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Speaker Series: Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture

Please join us on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, when Sam Earnshaw presents the fascinating story of hedgerows and their multi-faceted benefits to California agriculture.

Hedgerows, windbreaks, filter strips, grassed waterways, riparian areas and beetle banks are increasingly being planted on farms. Hedgerow benefits include providing habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators and other wildlife; providing erosion protection and weed control; stabilizing waterways; serving as windbreaks; reducing non-point source water pollution and groundwater pollution; increasing surface water infiltration; providing buffers from pesticide drift, noise, odors, and dust; and increasing biodiversity.

Many plants attract native bees and other pollinators, and some hedgerow and windbreak plants, such as citrus or other fruit trees and herbal plants, can have economic returns as well.

Sam Earnshaw is the author of Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture: A Resource Guide for Farmers. He runs Hedgerows Unlimited and is a Technical Service Provider with NRCS. Sam and his wife Jo Ann Baumgartner started their own farm, Neptune Farms, growing organic vegetables and cut flowers for retail stores, farmers markets and wholesalers. Sam has also served as a program coordinator for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).  He holds a BS degree in Forestry from UC Berkeley.

Event Details

Event Date 05-23-2018 6:30 pm
Event End Date 05-23-2018 8:30 pm
Registration Start Date 04-05-2018 8:00 am
Capacity 80
Cut off date 05-23-2018 2:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center
500 Harkins Slough Road Watsonville, CA 95076
Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center
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