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California Small Farm Conference Announces Talks and Workshops to Address Drought Management for Small Farms

February 24, 2014 |

Press Release — ROHNERT PARK, CA – The California Small Farm Conference, the state’s premier gathering of small-scale farmers and ranchers, farmers market managers and others involved in the small farm community, announced today its line-up of workshops and talks to address managing and minimizing drought impacts for small farmers and ranchers.

Sandra Schubert, Undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will speak at the Conference on Monday, March 10th, during the Networking Lunch and address strategies and the many resources available to small farmers and ranchers relating to drought management.

California Small Farm Conference Board Member, Paul Vossen of University of California Cooperative Extension, Santa Rosa, will give a talk about managing less water from the perspective of a small-scale farmer. Paul Vossen will also cover irrigation and plant management under drought conditions, and share the latest informational resources for small farmers.

Rex Dufour, California Small Farm Conference Board Member and Western Regional Office Director of NCAT/ATTRA, will lead the field course, “Biodiversity on the Farm,” which will demonstrate how biodiverse farms are more resilient to drought or flood stresses, and will also moderate the workshop, “Water and Soil Conservation for the Future, Now,” which will cover strategies to manage soils so they are resilient to drought and other stresses.

“This year’s drought is on everyone’s mind,” states Casey Walsh Cady, President of the California Small Farm Conference, “and what better venue to discuss real solutions and  the latest resources than the 2014 California Small Farm Conference.”

Register online for the 2014 California Small Farm Conference at or call 888-712-4188 to request a registration form to submit via fax or standard mail.

Since its inception in 1982, more than 7,500 farmers have benefited from the California Small Farm Conference. The Conference is the state’s premier gathering for small-scale farmers, farmers’ market managers, agriculture students and small farm industry professionals, and attracts approximately 500 attendees each year.

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Alexa Popplewell
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California Small Farm Conference
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