It's totally true- the farm is BEAUTIFUL , and the organic community there is already well set up for holding educational events. There is a lot to see there, in terms of organic farming and integrated pest management, too, which I think would interest many people who are also into ecological beekeeping. And Tim and I have organized events before together, which means that we have a lot of local resources to call on for logistics- housing, food, entertainment, rides from the airport, etc.
As a very viable alternative, I would suggest holding the event at UCSC. We have a very highly involved organic community here, lots of beekeepers, and many hives on the student farm, including a few topbars. We also have much more student involvement in the bees as well as several farm workers who manage hives. There is also a bee club here which is fairly active, with perhaps 20 people.
Seeing that I work on the farm as part of my research, and that my professor is the director, I could no doubt get access to facilities there, and I would have little to no trouble securing large facilities for an unfunded conference both there and at other facilities at UCSC. I could make it work with really little effort and I can promise a very large interest from the local community, possibly even more than at davis... and the farm is really pretty-- Imagine fields on a hill overlooking the Monterey bay, on clear days you can see Big Sur.