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Agrarian Elders of Organic Farming

Agrarian Elders: A Gathering of Leading Organic Farmers

In January 2014, Esalen hosted 25 leading organic farmers from around North America in a first of its kind gathering. The conference gave participants a unique opportunity to share and discuss their rich experiences over the past 40 years of organic farming, so that their accumulated wisdom can be bestowed to future generations of farmers.

Read the 2014 conference summary.

Agrarian Elders: Transmitting Wisdom to Young Organic Farmers

Two years after the first gathering of twenty-four of North America’s elder organic farmers at Esalen Institute in January 2014, two generations of organic farmers, a group of fourteen elders and thirteen youngers, convened for a week at Esalen in January 2016. Agrarian wisdom was shared and insight was gained on a wide range of topics from sustainable soil fertility and creating the perpetual farm, to succession and transitions of family farms, to the national emergency of the 2% problem and the lack of young farmers beginning and persevering with this critical work, to the more controversial issue of the emergence of CRISPR and gene editing and whether it has a place in organic agriculture.

Read the 2016 conference summary.


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