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David Kaisel  |  Capay Mills  |  Rumsey, CA

Subject: Small Grains Field Day THIS SATURDAY

Sorry for the late posting!

The California Grain Campaign is organizing a Small Grains Field Day this Saturday, Feb.11, at Open Field Farm in Petaluma.

Registrations close Wednesday, Feb. 9. Email campaign@californiagrains.com for registration information.

A small number of California farmers have revived heritage grains in recent years. They've grown in varied climes and tried different strains. Now it's time to gather together, to learn from farmers and researchers, and to share best practices to strengthen our farms, businesses, and food shed.
The Small Grain Field Day is part of a series of workshops that will address technical aspects of grain farming specific to the California context.
AGENDA
The field day will cover four areas: seed selection, field cultivation, planting and monitoring -- including related equipment.
10 AM - Introductions and Open Field Farm tour
10:30 AM - Seed
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02/08/17
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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

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01/30/17
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Susan Wyman  |  Gunnison Gardens Co  |  Gunnison, CO

Subject: Methods for organizing and storing seeds for small farm operations?

What are the methods used for organizing and storing seeds for small diversified farms? As we enter our 2nd/3rd year of commercial operations, the random-order shoe boxes of seed are not working very well. I realize that many producers buy all new seed every year, but we have seed left from previous years and are working at seed saving from a few open-pollinated varieties. Any tips for organizing and storing all these seeds?

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02/03/16

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  |  Customized Water Systems  |  Modesto, CA commented

How seeds are stored to keep them viable for long periods? Odorox Hydroxyl generators from water in the air break down Ethylene immediately and also keep molds, viruses and bacteria near zero levels. (We sell these.) Miller breweries are all being out fitted as well.

02/05/16 12:22 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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Eric Brennan  |  USDA-ARS  |  Salinas, CA

Subject: Biological Control Buffet in the Salad Bowl of America

Hi Folks,

Last month I gave a presentation at a national meeting of the Agronomy/Entomological Societies of America in Minneapolis, MN. It focused on the complex integration of HEDGEROWS, COVER CROPS and INSECTARY PLANTS in our biological control strategies in the context of our vegetable and strawberry research at our USDA-ARS organic research farm in Salinas, California. Here's the a link where you can watch a 10 minute video on it A Biological Control Buffet in the Salad Bowl of America It's got a few surprises :)

take care, Eric

Eric Brennan, Ph.D

Research Horticulturist

Organic Crop Production

USDA-ARS

1636 E. Alisal St.

Salinas, CA 93905

Tel. 831-755-2822

Fax. 831-755-2814

Email. Eric.Brennan@ars.usda.gov

http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eric_Brennan/

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12/10/15

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  |  California Horticulture Services  |  Santa Cruz, CA commented

Eric B.

Have you experienced problems with bagrada bugs in alyssum plantings? I've experienced major infestations on a small landscape scale and have also seen them in alyssum in some fields over the past two years. I expect that will become more of a challenge in brassicas like broccoli. Perhaps phacelia would be another option that is less attractive to bagrada bugs.

Thanks,

Michael Johnson

12/11/15 10:32 AM

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Jared Zystro  |  Organic Seed Alliance  |  Port Townsend, WA

Subject: Pepper, tomato, and bean breeding survey

Hi all,

Organic Seed Alliance is working with UC Davis to develop new varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and dry beans specifically suited to the needs of organic farmers in California. In order to develop these varieties, we need help from organic farmers to prioritize breeding needs. Below is a link to a survey. If tomatoes, peppers, or beans are something that you produce for seed or crop, or sell seed of, please consider taking 15 minutes to complete this survey. The results of this survey will help direct a substantial organic breeding effort for the next several years. If you know of any colleagues who might also be interested in participating in this survey, please forward this to them. The survey will close on January 15th. If you have any questions regarding this survey, you may contact Erin Wilkus at 908-601-6928 or email elwilkus@ucdavis.edu.

Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OREIBreeding

Thank you so much!

Jared

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12/10/15, updated
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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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Monica White  |  New Hope Farms  |  Pinole, CA

Subject: Preparing land for production

We are a small farm in Pinole / Contra Costa County. We recently received funding to prepare about 1.5 acres for perennial and annual vegetable production, however I have no experience with this transition as we currently only raise livestock. The land has never been worked for crop production, but it has been grazed by cattle for several decades. I’m hopeful that the soil will prove worthy after some rain, tilling, and the addition of about 4 inches of compost and a sprinkle of biochar. Hoping to get feedback/expertise/stories from y’all with your experience preparing land for production, as well as on the following questions:

- Tilling – we are thinking we will till after the first rains, but unsure what equipment to use and where we should rent a tractor. The best we have now is renting a tractor from Sun Belt along with a ripper, tiller, spreader, and a bed shaper (we might buy the

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10/29/15

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  |  Fresh SPIN Farms  |  Davis, CA commented

I have to agree with Paul even though this is probably not what you want to hear.

Remember that "Permaculture" is a permanent land use concept, so you want to know as much as possible about the land before planning any intervention. You don't say if this is land you have been using for your livestock for a while (in which case you already know some things about it) or if this is new land to you. In any case, it is not just the land, but how it, and your new operation (vegetables) fit with the ongoing farm that you need to look at.

When it comes to vegetable production, it is not always necessary to do the tillage you suggest, or even tillage at all. I've sold my own place now, so can't show you more than photo's, but check into Singing Frog farms up in Sebastopol for how you might configure your production with no to minimum tillage. Part of this depends on your labor and market, but again

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Joey Smith  |  Let's Go Farm  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: can i plant garlic into black plastic?

hey y'all - quick question. is there a reason i never see garlic planted into black plastic? we would like to do so (next week) and it's funny to me that though i've seen plenty of onions done this way, haven't seen garlic. any reason why you wouldn't...? thank you in advance! (we are in santa rosa, by the way)

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10/22/15

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  |  Let's Go Farm  |  Santa Rosa, CA commented

thank you Paul - i knew there was probably a reason. i appreciate your insight!

10/25/15 6:28 PM

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