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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

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

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09/18/17
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  |  Tunnel Vision Hoops LLC  |  Shaker Heights, OH commented

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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.

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Rachelle Hedges  |  Alameda County RCD  |  Livermore, CA

Subject: Upcoming Workshop: Getting the Lease - Strategies for developing an effective grazing lease proposal

Join the Alameda County Resource Conservation District and the UC Cooperative Extension for a workshop designed to help farmers and ranchers more effectively compete for grazing leases in the Bay Area. Find out more!

Learn about commonly asked RFP questions and work collaboratively to develop effective, “winning” answers. Attendees will hear from a panel of experienced applicants and proposal reviewers from agencies including East Bay Regional Parks, SF Public Utilities Commission, and Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. This workshop will also address pursuing private and non-conventional grazing leases. This workshop is free!

In Topics Livestock, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, News & Events

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06/15/17
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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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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Pest & Disease Management, Water & Irrigation, Harvesting, Washing, Packing & Packaging, Waste Management, Food Safety, Trucks, Delivery & Logistics, Certifications, Wildlife Management, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Anything Goes

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06/09/17
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Make sure your farm or ranch is counted! - USDA Ag Census through June...

"NASS conducts a census of all agricultural operations every 5 years. We need to know about all types of agricultural operations of all sizes. Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form here, or by visiting http://www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017)."

Press release:

CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR AMERICA’S FARMERS AND RANCHERS

WASHINGTON – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S.

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In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Policy, News & Events

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06/07/17
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Hunter Francis  |  Cal Poly Center for Sustainability  |  San Luis Obispo, CA

Subject: FEED Veteran & Beginner Farmer Training begins June 19

Cal Poly’s Farmer Experiential Education & Development program is an intensive 12-week certificate program designed to immerse students in a hands-on learning experience that will introduce them to the knowledge, skills and tools required to become successful beginning farmers while also providing mentorship throughout the first year of the beginning farmers' career to create a foundation for long-term success. Approved for military veterans to apply GI bill VA benefits. Please sign-up to receive information at: http://www.extended.calpoly.edu/programs/FEED.html

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04/29/17
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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

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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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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

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03/02/17
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