Concurrent Session 3A
Enhancing Conservation Practices and Supporting Emerging Markets for Niche Hog Production in the SF Bay Area and Northern San Joaquin Valley
Theresa Becchetti, UC ANR Cooperative Extension Advisor, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties
This project addresses areas of inquiry under the UC ANR initiative “Sustainable Food System” including water and small farm. The goal is to identify practices and develop outreach resources to support emerging niche hog production systems in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern San Joaquin Valley. Specifically management practices will be identified that protect water quality, safeguard natural resources, and address resource management problems. A set of 8000 series publications will be produced to help producers and provide information to other advisors who may be asked questions concerning outdoor hog production. Outdoor hog production while perceived as an environmental threat is being used with success to improve degraded sites such as those overgrown with blackberry or eucalyptus while producing a highly quality desirable food product. As stated in the UC ANR initiative plan for sustainable food systems, this project creates educational efforts to enhance opportunities for markets and new products. We also address areas of inquiry under the UC ANR initiative “Sustainable Natural Ecosystems” including biodiversity, land use, understanding and valuing ecosystem services. Both the challenges and opportunities in outdoor hog production are in working with the environment to potentially enhance biodiversity, and sustain working landscape land uses.