- Author: Diana Nix
June 21, 2019
Longtime CASI member, Ron Jones of J & J Farms in Firebaugh, CA, brought his nephew and farming partner, Darcy Villere, out to the NRI Project study site as part of CASI's Friday morning soil tour program on June 21, 2019. J & J Farms is a diversified farming operation located just west of Firebaugh. Jones has been a member of CASI for over twenty years and was one of the original farmer partners on our early BIFS (Biologically Integrated Farming Systems) efforts back in the mid-1990s. Villere is relatively new to farming in the San Joaquin Valley but is clearly a very insightful and quick learner. CASI's Jeff Mitchell hosted Jones and Villere and not only shared with them what the NRI Project has learned over the years, but also he was particularly keen to learn about their efforts and plans for cover cropping at their own West Side farm. Mitchell invited these visitors to become part of the CIG Project farmer group that also shares many of the common farming goals that were discussed during the visit and tour.