Grazing Cover Crops in Orchards and Vineyards: Capay Valley Tour

Sheep grazing in an orchard

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Join UC SAREP in touring three organic farms in the Capay Valley that are integrating cover crops and grazing into their orchard and vineyard systems. Through discussion, demonstrations, and presentations, farm operators, researchers, and agricultural professionals will highlight:

  • Strategies for integrating cover crops into orchards and vineyards
  • Impacts of cover cropping and grazing on soil health
  • Funding and information resources for growing cover crops

There will be ample opportunity for networking and for attendees to share their experiences and concerns. 

CEUs - CCA: Soil & Water Management (.5), IPM (.5), Crop Management (1.5)

Participating farms:

  • Fully Belly Farm
  • Pasture 42
  • Vitis & Ovis

Guest Speakers:

  • Rory Crowley, Director of Habitat Programs, Project Apis m.
  • Amélie Gaudin, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, Endowed Chair in Agroecology
  • Hope Zabronsky, Climate Smart Agriculture Program lead, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 1pm-5pm

Where: The tour will begin at Full Belly Farm, Guinda, CA

What to expect:  This event will take place outdoors on working farms.  Please expect uneven ground and exposure to the elements.  In the event of severe weather conditions, the event may be canceled.  Participants are expected to drive to each farm in their own vehicles.  In the registration confirmation email, there will be a link to a carpool sign-up form.

Contact: Rachael Callahan,

Registration:  CLOSED.  The event has reached capacity.  Please consider registering for the Cover Cropping in Conventional Orchards and Vineyards: Arbuckle Area Tour.

Funding for this tour was provided by a grant from Western SARE.

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