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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

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08/26/20
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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

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08/12/20, updated
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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

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04/02/20
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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

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02/08/20
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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

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11/26/19
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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.

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Water & Irrigation, Equipment, News & Events

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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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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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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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