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Why We Farm: Stories from Farmers of Capay Valley

Thursday | October 12, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Join us for an enlightening evening with author, farmer and educator Elviria DiBrigit as she premieres her new book Why We Farm. In her book, DiBrigit shares anecdotal stories about farmers from Capay Valley, who are each practicing different agricultural methods; from conventional to organic, from wholesale to mail-order, from single specialty crop to wide product diversity. A number of farmers included in her book sell at our very own Berkeley Farmers Market!

Why We Farm is a book for people who want to know the whole truth about life as a modern day farmer. Each chapter features a different model of farming. Farmers share the stories behind their work and their lives on the farm; the business side of production, the personal challenges they face, and words of advice for the would-be-farmer. DiBrigit asks hard questions and gives a reverent yet realistic picture of a thriving local food system.

Meet the young woman who started her own farm with just $6,000. (Leapfrog Farm)
Learn how one farmer makes a living from a one-acre crop. (Cache Creek Lavender)
Find out how four partners turned their desire to make a positive impact on the world into a thriving, multi-generational business. (Full Belly Farm)
Read about people who chose to start farming in their retirement. (Capay Valley Vineyards and Grumpy Goats Farm Olive Oil)
See how livestock ranchers are adopting ecologically beneficial methods. (Skyelark Ranch, Riverdog Farm, and Pasture 42)

Light refreshments will be provided, including fresh produce samples from some of the farmers included in the book, courtesy of the Berkeley Farmers Market!

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Cost: Free
Event Phone: (510) 548-2220 ext. 240
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This event is wheelchair accessible.

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