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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Minimum wage & farm viability

The recent posts in our Classifieds about minimum wage reflect the unfortunate truths for both hiring farms and farm workers. For some farms, it can be tough to break even paying just minimum wage, while, for farm workers, minimum wage is hardly a living wage.

There are obviously no easy answers, but it’s clear that farm operators must somehow find ways to maximize production and efficiencies with less human power.

Below are some resources as practical guidance or simply food for thought. Please feel free to share other resources you think folks may be interested in!

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05/14/18

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Also: in most parts of the world, farm sizes are 3-7 acres and they can’t afford 100k worth of tractors. There is severe drought and/or depleted soils. Climate change is literally changing landscapes and industrializion has dried up aquifers. And a desperate lack of people interested in farming because there is no safety net like in the USA. We can’t deny innovation by imagining that the rest of the world lives like us or grows food like us. Innovating and automating food production and farming for smaller farms will be truly game changing at a global level.

05/16/18 6:05 PM

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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

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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

Subject: Transitions: Ed Thompson, former CA Director of American Farmland Trust

The second blog in our mini-series with recently retired leaders in the CA agriculture scene: Ed Thompson, former CA Director of American Farmland Trust. Please enjoy our info-packed interview re: the important topic of farmland: preservation, access, mitigation, and more.

http://blog.farmsreach.com/transitions-ed-thompson-american-farmland-trust/

Stay tuned for our next post in the series: Tom Willey of T&D Willey Farms. If you know of other influential folks in the sustainable agriculture sector who have transitioned recently to a life of more freedom, and who would like to share their stories, let us know!

In Topics Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Weather & Climate Change

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04/13/18
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Transitions: Shermain Hardesty, former Director of UC Small Farm Program & 30 years serving CA f

Hot off the presses: the first blog in our mini-series interviewing a few respected leaders in the CA sustainable farming and agriculture movement who recently retired to a life of a bit more free time and freedom! In our first post, we share highlights (+ full transcript) from our conversation with Shermain Hardesty, former Director of the UC Small Farm Program.

Click to peruse her reflections on the past 30 years serving CA farmers and pontifications on the future of sustainable farming in California, including what new farmers should be tracking most closely, the future of Cooperative Extension, the role small farmers have in our future food system, and more... Enjoy!

Stay tuned for our next posts in the series: Ed Thompson of American Farmland Trust, and Tom Willey of T&D Willey Farms. If you know of other influential folks in the sustainable agriculture sector who have transitioned recently

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In Topics Washing, Packing & Packaging, Marketing & Sales, Food Safety, Equipment, Trucks, Delivery & Logistics, Business & Financial Planning, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Policy

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03/30/18
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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,

Apologies for the re-post, but we just adjusted our regional to focus to make this course available state-wide in Oregon and California. We may open up a version of it to the rest of the country later in the year - let me know and I can keep you in the loop if you're interested. Otherwise, if you're in CA or OR - please apply if interested:

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. We're offering this course for free this year to farmers interested in climate resiliency on their farms.

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!

In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Weather & Climate Change

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03/01/18
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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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Ruthie King  |  Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture  |  Willits, CA

Subject: School of Adaptive Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2018 spring & summer terms

Are you seeking hands on experience with sustainable, community driven agriculture? Are you curious and inspired to learn about the science, art, and business of food production?
The School of Adaptive Agriculture is located on a diverse working ranch that is fertile ground for innovative, creative, and productive projects. Every year the SAA hosts two 3 month residential programs in which we provide comprehensive training in animal husbandry, vegetable production, orchard management, and grain and seed production. As we understand that a farmer must be as self-sufficient as possible in order to succeed, we also provide instruction in small engine repair, carpentry, electricity and plumbing, as well as business and financial planning. Field trips to dozens of outstanding farms in this rich agricultural area and practice in community dynamics round out this intensive, exhilarating, and unique training
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11/08/17
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  |  Sis-Q Ranch  |  Fort Jones, CA commented

Do I pay a fee for being on t his site?????From: FarmsReach <info@farmsreach.com& gt;Reply-To: FarmsReach <postbyemail@farmsreach.com>Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:43:57 +000 0 (UTC)To: Tom & Jan Ball < ;sisqranch@sisqtel.net>Subject: ADV: New Post: School of Adapti ve Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2018 spring & summe rRuthie King | Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture | Willits, CA posted ~Are you seeking hands on experience with sustainable, community driven agriculture? Are you curious and inspired to learn about th e science, art, and business of food production?The School of Adaptive Agric ulture is located on a diverse working ranch that is fertile ground for inno vative, creative, and productive projects. Every year the SAA... Read More or Comment Posted to: General FarmsReach communityTopics:... Read More
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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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In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, News & Events, Anything Goes

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10/11/17
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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

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09/18/17
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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.

08/02/17 11:15 PM, updated

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