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Maureen Thompson  |  California Farm Academy, Center for Land-Based Learning  |  Winters, CA

Subject: CA Farm Academy: Accepting Applications!

The California Farm Academy is accepting applications for the Apprenticeship & Training Program!

CFA APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

The CFA Apprenticeship Program is a paid, full-time, two-year apprenticeship in sustainable commercial agriculture focusing on specialty crops (row crops, vineyards, orchards) in the Northern Central Valley of California. The program is a formal, state-registered apprenticeship with paid on-the-job training and supplemental coursework. It is for individuals who are passionate about farming and are looking to further their career in agriculture. Apprentices will gain hands-on training, work experience, and exposure to all aspects farming to prepare them to obtain a management position on established farms, or eventually start their own farm business.

To learn more about the Apprenticeship Program, or to apply, please visit: ... Read More

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10/16/18
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Liya Schwartzman  |  California FarmLink  |  Sacramento, CA

Subject: There's still time to register for the FarmLink Business Skills Camp!

Hey Folks,
Fall is in the air, so it's the perfect time to brush up on your farm business management!
California FarmLink is hosting a 4 part business skills workshop series taught by Poppy Davis and Alan Haight in October in Sacramento. We'll also be covering the latest on the implications of the new tax law on farm businesses! Don't miss this opportunity to build your business and start the next season on the right foot!

In Topics Marketing & Sales, Business & Financial Planning, Funding Opportunities, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Insurance, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, News & Events, Anything Goes

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Nevada County Guild

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09/25/18
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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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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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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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Eric Bost  |  Sprout LA  |  Santa Monica, CA

Subject: Los Angeles Chef-Restaurateur Seeking Farm Collaboration

We are a team of creative restaurateurs opening a new project in mid city Los Angeles this Spring 2018. Our goal is to collaborate with a farm in a unique and dynamic way, outside of the typical provider/ buyer relationship.

This collaboration can be achieved in a variety of ways, ultimately providing stability for both the restaurant and the farm via the following:

  • The restaurant will have access to a consistent and original source of quality vegetables, fruits, flowers and honey.
  • Planting schedules and menu development will coincide, allowing the teams to develop creative applications for all materials throughout their lifecycle.
  • The farmer will have access to a predictable and stable source of revenue, providing security for planning and investment.

Our team is sensitive not only to the variety and the quality of the produce, but also to the methodology with which it has been produced. Are we able to

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01/03/18
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  |  Apple of the Tropics  |  San Diego, CA commented

Hi Eric;This a really great idea.  I am in San Diego and I have worked with Sprouts in the past at the Sprouts in La Mesa, San Diego.I am a Facebook friend with Erin Tice.  Rick 20
01/11/18 9:39 AM

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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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Rachel Kohn Obut  |  Flatbed Farm  |  Glen Ellen, CA

Subject: Preferred Invoicing Systems

I'm curious what programs people are using for invoicing in particular and record-keeping in general. I've been using a simple excel sheet I set up for many years, but I'm ready to upgrade to something that will hopefully make the process more stream-lined. I'm thinking of Quickbooks. Also thinking of Square cause we already have an account (we use a square register in our farm strore) and they do have an invoicing system but not sure how good it is. Just curious what's most popular and most liked among farmers. Thanks.

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07/13/17

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  |  Green Star Farm  |  Sebastopol, CA commented

I use Xero online accounting, it is extremely versatile, very user friendly and a good price. I used to use Quickbooks, found it cumbersome... I have never looked back. I have it fully integrated with all of my inventory software, mobile credit card services, paypal, and POS systems, it works flawlessly. (also easily integrated with payroll)Good luck!SarahC2A0Green Star Farmhttp://GreenStarFarm.com707-861-0060
07/14/17 4:35 PM

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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

Register at:

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

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Nevada County Guild

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03/02/17
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