By Haley Baron, OFRF Partnership & Improvement Supervisor

Because the OFRF group walked into the massive convention room full of folks on the 2021 Natural Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, CA final week, it was laborious to imagine we have been truly there… in particular person! OGS is a gathering of natural farmers and trade professionals to share concepts and new methods, and join with our natural neighborhood. After canceling OGS 2020 and almost two years since our final in-person occasion, we have been excited (and slightly nervous!) to lastly be there. However, as our two-hour workshop, “Constructing Resilience by means of Natural Farming Programs” started, we rapidly remembered the magic of being in dialog with growers in regards to the rules and practices of natural farming techniques which might be important to farmer resilience.   

For our workshop we introduced collectively three extraordinarily educated consultants to debate the ways in which local weather change will have an effect on rising situations in California in addition to the practices and analysis that may assist growers adapt and grow to be extra resilient. The group of about 100 attendees have been desperate to be taught, community, and ask questions.

The morning started with Joji Muramoto, the primary and solely Cooperative Extension Specialist absolutely targeted on natural manufacturing in California and UCSC professor, who shared in regards to the methods local weather change will influence arthropod pests and plant ailments. Tom Willey, natural farming pioneer, spoke in regards to the no-till natural trials he has been a part of lately. The viewers was keen to listen to from Tom as he has been farming organically for 4 a long time in Madera, CA. And lastly, we had Eric Brennan, USDA’s Agricultural Analysis Service (ARS) solely organic-focused Analysis Horticulturist in all the nation, who joined us nearly with a perfectly-produced and research-filled video about local weather change and soil well being resilience methods, reminiscent of cowl cropping. His YouTube channel encompasses a revised model of his video presentation, “Cowl Cropping Technique is for Local weather-Sensible Farmers and Local weather-Resilient Farms.”

We concluded our workshop with casual dialogue teams in regards to the challenges, wants and alternatives that growers have in a wide range of matter areas reminiscent of soil well being administration, pest, illness, and weeds. 

All through the convention, our group had the pleasure of seeing previous mates and companions nose to nose, and assembly many new ones. Because of the Natural Produce Community group for producing OGS and together with us!

 

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