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Welcome to UCCE San Diego's Small-Scale Urban Agriculture Project website!

Small Scale Urban Agriculture Project


Project Details

Project Goal: Demonstrate how best to grow several high-value crops in containers on a small scale in Southern California and clarify how to find and access vacant land that is available for agricultural use.

What we’re growing: blueberries, ginger, and turmeric 

What we're testing: blueberry varieties, potting mixes, fertilizers, pest and disease control measures, and plant health management practices

What data we're collecting: blueberry yield, ginger and turmeric rhizome weight, pest and disease presence

Land Mapping: more info coming soon!

For more information about the project purpose please visit our project page.

Questions we hope to answer:

Is it feasible and profitable to grow these crops on this scale?

What containers and soil mix should you use?

How often should you water the plants and add fertilizer, and which fertilizer should you use?

What pests and diseases will you encounter and how can you manage them?

Which blueberry varieties will produce the most fruit?

Which management practices will yield the most ginger and turmeric?

How can you find vacant land in San Diego County?

How can you access land and use it for agriculture?

Contact us!

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Janis G Gonzales
Title: Project Coordinator/Community Education Supervisor II
Specialty: Program development and management of specialty community education and outreach programs: Climate Resilient Agriculture, Goldspotted Oak Borer, Invasive Shot Hole Borer, South American Palm Weevil, Beekeeping and Wildfire
Phone: (858) 822-7718
Email: jggonzales@ucanr.edu
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Ramiro E Lobo
Title: Small Farms & Agricultural Economics Advisor
Specialty: Farm management, marketing, agricultural economics, agricultural tourism, small farms, new/specialty crops
Phone: 858.246.1860
Email: relobo@ucanr.edu