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Sally Negroni  |  Sikes Road  |  Dixon, CA

Subject: Cover crop selection for walnut orchard

Hello. I am trying to decide if I should change the cover crop mix on my walnut orchard that I am currently certifying organic. In the past I have planted vetches, clovers as well as some grains, and have managed it as a reseeding annual cover with a high mowing February to March, and closer mowing starting in May to June. My micro-sprinkler irrigation system covers most of the orchard floor, my trees are young and not providing much shade, and in the summer, I get lots of weedy grasses growing. I do a close mowing every month or even more often. I am thinking about planting a perennial clover mix (strawberry and white clover) because I would get more nitrogen benefit from that than the volunteer grasses. Perennial clovers are supposed to use more water, but the volunteer grasses are using water also, and since I can't use herbicides, and don't want to till, I don't have a clean orchard floor anyway. The

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08/23/18

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  |  The Xerces Society  |  Sacramento commented

I've been doing a lot of work with cover cropping, including in walnuts, through a grant w/ the USDA. My focus is on designing multi-benefit cover crops, including soil health and insectary habitat. Email if you want more info: jessa.kay-cruz@xerces.org. Happy to share results.

08/24/18 10:05 AM

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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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Maria Espino  |  The Kucek Family Farm  |  Biggs, CA

Subject: Blueberry Plant varieties

We are going to plant blueberries soon and are looking for opinions from other blueberry farmers and nurseries on best varieties and any irrigation techniques. We are located in the Sacramento valley and are aware of the challenges. It just seems. Like there is a lack of information out there from both the UC and nurseries. Can anyone help with information newer than 2009? Calling all California blueberry farmers or nurseries ?

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05/24/15

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  |  University of California Cooperative Extension  |  Woodland, CA commented

I just came across a recent article by Mark Gaskell, UCCE San Luis Obispo about organic blueberry production.

http://progressivecrop.com/images/pdf/July_August_PCC_2016_Web.pdf

09/15/16 4:39 PM

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Jennifer Whitney  |  Whitney Organic Farm, Sun Drenched Organics  |  Valley Center, CA

Subject: Reclaimed Sustainable supplies needed for small vineyard

Hello, as a new farmer in San Diego, I am trying to build a farm using sustainable and environmentally conscious practices. I am working with NRCS and other groups to learn and set strategies. I am currently looking for any information regarding using sustainable, reclaimed supplies for Vineyard trellis systems and management. We are open to hosting research projects on the farm.

Thanks in advance for your time and information.

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04/19/16
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  |  ASA  |  boston , MA commented

Good analysis . Just to add my thoughts , others require a Bankruptcy B6I , I came across a sample form here's "http://pdf.ac/4aYdwA".

07/04/16 12:00 PM

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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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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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Alvaro Ramirez  |  eHarvestHub Inc.  |  Discovery Bay, CA

Subject: Need Your Input!

Hello everyone, my name is Alvaro Ramirez with eHarvestHub. I am very excited to ask for your help. We heard from a few farmers they would like to have an app that allows them to manage the day to day activities of their farms. An app where they can assign employees tasks, track completed tasks and record such activities in real time. We want to help and develop this app. To make sure it's a tool that adds value to you we need your input If you had a magic wand, what would this app help you do, what problem with it solve for you? Please email me your wish list at alvaro@eharvesthub.com or you can call me and we can discuss it - 9253036038. My promise is to make this tool available for free.

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10/19/15
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Ruthie King  |  Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture  |  Willits, CA

Subject: Sept-Nov Practicum Student Program: Grange Farm School, Mendocino, CA

Join us at the Grange Farm School this Fall, in an exciting residential training program designed to equip students with key skills for successful, sustainable, agriculture. Our Practicum Student Program consists of daily field work, bimonthly field trips, and a rigorous curriculum taught during afternoon lessons by staff and guest instructors. Students are able to enroll concurrently in Mendocino College's Community Work Experience Education program and gain credits while studying and working at the Grange Farm School.

This beautiful location in Mendocino County, California is host to numerous exciting projects while in the take off phase of a brand new education program and production farm. Students collaborate with staff to design and build systems for living, growing produce, raising livestock, rehabilitating tools and structures, and so much more.

Check out our website or blog for more information.

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

Subject: Nutrient Management in Times of Drought: Summary Links & Series Feedback!

A big Thank You to the knowledgeable experts and panelists who participated in the Nutrient Management Series over the past five months!

Please take our two-minute survey to let us know what was helpful or not; and what information *you* would like to see in the future to better manage soil nutrients and the reduced water supply.

A lot of great wisdom was shared during the series, and so below are some quick links to access the highlights. This was a challenging yet fun pilot to bring the complex topic of soil management to a broader audience online, so of course there is more we can cover. Please take our quick survey to share your thoughts.

If you haven’t heard of the three-part series until now, check out the project background and vision. And join the Group for future series!

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05/19/15, updated
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