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Down on the Farm with Tom and Denesse Willey

January 5, 2018

KFCF 88.1 FM Fresno

 

The hour-long “Down on the Farm with Tom Willey” radio program for January 5, 2018 is now posted at our CASI website.  In this segment of Tom's monthly program, he is joined by his farming partner, Denesse, and the two of them talk about their farm and the successful small business that they had at T & D Willey Farms for so many years in Madera, CA.  The tables are turned on the show's usual host, Tom, this time with guest host, Jeff Mitchell, having a nice conversation with his good friends, Tom and Denesse.

https://youtu.be/xZEjU6uI96s

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 8:14 AM

Advantiv’s Ed Noma visits CASI’s NRI Study in Five Points

Ed Noma
April 20, 2018

VP of New Business Development of the Fremont, CA based company, Advantiv Technologies, Inc., Ed Noma, took time to visit the CASI NRI Project site in Five Points, CA and to talk with Jeff Mitchell about the sorts of agricultural technology services that Advantiv is seeking to provide to farmers in California.  Ed came across our CASI Workgroup through his visit of the UC ANR display site at this year's World Ag Expo in February where Workgroup members Jessica Chiartas and Brenna Aegerter were hosting visitors and providing live demonstrations of water stable soil aggregates using soils from the NRI Project study field.  We invited Ed to take part with us at the upcoming Food for Thought Showcase of UC Davis's World Food Center that our CASI Workgroup will be participating in on June 4th at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center beginning at 4:00 PM.  Several CASI Workgroup folks will be joining us for this event.

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:57 AM

CASI ANR team begins two new CDFA soil health projects!

April 18, 2018

Soil Health Team
Seven UC ANR Advisors along with UCD professor, Will Horwath, and CE Specialist Jeff Mitchell, have been awarded two new projects by CDFA's Healthy Soils Program.  The work will be conducted in the four Central Valley counties of Sutter/Yuba, San Joaquin, Merced and Fresno with local farmer partners.  In addition, work will be conducted at the longstanding NRI Project field in Five Points.  The ANR Advisor team consists of Sarah Light and Amber Vinchesi from Sutter/Yuba, Brenna Aegerter and Michelle Leinfelder-Miles in San Joaquin, Scott Stoddard from Merced, and Dan Munk in Fresno County.  Two students in the Department of Soils and Biogeochemistry will work with the ANR team to collect soil and greenhouse gas emission data from each farm demonstration evaluation site.   Farmer partners will be including cover crops into their farm crop rotations and this practice will be compared with a no cover crop control system.  The team held a kick-off planning meeting at the UCCE offices in San Joaquin County on April 17, 2018. 

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 8:09 AM

Organic Amendment Suppliers Visit NRI Project in Five Points!

S. Martin and B. Louder of Arable One
April 4, 2018

Scott Martin and Braeden Louder of Arable One, an organic amendment supplier out of Utah, visited the CASI NRI Project field in Five Points to learn about the work that is underway on biological diversity and reduced disturbance food production systems. 

 

 

 

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8:50 AM

Kaisers of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, CA recognized as CASI 2017 Farmer Innovators!

 

 

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Kaisers of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, CA recognized as CASI 2017 Farmer Innovators!

February 28, 2018

 

Farmer meeting on February 28, 2018 at Park Farming, Meridian, CA at which innovative reduced disturbance organic vegetable production systems were discussed and at which the Kaisers were recognized as CASI’s 2017 Farmer Innovators
The Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser Family and their farming partners at Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, CA were recognized as 2017 Conservation Agriculture Farmer Innovators at a ceremony that took place on February 28, 2018 as part of a meeting on reduced disturbance organic vegetable systems at the farm of Scott Park in Meridian, CA.  The system that the Kaisers have developed relies on an approach that makes use of compost applications to essentially undisturbed planting beds that cycle quickly through a diverse vegetable rotation.  Their unique no-till system, unprecedented in organic vegetable farming, is key to Singing Frogs' immense productivity.  Virtually weed-free permanent beds, top-dressed with several inches of compost, can be cleared of one finished crop's residue of a morning, then replanted to another from the greenhouse that same afternoon.  Such rapid turnaround of garden beds enables the Kaisers to harvest five sequential market crops over twelve months in a climate with fewer than 228 frost-free days.  Additional background information about the Kaisers farm can be found at the website of Craftsman Quarterly at https://craftsmanship.net/drought-fighters/ .

 

 

Farmer meeting on February 28, 2018 at Park Farming, Meridian, CA at which innovative reduced disturbance organic vegetable production systems were discussed and at which the Kaisers were recognized as CASI’s 2017 Farmer Innovators

 

 

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 8:41 AM

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