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Jeff Mitchell  |  UC Cooperative Extension  |  Parlier, CA

Subject: New video series to spark interest in vegetable production of the future

We are pleased to announce that a new series of 26 instructional videos on vegetable production is being launched through the University of California’s Agricultural and Natural Resources You Tube channel beginning this coming Monday, May 13th. We encourage you to sign up at the You Tube channel to begin receiving weekly reminders of new video “premieres” that will be released every Monday morning at 8 o’clock.

Professors from four California universities, UC Davis, Fresno State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Chico State, at which vegetable production courses are offered, teamed up to prepare and produce the videos. The series covers a full range of related topics and while primarily focusing on California, also includes topics from beyond the State as well.

We encourage your help in getting the word out about this series.
If I can be of further help, please call me at (559) 303-9689.

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05/17/19
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Michael Hermon  |  Farm Dog  |  San Jose, CA

Subject: Answer 25 farming questions - and we'll mail you a hat

Dear farmers!

We're a small team on a big mission - to make precision agriculture concepts affordable and accessible to even the smallest of farmers. We need some input to be smarter about what we're building.

Our name is Farm Dog (http://farmdog.ag/) and we'll gladly send a Farm Dog hat to the first 50 people that will answer the 25 questions in this survey form: http://goo.gl/forms/88SywcPrlt

Yours,

Michael Hermon

Co-founder and CTO

Farm Dog

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12/08/15
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Ruthie King  |  Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture  |  Willits, CA

Subject: Grange Farm School offers residential, vocational training in 2016

The Grange Farm School is looking for a special kind of student. You think holistically rather than in parts. You see the importance of asking high quality questions. You are innovative, ambitious, persistent, and collaborative. You want to be part of the new face of agriculture that will transform our world for the better.

Our 14 week residential, Student Program offers you the tools and confidence to manage a successful agricultural enterprise, whether in farming, ranching, or related fields. You will live and work on a beautiful 5,000 acre ranch with diverse vegetables, grains, fruit trees, and livestock. Guest instructors and staff members provide a comprehensive curriculum in business management, industrial arts, animal husbandry, soil and ecology, and crop production, supported by an understanding of the theory and history of our food systems. You will leave with hands-on practical experience, and

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12/05/15
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Rob Elliott  |  NA  |  San Francisco, CA

Subject: Farm Employee Housing How-to Guide

Hello,
My name is Rob Elliott. I've attached a "Farm Employee Housing How-to Guide" to this post. I believe that farmers, farm laborers, investors, and potentially third party developers have a lot to gain from employee housing. The guide is thorough, so I’d encourage you to read the introduction and go from there. Feel free to pass the guide on to anyone else you think would find it useful. While farm employee housing is no longer my main focus, I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

All the Best,

Rob Elliott

Farm_Employee_Housing_How-to_Guide_(October_13,_2015)_1444861466.doc

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10/14/15

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  |  Paul's Produce  |  Sonoma, CA commented

I wonder the same thing here in Sonoma Co. Septic systems are a big deal. Can you even get a permit for septic for a travel trailer or mini home? Or is it possible to have the same porta-John folks that are coming here already do the pumping and not even have a septic?

10/18/15 8:33 PM

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Ruthie King  |  Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture  |  Willits, CA

Subject: Sept-Nov Practicum Student Program: Grange Farm School, Mendocino, CA

Join us at the Grange Farm School this Fall, in an exciting residential training program designed to equip students with key skills for successful, sustainable, agriculture. Our Practicum Student Program consists of daily field work, bimonthly field trips, and a rigorous curriculum taught during afternoon lessons by staff and guest instructors. Students are able to enroll concurrently in Mendocino College's Community Work Experience Education program and gain credits while studying and working at the Grange Farm School.

This beautiful location in Mendocino County, California is host to numerous exciting projects while in the take off phase of a brand new education program and production farm. Students collaborate with staff to design and build systems for living, growing produce, raising livestock, rehabilitating tools and structures, and so much more.

Check out our website or blog for more information.

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Caitlin Hachmyer  |  Red H Farm  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: Food Storage Shed + SilverTech siding

Hi All,

I am about to purchase a Tuff storage shed that will likely double as storage for winter squash, potatoes and onions. The interior siding for the new sheds are made of something called SilverTech Radiant Heat Barrier Siding that help reduce the sun's radiant energy through the panels, keeping things cooler inside. Its made of a combination of wood and some poly something. Sold as a green product, wood from sustainable forests and the products don't off-gas when being constructed so that construction is safer for factory workers. Anyone know anything about this, or if its a safe product to have around food - not directly in contact, but nearby?

Thanks!

Caiti

Red H Farm

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12/24/14
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Ryan Salisbury  |  Vista Solar  |  Santa Clara, CA

Subject: Reducing energy use is like going to the gym. You know it’s good for you, but it’s hard to do.

Reducing energy use is like going to the gym. You know it’s good for you, but it’s hard to do. In fact, it is particularly hard, because energy is the only commodity for which you are billed way after the fact, on the basis of factors with no clear connection to the way you consumed it. After all, do you remember ordering 25,000 kilowatt hours?


Can you imagine going to your favorite restaurant and ordering food without seeing any prices and then getting a bill the next month telling you how many carbohydrates that you bought for $4,500? But, at least you would be making decisions about what you are buying. Energy usage is totally blind; you don’t buy energy directly, but use it every time you run your pumps, pack, cool or heat the air, turn on a light, or use any other equipment. And, you have lots of equipment. All of which is aimed at providing your customers with a quality product and a

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12/17/14, updated
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Evan Wiig  |  The Farmers Guild  |  Sebastopol, CA

Tonight at the Mendocino Farmers Guild: alternative energy use on the farm. Solar powered tractors? Bicycle-powered chicken pluckers? What else you got?

Not in Mendo? How about offering some ideas for our Guilders up north to consider? Suggestions, resources, questions?

When: tonight (tuesday) at 7pm
Where: Little Lake Grange, 291 School St, Willits, CA
Free, farm-fresh potluck, open to all

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06/17/14
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Melanie Cheng  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

CalCAN Press Release • January 9, 2014

Governor Brown Invests in Sustainable Agricultural Climate Solutions in State Budget

Farmers and sustainable agriculture advocates are encouraged by the investment in climate-friendly agricultural practices and farmland conservation in Governor Brown’s budget draft for fiscal year 2014/15, released this morning.

The budget includes a total allocation of $850 million from the state’s cap-and-trade program, including $100 million of the $500 million the Governor borrowed last year from the program. While the bulk of the allocations go to high-speed rail, clean transportation and energy efficiency, cap-and-trade investments will also go towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by investing farmland conservation and agricultural management strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy and water use and sequester carbon in

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01/09/14
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Ben Lyons  |  Lockewood Acres  |  Vacaville, CA
Hello Guys and Gals, I am looking for a new, young, hungry, engineer to help me design a solar array structure out of sea containers and engendered trusses to get me through the county of Solano’s permit process, who won’t charge me an arm and a leg. The farm already has the other ones. Thanks Ben    

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  |  Rincon-Vitova Insectaries  |  Ventura, CA commented

We have a bunch of cargo containers and looked into mounting solar panels on them. In Ventura county B&S is rigorous about structural. We were told that we would need to erect a support over the containers to mount the solar panels. To mount the panels on the containers, you may need to secure the containers to concrete footings (vs being on piers or blocks) and tie into the structural frame of the container. This suggests major headaches to me so the posts that support a rack over the containers seems relatively easy.
09/26/13 12:47 PM

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