On November 10, MAGSA launched On-Farm Recharge University the first-ever on-farm recharge grower program in California! On-Farm Recharge University (OFR-U) will consist of six value-packed in-person workshops, field trips, and opportunities for site visits and one-on-one office hours where growers will get support developing an OFR plan customized for their farms. Phil Bachand with Bachand & Associates is leading the technical effort. The course will also include guest speakers from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, UC Cooperative Extension, UC Davis, Berkeley Lab, and more.
MAGSA’s inaugural cohort (Cohort Zero) includes almost 20 participants. Cohort Zero members are primarily growers whose farms are located near the new proposed canal alignment, the McMullin On-Farm Flood Capture Expansion Project. Growers will leave this course with the knowledge and tools they need to implement On-Farm Recharge practices with confidence.
OFR-University’s Cohort Zero will run through the spring of 2023. MAGSA plans to host several subsequent cohorts in the future,and will extend the opportunity to the greater MAGSA landowner base.