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Melissa Fenchak  |  None  |  Lucerne valley, CA

Subject: 30 acres of land and clueless

Hi i live in lucerne valley ca. And have 30 acres of flat mostly clear land. Im not sure what to do with it or where to start....

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01/09/18

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  |  P.J. Dunn Working Redworms  |  Galt, CA commented

WOW! Big opportunity here, eh? Love the answers I am seeing, the input is great! From Jeff's practical take to Patrick's thinking from the heart... Whatever your circumstances, it sounds like there is plenty of room to work any kind of plan in; think of things possible for the 'big' picture and you can plan, expand, finding out the best approach as you go. Jerry may have the permaculture approach and, if so, will help to define your goals. Many many questions will factor in re: what grows in Lucerne Valley? Are there 'traditional' models to explore? How long have you been there and what do you think you'd like? You know, some people would look at the same parcel and see a storage facility as a way to build a future! Others would consider an equestrian center, an orchard, nursery, turf farm, organic crops, flowers.. The list goes on and on. One suggestion (only MY personal choice) and there are

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01/11/18 2:16 AM

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Karen Giovannini  |  University of California Cooperative Extension  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: Poultry & Rabbit Processing survey

Happy Holidays!

In an effort to learn about issues small-scale poultry and rabbit meat producers face, please take/share the this survey:

Poultry & Rabbit Processing in California 2018

We are looking for responses by JANUARY 12.

Thank you!

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12/22/17
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Jill Caggiano  |  None  |  San Luis Obispo, CA

Subject: 2.3 Acres for Lease in San Luis Obispo, CA

CITY FARM–SAN LUIS OBISPO – GROUND LEASE

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Please read and complete all portions of this application.

Central Coast Grown (CCG) would like to announce two and one third (2.3) acres of the City Farm–San Luis Obispo available for ground lease beginning immediately. This irrigated Class One and Class Two farmland is located within the city of San Luis Obispo, California and includes a large hoop house. (See Appendix A). This farm is intended for row crops with the possibility for perennial plantings and animal husbandry. The property has been cover cropped and farmed without chemical additives for the last four years. The amount of acreage and length of the lease are negotiable.

This property is part of the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve Open Space owned by the City of San Luis Obispo. CCG has secured the master lease agreement for this site and manages all relations with the

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12/16/17
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Maureen Thompson  |  California Farm Academy, Center for Land-Based Learning  |  Winters, CA

Subject: 2018 CA Farm Academy: NOW accepting applications!

Hello from the California Farm Academy!!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Beginning Farmer Training Program & the Apprenticeship Program!

Please join us for our CFA Information Session to meet alumni, program staff, and learn more.

The CA Farm Academy Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers. During the seven-month program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning, & marketing, & culminate in a personal business plan or farm career plan. In addition to

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10/11/17
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Meriwether Hardie  |  Bio-Logical   |  BOULDER, CO

Subject: Looking for organic manure in the Santa Cruz Area

Looking for advice - Hello! I am looking for a grass fed dairy operation in the Santa Cruz California to buy manure from to make compost for an organic farm operation. Only interested in chemical/hormone free operations. Does anyone have advice on operations that maybe interested to sell their green? Thank you!

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10/09/17, updated

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  |  Bio-Logical   |  BOULDER, CO commented

Thanks Collette! I will e-mail you now. I would also love to hear from any others, as we are looking for multiple sources and also aged manure and bedding (from chemical free/hormone free operations).

10/10/17 9:54 AM, updated

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Jacob Roberson  |  Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)  |  Fresno, CA

Subject: Food Safety Regional Lead for Tulare, Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties

Good Morning Ya'll,

My name is Jacob Roberson and I am the Food Safety Regional Lead for Tulare, Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties for a non-profit organization called Community Alliance with Family Farmers (new to Fresno area). CAFF is well established all over California except for the Central Valley which is where I am based out of (Fresno to be exact). I wanted to use this post as a source to contact farmers who are struggling with food safety and cannot afford to hire an outside consultant to come to their farm, perform assessments, help with documentation, and get their farm ready for a 3rd party audit. I perform the same duties as an outside consultant but my service is no cost to the farmer. CAFF is a non-profit organization looking to better food safety standards and procedures practiced on small farms / farms at a disadvantage (financial hardships, language barriers, new farmers, etc.).

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06/09/17
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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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Amy Arroyo  |  The Joey Farm  |  Falls Church, VA

Subject: Seasonal Crew Member (Red Wiggler Community Farm, Maryland)

Super rewarding opportunity!

The Crew Leader will lead a crew of volunteers and growers (adults with developmental disabilities) on all farm tasks including seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, post harvest handling, and field maintenance tasks. The Crew Leader will be responsible for making sure that their team finishes each job accurately, efficiently, and inclusively according to each person’s abilities. The Crew Leader will also work independently on farm tasks when needed.

The Crew Leader will need to have a positive attitude, enjoy farming and working outside in all conditions. The Crew Leader will be expected to motivate their team to get their tasks done and to communicate clearly back to the Farm Manager how the tasks went and what got done. The Crew Leader will work alongside our growers and volunteers each day and will be expected to lead and teach by example and demonstrate a strong

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01/13/17
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David Plescia  |  New Family Farm  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: Tractor models that have worked? The classic One-Tractor dilemma

Howdy Farmers,

I am looking for specific tractor models, old or new (manufacturer, model, and year) that veggie growers have really liked, so that I can search them used on TractorHouse. Our situation is this...

My partner and I are tooling up to break ground on a 6-8 acre, diverse vegetable CSA in Sebastopol. We are researching tractors, and deep into the classic "one tractor conundrum". With the ability to only afford one tractor, we would like to have a versatile one. We'd like it to be able to do primary tillage, as well as has have properly spaced and thin enough tires to get it into our shaped beds to help renovate beds for second-plantings (to undercut, disc, rototill, or spade), to weed the furrows and to possibly flame-weed (if we can find a 60" tractor mounted flame weeder). We will cultivate in-row manually the first years.

Our requirements are: ~50 horsepower, 4WD, 60" center-to-center tread

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12/01/16, updated

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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

I swear I am not a Kubota sales rep, and I've never actually seen a 7060 up close, but the online specs say that both the front and rear wheel spacing on the 4wd model can be set at 60 inches. http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/007/4/2/7423-kubota-m7060-dimensions.html

This turned into a great thread with lots of farmers posting...I guess it takes tractor talk in December to get the FR forums humming.

The reason everyone likes Kubotas is because they are still built the old way, to last. Little or no electronics, no computers, simple hydraulic systems, bombproof engines, and components and parts that are easy to replace and relatively inexpensive.

12/05/16 9:41 PM, updated

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Kaley Grimland  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA

Subject: Turkey Slaughter and value added processing for poultry

Hi all,

I have a couple of questions regarding processing and value added:
1)Where do people take turkeys to get processed? I just called New American Poultry, but they don't do turkeys.

2) We are wanting to do value added for our turkey and chicken and maybe duck?? (Ground turkey, ground chicken, and sausages among other value-added poultry items.) What is the process for that? I know it is a USDA slaughter required, but then where do we do the value-added part? Is this something that slaughter house can do to?
3) If not, Can we do value added ourselves as long as it is a USDA slaughter and value added in a commercial kitchen?
Thanks!

Kaley

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11/14/16

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  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA commented

Thanks! Yes, we do mostly on farm processing but also strive to comply with regulation as much as possible. I agree it's frustrating to try to raise and slaughter humanely uet be forced to tranpsot live birds hours away to comply with regulation. . We have a few hundred chickens we hoped to do some value added products with to give our customers something different. We sell mainly at farmers markets but do have small CSA. Maybe we could just market it that way. I realize the cost, but most of our customers would be willing to pay. I have never heard of Roundmand so will try them out.

11/29/16 9:15 PM, updated

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