University of California Resources
Soil Fertility Management for Organic Crops
Soil Management and Soil Quality for Organic Crops
are two publications from UCANR with information about enhancing on-farm soil health.
|Check out these UCANR Learning Modules about soil Nutrition and Soil health.
|The UC Small Farm Program website contains information about specialty crop production, organic production, food safety, rural cooperatives, agritourism, and farm management for a variety of crops including apples, Asian vegetables, blueberries, melons, squash, and strawberries.
|UCCE Farm Advisor Mark Bolda's blog Strawberries and Caneberries can provide you with up-to-date information on the cultivation of strawberry and caneberry crops.
Fruit and Nut Trees:
|The Fruit and Nut Tree Research & Information Center website is a database organized by crop that includes orchard management and weather-related information, extension courses, tree biology information, and online research databases.
|The Almond Doctor blog shares relevant information for almond production in California.
Look at the Topics in the Subtropics website to find information about . To find specific topics, scroll down to the 'tags' category on the righthand panel.
|The UC Vegetable Research and Innovation Center website links you by crop to other websites and publications about vegetable crop production in California.
|Use the Agronomy Research and Innovation Center website to find resources about producing a
Use the Organic Production tab of the UC Vegetable Research and Innovation Center to find organic-specific resources.
|Insects, Beneficials, Pests, and Diseases:
|The UC IPM website provides information about the statewide integrated pest management program.
|The website has information about
|Weed Management for Organic Crops is a document from UCANR with strategies for controlling weeds on-farm.
|The UC Davis Cost and Return Studies website contains cost and return studies for 95 different agricultural products including alfalfa, apples, avocado, lettuce, pears, strawberries, walnuts, goats for meat, mixed vegetables, and olive oil. These studies can give you a general idea of financial and farm management strategies for the agricultural products discussed.
See the UCCE Farm Business Marketplace Website to access business and marketing information for fresh products.
Supplies and Equipment
Use this Suppliers Resource Guide to learn about where you can purchase general farm supplies, soil amendments, irrigation supplies, farm equipment, seed, and more.
The Compost Buyers Guide gives information about where you can purchase compost, as well as pricing and product details. Use this guide on How to Add Compost on Your Small Farm to learn how much compost you may need.
Check out Tractors 101 to find information about different tractor types and tips on buying or renting tractors.
Weed Science School from the Weed Resources and Information Center:
UC Soil and Water Short Course:
Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course
California Agriculture gives you access to UCANR's bimonthly news and peer-reviewed research database.
2019 California Young Farmers Report written by the National Young Farmers Coalition reports on some of the main challenges faced by young farmers (farmers who have farmed for 10 years or less) in California
UCCE Foothill Farming Internet Resources for New Growers
Non-University of California Resources
|ATTRA is a program developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology that provides diverse agricultural information for growers.
|Soil Nutrition, Management, and Health:
|The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) provides fertilizer guidelines for a variety of crops including cotton, almonds, processing tomatoes, corn, broccoli, lettuce, wheat, grapevines, walnuts, rice, alfalfa, strawberries, cauliflower, barley, citrus, pistachio, prunes, plums, peaches, and nectarines.
|Julia Morton's website describes cultivation for fruits of warm climates.
|Fruit Facts from the California Rare Fruit Growers shares information about individual fruits, including botanical identification, plant description and culture notes, and characteristics of cultivars.
|To learn more about avocado production, see Avocado Source.