- Author: Jeffrey P Mitchell
March 26, 2019
A very good group of folks took part in a lively, engaging and very productive visit to Scott and Brian Park's farm in Meridian, CA on March 26, 2019 to push forward ideas and innovations for equipment to help address challenges of achieving reduced disturbance organic production systems. Scott and Brian had prepared ahead of time a full array of implements and pieces of equipment that they've developed in recent years and these items provided ample points of departure for the very fruitful discussion that took place. Paul Muller offered a path forward for near-term equipment acquisition needs that includes a small-width roller-crimper for early-season weed and cover crop management and an adjustable mower much like the one that Scott and Brian have developed. The group is now in the process of continuing the planning and fabrication process so as to have prototype items available as soon as possible. During the wide-ranging discussions that we had, it was abundantly clear to folks who were new to the CIG group just how dedicated and committed we all are to the fundamental goals of developing reduced disturbance approaches for organic systems. This was a very productive and fun session. Our thanks go to Scott and Brian for so graciously hosting us!