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Subject: Agrarian Elders: Planning for Succession Workshop in Grass Valley on Wednesday, March 15th

The long-term future of local farms and ranches depends on families talking and planning together. Among 742 farmers and ranchers in Nevada County, 35% are age 65 or over, and 5.7% are under 35 years of age, according to the 2012 USDA Ag Census. Many families face questions about how to retire and sustain their farms and ranches.

California FarmLink launched the “Agrarian Elders and the Next Generation Project” to create solutions for farm and ranch families looking for retirement options, and to preserve local farm and ranch businesses.

Together California FarmLink, Nevada County Resource Conservation District (RCD, and the Nevada County Farm Bureau, present the workshop “Agrarian Elders: Planning for Succession”.

Agrarian Elders: Planning for Succession

Wednesday, March 15 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Grass Valley, location announced upon registration

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In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Nevada County Guild

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03/02/17

Online Introduction to Holistic Management in Spanish ~ Introducción de Manejo Holístico En Linea (1st class in series)

01/10/17, 9:00 am - 10:00 am | Online

Becas disponibles

En este curso aprenderá a manejar efectivamente su finca o ranchero con los principales y prácticas del Manejo Holístico – un proceso que es reconocido internacionalmente. Usted tendrá la oportunidad de aprender no solo como manejar su granja/ranchero para la triple cuenta de resultados (sostenibilidad social, ambiental y financiera) y administrar mejor los recursos, sino también ser capaz de hacer preguntas de cómo ayudar a otros con eso proceso. Aprender a mejorar su capacidad de observar, entender, y tomar decisiones, basándose en lo que puede controlar y hacer las preguntas correctas para facilitar ese proceso para los demás. A través de estas nuevas habilidades puede mejorar su capacidad de trabajar con la naturaleza y aumentar su productividad y compartir esas ideas con

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12/16/16, updated

Online Holistic Cropping Planning: Resilient & Profitable Cropland (1st class in series)

01/20/17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Online

Scholarships Available!

If you are excited about Regenerative Agriculture and raise crops, HMI’s Holistic Cropping Planning Course will give you the tools to grow healthy crops, healthy soil, and healthy profits. In this course you will learn how to effectively manage your cropland and cropping practices to increase soil fertility and resilience as well as increase production and profitability from your cropping practices. Learn how to complete crop production planning all in the context of regenerative and conservation agriculture. This curriculum was developed with input from master farmers and educators and explains key cropping concepts such as no-till, cover cropping, cocktail seeding, mulching, intercropping, shelterbelts, perennial crops, and integrating livestock, as well as

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12/16/16, updated

Subject: Overview & Resources from the Inaugural CA Farmer Educator & Support Services Summit

In September, UC SAREP & FarmsReach hosted the first CA Farmer Educator Summit in Sacramento. The resulting Top 15 Priority Areas, Directory of Organizations (incl. programs & regions served), Ecosystem Map (where orgs are based/served), and Ecosystem Chart (services offered in each program area) are all covered in today’s blog. It also includes details about the new list-serve for CA farm-focused organizations, collaborative fundraising strategies, and other priorities identified during the meeting.

The Summit built on momentum from the Farm Education Network (FEN) started on the Central Coast and on results from the January 2015 strategy session hosted by FarmsReach and Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) in Pacific Grove, CA.

If your CA farmer organization hasn’t already done so, please fill out the Farm Education Network survey. UC SAREP and FarmsReach will periodically

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In Topics News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Convergence, Mendocino Farmers Guild, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, Central Coast Farmers, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Nevada County Guild, Nutrient Management Solutions, Weather Reporting (CA), SoCal Sustainable Farming, California Agritourism

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10/25/16, updated

Blossoms and Herbs: a "Growing" Market in the North Coast

11/08/16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Santa Rosa, CA

FARMING 101 will host a panel on Growing Flowers and Herbs (medicinal and culinary): creating niche markets in the North Coast region.

Participants will learn how to grow and market locally grown flowers and herbs via local distribution methods:

  • North Bay Flower Collective, an alliance of local flower growers and floral designers
  • Sonoma County Herb Exchange, who connect local herb growers with medicine makers.

Panellists include:
Heidi Herrmann, Strong Arm Farm
Daniele Allion Strawn, JoLee Blooms
Jordan Thompson, Heidrun Meadery
BJ Avery, Sonoma County Herb Exchange

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

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10/20/16

CA Farm Academy Training Program: 2017 Info Session #2

10/29/16, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Winters, CA


CFA Information Session #2!

The
California Farm Academy's (CFA) Beginning Farmer Training Program
trains beginning farmers in all aspects of agricultural production through field work, business planning, classes, and farm visits to give students a solid foundation in what they need to know to start a farm business or manage a farm operation. At the close of the program each student will have completed a farm business plan. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the program.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 program! To meet alumni, program staff, and learn more, please come to the farm and join us for our Information Session #2.


CA Farm Academy 2017 Information Session #2

When: Saturday, October 29th, 10 am - 12 pm
Where: Center for Land-Based Learning, 5265

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In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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10/14/16

CA Farm Academy Training Program: 2017 Info Session

10/08/16, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Winters, CA

Greetings from the CA Farm Academy!
The
California Farm Academy's (CFA) Beginning Farmer Training Program
trains beginning farmers in all aspects of agricultural production through field work, business planning, classes, and farm visits to give students a solid foundation in what they need to know to start a farm business or manage a farm operation. At the close of the program each student will have completed a farm business plan. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the program.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 program! To meet alumni, program staff, and learn more, please come to the farm and join us for our Information Session.


CA Farm Academy 2017 Information Session

When: Saturday, October 8th, 3 pm – 5 pm
Where: Center for Land-Based Learning, 5265 Putah

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In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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09/28/16

Subject: CA Farm Academy Training Program: 2017 Info Session

Greetings from the CA Farm Academy!
The California Farm Academy's (CFA) Beginning Farmer Training Program trains beginning farmers in all aspects of agricultural production through field work, business planning, classes, and farm visits to give students a solid foundation in what they need to know to start a farm business or manage a farm operation. At the close of the program each student will have completed a farm business plan. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the program.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 program! To meet alumni, program staff, and learn more, please come to the farm and join us for our Information Session.

CA Farm Academy 2017 Information Session
When: Saturday, October 8th, 3 pm – 5 pm
Where: Center for Land-Based Learning, 5265 Putah Creek Road, Winters, CA 95694

Please RSVP to Maureen Thompson,

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CFA_Info_Session_2017_1475099746.pdf

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

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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09/28/16

Subject: Blueberry Plant varieties

We are going to plant blueberries soon and are looking for opinions from other blueberry farmers and nurseries on best varieties and any irrigation techniques. We are located in the Sacramento valley and are aware of the challenges. It just seems. Like there is a lack of information out there from both the UC and nurseries. Can anyone help with information newer than 2009? Calling all California blueberry farmers or nurseries ?

In Topics Trees, Vines & Planting

In General FarmsReach community, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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  |  University of California Cooperative Extension  |  Woodland, CA commented

I just came across a recent article by Mark Gaskell, UCCE San Luis Obispo about organic blueberry production.

http://progressivecrop.com/images/pdf/July_August_PCC_2016_Web.pdf

09/15/16 4:39 PM

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Subject: In general FarmsReach Conversations: Pregnant farmers - how long did you work?

This group may be interested in a conversation going in the general FarmsReach community re: pregnancy and farming, and preparing for the birth date:

"I'm the primary farmer on our 2 acre veggie operation, Five Foot Farm, and I'm currently heading into my third trimester of pregnancy with our first kiddo. I'd love to hear from other farmer women who have worked through their pregnancies - how was work during those last few months? Did you farm all the way through, or were you supervising from a lawn chair during your last month? Which tasks were doable, and which weren't? I'm planning on bringing on extra help shortly to make up for my slowing pace, but I'm..." Read more or comment at the original link, (not in this post).

In Topics Women in Agriculture

In CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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07/18/16
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