This six part educational series presented by Our Family Farms began in April by laying the foundation of the theory about regenerative agriculture, then focused on connecting theory with practices in-the-field including several field trips to examples of farms that have successfully implemented these principles. It ended in October with our capstone presentation with Ray Archuleta.
SESSION 1: Featuring Dr. Ray Seidler, retired EPA scientist
A. Regenerating Soils: The Case for Smart Agriculture Part 1
Sunday, April 14th from 1-4 pm at the Phoenix Civic Center and tour of Verdant Phoenix Farm
B. Regenerating Soils: The Case for Smart Agriculture Part 2
Sunday, April 28th from 1-4 pm at the Phoenix Civic Center and tour of Tikkun Olam Research Farm
SESSION 2: Featuring Prof Cindy Daley, Chico State University
A. Why Regenerative Agriculture? Why Now?
Thursday, May 9th from 6-8 pm at the HEC in Medford
B. How to Build Farm Resilience Through Regenerative Ag
Friday, May 10th from 6-8 pm at the Phoenix Civic Center and near by farm tour
SESSION 3: Slow flowers and Native Bees
Sunday, June 9th from 1-4 pm at the Phoenix Civic Center and the tour of La Mera Gardens
SESSION 4: Farming in the Forest
At Willow Witt Ranch
SESSION 5: Dry Farming for the Future
Sunday, August 11th from 1-4 pm
SESSION 6: Regenerative Farming Practices and Carbon Sequestration in American Agriculture
Featuring Ray Archuleta
Soil Scientist and Founder of Understanding Ag, LLC and Soil Health Academy, LLC
Friday, October 11 from 6-9 pm
Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with over 30 years experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) serving in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina.
After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Understanding Ag, LLC and Soil Health Academy, LLC to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri.