FRIDAY FEB 22, 2019
California Small Farm Conference Pre-Conference Events:
Join fellow farmers as well as farm interns, students and ag employees to share best practices, sustainability techniques and glean on-farm know-how from the experience of our peers. Attendance is free. RSVP is required (see registration below)
This is a project of The Farmers Guild, CAFF, the Grange School of Adaptive
Agriculture & The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
Learn More about the CA Small Farm Conference here
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FIELD DAY #1
Seedling Production & Greenhouse Efficiencies for California Farmers
9 - Noon
Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project
2140 Chase Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA
This session focuses on the management of environmental conditions to optimize seedling germination and development to produce high quality transplants. We will discuss how to use greenhouse/hoophouse structures and other facilities to create ideal growing conditions for your annual crops. We will also examine the role of containers, soil media and supplemental fertility, and water delivery methods in transplant production. Using Soil Born Farm as a case study, in the second half of the morning we will look at site selection considerations, low cost tools for environmental controls in diverse seedling production systems, and examine the flow/life cycle of plants from sowing through ready for field transplant. Throughout this session, we will focus on system efficiencies, from materials handling, sowing methods, the role of uniform containers, to watering strategies to reduces time and labor while producing strong transplants that will thrive in the field.
FIELD DAY #2
Winter Production &
Diversified Crop Systems
1 - 5pm
*Meet at Glide Ranch for shuttle:
36355 Russell Blvd, Davis, CA
Terra Firma is located in Winters, California, one of the oldest fruit and vegetable growing regions in Northern California, with its high annual rainfall, rich soils, mild weather, year-round creek, and location just 70 miles or so from San Francisco. The folks at Terra Firma farm a number of sites, totaling about 200 acres. Microclimates and different soil types allow them to produce almost 100 different crops each year, including spring, summer and winter vegetables as well as stone fruit, citrus and nuts. They continually strive to practice ecologically sustainable agriculture that protects and builds the soil, provides habitat for wildlife, conserves energy and water, and produces healthier, more nutritious fruits and vegetables. They provide full-time, year-round employment for their workers, employing roughly ten times as many people per acre as most farms in the region. And by selling, packing, and delivering our products ourselves (adding value) we are able to offer a range of jobs that allow employees to move vertically as their careers progress.