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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Marketing & Sales Series: Pt 10 ~ Labeling Solutions & the Produce Traceability Initiative (

Today, our Marketing & Sales series continues with information on the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), including a Q&A with Top 10 Produce founder, John Bailey.

Many members of our farming community are already familiar with PTI regulations and have found labeling solutions that work for them. However, if you’re new to these requirements or are thinking of selling your product outside of direct to consumer sales channels, this is important information to know.

Read on to learn more about how the PTI was developed, what type of labels are required for your product, and why Top 10 Produce may be a great starting point if you’re a small farmer looking into labeling solutions!

http://blog.farmsreach.com/marketing-sales-series-pt-9-labeling-solutions-the-produce-traceability-initiative-pti/

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  |  Ecogistix  |  Discovery Bay commented

Anyone who needs a free PTI traceability solution, send me an email an email - jsanchez@ecogistix.com

12/30/18 7:31 AM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Transitions: Shermain Hardesty, former Director of UC Small Farm Program & 30 years serving CA f

Hot off the presses: the first blog in our mini-series interviewing a few respected leaders in the CA sustainable farming and agriculture movement who recently retired to a life of a bit more free time and freedom! In our first post, we share highlights (+ full transcript) from our conversation with Shermain Hardesty, former Director of the UC Small Farm Program.

Click to peruse her reflections on the past 30 years serving CA farmers and pontifications on the future of sustainable farming in California, including what new farmers should be tracking most closely, the future of Cooperative Extension, the role small farmers have in our future food system, and more... Enjoy!

Stay tuned for our next posts in the series: Ed Thompson of American Farmland Trust, and Tom Willey of T&D Willey Farms. If you know of other influential folks in the sustainable agriculture sector who have transitioned recently

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03/30/18
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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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06/09/17
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Jeff Russell  |  Tunitas Creek Ranch  |  Half Moon Bay, CA

Subject: Lettuce Dryer/Commercial Salad Spinner

I'm looking to purchase a commercial 20 gallon lettuce dryer. Does anyone have any suggestions. I've been looking at Hobart Models.

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02/22/17
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Ken Kimes  |  Greensward / New Natives LLC  |  Aptos, CA

Subject: Harvest Tote Washer

We are looking for a simple but semi automatic harvest tote washer. A year or so ago I came across one or two on the web. But no mas. Thanks Ken

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08/12/16
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Nina Alter  |  Self  |  Sandy, OR

Subject: Produce Packaging Suppliers?

Howdy—I'm looking to source a vendor for cardboard flats, quart, and pint boxes, for a new farm cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Blank would be ideal, but a vendor that can do printing would be fine, too. My client (I'm their designer) is new to farming, so any additional advisement on packing processes/methods/equipment to help them get going, would be super appreciated. They're rather determined to do this "all on their own," and I'm wary it can really be that easy. :D

Happy growing/eating, and thanks in advance! :)

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02/09/16
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Anjelica Locke  |  Green Acres Farmstead   |  Hilmar, CA

Subject: Seeking Egg Washing Equipment / Grader

Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any egg washing equipment or possibly a grader that they would be interested in selling.

Or, if you would like, please share where you found the best deal on your equipment.

thank you!

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01/02/16
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  |  Farmer  |  Santa Rosa, CA commented

Hi Greg - I guess you said it would bebest to locate some room and board homes - isn't that correct?C2A0 One location just was a nice home with shared bedding rooms and food for about 4 folks.C2A0 I hope to locate some options soon.C2A0Thanks for your reply,Fran
01/11/16 9:24 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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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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Adam Hale  |  Dig Deep Farm  |  San Leandro, CA

Subject: CSA box suggestions

Hello -

We sell our produce through a delivery CSA that we manage and are going to be moving to boxes for next year (we are currently using paper grocery bags).

My questions for the CSA farms out there are:

What size and type boxes do you use?

How many per customer do you budget for?

How do you motivate your members to return boxes each week?

Is there anything else you learned that you care to share?

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11/16/15

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  |  Feral Heart Farm  |  Sunol, CA commented

We use milk crates. We pack chilies, green beans and other dry fruits that don't bruise easily in paper lunch bags. We also used plastic bags for greens, either bunched or loose. I don't see how else you could do this unless members pack their own boxes (something we are working on for next year). The milk crates are small but stackable, easy to obtain, but also challenging to get members to return them. Washing them is a cinch. They also have a convenient spot where you can put a sticker label of your farm. It is most challenging space-wise in the spring when there are no fruits and lots of greens. Presentation is probably better with a summer squash wax box (flatter than milk crate) and they stack, but getting them back?

Aaron Dinwoodie

11/18/15 11:48 AM

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