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Laura Patterson  |  UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: UCD research opportunity for those that raise pigs and/or have feral pigs nearby

Hello-

I am a former small-scale organic farmer and currently a PhD candidate at UC Davis. My thesis focuses on small-scale diversified farms and my advisor is Dr. Alda Pires, who is an UC ANR extension specialist. She works with small-scale farmers and backyard producers in California.

We are currently enrolling participants for a study to learn about foodborne diseases harbored in domestic pigs raised outdoors and feral pig populations within the same county.

Results of the samples from your land will be provided to you for free and you will receive a $20 Visa gift card at the end of the study.

During this study, we will collect pig feces from farms that raise swine outdoors and test the samples for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Hepatitis E virus (HEV). We will also collect feral pig fecal samples from the same county and these will be tested for STEC and HEV too.

Minimal time

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05/02/18, updated
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Laura Patterson  |  UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: April 26 Pastured-pig seminar Santa Rosa, CA

Join us in Santa Rosa, CA for a seminar about pasture-raised pigs and feral pigs.

April 26, Thursday 6pm.

UCCE Sonoma county @UCCESonoma

RSVP here: http://ucanr.edu/pastureraisedpigs

Flyer_2018_Pig_Seminar_UCCE_Sonoma_County_UCCE_1521510937.pdf

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03/19/18
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Laura Patterson  |  UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: UC Davis research opportunity for those that raise pigs and/or have feral pigs nearby

We are currently enrolling participants for a study to learn about foodborne diseases harbored in domestic pigs raised outdoors and nearby feral pig populations in California.

I am a former small-scale farmer who has worked at various farms in Capay Valley and also rented land to grow flowers and vegetables with my husband. I am currently a PhD candidate at UC Davis and my dissertation focuses on small-scale diversified farms because of my background as an organic farmer. My advisor is Dr. Alda Pires, who is an UC ANR extension specialist and she works with small-scale farmers and backyard producers in California.

During this study (conducted from March through June, 2018), we will collect domestic pig feces from farms that raise swine outdoors and test the samples for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Hepatitis E virus (HEV). We will also collect feral pig fecal samples from the same

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03/08/18
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Meriwether Hardie  |  Bio-Logical   |  BOULDER, CO

Subject: Looking for organic manure in the Santa Cruz Area

Looking for advice - Hello! I am looking for a grass fed dairy operation in the Santa Cruz California to buy manure from to make compost for an organic farm operation. Only interested in chemical/hormone free operations. Does anyone have advice on operations that maybe interested to sell their green? Thank you!

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10/09/17, updated

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  |  Bio-Logical   |  BOULDER, CO commented

Thanks Collette! I will e-mail you now. I would also love to hear from any others, as we are looking for multiple sources and also aged manure and bedding (from chemical free/hormone free operations).

10/10/17 9:54 AM, updated

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Paul Ladeira  |  Arboreo Design  |  Browns Valley, CA

Subject: Grazing Options

My wife and I just purchased 37 acres in Browns Valley and the grass is very high. We would like to have it grazed to bring down the fire danger and also make it walkable. Our current infrastructure is minimal- The property is not completely perimeter fenced and we have access to water from a large pond but no storage or pump at this point.

I'd love to hear suggestions from anyone with experience in this and what we can expect from someone interested in using the land.

Thanks

Paul Ladeira

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07/17/17

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  |  Lucky Monkeys Ranch  |  Willits, CA commented

Paul, if the grass is done dry, it may be better to mow it from the perimeter inward (to reduce the fire hazard if it does light off from the mowing.) To have it grazed, you need fencing to prevent the critters from wandering off .

You want to fence off the pond to keep livestock from polluting it, and a small solar panel and solar pump can keep a watering tank filled.

08/02/17 11:15 PM, updated

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Joe Jorge  |  JMJ Farms   |  Elk Grove , CA

Subject: Farmer looking ?? Does anybody know where can buy...

Farmer looking ??

Does anybody know where can buy large volumes of chicks and Pullets cheap or a hatcheries for chicks in California around Sacramento or the Central Valley

Or by Petaluma ???? Any Help would be grateful !!!

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  |  Pozo Organic Farm  |  Santa Margarita, CA commented

I applaud your reasoning for buying baby chicks from a nearby hatchery instead of having them sent through the mail.

There is a reason chicks are CHEAP from many of the hatcheries! Hatcheries work with birds in extremely large numbers, thereby reducing the cost of each chick. Their animal welfare is not always the best. Please consider contacting someone from the Sustainable Poultry Network (http://sustainablepoultrynetwork.com) to purchase birds that can reproduce naturally and live a healthy, humanly hatched beginning to life!

Thank you,
Dana Tryde
Certified Flock #17, Sustainable Poultry Network
02/13/14 3:42 PM

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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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06/15/17
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Laura Patterson  |  UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: ORGANIC PRODUCE FARMS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY

We are looking for California certified organic growers to participate in a multi-regional study to assess current management practices affecting soil health and the survival of pathogens, related to adding raw/aged/untreated manure to crop production fields.

The goal of our study is to provide organic farmers with science-based effective strategies that limit food safety risks when using raw manure based soil amendments.

University of California-Davis researchers will visit enrolled farms 8 times per growing season (in 2017 & 2018). We will collect water, produce, soil and manure samples. All samples will be tested for bacterial indicators such as nonpathogenic E. coli & pathogens. Farmers will be asked to complete a short survey. The study is voluntary and all locations and names will be kept confidential.

How you can participate:

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01/11/17
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  |  P.J. Dunn Working Redworms  |  Galt, CA commented

Sounds like a very important study for pastured land producing crops for human consumption. I like to remind farmers if they do have access to large quantities of raw manures and spread them on their fields that processing through the gut of the composting worm adds incredible benefit to the finished product. Getting started is easy if you want to know more you can contact Michael Dunn at PJ Dunn Working Red Worms in Galt

01/16/17 12:08 PM

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Laura Patterson  |  UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: Farmer participation request for UC Davis study

We are seeking volunteers for a study accessing the dynamics of foodborne pathogens (i.e. Campylobacter spp.) in integrated mixed crop-livestock systems involving multiple livestock species. The use of livestock to graze vegetable, fruit or nut production fields has increased in recent years in California. The results of this project will develop scale-sized management practice recommendations to reduce foodborne pathogen risk for mixed crop-livestock farms producing fresh produce or nuts.

How You Can Participate:

Researchers at the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture Natural Resources Cooperative Extension are looking to enroll farmers that fit these criteria:

  • Farm in Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, Sonoma, or Marin counties
  • Integrate livestock grazing and crop production or integrate livestock grazing in orchards (fruit or nuts)
  • Small to medium-sized farms
  • Raise
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01/11/17
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Sarah Lopez  |  Fiesta Farm  |  Watsonville, CA

Subject: Livestock Work/Apprentice Opportunity

Hi folks,

We have an ad up in the FarmsReach Classifieds section for a livestock worker or apprentice for the 2017 season. Not sure if it's allowable to post employment ad details here in the Conversations section, so please see Classifieds for details. Our website and contact info is at http://www.fiestafarm.net.

- Sarah.

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01/09/17
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