Sunday Workshops

February 10th, 2019 9am – 3:45pm
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!

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Day Length, Variety Selection and Cultural Practices for Vegetable Growing Success

Presenter: Amigo Bob Cantisano, National Organic ag advisor, owner Heaven and Earth Farm

Learn how to determine planting dates to maximize growth and minimize stunting and unwanted flowering. Learn to pick successful varieties and cultural practices that insure rapid growth, high yields and succulent produce. Amigo has advised over830 farms and thousands of gardeners in a huge variety of crops, soils and climates worldwide, for more than 35 years.

High Tunnel Production

Presenters: Gary Romano, Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth; Juan Jose, Filaki Farm in Oregon House

Before and after tomato season, buyers are still looking for local produce. This edge-season is one of the best times to capitalize on untapped market potential. Learn from two experts in the trade who use high tunnels to extend their seasons in two very different regional climates, producing beautiful produce year-round.

*Direct Market Success

Presenters: Antonio Garza, Riverhill Farm; Jake Benedict, Mountain Bounty Farm

Direct markets bring the highest prices but take skill and ingenuity to do well. Learn customer service tips and tools for success from farms that are running farm stands, CSA's, farmers market stands and selling "farm cards".

*Tap Into Larger Markets:  Selling Wholesale and Direct-to-Retail

Presenters: Shana Maziarz, Owner Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.; David Benson, Produce Manager BriarPatch Food Coop; Bryan Kaminsky, The Natural Trading Company

Hear directly from local buyers as they discuss crop needs, purchasing programs, and how local producers can sell to them.  Learn from Organic farmer and natural food store owner, Bryan Kaminsky, as he shares about his micro-green operation which sells into large, wholesale markets like Raleys Markets and Whole Foods.

Postharvest Co-benefits: Quality & Food Safety

Kali Feiereisel is a diversified vegetable farmer & Food Safety Specialist. Diane Bollinger is the owner of Foothill Roots Farm, in Meadow Vista and specializes in Vegetable, Fruit and Artisan Bread CSA.

Learn practical ways small-scale farmers can improve product quality and reduce food safety risks during postharvest produce handling, Brief review of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and state level good agricultural practices (GAPs) laws and then dive into discussing small-scale postharvest equipment and practices geared towards smaller growers looking for non-traditional ways to get quality produce to market. Photo examples and explanations in addition to first hand presentation by the owner of Foothill Roots Farm. Very interactive and there will be plenty of time for grower questions.

Growing Cut Flowers

Presenter: Angie Tomey, Little Boy Flowers in Nevada City

Basic considerations when planning a cut flower garden from soil preparation to variety selection, to succession planning for a season's worth of cut flowers. We will also be discussing more specifics on a handful of my favorite blooms including garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and chrysanthemums.

Let’s Regenerate with HEMP!

Presenter: John Roulac is the founder and Chief Hemp Officer of RE Botanicals, and the author of three books on hemp cultivation and founder of the superfoods brand Nutiva. 

Hemp fiber was historically so important to our young country that farmers were compelled by patriotic duty to grow it, and were allowed to pay taxes with it. American farmers for decades have been prohibited from growing hemp under federal drug laws that lump it in with marijuana—but that may soon change with the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would allow states to regulate commercial hemp farming and make hemp eligible for crop insurance. Learn about the opportunities & challenges in growing organic hemp, the benefits of hemp including climate solutions and sequestering carbon,  and the exploding green gold rush.

Basic and Emergency Animal Care for Livestock

Presenter: Samia Macon, DVM, Large animal  veterinarian

Overview of basic first aid and preventative care to keep your animals healthy and minimize disease spread in your herd or flock.  Proper preventative measures will decrease production losses and reduce veterinary care costs. Samia takes a holistic approach to veterinary care for farm animals.

Heritage Poultry Breeding and Sales

Presenters: Erin and Carlos Angulo, Dawndridge Farm in Grass Valley

Join Erin and Carlos Angulo and learn more about breeding and selling heritage chickens.  Located on 40 acres in Nevada County, Dawnridge Farm’s mission is to preserve and improve the Delaware breed of poultry for the community by selective breeding, selling chicks to other breeders and growers, and educating the public about the importance of heritage breeds of poultry.

Regenerative Dairy Production

Milk is not milk. It's all in the management. Regenerative dairy production methods benefit and build soil biology, fix carbon deep within the soil profile, while improving the nutrient density of milk. Through this workshop, we will examine the benefits of grazing diverse forage species, the importance of animal impact, and nutritional implications found within milk, including potent antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. We will cover the net-carbon flux that occurs when grazing ruminants are allowed to forage as nature intended. When managed in a regenerative way, the dairy cow can be a solution to climate change.

Presenter: Cynthia Daley, Professor & Director of the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative and Organic Dairy Program, CSU Chico

Predators and Livestock Protection

Dan Macon, UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, Placer, Nevada, Sutter, and Yuba Counties

Learn about predators and their impacts on our livestock. We’ll discuss the livestock protection toolbox including livestock guardian animals, fencing, attractant removal, human presence and stockmanship, fright tactics and devices and husbandry and management changes. Learn what are technically effective, economically beneficial, and socially acceptable costs and benefits of these tools in your operation.

Permaculture Food Forests & Agroforestry

Presenter: Cathe’ Fish, Practical Permaculture, Permaculture Instruction, Design and Consultation.

Learn about food forests for local climates, and agroforestry; tree-based, no-till perennial farming which can incorporate livestock and crops. Both tree systems are climate-friendly, creating resilience by building soil, sequestering carbon, cleaning water, preventing erosion, and are low maintenance and profitable once established.

*Farming with the Wild

Presenter: Alan Haight, founded Riverhill Farm in 2001, business planning teacher, Board member of FarmLink.

Historically, agriculture and ranching have had major, mostly negative impacts on natural resource conservation and biodiversity.  In 1996, USDA reported farming activities contribute to 46% of species listed as threatened or endangered, and ranching activities to 26%.  Efforts to enhance biodiversity on farms and ranches have major implications for species survival and resource conservation.  Learn how Riverhill Farm in Nevada City and other farms provide habitat and enhanced resource conservation while achieving well-above average yields and income.

Farming with Soil Biology: How to Foster Optimal Soil Health

Presenter: Brian Vagg, Soil Biology Certified Consultant and owner of Sprouting Soil

Learn the role of soil biology in improving crop yields, decrease pest/disease pressures, and reduce costly inputs. We will discuss the different types organisms found in the soil and how they drive nutrient cycling. Learn how to transform poor soils into biologically rich soils that foster optimal plant health. This starts with making aerobic compost that is biologically diverse and full of beneficial organisms and it ends with applying the compost, spraying compost teas, and injecting compost extracts.

Mastering Compost-Making

Presenters: Marney Blair and Lisa Bjorn, Fulcrum Farm

Learn from the masters how to make compost that will help your garden sing. Marney Blair and Lisa Bjorn own 20 acre Fulcrum Farm which has been producing local food and excellent compost for over 15 years using Biodynamic methods and is Demeter Certified.

*Fire Preparedness for Ranchers & Farmers 

Presenters: Sean Griffis is a forester and CalFire Battalion Chief for Nevada and Yuba counties from Beale to Malakoff Diggings. Kate Wilkin is UC Cooperative Extension Forestry/Fire Science and Natural Resources Advisor for Nevada, Yuba, Butte and Sutter Counties

Fire is a frequent natural occurrence in our Sierra foothills. Educate yourself about how to protect farm and ranch assets, rather than thinking “It can’t happen to me."  Learn about various forms of vegetation management including prescribed burns on private property, what’s involved and if it’s practical for your property. We will also discuss forestry and vegetation management assistance programs.

Seasonal Meal Planning: Cook Once, Eat All Week

Presenter: Schauna Schultz

With a little meal planning, shopping, and setting aside a day to cook and prep, the pressure of “what’s for dinner?” simply vanishes. In class you’ll learn how to utilize seasonal pantry staples, delicious dressings and sauces, and a few key ingredients to make multiple meals you can customize to please the whole family.  Variations to eat with the season will be discussed and delicious samples will be provided. Shauna Schultz is a registered dietitian, college nutrition instructor and teaches plant-based cooking classes.  She believes nourishment begins with enjoyment of meals and simple healthy cooking skills.

Ancient Sourdough: From Local Grains to Healthy Gluten

Presenter: Dorian Matei, founder and owner of Artisan Lavinia, a sourdough micro bakery

How to establish a micro business that sources and sells locally. Artisan Lavinia is a micro bakery; every loaf is made by hand from freshly milled flour, fermented and baked in a wood fired oven, then sold within a 20 mile radius. Learn what fermentation does to grains, how it affects the gluten and our bodies. We will also show an 8-minute documentary about our bread atelier.

Fermented Foods for Health

Presenters: Shan Kendall and Terry Fowler, Chapter Leaders of Gold Country Weston A. Price Foundation

Learn to keep 3 or 4 ferments going year-round to use as homemade probiotics and to replenish gut flora for a healthy immune system and happy alert brain. Learn the ancient art of fermentation used to preserve foods by healthy traditional people around the world. We will make various kinds of easy ferments including Fermented Dairy Cultured Drinks, Dairy Condiments, Vegetable Drinks, and Vegetable Condiments.

Managing for Long-term Effective Employees

Presenter: Missy Neville, Mountain Bounty Farm

One of the keys to a successful farm is finding and retaining great employees. Being a good manager is the first step. Missy Neville will share her experience with hiring and inspiring climate-friendly efficient and upbeat work crew at Mountain Bounty Farm. Steve McFarlane will share key labor law basics you should know. Presenters: Steve McFarlane of Hendricks McFarlane law office in Grass Valley does contract negotiations, real estate, start-up and small business advising. Missy Neville has worked at Mountain Bounty Farm for 7 years.

Annual Crops

Day Length, Variety Selection and Cultural Practices for Vegetable Growing Success

Presenter: Amigo Bob Cantisano, National Organic ag advisor, owner Heaven and Earth Farm

Learn how to determine planting dates to maximize growth and minimize stunting and unwanted flowering. Learn to pick successful varieties and cultural practices that insure rapid growth, high yields and succulent produce. Amigo has advised over830 farms and thousands of gardeners in a huge variety of crops, soils and climates worldwide, for more than 35 years.

High Tunnel Production

Presenters: Gary Romano, Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth; Juan Jose, Filaki Farm in Oregon House

Before and after tomato season, buyers are still looking for local produce. This edge-season is one of the best times to capitalize on untapped market potential. Learn from two experts in the trade who use high tunnels to extend their seasons in two very different regional climates, producing beautiful produce year-round.

*Direct Market Success

Presenters: Antonio Garza, Riverhill Farm; Jake Benedict, Mountain Bounty Farm

Direct markets bring the highest prices but take skill and ingenuity to do well. Learn customer service tips and tools for success from farms that are running farm stands, CSA's, farmers market stands and selling "farm cards".

*Tap Into Larger Markets:  Selling Wholesale and Direct-to-Retail

Presenters: Shana Maziarz, Owner Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.; David Benson, Produce Manager BriarPatch Food Coop; Bryan Kaminsky, The Natural Trading Company

Hear directly from local buyers as they discuss crop needs, purchasing programs, and how local producers can sell to them.  Learn from Organic farmer and natural food store owner, Bryan Kaminsky, as he shares about his micro-green operation which sells into large, wholesale markets like Raleys Markets and Whole Foods.

Postharvest Co-benefits: Quality & Food Safety

Kali Feiereisel is a diversified vegetable farmer & Food Safety Specialist. Diane Bollinger is the owner of Foothill Roots Farm, in Meadow Vista and specializes in Vegetable, Fruit and Artisan Bread CSA.

Learn practical ways small-scale farmers can improve product quality and reduce food safety risks during postharvest produce handling, Brief review of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and state level good agricultural practices (GAPs) laws and then dive into discussing small-scale postharvest equipment and practices geared towards smaller growers looking for non-traditional ways to get quality produce to market. Photo examples and explanations in addition to first hand presentation by the owner of Foothill Roots Farm. Very interactive and there will be plenty of time for grower questions.

Growing Cut Flowers

Presenter: Angie Tomey, Little Boy Flowers in Nevada City

Basic considerations when planning a cut flower garden from soil preparation to variety selection, to succession planning for a season's worth of cut flowers. We will also be discussing more specifics on a handful of my favorite blooms including garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and chrysanthemums.

Let’s Regenerate with HEMP!

Presenter: John Roulac is the founder and Chief Hemp Officer of RE Botanicals, and the author of three books on hemp cultivation and founder of the superfoods brand Nutiva. 

Hemp fiber was historically so important to our young country that farmers were compelled by patriotic duty to grow it, and were allowed to pay taxes with it. American farmers for decades have been prohibited from growing hemp under federal drug laws that lump it in with marijuana—but that may soon change with the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would allow states to regulate commercial hemp farming and make hemp eligible for crop insurance. Learn about the opportunities & challenges in growing organic hemp, the benefits of hemp including climate solutions and sequestering carbon,  and the exploding green gold rush.

Livestock

Basic and Emergency Animal Care for Livestock

Presenter: Samia Macon, DVM, Large animal  veterinarian

Overview of basic first aid and preventative care to keep your animals healthy and minimize disease spread in your herd or flock.  Proper preventative measures will decrease production losses and reduce veterinary care costs. Samia takes a holistic approach to veterinary care for farm animals.

Heritage Poultry Breeding and Sales

Presenters: Erin and Carlos Angulo, Dawndridge Farm in Grass Valley

Join Erin and Carlos Angulo and learn more about breeding and selling heritage chickens.  Located on 40 acres in Nevada County, Dawnridge Farm’s mission is to preserve and improve the Delaware breed of poultry for the community by selective breeding, selling chicks to other breeders and growers, and educating the public about the importance of heritage breeds of poultry.

Regenerative Dairy Production

Milk is not milk. It's all in the management. Regenerative dairy production methods benefit and build soil biology, fix carbon deep within the soil profile, while improving the nutrient density of milk. Through this workshop, we will examine the benefits of grazing diverse forage species, the importance of animal impact, and nutritional implications found within milk, including potent antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. We will cover the net-carbon flux that occurs when grazing ruminants are allowed to forage as nature intended. When managed in a regenerative way, the dairy cow can be a solution to climate change.

Presenter: Cynthia Daley, Professor & Director of the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative and Organic Dairy Program, CSU Chico

Predators and Livestock Protection

Dan Macon, UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, Placer, Nevada, Sutter, and Yuba Counties

Learn about predators and their impacts on our livestock. We’ll discuss the livestock protection toolbox including livestock guardian animals, fencing, attractant removal, human presence and stockmanship, fright tactics and devices and husbandry and management changes. Learn what are technically effective, economically beneficial, and socially acceptable costs and benefits of these tools in your operation.

Perennial Crops & Soil

Permaculture Food Forests & Agroforestry

Presenter: Cathe’ Fish, Practical Permaculture, Permaculture Instruction, Design and Consultation.

Learn about food forests for local climates, and agroforestry; tree-based, no-till perennial farming which can incorporate livestock and crops. Both tree systems are climate-friendly, creating resilience by building soil, sequestering carbon, cleaning water, preventing erosion, and are low maintenance and profitable once established.

*Farming with the Wild

Presenter: Alan Haight, founded Riverhill Farm in 2001, business planning teacher, Board member of FarmLink.

Historically, agriculture and ranching have had major, mostly negative impacts on natural resource conservation and biodiversity.  In 1996, USDA reported farming activities contribute to 46% of species listed as threatened or endangered, and ranching activities to 26%.  Efforts to enhance biodiversity on farms and ranches have major implications for species survival and resource conservation.  Learn how Riverhill Farm in Nevada City and other farms provide habitat and enhanced resource conservation while achieving well-above average yields and income.

Farming with Soil Biology: How to Foster Optimal Soil Health

Presenter: Brian Vagg, Soil Biology Certified Consultant and owner of Sprouting Soil

Learn the role of soil biology in improving crop yields, decrease pest/disease pressures, and reduce costly inputs. We will discuss the different types organisms found in the soil and how they drive nutrient cycling. Learn how to transform poor soils into biologically rich soils that foster optimal plant health. This starts with making aerobic compost that is biologically diverse and full of beneficial organisms and it ends with applying the compost, spraying compost teas, and injecting compost extracts.

Mastering Compost-Making

Presenters: Marney Blair and Lisa Bjorn, Fulcrum Farm

Learn from the masters how to make compost that will help your garden sing. Marney Blair and Lisa Bjorn own 20 acre Fulcrum Farm which has been producing local food and excellent compost for over 15 years using Biodynamic methods and is Demeter Certified.

*Direct Market Success

Presenters: Antonio Garza, Riverhill Farm; Jake Benedict, Mountain Bounty Farm

Direct markets bring the highest prices but take skill and ingenuity to do well. Learn customer service tips and tools for success from farms that are running farm stands, CSA's, farmers market stands and selling "farm cards".

*Tap Into Larger Markets:  Selling Wholesale and Direct-to-Retail

Presenters: Shana Maziarz, Owner Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.; David Benson, Produce Manager BriarPatch Food Coop; Bryan Kaminsky, The Natural Trading Company

Hear directly from local buyers as they discuss crop needs, purchasing programs, and how local producers can sell to them.  Learn from Organic farmer and natural food store owner, Bryan Kaminsky, as he shares about his micro-green operation which sells into large, wholesale markets like Raleys Markets and Whole Foods.

*Fire Preparedness for Ranchers & Farmers 

Presenters: Sean Griffis is a forester and CalFire Battalion Chief for Nevada and Yuba counties from Beale to Malakoff Diggings. Kate Wilkin is UC Cooperative Extension Forestry/Fire Science and Natural Resources Advisor for Nevada, Yuba, Butte and Sutter Counties

Fire is a frequent natural occurrence in our Sierra foothills. Educate yourself about how to protect farm and ranch assets, rather than thinking “It can’t happen to me."  Learn about various forms of vegetation management including prescribed burns on private property, what’s involved and if it’s practical for your property. We will also discuss forestry and vegetation management assistance programs.

Culinary

Seasonal Meal Planning: Cook Once, Eat All Week

Presenter: Schauna Schultz

With a little meal planning, shopping, and setting aside a day to cook and prep, the pressure of “what’s for dinner?” simply vanishes. In class you’ll learn how to utilize seasonal pantry staples, delicious dressings and sauces, and a few key ingredients to make multiple meals you can customize to please the whole family.  Variations to eat with the season will be discussed and delicious samples will be provided. Shauna Schultz is a registered dietitian, college nutrition instructor and teaches plant-based cooking classes.  She believes nourishment begins with enjoyment of meals and simple healthy cooking skills.

Ancient Sourdough: From Local Grains to Healthy Gluten

Presenter: Dorian Matei, founder and owner of Artisan Lavinia, a sourdough micro bakery

How to establish a micro business that sources and sells locally. Artisan Lavinia is a micro bakery; every loaf is made by hand from freshly milled flour, fermented and baked in a wood fired oven, then sold within a 20 mile radius. Learn what fermentation does to grains, how it affects the gluten and our bodies. We will also show an 8-minute documentary about our bread atelier.

Fermented Foods for Health

Presenters: Shan Kendall and Terry Fowler, Chapter Leaders of Gold Country Weston A. Price Foundation

Learn to keep 3 or 4 ferments going year-round to use as homemade probiotics and to replenish gut flora for a healthy immune system and happy alert brain. Learn the ancient art of fermentation used to preserve foods by healthy traditional people around the world. We will make various kinds of easy ferments including Fermented Dairy Cultured Drinks, Dairy Condiments, Vegetable Drinks, and Vegetable Condiments.

Farm & Ranch Planning

Managing for Long-term Effective Employees

Presenter: Missy Neville, Mountain Bounty Farm

One of the keys to a successful farm is finding and retaining great employees. Being a good manager is the first step. Missy Neville will share her experience with hiring and inspiring climate-friendly efficient and upbeat work crew at Mountain Bounty Farm. Steve McFarlane will share key labor law basics you should know. Presenters: Steve McFarlane of Hendricks McFarlane law office in Grass Valley does contract negotiations, real estate, start-up and small business advising. Missy Neville has worked at Mountain Bounty Farm for 7 years.

*Fire Preparedness for Ranchers & Farmers 

Presenters: Sean Griffis is a forester and CalFire Battalion Chief for Nevada and Yuba counties from Beale to Malakoff Diggings. Kate Wilkin is UC Cooperative Extension Forestry/Fire Science and Natural Resources Advisor for Nevada, Yuba, Butte and Sutter Counties

Fire is a frequent natural occurrence in our Sierra foothills. Educate yourself about how to protect farm and ranch assets, rather than thinking “It can’t happen to me."  Learn about various forms of vegetation management including prescribed burns on private property, what’s involved and if it’s practical for your property. We will also discuss forestry and vegetation management assistance programs.

*Farming with the Wild

Presenter: Alan Haight, founded Riverhill Farm in 2001, business planning teacher, Board member of FarmLink.

Historically, agriculture and ranching have had major, mostly negative impacts on natural resource conservation and biodiversity.  In 1996, USDA reported farming activities contribute to 46% of species listed as threatened or endangered, and ranching activities to 26%.  Efforts to enhance biodiversity on farms and ranches have major implications for species survival and resource conservation.  Learn how Riverhill Farm in Nevada City and other farms provide habitat and enhanced resource conservation while achieving well-above average yields and income.

Schedule
Workshops
2019
Perennial Crops & Soil
MAIN HALL
Annual Crops
SCIENCE HALL
Farm & Ranch Planning
J WING
Livestock
E WING
Culinary & Compost
F WING
1st Session
9:00-10:15
Farming with the Wild
Alan Haight
High Tunnel Production
Gary Romano, Juan Jose Domingo
Managing for Long-term Effective Employees
Steve McFarlane, Missy Neville
Heritage Poultry Breeding and Sales
Erin and Carlos Angulo
Seasonal Meal Planning: Cook once eat all week
Shauna Schultz
10:15-10:30 BREAK
2nd Session
10:30-11:45
Permaculture Food Forests & Agroforestry
Cathe Fish
Day Length, Variety Selection & Cultural Practices
Amigo Bob Cantizano
Tap Into Larger Markets: Selling Wholesale and Direct-to-Retail
Shana Maziarz, David Benson, Bryan Kaminsky
Basic and Emergency Animal Care for Livestock
Samia Macon
Fermented Foods for Health
Terry Fowler, Shan Kendall
11:45-1:00
NETWORKING LUNCH
3rd Session
1:00-2:15
Let's Regenerate with Hemp!
John Roulac
Growing Cut Flowers
Angie Tomey
Postharvest Co-benefits: Quality & Food Safety
Kali Feiereisel, Diane Bollinger
Predators and Livestock Protection Toolbox
Dan Macon
Mastering Compost-making
Marney Blair, Lisa Bjorn
2:15-2:30BREAK
4th Session
2:30-4:00
Farming with Soil Biology: How to Foster Optimal Soil Health
Brian Vagg
Direct Market Success
Antonio Garza, Jake Benedict
Fire Preparedeness for Ranchers and Farmers
Sean Griffis, Kate Wilkin
Regenerative Dairy Production
Cynthia Daley
Ancient Sourdough: From Local Grains to Healthy Gluten
Dorian Matei

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