Regenerative Dry-Farming:
Perspectives and Practices for Regenerative Agriculture in Dry Lands


All-day Intensive at the 37th Annual EcoFarm Conference
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA


Mounting scientific evidence indicates great potential for regenerative agriculture to mitigate and even reverse climate change within our lifetime. In order to address the climate crisis we now face, ecological farming practices can and must be central to collective global action.

This intensive is specifically aimed at determining the role of dry farming within a regenerative, carbon-centric (“carbon farming”) approach. Topics will include perennial grain systems, agroforestry and dry-farm practices in orchards and vineyards, as well as the use of amendments such as biodynamic composts, to regenerate soil.

These topics will be presented with the explicit context of current National and State policies on climate change and agriculture; and the need for transformative policies rooted in community self-reliance and food sovereignty, e.g. agricultural co-ops. This framework provides inroads for individuals to get involved and take action today, rather than waiting for the slow turn-over of governmental and large-scale policy change.


Presenters: Steve Gliessman and Robbie Jaffe, Condor’s Hope Ranch; Andrew Langford, Gaia University; Hezekiah Allen, California Growers Association; Jack McAndrew, Biodynamic Compost Guru; Mai Nguyen, California Center for Cooperative Development; Mark Lipson, UCSC; Margaret Reeves, Pesticide Action Network; Tim LaSalle, Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, Chico State University.

Facilitator: Susan Cousineau, Paso Robles Grazing Project.


Registration: $ 100 (organic lunch included)

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This intensive has been made possible thanks to generous contributions from:
Fat Uncle Farm, Gaia University, Gophers Limited, Grass Valley Grains, Old Hill Ranch, Rockfront Ranch and the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative with the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU Chico.