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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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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

Carbahal in Davis work with lots of farmers and ranchers in Yolo County and surrounding counties. 530-758-8111.

07/19/18 11:56 AM

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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

In Topics Funding Opportunities

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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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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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  |  Floodgate Farm  |  Redwood Valley, CA commented

I was told tilling and keeping organic matter low would help. Fortunately I ignored that advice. My OM went from 5% when I had a limited infestation 3 years ago to 8 or 9% now. They seemed to have come in on some goat manure. I do little soil disturbance, just to get plants in. Symphylans now do negligible damage so the fact they eat fungal hyphae which are probably more abundant now seems the case here. I'd suggest no till and transplanting into cut-down areas (cut don't dig in cover crops) or if planting into the just-harvested crop, cut those plantsyou are done with just below surface)

07/16/18 10:29 PM

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

Subject: Tiller / bed shaper

Good Morning

We are looking at using a tiller/ bed shaper as a one unit combination. Anyone out there using that combo now? What's your set up, manufacturer, horse power, bed height? And most important what are the draw backs, or pit falls to trying to use these two as one unit?

Thanks Ken

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08/18/15

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  |  Yanmar America  |  Adairsville, GA commented

Ken Krimes, You might be interested to learn about this product recently introduced by Yanmar America. A 4-in-1 rotary tiller / bed shaper. In one pass, you can till, shape a bed, install one or more irrigation tubes, and install your choice of plastic or paper mulch. Video here: https://youtu.be/5yRsJ54TriA

Yanmar Tractor dealer locator: https://www.yanmartractor.com/dealer-locator

07/09/18 5:55 AM, updated

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Alejandra Echeverri  |  UBC  |  Aptos

Subject: Answer a 30-minute in-person survey and get $50 by participating in a research project

Dear strawberry growers,

My name is Alejandra Echeverri and I am a researcher from the University of British Columbia, Canada. I am currently in California's central coast doing a research project with strawberry growers in the region. I am mostly interested in understanding growers' perceptions of birds in the strawberry crops. I need to conduct in-person surveys with 50 growers for my research, and at the moment I have talked to 30 growers. I am still missing 20 growers, so if you grow strawberries, please consider helping me.

If you are interested in participating in my research, you can call me at 831-332-9213 or e-mail me at alejandra.echeverri@alumni.ubc.ca, and we can set a time so I can come meet you and we can do the survey. We are giving $50 compensation for your time, and it only takes 30 minutes to answer the survey. I can come find you where you are at any time or date this week. I can

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07/08/18
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Spammer removed

Today's prolific spammer was removed as well as their posts. Apologies for the disturbance. Have a profitable/relaxing weekend, as applicable!

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07/07/18
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Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Oakland, CA

Subject: Earn a Certificate in Applied Agroecology with MESA's online course

Greetings all,

Our Spring Cohort for the Applied Agroecology Program is open for enrollement - sign up today for the May 1st start date. We invite you to learn more about this opporuntity below. Please share widely with your networks that might be interested! This is also a great opportunity to offer your farm workers/interns/apprentices as well to supercharge their learning experiences.
Best,
Katie and the MESA Team

MESA'S Certificate in Applied Agroecology Program:

Farm Locally, Connect Globally.

The Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agricultural (MESA) is proud to offer the Certificate in Applied Agroecology Program (CAAP), completely online! Our Certificate in Applied Agroecology is open-sourced, community based, with contributions from experts in the field, and builds both your technical knowledge and your theoretical framework of the socio-political aspects of farming.

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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Certifications, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change, News & Events

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04/17/18
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

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

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

7/10: Webinar: Trees for Bees – Pollinator Habitats in Urban Forests - Online
7/11-7/12: Organic Produce Summit - Monterey
7/11: Webinar: Stress Management on the Farm - Online
7/11: AB 589 – Water Diversion Training - Davis
7/12: Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Course - Davis
7/12: CASFS Apprenticeship Orientation Tour - Santa Cruz
7/17: Webinar: Strengthening NOP Enforcement Rule - Online
7/19: Pinnacles Gateway Partners Meeting: Enhancing the Tourist Experience Beyond Pinnacles National Park - Greenfield
7/25: Webinar: Using Instagram to Grow Your Farm Business - Online
7/26: CASFS Apprenticeship Orientation Tour - Santa Cruz
7/31: Basic Soil, Plant, & Water Relationships - San Luis Obispo
8/1-8/3: Soil Health Institute’s 3rd Annual Meeting - New Mexico
8/6: Start

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07/06/18
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Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Oakland, CA

Subject: MESA seeks Beginning and Experienced Farmers: Climate Resilience - An Online Course for Farmers

Hi all,

I'm reaching out to share that the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture is now offering an online course called Climate Resilience - A Course for Farmers. We are specifically making this course available to new and experienced farmers in California and Oregon to create a thriving network, share skills, tools and knowledge, and to help you and your farm be more climate resilient.

I invite you to learn more here: https://learn.mesaprogram.org/climate/ or feel free to contact me with any questions or interest katie@mesaprogram.org . Thank you!

Climate_Resilience_Course_Flyer_(1)_1516313122.pdf

In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Weather & Climate Change, News & Events

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01/18/18
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