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Paula Balbontin  |  West Valley College  |  Davis, CA

Subject: Farmers in San Benito County, Educators need five minutes of your time.

In San Benito County, we live one step away from Silicon Valley, the world’s hub for technology development, where high-tech workers find new ways to improve our connectivity, boost our economies, and improve our livelihoods.

Being California the state that feeds our nation, the agricultural sector is not left behind, and Silicon Valley’s innovators work hard to equip our agriculture with cutting-edge tools. However, technology by itself is not, and will not be enough to move our California’s agriculture to the next level in terms of productivity and environmental sustainability.

Even though technologies such as drones or automatized harvest machines have proved to increase our agricultural productivity, we know that adopting them is not an easy road. Not only high start-up costs, but also a lack of qualified labor with skills and knowledge on how to use these technologies effectively makes the

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06/21/17

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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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06/09/17
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Eric Brennan  |  USDA-ARS  |  Salinas, CA

Subject: Two Vidoes on Sustainability Challenges in Organic Agriculture

Hi Folks,

Below are links to two 5 minute, thought-provoking videos that I made and presented at a symposium titled "Sustainability Challenges in Organic Agriculture" that I co-organize for the annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy in Phoenix, AZ, last month. The first video is focused on NITROGEN FERTILIZERS and SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT in high-input, organic vegetable systems like those that are common in the Central Coast of California. The second video, with two coauthors who work at the USDA-ARS in Beltsville, MD, is focused on PEST MANAGEMENT challenges especially with PERENNIAL WEEDS.

Sustainability Problems with Repackaged Synthetic Nitrogen in Organic Agriculture. (Brennan)

What Our Organic Gardens Taught Us About the Challenges of Organic Regulations. (Cavigelli, Tomecek, & Brennan)

All 11 presentations in this symposium were by 5 minute videos and followed by equal time for

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12/09/16

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  |  Nico Orgo USA Inc  |  Fresno, CA commented

Hello Eric, Great research thanks for keeping us informed.

05/18/17 11:01 AM

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Michael Hermon  |  Farm Dog  |  San Jose, CA

Subject: Answer 25 farming questions - and we'll mail you a hat

Dear farmers!

We're a small team on a big mission - to make precision agriculture concepts affordable and accessible to even the smallest of farmers. We need some input to be smarter about what we're building.

Our name is Farm Dog (http://farmdog.ag/) and we'll gladly send a Farm Dog hat to the first 50 people that will answer the 25 questions in this survey form: http://goo.gl/forms/88SywcPrlt

Yours,

Michael Hermon

Co-founder and CTO

Farm Dog

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12/08/15
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Ruthie King  |  Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture  |  Willits, CA

Subject: Grange Farm School offers residential, vocational training in 2016

The Grange Farm School is looking for a special kind of student. You think holistically rather than in parts. You see the importance of asking high quality questions. You are innovative, ambitious, persistent, and collaborative. You want to be part of the new face of agriculture that will transform our world for the better.

Our 14 week residential, Student Program offers you the tools and confidence to manage a successful agricultural enterprise, whether in farming, ranching, or related fields. You will live and work on a beautiful 5,000 acre ranch with diverse vegetables, grains, fruit trees, and livestock. Guest instructors and staff members provide a comprehensive curriculum in business management, industrial arts, animal husbandry, soil and ecology, and crop production, supported by an understanding of the theory and history of our food systems. You will leave with hands-on practical experience, and

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12/05/15
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Robin Boyle  |  CCOF  |  Santa Cruz, CA

Subject: CCOF and Whole Foods Market Announce Adjustments to Responsibly Grown Ratings

CCOF and Whole Foods Market Announce Adjustments to Responsibly Grown Ratings

Announcement Follows Discussions between Retailer and Farmer-Led Organic Advocacy Group

Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) and Whole Foods Market are pleased to announce that productive discussions between certified organic farmers and the retailer regarding its new Responsibly Grown rating system will soon result in adjustments to that program. These adjustments will ensure that the leading achievement of USDA’s certified organic growing system is recognized within the rating system and clearly communicated to Whole Foods Market customers. Whole Foods Market will also add support and training to address the needs of the many small farmers that uniquely characterize its produce and floral supply. To that end, all certified organic produce and flowers will automatically be awarded a

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07/16/15
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  |  CCOF  |  Santa Cruz, CA commented

Whole Foods announced updates to their rating system, including new Organic labels and a "plan to eliminate the “Good,” “Better,” “Best” nomenclature...with the goal of having a replacement rating system operational by May 2016." For the full announcement, see our blog: http://www.ccof.org/blog/report-whole-foods-market-responsibly-grown-rating-system-adjustments

09/30/15 10:40 AM

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Ruthie King  |  Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture  |  Willits, CA

Subject: Sept-Nov Practicum Student Program: Grange Farm School, Mendocino, CA

Join us at the Grange Farm School this Fall, in an exciting residential training program designed to equip students with key skills for successful, sustainable, agriculture. Our Practicum Student Program consists of daily field work, bimonthly field trips, and a rigorous curriculum taught during afternoon lessons by staff and guest instructors. Students are able to enroll concurrently in Mendocino College's Community Work Experience Education program and gain credits while studying and working at the Grange Farm School.

This beautiful location in Mendocino County, California is host to numerous exciting projects while in the take off phase of a brand new education program and production farm. Students collaborate with staff to design and build systems for living, growing produce, raising livestock, rehabilitating tools and structures, and so much more.

Check out our website or blog for more information.

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08/01/15, updated
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Tom Willey  |  TD Willey Farms  |  Madera, CA

Subject: Organic Farmers Call Foul on Whole Foods' Produce Rating System

Five Certified Organic fruit and vegetable farmers, longtime suppliers to Whole Foods Market, have publicly criticized the grocer for their new, proprietary rating scheme that denigrates the value of USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) Certified Organic label. After studying the issue, we suggest posting to the Whole Foods Facebook wall (and your own), sending individual e-mails, and making direct phone calls, which will be more effective than anything else! Please take a few moments to share your thoughts with our country’s leading “natural” foods retailer.
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Here is the letter Dennesse and I, along with Jim Crawford- New Morning Farm, PA; Jeff Larkey - Route 1 Farm, CA; Jim Cochran - Swanton Berry Farm, CA; and Vernon Peterson - Abundant Harvest Organics, CA, sent to WFM’s CEO John Mackey:
http://www.cornucopia.org/Letter-to-John-Mackey.pdf

NY Times article:

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06/16/15, updated

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  |  Center for Land-Based Learning  |  Winters, CA commented

Well written Tom! Thank you and your eloquent voice for representing so many. Happy to post on the Facebook wall, will do.

06/16/15 6:49 PM

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Kaley Grimland  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA

Subject: app recommendations for iphone/ipad for organic farm land management, pasture and row crop?

I am in need of recommendations of apps for different farm system managements that are more appropriate for small-scale farms.

I am looking for an app:

1) to manage organic row crop land. Specifically, I am looking for an app that I could input via GIS farm borders and also crop rotations of multiple farmers with diversified production over the entirety of a single ranch.

2) an app for organic and food safety documentation and certification management

Ideally one app that does both would be great. Can anyone suggest some apps and/or discuss advantages and disadvantages of each?I am not having much luck googling this.

Thanks!

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05/20/15, updated

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  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA commented

That one is great! Is there an app for it? I know it can be accessed on line from a portable device, but jus wondering! The others mentioned here seemed developed by and for Big Ag.

05/26/15 2:16 PM

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Jane Sooby  |  CCOF  |  Santa Cruz, CA

Subject: how much time does it take for you to register with the California state organic program each year?

Greetings, friends. CCOF is analyzing the costs and benefits of California's state organic program. One thing we are looking at is the amount of time it takes to fill in the registration forms each year. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the time and $$ burden on the organic community, but we need a basis for our recommendations. Any information you can provide on these questions will be quite useful. Thank you!!!

1. What is your experience with the state organic program application process?

2. How much time does it take?

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04/29/15, updated

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  |  CCOF  |  Santa Cruz, CA commented

Thank you, everyone, for your responses. After we've completed the analysis, we will post a link here so that you will all be able to see our recommendations. Feel free to contact me at 831-423-2262 ext. 6239 if you'd like to make comment offline.

05/12/15 10:01 AM

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