It was near-perfect weather for the 2023 Central Coast Bioneers Conference at the Octagon Barn on Saturday, September 23rd. Numerous first timers were in the audience this year, which was very exciting for the conference organizers. Fourteen exhibitors were on hand to provide information about numerous topics, including sustainable growth of small food and farm businesses, electrification, repair cafes, school gardens, beavers, permaculture, seed saving, and the proposed Chumash Heritage Marine Sanctuary. Comments from attendees say it all:
“It was inspiring to learn how many different approaches are underway in the battle against climate change.”
“I’m very inspired and feel reinvigorated to participate in environmental work.”
“I connected with people on their projects, met people I didn’t know, tabling was excellent! Such an opportunity to learn!”
“It was reassuring to find how many organizations and people are working on electrification. Makes me want to go all the way to converting my life.”
“I felt very encouraged in my work, by the reception to my talk and the good questions people asked about it. It was a really good experience for me.”
One of the highlights of the event was a performance by Jill Knight and John Madara of their new song “It’s a Beautiful Thing.” The lyrics were handed out to the audience to join in a sing-along. Jill and John kicked off a fundraiser at the conference to raise money to make a music video of their song. Stay tuned for more information.
Put October 4-5, 2024, on your calendars for the next Central Coast Bioneers Conference!