Thoroughly blend in equal parts, 50 lb bags available from feed stores:

  • Alfalfa Meal

  • Kelp Meal

  • Oyster Shell

  • Flax Meal (aka Linseed Meal)

  • Rice Bran

Other ingredients you can use: cottonseed meal, soybean meal, fish meal, beet pulp.


Seed Starting Mix 


  • 2 parts peat moss

  • 1 part perlite

  • 1 part sand


Up-Potting Mix 


  • 2 parts peat moss

  • 4 part perlite

  • 1 part sand

  • 4 parts sifted compost OR
    2 parts compost +
    2 parts worm casting

  • pinch of COF

  • pinch of mycorrhizal inoculant

Useful Links

Beekeeping in San Diego

Register your apiary. Apiary registration includes notifications of application of commercial pesticides in nearby areas, notifications of disease and pest infestations, and assistance of county apiary inspector in detecting and/or identification of apiary pest and diseases. Useful links and files:

University of California Cooperative Extension – San Diego (helpful beekeeping information and beekeeping best management practices video

10 Steps to Beekeeping

UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)
For the Gardener "tip sheet" series offers information on organic gardening and fruit trees care topics. Tip sheets can be downloaded from this page.

California Farm Link, Resource Library

Articles on: 

  • land access

  • starting a farm business

  • getting a loan

  • business management

  • and much more!

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
FREE downloads for how to start your own farming business including farm business planning, marketing, labor laws, land acquisition and more.

ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The majority of funding for ATTRA is through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service. We are also partially funded through sales and subscriptions of a portion of ATTRA materials and through contributions from friends and supporters. We are committed to providing high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.

USDA's Conservation of Natural Resources Webinar
Free webinars on a variety of topics, including a 4-part series on Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture.