Healthy Soils Grant Workshop for California Avocado Growers

  • Aug 16, 2017

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s new Healthy Soils Incentives Program will provide up to $3.75 million in grants to California growers and ranchers for use in agricultural management practices that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve soil health. For more information, download the Healthy Soils Fact Sheet.

Practices that qualify for the grant funds include:

Soil management. These practices must be implemented for three years or must already be in use and maintained.

  • Mulching
  • No-till or reduced till
  • Cover crops
  • Compost application

Cropland to herbaceous cover. This must be in combination with at least one new or existing soil management practice and implemented for three years.

  • Herbaceous wind barrier
  • Vegetative barriers
  • Riparian herbaceous cover
  • Contour buffer strips
  • Field border
  • Filter strips

Establishment of woody cover. This must be in combination with at least one new or existing soil management practice and maintained for ten years.

  • Windbreak/shelterbelt establishment
  • Riparian forest buffer
  • Hedgerow planting
  • Silvopasture

To assist growers interested in applying for the grant, the Ventura County Resource Conservation District (VCRCD) is hosting two free workshops designed to help with the application process. The workshops will be held on August 30 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the VCRCD Office located at 3380 Somis Road, Somis, CA and on September 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Oxnard Library, Meeting room B, located at 251 South A Street, Oxnard, CA.

Growers interested in attending the workshops should RSVP with Jamie Whiteford at Jamie.k.whiteford@gmail.com or 805.764.5132.

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