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 nora@coastalrootsfarm.org.

Location
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

HERBICIDE APPLICATION ON SENSITIVE SITES

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

SEATING IS LIMITED • 2 REGISTRANTS PER COMPANY
REGISTRATION REQUIRED • REGISTRATION IS FINAL AND THERE ARE NO REFUNDS

(Substitutions will be accepted)

PROGRAM:

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 licensemail@cdpr.ca.gov 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
$25

REGISTER ONLINE

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
619.562.3300

REGISTER ONLINE

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 AZCentral.com for his work improving local food access & sustainability through Agriscaping.com.

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
REGISTER

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
REGISTER

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 qwel.watersmartsd.org and qwel.net.
  • 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.

Heaviland Landscape Management Reports 2016 Water Savings Numbers

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Turf removal projects save San Diego County over 14 million gallons of potable water annually

While the drought in San Diego County may be over, the recent years-long dry spell will continue to impact Southern California residents and its landscape for years to come. Heaviland Landscape Management’s 2016 commercial landscape and irrigation renovations are projected to save San Diego more than 14 million gallons of potable water annually, while reminding residents and business-owners to continue conservation efforts.

“While we are enjoying these much-needed rainy seasons, we have learned that precipitation is not guaranteed,” said Rajan Brown, vice president of resource management for Heaviland Landscape Management. “Weather conditions in our region are increasingly variable and it is important that Southern California continue to use water efficiently during wet years.”

Two categories of commercial landscaping projects contribute to the projected water savings calculations: turf removal projects and recycled water retrofit projects.

Turf removal projects, which also include installing drought tolerant plants and water-efficient irrigation, are water-savings solutions that commercial and residential properties throughout the county can implement. For 10 commercial turf removal projects in 2016, Heaviland Landscape Management helped San Diego County save an estimated 2.8 million gallons of potable water annually.

Recycled water retrofits can save significant amounts of potable water. The city of Carlsbad, Calif. is expanding its network of recycled water pipelines to utilize tertiary treated wastewater for landscape irrigation. Once a landscape irrigation system is converted to recycled water, potable water can instead be used for drinking and other beneficial purposes. By converting 596,000 square feet of irrigated area to recycled water in 2016 through retrofits, Heaviland Landscape Management is saving the county an estimated 11.3 million gallons of drinkable water annually.

“According to the California Water Board, the average San Diegan uses 59 gallons of water per day, which equals 21,535 gallons per year,” said Brown. “That means the savings accumulated from our 2016 projects would provide enough water for 654 Californians each year.”

These water savings projections are based on the State of California’s estimated water use calculations. They account for evapotranspiration, plant water needs and irrigation system uniformity, but actual consumption may vary based on weather conditions and appropriate water management.

For more information about Heaviland Landscape Management, visit www.heaviland.net or call 760-598-7065.

QWEL training tops 500

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

More than 125 local contractors and organizations have used FREE Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper professional training to increase proficiency and earn CEUs. New classes begin Mar. 21, 22, 30 (Spanish) and Apr. 4 (Spanish). Check the schedule and register today.

Participants include more than 500 individuals (senior managers to groundskeepers), who give the certificate training high ratings.

QWEL 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.

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

Convenient
Landscape pros can take advantage of classes in El Cajon, National City and San Diego.

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 qwel.watersmartsd.org and qwel.net.

Village Nurseries to Host Third Annual Horticultural Encounter

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Village Nurseries Wholesale recently announced the Third Annual Horticulture Encounter April 10-21, 2017 at their Huntington Beach Landscape Center at 10500 Garfield in Huntington Beach. The event will give landscape professionals a deeper understanding of how and where their plant offerings will thrive.

Village Nurseries also will sponsor a Guest Speaker Series that features keynote presentations from top professionals. This event is presented in conjunction with the Horticultural Encounter.

Landscape professionals will be able to tour through several plant vignettes showcasing plants best suited for today’s landscape situations:

Perfect Pairings — plants that bring out the best in each other; Dreams of Deep Shade — plants that thrive in shady areas; Animal Attraction — plants providing habitat for critters; Dry Lush Delights; Mediterranean Marvels; Succulent Sensations; and Supreme Screens.

Reservations are required for all Horticultural Encounter tours, which can include a group of associates or company teams. To schedule a tour, contact Suzie Wiest at (858) 699-0442 or email at swiest@villagenurseries.com.

Guest Speaker Series

April 12, 2017 5PM – 7:30PM
An Evening Under the Stars – Starting with “Modern Irrigation Technologies for High Performance Landscapes” followed by “”Set the Mood, Set the Scene: an FX Luminaire Lighting Experience.” Wine and cheese will be served under the stars for the evening light show.

April 13, 2017 8: 30AM – 12: 30PM
The Queen of Succulents—Dehra Lee Baldwin “Do’s and Don’ts for Succulent Landscapes:”
Ms. Baldwin will discuss commonly made mistakes, terrific yet underutilized succulents, lawn-to-succulent conversions, top designers’ signature styles, perfect plant pairings and companions worth considering. She will also have her books on hand for purchase and autographing.

MWELO Authority—Lance Sweeney — Ensuring water efficiencies in landscapes is the responsibility of the landscape design team and required by local municipalities. With 36 years of experience, Mr. Sweeney will bring his expertise on hydrozones and irrigation design to explain how to comply with today’s Water Efficient Ordinances (WELO). He will share helpful tools to design a hydrozone and irrigation plan to conserve water and get plans approved quickly.

April 18, 2017 10:30AM – 12:00PM (For Spanish-speaking Landscape Professionals)
April 20, 2017 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Nicholas Staddon “The Plantsman” — One session is all in Spanish; one on English. The success of an installation has much to do with the plants one chooses and proper installation. Learn about Village Nurseries’ new plants, as well as Kellogg Soil Products whose experts will demonstrate how to properly plant along with the right soil preparation.

April 19, 2017 8:30AM – 10:30AM
Breakfast with Bill – Bill Darlington is a soil scientist with Waypoint Analytical who has been evaluating soils and diagnosing plant health issues at landscape projects, nurseries, greenhouses, amendment suppliers and farmers for over 30 years. Join him to learn about the most important soil issues that everyone needs to know, and “the good, the bad and the ugly” of soil amendments.

RSVPs for the Guest Speaker Series are appreciated to ensure ample seating and food. To make a reservation, contact Dicksey Williams at (714) 279-3114 or email her at vevents@villagenurseries.com.

Sustainable/Organic Production in the Southern California

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The all day seminar will focus on sustainable and organic production in Southern California. Subjects include: Update by Representative San Diego County Ag Commissioner, Biostimulants, Urban Landscape, Snail/Slug Control, Avocado Pest Management, Compost, Organic Herbicides, and Insect Management. CEUs are offered for Certified Crop Advisers (6.0 hours), licensed Department of Pesticide Regulation Professionals (4.0 hours), CCN Pro, ISA, and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Presented by the California Association of Pest Control Advisers, San Diego Chapter California Association of Pest Control Advisers and Organic Fertilizer Association of California.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. at the California Center for the Arts, 240 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA

Contact Steven Beckley, (916) 539-4107, sbeckley@aol.com, or register online at https://members.capca.com/event/32