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Subject: Vermicomposting

Have you tried vermicomposting? What was your experience like?

Vermicompost is the heterogeneous product of the decomposition of food, vegetable, and plant material along with vermicast (an earthworm’s by-product of the breakdown of organic matter). Vermicompost is an excellent organic fertilizer or used as simply a soil conditioner, as it is rich in readily-available, water-soluble nutrients. Vermicomposting also has various commercial uses besides fertilizer, such as its ability to function as sewage treatment. With all of these benefits, one might perceive vermicomposting as a daunting process, yet with a bit of research and knowledge, the system can be simple to maintain once established. There is an entire internet community with amazing how-to guides. Here is one example: http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/vermicompost107.shtml

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Urban Agriculture

In General FarmsReach community, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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04/04/17

Grazing School

05/17/19 - 05/18/19 | Forestville, CA

UCCE Sonoma in collaboration with SRJC Shone Farm is hosting a two-day, hands-on grazing school provides participants with practical, field-based experience in applying the principles of managed grazing on rangeland. Participants will learn to estimate carrying capacity and graze periods, develop grazing plans and monitoring systems, and discover the benefits of prescribed grazing as a vegetation management tool. Taught by UCCE Extension specialists & others.

DAY 1 – FRIDAY, May 17 (8:30 am - 7pm)

  • Setting Achievable Grazing Goals
  • Basic Principles of Managed Grazing
  • Animal Nutrition, Body Condition Scoring
  • Selecting the right grazer
  • Animal Husbandry Basics
  • Grazing 101
  • Electric Fencing
  • Drought & Flood Management

DAY 2 – SATURDAY, May 18 (8: 00 am - 5 pm)

  • Graze Planning
  • Infrastructure
  • Pasture & Range Ecology
  • Livestock Protection Tools
  • Health
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In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Convergence, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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04/17/19

Subject: Updated web host & SSL security on FarmsReach site

Thank you, all, for your patience last week when we migrated FarmsReach to a new web host and upgraded security to the latest/recommended SSL protocol. It was quite an endeavor!! If you have any issues connecting, please email us at support@farmsreach.com, as we're still troubleshooting a few last glitches.

Stay tuned as well about a member survey via email... After six years, we would love to hear your thoughts about what would be (more) useful for your operation. Thanks!

In Topics Technical Support/Help

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Convergence, Mendocino Farmers Guild, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, Central Coast Farmers, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Texas Organics, Cooperation Among Farmers, Nevada County Guild, Nutrient Management Solutions, Weather Reporting (CA), California Agritourism

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03/04/19

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

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03/21/19 1:20 PM

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Growing Opportunity: Farm Finance Expo

02/28/19, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm | Clovis, CA

One-Stop Shopping for Ag Loans and Resources for Financing Your Farm or Ranch!
The event builds on the success of our popular Farm Finance Expos held around the state. It provides an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to:
  • Meet Local Ag Lenders and Explore Financing Options
  • Take steps to Build your Farm or Ranch Business Success
  • Manage Your Farm’s Finances (Instead of Your Finances Managing You)

Event will be available in English, Hmong and Spanish and will feature two workshop tracks to cater to beginning and experienced farm businesses. Panels and workshops will include lenders, farmers and trainers who will discuss agricultural loans; Farm financial planning; demystifying debt; scaling up with confidence; purchasing and selling, and offer interactive activities.

Don’t under-invest in the future of your farm or ranch!

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01/02/19

Agritourism Intensive class Santa Cruz County

01/10/19 - 03/07/19 | Watsonville, CA

Agritourism Intensive 2019 is a three-session agritourism planning course for farmers and ranchers offered in Watsonville in winter 2019. Farmers and ranchers who are considering, starting or expanding agritourism or nature tourism enterprises on their farms or ranches are invited to register for this low-cost, hands-on course.
Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Mateo and San Benito County farmers and ranchers are invited to register; others also welcome. Registration is open – Sign up today to save your space!
Santa Cruz class agenda
Registration: http://ucanr.edu/agtoursantacruz2019

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12/17/18
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  |  Robinwood Farm  |  California commented

I don’t know if I am in the right section but anyways Is anyone here has a piece of knowledge or experience about Germinating marijuana seeds? A new way of germination and growing cannabis vines move seeds in the air and space to grow it and in a vented container swing the container in a different direction. I also grow faster and produce more (OVERNIGHT GROWTH). Will work for other products spray the air with the moisture ingredients (water flavored sugar) and aerated container in moist ingredients environment. Counterclockwise and clockwise thermodynamics wishy-washy field motion is what a sphere with a cylinder in the middle to hold the seed it does hold in all ways. Like a ceiling fan motor or plastic bag. As I do some research, I have read an article about germinating http://kylekushman.com/topic/best-soil-for-indoor-grow/
12/27/18 10:16 PM

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Subject: 10-year lease example needed for 1-acre on my farm

I have a small farm that is also a successful B&B. The lower acre is of interest to a very skilled and renowned woman I have known and trusted for years. She would like to create a series of display gardens, mostly using California natives, hold classes, utilize her army of [retired] volunteers and have weekend sales once per quarter. All of this works with my zoning, and I delight in the idea of the B&B guests getting to learn even more about permaculture than what they view in the 'community' areas of my farm (pick & eat veggies, fresh eggs from 20+ hens, interacting with our mini-pigs, seeing my fairly sophisticated 22-bed above-ground composting operation, etc.).

We've been trying to fashion a 10-year lease and divvy up the expenses. Not easy! The idea is that her rental will start small in the beginning while we invest in the structures (greenhouses, irrigation matrix using my well, grading, solar,

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In Topics Urban Agriculture

In General FarmsReach community, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, California Agritourism

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10/28/18

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  |  CA FamLink  |  Point Reyes Station commented

Hi Nancy, I am the North Coast Program Coordinator for CA FarmLink. I am happy to have a conversation with you about our lease work. Please email me directly and we can schedule a call to discuss. kerry@cafarmlink.org

11/05/18 11:28 AM

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4th Annual Latino Farmer Conference

11/08/18, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm | Santa Maria , CA

Very excited about the Latino Farmer Conference coming up on November 8th in Santa Maria, California! Scholarship rooms are still available for farmers~In order to access the questions about whether or not you are a farmer and if you would like a scholarship room, please indicate that you can pay the $20 conference fee online or at the door-Please see more info at the bottom of the registration page: https://latinofarmerconference.ncat.org/register.php.

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10/26/18

CA Farm Academy Training Program: Information Session

11/10/18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Winters, CA

The CFA Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers. During the seven-month program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning, marketing, & culminate in a personal business plan or farm career plan. In addition to the classes, hands-on field experience & farm visits expose students to topics critical for a future in farming. Classes are designed to accommodate work schedules, meeting on Tuesday & Thursday in the early evenings & two Saturdays per month.

Please join us for our Information Session on November 10th to meet alumni, program staff, and learn more. Park along the solar panels and walk along the gravel road to the amphitheater.

Please visit our website for more information or to apply: https://landbasedlearning.org/farm-academy-beginning-farmer

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10/17/18

Subject: CA Farm Academy: Accepting Applications!

The California Farm Academy is accepting applications for the Apprenticeship & Training Program!

CFA APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

The CFA Apprenticeship Program is a paid, full-time, two-year apprenticeship in sustainable commercial agriculture focusing on specialty crops (row crops, vineyards, orchards) in the Northern Central Valley of California. The program is a formal, state-registered apprenticeship with paid on-the-job training and supplemental coursework. It is for individuals who are passionate about farming and are looking to further their career in agriculture. Apprentices will gain hands-on training, work experience, and exposure to all aspects farming to prepare them to obtain a management position on established farms, or eventually start their own farm business.

To learn more about the Apprenticeship Program, or to apply, please visit: ... Read More

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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10/16/18

Headline: The California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program is currently accepting applications

The California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program is currently accepting applications for the 2019 season!
The Apprenticeship Program is a paid, full-time, two-year apprenticeship in sustainable commercial agriculture focusing on specialty crops (row crops, vineyards, orchards) in the Northern Central Valley of California. The program is a formal, state-registered apprenticeship with paid on-the-job training and supplemental coursework. It is for individuals who are passionate about farming and are looking to further their career in agriculture. Apprentices will gain hands-on training, work experience, and exposure to all aspects farming to prepare them to obtain a management position on established farms, or eventually start their own farm business.
To learn more about the program, or to apply, please visit our website:
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10/09/18
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