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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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Camille Sanandaji  |  Foodstems  |  San Francisco, CA

Subject: Vermicomposting

Have you tried vermicomposting? What was your experience like?

Vermicompost is the heterogeneous product of the decomposition of food, vegetable, and plant material along with vermicast (an earthworm’s by-product of the breakdown of organic matter). Vermicompost is an excellent organic fertilizer or used as simply a soil conditioner, as it is rich in readily-available, water-soluble nutrients. Vermicomposting also has various commercial uses besides fertilizer, such as its ability to function as sewage treatment. With all of these benefits, one might perceive vermicomposting as a daunting process, yet with a bit of research and knowledge, the system can be simple to maintain once established. There is an entire internet community with amazing how-to guides. Here is one example: http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/vermicompost107.shtml

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04/04/17
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Raquel Gomes  |  Rancho Gomes  |  El Sobrante, CA

Subject: Wind protection

My site is perfect: sunny slope facing south west, but it has tons of wind. I have three terraces, the one that is most exposed has three beds (Approx 20' x 2'). I'd like to build a semi permanent structure that would run the length of the bed.

If I do PVC or electrical conduit and plan to cover 2 beds on both windward sides, creating an L shape, should I cover it w/ Agrabon or clear plastic? It may not have any "roof".

Any other ideas? I had great success w/ a mini hoop row in the terrace above which is a little more protected and got great eggplant and peppers. The lower terrace had staked cucumbers and squash that looked sad even in early in the season.

Raquel in El Sobrante

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07/28/17

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  |  verdi land  |  pacifca, CA commented

you might want to try setting a 4x4 post in concrete at either end, as if you were building a fence/posts. Either simply 1) tie rope from top to top of each post, and midway from post to post and 18' up from the bottom. …or 2) run PVC in the same fashion and fasten to posts with 'U' clips. Then hang the green tight woven mesh that is used to filter the sun in green houses. U might even be able to get it at OSH. You could also use carpenter clips that you can buy at Home Depo on sale for $1 each to fasten the mesh to the rope or PVC. This way you can take down for the winter. IF…you want, you could also use the 4x4's to hold green house plastic late in the year and protect your plants from frost…but be sure as to round off all the corners of the top of the post to remove all the sharp edges as they would eventually rip the plastic with the wind. IF you made the posts high than 6-8ft tall, you

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Alicia Baddorf  |  Soil Born Farms  |  Rancho Cordova, CA

Subject: Wire hoops for row cover

Hi All,

I am looking for a reasonable price for wire hoops (or a roll of around 9-10 gauge wire) to use for row cover support. What do people out there use? I checked the Peaceful Valley site and found a pack of 100 hoops for about $90. Hoping to find a cheaper alternative. Any suggestions?

Thank you!

Alicia

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12/02/16

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  |  Solid Ground Farm llc  |  Belchertown, MA commented

I'm wondering what weight row cover you are trying to support. I support one 100' x 6' wide bed using AG-30 ( protects down to 26F) row cover with ten 1/2" galvanized EMT conduit hoops that I bent. The hoops were bent from 10' sections purchased at home depot for $2/ea , and bent with a tool purchased from Johnny's (but borrowed by me from a friend). So,...I can conveniently cover 600'sq for what cost me $20. The hoops do not rust, hold shape, are easy to move around, will last a lifetime, and can support any weight row cover you may want to use. It is only however, designed for 6' wide beds (or two approx 27" wide beds). I use heavy weighted bags to hold down my row cover... It's annoying, but I find it is far less annoying than buried row cover. Here's a tip while on that subject....I get all my weight bags for FREE, because I go and get them from a local brewery (who buys grain in these bags). They

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Michael Hermon  |  Farm Dog  |  San Jose, CA

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

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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

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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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Vince Trotter  |  UC Cooperative Extension, Marin County  |  Novato, CA

Subject: Greenhouse & Shadehouse recommendations?

Hey folks! We're looking to put up a 20x30 (or thereabouts) greenhouse and a companion shade house for hardening off and assorted supply storage. Have any of you purchased kits from manufacturers that you loved? Or hated? What do you wish you'd thought of before putting up your greenhouse? We're leaning towards a rigid frame covered with multi-wall polycarbonate like they do at http://sundancesupply.com or Farmtek, but all tips and recommendations are welcome... Thanks!

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11/09/15

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

Hi Vince! We've gathered recommendations our members have suggested to each other the past few years, and you can find all 17 of them in our Source Directory! AgraTech in particular was mentioned many times, and they're in the East Bay. (Let us know if you find any others you'd recommend!)

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Team Bernier  |  Bernier Farms  |  Geyserville, CA

Subject: high tunnel film

Does anyone have a source for greenhouse/high tunnel film on the west coast? Preferrably California, Northern.

Thanks all.

Zureal Bernier

Bernier Farms

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11/09/15
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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.

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

Subject: Training for the "Whole Farmer"

There are only a few openings left in the 2015 Grange Farm School Practicum Student Program, a 3-month residential program for aspiring farmers.

The next session starts June 1st and will give students the opportunity to guide the farm through its first months of growth, maintain a succession of diversified livestock for meat and eggs, work with urban gardeners in nearby Ukiah, and build the foundations for this community centered non-profit. Field work is complemented by lessons on topics from plant propagation to composting, raising chickens for eggs and meat to marketing and business skills. Field work during the June term will focus on irrigation systems and the timing of planting for fall and winter harvests, as well as rotational livestock operations. During the next session, September 1 through the end of November, students will take part in harvesting, processing and marketing produce, grains, and

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