Fri. Field Days – Feb. 8th

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 2 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.

Grant Marie Vineyard and Winery

The wines made by Grant and Marie Ramey are estate-grown and produced from vines that are over 35 years old. They are a smal winery producing around 1000 cases of wine per year. Their Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, and Port have received Gold medals at the State Fair and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Their tasting room is open on Sundays by appointment only (and farm tour participants may just get to sample some of their award-winning wines!).

Farm Tour Fee: $80 per person, includes lunch

Registration: The Farm Tour is open to conference attendees only.  You can add-on the farm tour after you select your conference ticket on our registration page.

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.

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!

Information about Farmer Discounts can be found here.

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