Survey for Compost and Mulch Buyers

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Data collected will be used to quantify current and potential compost and mulch markets in San Diego County, and identify opportunities and barriers. Recently adopted California legislation requires increased composting and diversion of compostable materials from the landfill, and this survey will help the county facilitate end-use markets.

Survey responses will be kept anonymous, unless you provide your contact information and participate in further depth on this study. Data collected will be used solely to qualify market segments and quantify volumes.

We appreciate your participation. The data that we compile and analyze is intended to create better compost and mulch market opportunities for both producers of these products and end-users like you as well.

Click HERE to take the survey.

Qualified Water Efficient Landscape Training

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

An irrigation education edge is the primary reason nearly 700 individuals, representing more than 170 local contractors and organizations, have attended the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) professional certificate program. Has 100% of your team taken advantage of no-cost QWEL training?

No cost and lunch provided.
Subjects include: water-efficient practices, soils, plant water needs, water budgets, controller programming, system troubleshooting, a field audit exercise and more.
QWEL is a proactive localized approach.
Experienced local instructors lead the discussion and hands-on learning.
Professional certificate requirements include an irrigation system audit exercise and passing an exam.

Who should attend

Irrigation and maintenance technicians
New employees
Landscape designers
Account managers
Prior participants who have not completed all QWEL certificate requirements.

Mar. 13, Escondido (English) REGISTER
Location – City of Escondido (Mitchell Room), 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, 92025
Lunch provided: Mar. 13, 20 and 28
QWEL Certificate training is 4 sessions.

Tue. Mar. 13: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue. Mar. 20: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Wed. Mar. 28: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM (Irrigation system field audit exercise)
Wed. Apr. 04: 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Review, Exam)


The QWEL professional training is recognized as a WaterSense® labeled Professional Certification Program for irrigation system audits. Individuals earning a QWEL certificate have access to benefits provided by the EPA.

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This popular training program is brought to our region by the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies.

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Contact us! WSA Marketing again leads the team providing QWEL training in San Diego County.

WaterSmart Landscape Efficiency Program

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Apply by March 31.

The San Diego County Water Authority is seeking approximately 20 commercial-scale landscapes for participation in a program that significantly reduces outdoor water-use. The combination of training, hardware upgrades and technical assistance is valued at more than $15,000 per site. Applicants have until March 31 to file statements of interest in the WaterSmart Landscape Efficiency Program. The program is made possible by Proposition 84 grant funding from the California Department of Water Resources.

Participants will be selected by the Water Authority based on compatibility with program priorities, technical requirements, and other considerations. This is a technically rigorous program subject to a demanding implementation schedule. The program requires joint participation by the property owner and the landscape maintenance contractor. Installation costs are the sole responsibility of participating property owners. Other conditions apply.

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September 13: San Diego CAPCA Vertebrate Pest Control Seminar

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

California Center of the Arts
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025

Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Seminar Begins: 8:00 a.m.
Seminar Ends: 4:00 p.m.

Registration Fee
$80.00 by 08/31/17
$90.00 at the door

CE Hours Approved
6.5 DPR Hours (1.0 Laws, 5.5 Other)
0.65 GCSAA Points

Pending Hours:
Structural Pest CEUs
CDPH/Vector CEUs

Craig Laursen
(760) 481-4535

Topics Include:

* Laws and Regulations Update; Rules and Processes Concerning Restricted Use and 2nd Generation Anti-Coagulant Pesticides
Austin Sheperd and Kara Rosskop-Water; SD Ag Commissioner’s Office
* Pathways of Rodenticides
Niamh Quinn, PhD; UCANR
* Using An Integrated Approach To Manage Pocket Gophers, Voles and Rabbits
Roger Baldwin, PhD; UCANR
* Managing Bird Damage
Mike Taber, PCA; Wildlife Control Technology
* Ground Squirrel and Tree Squirrel Management
Niamh Quinn, PhD; UCANR
* Urban Trapping and Shooting of Wildlife; Best Management Practices
Mike Taber, PCA; Wildlife Control Technology
* Disease Exposure for Wildlife Management Professionals
Chris Conlan, Vector Entomologist; County of SD Vector Control Program
* IPM Principals Applied to Commensal Rodent Control
Fred Rozo, BCE; Senior Technical Training Specialist, Western Exterminator Co.

Agenda and Registration Information Available at:

Online registration closes 8/31/17. Register Now!

CAPCA ED seeks to provide a higher standard of education seminars with statewide regional continuing education events that assist California PCAs, QALs, QACs, Private Applicators, Arborists, and other license and certificate holders in improving their professional knowledge.

July 30: Soil The Backbone of Our Food System Workshop

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017 • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Turn your dirt into soil! In this workshop, we’ll be delving into soil, the teeming life force that is the backbone of our food system. We will cover basic soil science, irrigation and soil-water relationships, crop rotation, the economics of soil health, and how to test your own soil. The workshop includes a hands-on component, so come ready to get your hands dirty! This workshop is a collaboration between Mary Matava of Agri Service and Coastal Roots Farm. Lunch is included in the cost of registration.
Here’s a brief summary of the day:

  • Basic Soil Science
  • The Relationship between Water and Soil
  • Lunch (included in the cost of registration)
  • Crop Rotation
  • Economics of Soil Health
  • Hands-On: How to Take a Soil Sample

This workshop is open to all ages and backgrounds. There will be classroom and learning time as well as a hands-on walk around the farm, so please make sure to wear close-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. We recommend bringing a sunhat and a refillable water bottle.

The cost of this workshop supports the mission of Coastal Roots Farm to ensure that everyone has access to fresh, locally grown, organic produce. We are also committed to ensuring that everyone has access to education; please let us know if you’re unable to pay the cost of the workshop and we’ll work with your budget. Reach out directly to

Coastal Roots Farm
441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024

Workshop Fee: $50 per person. REGISTER HERE

August 17: Herbicide Application Workshop

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017


Thursday, August 17, 2017
Target Specialty Products • 431 Daisy Lane, San Marcos, CA92078


(Substitutions will be accepted)


7:30 am Registration/
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am Prison Break: Renegade Weeds
Cheryl Wilen, Ph.D., UC Cooperative Extension

8:45 am Bare Naked Ground in Sensitive Sites
Gil del Rosario, Dow Chemical

9:30 am Break

9:45 am Pre & Post Emergent Applications in Riparian Settings
Jason Robbins, Target Specialty Products

10:30 am Improving Efficacy of Turfgrass Herbicide Applications
James Srenson, PBI Gordon

11:15 am Specialized Application Tools
Joe Schmitt, Target Specialty Products

12:00 pm Adjourn

*The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is enforcing attendee identification checks by meeting sponsors. All attendees are required to bring photo identification to the meeting in order to receive continuing education credit. For questions contact the Licensing Program at or call (916) 445-4038.

For more information or to register, contact Target Specialty Products at 760-471-3340.

July 18: “Dig In” to Good Food & Healthy Soil with Paul Maschka

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Tue, July 18, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Ironside Fish & Oyster
1654 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101


Join the leaders and innovators within San Diego’s Healthy Soil Movement through a conversation led by Farmer/Educator Paul Maschka from Wild Willow Farm!

Our immersive “Radiolab-style” discussion will transcend the usual narrative of “organic gardening” to dive into what makes truly healthy soil —- soil that teems with the beneficial life (bacteria, microbes, insects & fungi) that support sustainable food production and the regeneration of our urban landscapes. Hint: It has to do with keeping organic matter (a.k.a. compost) in our soils!

Appetizers and drinks will be provided by Ironside (a founding member of the Food2Soil Composting Collective), alongside lively and stimulating conversation led by esteemed Farmer/Educator Paul Maschka of Wild Willow Farm & Education Center. Whether you’re a burgeoning gardener seeking to better understand how to cultivate a thriving “soil food web” ecology, or a seasoned grower looking to share your own knowledge with like-minded individuals — all soil enthusiasts are welcome!

July 12: Agriscaping 2017 at Ewing

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Growing Trends in Edible Landscapes

Join Agriscaping CEO Justin Rohner at a west coast Ewing location near you for a free seminar.

Wednesday, July 12th
8 a.m. – San Diego, CA – Ewing El Cajon #21
1923 John Towers Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020-1117


Justin Rohner, Founder of Agriscaping Technologies, has been helping people around the world grow their own healthy, fresh foods at home for more than 25 years. He is a passionate educator, artist, and entrepreneur with an engineering mind who only recently started sharing his sustainable gardening secrets with the world.

His professional enthusiasm centers around improving Self-reliance, Sustainable Food, and Family, and was recently named one of Arizona’s Top 35 Entrepreneurs under 35 by The Arizona Republic and for his work improving local food access & sustainability through

Justin began his career in landscaping at the ripe age of 9, working summers and weekends at a small 9-hole, executive golf-course in Mesa, Arizona. He earned his BA from Arizona State University and Masters from the University of Santa Monica. Justin lives in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife Britney, 4 kids, 14 chickens, 24 quail, 3 to 12 rabbits, 64 fish, 1 miraculous crab, and a beautiful landscape full of food.

Upcoming QWEL Training

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Differentiate your bids and your work with QWEL-trained account managers, irrigation techs and landscape maintenance teams. Final spring Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) courses begin in two weeks. Be sure to get the advantage while the training is still free.

  • Nearly 600 San Diego area landscape pros (senior managers to groundskeepers) have attended QWEL training.
  • More than 64% say its “excellent”.
  • 370 have earned a QWEL certificate. (Your team can be in the first 500.)
  • CEUs: QWEL meets industry continuing education requirements!

Trusted priority

Ask management at more than 130 local contractors and organizations about the value of QWEL training and you’ll probably hear what we hear.

  • “Focus was well balanced over a wide range of topics.”
  • “Useful materials.”
  • “Learning formulas and how to calculate run times, precipitation rates, etc.”
  • “This class converted me to a water-saving consciousness.”

Register today

QWEL instructors have tremendous industry expertise and include: Chris Roesink, Hunter Industries; Gabriel Michael, Blue Watchdog Conservation; Carlos Michelon, San Diego County Water Authority; Steven Sherman, ASLA, California Landscape Technologies; Jaime Bayona, Smart Irrigation Consulting (member of the Ewing Irrigation Education team); and Megan Allison, ASLA, MiraCosta College Horticulture Department.

May 2 – 23: San Diego (ENGLISH)

Training includes 4 sessions. Lunch is provided May 2, 9 and 16.
Tue. May 2: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue. May 9: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue. May 16: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue. May 23: 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Girl Scouts, 1231 Upas St, San Diego, CA 92103

May 10 – 31: Encinitas (ENGLISH)

Training includes 4 sessions. Lunch is provided May 10, 17 and 24.
Wed. May 10: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. May 17: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. May 24: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Wed. May 31: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Leichtag Foundation, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024

SPANISH Training

Tuesday? Wednesday? Saturday? Four hours or five per day? We need your input to determine one final spring schedule. Register your preferences.

WaterSense recognized program

QWEL professional training is a proactive local approach to reducing landscape water use. Soils, irrigation system programming, troubleshooting, plant selection, water budgets, and water management are among the subjects included. Certificate requirements include an irrigation system audit exercise and an exam.

Upon meeting field audit and exam requirements, graduates choose whether to be included in the WaterSense Directory of Certified Professionals for Irrigation Audits.

Learn more

The 20-hour QWEL training was brought to our region by the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies.

  • Visit and
  • Contact us! WSA Marketing leads the team providing QWEL training logistics, instruction, administration and communications. You can reach us at: 760.944.1509.

Village Nurseries Appoints Rick Rehm New Chief Financial Officer

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Village Nurseries Wholesale, LLC, a specialty grower for landscape professionals, today announced Rick Rehm has been named the company’s new chief financial officer, replacing Wayne Johnson, who is retiring after 16 years of service with the company.

Mr. Rehm has more than 27 years of wholesale nursery industry experience, most recently at Bank of the West (BOTW) as vice president and senior relationship manager, where, for the past 10 years, he was in charge of the Village Nurseries account based out of Corona, Calif. As a specialist commercial lending officer, he concentrated on middle market nursery/greenhouse financing, analyzing pertinent financial and credit information to ensure compliance with credit quality standards and regulatory requirements.

“Rick leads by example,” said David House, Village Nurseries president and CEO. “He’s a decisive, results-oriented leader who creates a positive environment that fosters innovation, personal investment and excellence. His intimate knowledge of the company’s financial workings will be instrumental in helping us continue to grow as one of the West’s leading wholesale nurseries.”

Prior to working at BOTW Mr. Rehm worked for Bordier’s Nursery in Irvine as their vice president of finance and CFO, where he directly supervised accounting, information, technology, credit purchasing, human resources and payroll departments. He also served as financial planning manager at West Covina, Calif.-based Eggs West/Bakers Choice and as assistant vice president and loan officer at Orange Production Credit Association of Garden Grove, Calif.

In addition, he served on the insurance advisement committee of the California Association of Nurserymen and is a committeeman on the Fresh Produce and Floral Council.

Mr. Rehm has a B.S. in Crop Science with a minor in agricultural business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach. He is married with three sons and resides in Chino Hills, Calif.