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IIEA and Ohlone College Host First David Blume Sustainable Food and Fuel Production Workshop in California in Five Years!

Regenerative Agriculture and Appropriate-scale Alcohol Fuel Production Provide Fast Track for Development of Localized Food, Biofuel, and Related Coproduct Businesses

Wednesday, August 4, 2010—Reprinted from Business Wire.

SAN JOSE, Calif.—The International Institute for Ecological Agriculture (IIEA) announced today that it is working with Ohlone College along with agencies and groups across the region to present its first California educational workshop in five years. The 2-½ day Sustainable Food and Fuel workshop provides attendees with a hands-on experience and knowledge of regenerative agriculture methods and appropriate-scale alcohol fuel production techniques. The program teaches people how to produce clean renewable alcohol fuel and related co-products from surplus crops and waste stream resources for less than $1.00 a gallon. The workshop runs August 27-29 at LEED Platinum certified Ohlone College, Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, in Newark, CA.

“In the last few months we have been witnessing unmistakable warnings about the inherent dangers in extracting and using Oil ranging from BP’s Gulf cataclysm and the Niger Delta spew in Africa to ruptured pipelines in China and in the Great Lakes”

David Blume, renowned regenerative agriculture and biofuels expert and author of Alcohol Can Be A Gas!, is the program’s featured instructor. Mr. Blume is a recipient of the American Corn Growers Association’s Truth in Agricultural Journalism award, and will teach attendees how they can:

  • Earn federal and state renewable energy tax incentives that can offset as much as 80% of the startup costs for a small-scale alcohol fuel business.
  • Beat the fuel and food price increases predicted for coming years.
  • Produce clean alcohol fuel for less than $1.00 per gallon from waste, recalled and spoiled food, common weeds, as well as high-return crops.

“Ohlone College is focused on providing forward-looking curriculum and options for workforce innovation attendees that lead directly to new careers in “green” growth industries,” said Gale Carli, Dean of Health Sciences and Environmental Studies at Ohlone College. “We are focused on providing our students and community with the knowledge and means to improve our local and regional economic outlook. David Blume’s workshop delivers proven systems based on agriculture science that will enhance and optimize food and fuel source production as well as teach attendees how they can participate in the sustainable energy movement.”

The workshop is open to the public and presents an ideal launch pad for green business entrepreneurs, CSA/CSF cooperatives, eco-farmers, and people everywhere who are interested in developing their own energy independence and taking control of their economic future. Click HERE for more information on the workshop program and schedule.

“In the last few months we have been witnessing unmistakable warnings about the inherent dangers in extracting and using Oil ranging from BP’s Gulf cataclysm and the Niger Delta spew in Africa to ruptured pipelines in China and in the Great Lakes,” said David Blume, executive director for IIEA. “The message can’t be clearer. It is our energy future and our choice. Alcohol fuel gives us safe and affordable liquid solar energy that can power our energy needs, including home heating and cooking as well as transportation and our workshops teach people how they can make fuel from a wide range of sources for far less than the price of gas. We hope people will make the choice to join us at Ohlone College the weekend of August 27.”

About Ohlone College:

The Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology opened in January 2008 with an enrollment of over 3200 students. Built to the highest standards of environmental sustainability, the campus received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in August 2008. The campus consists of a 135,000 square foot building on an 81-acre site in Newark, CA.

Ohlone College offers instruction for university transfer, career entry, economic development, and basic skills in a supportive learning environment. Ohlone offers 180 degrees and academic programs and enrolls 18,000 students per year at its Fremont and Newark campuses and online. Every year more than 600 students graduate with degrees or earn vocational certificates and more than 500 students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. For more information, please click HERE.

About the Workshop:

  • Date: August 27-29, 2010
  • Location: Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology, 39399 Cherry Street Newark, CA 94560-4902, Fremont Bank Conference Rooms NC-2100, 2102, and 2106 (second floor, Wing 1)
  • Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm PT (Friday evening social mixer); 9:00am - 5:00pm PT (Saturday and Sunday workshop)
  • Cost: $270 (The first 50 registrants will receive a coupon for $100 off an alcohol fuel conversion kit for use on any fuel-injected car or truck).


For more information about the IIEA workshop or David Blume, contact Tom Harvey of theCommunications, (530) 257-3533,, or visit

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