2018 University of California PDP Project

Project Overview

WSP17-004
Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2017: $38,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2019
Grant Recipient: University of California
Region: Western
State: California
State Coordinators:
Jeffrey Stackhouse
University of California Cooperative Extension
Co-Coordinators:
Dr. Sonja Brodt
University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program

Commodities

Not commodity specific

Practices

  • Animal Production: range improvement, rangeland/pasture management
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, technical assistance, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: labor/employment
  • Natural Resources/Environment: carbon sequestration, habitat enhancement
  • Pest Management: flame, integrated pest management
  • Sustainable Communities: ethnic differences/cultural and demographic change, quality of life, social capital

    Abstract:

    The topics covered by this California PDP proposal included equitable outreach to traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers and related communities of color, to enhance quality of life and viability of all of California’s rural communities via agricultural and
    food systems extension. The focus was on engaging with local community organizations of underrepresented farm and rural community groups to develop and offer a training workshop for Cooperative Extension, NRCS, and non-profit organizations on addressing institutional
    disparities in outreach to communities of color. In addition, a portion of the additional funds granted were used to increase familiarity with the use of prescribed fire in California to help landowners sustainability manage their natural resources and reduce hazardous fuels on their working lands.

    Project objectives:

    The objectives included:

    1. engage with community-based organizations of underrepresented farm and rural community groups and assess their needs for extension services
    2. offer a training workshop for Cooperative Extension, NRCS, and non-profit organizations on addressing institutional disparities in outreach to communities of color.
    3. Conduct prescribed fire training workshops for owners and managers of grazing land.

      Outcomes
      The overall outcomes were increased capacity of CE advisors, NRCS field staff, non-profit agricultural organizations, and other agriculture professionals to apply the principles and practices of racial and social justice in working with their clientele (farmers, ranchers,
      consumers, youth, businesses, government, or communities), and to increase their capacity to engage constructively with clientele that reflect California’s diverse population. Additional outcomes included increased capacity of rangeland extension professionals and rangeland managers to conduct prescribed burns.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.