Community Alliance with Family Farmers & The Farmers Guild is thrilled to announce that the California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative (CAWSI) website has recently gone through a thorough update. The CAWSI website can be found at www.agwaterstewards.org.

The California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative (CAWSI) was initiated in 2008 by CAFF and other agriculture organizations in order to make information available to farmers about a variety of practices that they could employ to conserve water on their farms.  Farmers can find a wealth of information on various types of on-farm water management practices such as dry farming, ponds, and soil, nutrient, irrigation, and stormwater management.

There are over 60 case studies from farms across the state growing a variety of crops and implementing all types of water management practices. There are case studies on farms using recycled water on melons on the central coast to an almond orchard’s smart irrigation scheduling practices in the San Joaquin valley to dry farming with cover crops on the north coast in vineyards.

New information was added on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) including links to a SGMA Handbook, Department of Water Resources Videos explaining FSMA, and a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources video (all found under the groundwater management tab of the website).

The dry farming section of the website was reformatted and new content was added on Oregon State University’s dry farming grains research as well as videos on dry farming winter squash in western Oregon. While these resources are based on farming in Oregon, there is certainly climatic overlap with certain regions of California.

Additional updates, resources, and videos were added throughout the website. We thank the Water Foundation for their support and our advisory board for their scientific expertise.

Founded in 1978, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and The Farmers Guild is a California-based nonprofit that builds sustainable food and farming systems through local and statewide policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs in an effort to initiate institutionalized change.

For more information, contact Evan Wiig at evan@caff.org and 415-710-5692

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