Small Farm Program Provides Resources for Small-Scale Operators
The University of California Small Farms Program is designed to help small-scale farm operators manage the challenges they face with field and marketing research focused on this sector of the industry. As part of the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources division, the Small Farms Program provides small farm advisors and small farm workgroups across the state that share information and resources with growers. Services include the following:
- On-farm consultations
- Technical assistance
- Food safety outreach
- Educational outreach
- Applied research
- Extension publications and resources
The Small Farms Program also provides growers with a variety of resources, including a map indicating which specific regions each Small Farms Advisor serves. Below is a list of Small Farms Advisors who serve California avocado growing regions.
- Kirsten Pearsons and Maria De Lourdes Orozco Ramirez — San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara
- Ramiro Lobo — San Diego
- Hung Doan — San Bernardino and Riverside
The website also includes relevant news and videos, small farm and agritourism blogs, farm management resources, marketing resources, and food safety materials.