Field Days

In partnership with Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), the on-farm Field Days are half-day workshops featuring farmer-to-farmer education, hands-on skill building, practical tools for beginning farmers, and networking opportunities. 

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Field Days from the Past

Pruning Fruit Trees for Health and Yields
Attendees learned how to prune a variety of fruit trees like apples, pears, figs, cherries, and apricots to increase fruit yields and support the long term health of their trees & orchards. Led by local farmer and advocate Leo Chapman and with support from Adam Nuber of Felix Gillet Institute.

Solutions in the Soil: On-farm composting and a closer look at organic matter
Participants learned how to create a successful composting system for their farms from regional experts Marney Blair and Lisa Bjorn. Topics covered the biological, ecological and societal inputs that influence the composting process, troubleshooting techniques, and composting protocols for how to start a comprehensive composting program. Participants got to build a compost pile with correct carbon/nitrogen ratio, moisture content, particle density, and mass.

Farming in the Time of Fire
Understanding the role of fire in California’s ecosystems, with perspectives from Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and how it should inform land management practices.  See how Tim Van Wagner of First Rain Farm in the Sierra Foothills has used controlled burning to build fire resiliency. Attendees learned the requirements and steps necessary to use controlled burning on commercial farms and ranches. A controlled burn demonstration was led by UCCE Livestock & Natural Resource Advisor Dan Macon.

Farm Hack: DIY Tools and Infrastructure Tips for Beginning Farmers
Infrastructure costs can be daunting for those starting and expanding a farm business.  Attendees learned tips and tricks for building fencing and irrigation as well as 10 Essential Tools & Innovations for the Beginning Small Farmer, including cost-saving hacks for produce coolers, hoop houses, cultivation tools and more. Participants got to build a farm cooler and salad greens spinner with Malaika Bishop of Bluebird Farm.