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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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06/02/19
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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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05/17/19, updated
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Greg Nilsen  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: Share Cropping concept

I farm by myself as I have never been able to make money from other people’s work. I just had a 49% sales increase for 2018, all to rock solid business customers that pay within 14 days. This would seem like the time to hire help, however the realities of employee costs due to wages, taxes, insurance and legal compliance are unaffordable. I read ads for farm help paying $12/hr. and have to wonder what that buys. Given the new Food Safety Modernization Act, I can’t imagine a $12 person being consistently clean enough to touch food. Could they read and follow a printed work order and note any changes and enter those changes into the computer? Do they love their work and want only the best and most beautiful produce for your customers?

I would like to find a younger partner to pass my business on to and was approached by a recent Chico State grad looking for a career change to farming. It is almost

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01/06/19
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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

I would very strongly suggest that you edit or remove this post at minimum to remove your name and the name of your business as the arrangement you outline is almost certainly a violation of multiple CA and federal labor laws. Both the IRS and the state of CA are cracking down on abuse of Independent Contractor status to avoid payroll taxes and other regulatory requirements.

You are also mis-using the term "Share Cropping". When done legally, "Share Cropping" is a relationship between a landowner and a farm business that involves the farm business managing a property or crop and paying the landowner a share of the gross or net proceeds instead of cash rent per acre. It is a relationship outlined in a legal contract. One benefit of Share Cropping as opposed to a lease is that the share paid to the Landlord can be accounted for as a Cost of Sale rather than an expense.

The arrangement you are

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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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12/01/16, updated

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  |  Yolo Press  |  Winters, CA commented

I notice that today (12/30) on Modesto craigslist is a Massey Ferguson 275 (72hp) tractor with new engine, new clutch, new tires, 'professionally restored' (according to ad) asking $8500. I would check it out carefully, but that's a tractor that would do everything you need, except cultivating, without running you deep into debt.

12/30/18 6:43 AM

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Greg Nilsen  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: Young people choosing Farm careers

I turned 65 this April and I farm by my self, no employees or family, because I love growing edible plants and could pursue my passion. I am having my best sales year ever and want to share operating and sales information in an attempt to show the income potential from growing Certified Organic produce on less than 5 acres such that young people can understand the real career opportunities in agriculture in Sonoma County. I am saddened, frustrated, and disgusted by seeing in the Press Democrat site that the future of Agriculture in Sonoma county is producing Drugs and Alcohol. These scourges of humanity ruin lives and kill innocent victims. This plus tobacco, high fructose corn syrup, and animal fat cause the vast majority of the American people's chronic illness and the wealth of the pharmacuetical industry. Any farmer who purposely produces a product that kills people is an accessory to murder. This

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10/21/18

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  |  silvia organic farm  |  Lancaster, CA commented

Hello Mr. Gary an TerriGood for you Mr. Gary that you are so happy from your fantastic job, is that %55 tax on sales gone make changes in your sale? Good idea to grow canabis, i register my name to orhanic produce summit that is on Dec. 12 in Monterey, is canabis tour l, they reject me because i am not ccof member, still the fee was high being member, so you can go Mr. Gary, is $99 and being member in their summit is $249 and non member $499. So i can not go but i am willing to farm with you for orgamic canabies and vegetables and fruit and herbs and flowers, jor With Terri, i bought. Beef meat today, snd i dont like it does not look or smell like beef, but i be happy to maintain livestick specially i cover that trainting in Alba organice farmers school in Salinas, and mr. Nathan or other Alba members can verify that in 2009 i graduated and farming since than, I be happy to follow thisvwith you I do have... Read More
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Liya Schwartzman  |  California FarmLink  |  Sacramento, CA

Subject: There's still time to register for the FarmLink Business Skills Camp!

Hey Folks,
Fall is in the air, so it's the perfect time to brush up on your farm business management!
California FarmLink is hosting a 4 part business skills workshop series taught by Poppy Davis and Alan Haight in October in Sacramento. We'll also be covering the latest on the implications of the new tax law on farm businesses! Don't miss this opportunity to build your business and start the next season on the right foot!

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09/25/18
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Ken Kimes  |  Greensward / New Natives LLC  |  Aptos, CA

Subject: Blossom's Farms need some help! Go Fund Me link

Delmar had a heart attack
On the evening of 7/10 shortly after coming home from work Delmar suffered a serious heart attack. Carin did CPR until the Paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital. For a time the doctors had to stimulate his heart to keep it pumping. He spent several days in the ICU hooked up and sedated. He has the tubes out now and seems to be coming along well. He is due to return home soon to begin his convalesce with Carin as his caregiver.
Carin and Delmar need help to replace lost income and deal with what hospital and home care bills they can. As I'm sure you know multiple days in the hospital ICU can run up a very serious bill.
Please help ease the stress of this sudden setback, maintain the momentum of Blossom's Farm, and let Carin and Delmar know that you and the community around them care.

See the good work they do here: Blossom's Farm

https://www.gofundme.com/delmar-goes-home?member=438578

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07/14/18
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Bret Storm  |  Marie's Farm  |  Pescadero, CA

Subject: Hi all - Marie's organic farm in Pescadero CA wou...

Hi all -

Marie's organic farm in Pescadero CA would like to offer a unique farming opportunity. We want to provide land, infrastructure, housing and labor FREE to interested individuals at our farm. We have two fields we plan on dedicating to this opportunity. One is a 3-4 acre level field next to a creek that is typically used with drip irrigated row crops. The other field is a dry farmed field next to a creek that is fenced to approximately 6 acres. The farm is off the grid, with internet, has multiple living areas, tractors miscellaneous equipment and a large barn. The farm is located at 4700 Pescadero Creek Road, Pescadero CA 94060.

For individuals or groups interested in coming by for a tour, and contemplating this opportunity please call or email me with any questions.

Bret Storm (530) 304-8118
stormbret@msn.com

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10/22/13
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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Website not secure

attention, admins...the website isn’t secure. If you open it via latest Firefox, it will tell you exactly what the problem is...it seems to be related to password safety, but I am not sure.

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05/15/18

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Thanks! It doesn’t explain why on my devices. Thanks for the update.

05/16/18 6:01 PM

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Sophia Bates  |  Long Meadow Ranch  |  Saint Helena, CA

Subject: Paul Underhill - what do your neighbors grow?

I was driving between St Helena and Davis the other day and noticed acres and acres of low shade houses near your place. What goes on over there?

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03/07/18

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  |  Long Meadow Ranch  |  Saint Helena, CA commented

Thanks :) curiosity

03/07/18 9:27 AM

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