Join eOrganic for a webinar on Ecological Farm Design for Pest Management In Organic Vegetable Production: Successes and Challenges on Two Farms, by Helen Atthowe and Doug O'Brien. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time)
About the Webinar
This webinar will describe the more than 20 year journeys of Pinnacle Farm, San Juan Bautista, CA and Biodesign Farm, Stevensville, MT. These farms increased plant diversity though practices such as planting insectaries and hedgerows, and employed reduced tillage, pest thresholds and crop planting timing to manage pests in vegetable crops with minimal or no spraying.
About the Presenters
Helen Atthowe has been farming on her own and consulting for other organic vegetable and fruit farms for 25 years. She was a horticulture extension agent for 15 years and owned and operated Biodesign Farm (30 acre diverse organic fruit and vegetable farm) in western Montana for 17 years. She recently spent 6 months as a consulting vegetable grower for a 2000 acre organic vegetable and fruit farm in northern Colorado with a 5000 member CSA.
Doug O'Brien currently owns and operates Doug O’Brien Agricultural Consulting, providing on-site technical advice, field monitoring, and research for clients involved in fresh produce growing, harvesting, cooling and marketing. He is an adjunct professor at Cabrillo College, in Santa Cruz, CA and teaches classes in organic farming. Previously, Doug was a co-owner of an organic produce brokerage company, a crop production manager, and an assistant farm advisor.
Register in advance at http://www.extension.org/pages/61953