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Nancy Niche  |  Green Gage Farm  |  Novato, CA

Subject: Farm B&B Insurance Conundrum

I run a 2-acre permaculture farm in North Marin County that is also a B&B that I rent through Airbnb. I have been through 13 brokers trying to get insured. They eventually say in some form or another that there just isn’t a policy that will do what I need; cover replacement costs AND liability.

Before it was a B&B the other 4 units were month-to-month rentals and I had both homeowners & rental insurance through State Farm, but when I went over to the ‘transient occupancy,’ State Farm said they wouldn’t insure the 3 rental structures, only my residence. When my policies expired and were cancelled, my mortgage company put lender-based policies on the 3 rental structures at an exorbitant cost, and (I just found out while doing my taxes), the coverage is only to pay the lender in the case of loss; I will get nothing to replace or rebuild. And, of course, there is no liability coverage for my business,

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In Topics Insurance, Women in Agriculture

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10/04/17, updated

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  |  Lucky Monkeys Ranch  |  Willits, CA commented

You might try Grange Insurance Company (washington state) They cover our farm, home, tractor, solar, and may cover short term stay-overs. Or you may need a commercial policy for that.

https://www.grange.com

11/11/17 11:44 PM

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Aubrey White  |  Agricultural Sustainability Institute At UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

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 Topics Soil Fertility Management, Water & Irrigation

In General FarmsReach community, Nutrient Management Solutions

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11/17/14, updated

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  |  Customized Water Systems  |  Modesto, CA commented

Hello Franz thanks for quick http://feedback.We are tracking infiltration depths with GPS moisture probes wirelessly connected to the matched Software package to track improvements. Using either the frequency drivenC2A0 Hydrosmart water systems or the ESP frequency driven water systemsWater Infiltration root zone depth is faster and deeper. On almonds we are seeing approx. 18" deeper penetration infiltration. We will be in Phoenix at the Irrigation show this week. If you are wondering where to get more info go to http://www.hydrosmart.com.auC2A0 Or http://www.customizedwatersystems.comWe own USA distribution support on these non flow restricted water systems. The systems creates scalar energy wetter water with hydrogen bonds broken. Wetter water soaks in the ground faster and breaks up scale into usable root nutrients in high TDS water. Units are all Green http://performance.We are dropping 3 more ESP... Read More
11/25/14 10:31 PM

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Ruthie King  |  Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture  |  Willits, CA

Subject: School of Adaptive Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2018 spring & summer terms

Are you seeking hands on experience with sustainable, community driven agriculture? Are you curious and inspired to learn about the science, art, and business of food production?
The School of Adaptive Agriculture is located on a diverse working ranch that is fertile ground for innovative, creative, and productive projects. Every year the SAA hosts two 3 month residential programs in which we provide comprehensive training in animal husbandry, vegetable production, orchard management, and grain and seed production. As we understand that a farmer must be as self-sufficient as possible in order to succeed, we also provide instruction in small engine repair, carpentry, electricity and plumbing, as well as business and financial planning. Field trips to dozens of outstanding farms in this rich agricultural area and practice in community dynamics round out this intensive, exhilarating, and unique training
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In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

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11/08/17
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  |  Sis-Q Ranch  |  Fort Jones, CA commented

Do I pay a fee for being on t his site?????From: FarmsReach <info@farmsreach.com& gt;Reply-To: FarmsReach <postbyemail@farmsreach.com>Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:43:57 +000 0 (UTC)To: Tom & Jan Ball < ;sisqranch@sisqtel.net>Subject: ADV: New Post: School of Adapti ve Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2018 spring & summe rRuthie King | Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture | Willits, CA posted ~Are you seeking hands on experience with sustainable, community driven agriculture? Are you curious and inspired to learn about th e science, art, and business of food production?The School of Adaptive Agric ulture is located on a diverse working ranch that is fertile ground for inno vative, creative, and productive projects. Every year the SAA... Read More or Comment Posted to: General FarmsReach communityTopics:... Read More
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Sarah McCamman  |  Heavy Dirt CSA  |  Davis, CA

Subject: Safe barrier between veggie fields and busy roadway

My partner and I are site planning for our new urban homestead and veggie farm in Sacramento. We have a lovely acre with a home, a few existing trees, and lots of potential. We will be planting fruit trees this Winter and starting with veggies, which will make up the bulk of our operation, next spring. The large open field where we will be growing veggies backs up to a busy roadway and we're planning to plant a hedgerow of drought tolerant natives and insectary plants along the back fence, potentially followed by a row of fruit trees, as a visual and auditory barrier, as well as to dissipate and absorb any potential toxins from the roadway (exhaust fumes, tire wear and tear, tar and other materials from the road itself) before they can get to the veggies.

The road itself is 10 feet off of our fence line and has a 5 ft shoulder (so cars are driving 15 ft from our fence) and we were imagining a ~15 ft

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In Topics Food Safety, Urban Agriculture

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11/01/17

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  |   Cooperative Extension UC Davis  |  Davis, CA commented

Hi All,

The ANR Cooperative Extension has a webpage ( http://ucanr.edu/sites/UrbanAg/Starting_an_Urban_Farm/) with several resources such: soil testing, food safety , production etc. Here is recent publication about soil testing http://ucanr.edu/sites/UrbanAg/files/197207.pdf.

11/08/17 7:55 AM

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Eric Brennan  |  USDA-ARS  |  Salinas, CA

Subject: New cover cropping videos and climate change paper

Hi Folks,

Below are YouTube links to my two newest, 8 minute cover cropping videos that I thought might interest you:
It was fun to present the first video last night at the CCOF Central Coast Chapter meeting in San Juan Bautista. It was followed by a good discussion.
In my presentation I highlighted 1) a recent review paper (Agron Sust Dev 37p4) on cover crops and climate change, and 2) my recent opinion paper (HortTech 27p151) that includes some alternative cover cropping approaches (i.e., juicing shoots for liquid fertilzer, etc.). The PDFs of the papers (see citations below) are attached for you to download and enjoy.
-Kaye J.P., M. Quemada. 2017. Using cover crops to mitigate and adapt to climate change. A review. Agron. Sustain. Dev. 37:4. Here's a link
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HortTech_27p151_1510103370.pdf
Agron_Sust_Dev_37p4_1510103396.pdf

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Equipment

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11/07/17, updated
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Maureen Thompson  |  California Farm Academy, Center for Land-Based Learning  |  Winters, CA

Subject: 2018 CA Farm Academy: NOW accepting applications!

Hello from the California Farm Academy!!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Beginning Farmer Training Program & the Apprenticeship Program!

Please join us for our CFA Information Session to meet alumni, program staff, and learn more.

The CA Farm Academy Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers. During the seven-month program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning, & marketing, & culminate in a personal business plan or farm career plan. In addition to

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In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, News & Events, Anything Goes

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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10/11/17
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: North Bay Fire Relief Benefit & Community Resilience Fund

From CAFF/Farmers Guild: This week we face devastating fires here in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties, fires which have so far taken over a dozen lives, destroyed hundreds of homes, burned farms to the ground and scorched more than 100,000 acres of this place we all love.

This Thursday we are hosting a benefit in Sebastopol, CA as well as joining a coalition of local organizations to establish the North Bay Fire Recovery & Community Resilience Fund, channeling our collective compassion and resources into a single place from which to help families and individuals recover--as well as to support grassroots initiatives that build resilience in the face of future catastrophe.

Whether you can attend Thursday's event or not, please consider joining us to meet this tragedy's survivors with open hearts by donating to this fund and holding space for those in need.

100% of funds raised will be provided to

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10/10/17
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Meriwether Hardie  |  Bio-Logical   |  BOULDER, CO

Subject: Looking for organic manure in the Santa Cruz Area

Looking for advice - Hello! I am looking for a grass fed dairy operation in the Santa Cruz California to buy manure from to make compost for an organic farm operation. Only interested in chemical/hormone free operations. Does anyone have advice on operations that maybe interested to sell their green? Thank you!

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Waste Management, Seed & Planting, Livestock, Anything Goes

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  |  Bio-Logical   |  BOULDER, CO commented

Thanks Collette! I will e-mail you now. I would also love to hear from any others, as we are looking for multiple sources and also aged manure and bedding (from chemical free/hormone free operations).

10/10/17 9:54 AM, updated

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in October (and beginning of November)!

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

10/7-8: Hoes Down Harvest Festival – 30th Annual Celebration - Guinda, Yolo County
10/10: Webinar: Connecting Health Insurance & Agricultural Viability - Online
10/11-31: GAPs Online Course – Custom schedules October 11-31 - Online
10/12: It’s Alive! Principles and Practices to Build Soil Health on your Farm - Winters
10/12: Webinar: Postharvest Handling (Part 2) - Online
10/12: Webinar: Practical Carbon Solutions: How Biodynamics Can Engage Climate in the Farm/Garden - Online
10/16-17: SOIL 2017 – Slow Money National Conference: Bringing Our Money Back Down To Earth - Boulder, Colorado
10/17: Webinar: Organic Seed Production – Seed Contracting, Economics & Policy - Online
10/19: Ranching in Carnivore Country: Livestock - La Honda
10/20-22: Bioneers -

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10/04/17
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Tim Young  |  SmallFarmNation.com  |  Elberton, GA

Subject: Farm Marketing Courses

The materials and community here at Farms Reach are a fantastic resource for farmers. I'd like to introduce you to another resource that dives deep into the issue of marketing a farm business.

The Small Farm Nation Academy just opened this week for charter members, and opens to all farmers starting November. It's an online community of video training courses on everything related to farm marketing, including:

  • farm branding
  • web design & SEO
  • list building & email marketing
  • getting PR & media attention
  • blogging & content creation
  • social media marketing & much more
Plus membership includes discounts at various farm partners, from hatcheries to market gardening supplies. All the details are at https://smallfarmnation.com/academy/
You can join anytime, but there's a special offer to Farms Reach subscribers of 25% off if you join before 10/31/17. To get that lifetime discount, just use the code
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10/04/17
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  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA commented

Be aware that credit card purchases can by charged back by the customer for any reason for several weeks after the sale. If your produce got cooked in the UPS truck, they would claim, your customer won't have to pay for it. After 100 of these, you are out of business.

10/04/17 10:59 AM

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