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Subject: Pricing on Chilhuacle Negro peppers

Any farmers out there have a fair price point, or even any price point, for the rare Chilhuacle Negro pepper? It's not grown much outside of one valley in Oaxaca, and is in decline commercially. This chili is the cornerstone of authentic Oaxacan mole negro. I was tasked with the challenge of growing it locally in the Sacramento area by a chef I supply with niche ingredients. Since it is so rare, I can't find any good market research for pricing. Hoping someone out there might have some extra little bits of info to help round out my research. (fyi, online {not local or organic}, the dried chilis go for $40 per 8 oz)

Thanks so much!

In Topics Marketing & Sales

In General FarmsReach community, Mendocino Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, Nevada County Guild

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11/30/17

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  |  Feral Heart Farm  |  Oakland, CA commented

We grew chilhuacle negro this year. What a nice pepper! Where did you get seed?

12/01/17 9:48 AM

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Subject: Make sure your farm or ranch is counted! - USDA Ag Census through June...

"NASS conducts a census of all agricultural operations every 5 years. We need to know about all types of agricultural operations of all sizes. Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form here, or by visiting http://www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017)."

Press release:

CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR AMERICA’S FARMERS AND RANCHERS

WASHINGTON – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S.

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In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Policy, 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, Texas Organics, Cooperation Among Farmers, Nevada County Guild, Nutrient Management Solutions, California Agritourism

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06/07/17

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

Register at:

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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

Comment 0
03/02/17

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: 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

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.

I did not respond to this post to sell

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06/11/15 9:16 PM

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Subject: Have you put in your 10 minutes?

Have you put in your 10 minutes to complete the survey to be shared with over a dozen California agriculture organizations, so we can better serve YOUR needs (and be more effective and impactful)?? So far, Printed Best Practices, Drought Management, and Purchasing Help are in the lead. What’s your take?

This survey campaign will continue until at least half of you complete the quick & easy survey, so please take the 5-10 mins for the benefit of the whole community. AND: win one of two $250 cash prizes!

ORGANIZATIONS: We need your 5-minute survey answers too! Click to mark your spot in the very cool Ecosystem Maps. You could win a cash prize too!

Read more background on this survey project…

In Topics Anything Goes

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, Weather Reporting (CA), SoCal Sustainable Farming

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05/27/15

Headline: Mangalitsa and Mulefoot Pig feeders/breeders

Hey All--we hope that your spring is going well as you get ready for the upcoming season. We wanted to let folks know that we have Mulefoot and Mangalitsa feeder and breeder pigs available from our farm. If you would like to learn more about these breeds and our breeding program, please check out our website http://www.dinnerbellfarm.com/main/livestock-sales

The piglets were born a month or so ago and will be ready to wean by mid-April.

If you are interested, would like to hear more, see pictures, or come to the farm to see the pigs in the field you are welcome to call Paul at 260 450 0450 or shoot us an email at dinnerbellfarm@gmail.com

Contact Phone: 260-450-0450

In General FarmsReach community, Nevada County Guild

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03/12/15

Subject: Wholesale and Brokers

Hello Everyone,

Over the past few years almost all my marketing has been done directly through me to CSA customers and particular local restaurants. We are in the process of expanding the farm and looking towards having excess in the future much beyond what our local CSA and current restaurants are consuming.

So today my main questions are, 1. Does anyone have any experience with any local/ semi-local distributors or wholesalers in Northern California? 2. Good or Bad experiences? please elaborate. 3. Do they pay fair prices? 4. Who if anyone would you recommend? 5. What kind of food safety and insurance hurdles did you have to deal with to land these larger accounts?

I know we have a lot of experience on the boards here, and I am sure I am not the only one with the issue of growing more food and trying to figure out how to best sell it outside of their local markets without selling out to the big man and making stupidly low returns?

Thanks in advance,

-Kevin Nowell

In Topics Washing, Packing & Packaging, Marketing & Sales, Food Safety, Trucks, Delivery & Logistics, Business & Financial Planning

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

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02/13/15

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  |  Humble Bee Hill Farms  |  Shingle Springs, CA commented

Does anyone have any experience with any other particular wholesalers or brokers? Anyone who is better or worse or any red flags for companies to avoid? I guess I am looking for some specifics so I can make some calls out to these different buyers and get some input.

Thanks everyone for your input, it has all been very helpful.

02/16/15 4:36 PM

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Subject: Organic Wholesale Vegetable Nursery

Hello FarmsReach,

I wanted to let everyone know that we are starting an Organic Wholesale Vegetable Nursery business this winter. We are located in El Dorado County in the foothills. I am getting into this endeavor because when I needed a source for organic vegetable transplants they were not around for purchase. I feel I am not the only farmer who has this problem, so I am going to do my best and fill the demand in the area.

We are putting up our greenhouse right now and have our nursery license on the way and our organic certifier coming our way as soon as infrastructure is up and running.

We are trying to take orders/contracts for the space that we have allocated in the greenhouse. Our goal is to contract out and fill our 1000 tray capacity by selling vegetable transplants to local organic farms. If we are not contracted out for all of our trays by mid January then our next step is to work with our

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In Topics Seed & Planting, Marketing & Sales, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Business & Financial Planning

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

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10/22/14
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  |  P.J. Dunn Working Redworms  |  Galt, CA commented

Hi Kevin!

Very nice... glad to hear about this most recent endeavor. Sounds like you've been busy since we talked last year. I'm sure it was a busy season for you with your farm. This is exactly what Farms Reach and the organic/natural garden movement needs. People like you who have a commitment to finding a need and filling it with huge amounts of energy! As a young farmer you are doing what we need to sustain the planet responsibly. Congratulations and best wishes for success! PS-It's a good idea to add your phone # to your post for contact info; yeah, I know, you will be on the phone more and more.. but that will be a good thing. Great job, Kevin.

10/22/14 10:00 AM

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