The modules cover irrigation, nutrient management, energy, air and pest management.
Certified Crop Adviser, or CCA, credit is available for each module.
The almond board's program is based loosely on the highly successful Sustainable Wine Growing program developed by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the Wine Institute.
Ludwig says the almond board saw a need for such a program becauase of feedback from customers, who are increasingly focused on sustainability.
She also views the program as a continuing effort for seasons to come.
"This is a program, not a one-time event," Ludwig says. "The whole idea is to show improvement.
Three free workshops are scheduled in the coming weeks. They are:
• Nov. 18—New Earth Market, Yuba City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (includes lunch)
• Nov. 29—Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (includes lunch)
• Dec. 6—Center Plaza, Modesto, 2-5 p.m. This self-assessment workshop preceeds the Almond Conference.
For questions about the workshops or to register, contact Debbie Hunter at (209) 343-3230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the sustainability program, visit the Almond Board.