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About Us

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The UC Small Farm Program helps small-scale farmers through research and education as part of the University of California's statewide division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

We develop field and marketing research aimed at the needs of small- and moderate-scale farmers, and provide that information to farmers who are often not reached by traditional extension programs. Our clients include farmers of many different cultures who operate a wide variety of farming operations, often with limited resources.

The program works with topics related to specialty crops, marketing, agritourism, food safety, healthy environments and business management — as they relate to California's small-scale farmers.



Our director

Dr Shermain Hardesty
Title: Small Farm Program Director
Specialty: small farms, marketing, organics, sustainable agriculture
Ag & Resource Economics
One Shields Avenue
3110 SS&H
Davis, CA 95616-8575
Phone: 530 752 0467
Fax: (530) 752-5614

Our farm advisors throughout California

Photo of Aziz Baameur Aziz Baameur
Title: Farm Advisor
Specialty: Small Farms, cultivar evaluation, nutrient management, irrigation, specialty crops, cucurbits, oriental vegetables
UCCE Santa Clara County
1553 Berger Drive, Bldg. 1
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 282-3127

Photo of Mark Gaskell Ph.D. Mark Gaskell Ph.D.
Title: Farm Advisor
Specialty: Specialty crops, small fruit crops, vegetables, sustainable agriculture, small farms
Cooperative Extension Santa Barbara County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 788-2374
Fax: (805) 781-5940

Photo of Manuel J Jimenez Manuel J Jimenez
Title: Farm Advisor
Specialty: Small farms, vegetable crops, integrated pest management
Cooperative Extension Tulare County
4437-B S. Laspina St.
Tulare, CA 93274
Phone: (559) 684-3316

Ramiro E. Lobo
Title: Small Farms & Agricultural Economics Advisor
Specialty: Farm management, marketing, agricultural economics, agricultural tourism, small farms, new/specialty crops
151 E. Carmel St.
San Marcos, CA 92078
Phone: (760) 752-4716
Fax: (760) 752-4725

Photo of Richard H. Molinar M.S. Richard H. Molinar M.S.
Title: Farm Advisor
Specialty: Small farms, vegetable crops, organic farming, insect/weed management, specialty crops, sugar peas, strawberries, eggplant, squash, Asian vegetables such as basil, lemongrass, green beans, long beans, gailon, bittermelons, refugee farmers, Hmong, Lao, fluent in Spanish
Cooperative Extension Fresno County
1720 South Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
Phone: (559) 456-7555

Our staff

Photo of Brenda Dawson Brenda Dawson
Title: Communications Coordinator
Specialty: Writing, web, social media & design
Small Farm Program
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8575
Phone: (530) 752-7779

Photo of Penny Leff Penny Leff
Title: Agritourism Coordinator/Program Representative
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 (mailing address)
3117 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-7779