Scholarships for Beginning Farmers to attend the EcoFarm Conference

The 30th Anniversary Ecological Farming Conference ( will take place January 20-23, 2010 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.

EcoFarm is the largest conference on sustainable and organic agriculture in the western United States, with more than 1,400 conference participants and over 60 workshops featuring prominent speakers on the latest advances in agricultural techniques, marketing strategies, research and other important food system issues, along with organic meals and live entertainment. This year’s conference theme “EcoFarm: Where the Future is planted,” will celebrate 30 years of advancing sustainable and organic agriculture through education, alliance building and advocacy.

Thanks to the EcoFarm GenNext partnership with California FarmLink (, funded by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, we are pleased to offer 7 beginning farmer scholarships worth $250/each for EcoFarm 2010.

Awardees may use the funds for any combination of conference attendance, lodging, or bus tours. For the purposes of this program, you are considered a beginning farmer if you are currently farming and have been farming for 10 years or less.

GenNext Scholarship Application for Beginning Farmers is available at

Please complete and return forms by Monday, November 30, 2009 to Kristin Rosenow (  by Email,
FAX: 831-763-2112 or MAIL: 406 Main St., Suite 313, Watsonville, CA 95076.

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