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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:

We are looking to enroll farms that fit these criteria:... Read More

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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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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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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
11/25/14 10:31 PM

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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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Susan Cousineau  |  Self-employed  |  Camarillo, CA

Subject: Looking for tree crop growers interested in on-farm research

Hi all

There is much buzz about carbon farming, soil health and regenerative agriculture this year, and many farmers (and researchers) are interested in developing on-farm soil carbon and soil health monitoring.

I'm interested in finding someone interested in developing regenerative agricultural practices on their existing orchard (focusing on citrus, avocado or almond but open to others) in order to set up some medium term (2-5+ year) monitoring projects modelling soil-building practices. These might include compost application (as per the Marin Carbon Project: http://marincarbonproject.org); intensively managed/short-rotation grazing; intercropping, covercropping and alley cropping; alternative irrigation practices; or other methods depending on the goals of landowner and research potential of the site.

A bit about me: my background is in evolutionary ecology (BSc., MSc.), but I grew up farming and

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04/16/16
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  |  P.J. Dunn Working Redworms  |  Galt, CA commented

This sounds like a very good starting point for a lot of contemporary 'aggies'. Some terms are new, but the sound of regenerative suggests a 'sustainable' tone to it. I would love to open up interest in worm castings as part of that process. I've been a small scale worm farmer for 18 years now and haven't seen enough commitment to the principles that Elaine Ingham has framed in her studies about soil health and fertility. If you have the desire to follow the health of the soil below the surface, please get in touch with me at PJ Dunn Working Red Worms in Galt, CA.

I'm sure that the process that occurs in the transformation of compost to castings involves carbon AND regeneration. We sell castings and worms and can provide education to get anyone started in turning their farm waste into mother nature's best and most well balanced fertilizer! Alternative is no longer a 'dirty' word, it is just

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04/17/16 2:09 PM

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Alda Pires  |   Cooperative Extension UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: SURVEY TO CHARACTERIZE THE USE OF SOIL AMENDMENTS IN ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: MAKING SUR

Dear Organic Farmer,

In national effort to evaluate the needs and concerns of organic producers surrounding the safe use of manure and compost in the production of organic produce, U.C. Davis, The Organic Center and Organic Trade Association are conducting a farmer-focused survey to characterize the use of manure and compost based soil amendments.

The impetus of this survey is the ongoing implementation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA last fall revised some of its new rules putting into place the FSMA regulations. Of the revisions, one of the most notable for organic were changes made relating to the use of compost and manure and the required interval that untreated manure could be applied and crops harvested.

Instead of its earlier proposed 9-month minimum interval requirement, FDA moved to give the agency time to conduct research into

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03/18/16, updated
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Michael Hermon  |  Farm Dog  |  San Jose, CA

Subject: On-farm soil fertility analysis

In hope to make soil sampling and nutrient analysis easy and affordable, my team (Farm Dog) is considering to launch a service in which we'll come to any California-based farm, and perform a soil test (OM%, NPK, pH, micro elements) up to 4 times a year - for $150 per field per year (yes, it's that cheap! 4 sampling visits + analysis for $150 per field). The results would be displayed on a private shiny dashboard.

We're looking to see if there's enough interest to justify launching the service. If this is something you could be interested in - drop me a line to michael@farmdog.ag.

Wishing you all happy and healthy soil :)

Michael and the Farm Dog team

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03/09/16, updated

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  |  LLW  |  Los Angeles, CA commented

I think it's a great idea to launch a service which provide analysis of the soil for the farmers. This would help farmers to increase the productivity. My neighbour suggested me to visit forum droit du travail to get the complete information over the labor law, similarly a portal can be made where the complete information regarding soil analysis is provided would also help.

03/15/16 5:39 AM

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