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Nancy Niche  |  Green Gage Farm  |  Novato, CA

Subject: 10-year lease example needed for 1-acre on my farm

I have a small farm that is also a successful B&B. The lower acre is of interest to a very skilled and renowned woman I have known and trusted for years. She would like to create a series of display gardens, mostly using California natives, hold classes, utilize her army of [retired] volunteers and have weekend sales once per quarter. All of this works with my zoning, and I delight in the idea of the B&B guests getting to learn even more about permaculture than what they view in the 'community' areas of my farm (pick & eat veggies, fresh eggs from 20+ hens, interacting with our mini-pigs, seeing my fairly sophisticated 22-bed above-ground composting operation, etc.).

We've been trying to fashion a 10-year lease and divvy up the expenses. Not easy! The idea is that her rental will start small in the beginning while we invest in the structures (greenhouses, irrigation matrix using my well, grading, solar,

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10/28/18

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  |  CA FamLink  |  Point Reyes Station commented

Hi Nancy, I am the North Coast Program Coordinator for CA FarmLink. I am happy to have a conversation with you about our lease work. Please email me directly and we can schedule a call to discuss. kerry@cafarmlink.org

11/05/18 11:28 AM

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Liya Schwartzman  |  California FarmLink  |  Sacramento, CA

Subject: There's still time to register for the FarmLink Business Skills Camp!

Hey Folks,
Fall is in the air, so it's the perfect time to brush up on your farm business management!
California FarmLink is hosting a 4 part business skills workshop series taught by Poppy Davis and Alan Haight in October in Sacramento. We'll also be covering the latest on the implications of the new tax law on farm businesses! Don't miss this opportunity to build your business and start the next season on the right foot!

In Topics Marketing & Sales, Business & Financial Planning, Funding Opportunities, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Insurance, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, News & Events, Anything Goes

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09/25/18
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Sarah McCamman  |  Root 64  |  SACRAMENTO, CA

Subject: Safe barrier between veggie fields and busy roadway

My partner and I are site planning for our new urban homestead and veggie farm in Sacramento. We have a lovely acre with a home, a few existing trees, and lots of potential. We will be planting fruit trees this Winter and starting with veggies, which will make up the bulk of our operation, next spring. The large open field where we will be growing veggies backs up to a busy roadway and we're planning to plant a hedgerow of drought tolerant natives and insectary plants along the back fence, potentially followed by a row of fruit trees, as a visual and auditory barrier, as well as to dissipate and absorb any potential toxins from the roadway (exhaust fumes, tire wear and tear, tar and other materials from the road itself) before they can get to the veggies.

The road itself is 10 feet off of our fence line and has a 5 ft shoulder (so cars are driving 15 ft from our fence) and we were imagining a ~15 ft

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11/01/17

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  |   Cooperative Extension UC Davis  |  Davis, CA commented

Hi All,

The ANR Cooperative Extension has a webpage ( http://ucanr.edu/sites/UrbanAg/Starting_an_Urban_Farm/) with several resources such: soil testing, food safety , production etc. Here is recent publication about soil testing http://ucanr.edu/sites/UrbanAg/files/197207.pdf.

11/08/17 7:55 AM

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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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Amy Arroyo  |  The Joey Farm  |  Falls Church, VA

Subject: Seasonal Crew Member (Red Wiggler Community Farm, Maryland)

Super rewarding opportunity!

The Crew Leader will lead a crew of volunteers and growers (adults with developmental disabilities) on all farm tasks including seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, post harvest handling, and field maintenance tasks. The Crew Leader will be responsible for making sure that their team finishes each job accurately, efficiently, and inclusively according to each person’s abilities. The Crew Leader will also work independently on farm tasks when needed.

The Crew Leader will need to have a positive attitude, enjoy farming and working outside in all conditions. The Crew Leader will be expected to motivate their team to get their tasks done and to communicate clearly back to the Farm Manager how the tasks went and what got done. The Crew Leader will work alongside our growers and volunteers each day and will be expected to lead and teach by example and demonstrate a strong

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01/13/17
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Benjamin Fahrer  |  Top Leaf Farms  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Current Pricing for product

curious what everyone uses to determine their prices in their current products. I used to use Rodale organic price sheet, what determines the price per bunch of basil this time of year, I can do the price per production yet their are so many externalities it is hard for me to get the true cost for each crop without some reference sheet. I end up adjusting based on what everyone sells their product at the market, however I also feel that some prices are just too low and that the farmer is either, pricing to just move it or is falsly setting the price too low based on what BIG commercial growers can offer it for.

With wanting to pay my crew a living wage and still be competitive what resources do you use to set your price throughout the season?

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11/16/16

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  |  Sierra Harvest  |  Nevada City, CA commented

Hello!

We've used the UCCE Placer/ Nevada developed a Crop Profitability Calculator http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/. While it takes a bit of time to get all the data in, it eventually lets you play around with numbers (ie raising cost of labor to pay higher wages.) It's a good place to start if you really want to understand what you need to be charging to make things work.

Best of luck! Molly

12/01/16 10:44 AM, updated

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Alda Pires  |   Cooperative Extension UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: Survey to Identify the Needs of Small-Scale Farms and Urban Animal Agriculture Producers

The growing numbers of small-scale farms (SSFs) and peri-urban and urban animal agriculture farms (UA) has increased the need for Extension specialists and veterinarians focused on small-scale and backyard livestock production. We are seeking your help in this needs assessment regarding animal health concerns on small-scale farms and for peri-urban and urban animal agriculture in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington State. This study is led by Dr. Alda Pires (University of California), Dr. Dale Moore (Washington State University) and Dr. Ragan Adams (Colorado State University).

The increasing popularity of local food production and sustainability has put small-scale farming and urban animal agriculture at the forefront. Your input is very important in better understanding this food sector and would be greatly appreciated.

This survey aims to identify the needs of livestock and poultry owners

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05/04/16
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Patrick Brady  |  Raven Hill Orchard  |  Del Mar, CA

Subject: From the apple orchard

This story was published recently in San Diego Edible magazine. I wrote the story to share my adventure as orchard manager in a time of city light direction...the land calls and we must not be deafend by noise.

Enjoy...Patrick Brady

http://issuu.com/ediblesandiego/docs/esd__32_9519148f146800/c/scvsk7t

In Topics Urban Agriculture

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01/18/16
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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

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Water & Irrigation, Harvesting, Washing, Packing & Packaging, Waste Management, Marketing & Sales, Food Safety, Equipment, Trucks, Delivery & Logistics, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Facilities, Cooling & Energy Systems, Business & Financial Planning, Funding Opportunities, Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Immigration & Farmworker Rights, Insurance, Certifications, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Wildlife Management, Livestock, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change, Urban Agriculture, Policy, News & Events, Anything Goes

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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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