Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Event by: EcoFarm
Event website: https://eco-farm.org/conference/
About: Hosted on the historic Paicines Ranch – which encompasses 7,600 acres of rangeland, vineyards and row crops – this special pre-conference field day will give attendees the opportunity to see regenerative practices on the ranch and learn about the overarching frameworks and core principles from top leaders in the field.
The day starts with an introductory overview of the new Regenerative Agriculture movement, followed by presentations on the fundamentals of soil health and whole-systems thinking. We’ll demonstrate how to put these principles into practice – including the production of specialty compost, and the use of cover crops, no-till systems, animal integration, and holistic planned grazing. As these regenerative management practices boost farm productivity, soil fertility, and water-use efficiency, they pull carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in the soil.
Walking the fields and vineyards at Paicines Ranch, participants will be able to see examples of livestock integrated into annual and perennial cropping systems. Point Blue ecologists will showcase several onsite projects that observe how management decisions can influence the ecology of rangelands and cropping practices in California.
We’ll end with the interactive installation “A Taste of Place,” an actual soil tasting and a catalyst for reflection on the day’s lessons, instigated by artist Laura Parker.
Presenters: Tim LaSalle, Regenerative Agriculture Initiative/California State University Chico; Gabe Brown, Brown’s Ranch, ND; Ray Archuleta, Soil Health Consulting, MO; David Johnson, New Mexico State University; Chelsea Carey, Point Blue Senior Soil Ecologist; Mel Preston, Point Blue Rangeland Field Ecologist; Kelly Mulville, Paicines Ranch Manager.
Cost: $90 Organic lunch provided by Outstanding in the Field
Special Price: $150 for both Regenerative Agriculture Pre-conferences together!
Paicines Ranch is located east of the Salinas Valley, close to Pinnacles National Park. Tuesday night lodging is available at Asilomar Conference Grounds or Paicines Ranch.
Thank you to our Regenerative Agriculture Field Day sponsors:
Paicines Ranch / Globetrotter Foundation
TomKat Ranch / Leftcoast Grassfed