Thanks to all of you who attended the 4th annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms! We had beautiful weather and a great turn out. Below are a few of the highlights from the day. All the photos are by Phil Hogan of the NRCS, who did a great job documenting the day.
|The road to the entrance of the farm was beautiful with Ceanothus and Lasthenia glabrata (yellow ray goldfields)|
We had two main tours. One was on on straw bales and featured irrigation canals, hedgerows, our habitat area, planting techniques and weed control techniques:
|The straw bale tour heading to the habitat area|
|We are currently grazing sheep in the habitat area on the farm for weed control|
|The tour included a demonstration with our native seed drill|
The second tour was a walking tour featuring many of our flowers, some meadow plantings, landscaping ideas, a tailwater pond and some of our research and development plots:
|A tour stop looking at a field of Layia chrysanthemoides (smooth tidy tips)|
At lunch we had three speakers who focused on the ecosystem services native grasses and forbs provide.
|Tom Griggs, with River Partners, talked about what native grasses have taught him about ecology|
|Dr. Truman Young, with UC Davis, Department of Plant Sciences, talked about why native grasses are beneficial|
|Rachael Long, with the UC Cooperative Extension, gave her annual research update with pollinators in hedgerows|
Thank you to everyone who came; a lot was learned and shared!