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Ben Lyons  |  Lockewood Acres  |  Vacaville, CA

Subject: Rust

I wanted to ask folks a couple questions about Rust in garlic. I treated early with Horticultural oil and sulfur. I even cut the heavy stuff out. But now two weeks later the whole patch is rusted! Question #1 Is there a PCA that specializes in organic solutions in the Solano/Yolo area. And question #2, at this late stage in the garlic life will it effect the final product. The plants are just now setting out flowers of which i will be cutting back. Thanks in advance.

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In Topics Pest & Disease Management

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05/21/19
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Calling all Storytellers from Rural California! ~ $2000 stipend

Cal Ag Roots is looking for people from rural California who want to partner with them in 2019 to produce a podcast that tells a story about their community--and an important moment in the history of farming in California.

Selected story co-producers will be paid a $2000 stipend for working with the Cal Ag Roots Team from June-December, 2019, to produce a twenty-minute podcast that will be released in the fall of 2019. Story co-producers will identify a potential story and work with Cal Ag Roots to conduct interviews, write podcast scripts, record narration and edit audio for the piece. No podcast or audio production experience necessary! Time spent on the story will vary, but we anticipate each podcast will require a time commitment of approximately 4-6 hours/week, over roughly 6 months.

To apply to be a story co-producer, please send an email to Project Director Ildi Carlisle-Cummins at

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In Topics Funding Opportunities, News & Events, Anything Goes

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05/17/19, updated
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Jeff Mitchell  |  UC Cooperative Extension  |  Parlier, CA

Subject: New video series to spark interest in vegetable production of the future

We are pleased to announce that a new series of 26 instructional videos on vegetable production is being launched through the University of California’s Agricultural and Natural Resources You Tube channel beginning this coming Monday, May 13th. We encourage you to sign up at the You Tube channel to begin receiving weekly reminders of new video “premieres” that will be released every Monday morning at 8 o’clock.

Professors from four California universities, UC Davis, Fresno State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Chico State, at which vegetable production courses are offered, teamed up to prepare and produce the videos. The series covers a full range of related topics and while primarily focusing on California, also includes topics from beyond the State as well.

We encourage your help in getting the word out about this series.
If I can be of further help, please call me at (559) 303-9689.

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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Water & Irrigation, Harvesting, Washing, Packing & Packaging, Waste Management, Food Safety, Equipment, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Facilities, Cooling & Energy Systems, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Weather & Climate Change, Urban Agriculture

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05/17/19
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Camille Sanandaji  |  Foodstems  |  San Francisco, CA

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
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Future Organic Farmer Grants available for students

From CCOF: Do you know students who are interested in pursuing a career in organic agriculture? Encourage them to apply for a Future Organic Farmer Grant! The Grant Fund offers financial support to students pursuing a career in organic agriculture (or livestock management) in a junior college, undergraduate, or a vocational training program. Please share this email with your students and let them know they are welcome to apply for a $2,500 vocational and higher education grant from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation. Last year’s grants supported students participating in programs like Go Farm Hawai'i, Animal Science at West Virginia University, and the Organic Production major at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, among others. Applications are available on the CCOF Foundation website starting April 1, 2019. The deadline for applications is May 6, 2019.

In Topics Funding Opportunities, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

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04/19/19
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Ken Kimes  |  Greensward / New Natives LLC  |  Aptos, CA

Subject: No match SSA letters

Hello

Some of you may have received no match letters from the Social Security Administration. If you don't know what this is, great one less thing to worry about.

If you did get one, what's to do? This PDF is the best advice I've seen yet. Read it carefully. Don't make life harder by doing too much.

https://www.fels.net/1/images/Social-Security-Briefing-l-Final-4.12.2019.pdf

I'm unable to upload the pdf or create a link so you can copy the link above, or read the document below

SOCIAL SECURITY MISMATCH AND IMMIGRATION: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Frequently Asked Questions on All Things Social Security

This collaborative briefing was written by Michael C. Saqui of Dowling Aaron Incorporated, Chris Schulte of CJ Lake, LLC, and Rob Roy, President and General Counsel of Ventura County Agricultural Association

In 2018, employers and third-party payroll providers were sent an Educational Correspondence (EDCOR)

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In Topics Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Immigration & Farmworker Rights

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04/28/19
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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Central Valley Olive shake up..thoughts about future trends?

I have cut and pasted what came to me. Thoughts?

[..]My name is John Werner, and I am a small olive farmer in the Visalia area. I have packed my olives with Bell-Carter Olives since 2010. I grow manzanillo olives which are used to make black table olives. Maybe you have had them. If you have every bought Lindsay Olives (red label on the can) then you have likely eaten olives grown right here in the valley and packed by Bell-Carter. Maybe you have even eaten an olive I grew. Maybe your kids have stuck one of my olives on their fingers…like my kids do.

On evening of Monday, March 4th, I started getting some troubling phone calls and text messages. The first was from the labor contractor I use to prune olive trees in the spring and harvest in the fall. He asked me if I had heard anything about Bell-Carter canceling contracts to buy fruit from growers. He was actually in an olive orchard that day with a crew

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In Topics News & Events

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03/18/19

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  |  Texas Center for Local Food  |  Elgin, TX commented

Nilson, Your lack of empathy is striking. Farmers do what they think is best with the information they have at the time. I would suggest you hold your judgment for another time. SB, Texas

04/09/19 8:29 AM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Updated email frequency & posts you may have missed!

After upgrading the FarmsReach site security & host, email notifications were paused for a bit. Below is a list of recent posts with links for easy access! We also decided to update the frequency of email notifications sent out. All who used to get one email per post will now receive a daily digest. You can always see the latest info by coming to the FarmsReach site directly, or updating your Settings back by logging in and clicking on My Settings in the top, right…

Recent posts...

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Agricultural Employment & Education - Sierra Harvest

We Are Hiring a Farmer - Soil Born Farms

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Central Valley Olive shake

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In Topics Technical Support/Help

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03/25/19
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

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

Testing email notifications! Please disregard this message.

03/21/19 1:20 PM

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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Soil sampling rover and other farm bots

while working and doing my homework on my small acreage farm bot, i came across an interesting use case for automation in the field.

i spoke to the founder and got some details. It is made for soil core extraction and has a couple of depth/densities option.

85 acres/hour. 800 acres/day. 6 sample cores every 2.5 acres. It even sleeves the soil cores. GPS-RTK. Moves and selects grids. Will remember the spot so it will go back to same spot the next year. Tracked. 5500 lbs. works best in fall and spring.
Mine is a multi functional platform for a smal acreage(sun 100 acre) farm. Would like ideas on what else farmers would like such a roaming/mapping/sensing platform could do....and how many hours it would save in a farm block of 5 acres. The key is to be able to cram as many tasks in one pass. After talking to him, I realized that soil sampling is also a valuable function for a small farm bot. For
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02/07/19

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Thanks, Hasan. That was valuable input. I agree that agrobotics is multi platform and multi disciplinary. There is no doubt that it is tough. Having said that, we ..as farmers..have an opportunity to influence the next paradigm shift in how the upcoming version of farming will shape up..when we went from horses to tractors, it changed everything. And then some more. At some point, farming became a domain that was out of reach of farmers‘ grasp...today conventional practices aid and also harm ag production. there is no kill switch to detect and deter excesses of erosion or tillage or chemical pollution or pest pressure.

There are two arenas. Where a new technology is born and the other is where it Is implemented. The impact of the act of farming the soil continues and is cumulative on soil, environment, water and even markets. And now as Ag changes again, farmers have a chance to speak up and taking

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02/12/19 8:19 AM

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