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Basics of Organic Farming

New self-directed, online training program for organic specialty crop farmers

This free, self-directed training program for organic specialty crop farmers1 in California is organized into six modules. Each module covers principles, key concepts, and on-farm practices.

 

Course modules: 

  • Soil health
  • Weed Management
  • Water Management & Irrigation
  • Pest Management (insects and mites)
  • Business Management & Marketing
  • Disease Management
 

Course structure:

  • Written text, diagrams, photos
  • Videos of on-farm practices and recorded lectures of UC and CSU faculty
  • Links to resources – NRCS, UCCE
  • Learning exercises and worksheets to work through on your own


Course developed by:

 
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  • 1. Although focused on specialty crops, the training teaches many foundational principles that are relevant to all organic farmers.

Organic Farming Research and Information

Organic Systems Researchers at the University of California

 

List of organic researchers at the University of California
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This section provides links to key resources for organic farmers and ranchers and for other agricultural professionals working in this area.

UC SAREP studies

University of California studies

Online Resources Related to Organic Farming

Research and Extension Project Databases

Sources of Funding for Organic Research and Extension

Regulations and Certification

Centers and Programs with Information on Organic Farming

Production and Marketing Statistics

Trade Associations