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EcoFarm conference highlights growing ‘good food movement’

Posted: Friday, Jan 25th, 2013

PACIFIC GROVE—Today caps off the 33rd annual EcoFarm Conference at Pacific Grove, where more than 1,500 participants came together to network, attend workshops, listen to guest speakers and sample the latest creations from the growing “good food movement” occurring in communities across the country.

The conference began Wednesday at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, originally built for the YWCA in 1913 – a project spearheaded by the late Phoebe Apperton Hearst. The rustic grounds provided a natural setting for the event, which attracted a congenial swell of farmers, marketers, activists, consumers, students and educators.

Organized by the Soquel-based Ecological Farming Association, the theme for this year’s four-day event was, “Feeding the world you want to live in,” a call to action especially geared toward the younger attendees attired in jeans, rugged boots and plaid shirts.

About 45 percent of the farming population is 55 and older and seven out of 10 farms are expected to change hands by 2030, according to the Ecological Association.

For the complete article see the 01-26-2013 issue.

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