• 2015 Latino Farmer Conference Planning Staff: Rex Dufour NCAT/ATTRA, Christine Chavez USDA/NRCS, Thea Rittenhouse NCAT/ATTRA, Victor Hernandez USDA/ NRCS

  • CA organic farmer Chris Hay discusses a hedgerow planting that NCAT-CA and NRCS staff helped to plant. This tour was a part of the 2016 California Small Farm Conference.

  • California specialists Ann Baier and Pamela Wolfe provide technical assistance and resources for farmers at the 2015 Latino Farmer Conference in Fresno, Ca

  • Rex and Clover (Say Hay farm dog) inspecting leafy veggies for thrips, aphids, loopers and bagrada bug

  • NCAT California Staff: Ann Baier, Pamela Wolfe, Thea Rittenhouse, and Rex Dufour

  • Flowers blooming in early April in a Conservation Cover Crop with 18 species of native flowers at Say Hay Farm in Esparto, California

  • NCAT specialist Rex Dufour leads a workshop about conservation best practices for Sacramento County

NCAT Western Regional Office

  Contact NCAT’s California Office 36355 Russell Blvd. PO Box 2218 Davis, CA 95617 530-792-7338 800-411-3222 (Spanish Toll Free Hotline)   NCAT’s California office is located at the historic Glide Ranch in Davis, with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. The California office helps NCAT to meet the needs of a large and diverse agricultural… Continue Reading

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking a qualified candidate to work as a sustainable agriculture specialist. NCAT is a national organization that is mission driven to help people use sustainable technologies to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities and protect natural resources. This is a great position for the right person with agriculture… Continue Reading

California Office Summer Workshops and 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,… Continue Reading

NCAT on the Farm!

May is always the beginning of the farm season in Northern California. NCAT tries to visit different farms this time of the year to provide technical assistance and training for many different types of farmers. These visits help us understand more and learn about current trends in sustainable agriculture. Recently, Pamela Wolfe, NCAT livestock specialist,… Continue Reading

USDA Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development Grant gets “Growing”!

The NCAT western regional office is currently working on USDA funded Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development grant titled, “ Growing Roots”, a collaborative effort among 5 partner organizations to increase networking among beginning farmers and ranchers and to offer training and technical assistance at 12 “agricultural learning hub” locations. Over the course of the next two years,… Continue Reading

USDA-Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Project

USDA-Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Project NCAT is working in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley and other partners on a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Project (BFRDP). This summer we have been organizing and planning many different workshops throughout Northern California and the Bay Area, along with providing technical assistance and training… Continue Reading

A Message From The Western Regional Office Director Rex Dufour

It’s always busy in NCAT’s Western Regional office, but spring and summer are perhaps busier times because farmers are preparing to plant, planting, and then managing their crops in the fourth year of drought in California. We provide information about how to deal with these challenging circumstances through workshops, free phone consultation, and the ATTRA website.… Continue Reading

Meet Ann Baier!

    As a Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Specialist with NCAT in California, Ann Baier answers farmer and rancher questions and facilitates practical workshops. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lewis and Clark College, Ann completed her master’s in International Agricultural Development at the University of California at Davis in 1990 with a… Continue Reading

The Buzzing Struggles Almond Growers Face  

In our work with almond growers in Stanislaus and Merced Counties, we’ve met several almond growers who are attempting to raise bees in order to decrease the money they spend on hive rental, which can be between $150-200 per hive, and two hives are recommended per acre of almonds.  Even for a small orchard of… Continue Reading

Alert Farmers: Bagrada Bug Comes to Yolo County!

The Bagrada Bug, a pest that arrived in Southern California sometime in 2008, is now in Yolo County.  An infestation was found in Esparto in August, 2014. Watch a short clip of the Bagrada Bug This pest is a member of the stink bug family, although typically is about half the size, or smaller, than a… Continue Reading