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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Healthy Soils Demonstration Projects

HSP DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

The HSP Demonstration Projects is now accepting public comments on the following documents:

CDFA will hold 3 listening sessions at the end of August to provide information on how to comment on the draft RGA and answer questions related to the program. Listening sessions are scheduled for:

Northern California – August 30, 2018, 9:00 am to noon
Butte County Farm Bureau
2580 Feather River Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Southern California – August 31, 2018, 9:00 am to noon
Imperial County Farm Bureau
1000 Broadway
El Centro, CA 92243

Central California – September 4, 2018, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fresno County Farm Bureau
1274 W. Hedges Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728

Webinar participation will also be available on September 4 for those unable to travel to any of the listening sessions in person. To register for the September 4 webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/519454765226725891


The objective of the HSP Demonstration Projects is to build soil organic carbon and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs) by (1) funding on-farm demonstration projects that showcase California farmers and ranchers implementation of HSP conservation management practices and (2) creating a platform promoting widespread adoption of HSP conservation management practices throughout the state. The HSP Demonstration Projects funds two types of projects. Type A projects will demonstrate implementation of conservation management practices, measure field GHGs emissions, and conduct analysis on cost/benefits for adoption of the proposed practice(s) and anticipated barriers; Type B projects will demonstrate implementation of HSP conservation management practices and/or conduct analysis on cost/benefits for adoption of the proposed practice(s) and anticipated barriers.


HSP Demonstration Projects Outreach Events

Madera County:
Compost and Mulching Application to Orchards
Date: July 26, 2018: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
          September 20, 2018: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
          November 15, 2018: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: 9537 Road 29 1/2, Madera, CA 93637
Contact: James Dominguez, Outreach Manager
              Phone: (559) 213-6998; Email: james@adfactory.buzz

Monterey County:
1. Raising Goats & Sheep & Ranch Practices for Healthy Soils
    Date: September 27, 2018: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Location: Monkeyflower Ranch
                    1481 San Miguel Canyon Rd, Royal Oaks, CA
2. Hedgerow Establishment and Benefits
    Date: November 10, 2018: 1 – 4 p.m.
    Location: Monkeyflower Ranch
                    1481 San Miguel Canyon Rd, Royal Oaks, CA (Monterey County)
3. Intensive Rotational Grazing on Small Acreage & Forage Planting
    Date: December 12, 2018: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Elkhorn Slough Foundation (classroom)
                    1698 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA
                    Fiesta Farm (demonstration)
                    345 Hidden Valley Road, Royal Oaks, CA (Monterey County)
   Contact: Pam Krone (for all three events)
                  Phone: (831) 647-4238; Email: pam.krone@noaa.gov

Yolo County:
Cover Crop and Riparian Forest Buffer
Date: December 7, 2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: 41758 Co. Rd. 112, Knight Landing CA 95645
Contact: Khara Strum
Phone: (916) 737-5707 ex 105; Email: kstrum@audubon.org

Siskiyou County:
Cover Crop and Compost Amendment
Date: July 26, 2018: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Intermountain Research and Extension Center
                2816 Havlina Rd, Tulelake, CA 96134
Contact:  Rob Wilson
                Phone:(530) 667-5117; Email: rgwilson@ucanr.edu

Sonoma County:
Reduced Tillage and Compost Application
Date: To be determined
Location: 3575 Slusser Road, Windsor, CA 95492
Contact: Anya Starovoytov, Project Manager – Sonoma RCD
               Phone: (707) 569–1448 x109; Email: astarovoytov@sonomarcd.org

Santa Cruz County: Cover crops and Hedgerow Plantings
1. Warm Season Cover Crops
Date: August 29, 2018: 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Live Earth Farm, 1275 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076
2. Hedgerow Plantings
Date: November 17, 2018: 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: Live Earth Farm, 1275 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076
3. Winter Cover Crops – TBD
Contact: Sacha Lozano
               Phone: 831–464–2950 ext. 11; Email: slozano@rcdsantacruz.org