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January 17, 2023

Weekly Organic Agriculture Seminar Series Starting Soon

Starting January 24, 2023, UCCE Santa Clara; ALBA-Agriculture Land-Based Training Association and CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant will be hosting an Organic Agriculture Seminar Series every Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. PST until March 21, 2023. Each workshop will include a 30-minute presentation followed by questions and general discussion on the day’s topic. Recordings of the 30-minute presentation will be made available after the event, but the questions and discussion will only be available in the live Zoom event.

The series will kick off with Joji Muramoto, Organic Production Specialist at UC Santa Cruz, discussing Nitrogen Mineralization from Organic Fertilizers and Composts on January 24th.

The upcoming schedule also includes the following topics:

January 31: Tools & Approaches for Assessing &Improving Irrigation Efficiency on the Farm with Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resource Farm Advisor, UCCE

February 7: Organic Management of Nematodes with Philip Waisen, Vegetable Crops Advisor, UCCE

February 14: How to ID and Scout for Insect Pests with Alejandro del Poso, Assistant Professor of Entomology, Applied Insect Ecology – Turfgrass and Ornamentals, Virginia Tech University

February 21: Why & When to Choose Between Open-pollinated, Hybrid, & Land-race seeds? With Charlie Brummer, Director and Professor, Center for Plant Breeding, UC Davis

February 28: Management of Soil-borne Plant Pathogens with Organic Amendments with Amisha Poret-Peterson, USDA-ARS, Davis

March 7: Biology and Management of Thrips and the Diseases They Spread with Daniel Hasegawa, USDA-ARS, Salinas

March 14: Weed Management on Small farms and in Organic Production Systems with Darryl Wong, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, UC Santa Cruz

March 21: Recruiting Owls and Raptors for Pest Management with Breanna Martinico, Human-Wildlife Interactions Farm Advisor, UCCE

All events will utilize the same Zoom link found here.