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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

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05/26/20
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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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10/14/19, updated
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Wylie Goodman  |  Big Apple Farmers and Gardeners  |  Brooklyn

Subject: Creating small farm for justice-involved youth

I am working on a grant to create an urban farming program for justice-involved youth in a secure detention center. The space we have to work with for farming is indeterminate, but likely a concrete courtyard of approximately 10,000 s.f. as well as small individual "patios" where one could build planters and such of around 50-60 sf each. The program would ideally be as mobile as possible, in the event that the configuration changes. I am looking for guidance/resources re: to creating a realistic budget for building out a farm for this population as well as tools, supplies, etc. to maintain it. The grant is for three years, with a budget of $200K per year to be divided across staff, administration, and supplies.

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Urban Agriculture

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01/12/19

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  |  Big Apple Farmers and Gardeners  |  Brooklyn commented

Thank you both. If there are any PDFs or resources you know about to help youth build their own basic indoor, vertical, or hydroponic systems, please let me know! Thank you.

01/15/19 4:43 PM

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Greg Nilsen  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: 2018 Farmer's Tax Guide Available

A farmer had posted for accounting help earlier this year. All farmers should download and read the 98 page 2018 IRS Publication 225, Farmer' Tax Guide from http://IRS.gov. This will tell you everything an expensive CPA will but is more understandable and free. IRS wants Farmers to understand the financial and tax side of their business so they can be successful and pay taxes.

Greg Nilsen

Wine Country Cuisine

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12/01/18

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  |  School Road Farm  |  San Juan Bautista, CA commented

To get to the report open the link in Greg Nilson's post (http://IRS.gov) and type in 225 in the search box in upper right hand corner

Jim

12/04/18 7:26 AM

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Maureen Thompson  |  California Farm Academy, Center for Land-Based Learning  |  Winters, CA

Subject: CA Farm Academy: Accepting Applications!

The California Farm Academy is accepting applications for the Apprenticeship & Training Program!

CFA APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

The CFA Apprenticeship Program is a paid, full-time, two-year apprenticeship in sustainable commercial agriculture focusing on specialty crops (row crops, vineyards, orchards) in the Northern Central Valley of California. The program is a formal, state-registered apprenticeship with paid on-the-job training and supplemental coursework. It is for individuals who are passionate about farming and are looking to further their career in agriculture. Apprentices will gain hands-on training, work experience, and exposure to all aspects farming to prepare them to obtain a management position on established farms, or eventually start their own farm business.

To learn more about the Apprenticeship Program, or to apply, please visit: ... Read More

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, News & Events

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10/16/18
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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!

In Topics Marketing & Sales, Business & Financial Planning, Funding Opportunities, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Insurance, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, News & Events, Anything Goes

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Nevada County Guild

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09/25/18
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Melinda Price  |  Peace and Plenty Farm  |  Kelseyville, CA

Subject: Looking for an Accountant/Tax Advisor for Farm

We are a new small organic farm in Lake County and we need someone to help us with tax advice and accounting. Does anyone have someone they would recommend? They don't have to be located in Lake County to be of use to us.
Thank you!

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07/19/18

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  |  Peace and Plenty Farm  |  Kelseyville, CA commented

Thank you for the recommendations! Will contact both and see if either are taking new clients.


Best,

Melinda /Peace and Plenty Farm

07/23/18 1:04 PM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Minimum wage & farm viability

The recent posts in our Classifieds about minimum wage reflect the unfortunate truths for both hiring farms and farm workers. For some farms, it can be tough to break even paying just minimum wage, while, for farm workers, minimum wage is hardly a living wage.

There are obviously no easy answers, but it’s clear that farm operators must somehow find ways to maximize production and efficiencies with less human power.

Below are some resources as practical guidance or simply food for thought. Please feel free to share other resources you think folks may be interested in!

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05/14/18

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Also: in most parts of the world, farm sizes are 3-7 acres and they can’t afford 100k worth of tractors. There is severe drought and/or depleted soils. Climate change is literally changing landscapes and industrializion has dried up aquifers. And a desperate lack of people interested in farming because there is no safety net like in the USA. We can’t deny innovation by imagining that the rest of the world lives like us or grows food like us. Innovating and automating food production and farming for smaller farms will be truly game changing at a global level.

05/16/18 6:05 PM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Transitions: Shermain Hardesty, former Director of UC Small Farm Program & 30 years serving CA f

Hot off the presses: the first blog in our mini-series interviewing a few respected leaders in the CA sustainable farming and agriculture movement who recently retired to a life of a bit more free time and freedom! In our first post, we share highlights (+ full transcript) from our conversation with Shermain Hardesty, former Director of the UC Small Farm Program.

Click to peruse her reflections on the past 30 years serving CA farmers and pontifications on the future of sustainable farming in California, including what new farmers should be tracking most closely, the future of Cooperative Extension, the role small farmers have in our future food system, and more... Enjoy!

Stay tuned for our next posts in the series: Ed Thompson of American Farmland Trust, and Tom Willey of T&D Willey Farms. If you know of other influential folks in the sustainable agriculture sector who have transitioned recently

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In Topics Washing, Packing & Packaging, Marketing & Sales, Food Safety, Equipment, Trucks, Delivery & Logistics, Business & Financial Planning, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Policy

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03/30/18
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Eric Bost  |  Sprout LA  |  Santa Monica, CA

Subject: Los Angeles Chef-Restaurateur Seeking Farm Collaboration

We are a team of creative restaurateurs opening a new project in mid city Los Angeles this Spring 2018. Our goal is to collaborate with a farm in a unique and dynamic way, outside of the typical provider/ buyer relationship.

This collaboration can be achieved in a variety of ways, ultimately providing stability for both the restaurant and the farm via the following:

  • The restaurant will have access to a consistent and original source of quality vegetables, fruits, flowers and honey.
  • Planting schedules and menu development will coincide, allowing the teams to develop creative applications for all materials throughout their lifecycle.
  • The farmer will have access to a predictable and stable source of revenue, providing security for planning and investment.

Our team is sensitive not only to the variety and the quality of the produce, but also to the methodology with which it has been produced. Are we able to

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01/03/18
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  |  Apple of the Tropics  |  San Diego, CA commented

Hi Eric;This a really great idea.  I am in San Diego and I have worked with Sprouts in the past at the Sprouts in La Mesa, San Diego.I am a Facebook friend with Erin Tice.  Rick 20
01/11/18 9:39 AM

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