Date and Time: Thursday, January 24, 2008 from 8:30 to 10:00 am.
Organic farmers are increasingly relying on crop rotations to solve problems of disease build up, reestablish nutrient balance, and managing certain crop pests. Rotations are also an effective way to increase farm diversity. But the research information on rotations in organic agriculture is still very limited. For the past 4 years, with the assistance of a grant from the USDA Integrated Organic Program , a diverse group of farmers, researchers, extension personnel, and non-profits has formed a network designed to fill this knowledge gap through a series of on-farm trials and analysis of multiple rotational systems. Organic strawberries, where the requirement for rotations is crucial due to soil-borne disease buildup, have been our central focus.
Join us and learn about the agroecological basis for crop rotations, recent research findings in organic strawberries and vegetables, economics of organic crop rotation, and growers’ perspectives.
Facilitator: Richard Smith, UCCE, Monterey County, CA
Titles and Presenters:
- Organic Strawberry and Vegetable Production: Rotation, Rotation, Rotation…
Stephen R. Gliessman, UC Santa Cruz, CA
- Plant Disease Considerations Steven T. Koike, UCCE, Monterey County, CA
- A Five-Year Organic Strawberry/Vegetable Rotation Experiment on Central Coastal California Joji Muramoto, UC Santa Cruz, CA
- Economic Implications Karen Klonsky, UC Davis, CA
- A Grower’s Perspectives on Organic Strawberry/Vegetable Rotation Steve Pedersen, High Ground Organics, CA