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Costanoa Commons
www.CostanoaCommons.org
February 2019
EcoFarm Conference report
The Costanoa Commons Farm team poses at the EcoFarm Conference.by Heidi Cartan
Executive Director

In mid-January, while the farm was tucked in under cover crops and our soil was getting a break, we had the wonderful opportunity to attend the EcoFarm conference in Asilomar. Thanks to a very generous scholarship, two of our aspiring farmers, Nina and Kyle, could join other Costanoa Commons farmers in this annual convergence. The EcoFarm conference brings farmers young and old together each year to offer inspiration, technical training, and the latest research on ecological farming, an approach to agriculture that strives to work in concert with nature by protecting soil, water, climate, and biodiversity.

The conference is dedicated to developing new leaders in ecological farming, and through these workshops we learned more about how to tie our farming practices to our social and environmental goals. Our farm team attended sessions on building healthy soil, weed and pest management, seed saving, flower production, empowering youth leaders, and many other topics. We had a chance to meet and consult individually with an expert vegetable grower and a poultry and egg producer. And, as Kyle noted, “If I’ve learned one thing, it’s to never leave your soil uncovered!”

I look forward to EcoFarm every year because it provides invaluable opportunities to grow our farming skills while helping us build a strong team of staff and volunteers around our goals. The only difficult part about the EcoFarm conference is that we all return ready to get into the field, yet it’s still winter!

I want to acknowledge the EcoFarm organization for making it possible for Nina and Kyle to attend this year. Thank you, EcoFarm team, for helping us build our soil, better understand the critical importance of biodiversity, and learn how to produce healthy crops in a healthy way.
Conference participant listen to a member of the EcoFarm team outside at the Asilomar Conference Center.
Nina and Kyle pose at the farm.
Save the date: April 27th
Dear friends, old and new,

Mother nature is giving us a very wet winter here at the farm, and spring will be a busy season. Please come join us on April 27th at 9:00 a.m. for a Community Work Day, followed by lunch by our fabulous food crew. There will be live music for those who simply want to enjoy being on the farm. We welcome you!

You can:

  • Paint our new shed.
  • Build a goat pen.
  • Plant native plants into the riparian area along creek.
  • Install weed mat in the raised bed area.
  • Dig holes and plant aromatic herbs along side of greenhouse.
  • Remove non-native species from our riparian zone and plant native plants.
  • Build two compost areas with adaptations to make it easier for our disabled farmers to sift compost.
  • Put up fencing and bird netting for a new digs for our 25 laying hens.

Stay until 1:00 p.m. for music, a delicious lunch, and a chance to hang out with new and old friends.

Watch your email for more details and sign-up instructions. Thank you, and see you all soon!

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