By: Nathan Brickman, Brock Center Videographer and sophomore agricultural communication major
Four Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) students attended the EcoFarm Conference last month in Asilomar, California on scholarship from the Center for Sustainability from January 24-27.
The students, by name and major, were Ian Mann, Earth and Soil Sciences; Nathan Brickman, Agricultural Communication; Paul Bain, Environmental Management and Protection; and Guy Taylor, Agricultural Systems Management.
The conference took place at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in beautiful Pacific Grove, California. EcoFarm worked to make the conference a Zero Waste Event. Even the nametags distributed at check-in could be planted to grow wildflowers. The grounds were most appropriate for the event. Set right on the beach, students were able to catch the sunset after a long day of learning and were reassured why ecological farming is worth pursuing.
At the event, students attended a wide variety of workshops led by experts in their field. The seminars covered a broad range of topics from community supported agriculture (CSAs) and social media marketing to soil microbiology. Additionally, the conference had seven presentations on regenerative agriculture, a new certification to bring organic production to a whole new standard.
Ian Mann, a senior earth and soil science major, said the event was beneficial both professionally and personally. He learned how to network at a professional conference and about his role as a soil scientist in the agricultural industry.
Ian said he left the conference with, “more hope for a future of social and environmental justice in sustainable food production.”