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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

In Topics Livestock

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild

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02/11/14, updated

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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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In Topics Anything Goes, Technical Support/Help

In General FarmsReach community

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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

In Topics Soil Fertility Management

In General FarmsReach community

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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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In Topics News & Events

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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

In General FarmsReach community, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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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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04/04/17
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Hunter Francis  |  Cal Poly Center for Sustainability  |  San Luis Obispo, CA

Subject: Elaine Ingham Healthy Soils Event April 21!

Elaine Ingham soil microbiologist and pioneer of the Soil Foodweb will be leading a full day workshop on Friday, April 21 at the Inn at Morro Bay. Early bird pricing of $65 including lunch runs through March 31. More information and registration at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilfoodweb.html

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, News & Events

In General FarmsReach community

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03/23/17
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Liya Schwartzman  |  California FarmLink  |  Sacramento, CA

Subject: Agrarian Elders: Planning for Succession Workshop in Grass Valley on Wednesday, March 15th

The long-term future of local farms and ranches depends on families talking and planning together. Among 742 farmers and ranchers in Nevada County, 35% are age 65 or over, and 5.7% are under 35 years of age, according to the 2012 USDA Ag Census. Many families face questions about how to retire and sustain their farms and ranches.

California FarmLink launched the “Agrarian Elders and the Next Generation Project” to create solutions for farm and ranch families looking for retirement options, and to preserve local farm and ranch businesses.

Together California FarmLink, Nevada County Resource Conservation District (RCD, and the Nevada County Farm Bureau, present the workshop “Agrarian Elders: Planning for Succession”.

Agrarian Elders: Planning for Succession

Wednesday, March 15 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Grass Valley, location announced upon registration

Register at:

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

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Nevada County Guild

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03/02/17
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Jeff Russell  |  Tunitas Creek Ranch  |  Half Moon Bay, CA

Subject: Lettuce Dryer/Commercial Salad Spinner

I'm looking to purchase a commercial 20 gallon lettuce dryer. Does anyone have any suggestions. I've been looking at Hobart Models.

In Topics Harvesting, Washing, Packing & Packaging, Equipment

In General FarmsReach community

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02/22/17
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Sara Bernal  |  CLBL  |  Winters, CA

Subject: Jack Rabbit proof Gates

I am fencing off some land to start a veggie farm and I understand how to install the actual perimeter fencing however; does anyone have a gate design or idea that would keep the Jack Rabbits out.

I need a gate that I can drive my truck through and let tractors in and out that would be used daily.

The gate seems like a giant weak spot.

I am considering pouring a small concrete pad to keep them from burrowing and then bringing the wire down to the ground and weighing it down with stones or bricks.....

The Jack Rabbit pressure is pretty intense at this site.

In Topics Pest & Disease Management

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02/16/17
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