2014 New Call for Positions
2014 URS Call for Positions
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.
058 Small Farms Advisor San Joaquin Stanislaus Counties
San Joaquin County
Proposed Area of Coverage
Northern San Joaquin Valley
- Brent Holtz - Main Contact
- 2014 Small Farms position request San Joaquin Stanislaus revised (pdf), uploaded 05/21/2014 by Katherine Webb-Martinez
As the retired Small Farm Advisor for San Joaquin County I feel that is position is very important for supporting the direct agriculture is the San Joaquin Valley and servicing many of the specialty crops grown locally. This area is home to many thousands of direct market growers and their families, and our markets and the farm direct sales are excellent venues for the interaction of the public and local farmers. The UC support of these growers and their markets will enhance the ability of the producers to remain profitable and permit the general public to remain connected and supportive of California Agriculture.
This position should be a priority position. The development of a support system for farmers that feed into the farmer's markets, CSAs, and school and community garden systems will address a high priority need in both San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. Significant impacts I would anticipate for this position is its research and development contributions to the economic development of ethinically diverse group of clients, entrepreneurial opportunities within the 3 federally designated food deserts, and increased availability of healthy, traditional and non-traditional food choices for all families.
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