EcoFarm​ ​bus​ ​tour​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​organic​ ​farms​ ​near​ ​Hollister 1/24/18

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HOLLISTER — The​​ ​2018​ ​EcoFarm​ ​Bus​ ​Tour promises​ ​a​ ​diverse​ ​and​ ​informative all-day​ ​field​ ​trip,​ ​visiting​ ​four​ ​organic farms​ ​in​ ​and​ ​around​ ​Hollister​ ​on Wednesday,​ ​Jan. ​24.​ ​

The Hollister​ ​plain​ ​and​ ​surrounding foothills​ ​feature​ ​a​ ​great​ ​range​ ​of crops​ ​suited​ ​to​ ​the​ ​climate​ ​and​ ​fertile coastal​ ​soils,​ ​as​ ​demonstrated​ ​by the​ ​range​ ​of​ ​farms​ ​to​ ​be​ ​toured. Tour​ ​stops​ ​will​ ​include​ ​​Evergreen Acres​ ​Dairy​,​ ​​Pinnacle​ ​Organically Grown​ ​Produce​,​ ​​Coke​ ​Farm​​ ​and Morris​ ​Grassfed​.

Lunch​ ​will​ ​be​ ​catered​ ​by acclaimed​ ​chef​ ​Jim​ ​Denevan​ ​of​ ​​Outstanding​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Field​​ ​in​ ​Santa​ ​Cruz,​ ​with​ ​many​ ​ingredients provided​ ​by​ ​participating​ ​farms.

Evergreen​ ​Acres​ ​Dairy​​ ​of​ ​Tres​ ​Pinos​ ​is​ ​a​ ​goat​ ​dairy​ ​operated​ ​by​ ​Jane​ ​and​ ​Mike​ ​Hulme.​ ​They produce​ ​raw​ ​milk,​ ​hard​ ​and​ ​soft​ ​cheeses,​ ​yogurt,​ ​kefir​ ​and​ ​more,​ ​milk​ ​California’s​ ​only​ ​Guernsey​ ​goat herd,​ ​and​ ​utilize​ ​Maremma​ ​guard​ ​dogs​ ​for​ ​protection.​ Five​ ​acres​ ​of​ ​pasture​ ​host​ ​ducks​ ​that​ ​produce eggs​ ​for​ ​market.​ ​Bus​ ​tour​ ​participants​ ​will​ ​have​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​taste​ ​some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​products​ ​and purchase​ ​goods​ ​from​ ​the​ ​on-farm​ ​store.

Phil​ ​and​ ​Katherine​ ​Foster​ ​of​ ​​Pinnacle​ ​Organically​ ​Grown​ ​Produce​​ ​grow​ ​60​ ​vegetable​ ​and​ ​fruit crops​ ​on​ ​nearly​ 300​​ ​organic​ ​acres​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Juan​ ​Bautista.​ ​They​ ​produce​ ​high-quality compost​ ​and​ ​grow​ ​many​ ​cover​ ​crops​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​fertility,​ ​and​ ​utilize​ ​biological​ ​insect​ ​control, hedgerows,​ ​and​ ​nutrition​ ​for​ ​pest​ ​management.​ ​Solar​ ​power​ ​and​ ​biodiesel​ ​create​ ​energy​ ​for​ ​the​ ​farm and​ ​delivery​ ​vehicles.​ ​They​ ​sell​ ​at​ ​10​ ​farmers​ ​markets,​ ​a​ ​popular​ ​farm​ ​stand,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​wholesale distributors​ ​throughout​ ​Northern​ ​California.

Dale​ ​and​ ​Christina​ ​Coke​ ​of​ ​​Coke​ ​Farm​​ ​began​ ​farming​ ​on​ ​a​ ​quarter​ ​acre​ ​of​ ​organic strawberries​ ​in​ ​1981.​ ​Today,​ ​they​ ​grow​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​array​ ​of​ ​organic​ ​vegetables,​ ​fruit,​ ​and​ ​grain,​ ​plus​ ​they market​ ​for​ ​more​ ​than​ ​60​ ​Central​ ​Coast​ ​organic​ ​growers​ ​via​ ​wholesale,​ ​restaurants ​and​ ​farmers markets.

Julie​ ​and​ ​Joe​ ​Morris​ ​will​ ​lead​ ​tour​ ​participants​ ​on​ ​an​ ​adventure​ ​at​ ​​Morris​ ​Grassfed​,​ ​where​ ​they, their​ ​kids​ ​and​ ​crew​ ​produce​ ​direct-marketed,​ ​high-quality​ ​grass-fed​ ​beef​ ​using​ ​advanced​ ​practices that​ ​improve​ ​soil,​ ​plant,​ ​and​ ​animal​ ​health​ ​on​ ​dryland​ ​pasture​ ​that​ ​has​ ​been​ ​in​ ​the​ ​family​ ​since​ ​the late​ ​1800s.​ ​Now​ ​in​ ​their​ ​25th​ ​year,​ ​the​ ​Morrises ​are​ ​renowned​ ​for​ ​their​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​sustainability and​ ​exceptional​ ​beef. 

Tour​ ​buses​ ​will​ ​depart​ ​from​ ​​Asilomar​ ​Conference​ ​Grounds​​ ​at​ ​8​ ​a.m.,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​second​ ​meeting place​ ​at​ ​8:45​ ​a.m.​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Juan​ ​Bautista.​ ​Register​ ​at​​ ​www.eco-farm.org/conference/2018/register-now.