Hero Image

Cover Cropping Opportunities in Specialty Crops

Welcome to the Cover Cropping Opportunities in Specialty Crops webinar series

presented by Contra Costa County Resource Conservation District and UC Cooperative Extension

The program is free. Webinars are via Zoom (link and instructions to join will be emailed to registrants.)



Title & Description Access Link
September 9, 2020

Overview of Cover Cropping Benefits, Principles, and Opportunities

Featuring Billy Synk of Project Apis m. and Seeds for Bees, a program that helps growers get started in pollinator-supporting cover crops by providing free or subsidized seed mixes along with technical support.

Click here to go to webinar recording

October 14, 2020

Cover Crop Planning and Establishment in Small to Medium-Sized Row Crops, Orchards and Vineyards 

Featuring Garry Pearson sharing over 40 years of experience with cover crops, discussing cover crop selection, seed sourcing, equipment and the costs. Garry was the UC Davis Superintendent of Greenhouses for 37 years, and has led International ag education and outreach programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ghana, Dubai, and Cuba.

Click here to go to webinar recording

October 24, 2020

Cover Cropping on Small and Urban Farms

Featuring Kristyn Leach, who practices organic and traditional Korean farming methods at Namu Farm, a two-acre organic farm that Leach runs in partnership with the restaurant Namu Gaji. Leach grows over 60-80 crops each year and is an avid seed saver of Korean specialty crops. Leach employs cover cropping methods like cereal heavy cover cropping with plants like barley, oats, Dundale peas and common vetch. She’ll discuss choosing cover crop blends that best suit your production system, no till cover cropping systems, residue management and how root biomass builds organic material.

Click here to go to webinar recording

October 28, 2020

Cover Cropping in Annual Systems 

Featuring Margaret Lloyd, UCCE Farm Advisor who supports growers in Yolo, Solano and Sacramento Counties through her Small and Organic Farming in the Capitol Corridor program. She holds a PhD in Plant Pathology from UC Davis where she also received a Master's in International Agricultural Development. Drawing on her research in nitrogen cycling, she will discuss the role of cover crops in the nitrogen budget, and also cover selecting, planting and managing cover crops, as well as cover cropping costs.


Click here to go to webinar recording


November 10, 2020

Cover cropping: benefits, challenges, methods and tips for farms at all scales

Featuring Jim Leap, ag educator with over 40 years of hands on experience in diverse vegetable production systems including 21 years as manager of the CASFS farm (UC Santa Cruz). Throughout his career Jim has been directly engaged in on-farm production and field research, and has been actively involved in teaching, advising and mentoring beginning and experienced farmers.


Click here to go to webinar recording

February 10, 2021

Managing Cover Crops in Annual Cropping Systems

Featuring Sarah Light, the Agronomy Advisor for Sutter, Yuba, and Colusa counties. Her extension program includes research on agronomic considerations for incorporating cover crops into annual rotations and demonstration plots of different cover crop varieties. She serves as chair of the Southwest Regional Committee of the Western Cover Crop Council. You can check out the Cover Crop Special Edition issue of her Sacramento Valley Field Crops Newsletter, and her YouTube channel, The Soil Health Connection.

Click here to go to webinar recording


Evaluation Survey

March 3, 2021

Cover Cropping in Vineyards

Featuring Glenn McGourty, Emeritus UC Cooperative Extension Viticulture Advisor with extensive experience with cover crops and is a co-author of UC ANR's Cover Cropping in Vineyards. He will discuss the benefits and management of cover crops in vineyards.



Click here to go to webinar recording

Evaluation Survey

March 19, 2021

Cover Cropping in Orchards: Different Approaches for Different Goals

Featuring Vivian Wauters, postdoctoral scholar at UC Davis, Amélie Gaudin, Associate Professor of Agroecology at UC Davis, and with Katherine Jarvis-Shean, Orchard Systems Advisor for Sacramento, Solano and Yolo Counties. They bring together their extensive expertise to discuss the latest research and different applications of cover crops in orchards.

Click here to go to webinar recording

Evaluation Survey

March 27, 2021

Cover Cropping on Urban Farms

Featuring Clare Riesman is the Assistant Manager of the Alan Chadwick Garden at the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She has been growing in and around the Central Coast for the last 10 years and has also taught sustainable growing in the Midwest. She will discuss the benefits of cover crops in the garden and small farm system, considerations for selecting a cover crop for farm or garden use, and key steps involved in cover crop planting and incorporation.



Click here to go to webinar recording

Evaluation Survey


June 3, 2021



Ben Weise and Derek Emmons of the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District (RCD), with the Brenda Phrakonekham of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Contra Costa County, discuss federal, state, and private programs—such as California Healthy Soils and EQIP—that provide financial assistance to make farming practices with conservation benefits accessible to producers.


Click here to go to webinar recording

Evaluation Survey