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April 2014

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Workshop Calendar

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April 21, 2014
9:00 - 4:00
Rancher-to-Rancher Field Day
Location: Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreational Area
Hollister, CA

Ranchers and others are invited to visit the Rancher-to-Rancher site that we saw during the Field Day one year ago. It will be worthwhile taking time to reflect on what we have learned during this unusually tough year and what we still need to learn to make sure we accomplish our goals. Rancher-to-Rancher is a project for California ranchers to trial new ways of doing things that produce profits and productivity on their ranches, for their families, and all the other benefits that go along with that fundamental objective. Please extend this invitation to other ranchers you know.

Contact: Joe Morris, T.O. Cattle Company, LLC,
(831) 623-2933 or
April 22, 2014
12:00 - 3:00
Farm To Market Grower Workshop
Location: Morgan Hill Community Center
Morgan Hill, CA

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) invites beginning farmers and ranchers to an afternoon of information-sharing, presentations and an informal Q&A with panelists representing wholesalers, distributors, grocery stores, restaurants, and tech companies. Learn how to utilize free Buy Fresh Buy Local marketing materials and online advertising to promote your products. Meet local produce buyers and learn what crops they are looking for in 2014. Complementary lunch!

Contact: Rosemary Quinn, Farm to Market Coordinator, 408-337-5644.
April 24, 2014
April 25, 2014
8:30 - 5:00
Western US Irrigation Water Conference: Complying with FDA’s Produce Safety Rule
Location: University of California, Davis
Davis, California

The Western Center for Food Safety, in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is hosting the Western U.S. Irrigation Water Conference this coming April 24-25th. This conference will provide scientific information critical to the Food and Drug Administration’s implementation of the Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Although the goal for these regulations is to improve the safety of the nation’s produce, the current proposed rules pertaining to water might be contentious among growers and be challenging to implement, especially during a drought cycle.

Contact: Phone: (530) 757-5700
Email:<br> <a href='' target='_blank'>website
April 25, 2014
April 26, 2014
2014 Grazing Academy
Location: UC Extension Center
8279 Scott Forbes Rd
Browns Valley, CA

The California Grazing Academy is a unique and exciting program emphasizing practical application of controlled grazing principles to improve the environment and increase ranch profit. This year’s program will highlight activities related to drought planning and will again feature participants working in teams to manage a herd of cattle. Topics include: principles of controlled grazing, pasture and range ecology, working with temporary electric fencing, cell design, range nutrition and supplementation, feed budgeting, grazing planning, and monitoring. Registration due April 17th. Cost $160.

Contact: website
April 28, 2014
10:00 - 11:30
Soil Building for Climate Resilience
Location: Webinar To register:

Building healthier soils can help growers enhance the resilience of farm operations and cope with a changing climate while improving crop yields, increasing soil water holding capacity and water infiltration rate, increasing soil fertility, and decreasing input costs. This webinar will discuss the multiple benefits of keeping nutrients such as carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in balance as well as practical methods for increasing soil organic matter. Speakers: Rex Dufour, ATTRA/NCAT • Jocelyn Gretz, Rio Farms • Rancher TBA

Contact: Renata Brilinger
April 29, 2014
6:00 - 8:00
Central Coast Farmers Guild Kick-Off Event
Location: Live Oak Grange Hall
1900 17th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA

Come meet your local farming peers at the first ever gathering of the Central Coast Farmers Guild! This is a potluck, so bring a dish that showcases your spring harvest or a few beers to share. These meet-ups are free and open to all. So invite your neighbor farmers, ranchers, interns, students, and local food advocates.

Contact: website
May 07, 2014
8:30 - 12:00
Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day
Location: Manzanita Berry Farms
1891 West Main
Santa Maria, CA

Presentations include Regulatory Update, Irrigation Management, Drip Tape for fumigation, Strawberry Commission’s irrigation and nutrient management education program, field sutdies, Observations on the positive effects of microsprinkler irrigation on controlling mites, impact of the entomopathogenic fungus and weed control.

Contact: Please register online at website Schumann 805-781-5940
May 08, 2014
4:30 - 6:30
Annual RCDMC Scholarship Fund Barbeque
Location: San Lorenzo Park
King City, CA

This event will feature live music, local wine and produce, a silent and live auction, and the BBQ wizardry of Benny Jefferson and Paul Binsacca. All proceeds benefit the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County (RCDMC)’s youth conservation education efforts, including Conservation and Range Camp Scholarships, Conservation Speech Competition, and Land-Judging Competitions.

Contact: Paul Robins
831-424-1036, ext.124.
May 14, 2014
7:30 - 1:00
Best Management Practices Programs for CA Nurseries: Review and Outlook
Location: UC Cooperative Extension Monterey County
1432 Abbott Street Salinas, CA 93901

Provide update on the National Plant Board’s Systems Approach for Nursery Certification program A nationwide movement has increased the focus on “clean stock production” in the interest of preventing the spread of diseases and pests through nursery stock. Various states across the US are meeting to develop programs and guidelines for their own states and the National Plant Board, working with USDA, is also meeting regarding a possible national program for all states. CDFA is encouraging a voluntary program designed to allow California nurseries to develop a program specific to their individual needs regarding diseases and pests.
1) Review the benefits of best management practices (BMPs) programs to the nursery industry 2) Share examples of BMP programs
3) Educate nursery growers on projects at the National Ornamental Research Site at Dominican University of California (NORS-DUC) to validate and develop BMPs
4) Review current status of the CANGC BMP grant for multiple plant pests in CA
5) Provide update on the National Plant Board’s Systems Approach for Nursery Certification program

Education credits: DPR 3

Contact: Registration $15
May 15, 2014
8:30 - 6:00
California Red-Legged Frog Workshop
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville

This is a great opportunity to receive training in species identification, field sampling techniques, and the habitat requirements of the California red-legged frog (CRLF). Workshop information will be useful for conservation planning and for educational outreach to agricultural producers and others who are considering projects that may impact CRLF. The workshop also provides foundational knowledge for monitoring projects with potential impacts to CRLF. Minor regulatory and permitting information is included in this workshop.

Contact: Virginia Guhin<br><br> 831-274-8700 <br>Cost $450
May 17, 2014
9:00 - 4:30
TomKat Ranch Day: Resilience through Dry Times
Location: TomKat Ranch
2997 Pescadero Rd
Pescadero, CA

This field day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series of peer-to-peer, action-based learning days. Discuss practical grazing strategies to improve water infiltration and land production, learn how to increase profit, production, and how to maximize soil cover for increased forage production. Instructors include Holistic Management Certified Educator Richard King & others. Advanced registration $20 (includes lunch), due by May 14th.

Contact: website
May 27, 2014
10:00 - 11:30
Sustainability Self-Assessment & Certification Workshop (Webinar)
Location: Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Participate in this free webinar to learn about the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP), how to complete a Self-Assessment using the SWP Online System and more about Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. Jodi Wilson, Program Manager with the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, will walk you through how to use the SWP Online System and discuss the certification program, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing, which is based on the Sustainable Winegrowing Self-Assessment Workbook. The Performance Metrics project and online metrics tool will also be covered.

Contact: Jodi Wilson
415-356-7544 or
June 05, 2014
8:30 - 8:00
Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander
Location: Elkhorn Slough Reserve

Topics discussed will include: the geographic distribution of Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders and related species, upland and aquatic habitats and their management, movements, population and community ecology, survey methods, and methods for assessing potential project impacts and approaches for avoidance and minimization.

Contact: Contact:
June 19, 2014
8:30 - 3:30
California Tiger Salamander Workshop
Location: Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Watsonville, CA

Our popular workshop on the California tiger salamander returns once again. This is a great opportunity to learn from a leading expert on the biology, habitat requirements and conservation strategies for this rare and beautiful salamander.

Contact: Virginia Guhin<br><br> (831) 274-8700


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