No cancellation for rain, dress appropriately for mud and rain, attendees drive themselves to each location (car-pooling will be organized for those interested).

8:30 - 9:15 am: Attendees meet at Fowler Family Farm in Grass Valley, coffee and baked goods and orientation.

9:15 - 10:45 am: Tour Fowler Family Farm - Multi-species livestock ranch raising cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, geese, ducks, chickens, and bees. See how sustainable, rotational pasturing works with multiple species. Un-irrigated vs. irrigated pasture pros and cons discussed. Learn the appropriate temporary and permanent fencing options for different species. Q&A throughout tour.

10:45-11:00am: Drive / Carpool to Elster Ranch (10 min drive)

11:00 - 12:30 pm: Tour Elster Ranch - Cattle ranch using cutting edge sustainable pasture development techniques. Yeoman plowing system to increase moisture retention and distribution without disturbing roots or micro organisms. K Line movable irrigation system for quick easy rotation of irrigation. See some of the best sustainably managed pastures in the region. Q&A thoughout the tour.

12:30 - 2:00 pm: Drive / Carpool to Three Forks Bakery & Brewery, Lunch included in ticket price. After lunch, drive / carpool to First Rain Farm.

2:30 - 4:00 pm: Tour First Rain Farm - Multi-rowcrop vegetable farm, seed production, herbs and goat herd share. See the farm's season extension methods, winter crops, and cover crops. Learn how off season preparations lead to fertility and reduced pests in Spring. Q&A thoughout the tour.


Saturday Schedule:

January 10, 2015 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at Grass Valley Veterans Hall

8:00 am: Doors open

8:30 - 9:00 am: Expo open, breakfast food, coffee, beverages and snacks available for purchase. during introduction announcements & welcome.

9:00 - 10:00 am: Mark Shepard speaks on Large-scale Permaculture Farming

10:00 - 10:30 am: Expo break

10:30 - 11:30 am: Jim Hightower speaks on Returning Culture to Agriculture

11:30 - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break - Lunches available for purchase on site.

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Eliot Coleman speaks on Profitable Year-Round Organic Farming.

2:00 - 2:30 pm: Expo break

2:30 - 5:00 pm: Choose between two in-depth discussions:

Eliot Coleman presents an in-depth talk on Exploring Season Extension


Mark Shepard presents an in-depth talk on Agro-Forestry Farming Techniques

Sunday Schedule:

January 11, 2015 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at The Gold Miners Holiday Inn, Grass Valley

8:30 am: Doors open, breakfast food, coffee, beverages and snack available for purchase.

9:00 - 10:15am: Workshop Session #1:

Session 1 Options:
A) Amazing Similarities of Healthy Human Gut and Soil Microbes - Presented by Dr. Dale Jacobsen
B) -To Be Announced-
C)Predator Protection for Small-Scale Livestock Owners - Presented by Roger Ingram & Dan Macon
D) Starting your Agroforestry Nursery - Presented by Mark Shepherd
E) -To Be Announced-

10:30 - 11:45 am: Workshop Session #2:

Session 2 Options:
A) Introduction Aquaponics - Presented by Chelsea Wright and Trent Mason
B) The Importance of Bioregional Seed Systems - Presented by Rowen White
C)Animal Husbandry: Keeping Domestic Animal in Good Health - Presented by Marney Blair and Lisa Bjorn
D) Techno Toolshed: Increasing Sales Through Technology - Presented by Jim Muck, Molly Nakahara and Paul Glowaski
E) The value and methodology of making bone broth - Presented by Shan Kendall

11:45 - 1:15 pm: Lunch Break, Lunch Available on site or an easy walk to places in town.

1:15 - 2:30 pm: Workshop Session #3:

Session 3 Options:
A) -To Be Announced-
B) Successful Integrated Vegetable and Animal Farming - Presented by Paul Muller and Drew Rivers from Full Belly Farms
C) -To Be Announced-
D) -To Be Announced-
E) -To Be Announced-

2:45 - 4:00 pm: Workshop Session #4:

Session 4 Options:
A) The Changing Food Safety Landscape for Family Farms- Presented by Dave Runsten, Raman Maangat and -TBD-
B) -To Be Announced-
C) Raising Livestock with Tips on Home-Scale Butchering - Presented by Eric Dickerson, Laura Christofk, Brad Fowler and Kathryn MacRoberts
D) -To Be Announced-
E) Training Livestock Herding Dogs - Presented by Tom Wade