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July 2014

August 2014
Workshop Calendar

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July 25, 2014
10:00 - 11:00
How Irrigation Uniformity and Management Affects Plant Health
Location: Webinar

When troubleshooting sick and dead trees & vines it is important to consider moisture as the first component to examine. Incorrect amounts of water in the root zone is the culprit in well over half of the problem situations I have seen during my 40 years of crop consulting. Row crops also suffer from improper moisture situations. Corrections involve controlling water applications, modifying soil structure & drainage, controlling root depth, choice of root stocks, etc.

Contact: website
July 26, 2014
Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
Location: UCSC Farm
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Summer pruning is one of the best ways to ensure the health and productivity of your fruit trees, and maintain their ideal size and shape. Learn summer pruning techniques from Matthew Sutton, founder and owner of Orchard Keepers, and Sky DeMuro of the Alan Chadwick Garden at this lecture and demonstration workshop. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a snack. This workshop takes place at the UCSC Farm. Workshop Cost: Cost of the workshop is $30 general admission (pre-registered) or $40 (at the door); $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members (pre-registered) or $30 (at the door); $15 for UCSC students and limited-income (pre-registered) or $20 (at the door).

Contact: Amy Bolton
July 26, 2014
10:00 - 4:00
Edible Landscaping Techniques Garden Tour
Location: 3 locations in Livermore and one in Pleasanton

Come see unique varieties of Edibles that you can incorporate into your landscape. Interested in getting rid of your lawn? See how you can grow food in that same space and save on your water requirements and provide your family with great food to eat. Experience what a large scale Organic Food Production Garden entails. This Garden provides organic food to the needy and free classes to the public on how to grow your own organic food. Check out what one of our sites has done to eliminate their front lawn and the watering requirements for that space completely. Composting, worm bins, chickens and more. This is your chance to get information on how this is done and see what others are doing to incorporate Edibles into their landscapes.

Contact: Sue Lesica
July 29, 2014
10:00 - 11:30
Sustainability Self-Assessment & Certification Workshop (Webinar)
Location: Webinar

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
July 30, 2014
11:00 - 12:00
Webinar: Specifications for Construction Contracts
Location: Conservation Webinars

USDA NRCS uses National Engineering Handbook (NEH) Part 642 – Specifications for Construction Contracts to specify work that the agency classifies as “project” work. These specifications are sometimes used for “non-project” work. NEH 642 specifications are referred to as “national standard specs.” NRCS design engineers are tasked with compiling a specification package composed of select national standard specs and the construction drawings. The specs and drawings describe the work that is bid for a construction project. This webinar will review agency policy related to the use of NEH 642 specifications, discuss developing a bid schedule, explain the process of writing the construction details that accompanies the individual national standard specs, discuss proper spec writing language, and cover some do’s and don’ts of specification writing.

Contact: website
July 31, 2014
August 01, 2014
Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Meeting
Location: Santa Barbara County Offices
Supervisor's Board Hearing Rm. - 4th Flr
105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 9

See Agenda.

Contact: website
August 01, 2014
10:00 - 11:00
Webinar: Drones & Soil Sensing Technologies
Location: Grange Network Webinar

Maximizing Drip/Micro Irrigation System's performance requires more than understanding the crop evapotranspiration, pump flows, emitter flow rates, and randomly installed moisture sensors. Today, most Drip/Micro Irrigation Systems are designed with a mono-hydraulic design approach irrelevant of various given soil types. To overcome the problems caused with traditional irrigation layouts, systems must be designed to take into account the variable of soil profiles. Geo physical soil mapping can aide in the determination of the variations to the level of detail to allow the irrigation designer to match the irrigation system block design to the soil types. This allows the grower to fully utilize the uniform distribution capability of the Drip/Micro Irrigation System. This webinar will show you how geo-physical soil mapping system design combined with Near IR and or thermal imaging mounted to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, creates a new paradigm in the design and use of Drip/Micro Irrigation Systems and soil based sensing technologies.

Contact: website
August 02, 2014
10:00 - 12:15
Cool Season Veggies and Seed Saving Workshop
Location: Palo Alto Demo Garden
802 Center Drive
Palo Alto, CA

10-11am: Cool Season Veggies Learn which vegetables will produce throughout winter and how to start your own seedlings - when to start and how to transplant into your garden. 11:15am-12:15pm: Seed Saving Discover how to replant a garden with seeds you have collected. Master Gardeners will show you how to plan a seed garden, keep records, harvest, and store the seeds from vegetables and ornamentals. Did you know that a period of dry storage is sometimes necessary before a dormant seed crop will germinate? Learn all about germination rates.

Contact: website
August 05, 2014
12:00 - 1:00
Weed Management in Organic Pasture
Location: Webinar USDA Science and Technology Training Library

Participate in this training to learn about organic management of pasture weeds. Emphasis will be placed on cultural, mechanical, and biological control of pasture weeds with specific weed examples highlighted. Organically approved chemical control of pasture weeds will also be reviewed.

Contact: website
August 07, 2014
9:00 - 2:00
Ranching Sustainability Analysis (RSA) Workshop
Location: UCCE Auditorium
2156 Sierra Way
San Luis Obispo

Cooperative Extension Specialists and Advisors, local ranchers, and experts in the industry will define RSA (where it originated and how it works) and talk about its importance, not only for achieving and maintaining a prosperous ranch, but for preserving family values as well.

Contact: website
August 13, 2014
1:00 - 4:00
AWQA Meeting: Unusual Water Conservation Efforts
Location: UCCE Auditorium
1432 Abbott Street
Salinas, CA

Learn about ways to conserve, store and save water through increasing soil organic matter and other practices. Presenters will discuss cover cropping, mulching, rain water harvesting, and biochar. We will review a case study of composting and cover cropping to increase soil organic matter on a farm. Speakers will include Rich Casale (NRCS), Jocelyn Gretz (Rio Farm), and Brittani Bohlke (RCD San Mateo).

Contact: Pam Krone-Davis <br>
August 15, 2014
August 17, 2014
2014 Biodynamic Conference
Location: Rudolf Steiner College
9200 Fair Oaks Boulevard
Fair Oaks, CA,

Biodynamic experts with many different specialties will lead workshops on provocative and timely topics for farmers, gardeners, beekeepers, and students of biodynamic and organic agriculture. Festivities will include biodynamic food and wine festival and film screenings.

Contact: website
August 19, 2014
4:00 - 7:00
Summer & Winter Cover Crops: Selecting, Planting, Managing Class
Location: Pie Ranch
Pescadero, CA

The Jim Leap Series at Pie Ranch presents Selecting, Planting and Managing Summer and Winter Cover Crops class.

Contact: 650-879-0995
August 20, 2014
8:30 - 4:00
Food Safety and Conservation Co-management Forum
Location: UCCE Auditorium
1432 Abbott St.
Salinas, CA

The daylong agenda will address design and management of practices for pathogens, nutrients and pesticides in the production environment. Morning panels include important updates on California’s continuing drought, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and water quality issues for irrigated agriculture. A diverse panel of producers will discuss a case study of the costs and management decisions required in managing their commodities for both food safety and sustainability goals. In the afternoon we’ll visit a diverse, high-intensity organic vegetable farm south of Salinas to learn about co-management practices implemented.

Education credits: Crop Advisor applied for

Contact: Pam Krone-Davis
August 26, 2014
Ranching Sustainability Analysis (RSA) Workshop
Location: UCCE Auditorium
1432 Abbott St
Salinas, CA

Cooperative Extension Specialists and Advisors, local ranchers, and experts in the industry will define RSA (where it originated and how it works) and talk about its importance, not only for achieving and maintain-ing a prosperous ranch, but for preserving family values as well.

Contact: website Or call 805-781-5940
September 18, 2014
7:45 - 3:00
Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process in Coastal California 2014
Location: Elkhorn Slough Reserve
1700 Elkhorn Road
Watsonville, CA 95076

This one-day workshop trains participants in how to better plan for, and streamline, the permitting and environmental review processes for projects in California’s coastal zone. The workshop draws on the combined regulatory compliance and project management expertise of the presenters and their successful experience permitting and managing wetland restoration and infrastructure improvement projects in the San Francisco Bay and central coast of California. The course will include an overview and discussion of natural resource laws typical of California’s coastal environment, as well as a discussion of how to best integrate and coordinate multiple environmental review processes. The class will also train participants in how to use project management and relationship building as a foundation for agency coordination and long-term resource management.

Contact: website Guhin
September 25, 2014
11:30 - 1:30
Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Location: Salinas, California

Advanced mechanization and automation for specialty crops production with Dr Stavros Vougioukas.

Contact: website
October 02, 2014
8:00 - 4:30
Managing Habitats for California Red-legged Frog Workshop 2014
Location: Elkhorn Slough Foundation
1700 Elkhorn Road
Watsonville, CA

By attending the course, participants will:  Improve their understanding of the biological requirements of the species and how that applies to their habitat requirements.  Improve their understanding of key CRF habitat requirements in a variety of situations, from man-made ponds to in-stream pools, as well as upland habitats.  Improve their understanding of management techniques for aquatic and upland habitats to benefit the species.
Cost $250

Contact: Virginia Guhin
(831) 274-8700


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