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Torrey Douglass  |  Weather Watch Ranch  |  Boonville, CA

Subject: It's almost fly time! Spring is ramping up and the first flies are appearing. We have chickens, pig

It's almost fly time! Spring is ramping up and the first flies are appearing. We have chickens, pigs, and cows. Anyone have some effective and non-toxic/low-toxic solutions for fly abatement? Thanks for any tips!

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05/30/13

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  |  Rincon-Vitova Insectaries  |  Ventura, CA commented

We at Rincon-Vitova Insectaries grow 3 species of fly parasite wasps for a mixture that works in most situations. In addition we sell the Sagebrush traps made by David Olkowski from small hanging traps to ones that sit on a 5 gallon bucket and one that sits on a 55 gallon drum. Molasses diluted 1:3 with water makes a great fly bait that smells pleasant for about 2 weeks then begins to stink. We also carry balEnce fly spray that is NOP organic, so we can offer a complete organic/biological fly control program. balEnce contains a strain of Beauvaria bassicana, an insect eating fungus, that kills flies but does not harm fly parasites. For biting flies we produce the NZI trap that is a visual target for tabanid flies like horse and deer flies that irritate cattle and humans. We set up scheduled shipments so farmers can stay on top of fly problems so they can keep flies suppressed, a comfortable place to be.

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04/11/18 11:04 PM

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Sally Fox  |  Viriditas Farm  |  Brooks, CA

Subject: Does anyone have experience working with GoodEggs, or GrubMarket?

I am wondering if anyone has worked with either of these companies in the SF Bay Area. I am in Yolo County.

The GoodEggs folk are so nice, but driving my product into SF seems a bit much.

GrubMarket says that they pick up? Is this really true? Does anyone have experience with them? Does the customer pay them or pay the farmer directly?

Any info would be appreciated.

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01/25/15

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

Here are a few short posts from previous years regarding Good Eggs if they're helpful!

Re: Closures outside of SF in 2015.

Re: Gap certification requirements in 2013.

01/28/16 9:58 AM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

In today's feature, we highlight the ideas presented by a panel of economists, scientists and policy makers at the recent “Climate Change: Challenges to California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources" conference. The panel discussed how rising temperatures, desertification and water scarcity are affecting food production in California, and what potential adaptation strategies exist to mitigate these issues.

Read on as we recap highlights of the discussion, including ideas on perennial vs. annual crops, heat tolerance in crop varieties and better ways to manage water resources.

As always, if you have great ideas to share on climate change and agriculture, post a question or comment to the Conversations. We love to hear from you!

In Topics Policy, News & Events

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06/03/14

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  |  Full Belly Farm  |  Guinda, CA commented

Jason, This is a really critical time in terms of efforts to secure some funding for the very research that you are thinking about. California’s cap-and-trade program has raised money that Governor Brown and the legislature are debating about right now. How will the first $850 million be invested to better protect the climate? The California Climate and Agriculture (CalCAN) coalition thinks some of should be invested in farmland protection, research, technical assistance and farmer incentives to transition to climate-friendly farming practices.

Establishing a precedent now – the first year cap-and-trade funds are being allocated – that includes sustainable agriculture will improve our chances over time of building a program that can make a big difference in incentivizing farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon and help farmers adapt to climate change.

Debate about

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06/03/14 7:07 PM

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Nadine Schaeffer  |  Birdsong Orchards  |  Watsonville, CA

Hi Nice People - I hope you are all enjoying a great Memorial Day weekend.

I need to buy a produce scale for accurately (and legally!) weighing produce for sale. I am looking for something that can weigh anywhere from a few ounces up to 20-30 pounds. Does anyone have a scale they love and recommend? There are so many choices and varieties out there it's a bit overwhelming, so I thought I would just ask for a recommendation

Many thanks - Nadine Schaeffer

In Topics Marketing & Sales, Equipment

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05/26/14
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  |  Full Belly Farm  |  Guinda, CA commented

Hi Nadine, We use several kinds of scales, including hanging scales at our farmers market, but the majority of our scales now are digital table scales that can run either on battery or electric. We have several makes, but use a lot of TORREY scales -- they take up a little bit of space at the farmers market but are accurate and will add up a total for you and seem to be more durable than the hanging scales. We are hard on equipment here and often break the plastic hanging scale covers. The digital table scales are good in the packing shed. You can get different sizes, depending on how much you want to weigh. It pays to have a backup battery around if you are using the battery. Also, a lot of the TORREY scales have a door on their battery case that often fails, but there is an easy fix -- Duck tape!

05/29/14 3:44 PM

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Paul Underhill  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA

Locally Grown? Facts vs. Fantasy. There's always lots of positive energy on FarmsReach but it is important for farmers and farmers-to-be to stay aware of exactly how difficult it is to make a living in this profession. Local food is still a big buzzword, but here are a few points of information about the trends that are really affecting agriculture in the state of California (I have sources for all if you would like to read more):

-- According to the USDA, vegetable consumption in the U.S. fell in 2012. This is part of a longer term trend.

-- Total production acreage of fresh produce in CA fell last year, as did acreage of most specific fresh produce crops. The exceptions included strawberries and melons.

-- Produce wholesalers and retailers pay lip service to "locally grown". However, when the price spread becomes significant, their commitment disappears. CA asparagus growers stopped harvesting this

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04/09/14

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  |  Devils Gulch Ranch  |  Nicasio commented

I generally agree with Paul. Actually making a reasonable living in agriculture without starting with a family owned farm or other means, is virtually impossible. Retirement? College for your kids? Healthcare? Reasonable return for your hours spent? Current equipment that is efficient and environmentally friendly? Most farmers will need to sell the farm to retire. Don't own our farm? Doesn't look good.

I agree that "Locally Grown" is mostly window dressing. How many of those farms using that label can you visit? "Natural", "cage free", "pasture raised" and how many more ambiguous terms are being used to "window dress" products that are basically factory farmed commodity products.

Most of the economic margin is in distribution and retail, however to be cost effective you must be on a large enough scale.

There is a somewhat related article in The Stockman Grass Farmer about a Colorado Farm that no longer

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04/11/14 7:31 AM

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FarmsReach Featured Farmers  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA
Where is the best place to source 100% organic seed? Often times our farm can find the seed, but not the variety we want. Especially for flowers.

In Topics Seed & Planting

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11/05/12

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  |  Rainbow Farm  |  Santa Cruz, CA commented

You can of course try the "One-Step Seed Search" that FarmsReach created! It's under Services > Inputs. Kind of like http://kayak.com, but for seed. (Oops, it turns out they took it down to prep for their upcoming Seed Sourcing Tool in January 2014!)
12/18/13 2:09 AM, updated

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Marisa Alcorta  |  Center for Land-Based Learning  |  Winters, CA

Hi all,

Just wondering what farmers and interns/apprentices are doing about health care insurance now that Affordable Care Act is here?

Thanks!

Marisa

NCAT-ATTRA

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

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11/12/13
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  |  Full Belly Farm  |  Guinda, CA commented

Dear Marisa, At Full Belly Farm we have been learning about this recently. Our sense is that although our insurance broker has studied the ACA and tried to do his homework, most everyone involved is scrambling to figure out how to comply with the new rules. I think it may be at least a year before the dust settles and we can all figure out the best strategy for our farms. For sure, a lot will change in 2015 and 2014 is a bit of a punt. The strategy that we are using at Full Belly Farm is to take steps towards getting as close to 100% of our crew covered as possible. For us, this will include our interns who are all on the payroll. We currently pay 100% of the cost of insurance for some of our crew members and offer insurance to other employees but ask that they help pay for it. We will continue with this strategy next year, but will add an insurance option that is high deductible and more affordable for... Read More
11/15/13 11:46 AM

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Judith Redmond  |  Full Belly Farm  |  Guinda, CA
Hello everyone,

We are writing to you about an issue that is very important for all of us -- farmers and community members -- to understand. We are asking you to help by submitting comments to support your local family farmers. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed by Congress in 2010, gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broad powers over how farmers grow fruits and vegetables. We think there are some very serious problems with their proposals and since the deadline for submitting comments is November 15, we are writing to you now.

The FDA Proposed Rule seeks to reduce food safety problems, but their proposals don't get anywhere near the heart of the matter. The regulations are being developed by buyers, manufacturers, processors, handlers, auditors and now the FDA and all of them are trying to place 100% of the responsibility for "food safety" on the farm. The proposed FDA Standards

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In Topics Food Safety, Policy

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10/25/13

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

Hi all - Came across this article from Grist (http://grist.org/food/a-big-win-for-small-farmers-and-the-eaters-who-love-them/#.UrOUTzcZrfc.facebook), announcing that the FDA has said it will make "significant changes" on many of the food safety rules small farmers are worried about. Although we won't know what the rules look like until next summer, perhaps this is a step in the right direction?! Here is a snippet of an FDA statement related to changing the rules: "To achieve this goal, we believe that significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities, and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms. We have heard the concern that these provisions, as proposed,... Read More
12/20/13 1:34 PM, updated

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Judith Redmond  |  Full Belly Farm  |  Guinda, CA
Legislation making its way through the California State Senate will define CSAs for the first time. There's a link to a good webinar about this bill, AB 224, on the website of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (http://www.caff.org). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgj9Cs1a4Zc&feature=player_embedded

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06/10/13
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FarmsReach Featured Farmers  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA
How can I get updates on what's happening with the upcoming new food safety regulations?

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11/06/12

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  |  RedLine Solutions  |  Santa Clara, CA commented

We have been doing monthly education webinars for over two years on the various aspects of PTI. They include information on what responsibilities the growers through distributors have and what each group will need to be fully PTI compliant. The educational webinars are at no cost and you can sign up anytime for any of our upcoming webinars. This month's Educational Webinar: Automating Case Labeling with Vision Systems Wednesday, June 19, 11am-12pm PDT   http://www.redlineforproduce.com/produce-traceability/webcasts#site-top Thanks, mark
06/07/13 9:12 AM

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