Santa Clara County
University of California
Santa Clara County

University of California Cooperative Extension

Plant Propagation: Growing Healthy Starts!

Small Farmers Learning About Transplant Production

In Partnership with Measure Q and the Open Space Authority

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This Spring the Small Farm Program in Santa Clara County in collaboration with Veggielution, Santa Clara County Division of Agriculture, and UC Davis held a two-day workshop on transplant production. The workshop was attended by 62 small or beginning farmers and Master Gardeners. Participants learned about the basics of growing young plants from seed, scheduling production for an array of different species and varieties, substrate formulation and various established technologies for creating plugs, pest management, how to assure success with young plants, new technologies: Including lamp technology, new substrate and fertigation (fertilizing during irrigation) methods, and the rules regulations and permitting processes for growing and selling transplants.

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Beginning and Small Farmers learn the basics of transplant production in 2-day workshop

 

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Day 2 of the workshop, attendees visit a local transplant production operation in a high tunnel.

As a result of the workshop, depending on the topic, 59-85% of the workshop attendees increased their knowledge of greenhouse and nursery systems, growing young plants from seed, production scheduling, pesticide rules, regulations and permitting, substrate and plugs, and pest management. Nineteen workshop attendees indicated that they would adopt one or more practices discussed during the workshop.

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What’s Next? UCCE Santa Clara County in collaboration with Santa Clara County Division of Agriculture is offering a workshop on Ground Squirrel and Gopher Management on September 11, 2018 in San Jose. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at the following link: http://ucanr.edu/groundsquirrelwshp

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