Conference Overview

Thursday Field Days, February 7th, 2019

Quickbooks for the Small Farmer

Learn how to set up QuickBooks and use it to get the info you need to run your ag business profitably.

Presenter: Marie Gibson Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a member of Intuit’s National Speaker and Writer Network.  Learn more

Thursday Feb 7th 9am-5pm
Workshop Fee: $40 per person, includes lunch

Whole Animal Butchery – an immersive, hands-on butchering workshop

butchery at farm conference 2019Learn the delicious economy of meat. How to prepare your own meat and use all parts of the animal.  Learn more

Presenter:  Gracie Schatz: Chef, Butcher, and Farmer with a goal to help others deepen their connection to their food.

Thursday Feb. 7th 12pm-5pm
Workshop Fee: $75 per person, includes lunch

AGTECH2019 – Innovations in Technology for Small Ag
Making tech work for small diversified farms and ranches

Hosted by the Nevada County Tech Connection.

Bringing together farmers, software developers, funders, and others who are interested in learning about how technology can support local food and livestock production. Join us for a provocative and inspirational conversation about agriculture and technology and how it can benefit small farmers. Learn more

Thursday Feb 7th: 2pm-5pm
Workshop Fee: $25

Friday Field Days, February 8th, 2019


A conference favorite! Get out and see first-hand what innovations Nevada County farmers and ranchers are using to create more sustainable systems.  The farm tour sells out every year! Learn more.

Friday, Feb 8th 8am-5:30pm
Workshop Fee: $80 per person, includes lunch


In this hands on workshop, learn how to make delicious cheeses from a Swiss cheesemaker in her creamery at Blue Oaks Ranch.  Learn more.

Friday, Feb 8th  10am-3pm
Workshop Fee: $75 per person, includes lunch

Film Night: Presented by Wild and Scenic on Tour 6:00PM – 8:15PM

At the Stone House, 107 Sacramento St. in Nevada City

$12 purchased in advance, $15 at the door

Farm to table fare available 5PM on

Featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers. Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants, creating healthy humans, living on a healthy planet.  You’ll never look at dirt the same way again!

Saturday, February 9,  Keynote Speakers & Farm Expo

farm conf keynotesKEYNOTE SPEAKERS
9am – 5:25pm
Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley
Learn and get inspired by nationally recognized leaders in the sustainable food and farm movement:  Paul Miller and Dru Rivers of Full Belly Farm, Doniga Markegard of Markegard Family Grass-Fed LLC & and Jeff Lowenfels, best-selling author!  In the afternoon, attend an in-depth session with Paul and Dru, Doniga, or Jeff for a more intensive learning session. Register now!

8am – 4:30pm

Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley
While you are at the conference on Saturday, visit our Food & Farm Expo. Learn more about products and services available for sustainable homesteaders, farmers and ranchers, and get entered to win free merchandise!

Sunday, February 10 – Food & Farm Workshops

9am – 4:00 pm
Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley

Come for a full day of 20 workshops on a wide variety of food and farming subjects for the homesteader, farmer, rancher and gardener – there is something for everyone! Classes are taught by local experts, and topics range from beekeeping, carbon credits, grafting, agro-tourism, canning, internet marketing, cover cropping and more.  During lunch, network with other participants based on your favorite food and farming interest areas.

Information about Farmer Discounts can be found here.

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