- Author: Mike Hsu
Researchers, staff and affiliates of the UC Organic Agriculture Institute – one of UC ANR's newest programs – raised awareness among attendees of OAI's work and its ongoing statewide needs assessment. Feedback from the organic community will help determine priorities for OAI's future research and extension activities.
UC ANR's Small Farms team was also on hand, providing practical knowledge to the sustainable farming community and sharing during a workshop session their first-hand experiences with participatory on-farm research.
During the conference awards banquet, Gail Feenstra, the former Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program director who retired recently, was honored with a Sustie Award. The award recognizes stewards of sustainable agriculture who have made long-term, significant contributions to the well-being of agriculture and the planet. Feenstra's 33-year career was spent advancing more sustainable, resilient and equitable food systems.
To learn more about EcoFarm, see Mike Hsu's tweets with thehashtag #EcoFarm2023.