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... Read More
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
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.... Read More
Subject: Nutrient Mgmt Virtual Field Day: Monitoring nutrient and moisture levels to maximize productivity
Welcome to the Nutrient Management Virtual Field Day! Here is our first topic to kick things off:
Clearly, in limited water situations, monitoring your nutrient and moisture helps maximize productivity. What are your top tips for farms to accomplish this? What monitoring practices do you use? How did you adapt your monitoring practices for the drought?
Below, our featured panelists will respond, and then we invite YOU to share any ideas, tips or questions you have as well.
For bios of our panelists and to learn more about the Series, check out the Nutrient Management Solutions group. This Nutrient Management Series in Times of Drought Series is a collaboration of UC SAREP, FarmsReach and Sustainable Conservation.
In General FarmsReach community, Nutrient Management Solutions
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.
Headline: organic hemp seed meal, chia seeds, and coconut oil for livestock feed or fertilizer
I have food manufacturing byproduct and off spec stuff in large quantities (tons) available for $140/ton you pick up in Redwood Valley.
Contact Phone: 707-272-5477
Free Composting Demonstration
04/30/16, 10:00 am - 10:30 am | La Selva Beach, CA
Join Drew Mather of Purple Glove Organics (PGO) and see how easy it is to start recycling all of your food waste, and prevent the creation of methane gas by sending your organics to a landfill.
Better yet, learn how you can generate lots of high quality organic matter for use in your garden and surrounding landscapes!
Call (831) 687-8684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
See you on April 30th!Read More
In General FarmsReach community, Nutrient Management Solutions
Headline: Farmers looking for a used tractor
My name is Will Nelson and my partner, Erica Gassmann, and I are owners of The Bear & The Bee, an organic farm and apiary. We just moved to El Dorado County from New England and are in need of a tractor. The diesel fuel injector pump just died along with the clutch in the pto on our current tractor. We are looking for used 4x4 diesel tractor preferably 35 hp or more. We haven't had much luck on craigslist or with used dealerships. We are on a tight budget and short on time. Any information or leads would be much appreciated. You can call or email: 925-819-2363. Thank you.
Will and Erica
Subject: New Farmers looking for Sources
My name is Will Nelson and my partner and I are moving to California from New England to start a farm in the foothills of the Sierra's. We are looking for sources for irrigation supplies, fertilizers, potting soil, compost, equipment, etc. We would greatly appreciate any suggestions.
The Bear & The Bee
In Topics Equipment
Oak Savana Design Workshop
12/12/15 - 12/13/15 | Valley Ford, CA
Join us at True Grass Farms on December 12 - 13th 2015 for discussion, design and installation of the first phase of our silvopasture system.
Topics covered will include:
*Soil-building and carbon sequestration
*Optical land surveying
*Keyline cultivation for water retention
*Managing for appropriate species
*Fostering ecological succession
Onsite camping is included in the ticket price, as are three meals (two lunches and a breakfast) featuring True Grass Farm’s own pasture-raised meats and various local ingredients.
Please see http://truegrassfarms.com/workshops/ for more detailsRead More
Subject: Manure water/commercial fertilizer on silage corn
Next question in the series: What practices are you utilizing to ensure you are getting the most value from your manure water and any commercial fertilizer used on silage corn?
Note: All posts in the Soil Nutrient Management Series re: Forage Crops are posted in the Nutrient Management Solutions Group. To not miss a post and join the group, it takes one click here.
For more context and references, see our Soil Nutrient Management Toolkit and the recent blog about this Series. For bios of our panelists, check out the Nutrient Management Solutions group. This Nutrient Management Series in Times of Drought Series is a collaboration of UC SAREP, FarmsReach and Sustainable Conservation.