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2012 EcoFarm Conference to be held in February

January 14, 2012 | 10:00 am

EFC 12 Logo - WEB 300During the first week of February, the Ecological Farming Assn. will host its 32nd annual EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove, Calif. The EcoFarm Conference brings together farmers, ranchers, food activists, merchants, educators and researchers, not to mention those just plain interested in sustainable agriculture, at the largest ecological agricultural gathering in the West.

According to organizers, more than 1,500 attendees will meet at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, Feb. 1-4, to promote and improve food farming systems.

On Feb. 1, the pre-conference bus tour led by Amigo Bob Cantisano of Organic Ag Advisors, Sam Earnshaw of CAFF and Richard Smith of UC Cooperative Extension will scope out organic farming on the Central Coast. The all-day field trip will visit farms in Pajaro Valley and Santa Cruz, making stops at Tomatero Farm, Yellow Wall Farm and Bonny Doon Winery, followed by a locavore's lunch prepared by Outstanding in the Field's founder and chef Jim Denevan.

Also anticipated at this year's conference are more than 60 workshops, artisan cheese and beer tastings, wine tastings, movies and mixers.

Prices vary depending on whether you plan to attend one day or go for the full conference package, including meals and lodging. For more information on the conference's schedule, special events, pricing and registration, visit www.ecofarmconference.org.

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