FEBRUARY 27-29, 2020

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Workshops • On-farm Demos
Field Days • Ag Policy Forum • Mixers 
The Agrarian Lovers Ball

Local food, innovation, community roots and healthy soilsjust a few of the things you’ll find growing on small farms and ranches all across California. Join us in February 2020 for the 32nd annual California Small Farm Conference where farmers, ranchers and local food advocates gather each year to explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture, work to bridge field and fork, sharpen their skills, network and give voice to those growing a more resilient food system from the soil up.

Cuesta College North County Campus
2800 Buena Vista Dr, Paso Robles, CA

2020 PROGRAM

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27:
PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS

Join us at various on-site locations throughout San Luis Obispo County for any number of special pre-conference events, including intensive trainings, field days, tours and more. NOTE: some Thursday events are included with your general conference admission, but do still require an RSVP, as space is limited. Other events require an additional registration fee.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, FEB. 28 & 29:
MAIN CONFERENCE DAYS

Over two days, check out dozens of educational workshops, panels, interactive forums and networking opportunities for farmers of all experience levels, as well as for advocates of sustainable agriculture, local food and family farms. This year’s conference includes a track for farmers market managers on both days as well as a Spanish-language track on Friday.

This year’s theme honors the resilience of diversity in our agricultural systems. From diverse polycultures, to the many varied shapes our farms can take, to the rich tapestry of cultures that make up California, diversity on the farm better prepares us for risk, sustains the ecosystems on which we depend and provides us a wealth of ideas, techniques and ways to view the world.

2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Phil McGrath
McGrath Family Farm
Camarillo, CA
Vanessa Ramirez
Ventura Seed Company
Ventura, CA
Adam Vega
Californians for Pesticide Reform
Ventura County, CA

Few places exemplify this year’s theme as much as Ventura-based McGrath Family Farm, where not only are the crops diverse, but so too are the farming practices, people and dynamic partnerships that have made this place both a resilient family farm business as well as a multi-faceted hotbed for the food and social justice movement.

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2020 AWARDS

Every year, our community recognizes farmers and food system advocates from across California who are contributing to a stronger local food economy, promoting food justice and empowering a new generation of agrarians.

CREDIT: CAFF

PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS

Join us on Thursday, February 27 for a variety of special pre-conference events held at various locations throughout SLO County. RSVPs required. Space is limited.

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AGRARIAN
LOVERS BALL

On Saturday, February 29, come celebrate with us and enjoy an evening of local farm-fresh food, drinks, live music and our annual awards ceremony.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

SCHOLARSHIPS

Are financial barriers keeping you from attending? Scholarship opportunties are available, in particular but not limited to: young farmers and ranchers, farmworkers, interns and students of sustainable agriculture. DEADLINE: JAN 30, 2020

LODGING

You’ll find a variety of lodging options, including hotels, campgrounds and vacation rentals in Paso Robles and around SLO County, including two options offering discounted rates to any Small Farm Conference attendee:

The Best Western Black Oak, a 5-minute drive from both the conference venue and downtown.

The Allegretto Vineyard Resort, just a short walk from Cuesta College, our venue.

HOME STAYS

To make this event accessible to everyone and to promote agrarian hospitality, we are working to match those seeking a place to stay during the conference with those in the Paso Robles region who have a space to share. Big thanks to the hospitable hosts and we’ll see you later this month in SLO!

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Save gas. Save the planet. Make a friend. Cheers! 

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 SPONSORS!

Regen Ag Foundation
Hipcamp
kcoe-isom
Farmstead Ed

EXHIBITORS INCLUDE

HELP NEW FARMERS, STUDENTS & ​FARMWORKERS ATTEND THE CONFERENCE!

 If you’d like to get involved or find out more about the conference, please contact us at info@caff.org