News From the Wild Side - August 2014

8.5.14News_VegetativeBuffer_NRCSCA00010_small.jpgWild Farm Alliance (WFA) is excited to announce some great up-coming events. If you'll be near Salinas, California in late August, join us at this year's Food Safety and Water Quality Forum and get the latest on co-managing food safety and conservation. Later in October, WFA will be hosting two field tours at our on-farm habitat restoration project sites near Watsonville and Hollister, CA. 

Photo courtesy of NRCS



If making a trip out to the west coast isn't in your travel plans this year, join us virtually for a webinar on Promoting High Quality Conservation on Organic Farms, or check out a recording of the On-Farm Food Safety and Conservation webinar presented by WFA's director earlier this spring.

Wishing you a productive summer!

Wild Farm Alliance

Food Safety and Water Quality Forum in Salinas, CA

Join Wild Farm Alliance at this year's Food Safety and Water Quality Forum hosted by the Farm, Food Safety & Conservation Network* (FFSCN). Find out the latest food-safety and water quality updates, hear a diverse panel of farmers talk about balancing food safety and sustainability goals, and go on a field tour to learn first hand how a high-intensity organic vegetable farm co-manages food safety and environmental quality.

Event: Food Safety and Water Quality Co-management Forum

Date: August 20, 2014
Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: UCCE Auditorium, 1432 Abbott St., Salinas, CA

Cost: The event is free and open to the public, coffee and lunch provided. 

(Note: The event is limited to 100 participants, please register to reserve your place)

Synopsis: The daylong agenda will address design and management of practices for pathogens, nutrients and pesticides in the production environment. Morning panels include important updates on California's continuing drought, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and water quality issues for irrigated agriculture. A diverse panel of producers will discuss a case study of the costs and management decisions required in managing their commodities for both food safety and sustainability goals. In the afternoon we'll visit a diverse, high-intensity organic vegetable farm south of Salinas for a series of field stops to: 1) Hear from the land manager, growers and their food safety professionals how they manage for food safety and environmental quality in a potentially challenging setting; 2) Work through site-specific scenarios to address co-management challenges in tandem with food safety, agricultural, conservation and resource management professionals; and 3) Conclude with a large group discussion on fresh observations resulting from the field activity. USDA Food Safety Auditor Continuing Professional Development Credits and PCA/CCA hours have been requested.

For questions, or assistance with special needs, contact: 
Pam Krone-Davis, FFSCN Coordinator, 
Phone: 831-647-4238
Email: [email protected]

* The Farm, Food Safety, & Conservation Network is a Central Coast region working group whose purpose is to facilitate the coordination of related organizations to support the agricultural industry's efforts to reduce food safety risks through methods which also minimize or avoid impacts to water quality, wildlife and habitat through education, training, research, communication and outreach.


 On-Farm Habitat Restoration Field Tours

Join Wild Farm Alliance for one or both of two field tours showcasing on-farm habitat restoration projects funded by the California Wildlife Conservation Board. Tour the habitat restoration sites and learn how the projects benefit the farms and the wild through conversations with the farmers, Wild Farm Alliance, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Xerces Society and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Photo courtesy of WFA.

Field Tour 1: Riparian Restoration along Tres Pinos Creek on Hain Ranch

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 9:30 am-12 noon
Where: 608 Bolado Road, Tres Pinos, CA 95075

Event Summary: Tour streamside habitat restoration sites planted to stabilize the stream bank, increase plant biodiversity and provide habitat for wildlife on a walnut orchard/pastured poultry operation. Learn about pollinators, as well as native plant installation, irrigation and maintenance issues.

Field Tour 2: Habitat Restoration at Monkeyflower Ranch

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time:  9:00 am-12 noon
Where: 1481 San Miguel Canyon Road, Watsonville, CA 95076

Event Summary: Tour native oak tree hedgerows planted to provide shade for livestock, as well as reduce soil erosion, increase water infiltration and provide wildlife habitat on a 40-acre sheep dairy. Learn about pollinators, invasive plant removal, as well as hedgerow installation, irrigation and maintenance issues.

For more information contact:
Meaghan at [email protected]

Event Link:


Webinar: Promoting High Quality Conservation on Organic Farms

Photo courtesy of NRCS.

This September, join Wild Farm Alliance, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a webinar about on-farm conservation practices that not only provide production benefits, but also conserve natural resources and assist farmers/ranchers in meeting organic certification requirements.

Title: Promoting High Quality Conservation on Organic Farms

When: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time: 10am PDT (11am MDT, 12noon CDT, 1pm EDT)

Registration Link: Forthcoming

Synopsis: Organic farmers and ranchers conserve biodiversity and natural resources because their agricultural production systems depend upon healthy ecosystems. Conservation professionals and landowners will learn how NRCS conservation practices and enhancements can provide high value production and biodiversity benefits while at the same time aiding producers to obtain or maintain their USDA organic status.






On-Farm Food Safety and Conservation' Webinar Recording


Did you miss the 'On-Farm Food Safety and Conservation' webinar back in May? No worries, a recording is now available on-line.

Title: On-Farm Food Safety and Conservation Webinar


Hosted By: Wild Farm Alliance, Oregon Tilth and USDA NRCS

Synopsis: Food safety is becoming a prominent feature of produce and specialty-crop farm operations. While conflicts with conservation and food safety may occur, steps can be taken to diminish them. This webinar addresses both the theory and practice of co-managing food safety and conservation. The first half of the webinar covers details on how pathogens get on the farm, the prevalence of pathogens in animal populations, and information on environmental factors that influence pathogen reduction. The second half of the webinar introduces a multi-barrier approach to addressing on-farm food safety issues. This approach combines multiple conservation practices and food safety Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to minimize food safety concerns. If one practice/barrier fails, others are in place to prevent contamination of crops and water supplies.


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