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Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: Last Call! Join (free) Fire Resilience Online Course for Farmers & Ranchers

Hi all,


Are you overwhelmed thinking about how to face a future of intensifying wildfires? Join our newest 7 week online course: “Farmers Build Fire Resilience, Feb 13-March 26 2020” to help you face a future of fires. Free to farmers and ranchers, though anyone interested may join as well. By the end of the course, you’ll have built your own Resilience Plan specific to your site that you can start applying right away.

Last Call - Sign up and Reserve your Space

Feel free to reach out with questions to fires@mesaprogram.org. We look forward to learning with you!

Topics Include:

Land Management for Fire Preparedness & Mitigation

Emergency Response

Preparing Your Home, Farm Crew, Family & Livestock

Community Preparedness & Organizing for Recovery

Fires & Finances

Health & Food Safety

Understanding Fire Ecology

Katie Brimm and the Fires Resilience Team

In Topics Weather & Climate Change, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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02/08/20
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Mike Burgess  |  Lucky Monkeys Ranch  |  Willits, CA

Subject: Steam Weeders - any good ?

With the current issues about fire, and air permits and insurance, we are going to have to move away from flame weeding.

Wondering if anyone has experience with steam as a weed top kill agent ? a couple weekly cycles and that should eventually starve the roots. Anyone have a system for hire, or maybe consider shared ownership or tool library. $17K for weeding 6x a year is steep..

In Topics Pest & Disease Management

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11/20/19
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  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA commented

The day after our first rain of the season, 1.1` inches, I flamed my chard beds, both for weeds and aphids. I noticed several years ago that flaming kills flea beetles, diabrotica, slugs, aphids, ants, caterpillars, egg masses, mold and everything else. As an alternative to flaming during the fire season, I'm looking at the Nilfisk Magnum hot water pressure washer. It is stainless steel with a diesel fired water heater and gas engine pump and delivers up to 4 gallons per minute of 190 degree water at up to 4000 psi. Larger or multiple nozzles lower the pressure. This is hot enough to cook all the critters without the fire hazard or plant damage and would pulverize weeds at higher pressures. I could carry the washer in my tractor loader with a 275 gallon tote of water on my 3 point hitch. The washer is about $7,000 which is less than the cost of 2 years worth of chemicals plus the sprayer. Plus I can use it to clean my equipment.

01/18/20 10:57 AM

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Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: How can you build fire resilience on-farm? Online Course - Free for Farmers and Ranchers

Hi Folks,

Overwhelmed thinking about how to face a future of intensifying wildfires? Did October’s fires have you wondering if your farm, ranch and community know how to prepare, adapt or recover?

You’re not alone. With 65 years of combined experience working with farmers, MESA and CAFF/The Farmers Guild have worked hard to bring you an innovative, farmer-centered, holistic online course and network, “Farmers Build Fire Resilience, Feb 13-March 26 2020” to help farmers and ranchers face a future of fires.

By the end of the course, you’ll have built your own Resilience Plan that you can start applying right away. Free to farmers and ranchers in California.

Register Here and See Full Course Details Here

Feel free to reach out with questions to fires@mesaprogram.org. We look forward to learning with you!

Katie Brimm and the Fires Resilience Team

In Topics Livestock, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Weather & Climate Change, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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11/26/19
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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Agrointelli Robotti visiting CA ..please reach out if you want to attend a demo

We ran it and tested it in my Sunol field yesterday. I would describe it as an autonomous universal tool carrying platform.

Demos in CA, AZ and hopefully NV. Ping me if you would like to host a demo or attend a demo(this week in Bay Area and one in watsonville)..it’s going to Bakersfield from there and Yuma for a bit before coming back to CA. I am helping to co ordinate northern Cali demos.

For now, we have a rotovator and sprayer. Looking for a seeder to rent for the demo. Bed width 80inches. Can’t pull high draft like ripper or subsoiler, but works with most PTO implements and those using three point hitch.

I can’t seem to attach the video I took yesterday. Will try again.

cant upload. But this is a YouTube link: https://youtu.be/oQb9qngmCoY

In Topics Equipment

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11/04/19, updated
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Agritourism: 2 new resource guides, public comments & UC SAREP's info portal

Penny Leff, Agritourism Coordinator of UC SAREP, announced two new guides: Guest Lodging on Your California Farm or Ranch , and The Big Event: Hosting a Festival on your California Farm .

Offering a farm stay, where working farms and ranches provide lodging to urban or suburban travelers looking for a country experience, can be a win-win for both parties. The farm or ranch diversifies its product offering, thus reducing risk and bringing in additional revenue; the traveler has a unique lodging experience. And, hosting a festival on the farm can be a way for farmers to bring in additional income while sharing enjoyable rural experiences with city and suburban people and with their own communities.
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Also, Agritourism land use COMMENTS DUE in Contra Costa County BY OCTOBER 31st.

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The Agricultural Land Use Process Review is an engagement process for interested stakeholders to review agricultural
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In Topics Marketing & Sales, Business & Financial Planning, News & Events

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10/14/19, updated
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Emily Buerer  |  Community Alliance with Family Farmers  |  Davis

Subject: Call for small farm tools and tech workshop speakers!

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Farmers Guild is hosting a Small Farm Tech Expo December 8-9 in Forestville, where we’ll showcase technology, equipment, and tools useful for small to mid-scale farms through workshops and demonstrations.

We’re looking for farmers and ranchers, technical advisors, and industry folks familiar with solar, irrigation management tools and tech, and/or whole orchard recycling who are interested in hosting or participating in a one hour workshop on December 9. For industry representatives, we’re looking for someone who can speak to specific considerations around choosing and managing a system or technology for the farm without explicitly promoting a specific product. Growers and ranchers, we want to hear about what tools and tech you've used as well!

You can submit a workshop proposal through this link

If you’re interested in being part of the expo or have any questions, please reach out to emily@caff.org.

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Water & Irrigation, Equipment, News & Events

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09/27/19
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David Plescia  |  New Family Farm  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: Tractor models that have worked? The classic One-Tractor dilemma

Howdy Farmers,

I am looking for specific tractor models, old or new (manufacturer, model, and year) that veggie growers have really liked, so that I can search them used on TractorHouse. Our situation is this...

My partner and I are tooling up to break ground on a 6-8 acre, diverse vegetable CSA in Sebastopol. We are researching tractors, and deep into the classic "one tractor conundrum". With the ability to only afford one tractor, we would like to have a versatile one. We'd like it to be able to do primary tillage, as well as has have properly spaced and thin enough tires to get it into our shaped beds to help renovate beds for second-plantings (to undercut, disc, rototill, or spade), to weed the furrows and to possibly flame-weed (if we can find a 60" tractor mounted flame weeder). We will cultivate in-row manually the first years.

Our requirements are: ~50 horsepower, 4WD, 60" center-to-center tread

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In Topics Equipment, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Anything Goes

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Cooperation Among Farmers, Nevada County Guild

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12/01/16, updated

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  |  none  |  Santa Ana commented

I'd recommend Kubota or Massey Ferguson.

09/24/19 9:37 PM, updated

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Alda Pires  |   Cooperative Extension UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: Small-scale/ Backyard Livestock and Poultry Survey -UC Cooperative Extension, Davis

Small-scale/ Backyard Livestock and Poultry Survey

If you have backyard livestock or poultry or are a small-scale producer of livestock or poultry, this survey is for you. This questionnaire asks about the specific practices and perceptions that you apply to your animals’ health, husbandry, and antimicrobial use. It is being conducted for research and outreach purposes in order to find better ways to serve people and communities with backyard and small-scale livestock or poultry.

Conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension and the School of Veterinary Medicine and funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, this survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. Provided information will be kept strictly confidential. We will not connect your name with your responses.

Originally created as part of the Healthy Animals,Healthy Peopleworkshop series in California, the

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In Topics Livestock, Urban Agriculture

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08/15/19
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Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: Farms + Wildfire + You: 5 min Needs Assessment to Shape Farmer Support

With the California wildfire season already heating up, the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture is teaming up with CAFF & The Farmers Guild to host an online fire resilience course for farmers and ranchers in 2019.

Are you actively farming or ranching? We want to create a course that serves you and those threatened and impacted by fires, so we're seeking your feedback to help us best develop this program.

It takes less than 5 minutes! We take your feedback seriously - your responses will shape the content and design of this course.

Take the Needs Assessment Here

Thank you in advance for your support building fire resilience,

Katie and The MESA Team

Questions? Email katie@mesaprogram.org

In Topics Weather & Climate Change

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07/15/19
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: 2017 Census of Agriculture results

For our records! ~ The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, spanning some 6.4 million new points of information about America's farms and ranches and those who operate them, including new data about on-farm decision making, down to the county level.

Information collected by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from farmers and ranchers shows both farm numbers and land in farms have ongoing small percentage declines since the last Census in 2012. At the same time, there continue to be more of the largest and smallest operations and fewer middle-sized farms. The average age of all farmers and ranchers continues to rise.

“We are pleased to deliver Census of Agriculture results to America, and especially to the farmers and ranchers who participated,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We can all use the Census

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06/28/19
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