NRCS Now Accepting Applications for EQIP FY2018!
What is EQIP?
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.
NRCS has over 200 approved Conservation Practices including:
How do I know if I am eligible?
Agricultural producers, owners of non-industrial private forestland, and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pasture-land, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.
NRCS Practice 382 - Interior Rangeland Fence in Contra Costa county.
NRCS Practice 442 - Hedgerow Planting
The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender.
Urban Agriculture Risk Management Workshops
What: Learn the basics of urban farming from UCCE advisors and local partners at this upcoming urban ag risk management workshops series.
Take one or take all four of these low-cost workshops.
Cost: $20 for a full day of speakers, demonstrations and networking opportunities,
which includes lunch and refreshments.
Where: Various urban farm locations in the Sacramento/Davis area.
Questions? Contact Penny Leff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday March 16, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00
Center for Land Based Learning (CLBL) @ The Cannery 1550 Cannery Ave, Davis, CA 95616
Marketing & Business Management for Urban Farmers: From business planning to labor laws, basics to help you succeed.
Friday April 6th, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00
Yolo Brewing Company (CLBL), 1520 Terminal Street, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Legal Basics of Urban Farming: Get up to speed on zoning, permits, and local resources.
Saturday April 14th, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00
Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative (Yisrael Family Urban Farm) 4625 44th St., Sacramento, CA 95820
Production Issues & Urban Farms: Learn key concepts in site design, soil quality, irrigation, pest management, pollinators and backyard chickens.
Friday May 4, 2018
9:00 – 4:00
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers: How to ensure a safe harvest, from the field to the fork.
Pre-registration is required & space is limited.
REGISTER NOW: ucanr.edu/sacurbanag2018
The workshops are offered by UC Agriculture and natural Resources and UC Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Sacramento Food Policy Council.
Black Farmer Conference with Urban Farmers
Wednesday February 28, 2018 8 AM-4 PM
The West Fresno Family Resource Center along with the Fresno Parks, After School, Recreation Community Services and US Dept. of Agriculture proudly sponsor the Black Farmer Conference with Urban Farmers.
This years conference will be held at the Maxi Parks Community Center (1802 E. California, Fresno, CA 93706) on Wednesday February 28th, 2018.
For more information and registration, please visit http://www.wfresnofrc.org/BlackFarmersConference or call (559) 621-2967 / (530) 792-5695.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, please download this document.
Urban Edge Sustainable Farming
Beginning Farmer Training Program
What is the Urban Edge Sustainable Farming (UESF)?
Urban Edge Sustainable Farming is an immersive, full-time residential program designed to provide aspiring organic specialty-crop farmers with the core production skills, business knowledge, and confidence they need to establish dynamic farm enterprises on the urban edge--where ever-growing demand for sustainably grown, source-identified produce presents one of the most exciting economic opportunities in the agricultural sector today.
What will I learn?
How do I apply?
2017 Grower Continuing education classes
December 6, 2017 and December 9, 2017
Please RSVP by calling the
Contra Costa County Dept. of Agriculture
Contra Costa County Dept. of Agriculture
The following classes provide credits that may be used for the renewal of:
What: 3 Hours continuing education for Private Applicator and DPR Licensees
When: Wednesday December 6 and Saturday December 9
Time: Registration 8:00 AM, Program runs 8:15 - 11:30 AM
Where: Diablo Valley Farm Center, 3020 Second Street Knightsen
Bring your Water Coalition "Annual Meeting Ticket" for the Irrigated Lands Regulatory program requirement.
Alameda County RCD Farming Workshops
November 8, 2017 and November 20, 2017
The Alameda County Resource Conservation District invites you to join them for a series of interactive workshops to increase the effectiveness of planning and management activities on your farm or garden! All workshops will be held at the Sunol AgPark (505 Paloma Way, Sunol, CA 94586) and refreshments will be provided!
Workshop 1: Crop Planning
Alan Haight, Riverhill Farm
November 8, 2017 1-3:30 PM
Learn more about developing a production plan that balances crop diversity, cash flow, markets, and seasonality, on limited acreage. This discussion will draw on Alan's deep experience managing a successful small farm and provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions and begin the process of planning for the coming year. Please bring preliminary crop plans or ideas for discussion.
Workshop 2: Minimizing Weed Competition
Jim Leap, School Road Farm
November 20, 2017 from 1-3:30 PM
Strategies for managing common weeds in diversified row crop operations as a means of minimizing labor and improving yield. Discussion will include tillage, crop rotation, pre-irrigation, cultivation, use of smother crops, cover crop strategies, sanitation, planting techniques and the importance of timing when utilizing hand tools.