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As many folks at KARE already know, the California Farm Demonstration Network was recently formed and formally launched in a MOU signing ceremony that was held May 5th at the Winters, CA orchard of Russ Lester. The Network is a partnership of several groups including the California Farm Bureau Federation, the USDA NRCS, the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, UC ANR, and the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, plus many farmers, local farmer associations, and other private and public sector affiliates. The attached You Tube link provides a brief introductory overview of a small part of the Network's initial efforts.
Since UC ANR is a formal signatory to the MOU that launched this effort and because many of us in ANR are already and will hopefully be involved with the Network's efforts in the future, we would like to actively encourage participation of any and all ANR colleagues who'd like to become involved with the Network in any capacity. At this point, for instance, we welcome your involvement in everything from service on the Network Steering Committee (or other technical and advisory committees that are now being formed) to hands-on collaboration with any of the various farm demonstrations that are going to be started and that you'll have direct roles in starting yourselves. This is frankly a great time for everyone to step up and to register their interest in becoming involved. The overall purpose of the Network is to increase adoption of conservation agriculture, soil health, and climate-smart systems in California. Its goals emphasize the development of water-, climate-, and nutrient-smart systems for California's diverse crop production environments and its focus areas include, but are not limited to the following: participatory learning resulting in the adoption of improved management practices grounded in sound science and experience-based principles, the public, voluntary showcasing of innovative systems developed by experienced farmer leaders, a program of farm demonstration evaluations that employ monitoring, data collection, and analysis of findings, and the use of proven, creative methods for sharing, discussing, and communicating results and findings to scale-up even broader adoption of improved systems.
We sincerely welcome your support of and interest in the Network and hope that colleagues throughout the Division will become involved with it and in particular, if anyone would like to help by serving on the Network's Steering Committee as a delegate of ANR, please step forward and let us know.
The introductory video was edited and produced by two students in the Soils and Biogeochemistry Group at UC Davis, Jessica Chiartas and Irfan Ainuddin.
We talk about the need for collaboration all the time! There's no question about it's value, but we also know that it's one of the most difficult things to achieve when you enter a room of diverse viewpoints in the hopes of bringing them together in a common path.
In my year at HREC I have been amazed on numerous occasions by our own Director, Dr. Kim Rodrigues, as she tackles complex subjects with many and diverse groups and manages to reach some level of agreement and action in every case! Dr. Rodrigues has agreed to share some of the tools that she has built up over years with her colleague Kim Ingram in a 3 day workshop "Collaborative Facilitation and Group Process" during which participants will explore facilitation skills and tools that can support your success during collaborative efforts, both as a facilitator and participant. Participants will identify important processes that can support collaboration, share tools to prevent problems, and demonstrate interventions to support success when problems arise. These workshops are designed to help you learn the skills needed to support the mutual learning and discussion required in any truly collaborative effort.
This training has been developed to serve a wide variety of stakeholders representing many different backgrounds, don't miss this chance to revitalize your collaborative efforts!
The 3 workshop days take place on August 23rd, 24th and September 29th. Take advantage of early bird registration by July 1st and pay only $125, $150 after this date.