Working Lands

Farmers and landowners learn about creating habitat and improving soil health

Event explores ways to support bird habitat on farms.

Dominic Bruno of River Garden Farms talks about the riparian restoration the farm installed two years ago with Audubon California, the Center for Land-based Learning, and the USFWS Partners program. Photo: Khara Strum

Farmers and and private landowners from the throughout the Sacramento valley recently attended a Lunch and Learn event at a farm in Knight’s Landing to learn about strategies to improve habitat on working lands.

Participants learned about new and innovative conservation programs from Dan Kaiser at the Environmental Defense Fund and Jacob Katz from CalTrout They also got some updates on programs available from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Healthy Soils Initiative.

The event wrapped up with a farm tour of River Garden Farms, led by Heather Nichols from the Yolo County Resource Conservation District and Rex Dufour from the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

Audubon Californias Khara Strum gives the participants a run down of the day’s activities Photo: Phil Hogan/NRCS
Jacob Katz of CalTrout address the participants about the multiple benefits of growing fish food of flooded rice fields. Photo: Phil Hogan/NRCS
Khara Strum introduces Dan Kaiser of the Environmental Defense Fund to talk about how farmers can create and sell habitat credits through the Central Valley Habitat Exchange. Photo: Phil Hogan/NRCS
Heather Nichols of the Yolo County RCD talks about technical assistance the RCD provides to farmers. Photo: Phil Hogan/NRCS

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