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Irrigation Management Workshop and Field Day

Thursday | March 13, 2014 | 9:00 am — 1:00 pm

Presenter: Jim Leap, Farm Manager, emeritus, for the UC Santa Cruz Agroecology program farm and garden, part of the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Jim is currently the farm advisor for the Sunol AgPark and other SAGE projects. He also works on USDA field station trials, advises on the UCSC farm program, and runs his own small farm.

Topics: Optimizing water application saves energy costs, provides a better crop, improves yield, limits weed competition, improves or maintains good soil tilth, and reduces disease pressure.

Learn about the following Irrigation Management topics that are critical for successful row crop production systems. Topics will be covered in a presentation format with Q & A, followed by in-field demonstrations and discussion.

Learn effective methods for determining how much irrigation water to apply and when to apply it. Learn about delivery systems appropriate for small-scale farms.

Targeted to beginning farmers and ranchers, this workshop follows previous workshops on Soil Fertility Management and Weed Management. These workshops are designed to work as a series but can also be taken as single sessions. All are focused on diversified farming systems and agro-ecological practices.


  • 9:00 am: Presentation at the Outdoor Classroom at the AgPark. Coffee and fruit provided.
  • 10:30 am-noon: Field demonstrations and discussion
  • Noon–1 pm: Networking and lunch, provided at no cost to people who register in advance. Register by email or phone.

This workshop and field day, part of a series funded by the USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program (Grant # 2011-49400-30641), are presented in collaboration with the Alameda County Resources Conservation District. These educational events cover a range of topics relevant to beginning farmers and ranchers and also offer opportunities for mentorship and follow-up technical assistance.

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Cost: No cost. Free follow-up technical assistance about irrigation management is available to a limited number of beginning farmers and ranchers in Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties.
Event Phone: 510-526-1793 x5
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