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Eric Brennan  |  USDA-ARS  |  Salinas, CA

Subject: Two Vidoes on Sustainability Challenges in Organic Agriculture

Hi Folks,

Below are links to two 5 minute, thought-provoking videos that I made and presented at a symposium titled "Sustainability Challenges in Organic Agriculture" that I co-organize for the annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy in Phoenix, AZ, last month. The first video is focused on NITROGEN FERTILIZERS and SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT in high-input, organic vegetable systems like those that are common in the Central Coast of California. The second video, with two coauthors who work at the USDA-ARS in Beltsville, MD, is focused on PEST MANAGEMENT challenges especially with PERENNIAL WEEDS.

Sustainability Problems with Repackaged Synthetic Nitrogen in Organic Agriculture. (Brennan)

What Our Organic Gardens Taught Us About the Challenges of Organic Regulations. (Cavigelli, Tomecek, & Brennan)

All 11 presentations in this symposium were by 5 minute videos and followed by equal time for

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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Pest & Disease Management, Certifications

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12/09/16

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  |  Nico Orgo USA Inc  |  Fresno, CA commented

Hello Eric, Great research thanks for keeping us informed.

05/18/17 11:01 AM

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Amigo Bob Cantisano  |  Organic Ag Advisors  |  No. San Juan, CA

Subject: Comparing Dosatron adn Dosmatic Fertilizer Injectors

I have worked on many farms with either Dosatron or Dosmatic liquid fertiligation injectors. They seem pretty similar, yet different. We are going to buy one for the Felix Gillet Institute heirloom fruit and nut tree nursery project. Looking for opinions/experiences with either or both brands. What are the upsides and downsides? Which would you buy? This is a relatively small system, injecting 2-10 gallons per acre per week or two, injected into drip tape. Thanks for any thoughts!

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05/08/17

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

Talked with a sales rep of both to get the scoop! Summary:

  • It’s kind of a Ford vs Chevy situation.
  • Both very good quality.
  • Can’t say one is preferred over the other. No substantial upsides or downsides to either.
  • For smaller-side flow rates, DM11F & D25R Dosatron models are very good units. (DM11F - max flow rate of 11 gal water/minute.)
  • For Dosmatics will probably fall in the mini-dose category, max flow rate 7-12 gal/minute if using drip. Simply match whatever % pump you need as far as ratio you’re injecting to figure out the right model.
  • Neither has more problems than the other, although Dosatrons may be a little bit easier to work on should you have trouble down the road.
  • Both Dosatrons and Dosmatics are popular, but more people buy Dosatrons for whatever reason.
  • Price-wise, very similar.
05/12/17 11:43 AM, updated

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events in May!

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

5/5: Land Matching Mixer - Salinas
5/6: California Honey Festival - Woodland
5/8-5/9: Ag Innovation Showcase - Davis
5/9: Webinar: Pest Management from an Ecological Framework - Online
5/9: Webinar: New Animal Welfare Regulations for Organic Livestock Producers - Online
5/9: Waste Management & Grazing Management Plans – CDQAP Workshop (Point Reyes) - Point Reyes
5/10: Symposium on Food Systems & Public Health - Long Beach
5/10: Waste Management & Grazing Management Plans – CDQAP Workshop (Petaluma) - Petaluma
5/10: San Benito Working Landscapes “Sub-Group” Meeting - Hollister
5/11: Livestock Production 101: Managing Your Herd for Profit & Conservation – RSVP by 4/28! - Pleasanton
5/13: Fundamentals of Commercial Seed Production Workshop and Field Day - Chico
5/15: Building Successful

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05/05/17, updated
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Hunter Francis  |  Cal Poly Center for Sustainability  |  San Luis Obispo, CA

Subject: FEED Veteran & Beginner Farmer Training begins June 19

Cal Poly’s Farmer Experiential Education & Development program is an intensive 12-week certificate program designed to immerse students in a hands-on learning experience that will introduce them to the knowledge, skills and tools required to become successful beginning farmers while also providing mentorship throughout the first year of the beginning farmers' career to create a foundation for long-term success. Approved for military veterans to apply GI bill VA benefits. Please sign-up to receive information at: http://www.extended.calpoly.edu/programs/FEED.html

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04/29/17
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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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  |  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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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Tech glitch fixed! - Recap of posts the past while: Tomato Study, April Events, Rabbit Gates & m

It seems email notifications weren't being sent when folks posted, and the issue has been fixed. Apologies for that! Below is a recap of what's been posted the past while. (You can always see the latest by coming back to the FarmsReach site!)

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>>> Subject: Understanding Nitrogen in Organic Tomato Production

Margaret Lloyd | University of California Cooperative Extension | Woodland, CA

Dear Farmers, knowing whether the plants have enough nitrogen at each growth stage can be very challenging because multiple amendments are often added to grow organic, fresh market tomatoes, such as compost + sea bird guano + liquid fertilizers. A small research team at the University of California are undertaking a study to demystify this information. Through this research, we will determine the nitrogen demand in tomatoes and how much nitrogen is made available by each amendment, for each week over the

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04/10/17
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Margaret Lloyd  |  University of California Cooperative Extension  |  Woodland, CA

Subject: Understanding Nitrogen in Organic Tomato Production

Dear Farmers, knowing whether the plants have enough nitrogen at each growth stage can be very challenging because multiple amendments are often added to grow organic, fresh market tomatoes, such as compost + sea bird guano + liquid fertilizers. A small research team at the University of California are undertaking a study to demystify this information. Through this research, we will determine the nitrogen demand in tomatoes and how much nitrogen is made available by each amendment, for each week over the season. We would love to know what amendments you are using so that we can include them in our study.

Organic Tomato Nitrogen Study

Please help us make this research most relevant for you by completing the survey. Results from this research will be made publicly available. Thank you so much! Margaret

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04/07/17, updated
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up this month!

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

4/6: IPM Workshop: New Worker Protection Standards - Windsor
4/6: Webinar: Taking Stock of Organic Research Investments 2002-2014 - Online
4/6: Watsonville Community Water Dialogue Meeting - Watsonville
4/7-8: Beginning Farmer Academy - Placer County
4/11: Webinar: High Glucosinolate Mustard as Organic Biofumigant in Vegetable Crops - Online
4/12: Carbon Farm Planning Workshop - Davenport
4/12: Waste Management & Grazing Management Plans — Drop-in Session - Petaluma & Point Reyes
4/13: Celebrating the Diversity of California’s Rangelands & Ranching - Browns Valley
4/13: Hands-on CropManage Workshop – RSVP by 4/10 - Salinas
4/13: Growers’ Irrigation Workshop - Penryn
4/15-16: Holistic Seed Saving Workshop - Sebastopol
4/18-20: Strategic Perspectives on Innovation in Agrifood Supply

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04/06/17
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Camille Sanandaji  |  Foodstems  |  San Francisco, CA

Subject: Vermicomposting

Have you tried vermicomposting? What was your experience like?

Vermicompost is the heterogeneous product of the decomposition of food, vegetable, and plant material along with vermicast (an earthworm’s by-product of the breakdown of organic matter). Vermicompost is an excellent organic fertilizer or used as simply a soil conditioner, as it is rich in readily-available, water-soluble nutrients. Vermicomposting also has various commercial uses besides fertilizer, such as its ability to function as sewage treatment. With all of these benefits, one might perceive vermicomposting as a daunting process, yet with a bit of research and knowledge, the system can be simple to maintain once established. There is an entire internet community with amazing how-to guides. Here is one example: http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/vermicompost107.shtml

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Urban Agriculture

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04/04/17
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Marie Jacques Bonney  |  Buck Mountain Forest Gardens  |  Del Rey Oaks, CA

Subject: Seeking a committed visionary partner and keen investor

Buck Mountain Forest Gardens is a magnificent 20-acre site in the heart of the Carmel Valley, and prime for becoming a living sanctuary and community landmark dedicated to the legacy of regenerative agriculture. We're seeking a committed visionary partner and keen investor to develop an ecological retreat center for family cultural and corporate events, as well as an educational farm center for sustainable land management practices. The ideal partner will have experience in sustainable land stewardship, cultivating cooperative relationships and developing viable templates for progressively growing restorative economies, ecologies, and communities -- willing to invest in real places, people and local micro enterprises.

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Funding Opportunities, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture

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