Published: December 17, 2014 8:11AM
ECOLOGICAL FARMING ASSOCIATION
Attendees of the 2013 EcoFarm Conference walk to an on-farm presentation during a bus tour. Registration is being taken for the 2015 conference next month in Pacific Grove, Calif.
Registration is being taken for the 2015 EcoFarm Conference, one of the West’s largest gatherings for organic and environmentally concious producers. The Jan. 21-24 event in Pacific Grove, Calif., will include talks on climate change, food safety and bee health.
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — The concept of sustainable farming was in its infancy in the early 1990s when a group of growers decided to put on a conference to promote it.
Next month, the EcoFarm Conference here will celebrate its 35th anniversary. And while the first gathering drew only about 50 people, as many as 2,000 are expected to attend the 2015 event, to be held Jan. 21-24 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds here.
“It definitely feels like a legacy,” conference spokeswoman Deborah Yashar said. “We have so much history to look back on. A lot of the impetus for ecological food and farming started here in California. It started with eco-farmers gathering … It’s definitely a momentous occasion.”
Farmers, marketers, activists, educators and others attend the yearly conference, one of the West’s largest for organic and environmentally conscious producers.
Workshops will offer ideas on such topics as how sound agricultural practices can actually combat climate change, what to expect in the final U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety rules and reversing the trend of bee die-offs.