EcoFarm Conference 2020

About EcoFarm Conference

The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) presents the 40th annual EcoFarm Conference January 22 - 25, 2020 in Pacific Grove, CA - Featuring 70+ workshops, intensives, keynotes, farm tours, an exhibitor marketplace, tastings, a seed swap, live entertainment, and organic culinary fare. Building upon its farmer-to-farmer education model, EcoFarm is an essential networking and educational hub for ecologically-minded farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success in growing a healthy food system and world.

Workshops will be presented on the following topics:

  • Crops, Seeds
  • Soil, Roots, Water
  • Farm Business, Labor
  • Pest, Beneficials, Habitat
  • Livestock
  • Marketing, Retail, Wholesale
  • Production Tools, Equipment
  • Activism, Policy, Community
  • Food Justice
  • Farmer-to-Farmer, Education
  • Regulation, Organics, Certification
  • Permaculture, Gardening, Food, Health

Hacking Food: Bay Area Sustainable Food & Agriculture Festival

Are you interested in new trends and topics in the sustainable food industry? Want to get to know innovative Bay Area food entrepreneurs? Curious to meet the funders investing in food & agriculture enterprises? Or are you a curious foodie that wants to try new products? Then join us for an engaging and inspiring day focusing on all things food!

Hacking Food is an interactive festival that lets you sample delicious products while learning first-hand from local entrepreneurs, investors and food industry professionals about what it takes to build a successful food brand that prioritizes people and the planet. These founders and funders are taking on some of the world's biggest problems in the food sector in the most innovative ways.

With live demonstrations, company showcases, and educational talks and workshops, you’ll get a taste of the thriving Bay Area sustainable food scene and meet the players creating social impact in our area and beyond.

Social entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists and everyone else interested in food is welcome to this unique event.

Come out to meet some amazing people and get inspired!

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AGENDA (see our growing speaker list):

10:30AM-1PM: Morning roundtables (space permitting, by invitation)

  • A. Fund Managers Roundtable
  • B. Angel Investors Roundtable
  • C. Entrepreneurs Roundtable

1PM: Registration
1:30: Program kick off
1:45: Opening Panel/ Keynote speaker

  • Bob Quinn, Organic Farmer, author of Grain by Grain: : A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food
  • Liz Carlisle, Lecturer, School of Earth. Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University; author of Grain by Grain

2:30: Business showcase: B2B food businesses - See our growing list of entrepreneurs

3:00: Corporate Showcase - see our growing list of speakers

3:30: Networking break
4:00 Breakout sessions:
1) Innovative Technology in Producing & Distributing Sustainable Food

2) Opportunities in Plant based Proteins

3) Funding Sustainable Food & Agriculture Companies

5:00: Networking break
5:30: Business showcase: B2C food businesses - See our growing list of entrepreneurs

6:00: Closing
6:30: Reception and Networking


Katapult Future Fest 2019

Katapult Future Fest explores how exponential technologies, consciousness and impact investing can be used to transcend the UN Sustainable Development Goals and build a future we want to live in. The KFF program aims to increase participants' knowledge and understanding of:

• Exponential technologies Learn from leading experts everything you need to know about the technologies that will take your organization to the next level; AI, Blockchain VR, AR, Robotics, 3D-printing, nanotech, biotech and quantum computing.

• Consciousness Understand the psychology of awareness and how we as humans can make conscious decisions on our use of technology.

• Impact investing Meet impact-driven tech startups and investors that are outperforming the market financially while making the world a better place.

This year we have invited experts to carry out deep-dives on the Future of Education, Environment, Food, Health and Financial Inclusion. We will focus on how YOU can help solve societal and environmental challenges using tools such as exponential technologies, consciousness, and impact investing.

 


Regenerative Earth Summit 2018

“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet”
~ Brooke Medicine Eagle 

Plan to participate in the premier gathering of leaders in Organic and Regenerative Food, Farming and Fashion for Climate Action. Held in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, The Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate gathers influencers, designers, producers, ranchers, academics, and industry and community leaders for transformative conversations and action planning. The Summit is designed to provide a context to build strategies and match resources across food and fashion industries to influence and accelerate systemic change in land to market systems. Together, the two industries can contribute to the regeneration of critical ecosystems while supplying raw materials of the highest quality and efficacy to meet consumer demand for traceability and eco-conscious products.

Why The Summit

Fashion and Food are two of the biggest polluters on the planet. Agriculture plays a role in both and offers a pathway toward more restorative and regenerative practices for each industry to reduce its toxic impact. The Regenerative Earth Summit is boldly breaking down silos. Together these industry leaders will explore how new approaches to sourcing, traceability, and partnerships with producers can transform their carbon footprint, restore ecosystem resilience and mobilize their industries for systemic change.

Who’s Coming

At the Epicenter convenes visionaries from the food and fashion industries, farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, investors, activists, and academics who are willing to work collaboratively to tackle the audacious vision of shifting how agriculture is practiced. With mindfulness practice, interactive working sessions, Regenerative Slams, and panel conversations, colleagues will generate ideas and actionable steps to change the status quo and bring new vigor and rigor to sourcing and partnerships across sectors. By focusing on restoration of soil health we cure a host of challenges. Deficient nutrient density in food, excessive carbon in the atmosphere, hydrology and ground water recharge, biodiversity and pollinator health – the list is endless and it begins beneath our feet.

If you are bold, passionate and willing to be a catalyst for change — this event welcomes YOU.


Sustainable Foods Summit

The aim of the Sustainable Foods Summit is to explore new horizons for eco-labels and sustainability in the food industry by discussing key industry issues. How do organic, fairtrade and other eco-labeling schemes further sustainability? With growing proliferation in labels, what are the prospects for a single sustainability standard for food products? What are the practical application of sustainability metrics? What advances are occurring in sustainable ingredients? What developments are happening in formulation, production and marketing of sustainable food and beverages? Such questions are regularly addressed at this international series of summits.

Since 2009, the Sustainable Foods Summit has been covering major developments in the food industry concerning sustainability and and eco-labels, such as Organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified, etc.  Organized by Organic Monitor, the Sustainable Foods Summit is a climate-neutral event. The carbon footprint of the European and North American summits were determined by calculating the carbon and greenhouses gases. These emissions were offset by investing in soil composting projects.