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Carin Fortin  |  Blossom's Farm  |  Santa Cruz, CA

Subject: Herb grinder for 17 acre herb farm

Hello,

does anybody have experience with cutting herbs for bulk sales? We are looking for a grinder that can shred/cut herbs, shrubs, barks. So far the only devices we found were Chinese Medicinal Herb grinders online - not sure if they work and worry about service.

I am thankful for feedback, advice and links.

Carin Fortin

Blossom's Biodynamic Herb Farm

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06/29/17

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  |  Blossom's Farm  |  Santa Cruz, CA commented

Thank you, Lin, Heidi, Ken and Harley for feedback, inks and connections - and apologies for the slow response, I just saw your posts. Thanks again! Carin

07/09/17 7:11 PM

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Amigo Bob Cantisano  |  Organic Ag Advisors  |  No. San Juan, CA

Subject: Comparing Dosatron adn Dosmatic Fertilizer Injectors

I have worked on many farms with either Dosatron or Dosmatic liquid fertiligation injectors. They seem pretty similar, yet different. We are going to buy one for the Felix Gillet Institute heirloom fruit and nut tree nursery project. Looking for opinions/experiences with either or both brands. What are the upsides and downsides? Which would you buy? This is a relatively small system, injecting 2-10 gallons per acre per week or two, injected into drip tape. Thanks for any thoughts!

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05/08/17

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

Talked with a sales rep of both to get the scoop! Summary:

  • It’s kind of a Ford vs Chevy situation.
  • Both very good quality.
  • Can’t say one is preferred over the other. No substantial upsides or downsides to either.
  • For smaller-side flow rates, DM11F & D25R Dosatron models are very good units. (DM11F - max flow rate of 11 gal water/minute.)
  • For Dosmatics will probably fall in the mini-dose category, max flow rate 7-12 gal/minute if using drip. Simply match whatever % pump you need as far as ratio you’re injecting to figure out the right model.
  • Neither has more problems than the other, although Dosatrons may be a little bit easier to work on should you have trouble down the road.
  • Both Dosatrons and Dosmatics are popular, but more people buy Dosatrons for whatever reason.
  • Price-wise, very similar.
05/12/17 11:43 AM, updated

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Jeff Russell  |  Tunitas Creek Ranch  |  Half Moon Bay, CA

Subject: Lettuce Dryer/Commercial Salad Spinner

I'm looking to purchase a commercial 20 gallon lettuce dryer. Does anyone have any suggestions. I've been looking at Hobart Models.

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02/22/17
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Justin King  |  Capay Apiary Products  |  Orland, CA

Subject: Attention ALMOND growers

1x1x4' tree stakes $.45 apiece.

do you have leaning trees or DON'T want leaning trees then these are the stakes for you.

minimum order 20,000

In Topics Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Marketing & Sales, Equipment, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture

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01/30/17
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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Subsoiler vs rototiller, newbie question

i went and saw some tractor attachments today. I have a kuboto with rototiller attachment. When I saw the sub soiler attachment, I had to wonder about the whole point of a rototiller? Is a subsoiler only for compacted soil? is it damaging to the soil layers? How different is it from deep ripping? In the attached image, is it a 'v-blade' on the 3point hitch? Terribly embarassed, but total newbie here. would sub soiler be considered 'an essential' piece of equipment..is it inherently superior to roto-tilling...as much as 'tillage' is considered essential..as it were.

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01/29/15

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  |  Classic Organic Farm  |  Gaviota, CA commented

As stated by others, the object in the photo is not a subsoiler. It is used to make furrows. Subsoilers and rippers do not invert the soil. They just fracture the soil breaking up the lower layers (subsoil). Other tools are used to make a seedb such as discs, harrows, and/or rototillers, just to name a few.

01/14/17 11:38 AM

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David Plescia  |  New Family Farm  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: Tractor models that have worked? The classic One-Tractor dilemma

Howdy Farmers,

I am looking for specific tractor models, old or new (manufacturer, model, and year) that veggie growers have really liked, so that I can search them used on TractorHouse. Our situation is this...

My partner and I are tooling up to break ground on a 6-8 acre, diverse vegetable CSA in Sebastopol. We are researching tractors, and deep into the classic "one tractor conundrum". With the ability to only afford one tractor, we would like to have a versatile one. We'd like it to be able to do primary tillage, as well as has have properly spaced and thin enough tires to get it into our shaped beds to help renovate beds for second-plantings (to undercut, disc, rototill, or spade), to weed the furrows and to possibly flame-weed (if we can find a 60" tractor mounted flame weeder). We will cultivate in-row manually the first years.

Our requirements are: ~50 horsepower, 4WD, 60" center-to-center tread

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12/01/16, updated

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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

I swear I am not a Kubota sales rep, and I've never actually seen a 7060 up close, but the online specs say that both the front and rear wheel spacing on the 4wd model can be set at 60 inches. http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/007/4/2/7423-kubota-m7060-dimensions.html

This turned into a great thread with lots of farmers posting...I guess it takes tractor talk in December to get the FR forums humming.

The reason everyone likes Kubotas is because they are still built the old way, to last. Little or no electronics, no computers, simple hydraulic systems, bombproof engines, and components and parts that are easy to replace and relatively inexpensive.

12/05/16 9:41 PM, updated

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Emma DePiro  |  University at Buffalo  |  Buffalo, NY

Subject: Quick Interview About Irrigation Systems

Hello All,
I am a Mechanical Engineering Student at the University at Buffalo in New York. I am working with a few other students on our senior design project, and our project is to create an irrigation system that will better conserve water. We're seeking information on current irrigation systems, as well as what consumers would like to see in future irrigation systems. Is there anyone I can do a quick phone or email interview with about the topic?

Here are the questions, please reply to any or all questions!

  1. What specific services does your organization provide?

  1. To you, what are the most important functions of an irrigation system?

  1. What are your biggest problems with current irrigation systems?

    1. What changes would you recommend?

  1. Do you find that certain crops or areas do not get enough water, while others get too much?

    1. What do you believe causes this?

    2. How do you try to regulate

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10/22/16
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Mark Keller  |  Keller Crafted Meats  |  Napa, CA

Subject: Looking for a Kifco Irrigation Water Reel

Hello All.

I am looking to purchase a used kifco water reel. Please contact me if you have one available.

mark keller - 530-925-2959

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03/28/16

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  |  Keller Crafted Meats  |  Napa, CA commented

Thanks Travis - I just reached out to them.

03/30/16 9:14 AM

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Will Nelson  |  The Bear & The Bee   |  Placerville , CA

Subject: New Farmers looking for Sources

Hello,

My name is Will Nelson and my partner and I are moving to California from New England to start a farm in the foothills of the Sierra's. We are looking for sources for irrigation supplies, fertilizers, potting soil, compost, equipment, etc. We would greatly appreciate any suggestions.

Will Nelson

The Bear & The Bee

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02/01/16

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

Welcome to CA, Will! We've compiled most of the supplier recommendations shared by the FarmsReach community in our Source Directory. It's still in beta, so the best way to find things is by drilling down by category. There's also a search function, but sometimes it misses keywords so drilling down is your best bet!

02/05/16 12:30 PM, updated

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Eric Brennan  |  USDA-ARS  |  Salinas, CA

Subject: Novel DIY HOE with INTERCHANGEABLE, PLASTIC FRIENDLY, ADJUSTABLE, SHARP & FLEXIBLE blades.

Hi Folks,

Below are two video links to the new hoe that I developed that’s great in strawberries or vegetable and works great near plastic mulch. You can make it for almost nothing. In my opinion it's much better than a hula/stirrup hoe, or wire weeder or other hoes we've used in our systems. The detailed tutorial has more discussion of how it works, blade options, unique features, etc. and an interactive table of contents. The basic tutorial just shows how to make it. I hope it helps you with your weed control. Feel free to share with others that might find the design useful.

How to make an Inexpensive and Efficient hoe for weeding, DETAILED Tutorial: The Recycle (Strap) Hoe 18 minutes

How to make an Inexpensive and Efficient hoe for weeding, BASIC Tutorial: The Recycle (Strap) Hoe 8 minutes

Take care, Eric

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01/25/16, updated

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  |  USDA-ARS  |  Salinas, CA commented

Hi Paul

Youre very welcome. I think you'll be impressed with how well this design works. I think it will save you some $. Happy to share the design.

Eric

01/25/16 8:14 PM

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