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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  |  Oakland, 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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Roy Bachrach  |  Bridge-Med  |  HOUSTON

Subject: Gravity based drip irrigation - NO filters NO power required

Hello there!

Not sure how many of you are familiar with drip irrigation and how efficient it is to be able to utilize so little water to achieve so much more yield.

N-Drip (http://www.n-drip.com) is designed to benefit farmers as a cost-effective alternative to both flood and high-pressure drip irrigation.

We are looking for farmers who are willing to trial our drip system on a 5-10 acre field. If you FLOOD irrigate your field and interested in participating in our program and save money, please contact me directly.

We are not commercial yet, just looking for partners for success.

Take a look at this video from Dell City: https://www.facebook.com/1672075250/posts/10210910789960391?sfns=mo

Feel free to call me and be a part of an amazing, simple and cost-effective system!
Roy

roy.bachrach@gmail.com
713-446-3251

In Topics Water & Irrigation

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06/13/19, updated
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Eddie Clark  |  Malamaki Farm School  |  Kea'au

Subject: Information Please!

I am a lifelong organic farmer who comes from a family tradition of land stewardship. I have been farming and teaching regenerative farming on the Island of Hawaii for the last forty years. Thirty years ago, I established Malamaki Farm School for the specific purpose of sponsoring/mentoring people who choose to save our planet by means of right livelihood; specifically regenerative farming and associated trades. The post you are reading is a plea for suggestions as to how we can connect with folks who have the appropriate motivation and experience to benefit from what we offer. You might think it preposterous but our biggest challenge is finding qualified beneficiaries for the program.

Apprentices pay no tuition and their room & board is provided. The program also connects apprentices with well-paying work so they have income during their apprenticeship.

Hawaii is rife with agrotourism, permaculture

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In Topics Funding Opportunities, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change, News & Events, Anything Goes

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06/02/19
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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.

ben

In Topics Pest & Disease Management

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05/21/19
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  |  Apricot Lane Farms  |  Moorpark, CA commented

Hi Ben,

I'm still a pretty novice farmer, so I wouldn't rely 100% on my experience, however, I have grow pretty nice garlic (inchellium variety/soft neck) the past couple years. Every year I get rust and it doesn't worry me a bit, it has never affected the final product for me. I have not done any treatment though of what you mentioned above (horticultural oil & sulfur) so I don't know how that would affect the crop differently? Mine are also not flowering, so you must be growing a hard neck variety?

05/26/19 6:08 AM

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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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