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The Convention begins with the CCOF Annual Meeting and welcoming reception featuring organic products from throughout the Ventura/Oxnard area. This year’s Convention agenda focuses on bringing your products to market and expanding the organic marketplace. Gain valuable knowledge that you can apply immediately on your farm or operation and in your marketing plan. Enjoy networking with other organic producers, processors, handlers, and supporting industries.

See our events page for more information.

This free workshop will be held at the Seymour Center on January 25, 2011 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Excite your students about exploring the great outdoors! Grade 4-8 teachers and educators are invited to join the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCDSCC) and the Seymour Center for a free teacher workshop using Santa Cruz County watersheds. Find out how to effectively fulfill state education standards with thematic, inquiry-based investigations using local environment and agency resources to help students learn about streams, rivers, and wetlands in their own neighborhoods. Julia Davenport, Watershed Cruzin' creator, leads the workshop along with mentor teachers and a fisheries scientist.

This workshop will explain the water and money-saving benefits and techniques of catching and storing water for later use - all with recycled materials! You can observe the installation or wear your favorite work clothes (gloves and closed-toed shoes) and get real, hands-on experience!

There are two workshops scheduled: one utilizing a 55-gallon barrel, and one utilizing a 275-gallon tank. Please see our events page for more inforamtion.

On July 29th, 2010, the Santa Cruz County Planning Commission unanimously approved the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD) request to renew the "Partners in Restoration Permit Coordination Program" (Program), this Program, which since its inception in 2005, has helped implement more than 50 environmentally beneficial projects and prevented over 200,000 tons of sediment from entering our waterways and fish habitat. Based on a successful program in the neighboring Elkhorn Slough Watershed, the RCD, the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and environmental non-profit partner Sustainable Conservation started the first countywide program to help implement environmentally beneficial projects on private lands in Santa Cruz County. The Program allows farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners in the county to more easily manage the often cumbersome and complicated permitting process associated with voluntary conservation projects. In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game, Regional Water Quality Control Board, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Coastal Commission, and the County of Santa Cruz, the Program provides a one-stop permitting solution.

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