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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Compiled list of Job Opportunities posted recently

There have been a lot of job opportunities posted in FarmsReach lately! Please pass this on to friends who are looking for farm positions or internships! To view all Classifieds, go to http://FarmsReach.com > Community > Classifieds.

Field Crew (Full Time and Part Time), Bluma Farm, Sunol

http://www.farmsreach.com/welcome/groups/classifieds-employment-opportunities/forum/topic/field-crew-full-time-and-part-time/

Assistant Manager (Full Time), Bluma Farm, Sunol

http://www.farmsreach.com/welcome/groups/classifieds-employment-opportunities/forum/topic/assistant-manager-full-time/

Nursery Assistant, MIX Garden, Healdsburg

http://www.farmsreach.com/welcome/groups/classifieds-employment-opportunities/forum/topic/nursery-assistant-position/

Ranch Manager, SoMar Farms, Petaluma

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02/11/18, updated
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up this month!

Below are the events coming up in February (and first week of March)! To track the latest as they are added, check out our full Events Calendar.

2/12: CAFF PSA Grower Training - Woodland
2/13-15: World Ag Expo - Tulare
2/13: 2018 Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting - Salinas
2/13: Webinar: Discovering How Cover Crops Impact Cropland Habitat for Pests: Voles, Slugs, and Other Pests - Online
2/14-17: Organic Seed Growers Conference - Corvallis, OR
2/14: Live Online: Seed Economics Intensive – from Organic Seed Growers Conference - Online
2/14: Webinar: Pastured Pork Production - Online
2/17-18: Farmers Guild-CAFF Entrepreneurial Intensive in SLO - San Luis Obispo
2/17: Intro to Permaculture Design - Santa Cruz
2/19: Principles of Fruit and Nut Tree Growth- Cropping & Management (1st class 2/19; last class 3/1) - Davis
2/20: Webinar: Regenerating Soils with Adaptive, High-Stock Density Grazing - Online... Read More

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02/11/18
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Rachel Kohn Obut  |  Lunita Farm  |  Napa, CA

Subject: Iron in Well Water

I'm just starting a vegetable farming venture on an acre of land (hopefully). I had already begun to invest in the project so I'm committed to moving forward if possible. Unfortunately, I just received the water test and iron level is listed at 8 mg/L. I've done a little research online and it sounds like that is going to be problematic. Can anyone give me more information about this? Are there affordable ways to remove iron, or irrigation systems that can handle this amount of iron. Normally, I have used t-tape, which I understand may not be able to handle this level of iron. I'd so appreciate any resources or information anyone can share. I do not want to give up on this project, but maybe I will have to?

In Topics Water & Irrigation

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01/21/18

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  |  Water Lever  |  Somerville, MA commented

Rachel,
If you decide to go with a treatment, check out http://irrigationcleaning.com/. We market a product called Phyto-Cat which uses a liquid fermentation to eliminate scaling in irrigation systems. It is not acidic or toxic and it helps to improve the soil as well. It costs $70 a gallon which is enough to treat an acre of drip irrigation for at least one full growing season. It's a new technology which began being used in irrigation in 2016 and we have already helped several farmers in California deal with sever Iron reducing bacteria problems in their irrigation systems.

02/07/18 6:52 PM, updated

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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Robotics and Small Acreage Farms at Eco Farm

hello all,

happy new year!

I spoke at eco farm about robotics and small acreage farms here:

https://eco-farm.org/conference/2018/session/technology-rescue-will-robots-save-day-ag

there was a lot to cover but I just spoke about the main points.

i have attempted to upload the slides I presented there and I am keeping it here for a bit:

http://jellicle-cats.squarespace.com/jellicles2018/2018/1/26/vx5tk9ae9re0i0rfxmm3n9evglcmnu

if there are any points you’d like to discuss, we can take it from here.

I am also preparing a use case/ scenario document to figure out the development cost for my design‘s prototype.

Any input on how farmers visualize small acreage ag-bots on a use case basis is also good for us to discuss here.

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01/30/18

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Thanks, Paul. You make good points. Here are my thoughts:

1. Someone in our recent past thought that designing a tractor was a good idea. Or we would be plowing with horses or bullocks.

2. ag bots will replace mechanisation. And it will be cheaper. And more efficient.

3. Most importantly, they will be autonomous for repetitive tasks. You still need to hire someone to drive a tractor. With robots, code will drive your tractor.

4. The future generation wont know how to look at transmission but they will know how to fix buggy code. We have to build for them.

5. The average size of farms in other parts of the world..esp Asia is 3-7 acres. Tractors and pesticide use is bankrupting farmers. Perhaps we don’t see that much here because we grow a lot in CA for the rest of the country and what we cant grow, we import. It’s not a model of sufficiency but based on hedging and creation of deficits.

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02/01/18 6:37 PM

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Ben Lyons  |  Lockewood Acres  |  Vacaville, CA

Subject: vacuum seeder

I was looking to invest in a vacuum seeder. Any input as to whether it is worth the 600 plus dollars as apposed to hand seeding 128 flats. I currently make .28/hr so my ROI would take awhile. Please provide reviews ( brand, price, ease of use, ect.). Thanks in advance to you all.

Ben

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01/25/18

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  |  TD Willey Farms  |  Madera, CA commented

Ben,

You may want to check in with Ryan Casey of Blue House Farm in Pescadero. He made his own vacuum tray seeder for pennies on the dollar.

Best, Tom

02/01/18 11:44 AM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: User Tip! ~ You can update how often to receive email notifications in My Settings

Hi folks! Reminder that you can always update how often you want to receive email notifications by going to My Settings > Email Notifications (at bottom of page). If you have any questions or run into issues, email us at support@farmsreach.com. Thanks!

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01/31/18
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Sally Negroni  |  Sikes Road  |  Dixon, CA

Subject: Liquid fertilizer vs. compost or manure

A question for organic orchard growers: are you more likely to use compost or manures to supply nitrogen, along with a cover crop, or apply liquid nitrogen in your irrigation water? A friend has been giving me dried horse manure from his operation, and I have also purchased compost. I'm trying to decide if I should buy a manure spreader for the dry material, or look into a pump system to apply liquid fertilizer. While it would be easier to calculate the application amount with the liquid, I could be getting other benefits with the compost or manure. Thanks for any input.

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01/25/18

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  |  Fruitilicious Farm  |  Watsonville, CA commented

We use cover crops, compost and bagged fertilizer on most of our trees, although some of the big older trees do not get all of this every year because their root systems are deep enough and the soil is built up enough. We do some foliar sprays and fertigation too, but mostly with seaweed and fish and micro-nutrients as needed. Although we hated to buy a manure spreader because we only use it once per year, we couldn't find one we could borrow or rent and with an orchard the commercial spreaders won't fit under the canopy, so we bit the bullet and bought one. It would be really great if regions with small growers could get together to share equipment like this.

01/28/18 11:08 AM

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Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Oakland, CA

Subject: MESA seeks Beginning and Experienced Farmers: Climate Resilience - An Online Course for Farmers

Hi all,

I'm reaching out to share that the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture is now offering an online course called Climate Resilience - A Course for Farmers. We are specifically making this course available to new and experienced farmers in California and Oregon to create a thriving network, share skills, tools and knowledge, and to help you and your farm be more climate resilient.

I invite you to learn more here: https://learn.mesaprogram.org/climate/ or feel free to contact me with any questions or interest katie@mesaprogram.org . Thank you!

Climate_Resilience_Course_Flyer_(1)_1516313122.pdf

In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Weather & Climate Change, News & Events

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01/18/18
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events the rest of January (and beginning of February)!

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

1/13: Home Grown Fruit: Basic Winter Fruit Tree Pruning - Watsonville
1/16-17: CA Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit - Stockton
1/17: Webinar: Best Practice Resources for Agricultural Apprenticeships - Online
1/18: Labor & Safety Regulations - Paso Robles
1/18-19: Cal Poly SLO’s 29th Annual Ag Showcase - San Luis Obispo
1/18: Workshop on Expanding Market Channels - Petaluma
1/18: Webinar: Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis (1st in series of 6) - Online
1/18: Sheep Management Basics - Auburn
1/19: Webinar: Diversified Cropping Systems as a Pathway to Sustainability in CA - Online
1/20: Preparing Ewes for Lambing - Auburn
1/20: Free Fruit Tree Q&A Session - Santa Cruz
1/22: Webinar: How produce growers need to comply with FSMA - Online
1/24-27:

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01/12/18
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Melissa Fenchak  |  None  |  Lucerne valley, CA

Subject: 30 acres of land and clueless

Hi i live in lucerne valley ca. And have 30 acres of flat mostly clear land. Im not sure what to do with it or where to start....

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01/09/18

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  |  P.J. Dunn Working Redworms  |  Galt, CA commented

WOW! Big opportunity here, eh? Love the answers I am seeing, the input is great! From Jeff's practical take to Patrick's thinking from the heart... Whatever your circumstances, it sounds like there is plenty of room to work any kind of plan in; think of things possible for the 'big' picture and you can plan, expand, finding out the best approach as you go. Jerry may have the permaculture approach and, if so, will help to define your goals. Many many questions will factor in re: what grows in Lucerne Valley? Are there 'traditional' models to explore? How long have you been there and what do you think you'd like? You know, some people would look at the same parcel and see a storage facility as a way to build a future! Others would consider an equestrian center, an orchard, nursery, turf farm, organic crops, flowers.. The list goes on and on. One suggestion (only MY personal choice) and there are

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