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Grower Profile #5: Steven Cardoza, Fresno California

Figure 1: Happy bees and the cover crops. Photo by Samikshya Budhathoki.

Steven Cardoza farms 300 acres of organic raisin grapes with his father in Fresno County, California. He met with us recently to share his experiences with cover cropping and more broadly, his transition towards regenerative agriculture.  Steven...

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 8:45 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Food, Natural Resources

UC ANR Climate Smart Educators increase California’s resilience to climate change

Healthy Soils Demonstration Project field day in Bonsall, CA

UC ANR Climate Smart Agriculture Educator team assisted growers to win CDFA grants that reduced greenhouse gases equivalent to removing roughly 7,000 cars off the road, supporting UC ANR's public value of building climate-resilient communities and...

Posted on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 9:24 AM
  • Author: Dana Yount
  • Contributor: Kristian M Salgado
  • Contributor: Emily Lovell
  • Contributor: Caddie Bergren
  • Contributor: Nicki Anderson
  • Contributor: Shulamit Shroder
  • Contributor: Samikshya Budhathoki
  • Contributor: Esther Mosase
  • Contributor: Valerie Perez
  • Contributor: Valerie Perez
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Food, Natural Resources

Grower Profile #4: Mary Jean Russell, Pickalittle Farms

Black plastic tarps provide weed control

Practices: Occultation, cover crops, compost, field borders, reduced tillage, companion planting, crop rotation Mary Jean Russell runs Pickalittle Farm, a diversified vegetable operation in Bakersfield, CA. She provides organically-grown vegetables...

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 2:22 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources

Grower Profile #3: Nathanael Siemens, Fat Uncle Farms

Nathanael puts up fencing for the sheep. Photo from https://fibershed.org/2019/09/04/california-cotton-fields-nathanael-siemens-on-a-10-acre-model-toward-regeneration/

Practices: No-till, animal integration, alley cropping, poly cropping, composting, and cover cropping Nathanael Siemens is an organic grower juggling a variety of crops, fields, and systems across California. He has a 150 acre farm in Modoc County...

Posted on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 2:21 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources

Conservation Profile #2: Steven Lee, Quaker Oaks Farm

One of the hedgerows on the farm, next to the vegetables. Photo by Shulamit Shroder.

Steven Lee, PhD, has worked as the farm manager for Quaker Oaks Farm in Visalia, CA for the past 5 years. This 22-acre nonprofit educational center includes 8 acres of native wetlands, 2 acres of organic mixed vegetable crops, and 1 acre of organic stone...

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 1:14 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources

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