About

My special interests include propagation of rare food and forage trees, Organic food production, ornamental edibles, sustainable systems resource management, IPM systems, online marketing and social media. My radar is always tuned to the latest developments in least toxic pest management and innovative solutions for sustainable development.

Since 2006 I have headed up the Online Marketing and Mail Order Department for Four Winds Growers, a California wholesale citrus nursery that is blossoming into online retail.  I maintain the website, as well as social media presence on a number of online platforms.

In 2007 I initiated the California Certified Organic potted citrus production program at Four Winds Growers, where we are currently selling four varieties of Certified Organic Citrus Nursery Trees online.

Proficiencies

• Sharing Organic and Sustainable Systems Info

• Teaching the finer points of gardening and pest control

• Social media management

• Writing, speaking and editing on a variety of topics including horticulture, integrated pest management (IPM), Permaculture, orchard management, citrus cultivation, and relationship based marketing.

Chapter Co-author:  “Habitat Enhancement for Beneficial Insects in Agricultural Systems” University of California Press  Enhancing Natural Control of Arthropod Pests Through Habitat Management  Robert Bugg and Charles Pickett, editors, 1998

Author of several articles appearing in issues of The IPM Practitioner  and Common Sense Pest Control Quarterly (Bio Integral Resource Center) between 1991 and 1994,  including Feature Article in The IPM Practitioner: “Cover Crops and Biological Control in California Almonds: Case Histories (April, 1991)

California State University Fresno   Viticulture and Enology Research Center

Bulletin “Efficacy of Sevana® Repellent on Figs Against Birds and Dried Fruit Beetles”