All Field day tickets must be purchased as ADD-ON’s to your Sat/Sun conference ticket.
The option to add these workshops will show up after you purchase your conference pass on our registration page.
Choose between 3 options:
Farm Tour – 8AM – 4:30PM
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! We’ll visit 3 different farming operations:
Heart & Soul Alpacas
Apollo Olive Oil
Richard’s Grassfed Beef
Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery is a family owned full time operation. They raise and sell elite breeding stock suri and huacaya alpacas. Their alpacas took some of the top awards across the country last year winning over 23 Championships and 3 judges choice awards for both breeds. They also run and operate their own custom fiber-processing mill for customers across the country. They process yarn, roving, felt and quilt batts. They also make rugs and other items and are the only distributors on the West coast for Stone Meadow Looms. Along with alpaca they have processed qiviut, merino, mohair, dog, vicuna, guanaco and more. Alpacas are soft on the environment and the perfect “green” livestock. They utilize every part of what they provide from their luxurious fiber for yarns and fabrics, rugs and more. They also cultivate and sell all of their manure, which is very desirable for organic farming.
Richard’s Grassfed Beef is located on over 6,600 acres of foothill countryside with beautiful Oaks, Pine and Madrone trees. The Richards Ranch team is constantly working together to improve the land and create better feed and environment for their animals. Their mission is to provide the highest quality grassfed beef to their customers and do so in the most transparent and sustainable way possible. In addition to having American Grassfed Association certifications, the operation participates in the Savory Institutes “Land to Market” Program, a grassroots and collaborative program that enables consumers to identify food items derived from livestock managed through practices verified to enhance water, soil and climate. A key component of the program is the Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV), an empirical and scalable soil and landscape assessment methodology that tracks positive outcomes in biodiversity, soil health, and ecosystem function, such as water infiltration and carbon absorption.
Apollo Olive Oil is situated on three beautiful orchards in the high Sierra foothills. These orchards were planted decades ago with more than twenty different varieties, many of which are unique to California. The different oils from these French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, and Tunisian varieties provide a broad palette of flavors to work with. Under the direction of consultant, Antonio Isern, Apollo Olive Oil has improved the vigor and productivity of their orchards using low-impact, organic practices. Their vision is based on working towards excellence, promoting health, and rediscovering the pleasures of good food and dining together. Their efforts have earned them numerous awards: 6 Best in Show, 16 Best in Class, 53 Gold Medals, and 38 Silver medals. They were named One of the Top Ten Producers in the World by the prestigious Italian judging panel at Der Feinschmecker’s International Competition in Germany. They also received the Flos Olei award and were named One of the Best Twenty Oils in the world.
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.
Seeds for Life: Growing and Saving Seed – 10AM – 3PM
Learn how to grow and select seeds in this climate. With Rowen White, director of Sierra Seeds and project Coordinator for Indigenous Seed Keeper Network.
Presenter: Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City CA. She teaches creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities . She is the current Project Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is a part of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. Her Seed Seva Educational program is a wholistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture, from practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnected relations. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at sierraseeds.org
Workshop Fee: $75 per person, includes lunch
Cheese Making with Ruth Bleau of Blue Oaks Ranch 10AM – 3PM
In this hands on workshop, learn how to make delicious cheeses Ruth’s Way
Born and raised in Switzerland, Ruth learned cheese-making at her father’s knee. In her creamery on her ranch, Ruth makes a variety of cheeses: Chevre, cream cheese, Queso Fresco, Brick cheese, Cheddar, French Tomme, Italian Tomme, Grueyere, Montery Jack, Farmachella, Caciotta – and continues to experiment with new varieties. She also makes yogurt. She says, “The sheep yogurt is the best we have ever eaten. All of our cheeses are made with either all goat milk, all sheep milk, all Jersey cow milk, or a combination of all. And we do this just for fun!” She also raises breeding stock: Katahdin and Friesian Sheep, American Guinea Hogs, Boer and Nubian Goats, and Lowline and Hereford Cattle. Check out Ruth’s website.
Workshop Fee: $75 per person, includes lunch
More details on these field days coming soon.
Information about Farmer Discounts can be found here.