Episode 174. Solarization, Biosolarization, and the Pandemic

In this episode, Martin Guerena, a sustainable agriculture specialist based at NCAT’s Western Regional Office in Davis, California, speaks with Alex Ellison of Castlerock Farm in Walnut Creek, California. The conversation includes a description of the Castlerock Farm operation as well as the initial results and challenges of Castlerock’s trials in solarization and biosolarization. Alex also describes the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the farm.

For more information on this topic, contact Martin Guerena directly via email at marting@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Soil Solarization and Biosolarization

Tips for Selling at: Roadside Stands

Market Gardening: A Start-Up Guide

Other Resources:

Castlerock Farm

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

Keep up with NCAT/ATTRA’s SIFT farm at its website.

Also check out NCAT’s Regional Offices’ websites and Facebook pages!

Southwest Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Western Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Rocky Mountain West Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Gulf States Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Southeast Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Northeast Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE)

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture US department of Agriculture, under award number 2019-38640-29880 through the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under project number OW20-360. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.