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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.

In Topics Marketing & Sales, Business & Financial Planning

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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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Molly Nakahara  |  Sierra Harvest  |  Nevada City, CA

Subject: Business Training for Farmers and Ranchers!

Hey all!

We are offering a business class for farmers and ranchers taught by local business professionals. If you need to take your business to the next level, Farm Biz may be a great fit!

Accepting applications through January 1st. Sign up for all 16 classes or our Half Dozen package and choose any 6.

Happy Farming!
Molly Nakahara

http://www.sierraharvest.org

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

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12/01/16
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Benjamin Fahrer  |  Top Leaf Farms  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Current Pricing for product

curious what everyone uses to determine their prices in their current products. I used to use Rodale organic price sheet, what determines the price per bunch of basil this time of year, I can do the price per production yet their are so many externalities it is hard for me to get the true cost for each crop without some reference sheet. I end up adjusting based on what everyone sells their product at the market, however I also feel that some prices are just too low and that the farmer is either, pricing to just move it or is falsly setting the price too low based on what BIG commercial growers can offer it for.

With wanting to pay my crew a living wage and still be competitive what resources do you use to set your price throughout the season?

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Urban Agriculture

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11/16/16

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  |  Sierra Harvest  |  Nevada City, CA commented

Hello!

We've used the UCCE Placer/ Nevada developed a Crop Profitability Calculator http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/. While it takes a bit of time to get all the data in, it eventually lets you play around with numbers (ie raising cost of labor to pay higher wages.) It's a good place to start if you really want to understand what you need to be charging to make things work.

Best of luck! Molly

12/01/16 10:44 AM, updated

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David Kaisel  |  Capay Mills  |  Rumsey, CA

Subject: FSA Director Val Dolcini in Woodland This Wednesday 9/21

(tried posting this to "Events" yesterday, but don't see it now)

Come to meet and hear FSA Director Val Dolcini talk about funding and support opportunities for beginning and small farmers from FSA. He'll be accompanied by Yolo County Director Cynthia Gillette, and FSA Regional Farm Loan Manager Belle Davis.

This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn about low-interest and micro loans through FSA, as well as other programs such as crop insurance and farm storage grants available to beginning (as well as experienced) farmers.

Date & Time: Wednesday, Sep. 21. 3-5pm

Location: Norton Hall (UC Ag Extension Office), 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland 95695

Details in the flyer below:

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Funding Opportunities, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Policy

In General FarmsReach community, Yolo Farmers Guild, Cooperation Among Farmers

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09/16/16
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Agritourism: Powerful Promotions Through Partners - webinar archive & slides

Hi! Below are links to the recording & presentation slides of the 4th webinar in the Agritourism Conversations Series: The Community: Powerful Promotions Through Partners. We welcome your other questions or tips in the CA Agritourism group as well!

Below is a summary of the questions from the Q&A section of the webinar if you want to jump to that spot in the recording:

  • 45:00 - (A bit of echo in the beginning) Which of the many partners covered in the presentations are most important to focus on to start, if you only have time to focus on a few?
  • 46:02 - Where/how can you contact small
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In Topics Marketing & Sales, Business & Financial Planning

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07/01/16
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Agritourism: Negotiating permits & regulations archive, presentation slides and Q&A overview

Below are links to access all the useful info from the third webinar in the Agritourism Conversations Series: The Rules: Negotiating Permits & Regulations -- presentation slides, webinar recordings and a summary of the Q&A. We welcome your other questions or tips in the CA Agritourism group as well!

Below is a summary of what was covered in the Q&A section, if you want to jump to the spot in the second video recording

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In Topics Marketing & Sales, Food Safety, Business & Financial Planning, Insurance

In General FarmsReach community, California Agritourism

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06/21/16, updated
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Liya Schwartzman  |  California FarmLink  |  Sacramento, CA

Subject: Agrarian Elders Farm Succession Needs Assessment

Hello FarmsReachers! California FarmLink is conducting a Needs Assessment aimed at collecting data about farm succession and business transitions for local farmers and ranchers. Would you help us by completing our Needs Assessment and distributing it to farmers you know who are thinking about passing on their farm to the next generation?

In 2014, a group of pioneering organic farmers, coined “Agrarian Elders” by The New York Times, gathered on the California coast to discuss “a national emergency”--the greying American farmer. According to the 2012 USDA Agricultural Census, the number of California farmers over 65 has grown by 20%, while the number of beginning farmers decreased by 23%.

Many seasoned farmers are asking: “Can I retire? Can I pass my knowledge and legacy to the next generation?” At the same time, young farmers are asking, “How can I get

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

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