Add – On: Nevada County Farm Tour
Friday, February 9, 8:00am – 4:30pm
Visit three unique sites for a broad look at sustainablity practices among vegetable, timber, and livestock farmers in Nevada County.
Mountain Bounty Farm, an organic family farm located high on the forested contours of the San Juan Ridge, grows 18 acres of vegetables and flowers on two farm sites, each about 2 miles from the Yuba River. Visit their “home fields,” where they grow year round and see greenhouses with brand new seedlings, hoop houses where they grow crops for their winter vegetable CSA as well as their packing barn where they prepare field crops to go to market and keep storage crops. They are the oldest and largest CSA farm in the Sierras. The farm’s founder, John Tecklin, has been farming since the early 1990’s and started Mountain Bounty Farm in 1997. Since then, Mountain Bounty has become an increasingly collaborative effort, with a team of farmers making decisions and working together. Jake Benedict, Mountain Bounty Farm Manager, will lead the tour.
At the Goat Works see how the Fowler’s contract grazing business uses goats, pigs and cows for vegetation management and fire hazard reduction. The Goat Works is owned and managed by Brad and Alana Fowler, both native Nevada County residents, who are dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices in the Sierra foothills and have over 15 years of experience raising and caring for livestock. Brad and Alana will lead the tour.
At historic Browning Ranch, established in 1868 in French Corral, Pat Browning is a 4th generation Nevada County rancher and has been cutting lumber for the last 30 years. All his lumber is rough cut and you’ll see his 1-man saw mill. In addition, Pat is an award wining stock dog trainer and you’ll get a taste of how to work dogs to move livestock with a mini stock dog trial demonstration with his new pup. And you won’t want to miss his horse, Charlie, that has been taught to cross a teeter-totter! Pat Browning will lead tour.
Workshop Fee: $80 per person, includes lunch
Registration: This workshop is open to conference attendees only. You can add-on the farm tour after you select your conference ticket on our registration page. Register Now – space is limited!