What were RCDs up to in February?

IERCD Trout in the Classroom

Inland Empire RCD Trout in the Classroom

For Inland Empire RCD’s Trout in the Classroom, students from Mt. Vernon Elementary practiced plant ID, learned about aquatic insects, and released trout minnows into Lytle Creek with help from California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Find more photos here.

Mendocino County RCD Rural H20 Security and Streamflow Enhancement

Mendocino County RCD hosted a free community workshop on Rural Water Security and Streamflow Enhancement. The workshop covered streamflow enhancement for salmon and steelhead, improving water security in rural settings, as well as project assessment, permitting and funding. 

RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains Oak Care Volunteer Event

The RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains held an oak care volunteer event at the Rodeo Grounds in Topanga. Volunteers helped the RCDSMM care for previously planted oaks by watering, weeding, and mulching trees as well as planting new acorns to replace those trees that may have died. Volunteers collected meaningful data to aid in an ongoing reforestation experiment the RCDSMM has been conducting since 2016. 

Riverside-Corona RCD Tree Care 101

Attendees joined Riverside-Corona RCD and the Inland Urban Forest Council for the first “Tree Care 101” on Saturday, February 2 to learn about tree selection and care. There was a subsequent Pruning Workshop on February 16. 

Loma Prieta RCD SWEEP Workshop

The Loma Prieta RCD held a State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Workshop on Wednesday, February 6. This workshop helped farmers to apply for the SWEEP grant, in order to fund project which can include: weather soil or plant sensors for irrigation scheduling, micro, drip- or low pressure irrigation systems, wind, solar or natural gas pumps, soil management practices that save water and reduce GHG emissions (cover cropping, compost, etc.) and more.

Two RCDs Received NACD Urban Ag Conservation Grants

Alameda County RCD and San Mateo RCD were awarded funding in the third round of the National Association of Conservation District’s Urban Ag Conservation Grants. Past recipients of the grant include RCD of Greater San Diego County (2016), Riverside-Corona RCD (2016), and Inland Empire RCD (2017). The funding will go towards improving technical assistance programs to urban producers and their local food systems. Descriptions of how they will use their funding can be found on NACD’s 2019 grant recipients page

Tehachapi RCD and NRCS Workshop for Producers & Landowners

On February 19, Tehachapi RCD co-hosted a workshop for producers and landowners on technical and financial assistance available to them from USDA NRCS.

Eastern Kern County RCD Irrigation & Soils Workshop 

Eastern Kern County RCD hosted a free workshop irrigation and soils on Friday, February 22 at the Maturango Museum. The first part will featured UCCE advisor John Karlik on plant water needs. The second half featured NRCS soil scientist Peter Fahnestock on working with desert soils. 

RCD of Santa Cruz County Hedgerows and Soil Field Day

RCD of Santa Cruz County’s Hedgerows and Soil Field Day took place at a Healthy Soils Demonstration Project at Live Earth Farm. At this free workshop, growers met technical experts and other growers to learn about and share experiences on the uses and benefits of hedgerows, soil and hedgerows, considerations for selecting plants and managing a hedgerow, and a practical demonstration of a hedgerow planting.

Dixon RCD Cover Cropping in Orchards

At Dixon RCD’s Cover Cropping in Orchards event, producers learned about benefits and considerations for managing cover crops: timing, site prep, planting, weed control, irrigation, termination, re-seeding, effective nitrogen/nutrient management and water budgets from experienced growers.

Contra Costa RCD’s California Urban Stream Program Workshops

Contra Costa RCD had two workshops for the California Urban Stream Program. The goal of the first workshop was to train local government staff on stream restoration techniques. Find the agenda for the first workshop here. The second workshop on was a hands-on workshop to teach attendees how to install willow stakes and posts, fascines and brushmatting at a local creek.