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Organic Citrus Growing Short Course
UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Contact: UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology Phone number:
Sponsor: UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology

Seasoned citrus growers will provide detailed information appropriate for a range of growers, focused on a diverse range of citrus production. Presenters include Chadwick Garden Manager Orin Martin, Farm Garden Manager Christof Bernau, and Daniel Paduano Farm Manager and Co-owner of Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm.

This course will begin with an online introductory lecture on February 9th. Instructor Orin Martin will share a presentation on getting started with citrus that will include video demonstrations.

On February 11th, participants will begin the day at the UCSC Farm to learn about citrus planning, planting, pruning, and care with instructors Christof Bernau and Orin Martin. Participants will then spend an afternoon session at the Chadwick Garden on the UCSC campus. Orin Martin will tour participants through the garden's citrus trees from recent plantings to 50-year old trees to discuss rootstock/tree size and bearing, care/consideration for small citrus block, orchard floor management, seasonal ripening, irrigation delivery systems, and more.

The final session will take place on February 12th at Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Daniel Paduano will tour participants through his citrus grove at this certified-organic farm specializing semi-tropical fruit and summer vegetables, sharing information on varietal differences, orchard management, irrigation, fertility, and more.

Photo: Jim Clark