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Introduction to Small Scale Organic Farming Workshop Offered by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

by Guest Blogger |

Are you a farmer or prospective farmer in inland Southern California who wants to learn more about organic farming methods and regulations? Attend the free Zoom workshop, Introduction to Small Scale Organic Farming, on December 15, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., taught by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). 

Topics include 

  • UC ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Program (SAREP) Goals and Resources (Gail Feenstra, director),
  • UC ANR Organic Agriculture Institute (OAI) Goals and Resources,
  • Legal Basics: Permits, Licenses, and Regulations (Rachel Surls, UCCE sustainable food systems advisor),
  • Soil Health (Joji Muramoto, UC ANR organic agriculture specialist),
  • Nitrogen Management on Organic Farms (Margaret Lloyd, UCCE small farms advisor),
  • Irrigation Management (Amir Haghverdi, UC ANR irrigation specialist),
  • Overview of Integrated Pest Management (Cheryl Wilen, UCCE area IPM advisor),
  • Identifying and Controlling Common Plant Diseases (Alex Putman, UC ANR plant pathology specialist),
  • Marketing and Business Management (Sonja Brodt and Gail Feenstra, SAREP), and
  • Farmers’ Panel: Learn Tips from Peers.

Resources from UC ANR and our co-sponsors, Inland Empire Resource Conservation District and the San Bernardino and Riverside County Farm Bureaus, will also be shared. 

Register online and contact Janet Hartin at or (951) 313-2023 with questions. 


This article was written by Janet Hartin.