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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

In General FarmsReach community, California Agritourism

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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

In General FarmsReach community, California FarmLink

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06/10/16
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Revisiting Your Agritourism Strategy for Increased Income

If you offer any kind of agritourism - from U-Pick to to bed-n-breakfast - we think you may be interested in the upcoming Agritourism Conversations hosted by UC Small Farm Program and FarmsReach! It is a series of 5 practical webinars with ongoing Q&A and resource-sharing by presenters and the community online in between. It kicks off on May 19th and continues through July 14th.

If you are an agritourism operator and have a burning question about how to improve or expand your operation, you can also share your questions in the new CA Agritourism group ahead of time, or email: paleff@ucdavis.edu. We will make sure your questions are answered!

SCHEDULE – all webinars will be 11am-12pm PT:

  • Thursday May 19 – The Strategy: Identifying, Reaching & Connecting with YOUR Agritourism Customers
    Presenters: Kristen Skaggs and Anna Farrell, Farrell Design Group; Al Courchesne (Farmer Al), Frog Hollow Farm.
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In Topics Marketing & Sales, Business & Financial Planning, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Insurance

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05/03/16, updated
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Bryce Loewen  |  Blossom Bluff Orchards  |  Parlier, CA

Subject: Opinions wanted regarding "fair compensation" for farmers market work in the Bay Area.

Howdy folks!
We've been selling our fruit at Bay Area farmers markets for over 20 years now and have probably experienced the full spectrum when it comes to our market workers ranging from "near perfect" to "big disappointment". Luckily for us, the VAST majority have landed closer to the "near perfect" side of that spectrum, and I think that overall it's a testament to the quality of people that are attracted to the farmers market scene in the first place.
Like any job, though, compensation is pretty crucial for attracting (and then keeping...) good candidates, and as market sales are plateauing (or declining), the cost of living and established minimum wage in the greater Bay Area keeps going up. I'm curious to know how other farms are dealing with this dilemma and hoping we can share information. For the past number of years we have had a model with two tiers, the first being a "manager" who is
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04/02/16

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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

Going forward with the recent agreement on the $15 minimum wage it feels to me and the other farmers I talk to that it is going to be extremely challenging to survive in the fresh-produce business. So far this year I haven't seen that any produce prices have gone up in response to the Jan. 1 increase which translated for us into a 10% across-the-board pay raise. We picked our first berries this week and I'm being told that the price is...the same as last year.

I don't to highjack your post, just commiserating.

04/04/16 10:46 AM

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Derek Leong  |  Wee Forest Farm  |  Berry Creek, CA

Subject: looking for tax accountant

Hello Everyone,

I'm looking for a tax accountant who can prepare taxes for a small farm operation (LLC). Please let me know if you have any recommendations or leads.

Thank you very much!

DL

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02/08/16

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  |  Woodleaf Farm  |  Oroville, CA commented

Hi Derek,

I use Oroville Tax Service. Ed Maston has been very helpful with my farm taxes and is just down the hill from you, Carl Rosato, Woodleaf Farm

02/09/16 3:36 PM

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