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EcoFarm tour looks at Pajaro Valley farms

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 22nd, 2014

Sam Lathrop (right) of Prevedelli Farms explains apple tree pruning techniques Wednesday during the annual EcoFarm bus tour. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Prevedelli Farms is a fourth-generation family farm in Watsonville that was certified as organic about eight years ago.

But the owners have been utilizing organic techniques for years, a mission that began when matriarch Silvia Prevedelli decided she wanted to get back to using the “natural” farming practiced in her native Italy.

The family’s practices — which include eschewing pesticides and other chemicals in favor of environmentally friendly techniques — were the subject of discussion during the 34th annual EcoFarm Bus Tour, which gives farmers of every ilk an insider’s glimpse of organic and otherwise sustainable farming practices.

The four-day event, held at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, covers dozens of topics such as humane animal agriculture, soil borne diseases, genetically modified organisms and dry farming.

For the complete article see the 01-23-2014 issue.

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