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Central Coast Agricultural Water Quality Coalition
The Coalition's Ag Water Quality Program Coordinators are involved in organizing groups of growers and facilitating Farm Water Quality Planning outreach and assistance.  Coordinators also refer growers to appropriate AWQA technical assistance specialists who can work with growers to design and implement new management practices.


Agriculture Water Quality Program Coordinator
MaryEllen Dick
16470 Twin Lakes Drive
Watsonville, CA  95076

MaryEllen Dick


USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) NRCS Logo
The USDA-NRCS provides free technical planning assistance to farmers, ranchers, and rural land owners to address resource concerns on your property.  The District Conservationist in each county can arrange for a site assessment and consulation.  NRCS also has specialists that work exclusively on water quality issues as part of the AWQA.

District Conservationist
Robert LaFleur
744-A La Guardia Street
Salinas, CA  93905
831-424-1036 ext. 101
831-424-7289 fax

Resource Conservation District of Monterey County resoruce conservation district logo

Executive Director
Paul Robins
744-A La Guardia Street
Salinas, CA  93905
(831) 424-1036 x124


University of California Cooperative Extension
Monterey County

Farm Advisor
Michael Cahn
1432 Abbott Street
Salinas, CA  93901
(831)  759-7350

Agricultural Land Based Training Association (ALBA) ALBA logo

The Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) supports aspiring entrepreneurs in developing small farm businesses. ALBA creates economic opportunities while promoting organic farming and healthy local food systems. Our mission is to advance economic viability, social equity and ecological land management among limited-resource and aspiring farmers.

* ALBA provides access to land, water and equipment on its two organic farms in Monterey County, where beginning farmers create small farm enterprises.

* ALBA helps established growers of the central coast to improve water quality by offering leadership, training, and tools for resource conservation.

* ALBA demonstrates practical and sustainable farming methods on its properties, including structural, vegetative, and cultural practices as well as habitat restoration

For more information in English or Spanish, please contact:

Program Manager
Nathan Harkleroad
PO Box 6264
Salinas, CA  93912

Central Coast Vineyard Team 

CCVT is a non-profit grower-group whose mission is to promote sustainable practices on the Central Coast. It represents a collaborative partnership of growers, wineries, consultants, researchers, and natural resource professionals. Not only have CCVT members increased the adoption of environmentally friendly farming practices, but they have shared their experience with other growers in hopes of increasing the acceptance of these practices. CCVT has been recognized as an innovative leader by regulatory agencies, educators, and environmental activists. A Recipient of California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Integrated Pest Management Innovator Award and Renew America’s Environmental Index, CCVT’s programs are a model for other agricultural groups working towards sustainability.

Outreach and Education Coordinator
Anne Michul
835 12th Street, Suite 204
Paso Robles, CA 93446
PHONE (805) 369-CCVT (2288)
FAX (805) 369-2292


Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)

CAFF logo
CAFF fosters family-scale agriculturethat cares for the land, sustains local economies, and promotes social justice.  Members are urbanites, farmers, environmentalists, rural activists, students, andanyone concerned with the social and environmental dimensions of agriculture.  Sam Earnshaw specializes in the planning and installation of insectary hedgerows, erosion control plantings, and wildlife habitat.

Central Coast Regional Coordinator
Sam Earnshaw
PO Box 1766
Watsonville, CA 
(831) 722-5556

Sam Earnshaw


Central Coast Water Quality Preservation, Inc.  

Central Coast Water Quality Preservation, Inc., (CCWQP) manages the Cooperative Monitoring Program (CMP) on behalf of irrigated agriculture throughout the Central Coast.

For more information please contact:

Executive Director
Kirk Schmidt
PO Box 1049
Watsonville CA 95077
831-761-8644 x14

Program Manager
Sarah Greene
PO Box 1049
Watsonville CA 95077
831-331-9051 (cell, preferred)
831-761-8644 (office)


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