Small Farm Tech Expo Hosted at Kearney
Kearney REC's parking lot was filled to near capacity on Wednesday, November 8th as over 130 attendees and vendors came for the Small Farm Tech Expo hosted by UC Cooperative Extension, Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Small Farm Tech Hub. Early in the morning, guests arrived to fill coffee cups and grab pastries at the sign-in tent as they mingled with old and new friends alike in preparation for a full day's itinerary. Interpretations were available in Spanish, Punjabi, Hmong and lu Mien. Prior to a networking lunch, field demonstrations were made for small ag robots, weed management equipment, irrigation systems and soil moisture sensors. UCCE's Small Farms group had previously planted a variety of cruciferous vegetables in their organic plot on the station. This was where the vendors were able to provide hands-on field demos for their products. After lunch, a workshop was open to facilitate access to grants for purchase of farm equipment. The day concluded with side sessions and last chance networking. Everyone was kept busy and fully engaged. The Small Farm Tech Expo at Kearney was as successful as the fall day was cool and lovely.