Human connection is a human need — and something that farmers and ranchers are sometimes lacking. It’s one of the many reasons why so many attend the EcoFarm Conference, a yearly gathering that takes place at California's “refuge by the sea” — the beautiful Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds.
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For elders and young alike, EcoFarm Conference has become almost an annual pilgrimage for people passionate about farming and food rooted in respect and care for the Earth and its inhabitants. What started out as a 50 person meeting which helped to birth the organic farming movement, is now known as one of the most influential events in the world of sustainable agriculture, attracting over 1,500 attendees each year.
As much as there is education happening at EcoFarm, there are also many networking opportunities — a great reason to gather in-person after what will be almost two years of limited human contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. From sharing meals and watching beach sunsets, to sharing seeds and farming insights, the annual event is a powerful opportunity to experience human connection once again, with like-minded, collaborative farmers and foodies.
Register now to attend the 42nd EcoFarm Conference, January 19 to 22, 2022, and choose from over 50 skill-building workshops, hear from visionary keynote speakers, attend a pre-conference event or farm tour, explore the expo, enjoy wine and cider tastings, an intergenerational mixer, the coveted seed swap, and meet directly with experts to get your business questions answered. A limited number of scholarships are available to attend at a reduced cost.
And it’s all happening with COVID-19 safety procedures in place.
“I often feel like I am alone in my thoughts, ideas, hopes, and wishes for a better world. My week at EcoFarm reminded me that I'm part of a movement containing some of the brightest people on the planet, and now they are only an email or phone call away.”
— Beekeeper and activist, Sarah Red-Laird
To learn more and register for EcoFarm Conference, visit eco-farm.org/conference.