California Office Summer Workshops and Latino Farmer Conference

Zamora Farm California
Javier Zamora, of JSM Organics, shows one of the many varieties of organic strawberries he is growing near Watsonville, CA. Javier will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Latino Farmer Conference.

NCAT  agriculture specialists Pame Wolfe and Thea Rittenhouse co-taught a workshop in August about organic certification for crops and livestock at the Center for Land Based Learning in Winters, CA. Approximately 20 beginning farmer apprentices learned how to become a certified organic farm operation. This workshop was taught as a component of the Growing Roots Project, funded by a USDA Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development grant.

Staff also traveled with NRCS outreach staff Christine Chavez and Victor Hernandez to four partner meetings in Bakersfield, Santa Maria, Watsonville and Fresno for the Latino Farmer Conference. These meetings were well attended and NCAT was able to gather suggestions and feedback about the conference.

Thea visited Javier Zamora’s farm after the meeting in Watsonville. Javier is the owner of JSM Organics farm, and we are pleased to announce Javier will be a key note speaker for the Latino Farmer Conference 2016!

Please visit the conference website for more information about this unique conference event coming up November 15th in Monterey, CA:

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