• 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

26 Miles of Hedgerows: California Project Update

NCAT’s Western office has completed the first year of its hedgerow planting project. NCAT secured funding to provide hedgerow plants and technical assistance to farmers across California, taking us from as far south as San Diego to Crescent City in the north. All told, we delivered to 80 farmers who ran the gamut of what… Continue Reading

Creating Habitat for Beneficials to Control Aphids

By Rex Dufour, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Photo: Cover crop mix on April 28, 2020. Red crimson clover, mixed with orange California poppy, blue California Phacelia, and pink Persian clover (lower left). These flowers support large populations of predators, parasites, and pollinators.   For the past growing season, my staff and I have been involved… Continue Reading

Exploring the Garden for Beneficial Insects!

By Jamie Fanous, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Like many, during these challenging times, I’ve turned to home gardening! I’ve used gardening as an opportunity to reconnect with nature and clear my head, all while staying close to home during the quarantine. Interested in home gardening? Need to build a raised garden bed frame? Check out this… Continue Reading

Avocados: Fruit Set Challenges and Propagation

By Omar Rodriguez, NCAT Agriculture Specialist Having decided to settle down in a suburb, my parents had limited space to grow all of the plants that they wanted. One thing was for certain: avocados would be a part of the mix. Starting with one tree in the back yard, yields were lacking and we couldn’t… Continue Reading

The Plight of the Monarch

  Many of the insect species we depend on for pollination, pest control, and recycling activities are also casualties (although unintended) of the systems we have put in place to provide food for our growing population. The monarch butterfly is emblematic of the broader challenges we face as land stewards and protectors of the environment.… Continue Reading

The Latino Farmer Conference is Coming!

It’s just over two months until the 5th annual Latino Farmer Conference, set for Tuesday, November 19, in Tulare, California. This year’s conference will be held at the Tulare International Agri-Center. The goal of the conference is to share information about sustainable agriculture production to fill knowledge gaps that are impacting Latino farmers. In order… Continue Reading

Planting a Hedgerow with Sequoia Farms

One of our favorite things at NCAT is get out to the field and help farmers implement projects that help the farmer as well as the little critters with whom we share our farm spaces. On this visit to Sequoia Farms, we had the opportunity to help design and plant a hedgerow. A hedgerow in… Continue Reading