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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Crop insurance for organic farmers

Because the topic of crop insurance came up recently, we hope you saw in the Events calendar that CCOF and CA FarmLink are co-hosting a webinar next Tuesday 6/19, 12-1:30pm PT called "Accessing Crop Insurance for Organic Farmers."

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"Organic and diversified farms now have a crop insurance option through USDA’s new Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program, as well as disaster assistance options through the Farm Service Agency. Join the CCOF Foundation and California FarmLink to find out how WFRP and other risk management programs address the needs of organic and diversified farms.
Crop insurance can serve as a tool to reduce risk and build your business. New crop insurance programs have opened this important risk management tool to organic and diversified farmers. Learn the basics of the Whole Farm Revenue Crop Protection (WFRP) program from Catharine Anderson of the USDA Risk
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06/14/18
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Ernesto Montenero  |  Sustainable Technologies  |  Alameda, CA

Subject: Direct Solar provide 20years of free pumping at Full Belly farm

Capay Valley, CA – Agriculture has always been part of California since the beginning, but with an impending drought, the sustainable utilization of our natural resources has been brought to the forefront. Full Belly Farm in Capay Valley is committed to organic and sustainable farming practices since 1985. Their latest commitment is an innovative renewable energy project: an off-grid solar pumping system by Sustainable Technologies. This direct solar system pump operates independently throughout the day. No power drop required and no electricity bill. The Varisun pumping controller can run any 3 phase pump.

The system sits on nearby grassland that the farm recently acquired, but it had no power within reach. The cost to install power near the well was unreasonable, and more expensive than the solar PV system itself. Irrigating the land would require power, so the farm chose to produce power where they

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06/11/18

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  |  Yolo Press  |  Winters, CA commented

Just to clarify the options: Photovoltaic panels produce direct current (DC) electricity. The Full Belly installation uses an inverter/transformer plus controls (plus phase converter?) to convert this to AC (alternating current) to power the pump (the pump runs on AC). My system uses a pump that runs on direct current (DC) power, so there is no inverter/transformer, no phase converter, no controls. It is a much simpler system for off-grid pumping.

06/12/18 8:21 AM

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Flying V Farmers  |  Flying V Farm  |  Placerville, CA

Subject: Seeking Garden Symphylan Guidance

Hi all,

My name is Grayson, myself and three others started a diversified fruit and veggie farm in Placerville CA this January.

We are learning that we have a Garden Symphylan (GS) infestation in parts of our veggie field. I have found them on the roots of crop plants, as well as lured them with potato slices. They have seriously damaged patches of direct sown spinach, killing or stunting plants just after germination, seems to be stunting growth on transplanted parsley and currently are attacking our direct seeded squash as it germs, killing some before they break the soil surface. It is presenting in patches, and is especially hindering direct sown crops. I have found them in numbers up to five per plant in the bad spots, and 15+ on some of the potato lures. It's definitely impacting our yields and causing us to worry about the suitability of the site.

After reading though some literature on GS it

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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

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06/02/18, updated

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  |  School Road Farm  |  San Juan Bautista, CA commented

Hello Grayson,

Sampling protocol

We found, in all of our symphylan work at the UCSC farm, that the most accurate sampling method was to sample each year following incorporation of cover crop just prior to bedding. We would lay out a 10' X 10' grid pattern on our entire production area and very carefully set out potato pieces on that pattern. Jon Umble did all of this work and spent a considerable amount of time at it. It takes patience and diligence and consistency to get good data. He utilized Arc View GIS mapping software to assist in analysis. He used colors to represent symphylan populations. He made these beautiful maps of our entire 25 acre production area that were very easily interpreted. We did this type of sampling in subsequent years on smaller production areas to identify potential trial areas. This is definitely the best approach - it is very time consuming but well worth the

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06/04/18 8:21 AM

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Karen Giovannini  |  University of California Cooperative Extension  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: AgTech

I was recently in a meeting about AgTech and how the rural communities don't have adequate access to the internet to take full advantage or even use these technologies. There was also discussion about how using AgTech doesn't necessarily reduce the amount of labor needed - humans are needed to run/fix the technology...for higher labor costs (better paying jobs). But the idea was to reduce inputs and increase yields by farming smarter and that overall the savings would be greater. Thoughts about AgTech for small farms? Availability or not of the internet to use it? AgTech and labor? Thanks

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05/17/18

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

A bit of a digression from this thread, but in response to the last post by Greg Valdivia, there was one post re: a USDA pilot crop insurance program for organic/diversified farmers a few years ago: http://www.farmsreach.com/welcome/groups/business-management-financing/forum/topic/the-usda-just-announced-a-pilot-crop-insurance-pr/

06/01/18 4:42 PM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in June!

Below are events coming up in June! To track the latest as they are added, check out our full Events Calendar.

6/5: Field Day: Bee-keeping & pollination - Woodland
6/5: Webinar: Assessment of Organic Farming on Soil Physical & Chemical Properties - Online

6/6-7: FIRST ANNUAL GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY AGENCY SUMMIT - Sacramento
6/6: Pest Management and Pesticide Safety Workshop (English & Hmong) - Fresno
6/12: Organic Tree Fruit & Berry Production (1st class in series) - Forestville
6/12: SOIL SOLARIZATION WORKSHOP - Winters
6/13: Webinar: Weed Management-An Ecological Approach - Online
6/13: Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day: Long Meadow Ranch - St Helena
6/18-6/22: Training of Farmer Trainers - Riverside
6/19: Webinar: Accessing Crop Insurance for Organic Farmers - Online
6/21: Summer farm course at Santa Rosa JC (1st Thurs class of 8) - Forestville
6/26: FOOD IT: The Full Stack - San Francisco
6/26: UAV –

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06/01/18
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Eric Munro  |  Ananda Valley Farm  |  Half Moon Bay, CA

Subject: Seedlings grow smaller in large cell-sized trays -- why???

Does anyone know why seedlings seem to grow bigger and faster when planted in smaller-cell trays

The picture below are broccoli seedlings 4+ weeks old. Same seed packet, same date seeded, same mix, same fertilization, same watering.

Only difference is one tray is 162 Proptek (2.4 cu in) the other 338 Proptek (1.3 cu in).

I thought I could grow bigger seedlings using the larger cell sized tray. But just the opposite happened, the bigger seedlings are in the smaller cell-sized tray. This has happened to me several times and every time I tried doing this.

The only reason I can conjecture is the smaller tray has steeper cell walls, so maybe water flows faster down it, bringing more oxygen to the roots??? Doesn't seem plausible.

Does anyone know why this happens???

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05/18/18

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  |  Ananda Valley Farm  |  Half Moon Bay, CA commented

Thanks Paul. What you say certainly matches my experience although not my initial "intuition".

One year I planted some tray seedlings alongside up-potted larger transplants. The smaller tray seedlings did better. Didn't do any up-potting again.

05/20/18 10:55 PM

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Ken Kimes  |  Greensward / New Natives LLC  |  Aptos, CA

Subject: Ag Tech

Hola

My father, a tractor dealer, was always very proud that he sold the first 3 point hitch in CA. For you tractor owners, think about life with out a 3 point. It wasn't terrible, but it's better with.

As far as AG technology goes the game changer I see is machine vision, coupled to GPS, to pick. Right now we are all, very large and very small, at the same point when it comes to picking. The large berries growers pick by hand in exactly the same manner as the smallest. When the robots take over the task then the sale price can hit a real bottom. Fortunately this is a very hard problem to solve.

Robot Free might be a new label.

Ken

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05/18/18
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Minimum wage & farm viability

The recent posts in our Classifieds about minimum wage reflect the unfortunate truths for both hiring farms and farm workers. For some farms, it can be tough to break even paying just minimum wage, while, for farm workers, minimum wage is hardly a living wage.

There are obviously no easy answers, but it’s clear that farm operators must somehow find ways to maximize production and efficiencies with less human power.

Below are some resources as practical guidance or simply food for thought. Please feel free to share other resources you think folks may be interested in!

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05/14/18

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Also: in most parts of the world, farm sizes are 3-7 acres and they can’t afford 100k worth of tractors. There is severe drought and/or depleted soils. Climate change is literally changing landscapes and industrializion has dried up aquifers. And a desperate lack of people interested in farming because there is no safety net like in the USA. We can’t deny innovation by imagining that the rest of the world lives like us or grows food like us. Innovating and automating food production and farming for smaller farms will be truly game changing at a global level.

05/16/18 6:05 PM

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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Website not secure

attention, admins...the website isn’t secure. If you open it via latest Firefox, it will tell you exactly what the problem is...it seems to be related to password safety, but I am not sure.

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05/15/18

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Thanks! It doesn’t explain why on my devices. Thanks for the update.

05/16/18 6:01 PM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in May (and a bit of June)!

Below are the events coming up in May (and a bit of June)! To track the latest as they are added, check out our full Events Calendar.

5/10: Webinar: Irrigation Scheduling Tools for Improved Water Management & Water Use Efficiency - Online
5/11: Marin/Sonoma Agriculture Roundtable - Petaluma
5/12: Intro to Urban Permaculture - Oakland
5/15: Webinar: Irrigation Water Management in High Tunnels - Online
5/16: Webinar: Evaluating the Value of Microbial-based Biostimulants/Biofertilizers on Your Farm - Online
5/17: Webinar: Biosecurity for Pastured and Organic Poultry - Online
5/17: Utilizing Analytics to Monitor the Nutrient Cycle - San Luis Obispo
5/18: Pastured & Free Range Poultry - Santa Rosa
5/18: Workshop: Pastured/Free-Range Poultry Operations - Forestville
5/22: Webinar: Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation - Online
5/23: Webinar: Financial Planning 101 - Online
5/24+: Webinar Series: Adaptive Grazing

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