Farmer Profiles: On-Farm Practices
Farmer profiles feature different farmers discussing their nutrient management efforts around their farm to feature innovative, creative, and high quality practices. As a way to increase the networks and engagement around nutrient management, farmers can volunteer to be a resource to people looking for more information on their practices.
These profiles do not serve as UC recommendations. Rather, they illustrate how different farmers throughout the state regard nutrient management as part of their overall farm management.
Farmer Profiles were created with the help of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers.
Frank Muller - Muller Ranch
Large-scale Diversified Organic and Conventional
Paicines Ranch Vineyard
Integrating Livestock as a Management Tool
Paicines Ranch’s irrigated bottomland was previously farmed by Earthbound Farms, but the ranch has taken it back and is currently restoring the soils through cover crops and planned grazing. They plan to incorporate a larger variety of crops into their production, resulting in a polyculture of fruit and nut trees and vegetable crops.
Full Belly Farm
Diversified Organic Farm
Scott Park Farming
Multipronged Approach to Nutrient Management
John Teixeira - Lone Willow Farm
Self-Sufficient Nutrient Management
Charlie Starr Vineyards
Nutrient Management Planning
The nutrient management plan for Charlie’s family vineyards is based off of petiole samples, soil samples, and the inspection of the vines for visual symptoms of deficiencies. “Nutrient management should never be reactionary, you need to have a plan,” Charlie says. “If you already see a deficiency, it may be too late to correct it that season.”
Pasture 42 - Ken and Susan Muller
Grazing orchard cover crops in the Capay Valley
Using livestock forage for cover crops throughout their hundred-acre farm in the western Sacramento Valley brings a plethora of benefits to farmers Ken and Susan Muller. According to Ken, the forage crops allow them to maximize production from their limited water, builds soil, and improves water-holding capacity. The approach works in part because it fits with their marketing strategy of fetching a premium price due to organic production methods and selling directly to customers.