Whole Farm Crop Planning

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Event Date
November 11, 2013

Already thinking about what you’ll sow next season? Presenters Doug O’Brien and Ned Conwell will walk through the basics of how to develop a crop plan, setting you up for a successful season of growing and meeting market demand.

Doug O’Brien owns and operates Doug O’Brien Agricultural Consulting, which provides onsite technical advice, field monitoring, and research for clients involved in fresh produce growing, harvesting, cooling, and marketing. Doug previously owned an organic produce brokerage company and was a crop production manager and assistant farm advisor. Doug has a Ph.D. in plant pathology from UC Davis and a M.S. in plant pathology from UC Berkeley. He currently works as an adjunct professor at Cabrillo College where he teaches "Organic Food Production 1&2."

Ned Conwell has been farming mixed vegetables and flowers for ten years. From 2005 through 2010, Ned co-owned and operated Blue House Farm, a successful mid-sized organic CSA farm in Pescadero, California. He now co-operates Open Field Farm in Sonoma.