Second Annual North Coast Farmers Convergence will be held on March 5th, 2014

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The Convergence is at capacity!  Thank you to all who RSVP'd.  If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, or to be on the mailing list for future events, please email convergence [at] ncoinc.org.  Thank you!

 

THIS IS NOT ANOTHER MEETING—It's a first ever convergence of food producers and those who work with them.  A gathering of farmers and ranchers from Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties, along with the agencies and organizations that serve the food and farming community.  

The day aims to bring together food producers from across the region to network, share skills, learn, compare ideas, and celebrate the vital profession of farming. The day will include presentations by producers who are engaged in innovative and exciting projects, networking and skill-sharing, a series of facilitated discussions on topics affecting farmers.  Afterwards, there'll be a catered dinner featuring local food for registered participants.  First drink is free, and we'll have a cash bar with local beer and wine.  Dinner will be followed by live music from Funkacilin’  Please join us on Friday, March 1st at Barra of Mendocino.  1pm - 6pm will be facilitated workshops and discussions, 6pm - 9pm, dinner and dancing!  
 
Barra of Mendocino
7051 N State Street
Redwood Valley, CA 95470
 
The Convergence is free to attend, but RSVP is necessary. To sign up or for more information call April at 707-467-3212 or email convergence[at]ncoinc.org.
 
Generously supported by:

North Coast Opportunities

Barra of Mendocino

Ukiah Natural Food's Co-Op

Savings Bank of Mendocino County

Mendo-Lake Credit Union

Westside Renaissance Market

Lagunitas Brewing Company

 

PROGRAM OF EVENTS 

 

1 – 6 pm:  Converge!

Arrival and Registration… Please arrive with plenty of time to say hi to old friends, grab a cup of coffee or tea and find a seat.  The Convergence will officially begin at 1:30 sharp!

Welcome and Framing of the Day...  The Convergence is NOT just another meeting…. Find out how the day will unfold and why we’ve organized it that way.

Swap Meet… What do you have and what do you need? The room is full of experts… that’s YOU!  Tap into the local network and find folks who have what you’re looking for-- equipment, skills, connections, ideas, etc. and share what you've got.  Be sure to bring your business cards!

Making It Work…  Hear from farmers from across the region who have found unique strategies for success.  Share what’s working for you and get inspired for the year ahead.

Emerging Ideas…  What’s on your mind?  Here’s your chance to bring topics that interest you to the table. 

Roundtable Talks...  Join the conversation.  Interested in marketing your crops to wholesalers?  Incorporating grains into your rotations?  Strengthening your CSA?  The Cottage Food Law?  Concerned about Food Safety and how it affects your business?  These topics, plus those that sprout from Emerging Ideas, will be on the table for discussion.  Three rounds will give everyone the opportunity to chat about their interests and expertise.

Feeding the Future...  Where do we go from here? Let’s get creative and find new ways to work together to feed our North Coast communities and make a good living doing it. 

6-9 pm:  Celebrate!

Cocktail Hour… First drink is free, no host beer and wine afterwards.  Connect with your friends, old and new, and learn about the various initiatives and services for farmers in the region. 

Locally-Sourced Dinner… Farmers deserve to be well-fed, and our sponsors agree.   Tamara Frey will provide a mostly-local dinner provided with support from the Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op.

Funk it Up… Well it is a Friday night, so let’s do it right with the live sounds of Mendocino County’s own Funkacilin!

 

A little more on the day:

North Coast Opportunities—Community Action is excited to host this free event for our region’s farmers, ranchers, and food producers.  We understand that it is difficult to take time away from the farm and we appreciate every effort to arrive at 1pm to participate in the Convergence.  Snacks will be provided, but please be sure to eat a good lunch before arrival.

The evening’s events, including cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, are generously offered by our sponsors to celebrate you and the good work we’ll accomplish during the Convergence.  We may need to turn people away at the door if we reach capacity, so call or email us if you know that you will be arriving later than 1pm. 

convergence(_AT_)ncoinc.org
or (707) 467-3212.

 

LODGING

There is a limited supply of free overnight housing at local homes available on a first come, first serve basis.  Ask April about this option when you email or call to RSVP. 

convergence(_AT_)ncoinc.org
 or (707) 467-3212.

In addition, the Super 8 in Ukiah has generously offered a rate of $49/night for one person/one bed rooms.  Please mention the "Farmers Convergence" when calling to make your reservation.  

Super 8
693 South Orchard Avenue
Ukiah
707-468-8181
 
The Discovery Inn, also in Ukiah, has generously offered a rate of $39.99/night for one person/one bed rooms and $49 for two beds.  Please mention the "Farmers Convergence" when calling to make your reservation.
 
Discovery Inn
1340 North State Street
Ukiah
(707) 462-8873
 
 
Both hotels are "green" hotels, using environmentally-friendly property management practices! 
 
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