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Susan Cousineau  |  Self-employed  |  Camarillo, CA

Subject: Land Available & On-Site Position w/ Housing near Santa Maria, CA

Dear FarmsReach community,

I am sharing an opportunity on behalf of a friend and farm design client who owns a beautiful 1200-acre ranch east of the Twitchell Reservoir near Santa Maria on California's central coast, on Alamo Creek.

The property would be an excellent opportunity for someone interested in silvopasture development, possibly a nursery with the right infrastructure; mobile poultry operations, or a well-managed holistic grazing operation. They are seeking someone with holistic management and regenerative agriculture training (or at least in-depth exposure). There can be a modest salary provided in addition to housing and potentially some support for a well-thought-out business plan related to a ranch enterprise.

Please see attached their recent flier, and share to any networks or contacts you feel may be interested. Questions can be directed either to me at susan.cousineau@gmail.com or the landowner, Marcia Burtt at marciaburtt@gmail.com.

Live_and_Work_in_Alamo_Canyon_1505769126.pdf

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

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09/18/17
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  |  Tunnel Vision Hoops LLC  |  Shaker Heights, OH commented

please remove me from this email list--Follow us On Instagram: @tunnelvisionhoops2017 / 2018 Tunnel Vision Hoops CatalogC2A0Coming Soon.C2A0Other products and farm supplies available on http://ourC2A0website.Tunnel Vision Hoops LLC3558 Lee Rd.C2A0Shaker Heights, OH 44120(p) 330.283.5717(f) 866.881.9784TUNNEL VISION HOOPS LLC-C2A0CONFIDENTIALC2A0COMMUNICATIONThis email, as well as any files transmitted with it areC2A0confidentialC2A0and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the email to the intended recipient, please be advised that you have received this email in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this email and any file attachments is strictly prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please immediately notify us by telephone... Read More
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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Agriculture and Robots Roundtable, Fall 2017

Dear Farmers! I am a small acreage urban farmer in the Bay Area, CA. I started in 2012 as a green newbie and have learnt so much along the way. Within the first year, I realised some things: 1. economies of scale dont work for small operations 2. labour will always be an issue 3. technology, unless created WITH farmers will be destructive to soil and bottomline. (example: pesticides, john deere with its dmca issue etc)

So I started working on a robotic autonomous platform that can do *some* tasks but not all. Along the way, I realised that $$$ is a big issue and that the tech sector with brighter minds is working on it. I paused my work for one year and started networking in Silicon Valley. I think its time to introduce farmers to Silicon Valley to start a dialogue.

It will take place in the Bay Area, but if anyone in the Farmsreach community wants to attend but is unable, please comment here or

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08/24/17

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

dear friends, the roundtable event is on september 9, 2017. we have started sending the invitations out. there will be four of these roundtables in 2017.

we are trying to get a diverse distribution of farmers: we are looking for 1. orchardists 2. row crop farmers 3. soil less agricultural farmers 4. community garden/raised bed farmers 5. nursery/greenhouse operators 6. vineyard operators.

ideally, i would like a mix so the tech folks can have an idea of the varied functions that can be automated. having 6 row cropping farmers wouldnt be ideal altho' i am pretty sure that would make a good discussion just by itself. PLEASE INDICATE the kind of farming operation you would like to do some future robotic visioning for...and of course, your email address. it's by invitation only and RSVP is by eventbrite.

Unfortunately, invitations for sept roundtable is limited due to parking space restrictions at my

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09/04/17 12:46 AM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

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

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

9/9: Soil Not Oil International Conference - Richmond
9/9: Agriculture & Robots Roundtable, Fall 2017 - Sunol
9/11: Webinar: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 101 - Online
9/12: Webinar: Improving Soil Health in Irrigated Intensive Vegetable Production - Online
9/12: BACGA Food Safety Meeting - Hollister
9/12: Webinar: Opportunities for Sustaining & Growing the US Goat Industry - Online
9/13: Field Day with Rio Del Rey Heirloom Beans - Valley Center
9/13: Webinar: Postharvest Handling - Online
9/13: Webinar: Advanced Biodynamics – Perception & Preparations - Online
9/14: Webinar: Drought and Invasive Species - Online
9/15: Good Food Showcase - Encinitas
9/16: 4th Annual Agrarian Games - Petaluma
9/16: CAFF-Farmers Guild Victory Soiree - Petaluma... Read More

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09/09/17
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Mike Byrne  |  Solid Ground Farm llc  |  Belchertown, MA

Subject: DIY irrigation Media Filter

Hello, I'm trying to build a media filter for an irrigation system, likely using two54 story, two 45 gallon drums and pvc piping. It uses sand and gravel, water is forced through the danged. I have a general schematic, bit not enough details. I know that a pressure relief, I mean air vent, is involved. Specifically, I am quivering what size air purged I will require. Any information helps. Thanks.

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11/04/16

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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

I don't even know my own system works. However, I will will say that if you are running 40 GPM through a filter that can only handle 9, your big problem is going to be volume not pressure. If the filter is only designed to handle 30 gpm of water flow, you are very quickly going to overwhelm its ability to filter the water.

You should be able to put a simple valve before the media filter to restrict the flow going in. It should not damage your pump, however, it's a waste of energy because the pump will run at the same speed it normally does.

The 9 GPM capacity of the filter will also cause you problems down the line, as I mentioned in one of my previous replies, unless your irrigation system is sized or controlled to only use that much water (or preferably less). You will lose pressure and the filtration will stop working.

My concern with anyone trying to DIY this is that even using professional

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11/07/16 2:34 PM

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Ben Lyons  |  Lockewood Acres  |  Vacaville, CA

Subject: Cucumber Beetles

I have a beautiful patch of pumpkins and i am noticing lots! of cucumber beetles. Should i be concerned about damage to the blossoms that would result in less fruit. If so what is out there that an organic farmer can use. I have not had to use anything to date and have noticed scaring on fruit but that was not an issue last year. thanks

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08/29/17
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

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

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

8/14: Farmers Market Vendor 101 - San Diego
8/14: Web Meeting: National Organic Standards Board Hydroponics Meeting - Online
8/15-17: Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels- Exploring Soil Carbon Effects - Sacramento
8/15: Webinar: Navigating the Legal Challenges Faced by Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs - Online
8/15: Webinar Series: Organic Seed Production – Seed Quality, Harvesting & Equipment - Online
8/16-17: Focus on the Beef Cow – Workshop - San Benito
8/16: Farm to Institution 101 Workshop - Escondido
8/19: ALBA & Aggrigator: Connecting Farmers to Land, Knowledge and Opportunity - Salinas
8/22: Webinar: Soil Health - Online
8/24-25: CA Climate Action Planning Conference - San Luis Obispo
8/25: Field Day & Tasting at College of the Redwoods Farm -

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08/13/17
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Paul Underhill  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA

Subject: Solarization

I'm wondering if anyone out there has tried or is successfully doing soil solarization for weed control?

I did a few small fields this year and am hoping to compare notes on challenges and strategies. As usual, the resources available from UC extension are very academic in their focus and offer very little practical information and zero problemsolving details.

Thanks!

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08/01/17

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  |  Heavy Dirt CSA  |  Davis, CA commented

I got used plastic so can't tell you the exact specs since I didn't buy it new. My understanding is that it was made specifically for solarizing, and the farmer I got it from (UCD student farm) got it second hand from a wildlands reclamation program where it was used to control invasive weeds / clear house before planting natives. It is substantially thinner than greenhouse plastic, but sinilarly UV stabilized. Because it was used and had a few holes, we doubled it over, and after soaking the area, covered up the THICK stand of Bermuda for 2-3 months of summer heat. Once or twice, I threaded a hose into the patch under the plastic and soaked it again. When I pulled it back in October or so it was truly a miracle! A thick mat of dead Bermuda mulch and not a rhizome to be found.

A couple of things of note: we have EXTREMELY heavy clay soil, which I've heard keeps Bermuda rhizomes quite shallow, helping

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08/05/17 9:55 PM

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Hunter Francis  |  Cal Poly Center for Sustainability  |  San Luis Obispo, CA

Subject: Organic waste survey for SLO County

Cal Poly SLO student project is seeking participation from San Luis Obispo County growers to assess crop and pre-consumer food waste generated within the county. If you know of growers who might be willing to contribute, please forward the link to them. (If you are a processor or distributor that generates food trimmings, please also fill in applicable info in the same link the best you can.) Respondents replying by August 10 will be entered to receive a delicious meal at Ember Restaurant in Arroyo Grande! Participation is greatly appreciated, please use the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgJAVZHZs_Nd3n0_EV3eSnsM3KLE-lEPZXMuORtnnLAqNrjw/viewform?usp=sf_link

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Waste Management

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08/04/17
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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

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07/17/17

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  |  Lucky Monkeys Ranch  |  Willits, CA commented

Paul, if the grass is done dry, it may be better to mow it from the perimeter inward (to reduce the fire hazard if it does light off from the mowing.) To have it grazed, you need fencing to prevent the critters from wandering off .

You want to fence off the pond to keep livestock from polluting it, and a small solar panel and solar pump can keep a watering tank filled.

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Raquel Gomes  |  Rancho Gomes  |  El Sobrante, CA

Subject: Wind protection

My site is perfect: sunny slope facing south west, but it has tons of wind. I have three terraces, the one that is most exposed has three beds (Approx 20' x 2'). I'd like to build a semi permanent structure that would run the length of the bed.

If I do PVC or electrical conduit and plan to cover 2 beds on both windward sides, creating an L shape, should I cover it w/ Agrabon or clear plastic? It may not have any "roof".

Any other ideas? I had great success w/ a mini hoop row in the terrace above which is a little more protected and got great eggplant and peppers. The lower terrace had staked cucumbers and squash that looked sad even in early in the season.

Raquel in El Sobrante

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07/28/17

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  |  verdi land  |  pacifca, CA commented

you might want to try setting a 4x4 post in concrete at either end, as if you were building a fence/posts. Either simply 1) tie rope from top to top of each post, and midway from post to post and 18' up from the bottom. …or 2) run PVC in the same fashion and fasten to posts with 'U' clips. Then hang the green tight woven mesh that is used to filter the sun in green houses. U might even be able to get it at OSH. You could also use carpenter clips that you can buy at Home Depo on sale for $1 each to fasten the mesh to the rope or PVC. This way you can take down for the winter. IF…you want, you could also use the 4x4's to hold green house plastic late in the year and protect your plants from frost…but be sure as to round off all the corners of the top of the post to remove all the sharp edges as they would eventually rip the plastic with the wind. IF you made the posts high than 6-8ft tall, you

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