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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Agriculture and Robots Roundtable, Fall 2017

Dear Farmers! I am a small acreage urban farmer in the Bay Area, CA. I started in 2012 as a green newbie and have learnt so much along the way. Within the first year, I realised some things: 1. economies of scale dont work for small operations 2. labour will always be an issue 3. technology, unless created WITH farmers will be destructive to soil and bottomline. (example: pesticides, john deere with its dmca issue etc)

So I started working on a robotic autonomous platform that can do *some* tasks but not all. Along the way, I realised that $$$ is a big issue and that the tech sector with brighter minds is working on it. I paused my work for one year and started networking in Silicon Valley. I think its time to introduce farmers to Silicon Valley to start a dialogue.

It will take place in the Bay Area, but if anyone in the Farmsreach community wants to attend but is unable, please comment here or

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08/24/17

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  |  Greensward / New Natives LLC  |  Aptos, CA commented

Lalitha

If it's not too much trouble

<kenkimes@newnatives.biz>

Thanks Ken

12/13/17 12:41 PM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in December (and beginning of January)!

Below are the events coming up in December (and beginning of January)! To track the latest as they are added, check out our full Events Calendar.

12/3-6: 99th Annual Meeting for CA Farm Bureau - Orange County
12/4-7: Pasture Poultry Workshop - Davis
12/4-7: Online: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Online Virtual Conference - Online
12/6-10: Earthworks for Farm Resilience with Warren Brush - San Luis Obispo
12/8: 20th Annual UC IPM Seminar for Lake & Mendocino Counties - Hopland
12/9: Webinar: Sustainable Winegrowing and Certification - Online
12/11: Webinar: Organic Value-Added Processing & Certification - Online
12/12: CCOF North Coast Chapter Meeting - Rohnert Park
12/13-15: SoCal Farmers Summit - Encinitas
12/13-14: Organic Grower Summit - Monterey
12/13: Nuts & Bolts of Gray Mold & Fungicide Resistance - Watsonville
12/14: Alternative Weed Management for Vegetable Growers - Bolinas
1/8: Vendor-101 Farmers

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12/04/17
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Maureen Thompson  |  California Farm Academy, Center for Land-Based Learning  |  Winters, CA

Subject: 2018 CA Farm Academy: NOW accepting applications!

Hello from the California Farm Academy!!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Beginning Farmer Training Program & the Apprenticeship Program!

Please join us for our CFA Information Session to meet alumni, program staff, and learn more.

The CA Farm Academy Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers. During the seven-month program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning, & marketing, & culminate in a personal business plan or farm career plan. In addition to

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10/11/17
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: North Bay Fire Relief Benefit & Community Resilience Fund

From CAFF/Farmers Guild: This week we face devastating fires here in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties, fires which have so far taken over a dozen lives, destroyed hundreds of homes, burned farms to the ground and scorched more than 100,000 acres of this place we all love.

This Thursday we are hosting a benefit in Sebastopol, CA as well as joining a coalition of local organizations to establish the North Bay Fire Recovery & Community Resilience Fund, channeling our collective compassion and resources into a single place from which to help families and individuals recover--as well as to support grassroots initiatives that build resilience in the face of future catastrophe.

Whether you can attend Thursday's event or not, please consider joining us to meet this tragedy's survivors with open hearts by donating to this fund and holding space for those in need.

100% of funds raised will be provided to

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10/10/17
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in October (and beginning of November)!

Below are the events coming up in October (and beginning of November)! To track the latest as they are added, check out our full Events Calendar.

10/7-8: Hoes Down Harvest Festival – 30th Annual Celebration - Guinda, Yolo County
10/10: Webinar: Connecting Health Insurance & Agricultural Viability - Online
10/11-31: GAPs Online Course – Custom schedules October 11-31 - Online
10/12: It’s Alive! Principles and Practices to Build Soil Health on your Farm - Winters
10/12: Webinar: Postharvest Handling (Part 2) - Online
10/12: Webinar: Practical Carbon Solutions: How Biodynamics Can Engage Climate in the Farm/Garden - Online
10/16-17: SOIL 2017 – Slow Money National Conference: Bringing Our Money Back Down To Earth - Boulder, Colorado
10/17: Webinar: Organic Seed Production – Seed Contracting, Economics & Policy - Online
10/19: Ranching in Carnivore Country: Livestock - La Honda
10/20-22: Bioneers -

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10/04/17
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in September (and beginning of October)!

Below are the events coming up in the rest of September (and beginning of October)! To track the latest as they are added, check out our full Events Calendar.

9/9: Soil Not Oil International Conference - Richmond
9/9: Agriculture & Robots Roundtable, Fall 2017 - Sunol
9/11: Webinar: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 101 - Online
9/12: Webinar: Improving Soil Health in Irrigated Intensive Vegetable Production - Online
9/12: BACGA Food Safety Meeting - Hollister
9/12: Webinar: Opportunities for Sustaining & Growing the US Goat Industry - Online
9/13: Field Day with Rio Del Rey Heirloom Beans - Valley Center
9/13: Webinar: Postharvest Handling - Online
9/13: Webinar: Advanced Biodynamics – Perception & Preparations - Online
9/14: Webinar: Drought and Invasive Species - Online
9/15: Good Food Showcase - Encinitas
9/16: 4th Annual Agrarian Games - Petaluma
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09/09/17
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in August (and beginning of September)!

Below are the events coming up in the rest of August (and beginning of September)! To track the latest as they are added, check out our full Events Calendar.

8/14: Farmers Market Vendor 101 - San Diego
8/14: Web Meeting: National Organic Standards Board Hydroponics Meeting - Online
8/15-17: Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels- Exploring Soil Carbon Effects - Sacramento
8/15: Webinar: Navigating the Legal Challenges Faced by Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs - Online
8/15: Webinar Series: Organic Seed Production – Seed Quality, Harvesting & Equipment - Online
8/16-17: Focus on the Beef Cow – Workshop - San Benito
8/16: Farm to Institution 101 Workshop - Escondido
8/19: ALBA & Aggrigator: Connecting Farmers to Land, Knowledge and Opportunity - Salinas
8/22: Webinar: Soil Health - Online
8/24-25: CA Climate Action Planning Conference - San Luis Obispo
8/25: Field Day & Tasting at College of the Redwoods Farm -

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08/13/17
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in July (and beginning of August)!

Below are the events coming up in the rest of July (and beginning of August)! To track the latest as they are added, check out our full Events Calendar.

7/12-13: Organic Produce Summit 2017 - Monterey
7/16: Pasture Based Livestock - Watsonville
7/18: Webinar: Organic Seed Production – Diseases and Pests - Online
7/18: Webinar: Assessing Areas of Risk for Current & Potential Organic Operations - Online
7/19: Webinar: Intro to Bee Diversity in the U.S. - Online
7/20: Proper Stockmanship School with TomKat Ranch - Pescadero
7/21: Alhambra Urban Agriculture Workshop: Legal Basics - Alhambra
7/24: Summer 2017 Term for the School of Adaptive Agriculture (1st class in series) - Willits
7/25: Webinar: Native Thistles – Important & Misunderstood Plants for Conservation - Online
7/26: Webinar: Hiring Farm Employees – Process and Recommendations - Online
7/27-30: First 50 Celebration, UCSC Farm & Garden - Santa

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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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In General FarmsReach community, California FarmLink, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, California Agritourism

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Rachelle Hedges  |  Alameda County RCD  |  Livermore, CA

Subject: Upcoming Workshop: Getting the Lease - Strategies for developing an effective grazing lease proposal

Join the Alameda County Resource Conservation District and the UC Cooperative Extension for a workshop designed to help farmers and ranchers more effectively compete for grazing leases in the Bay Area. Find out more!

Learn about commonly asked RFP questions and work collaboratively to develop effective, “winning” answers. Attendees will hear from a panel of experienced applicants and proposal reviewers from agencies including East Bay Regional Parks, SF Public Utilities Commission, and Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. This workshop will also address pursuing private and non-conventional grazing leases. This workshop is free!

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