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Sustainable Farm Festival

Beauty Ranch Sustainability Farm Festival

The Jack London Sustainability Farm Festival—the seeds of yesterday grow today’s innovations—highlights Jack’s legacy as a pioneer on this land and connects with the innovators of today and their vision to preserve the land for tomorrow.

Sustainable agriculture is an integral part of life in Sonoma County. But yesterday (100 years ago), when famous writer Jack London created his “Beauty Ranch,” (the land that is now Jack London State Historic Park), he was experimenting with many of these same sustainable farming ideas, unheard of at the time.

In 1915 when Jack London was experimenting with groundbreaking methods of farming and progressive, more humane methods of dealing with farm livestock, he was far ahead of his time. A recent article in Modern Farming “Jack London’s Futuristic Farm,” sums it up: “Jack London has been called many things throughout history, among them, an author, explorer, visionary and a socialist. He has even been called the greatest romantic of his time. However, above all these fancy titles, he was a farmer – and an inventive one at that.” View rare footage, created a few days before he died, working with his farm animals at Beauty Ranch.

Our daylong festival brings together the pioneers of today’s Sonoma County sustainable farming culture to share ideas and celebrate good farming and good eats. A free family-friendly event which includes music, food, “DIY fun learning” activities for kids and adults, as well as individual information stations coupled with Park docents explaining Jack’s early farming techniques.Your experience will be a step into a time capsule, as if to jettison to 1915 to observe Jack’s consultations on farming innovations with Luther Burbank and discover how it relates to today.

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Schedule of Events (watch for updates)

11:00 am

Harvest  Farm Forum,” part of the popular quarterly series talking about food and farming in Sonoma County, presented by Marcy Smothers and Clark Wolf, will kick off the festivities.

10:30 am

Information stations will open featuring representatives from Benziger Family Winery, Fiber Arts, Luther Burbank Experimental Gardens, Nana Mae's Organics, Oak Hill Farm, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, Sonoma Water Agency, Quarter Acre Farm, The Green Team – Sonoma Valley High School Wolf Pack Recycling Team, Two Moon Family Farm as well as Breck Parkman, Senior Archeologist California State Parks, Jack London State Historic Park Master Gardner, and other current local innovators in the sustainability movement.

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Time: 10:30am to 4:00pm
Location:  Beauty Ranch
It's FREE with paid admission to the park

Thank you to our sponsors!

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