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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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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Pest & Disease Management, Water & Irrigation, Harvesting, Washing, Packing & Packaging, Waste Management, Food Safety, Trucks, Delivery & Logistics, Certifications, Wildlife Management, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Anything Goes

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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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Margaret Lloyd  |  University of California Cooperative Extension  |  Woodland, CA

Subject: Understanding Nitrogen in Organic Tomato Production

Dear Farmers, knowing whether the plants have enough nitrogen at each growth stage can be very challenging because multiple amendments are often added to grow organic, fresh market tomatoes, such as compost + sea bird guano + liquid fertilizers. A small research team at the University of California are undertaking a study to demystify this information. Through this research, we will determine the nitrogen demand in tomatoes and how much nitrogen is made available by each amendment, for each week over the season. We would love to know what amendments you are using so that we can include them in our study.

Organic Tomato Nitrogen Study

Please help us make this research most relevant for you by completing the survey. Results from this research will be made publicly available. Thank you so much! Margaret

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04/07/17, updated
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Camille Sanandaji  |  Foodstems  |  San Francisco, CA

Subject: Vermicomposting

Have you tried vermicomposting? What was your experience like?

Vermicompost is the heterogeneous product of the decomposition of food, vegetable, and plant material along with vermicast (an earthworm’s by-product of the breakdown of organic matter). Vermicompost is an excellent organic fertilizer or used as simply a soil conditioner, as it is rich in readily-available, water-soluble nutrients. Vermicomposting also has various commercial uses besides fertilizer, such as its ability to function as sewage treatment. With all of these benefits, one might perceive vermicomposting as a daunting process, yet with a bit of research and knowledge, the system can be simple to maintain once established. There is an entire internet community with amazing how-to guides. Here is one example: http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/vermicompost107.shtml

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Urban Agriculture

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04/04/17
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Hunter Francis  |  Cal Poly Center for Sustainability  |  San Luis Obispo, CA

Subject: Elaine Ingham Healthy Soils Event April 21!

Elaine Ingham soil microbiologist and pioneer of the Soil Foodweb will be leading a full day workshop on Friday, April 21 at the Inn at Morro Bay. Early bird pricing of $65 including lunch runs through March 31. More information and registration at: http://cfs.calpoly.edu/soilfoodweb.html

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03/23/17
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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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Alda Pires  |   Cooperative Extension UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: ORGANIC PRODUCE FARMS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY

We are looking for certified organic producers in California, to participate in a multi-regional study to fully assess current management practices affecting the survival of pathogens and soil health, used by the organic industry related to adding raw or untreated manure to crop fields. The goal of our study is to provide organic farmers with science-based effective strategies that limit food safety risks when using valuable raw manure based soil amendments.

University of California-Davis researchers will visit enrolled farms 8 times over the growing season (2017- 2018). We will collect produce, water, 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.

Who are we looking for?

  • NOP certified organic farms in
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11/29/16, updated

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  |   Cooperative Extension UC Davis  |  Davis, CA commented

Dear Tom Willey,

Thank you very much for your interest in our research and insights about this project. We are aware that the use of raw manure in organic agriculture is a practice only used by a small proportion of producers (about 30% of surveyed farmers in a recent nationwide survey conducted by our research team, with west coast producers showing the smallest percentage of raw manure use).

The objective of this current project is to provide science–based data and effective strategies to support those using raw manure or untreated manure.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.

Thank you again for your insights.

Best,

Alda Pires

12/07/16 2:20 PM

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Christopher Strutz  |  Strutz Ranch  |  Sloughhouse, CA

Subject: Looking for someone to run the farm

I am a full time crop consultant looking for a highly skilled farmer to help run the farm. Please let me know how I can best proceed. I am new to this website.

Thanks!

Chris Strutz

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09/09/16

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  |  Strutz Ranch  |  Sloughhouse, CA commented

Hey Paul ThanksSent from my iPhone
09/09/16 9:17 PM

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Aubrey White  |  Agricultural Sustainability Institute At UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: Nutrient Mgmt Virtual Field Day: Monitoring nutrient and moisture levels to maximize productivity

Welcome to the Nutrient Management Virtual Field Day! Here is our first topic to kick things off:

Clearly, in limited water situations, monitoring your nutrient and moisture helps maximize productivity. What are your top tips for farms to accomplish this? What monitoring practices do you use? How did you adapt your monitoring practices for the drought?

Below, our featured panelists will respond, and then we invite YOU to share any ideas, tips or questions you have as well.

For bios of our panelists and to learn more about the Series, check out the Nutrient Management Solutions group. This Nutrient Management Series in Times of Drought Series is a collaboration of UC SAREP, FarmsReach and Sustainable Conservation.

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11/17/14, updated

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  |  Customized Water Systems  |  Modesto, CA commented

Hello Franz thanks for quick http://feedback.We are tracking infiltration depths with GPS moisture probes wirelessly connected to the matched Software package to track improvements. Using either the frequency drivenC2A0 Hydrosmart water systems or the ESP frequency driven water systemsWater Infiltration root zone depth is faster and deeper. On almonds we are seeing approx. 18" deeper penetration infiltration. We will be in Phoenix at the Irrigation show this week. If you are wondering where to get more info go to http://www.hydrosmart.com.auC2A0 Or http://www.customizedwatersystems.comWe own USA distribution support on these non flow restricted water systems. The systems creates scalar energy wetter water with hydrogen bonds broken. Wetter water soaks in the ground faster and breaks up scale into usable root nutrients in high TDS water. Units are all Green http://performance.We are dropping 3 more ESP... Read More
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Audra Soltis  |  Curious Farmer/Rancher  |  San Jose, CA

Subject: Soil Testing needed?

I am in escrow to purchase 8 acres in Gilroy, CA. It used to be a plant nursery with 80% of the property filled up with huge green houses.

The property was purchased about 5 years ago by another buyer and has not been used as a nursery since that time. The greenhouses have all completely collapsed so there definitely hasn't been any activity on the land for at least 5 years.

The areas of the property that they did get a change to clear has housed livestock and horses and there doesn't seem to be any negative impact on those animals to date. And the wells have been tested and water is fine.

So, my questions are:

After 5 years do you think I should be worried about pesticides in the dirt?

Can anyone recommend a company to come take some soil samples that are located near Gilroy, CA?

I plan to raise a small amount of livestock and keep horses on property and do some gardening/fruit trees more for personal use.

Thanks!

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07/19/16

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  |  Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District  |  Riverside, CA commented

The Loma Prieta Resource Conservation District, should be a good local source of information and support.

http://www.lomaprietarcd.org
07/20/16 9:31 AM

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