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Planning Committee

EcoFarm Planning Committee

The Ecological Farming Association provides a grassroots, open forum for planning each year's EcoFarm Conference. EcoFarm's Planning Committee is an instrumental group of volunteers that help to select and shape conference keynotes and workshops. Members include farmers, ranchers, beekeepers, certifiers, produce distributors, activists, educators, seed keepers, permaculturists, and farm advisors, and others.

The Planning Committee meets three times every year to review the previous conference, select Keynotes, and select Workshops. Members organize and moderate most EcoFarm workshops and often contribute to the conference in additional ways. The public is invited to submit workshop proposals each year. After the workshop proposal deadline in June, EcoFarm staff compile up to 500 proposals that are presented to EcoFarm's Planning Committee. After several weeks to study these proposals the committee meets in July to select 70 workshops to present at conference. By August, EcoFarm staff notify all those who proposed workshops on whether they were selected, and Planning Committee members begin to organize the sessions.


A heartfelt thank you to the members of EcoFarm's Planning Committee, whose dedication and efforts make EcoFarm Conference possible.

Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance・Robina Bhatti, Robina's Organics, ALBA, CSUMB・Lisa Bunin, Organic Advocacy・Bill Cook, The Mushroom Farm・Mira Dick, NRCS・Sam Earnshaw, Hedgerows Unlimited・ Benjamin Fahrer, Cornerstone Farms LLC・Adrian Fischer, CCOF・Ken Foster, Terranova Ecological Landscaping・Dina Izzo, BluDog Consulting・Hansel & Sue Kern, Kern Family Farm・Reggie Knox, California FarmLink・Pam Krone, Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuaries・Erica Lundquist, NRCS・Nicole Mason, Veritable Vegetable・Joy Moore, KPFA Radio・Deborah Nares・Rebecca North, The Fruit Guys・Terry Oxford, UrbanBeeSF・Steve Peters, Seed rEvolution Now!・Carla Rosin, City of Santa Monica Farmers Markets・Peter Ruddock, Resilient Foodsheds・Nolan Schmidt, Tower Urban Family Farms・Nathanael Siemens, Fat Uncle Farms・Michele Smith-Jefferies, Earl’s Organic Produce・Zea Sonnabend, Fruitilicious Farm・Steve Sprinkel, Farmer & the Cook・ Karen Van Epen, ATTRA/NCAT・Kathy Webster, TomKat Ranch・Nathan Weller, FarmLink・Sherril Wells, Rancho de Rodney・ Evan Wiig, Farmers Guild & CAFF・Tom Willey, Farmer Emeritus・Javier Zamora, JSM Organics. 

Get involved!

Submit a workshop or speaker proposal

The public is invited to submit workshop proposals each year in early summer. Whether you're a farmer, rancher, distributor, retailer, consumer, industry rep, consultant, activist, consumer or educator, we want to hear from you! Subscribe to our E-News to get alerts on workshop proposal instructions and deadline.

Apply to join 

Interested in joining EcoFarm's Planning Committee? Contact Gabi at for more information.