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Succulents make super holiday gifts for friends, family, and yourself

As of Nov. 27, Altman Plants has now lowered the threshold for free shipping at to $50 for the holidays

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Fresh introductions from the Altman Plants breeding team

Aloe ‘AJR’ and Echeveria ‘Autumn Flame’ — two beautifully distinctive succulent plants
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Fall is a fine, colorful time for enjoying and tending to succulents

Winter growers are waking up and plants are ready for grooming — and look out for the emergence of tantalizing color
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Finally, an easy-to-grow rose with a True rose flower

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Rosarian Ping Lim Receives ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ Award At The Biltmore International Rose Trials 2016

Rosarian Ping Lim Receives ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ Award At The Biltmore International Rose Trials 2016

Ping Lim of Altman Plants awarded at the final round of The Biltmore International Rose Trials for his rose “Double 10” (PPA) after two years of trialing.

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Finalists Named for 2015 California Leopold Conservation Award®

Via AgAlert
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California Contact: Alex Karolyi, 415.977.0380 x317,
Midwest Contact: Chris Schellpfeffer, 608.663.4605 ext. 31,

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – (August 24, 2015) Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are proud to announce the 2015 finalists for the prestigious California Leopold Conservation Award®, which honors private landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.
The finalists are:

  • Prather Ranch, Shasta County
  • Hafenfeld Ranch, Kern County
  • Altman Specialty Plants, Riverside and San Diego counties

Ken and Matt Altman own and manage Altman Specialty Plants, (Riverside and San Diego counties) and specialize in drought tolerant and water efficient plants. The nurseries are retrofitted with water and energy efficient irrigation systems, reducing water use per acre by 50%. The Riverside County facility’s recycling system reuses 1 million gallons of water per day. Soil moisture sensors are being installed in their container plants to minimize water use. Altman Plants raises 5,000 plant species with integrated pest management, which controls pests in ways that minimize risks to people and the environment. Ken and Deena Altman founded the Center for Applied Horticultural Research, a non-profit research and teaching center dedicated to advancing a sustainable horticulture industry. Several Altman team members actively serve on agricultural boards.

The 2015 California Leopold Conservation Award will be presented in December at the California Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Reno. Each finalist will be recognized at the event. The award recipient will be presented with a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold and $10,000.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.” The Leopold Conservation Award program inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders.

The California Leopold Conservation Award is made possible thanks to generous contributions from many organizations, including American Ag Credit, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, Farm Credit, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, DuPont Pioneer and The Mosaic Company.

The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold. Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Sand County Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners across North America to advance ethical and scientifically sound land management practices that benefit the environment.

Sustainable Conservation helps California thrive by uniting people to solve the toughest challenges facing our land, air and water. Since 1993, it has brought together business, landowners and government to steward the resources that we all depend on in ways that make economic sense. Sustainable Conservation believes common ground is California’s most important resource.

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 74,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.

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CfAHR Appoints New Executive Director

Vista, CA – The Center for Applied Horticulture Research (CfAHR) is pleased to announce Dustin Meador, PhD as our new Executive Director.

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Riverside Grower to Reuse Irrigation Water; Will Save 111 Million Gallons per Year

News Release by Western Municipal Water District

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Altman Specialty Plants knows how to grow plants, they’re experts at it. The Riverside nursery, in tandem with Western Municipal Water District, also knows how to grow water savings. By working with Western over the last several months, Altman Plants was awarded a Metropolitan Water District Water Savings Incentive of up to $500,000 to capture, treat and reuse the nursery’s irrigation water to improve water use efficiency.

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Loss of the North County University of California Cooperative Extension Office

March 2014
Vol 27, No. 3
Farm Advisor Update

Probably one of the most successful things the two previous County Directors, Terry Salmon and Valerie Mellano, accomplished was the restructuring of our office to include a presence in North County located in county office space in San Marcos (UCCE SM). The value of having a North County office space was immediately apparent due to the number of walk-in clientele, the proximity to agriculture, and the close contact with the Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures (AWM).

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New Greenhouse Operations Born From Color Star Growers’ Bankruptcy

Original Article Published by Greenhouse Grower
By: Laura Drotleff | January 28, 2014

A grower shutting its doors, laying off workers and declaring bankruptcy is never a good thing. But when Colorado-based Color Star Growers filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 15, 2013, and sold off six locations, there was a silver lining: new businesses were born.

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