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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

036 Area Small Farm Advisor (Santa Clara, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)

Proposed Location/Housing

Santa Clara County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz counties


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This position will be sorely needed, given retirements and the associated loss of CE coverage in this important area for small farms. I strongly suggest, however, the position be expanded to include San Mateo County. Coastal SMC is home to many small farms, producing the lion's share of Brussels sprouts in CA, high-quality cole crops, cut flowers, and large quantities of artichokes. Most of this production takes place on farms less than 100 acres in size. SMC has recently gained an Environmental Horticulture Advisor, an Urban IPM Advisor, and an Urban Agriculture Advisor, but production-oriented small farms remain un-served by UCCE in the county. Santa Clara County, the proposed home of this area Advisor, is adjacent to and well-connected to SMC in a cultural and infrastructural sense.
Posted Jun 10, 2014 11:15 AM by Andrew Sutherland
Well-said, Mr. Sutherland. I am the President of the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau and can attest to the fact that there are many small farms in this county that would suffer if this position did not exist. Mr. Baameur has done a tremendous job as our CE Farm Advisor, providing valuable insight and countless hours of research devoted to helping operations of all sizes. He has proven the value and importance of this position and all of us have come to depend on his work, but none more than the smaller operators who otherwise wouldn't have access to this important information and assistance. I implore you to create and maintain a Small Farm Advisor position to maintain the viability of agriculture in our county.
Posted Jun 19, 2014 10:56 AM by Pete Aiello
I wholeheartedly agree with both Mr. Sutherland and Mr. Aiello. Given that the majority of the farms in our two counties are small farms, the work of a CE Small Farms Advisor is indispensable. It is imperative that we continue to have this type of position serve the needs of small (and even mid-size) farm growers in our community. I would also add that the wealth of knowledge Mr. Baameur brings to the table as a member of the Santa Clara County Food System Alliance is extremely important to the Alliance’s work to improve our County’s food system as a whole. We would greatly appreciate the continued representation on the Alliance of small scale farming via the CE Farms Advisor.
Posted Jun 19, 2014 2:15 PM by Julie Hutcheson
I have to agree with the preceding commentators, for, as the urban areas grow, more and more farms will be fragmented and be smaller in size. Specific crop needs for these specific micro-climates of Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz are abundant and these needs would be even more amplified by the inclusion of San Mateo in this cluster. I also think the key here is a Small Farm Advisor with a broad agricultural knowledge, not one who over-specializes given the wide-diversity of crops grown in these counties.
Posted Jul 2, 2014 10:00 PM by Rob Bennaton
This small farm advisor position has played an important role in servicing diverse clientele in this coastal region. This position has been particularly valuable in helping to initiate and arrange for research and extension activities with the production and pest management advisors in adjoining counties. If the current advisor retires, the needs of the specialty farmers and small farm growers in this region continues. The re-filling of this position is therefore a high priority.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 8:51 PM by Steven Koike
The UCCE Santa Clara County Small Farms Advisor position proposes to fill a research and extension need that will arise with the retirement of Aziz Baameur, a valued advisor and colleague to many in the area. The position has the potential to diversify in interesting ways too. Andrew Sutherland’s suggestion to expand and serve San Mateo County has merit in that a gap in UCCE programs and services currently exists. The lead County, Santa Clara, is also part of and/or adjacent to the greater Bay Area, which has an increasing focus on urban farming, pest management, and agricultural education. Examples include Advisor Andrew Sutherland’s work with urban integrated pest management and Advisor Rob Bennaton’s work with urban farms. Both represent a relatively new and growing network of advisors working in these disciplines. This new position could fill an emerging and interesting research and extension niche that works at the junction of the urban oriented Bay Area Counties and the agricultural oriented Central Coast Counties that Aziz’s position currently serves.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:16 AM by Laura Tourte
The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (Rangeland Coalition) would like to express support for the Small Farm Advisor position for Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

The Rangeland Coalition is an unprecedented group of ranchers, environmental organizations, scientists and government agencies who are major California rangeland stakeholders. Together, signatories strive to enhance and preserve private working landscapes. We feel strongly a need for this position to support small farmers and ranchers. Working landscapes California are not only producing food and fiber but also provide multiple environmental benefits such as wildlife habitat, open space, recreation and others.

Rangeland Coalition signatories are confident that this position would provide the expertise required to allow support farmers and ranchers diversify their income, support local food systems and increase the viability of working landscapes in California.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:57 AM by Pelayo Alvarez

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