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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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  |  NCAT/ATTRA  |  Davis commented

So, I recall attending a Soil Food Web seminar back in 2002 in Santa Cruz, with Elaine Ingham, and we went to UCSC farm/garden, which has major symphylan infestation at the time, and Elaine claimed that the soil was "out of balance", and that symphylans only are primarily fungi feeders, which didn't match my, or Jim Leap's observations. I think symphs are opportunistic, feeding on fine plant roots and/or soil fungal mycelia, as the opportunities arise. Both Jim's and Mike M's experience underline the idea that incorporated cover crops provide large boost to population numbers, likely through symphs feeding on fungi, as well as the ease of transport in the upper layers of the soil, with so many transport routes (roots?) in the top soil layer from decaying cover crop residue. Because they migrate vertically in the soil profile, their population numbers can be pretty random, as Jim L mentioned. it's

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08/19/18 4:29 PM

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Team Bernier  |  Bernier Farms  |  Geyserville, CA

Subject: Rats on the farm

Hello fellow farmers,

How is everyone doing with their rodent population. It seems that we have more rats than usual and I have been setting traps with peanut butter, but my rats don't seem to go for it. We have tried the electronic or battery operated traps and those don't seem effective either. Any suggestions out there? Yael Bernier/Bernier Farms

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03/07/18

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  |  Strutz Ranch  |  Sloughhouse, CA commented

Placement is important And more traps.  Had I 1 or 2 traps in my attic, then. When I put 10 up there caught the rats quickly. Geotech supply is my pest control supplier very knowledgeable pest control supplier Good luckSent from my iPhone
08/18/18 5:54 AM

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Rachel Kohn Obut  |  Lunita Farm  |  Napa, CA

Subject: Overwintering Onions -- varieties and recommendation

Hey everyone, what onions varieties have you had most success with overwintering?

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07/24/18

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  |  Classic Organic Farm  |  Gaviota, CA commented

if you farm in Southern California, I can make some recommendations.

08/13/18 11:59 PM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in August!

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

8/1: Preparing for Fire: Prescribed Burning on Private Lands - Cloverdale
8/1-3: Soil Health Institute’s 3rd Annual Meeting - New Mexico
8/2: Cover Crops- Tillage and Vineyard Soil Health Tailgate - Lytton Springs
8/6: Sustainable Rangeland & Livestock Management Course (1st class of 2-week onsite course) - Davenport
8/6: Start Farming, Start Ranching at the School of Adaptive Agriculture (1st class in series) - Willits

8/6-8: Holistic Financial Planning Course - Paso Robles
8/7: Webinar: Benefits of Agroforestry in Transitioning and Organic Systems - Online
8/7: Webinar: Benefits of Agroforestry in Transitioning and Organic Systems - Online
8/9: CASFS Apprenticeship Orientation Tour - Santa Cruz
8/14: Webinar: Rethinking the Conventional Nutrient Management Paradigm for Soil Health - Online

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07/31/18, updated
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Allison Flynn  |  Gaia Community Gardens  |  El Cerrito, CA

Subject: Possible Deliveries

I am interested in working with farmers who have small to medium sized deliveries between Sac/West Sac and the East Bay. I farm in Rio Linda and have a "day job" in Albany during the week. I leave Albany on Thursdays around noon and return to the East Bay from Sac on Sunday night (usually between 9-10pm due to horrific traffic conditions on 80 on Sundays).

Eventually I want to move to the Sac part of the world, but for this season, this schedule is a given. I have a full bed 4x4 extended cab Toyota Tacoma truck that can be filled to capacity as needed. Presently it remains empty which seems a waste.

This could be a great situation for someone with orders that need to be in the East Bay on Monday mornings.

In Topics Trucks, Delivery & Logistics

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07/30/18
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Brandon Sanders  |  RobinSong Farms  |  Templeton, CA

Subject: SLCV in C. moschata

I have, I believe, a form of Squash Leaf Curl Virus (upward curl) in a distinct area of my winter squash field. It seems to only be infecting C. moschata varieties, particularly Kikuza. At first, online research made it seem that I am not in a region where the virus exists, but I started to see more talk of it in CA. I am wondering:

1) How should I be preventing this in the future?

2) Should I be removing the infected plants? I do not see any whitefly currently.

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06/13/17

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  |  Green Gage Farm  |  Novato, CA commented

Just want to thank Becky Shirley for her referral to Jan Leowen! Jan worked with me for almost 8 months, and finally got me a commercial insurance plan, as well as a 'Liability' plan from another vendor. This was a very difficult situation, in that I have a 2-acre farm with 4 vacation cottages (+ my house and a few outbuildings) and it is ON A FARM! So there are things that young children should not encounter. Does anyone else have commercial capacity?

07/29/18 12:15 AM

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Melinda Price  |  Peace and Plenty Farm  |  Kelseyville, CA

Subject: Looking for an Accountant/Tax Advisor for Farm

We are a new small organic farm in Lake County and we need someone to help us with tax advice and accounting. Does anyone have someone they would recommend? They don't have to be located in Lake County to be of use to us.
Thank you!

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07/19/18

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  |  Peace and Plenty Farm  |  Kelseyville, CA commented

Thank you for the recommendations! Will contact both and see if either are taking new clients.


Best,

Melinda /Peace and Plenty Farm

07/23/18 1:04 PM

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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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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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Kimberly Steinmann  |  Pest Management, CDPR  |  Sacramento, CA

Subject: Assistance for wildfire/hurricane damage

USDA makes nearly $2 billion available for farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires and hurricanes

http://plantingseedsblog.cdfa.ca.gov/wordpress/?p=15769

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07/17/18, updated
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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

Here's the full article (thanks, Kimberly!):

USDA makes nearly $2 billion available for farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires and hurricanes

The USDA has announced that agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Sign-ups began July 16, 2018 and will continue through November 16, 2018.

“Hurricanes and wildfires caused billions of dollars in losses to America’s farmers last year. Our objective is to get relief funds into the hands of eligible producers as quickly as possible,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. “We are making immediate, initial payments of up to 50 percent of the calculated assistance so producers can pay their bills.”

Additional payments will be issued, if funds remain available, later in the year.

The program, known as the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes

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07/17/18 10:51 AM

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

Subject: Blossom's Farms need some help! Go Fund Me link

Delmar had a heart attack
On the evening of 7/10 shortly after coming home from work Delmar suffered a serious heart attack. Carin did CPR until the Paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital. For a time the doctors had to stimulate his heart to keep it pumping. He spent several days in the ICU hooked up and sedated. He has the tubes out now and seems to be coming along well. He is due to return home soon to begin his convalesce with Carin as his caregiver.
Carin and Delmar need help to replace lost income and deal with what hospital and home care bills they can. As I'm sure you know multiple days in the hospital ICU can run up a very serious bill.
Please help ease the stress of this sudden setback, maintain the momentum of Blossom's Farm, and let Carin and Delmar know that you and the community around them care.

See the good work they do here: Blossom's Farm

https://www.gofundme.com/delmar-goes-home?member=438578

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07/14/18
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