Plant-based Nutrient Management for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

Aysha Peterson, Ph.D. Student, University of California, Santa Cruz

This research aims to promote successful utilization of best organic nutrient management practices by employing qualitative social science research. The researchers will examine barriers to implementation of plant-based nutrient management strategies among organic, socially disadvantaged farmers in California’s Salinas Valley. Findings will directly inform educational programming via ALBA’s Farmer Education Course and will be incorporated into economic and infrastructural assistance available through ALBA’s Organic Farm Incubator. Empirically based conclusions will provide for comparative analysis with other agricultural regions of the U.S.

Impact: Widespread improvement of organic farmer assistance services among socially disadvantaged organic farmers.