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Katie Brimm  |  Farmer Campus  |  Sebastopol

Subject: Now Open: Farmers Build Wildfire Resilience - An Online Course for Farmers

Greetings,
We are pleased to announce that the Self-Led version of our Fire Resilience Online Course for Farmers is now open for enrollment! This course was designed for California Farmers, but is open to farmers and ranchers in all states wanting to face a future of fires. See below and website for details, and start building fire resilience on your farm today. This course is free and open to the public. Contact fires@farmercampus.com for more information.
Best,
Katie Brimm
Farmer Campus in partnership with CAFF

Farmers Build Wildfire Resilience:
An Online Course for Farmers

Are you farming in a fire-prone area and overwhelmed by the “new normal” of wildfires? Wondering how to adapt?

This (free) online coursewas made for you.

Drawing on decades of training small-farmers amidst climate change, Farmer Campus in collaboration with the Community Alliance with
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In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Insurance, Livestock, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change

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10/27/20
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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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Shelly Connor  |  Wild Farm Alliance  |  Watsonville

Subject: New Resource: Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds

Hello everyone,

I work with an organization called Wild Farm Alliance. Our mission is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture that protects and restores wild nature. We just released a new resource to help farmers support beneficial birds and manage pest birds.

You can find the new resource here.

Birds can help on the farm to keep pest insects, rodents and pest birds at bay. When habitat is provided for beneficial birds, bringing them closer to crops, farmers may be able to reduce pest-control costs. Beneficial birds can help with production in the same way as beneficial insects. This new resource includes:

  • Colorful Accounts of How Birds Can be Beneficial in Crops and on Pasture
  • USDA’s Historic Economic Ornithology Division
  • How Best to Manage and Co-exist with Pest Birds
  • Why On-Farm Habitat and the Surrounding Landscape Influences Pest Control
  • What Farmers Can Do to Make Farms More Bird-Friendly
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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Wildlife Management, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change

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01/30/19
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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.

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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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Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: Earn a Certificate in Applied Agroecology with MESA's online course

Greetings all,

Our Spring Cohort for the Applied Agroecology Program is open for enrollement - sign up today for the May 1st start date. We invite you to learn more about this opporuntity below. Please share widely with your networks that might be interested! This is also a great opportunity to offer your farm workers/interns/apprentices as well to supercharge their learning experiences.
Best,
Katie and the MESA Team

MESA'S Certificate in Applied Agroecology Program:

Farm Locally, Connect Globally.

The Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agricultural (MESA) is proud to offer the Certificate in Applied Agroecology Program (CAAP), completely online! Our Certificate in Applied Agroecology is open-sourced, community based, with contributions from experts in the field, and builds both your technical knowledge and your theoretical framework of the socio-political aspects of farming.

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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Certifications, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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04/17/18
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Justin King  |  Capay Apiary Products  |  Orland, CA

Subject: Attention ALMOND growers

1x1x4' tree stakes $.45 apiece.

do you have leaning trees or DON'T want leaning trees then these are the stakes for you.

minimum order 20,000

In Topics Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Marketing & Sales, Equipment, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture

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01/30/17
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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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Nancy Niche  |  Green Gage Farm  |  Novato, CA

Subject: Farm B&B Insurance Conundrum

I run a 2-acre permaculture farm in North Marin County that is also a B&B that I rent through Airbnb. I have been through 13 brokers trying to get insured. They eventually say in some form or another that there just isn’t a policy that will do what I need; cover replacement costs AND liability.

Before it was a B&B the other 4 units were month-to-month rentals and I had both homeowners & rental insurance through State Farm, but when I went over to the ‘transient occupancy,’ State Farm said they wouldn’t insure the 3 rental structures, only my residence. When my policies expired and were cancelled, my mortgage company put lender-based policies on the 3 rental structures at an exorbitant cost, and (I just found out while doing my taxes), the coverage is only to pay the lender in the case of loss; I will get nothing to replace or rebuild. And, of course, there is no liability coverage for my business,

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10/04/17, updated

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  |  Lucky Monkeys Ranch  |  Willits, CA commented

You might try Grange Insurance Company (washington state) They cover our farm, home, tractor, solar, and may cover short term stay-overs. Or you may need a commercial policy for that.

https://www.grange.com

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

Subject: 2018 CA Farm Academy: NOW accepting applications!

Hello from the California Farm Academy!!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Beginning Farmer Training Program & the Apprenticeship Program!

Please join us for our CFA Information Session to meet alumni, program staff, and learn more.

The CA Farm Academy Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers. During the seven-month program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning, & marketing, & culminate in a personal business plan or farm career plan. In addition to

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In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, News & Events, Anything Goes

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