Real Organic Podcast

Dru Rivers: An Organic Activist's Manifesto

September 05, 2023 Episode 132
Real Organic Podcast
Dru Rivers: An Organic Activist's Manifesto
Show Notes

132: Longtime organic farmer Dru Rivers speaks to the crowd at the 2023 EcoFarm Conference about the future of food, and the important role activism plays in farming.

Dru Rivers is an original founding farmer at Full Belly Farm in California and has played an important role in both the EcoFarm Conference and CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) since their beginnings. 

https://fullbellyfarm.com/

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