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Paul Ladeira  |  Arboreo Design  |  Browns Valley, CA

Subject: Grazing Options

My wife and I just purchased 37 acres in Browns Valley and the grass is very high. We would like to have it grazed to bring down the fire danger and also make it walkable. Our current infrastructure is minimal- The property is not completely perimeter fenced and we have access to water from a large pond but no storage or pump at this point.

I'd love to hear suggestions from anyone with experience in this and what we can expect from someone interested in using the land.

Thanks

Paul Ladeira

In Topics Livestock, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

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07/17/17
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Rachel Kohn Obut  |  Flatbed Farm  |  Glen Ellen, CA

Subject: Preferred Invoicing Systems

I'm curious what programs people are using for invoicing in particular and record-keeping in general. I've been using a simple excel sheet I set up for many years, but I'm ready to upgrade to something that will hopefully make the process more stream-lined. I'm thinking of Quickbooks. Also thinking of Square cause we already have an account (we use a square register in our farm strore) and they do have an invoicing system but not sure how good it is. Just curious what's most popular and most liked among farmers. Thanks.

In Topics Marketing & Sales, Business & Financial Planning

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07/13/17

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  |  Green Star Farm  |  Sebastopol, CA commented

I use Xero online accounting, it is extremely versatile, very user friendly and a good price. I used to use Quickbooks, found it cumbersome... I have never looked back. I have it fully integrated with all of my inventory software, mobile credit card services, paypal, and POS systems, it works flawlessly. (also easily integrated with payroll)Good luck!SarahC2A0Green Star Farmhttp://GreenStarFarm.com707-861-0060
07/14/17 4:35 PM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in July (and beginning of August)!

Below are the events coming up in the rest of July (and beginning of August)! To track the latest as they are added, check out our full Events Calendar.

7/12-13: Organic Produce Summit 2017 - Monterey
7/16: Pasture Based Livestock - Watsonville
7/18: Webinar: Organic Seed Production – Diseases and Pests - Online
7/18: Webinar: Assessing Areas of Risk for Current & Potential Organic Operations - Online
7/19: Webinar: Intro to Bee Diversity in the U.S. - Online
7/20: Proper Stockmanship School with TomKat Ranch - Pescadero
7/21: Alhambra Urban Agriculture Workshop: Legal Basics - Alhambra
7/24: Summer 2017 Term for the School of Adaptive Agriculture (1st class in series) - Willits
7/25: Webinar: Native Thistles – Important & Misunderstood Plants for Conservation - Online
7/26: Webinar: Hiring Farm Employees – Process and Recommendations - Online
7/27-30: First 50 Celebration, UCSC Farm & Garden - Santa

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07/12/17, updated
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Carin Fortin  |  Blossom's Farm  |  Santa Cruz, CA

Subject: Herb grinder for 17 acre herb farm

Hello,

does anybody have experience with cutting herbs for bulk sales? We are looking for a grinder that can shred/cut herbs, shrubs, barks. So far the only devices we found were Chinese Medicinal Herb grinders online - not sure if they work and worry about service.

I am thankful for feedback, advice and links.

Carin Fortin

Blossom's Biodynamic Herb Farm

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06/29/17

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  |  Blossom's Farm  |  Santa Cruz, CA commented

Thank you, Lin, Heidi, Ken and Harley for feedback, inks and connections - and apologies for the slow response, I just saw your posts. Thanks again! Carin

07/09/17 7:11 PM

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Paula Balbontin  |  West Valley College  |  Davis, CA

Subject: Farmers in San Benito County, Educators need five minutes of your time.

In San Benito County, we live one step away from Silicon Valley, the world’s hub for technology development, where high-tech workers find new ways to improve our connectivity, boost our economies, and improve our livelihoods.

Being California the state that feeds our nation, the agricultural sector is not left behind, and Silicon Valley’s innovators work hard to equip our agriculture with cutting-edge tools. However, technology by itself is not, and will not be enough to move our California’s agriculture to the next level in terms of productivity and environmental sustainability.

Even though technologies such as drones or automatized harvest machines have proved to increase our agricultural productivity, we know that adopting them is not an easy road. Not only high start-up costs, but also a lack of qualified labor with skills and knowledge on how to use these technologies effectively makes the

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In Topics Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Certifications, Women in Agriculture, News & Events

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06/21/17

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06/22/17 2:18 PM

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Joe Jorge  |  JMJ Farms   |  Elk Grove , CA

Subject: Farmer looking ?? Does anybody know where can buy...

Farmer looking ??

Does anybody know where can buy large volumes of chicks and Pullets cheap or a hatcheries for chicks in California around Sacramento or the Central Valley

Or by Petaluma ???? Any Help would be grateful !!!

Thanks

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02/11/14, updated

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  |  Pozo Organic Farm  |  Santa Margarita, CA commented

I applaud your reasoning for buying baby chicks from a nearby hatchery instead of having them sent through the mail.

There is a reason chicks are CHEAP from many of the hatcheries! Hatcheries work with birds in extremely large numbers, thereby reducing the cost of each chick. Their animal welfare is not always the best. Please consider contacting someone from the Sustainable Poultry Network (http://sustainablepoultrynetwork.com) to purchase birds that can reproduce naturally and live a healthy, humanly hatched beginning to life!

Thank you,
Dana Tryde
Certified Flock #17, Sustainable Poultry Network
02/13/14 3:42 PM

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Rachelle Hedges  |  Alameda County RCD  |  Livermore, CA

Subject: Upcoming Workshop: Getting the Lease - Strategies for developing an effective grazing lease proposal

Join the Alameda County Resource Conservation District and the UC Cooperative Extension for a workshop designed to help farmers and ranchers more effectively compete for grazing leases in the Bay Area. Find out more!

Learn about commonly asked RFP questions and work collaboratively to develop effective, “winning” answers. Attendees will hear from a panel of experienced applicants and proposal reviewers from agencies including East Bay Regional Parks, SF Public Utilities Commission, and Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. This workshop will also address pursuing private and non-conventional grazing leases. This workshop is free!

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06/15/17
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Brandon Sanders  |  RobinSong Farms  |  Templeton, CA

Subject: SLCV in C. moschata

I have, I believe, a form of Squash Leaf Curl Virus (upward curl) in a distinct area of my winter squash field. It seems to only be infecting C. moschata varieties, particularly Kikuza. At first, online research made it seem that I am not in a region where the virus exists, but I started to see more talk of it in CA. I am wondering:

1) How should I be preventing this in the future?

2) Should I be removing the infected plants? I do not see any whitefly currently.

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06/13/17

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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

If you have a virus on your cucurbits it is either transmitted by flying and sucking insects (you mentioned whitefly but leafhoppers and aphids would be just as likely culprits) or it came in with the seed. If it's just on one variety right now, the latter is more likely.

Either way it's too late for you to do anything for the infected plants. Actinovate is not effective against viruses, nor is any other certified organic material.

The worst case scenario is that the virus is seed-borne and gets passed from the infected variety to the rest of your field via insects. The safe strategy would be to destroy the infected variety, especially if it's not a big part of your planting.

You should also let the seed company that supplied the seed know about the virus, although they will likely deny that it came from them. But if they get reports from other farmers who grew it, they will have to address

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06/14/17 7:47 AM

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Paula Balbontin  |  West Valley College  |  Davis, CA

Subject: Calling Farmers in San Benito County!

The Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technologies Program (AWET) in collaboration with Farm Bureaus, the Grower-shipper Association, and the San Benito Business Council has developed the Agricultural Workforce Development Survey to best support the San Benito County’s agricultural industry.
We need the participation of owners and managers working in companies engaged in agricultural activities within the San Benito County to answer a twelve-question Survey. Your support is key for California Community Colleges to identify what are the skills and knowledge required in your company in order to develop new curriculum among our Community Colleges. We have developed four new technical programs in water and wastewater treatment with Gavilan College and we want to expand to agriculture.
Please take five minutes to support our work as Community Colleges:
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06/12/17
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Jacob Roberson  |  Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)  |  Fresno, CA

Subject: Food Safety Regional Lead for Tulare, Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties

Good Morning Ya'll,

My name is Jacob Roberson and I am the Food Safety Regional Lead for Tulare, Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties for a non-profit organization called Community Alliance with Family Farmers (new to Fresno area). CAFF is well established all over California except for the Central Valley which is where I am based out of (Fresno to be exact). I wanted to use this post as a source to contact farmers who are struggling with food safety and cannot afford to hire an outside consultant to come to their farm, perform assessments, help with documentation, and get their farm ready for a 3rd party audit. I perform the same duties as an outside consultant but my service is no cost to the farmer. CAFF is a non-profit organization looking to better food safety standards and procedures practiced on small farms / farms at a disadvantage (financial hardships, language barriers, new farmers, etc.).

Food

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