Sunday Workshops

February 9th, 2020 9am – 4pm
Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley

Build your own personalized curriculum from twenty food and farm workshops with local and regional experts. With five different tracks, there’s something for everyone!

Full Sunday Program Coming Soon – here’s a peek at some of what’s to come.  

Beneficial Insectaries for Biological Control of Pest Insects, and Organically Approved Pest and Disease Management
Learn proven, practical methods for managing common pests such as aphids, flea beetle, cucumber beetle, whitefly, sowbugs, thrips, earwigs, powdery mildew, botrytis, mites and other pests. We’ll explore a combination of cultural practices, plant nutrition, trap crops, insectary plants, classical biological control, physical barriers, physical traps and organic pesticides. Amigo Bob will share his 45 years experience researching, designing and implementing nontoxic pest management on more than 900 organic farms with 100,000 acres of nearly every crop commonly grown.
Presenter: Amigo Bob Cantisano, founder of Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, cofounder of CCOF, OMRI, and Eco-Farm Conference.  He is founder and current president of Organic Ag Advisors in North San Juan, CA
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Can We Farm Without Plastic? Traditional and Modern Alternatives
Plastic is everywhere, polluting land and sea. “Sustainable” farmers and gardeners also use plastic for everything from hoop houses to mulch. There is little recycling, except “down-cycling.” Learn traditional and contemporary alternatives to plastic. We won’t get rid of all of the plastic easily, but we can return to older, still innovative, techniques for doing what we want to do without all that plastic.
Presenter: Michael Foley is Director of the School of Adaptive Agriculture, co-owner of Green Uprising Farm, both in Willits, and author of Farming for the Long Haul.
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Fascinating Similarities between Gut and Soil Microbes
Unhealthy soil creates unhealthy plants and animals, which when eaten create unhealthy humans with unhealthy gut flora including the widespread epidemic of ‘leaky gut’ and ‘IBS.’ Learn to create healthy gut flora by nurturing mycorrhorizal associations and healthy soil microbes essential to the optimum health.
Presenter: Dr. Dale Jacobson D.C – 40 year practicing chiropractor at Jacobson Chiropractic with interests in healing soil and gut microbes
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Grazing Animals for Fire Safety and Suppression
Large herds of wild grazing animals have historically covered California’s landscape. Today our forests are overgrown and our grasslands are neglected. Goats and sheep are a perfect solution to restoring our lands while helping reducing the fire risk we are currently facing. From small to large acreages, learn how livestock grazing can be beneficial to mitigating fire when it comes.
Presenters: Brad and Alana Fowler are Nevada County born ranchers dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices in the Sierra Foothills. They have decades of experience raising animals and, since 2006, have operated The Goat Works, using goats and sheep for vegetation management.
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Make Easy Homemade Soft Cheeses
Learn fun beginner soft cheese making with oh-so-easy techniques. Soft cheese can be an amazing party treat, a delicious appetizer, and can be used in main dishes and rich desserts. Simple does not have to be boring! We’ll add a variety of seasonings to newly made soft cheese and have a tasting.
Presenter: Sarah Griffin-Boubacar, Peaceful Valley Product Development Manager and 10 year cheesemaker and instructor.
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Practical Animal Husbandry
Explore preventative health for our farm animals. Learn biodynamic concepts for optimal health, using preventative methods before animals become ill. You will leave with techniques and recipes you can apply the next day.
Presenters: Marney Blair and Lisa Bjorn own 20-acre Fulcrum Farm, Demeter Certified and producing local food and excellent compost for over 13 years using Biodynamic methods.  They also offer compost education.
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Resources for Resilience
Learn about local support providers with many free or cost shared resources to improve farm and ranch resilience. These include improving irrigation systems, cross fencing, hoop greenhouses, transitioning to solar power to structuring long-term leases. Meet the people in our community who are here to support you!  Moderated by Molly Nakahara, Dinner Bell Farm, Sierra Harvest Farm Institute director.
Presenters: Pamela Hertzler, District Conservationist Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Grass Valley, Liya Schwartzmen, Central Valley Program Coordinator at California FarmLink, Central Valley Program Coordinator, and Cindy Fake, UC Cooperative Extension Placer and Nevada Counties County Director, Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor.
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Seed Production for Market and Garden
Learn how to save seeds, select for local adaptability, and have more successful future harvests in your farm or garden.  You’ll learn tips and techniques for choosing which plants to save seed from, how to prevent undesirable cross pollination between plants, and which seeds are easier or more challenging to save.
Strategies for selling seeds locally and growing out seeds on contract with seed companies will also be discussed.
Presenter: Tim Van Wagner, owner First Rain Farm, previous farmer at Living Lands Agrarian Network since 2004.
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Techniques in Regenerative Ranching
Learn how two Nevada County ranches use regenerative practices to raise superior quality healthy pasture-raised meat and eggs while benefiting the environment.  This team of ranchers will share keys to success such as rotational grazing, cover crops, and working in community with other local meat producers, as well as common misconceptions about the meat industry, animal feed, grass fed beef, pasture-raised pork, chicken, and eggs.
Presenters: Michael and Ciara Shapiro, AM Ranch, Kevin and Amy Pharis, Pharis Pork and Poultry
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Training Livestock Herding Dogs
Gain insight into the mind of herding dogs. Tom’s understanding of livestock, from sheep, goats, cattle and even water buffalo, and his experience teaching people to understand their role in the dog/shepherd partnership make this an entertaining and informative workshop.
Presenter: Tom Wade of Buffalo Brothers Grazing and Land Management, Nevada City, CA is a certified Permaculture practitioner and locally renowned storyteller.
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Wild Foraging Food & Medicine
Open your eyes to the abundance of food and medicine that grows wild in gardens, farms, and open spaces around the Sierra Foothills. Take a visual tour through some of the tastiest nutrient-dense foods that might already grow around your garden or farm. Learn how to turn them into culinary delights, and key medicinal self-care. Emphasis placed on ethical wild harvesting, as well as plants with a wide safety margin. Several demonstrations included.
Presenter: Rachel Berry is a Sierra Harvest staffer, and has taught herbalism, wild foraging and DIY organic skincare courses for over 10 years throughout Northern California.
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Fascinating Similarities between Gut and Soil Microbes
Unhealthy soil creates unhealthy plants and animals, which when eaten create unhealthy humans with unhealthy gut flora including the widespread epidemic of ‘leaky gut’ and ‘IBS.’ Learn to create healthy gut flora by nurturing mycorrhorizal associations and healthy soil microbes essential to the optimum health.
Presenter: Dr. Dale Jacobson D.C – 40 year practicing chiropractor at Jacobson Chiropractic with interests in healing soil and gut microbes

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