In Santa Cruz County, Granny Smith conversions to organic show early success
Sean L. Swezey, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)
Jim Rider, Watsonville, California.
Matthew R. Werner, CASFS
Marc Buchanan, CASFS Faculty Afiliate
Jan Allison, CASFS
Stephen R. Gliessman, CASFS Faculty Affiliate
California Agriculture 48(6):36-44. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v048n06p36.
In a 3-year Santa Cruz County study, price premiums of 33 to 38% for organic apples produced a higher peracre return than in the conventional system.
S.L. Swezey is Organic Farming Specialist, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), and Lecturer in Environmental Studies; J. Rider is owner-operator partner in B.A. Rider and Sons, Watsonville, California. M.R. Werner is Research Associate, CASFS; M. Buchanan is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and CASFS Faculty Afiliate; J. Allison is former Research Coordinator, CASFS; S. R. Gliessman is Professor of Environmental Studies and CASFS Faculty Affiliate;
All at UC Santa Cruz.
The authors would like to thank the following for their assistance: Adrian Bradley, Amparo Nubia-Cardenas, Juan Contreras, Kristen Copper, John Fisk, Josh Fodor, Phillip Fujiyoshi, Dawn Griffin, Sean Holle, Sam James, Nicole Keithlq, Rob Kluson, Mike Kusiak, Rennie Lave, James Lee, Natalia Lukin, Dana Marsden, Freya McCamant, Mike McNiel, Barbara Rider, Bob Smith, Ross Smith, Dmitria Sokolow, Carlos Tirado, Charuth Van Beuzekom, Hollis Waldon, Lynn Wunderlich, Dylan Zeitlyn and Pam Zilius. We would also like to thank Dr. Louis A. Falcon, UC Berkeley for assistance with CMGV applications and Dr. Janice Gillespie, Consep Membranes, Inc., Bend, Oregon, for donating mating disruption pheromone dispensers.