Conversations

You need to log into FarmsReach to post or comment. Log In or Sign Up (it's free!).

info Location
All
Near Me
Custom
Filter content by specific geographic location
Enter the zipcode
 
or
Search by State
Avatar Image
Aparna Gazula  |  UCCE Santa Clara County  |  San Jose, CA

Subject: Check out Urban Agriculture in the Santa Clara County 2019 Crop Report!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about urban agriculture in Santa Clara County, then check out the newly released 2019 Crop Report! This year’s report not only includes data about crop trends in the county overall, but it highlights several urban agriculture organizations in the area and their journey to provide food access and improve community resilience in the urban communities that need it most. These organizations work tirelessly to not only improve food access within the city, but to also educate, unite, and revitalize their communities. Learn more about their work and impact by reading the 2019 Crop Report here.

In Topics Urban Agriculture

In General FarmsReach community

Comment 0
11/23/20
Avatar Image
Aparna Gazula  |  UCCE Santa Clara County  |  San Jose, CA

Subject: Eat ethnic vegetables? You can help small farmers by filling out a quick survey!

Survey link. Small-scale farms throughout the US grow a diversity of produce, including many culturally important crops. New food safety regulations could impact these farms, especially immigrant and refugee farmers. Produce that is usually eaten raw, like lettuce, has stricter requirements for farmers to follow, while produce that is almost always cooked, like potatoes, could have fewer requirements. The FDA has a list of crops that are almost always cooked before eating, and these crops are exempt from federal food safety regulations. However, this list is mostly mainstream crops and does not include many types of produce consumed by diverse cultural communities in the US. This means that although some culturally important crops are hardly ever eaten raw, they are still subject to regulation because the FDA does not have data from US consumers to show that they are usually cooked.

We are conducting a

... Read More

In Topics Food Safety, Policy, Anything Goes

In General FarmsReach community

Comment 0
11/23/20
Avatar Image
Katie Brimm  |  Farmer Campus  |  Sebastopol

Subject: Now Open: Farmers Build Wildfire Resilience - An Online Course for Farmers

Greetings,
We are pleased to announce that the Self-Led version of our Fire Resilience Online Course for Farmers is now open for enrollment! This course was designed for California Farmers, but is open to farmers and ranchers in all states wanting to face a future of fires. See below and website for details, and start building fire resilience on your farm today. This course is free and open to the public. Contact fires@farmercampus.com for more information.
Best,
Katie Brimm
Farmer Campus in partnership with CAFF

Farmers Build Wildfire Resilience:
An Online Course for Farmers

Are you farming in a fire-prone area and overwhelmed by the “new normal” of wildfires? Wondering how to adapt?

This (free) online coursewas made for you.

Drawing on decades of training small-farmers amidst climate change, Farmer Campus in collaboration with the Community Alliance with
... Read More

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Insurance, Livestock, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change

In General FarmsReach community

Comment 0
10/27/20
Avatar Image
FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: CCOF Update: August 25th

"2020 has been a wild ride. A national pandemic, a looming recession, a racial injustice reckoning, and now unprecedented wildfires sweeping through CCOF’s hometown of Santa Cruz, California and across Northern California.

But, despite it all, CCOF is stronger than ever before. We implemented successful emergency preparedness strategies, including securing our company and member data to ensure as little interruption in services as possible. Additionally, our skilled remote workforce ensures stability when staff and members experience geographic-specific natural disasters.

We are also adept at helping our members through rough times. When disaster strikes, we quickly implement fee waivers and extend deadlines for certified members. Once the immediate dangers have passed, our Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund is available to any organic producer in the nation facing any hardship. Since 2007, we have given

... Read More

In Topics News & Events

In General FarmsReach community

Comment 0
08/26/20
Avatar Image
Karen Giovannini  |  University of California Cooperative Extension  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: CFAP Program updates - additional commodities + extended deadline

USDA has updated their list of eligible commodities for the #CFAP program! More specialty crops and nursery products are now included. DEADLINE EXTENDED to 9/11.

In Topics Funding Opportunities, Policy, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community

Comment 0
08/12/20, updated
Avatar Image
Ron Weintraub  |  Weintraub Farm  |  Mill Valley

Subject: Your interest or referrals to partner in a new farm

I am purchasing some prime farmland in Ventura County, and I’m looking for a partner with either capital and/or energy to help create a sustainable farm. I was part of the original farm at UC Santa Cruz with Alan Chadwick and John Jeavons 50 years ago, and I’ve also worked on farms in California and Israel. I’m now 67 years old and I think too old to farm myself, but I’d like to be involved. The ideal partner would like to co-invest and run the farm, but I’m also open to finding a partner to ‘simply’ co-design and manage operations which I would fund.
If you are interested, or have any ideas on where to go to find such a partner, please contact me, I would greatly appreciate any time or thoughts you might have.
RJ Weintraub
415-381-1990

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Anything Goes

In General FarmsReach community

Comment 0
05/26/20
Avatar Image
Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: The Moment for Food Sovereignty is Now

New piece published today! In the time of COVID-19, The Moment for Food Sovereignty is Now: From panic planting to cooperative gardens, farmers focused on equity and food justice know that ‘if you can feed yourself, you can free yourself.’

https://civileats.com/2020/04/02/the-moment-for-food-sovereignty-is-now/

In Topics Seed & Planting, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community

Comment 0
04/02/20
Avatar Image
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

Comment 0
02/08/20
Avatar Image
5
3
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

In General FarmsReach community

Comment 1
11/20/19
Avatar Image
26
3

  |  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

You must be logged in to post a comment. Log in or Join FarmsReach.

Avatar Image
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

Comment 0
11/26/19
Load More