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Summary The purpose of the Organic Production Workgroup is to: • Educate Farm Advisors, CE Specialists and interested UC persons on organic farming techniques • Create an interdisciplinary forum to share information about ongoing UC organic production research, especially in the areas of disease and pest management, marketing, and community relations • Identify “critical information gaps” that are a barrier to further expansion of organic production in targeted commodities, and help to initiate research to solve these barriers • Provide support to develop ANR publications on organic production practices for selected commodities, prioritizing needs based on grower interest, available knowledge and potential authors willing and able to contribute • Identify funding opportunities for organic production research, and coordinate grant applications when appropriate • In time, to report on UC efforts in organic production with interested industry trade associations and government agencies Activities of the Organic Production Workgroup activities will include: • A yearly meeting in which participants will be able to share brief reports on their research and extension activities • A summer tour of selected areas to showcase organic production and research • An annual report summarizing both individual and OPW efforts and events • Collaboration with other non-UC organizations for research and educational activities when it makes sense to participate
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Glenn McGourty (Chair)
Phone (707) 463-4495
Unit: Mendocino County
Location: UCCE-Mendocino County
890 N. Bush Street
Ukiah, 95482
Membership List
Pasakdee, Sajeemas (Mint) California Agriculture Technology Institute (CATI)
  PhD Candidate Soil Scientist/Agronomist Advisor, Student-operated organic farm, CSU Fresno 2910 East Barstow Ave. M/S Office 115, Fresno, California 93740
User, Unverified
AES Scientist
Horwath, William Soils & Biogeochemistry Program
  AES   Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry   Soil Biogeochemist Stable isotope studies, soil organic matter dynamics, soil fertility, sustainable agriculture, water quality, plant-microbe interactions, soil microbial biomass, denitrification, residue decomposition, root turnover.
CE Advisor
Fake, Cindy Placer-Nevada Counties
  Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor Commercial Horticultural Production
Gaskell, Mark San Luis Obispo County
  Farm Advisor Specialty crops, small fruit crops, vegetables, sustainable agriculture, small farms in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Giraud, Deborah Humboldt County Office
  Emeritus: Farm and Community / Economic Development Advisor Plant sciences, fruit trees, vegetables, community development, ornamentals
Hasey, Janine Sutter-Yuba Counties
  Tree Crop Farm Advisor, County Director, Master Gardener Advisor Pomology, Horticulture, Master Gardener Program
Lloyd, Margaret Capital Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Small Farms Advisor Organic
Long, Rachael Capital Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Farm Advisor for Field Crops, Pest Management Pest management, agronomy, dry beans, alfalfa, water quality, oil seed crops
Marcum, Daniel Shasta-Lassen Office
  Farm Advisor - Retired Irrigation, plant nutrition, salinity, entomology, sustainable agriculture, agronomy, vegetable crops, engineering, plant pathology, integrated pest management, systems management, economics, weed control, nematology, strawberry nursery production, garlic, wild rice, alfalfa, timothy, sugarbeet, pasture, range, biodiversity, peppermint, viticulture
McGourty, Glenn Mendocino County
  Interim County Director /Viticulture & Plant Science Advisor Plant science--all horticultural crops including wine grapes, vegetables; viticulture; nursery and floriculture (ornamentals); landscape; also sustainable agriculture and weed science
Molinar, Richard Small Farm Program
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Small farms, vegetable crops, organic farming, insect/weed management, specialty crops, sugar peas, strawberries, eggplant, squash, Asian vegetables such as basil, lemongrass, green beans, long beans, gailon, bittermelons, refugee farmers, Hmong, Lao, fluent in Spanish
Moratorio, Mario Capital Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Emeritus Small Farm Urban Horticulture Advisor Small farms, grapes, urban horticulture and Master Gardener programs in Solano and Yolo.
Retired - Baameur, Aziz Small Farm Program
  Retired Emeritus, Farm Advisor Small Farms, cultivar evaluation, nutrient management, irrigation, specialty crops, vegetables, Asian vegetables, Small Farms
Smith, Hugh Santa Barbara County
  Vegetable/Strawberry Advisor Entomology
Smith, Richard Monterey County
  Farm Advisor, Vegetable Crop Production & Weed Science Vegetable Crop Production & Weed Science
Tourte, Laura Santa Cruz County
  Farm Management Advisor - Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito Counties Farm Management and Small Farms
Vossen, Paul Sonoma County
  Farm Advisor - Emeritus (Sonoma & Marin Counties) Fruits / Vegetables / Marketing Tree fruits and nuts, vegetable crops, small farm specialty crops; marketing, Master Gardener Program, organic - sustainable production, olive oil, chestnuts, apples
CE Specialist
Jackson, Louise Land, Air & Water Resources
  Professor   CE Specialist   Plant Physiologist Plant and soil nitrogen dynamics; organic and conventional vegetable production; grassland restoration ecology; agrobiodiversity
Kaffka, Stephen Department of Plant Sciences
  Assistant CE Agronomist VI & Lecturer   WOS Works on sugar beets and safflower, particularly ways to improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of producting these crops. Also works on water quality and agricultural drainage and salinity management.
Klonsky, Karen Agricultural & Resource Economics
  Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Emerita Farm Management and Production, Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Agriculture
Lanini, W Weed Science Program
  CE Weed Ecologist Ecology, weed crop competition, weed biology and low-input agriculture
McGiffen, Milton Botany & Plant Sciences
  CE Specialist and Plant Physiologist Vegetable Crops, Invasive Species, Weed Science, Sustainable Agriculture, and Alternatives to Methyl Bromide
Temple, Steven Department of Plant Sciences
  WOS   CE Specialist III & Lecturer Agronomy and host plant resistance breeding of grain legumes, legume cover crops, sustainable farming systems; fluent in Spanish.
Other ANR
Chaney, David Agricultural Sustainability Institute
  "Education Coordinator, Farm Advisor" Sustainable agriculture information development and distribution; educational programs and materials; administer competitive grants program for educational events; state leader for Western Region USDA SARE Professional Development Program
Melnicoe, Rick Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  Retired effective June 28, 2012. Contact Lisa Blecker 530-750-1251,
Ohlendorf, Barbara Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  Pest Management Guidelines Coordinator – Retired 6/29/10
Quirt, William Marin County
  Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator
Rippee, Joni Program Planning & Evaluation
  Director, Program Planning & Evaluation ANR - Program Planning, Financial and Budget Management
Warnert, Jeannette Communication Services and Information Technology
  Communications Specialist Web content, writing; California Naturalist
Bancroft, Jay
Brown, Janet Organic Marin, kdelate@
Jonson, Tim California Rice Commission
Marrone, Pam
Shrestha, Anil Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  IPM Weed Ecologist Development and implementation of IPM strategies and tactics for vegetation management. Primary crops corn, cotton, tree fruit, grape, tomato.
Thrupp, Ann Industry
  Grower Representative Organic winegrowing and sustainable practices
Other UC
DuPuis, Melanie UC -Santa Cruz
  Assoc. Professor
Kabir, Zahangir Sustainable Ag Farming Systems
  Research Manager
Muramoto, Joji
Pease, Corin UC Davis
  Junior Specialist Department of Entomology
Membership Totals
Number of Members41
ANR Members34
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