College of Ag Will Host 8th Annual Chico Organic Farming and Food Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-28-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Lee Altier, College of Agriculture
530-898-4137
LAltier@csuchico.edu

On Nov. 3, the California State University, Chico, College of Agriculture will host the 8th Annual Chico Organic Farming and Food Conference. The conference will start at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome from Professor Lee Altier and Dean Jennifer Ryder Fox. It is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, farmers, ranchers and gardeners.

The Chico Organic Farming and Food Conference provides an opportunity for members of the campus and community to visit the University Farm off Hegan Lane and learn about different areas of organic production. Participants can attend workshops at the Organic Dairy and the Organic Vegetable Project, as well as workshops on a variety of other topics.

The Organic Dairy will hold workshops on holistic herd health, intensive grazing and parasite control as well as on the impacts of organic soil amendments on forage quality and milk production.

The Organic Vegetable Project will offer workshops on managing for high-quality soil, biodiversity and habitat management, integrated pest management and insect identification. A workshop on organic orchard production will also be held at the Organic Vegetable Project site.

Other workshop topics include “Weighing your options: why the time value of money is central to sound farm decision making, and how to incorporate it into your operation,” “University collaboration implements farm to school activities” and “Implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) on the farm.” These will all take place in the farm pavilion or the conference room.

For more information, a schedule and directions, visit http://www.csuchico.edu/~laltier/8thAnnualAgenda.pdf

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