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Subject: Small Grains Field Day THIS SATURDAY

Sorry for the late posting!

The California Grain Campaign is organizing a Small Grains Field Day this Saturday, Feb.11, at Open Field Farm in Petaluma.

Registrations close Wednesday, Feb. 9. Email campaign@californiagrains.com for registration information.

A small number of California farmers have revived heritage grains in recent years. They've grown in varied climes and tried different strains. Now it's time to gather together, to learn from farmers and researchers, and to share best practices to strengthen our farms, businesses, and food shed.
The Small Grain Field Day is part of a series of workshops that will address technical aspects of grain farming specific to the California context.
AGENDA
The field day will cover four areas: seed selection, field cultivation, planting and monitoring -- including related equipment.
10 AM - Introductions and Open Field Farm tour
10:30 AM - Seed
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In Topics Seed & Planting, Harvesting, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, Cooperation Among Farmers

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02/08/17

Subject: Tractor models that have worked? The classic One-Tractor dilemma

Howdy Farmers,

I am looking for specific tractor models, old or new (manufacturer, model, and year) that veggie growers have really liked, so that I can search them used on TractorHouse. Our situation is this...

My partner and I are tooling up to break ground on a 6-8 acre, diverse vegetable CSA in Sebastopol. We are researching tractors, and deep into the classic "one tractor conundrum". With the ability to only afford one tractor, we would like to have a versatile one. We'd like it to be able to do primary tillage, as well as has have properly spaced and thin enough tires to get it into our shaped beds to help renovate beds for second-plantings (to undercut, disc, rototill, or spade), to weed the furrows and to possibly flame-weed (if we can find a 60" tractor mounted flame weeder). We will cultivate in-row manually the first years.

Our requirements are: ~50 horsepower, 4WD, 60" center-to-center tread

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In Topics Equipment, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Anything Goes

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Cooperation Among Farmers, Nevada County Guild

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12/01/16, updated

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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

I swear I am not a Kubota sales rep, and I've never actually seen a 7060 up close, but the online specs say that both the front and rear wheel spacing on the 4wd model can be set at 60 inches. http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/007/4/2/7423-kubota-m7060-dimensions.html

This turned into a great thread with lots of farmers posting...I guess it takes tractor talk in December to get the FR forums humming.

The reason everyone likes Kubotas is because they are still built the old way, to last. Little or no electronics, no computers, simple hydraulic systems, bombproof engines, and components and parts that are easy to replace and relatively inexpensive.

12/05/16 9:41 PM, updated

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Subject: FSA Director Val Dolcini in Woodland This Wednesday 9/21

(tried posting this to "Events" yesterday, but don't see it now)

Come to meet and hear FSA Director Val Dolcini talk about funding and support opportunities for beginning and small farmers from FSA. He'll be accompanied by Yolo County Director Cynthia Gillette, and FSA Regional Farm Loan Manager Belle Davis.

This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn about low-interest and micro loans through FSA, as well as other programs such as crop insurance and farm storage grants available to beginning (as well as experienced) farmers.

Date & Time: Wednesday, Sep. 21. 3-5pm

Location: Norton Hall (UC Ag Extension Office), 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland 95695

Details in the flyer below:

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Funding Opportunities, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Policy

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, Cooperation Among Farmers

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09/16/16

Meet Federal FSA Admin Val Dolcini

09/21/16, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Woodland, CA

(Pardon any cross-posting)

FSA Administrator Val Dolcini will discuss FSA programs supporting beginning (as well as established) farmers in a conversational setting, next Wednesday, Sep. 21, at Norton Hall (UC Woodland Ag Extension Office) from 3-5.

This will be a unique opportunity to learn more about FSA beginning farmer loans, micro loans, and other support services that FSA offers to new farmers.

What: Conversation with Val Dolcini about FSA beginning farmer support programs

When: Wednesday, 9/21, 3-5 pm

Where: Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland CA

No RSVP required

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In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, Cooperation Among Farmers

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09/14/16

Headline: Wayside Farm School Seeks Instructor

Wayside Farm School Introduction

Wayside Farm School is an intensive, sustainable, agriculture education program operated by Five Keys Schools and Programs under contract with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The Farm School rests west of the Castaic Hills along Castaic Creek, just north of the majestic 10,000 foot San Gabriel Mountains and the Santa Clara River. Farming on as much as 200 acres of fertile, sandy loam dotted with century old oaks, it is not uncommon to see a dozen student-workers pushing seeders, laying drip tape or forming beds with an old John Deere tractor. The program trains inmates in all aspects of sustainable farming through the hands-on operation of a diversified vegetable, fruit and herb farm. In addition, the farm raises laying chickens, grows hay and makes 40 cubic yards of compost every month out of food and landscape waste generated by the expansive facility.

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In General FarmsReach community, California FarmLink, Cooperation Among Farmers, Guild Raisers, Nutrient Management Solutions, Weather Reporting (CA), SoCal Sustainable Farming

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08/08/16

Headline: Irrigation and field management instructor

Wayside Farm School is seeking to establish a pool of candidates to teach irrigation design and installation, cover cropping and integrated pest and pathogen management with our Southern California program. Program has excellent pay and benefits. Existing curriculum available however, candidates encouraged to draw upon their own experience. Wayside Farm School operates diverside vegetable, tree fruit, herb and hay operation on more than 40 acres. Please feel free to message me with any questions or just to learn more about our program.

In General FarmsReach community, California FarmLink, Cooperation Among Farmers, Guild Raisers, Nutrient Management Solutions, SoCal Sustainable Farming

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06/20/16

Headline: Farm Assistant in Sonoma

Bi-Rite Farm in Sonoma, CA is hiring a Seasonal Farm Assistant for 2016 Season

20-40 hours/week, May - November (dates/hours flexible and dependent on season)

Pay commensurate with experience, plus produce and eggs

Bi-Rite Market is a community market with two San Francisco locations and a Creamery. We believe that food does more than nourish: food brings people together. The food we make and sell connects our staff, our guests, our producers and the environment. In this way, we “create community through food”.

Bi-Rite Farm is a three acre parcel located in Sonoma, CA, providing produce, herbs, and flowers to Bi Rite Markets and Creamery, and other local restaurants. This farm gives Bi-Rite the opportunity to educate the staff and community, by giving them a chance to get their hands in the soil. Our produce is highlighted in the deli dishes

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In General FarmsReach community, Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Cooperation Among Farmers

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04/13/16

Subject: Raising Cornish Game Hens on Pasture

Has anyone raised cornish game hens on pasture? Would it even make sense to, knowing they short life span once 2 weeks out of the brooder? We are interested in doing this, but would like to learn of others' experience. Would you recommend free range or using a Salatin style mobile pen?

Thanks!

In Topics Livestock

In General FarmsReach community, Cooperation Among Farmers

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03/07/16

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  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA commented

From one hatchery we bought Jumbo Cornish X Rocks day old chicks. They also sell sexed pullets Jumbo Cornish X Rocks (Cornish Game Hens) but we can't buy pullets that aren't certified organic. The recommendations here are to harvest at 2-2.5lbs live weight (which equals to 3 -4 weeks). We normally have Cornish Cross chick s in the brooder for 2 weeks and then to pasture-Salatin style mobile pens. We definitly want to keep to pasture rasied, so with limited we could just place these into a pens with regular Cornish X to save space. Good idea, thanks! As chicks do you think they are more fragile or succumb to bad weather than Cornish X chicks? Who do you use for slaughter?

Thanks for the response Caleb

03/08/16 4:13 PM

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Subject: Looking to borrow/rent a bed shaper

Hello,

Today I am looking to rent or borrow a bed shaper.

looking for any referrals or suggestions. Open to different sizes of bed width depending on what is available out there. We are about 45 minutes east of Sacramento and willing to drive depending on what we hear.

Thanks,

-Kevin

In Topics Seed & Planting, Equipment

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, Cooperation Among Farmers, Nevada County Guild

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06/07/15
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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

At the risk of sounding flippant...how often are you planning on using the bedshaper? Borrowing farm equipment from anyone except your next door neighbor is a bit of a hassle.

I have no idea what your budget is, but if you have a local welding shop they can probably build you something for a few hundred dollars. It would cost you that much in gas to be driving your borrowed shaper back and forth 50 miles a few times a year.

I personally don't use bed shapers on my farm -- the biggest problem with them is they move soil around and you end up with a field that is higher on both sides than in the middle. The other alternative is just pulling your beds with a simple bed furrower and then running a flat or ring roller over them to firm them up and level them. If you don't have one or the other of these things lying around, that solution might cost you a bit more.

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06/11/15 9:16 PM

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Subject: app recommendations for iphone/ipad for organic farm land management, pasture and row crop?

I am in need of recommendations of apps for different farm system managements that are more appropriate for small-scale farms.

I am looking for an app:

1) to manage organic row crop land. Specifically, I am looking for an app that I could input via GIS farm borders and also crop rotations of multiple farmers with diversified production over the entirety of a single ranch.

2) an app for organic and food safety documentation and certification management

Ideally one app that does both would be great. Can anyone suggest some apps and/or discuss advantages and disadvantages of each?I am not having much luck googling this.

Thanks!

In Topics Certifications

In General FarmsReach community, California FarmLink, Cooperation Among Farmers

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05/20/15, updated

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  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA commented

That one is great! Is there an app for it? I know it can be accessed on line from a portable device, but jus wondering! The others mentioned here seemed developed by and for Big Ag.

05/26/15 2:16 PM

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