Growing Green for the Yuba

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The Alliance in partnership with SYRCL understands that sustainability is a core pillar to a thriving cannabis community and industry.

South Yuba River Citizens League has been working to inspire the community to engage in sustainable and ecologically sound cannabis cultivation in the Yuba watershed since 2014. SYRCL collaborated with local cannabis farmers and the Alliance to produce 3 videos that highlight environmentally friendly best management practices for cannabis cultivation in our watershed. The videos target environmentally friendly and low(er) cost solutions for farming without added chemical pesticides and fertilizers, expensive soil amendments, and extensive infrastructure.

Growing Green for the Yuba: Soil Management for Healthy Plants and a Healthy Watershed VIDEO LINK
Create a sustainable soil system, with minimal use of soil and water for a greenhouse grow.
• Less is more, four inches of topsoil is enough.
• Create a living soil infusion mat.
• Know your soil: adjust for imbalances as needed.
• Treat the farm as a whole system, rather than individual plants.
• OMRI: Organic Materials Review Institute:

Growing Green for the Yuba: A Minimalist Approach to Healthy Soil VIDEO LINK
A minimalist approach to creating a diverse and sustainable soil system through compost and mulch.
• Less is more.
• Add mulch to reduce evaporation and water use.
• Feed your plants by building and adding compost, not by adding nutrients.
• Chicken manure, kitchen, vegetable & garden waste, and wood chips mixed together will create a soil that is rich with microorganisms.
• Control pests with comfrey, nettle and horsetail. This works to slow insects and promote plant vitality.
• Companion planting draws pests away (bush beans).
• Lasagna Composting: the process of layering compost and mulch to create healthy soil.

Growing Green for the Yuba: Smart Choices for Water Conservation VIDEO LINK
How to build soil to retain and conserve water, reduce evaporation, and prevent runoff.
• Learn how your soil holds water and how much evaporation is taking place, then make smart choices about how to adjust watering.
• Smart irrigation controllers monitor weather and adjust for you.
• Permaculture is a system of agricultural principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns observed in natural ecosystems.
• Hugulkultur is a technique that utilizes no-dig raised beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, and air pockets to hold moisture, build fertility, and maximize surface area.
• Integrated Pest Management (IPM) focuses on long-term prevention of pests through a combination of techniques such as habitat manipulation.
• Companion planting invites beneficial bugs

*These videos were made possible by grants awarded by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board