Growers who attend a California Almond Sustainability Program  (CASP) workshop in November will receive information that may help them increase profits through improved efficiencies or production practices. These workshops give almond growers an opportunity to contribute to the data being collected and used to demonstrate the sustainable production of California almonds  to buyers and the community, while at the same time receiving technical information from researchers and industry experts.
CASP is a project of the Almond Board of California and is managed by SureHarvest. The two organizations are working with UC Cooperative Extension and Community Alliance with Family Farmers to design and implement innovative workshop formats that provide added value to growers.
During the two workshops in November, almond growers will complete self-assessment workbooks and learn from experts about almond production topics like irrigation management. The workshops will be held at:
- New Earth Market – Yuba City (newearthmarket.com ) Friday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. Program includes lunch and a tour of the store
- Heidrick Ag History Center – Woodland (aghistory.org ) Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. Program includes lunch and a docent-led tour of the exhibits
A self-assessment workshop will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Modesto Centre Plaza, prior to The Almond Conference. Those interested in attending this workshop should register in advance. Attendees who register for and attend the workshop will receive complimentary passes for the Opening Reception at the Gallo Center on the evening of Dec. 6. This event is popular with Conference attendees and space is limited.
Growers can sign up to attend these events by contacting Debye Hunter ([email protected] ) at the Almond Board. The events are free to attend, and refreshments will be provided.
“By sharing their sustainability stories in a confidential forum, almond growers are providing cumulative real-performance information that can be demonstrated to public policy influencers and buyers of California Almonds,” says Gabriele Ludwig, associate director, Environmental Affairs, Almond Board of California. “Adding to the data already accumulated will strengthen our position and help tell our sustainability story to these audiences,” she adds. “Almond growers who have not yet attended a workshop are encouraged to take advantage of these upcoming opportunities to help secure the future of the California Almond industry.”