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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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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.

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09/27/19
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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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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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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Central Valley Olive shake up..thoughts about future trends?

I have cut and pasted what came to me. Thoughts?

[..]My name is John Werner, and I am a small olive farmer in the Visalia area. I have packed my olives with Bell-Carter Olives since 2010. I grow manzanillo olives which are used to make black table olives. Maybe you have had them. If you have every bought Lindsay Olives (red label on the can) then you have likely eaten olives grown right here in the valley and packed by Bell-Carter. Maybe you have even eaten an olive I grew. Maybe your kids have stuck one of my olives on their fingers…like my kids do.

On evening of Monday, March 4th, I started getting some troubling phone calls and text messages. The first was from the labor contractor I use to prune olive trees in the spring and harvest in the fall. He asked me if I had heard anything about Bell-Carter canceling contracts to buy fruit from growers. He was actually in an olive orchard that day with a crew

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03/18/19

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  |  Texas Center for Local Food  |  Elgin, TX commented

Nilson, Your lack of empathy is striking. Farmers do what they think is best with the information they have at the time. I would suggest you hold your judgment for another time. SB, Texas

04/09/19 8:29 AM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in February!

Below are 23 events coming up in February! To track the latest as they are added, do check out our full Events Calendar.

2/7-10: Sustainable Food & Farm Conference - Grass Valley
2/7-8: Regenerative Ag in Practice: Cover Cropping & Dry Farming Workshop - Paicines
2/7: Webinar: Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil and the Environment - Online
2/7: Weather, Grass, & Drought: Planning for Uncertainty - Tulare
2/8: Online & In-Person – Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop: Poultry Nutrition Basics and Egg Quality - Davis
2/9: Cattle Improvement / Beef Producer Symposium - Davis
2/11: Integrated Regional Water Management Stakeholder Workshop - Hollister
2/12: Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries - Salinas
2/13: Finding Farmland in Aromas - Aromas
2/14: 2019 UCCE Annual Strawberry Production Research Meeting - Santa Cruz County
2/16: Healthy Animals, Healthy People: Maintaining Livestock

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02/06/19, updated
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: 27 Events coming up in January!

Below are 27 events coming up in January! To track the latest as they are added, do check out our full Events Calendar. Happy new year!

In Progress: 2018-2019 International Soils Meeting - San Diego
1/8: Webinar: Crop Insurance for Beginners - Online
1/8: Farmer/Buyer Mixer - Sebastopol

1/9: 2019 San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium - Easton
1/9: Webinar: Farm Bill Update - Online
1/9: Webinar: Water Management and Water Quality - Online
1/10: Agritourism Intensive (1st of 3 classes) - Santa Cruz
1/14: Webinar: Predator Protection for Livestock - Online
1/15: Deadline for early registration: 6th California Climate & Agriculture Summit - Online
1/15: New Frontiers in Sacramento Valley Farming - Woodland
1/15: Preventing Catastrophic Wildfire in California – The Role for Livestock Grazing - Stockton
1/15: Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop: Coop Design, Regulations, Economics, & Marketing - Online &

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01/08/19
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in December!

Below are events coming up in the rest of December! To track the latest as they are added, do check out our full Events Calendar. Happy Holidays!!

12/7-9: Holistic Planned Grazing - Santa Barbara
12/11: Webinar: Molasses as the Primary Energy Source for Grazing Dairy Cows - Online
12/11: Webinar: Direct Marketing Meat – The Logistics of Meat Processing - Online
12/12-13: Organic Growers Summit - Monterey
12/12: Intensive Rotational Grazing on Small Acreage & Forage Planting - Watsonville & Royal Oaks
12/12: Webinar: Using an LLC to Strengthen your Farm Operation - Online
12/12: Webinar: Grass-Fed Dairy: Opportunities and Challenges in this Rapidly Growing Market - Online
12/12: Webinar: Regenerating the Diversity of Life in Soils- Hope for Farming and Climate - Online
12/13-14: Farming Fundamentals Part 1: Land and Water - Encinitas
12/18: Webinar: Breeding Multi-Use Naked Barley for Organic Systems -

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12/07/18, updated
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Eric Brennan  |  USDA-ARS  |  Salinas, CA

Subject: Videos on Cover crop juice & long term, cover crop research

Hi Folks,

Below are links to 3 new videos that I made that I thought might interest you. I presented them at the American Society of Agronomy annual meeting earlier this month in Baltimore. The cover crop juicing video was presented during a symposium focused on improving nutrient management in organic systems, and the other two videos were in a symposium focused on long-term cover cropping research. Take care, Eric

-Juicing cover crops.... Are you Nuts? Maybe, but hear me out! 11:16 Minutes

-Lessons from long-term cover crop research in the "Salad Bowl of the World" 10:31 Minutes

-A quick trip to the "Salad Bowl of the World", 4:54 Minutes

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11/28/18, updated
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