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8th Annual North Coast Farmers' Convergence

Growing resilient farms - coming together to share stories, successes & skills.

NCO is pleased to announce the 8th annual North Coast Farmers’ Convergence. The MendoLake Food Hub and the School of Adaptive Agriculture are leading the charge on this annual event, which brings together food producers from Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma and Humboldt counties, along with local food retailers, chefs and food activists.

The North Coast Farmers’ Convergence is a celebration of our region’s growing, local food system and the vital profession of farming in Northern California. Since the inception of this event, the Farmers’ Convergence has brought together over 150 local farmers, ranchers, retailers and advocates for a day of networking, education and inspiration. According to participants, successful outcomes of the day include: forging successful connections that enhance our local economy; linking farmers with needed resources; and sparking new or renewed buyer contracts for food producers. The 8th Annual Farmers’ Convergence promises to build on the successes of previous years with new workshops, speakers and additional, intensive-educational sessions. To stay up-to-date with this year's Convergence, please also visit our Facebook event page

Farmer's Convergence: Sunday, February 16th, 2020 | 8:00am-5:00pm

7:45am - Check in opens
8:15am - Welcome & Kick Off
8:30am - Morning Panel: Growing Resilient Farms
10:30am - Keynote: Alan Haight, Riverhill Farm - "Overcoming the Pitfalls on the Path to Profitability for the Small Farm"
12:15pm - Lunch
1:30pm - Session I Workshops
3:00pm - Session II Workshops

Check out the program and full line up of speakers and workshops -> here

Sunday morning kicks off with an inspiring welcome from Rachel Britton, guest instructor at the School of Adaptive Agriculture and new owner of the Mendocino Grain Project. Disaster Preparation is the timely topic addressed in Sunday morning’s keynote panel discussion. Farmers across the state increasingly find themselves staring down unprecedented challenges, including: drought, wildfires, floods, erratic weather and long-term power outages. This year’s keynote panel will highlight the personal stories from local food producers about how they are growing resilient farms in the face of adversity.  Luke Frey (Frey Vineyards), Brian Bartholomew (Ridgewood Ranch), Kyle Farmer (Magruder Ranch), and Colleen Rentsch (Seely Farm) will share their personal stories on the road to creating their own resilient farms.

Alan Haight will lead the keynote on Sunday morning. He’ll share his story of farming at Riverhill Farm and the pitfalls on the path to profitability for the small farm. According to Alan, "When I started my farm, I had no business skills and not much common sense. My expectation was that I would grow beautiful organic produce, customers would embrace my farm enthusiastically, and it would all work out. I wasn’t wrong about any of those things, but there were pitfalls along the way to eventual profitability that delayed profitability and could have caused me to abandon what I considered to be my life’s work... Yet, all was not lost. Within a relatively short time ...we were netting a good income from our small acreage, we paid off all our farm and personal debt, and we had confidence that we were on the right track and could successfully adapt to changing markets. And, we did this with no increase in acreage." 

This year’s 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 year’s topics include:

Farmer's Convergence: Monday, February 17th, 2020 | 8:00am-5:00pm

Theme for the day - farming for the wholesale market - sponsored by the MendoLake Food Hub

8:00am - Welcome & Kick Off
8:30am - Morning Workshops
12:20pm - Lunch
1:30pm - Afternoon Workshops

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What Past Participants Have to Say

Sponsors

This year's Farmers' Convergence is made possible by our generous sponsors:

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Program(s) Involved: Community Wellness Projects Mendo Lake Food Hub Good Farm Fund School of Adaptive Agriculture