Diversified Farming Systems Spring 2014 Speaker Series

Diversified Farming Systems and Berkeley Food Institute present the Spring 2014 Speaker Series:

Biodiversity on the Farm: Inefficient, Unproductive, Only for Luddites? A Presentation by and Discussion with Judith Redmond, Co-founder and Co-owner of Full Belly Farm

Presenter: Judith Redmond, co-founder and co-owner of Full Belly Farm, Capay Valley, California.

Monday, February 10th, 3 – 5pm
Morgan Hall Lounge

Full Belly Farm is a 350 acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California. They are committed to fostering sustainability on all levels, from fertility in their soil and care for the environment, to stable employment for their farm workers. Full Belly’s system includes: growing and marketing over 80 different crops; providing year-round employment for farm labor; using cover crops that fix nitrogen and provide organic matter for the soil; selling produce within a 120-mile radius of the farm; and planting habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife. The farm owners are Andrew Brait, Judith Redmond, Paul Muller, and Dru Rivers. With help from about 60 employees, the farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens, a herd of sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows. Judith will address the roles of biodiversity on the farm.

Food and refreshments provided after the talk.


Pollinators as a Poster Child for Diversified Farming Systems

Presenter: Dr. Claire Kremen

Monday, March 10th, 3 – 5pm
Morgan Hall Lounge 

As well as being a Professor in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Dr. Kremen is also the director of the Center for Diversified Farming Systems and the co-faculty director of the Berkeley Food Institute. Her work on pollinators has attracted national news coverage and is of great importance to California agriculture.


Participatory Research Methods for Agricultural Extension

Presenter: Jennifer Sowerwine

Monday, May 5th, 3 – 5pm
Morgan Hall Lounge 

How can farmers be engaged with agricultural research?  Jennifer Sowerwine is a Research Associate, with the University and Jepson Herbaria at UC Berkeley and leads a number of innovative and participatory research projects within key agricultural sites of California.


Food and refreshments provided after all talks. All DFS events are open to the UC Berkeley community as well as to the public. For more information, please visit us online at: http://dfs.berkeley.edu/