8th Annual North Coast Farmers' Convergence
The North Coast Farmers' Convergence is coming to Ridgewood Ranch for its 8th year on Sunday, February 16th and Monday, February 17th. The North Coast Farmers Convergence is a celebration of growing a resilient local food system and the vital profession of farming in Northern California.
In previous years, the Farmers Convergence has brought together over 150 local farmers, ranchers, retailers and advocates from Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Sonoma Counties for networking, education and inspiration.
This years Farmers' Convergence is an opportunity for our community to gain access to resources, people, and programs they may not have known existed. Ideally, attendees will leave the event inspired and prepared for the growing season ahead. According to participants, successful outcomes of the day included forging successful connections that enhance our local economy, linking farmers with needed resources and new or renewed buyer contracts for food producers.
The 8th Annual Farmers' Convergence promises to build on the successes of the previous years with new workshops, speakers and additional intensive educational sessions. We have an amazing lineup stay tuned!
Sunday, February 16th, 2019
7:45am - Check in opens
8:15am - Welcome & Kick Off
8:30am - Morning Panel - Growing Resilient Farms
10:45am - Morning Workshops - Alan Haight
12:15pm - Lunch
1:30pm - Session I Workshops
3:00pm - Session II Workshops
This years Farmers Convergence includes an impressive lineup of experts and innovators in the agricultural community who will lead workshops and breakout discussions throughout Sunday on a wide range of topics. This years topics include:
- Tools & Equipment for the Small Farmer
- Leadership Skills: Creating a Culture of Goodwill
- Farm to School: Purchasing Roundtable
- The History and Basics of Seed Saving
- Tax Preparation
- The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) & Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
- Vermiculture 101
- Finance and the Small Farm
- Holistic Approaches to Mental Health and Depression for Farmers
- Healthy Soils & Climate Smart Farming
- Growing Great Fruit
Monday, February 17th, 2019
Theme for the day - farming for the wholesale market - sponsored by the MendoLake Food Hub
8:00am - Check in opens
8:15am - Welcome & Kick Off
8:45am - Morning Workshops
12:20pm - Lunch
1:30pm - Afternoon Workshops
What Past Participants Have to Say...
"I love getting all the ideas, and those little nuggets help launch me into the new ideas for the next season", said Laytonville farmer Irene Engber of Irenes Garden (of last years event).
"I've referred to talks I heard at the last convergence multiple times throughout the year", said Caroline Radice of New Agrarian Collective. "It was worth every minute that I attended, and I cant wait to go again this year."
"Growing our local food system benefits not only farmers and local food producers, it benefits schools, restaurants, support organizations, and the overall local economy", said Kelly Hansen of the MendoLake Food Hub. "The North Coast Farmers' Convergence is an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn from one another and gain access to resources, programs, and people they may not have known about. Our intent is to have everyone leave the event inspired and prepared for the upcoming growing season."
Ridgewood Ranch (View)
1 Seabiscuit Drive
Willits, CA 95490
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