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Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Oakland, CA

Subject: Earn a Certificate in Applied Agroecology with MESA's online course

Greetings all,

Our Spring Cohort for the Applied Agroecology Program is open for enrollement - sign up today for the May 1st start date. We invite you to learn more about this opporuntity below. Please share widely with your networks that might be interested! This is also a great opportunity to offer your farm workers/interns/apprentices as well to supercharge their learning experiences.
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Katie and the MESA Team

MESA'S Certificate in Applied Agroecology Program:

Farm Locally, Connect Globally.

The Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agricultural (MESA) is proud to offer the Certificate in Applied Agroecology Program (CAAP), completely online! Our Certificate in Applied Agroecology is open-sourced, community based, with contributions from experts in the field, and builds both your technical knowledge and your theoretical framework of the socio-political aspects of farming.

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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Certifications, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change, News & Events

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04/17/18
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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

In Topics Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Marketing & Sales, Equipment, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture

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01/30/17
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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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In Topics Washing, Packing & Packaging, Marketing & Sales, Food Safety, Equipment, Trucks, Delivery & Logistics, Business & Financial Planning, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Policy

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03/30/18
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Nancy Niche  |  Green Gage Farm  |  Novato, CA

Subject: Farm B&B Insurance Conundrum

I run a 2-acre permaculture farm in North Marin County that is also a B&B that I rent through Airbnb. I have been through 13 brokers trying to get insured. They eventually say in some form or another that there just isn’t a policy that will do what I need; cover replacement costs AND liability.

Before it was a B&B the other 4 units were month-to-month rentals and I had both homeowners & rental insurance through State Farm, but when I went over to the ‘transient occupancy,’ State Farm said they wouldn’t insure the 3 rental structures, only my residence. When my policies expired and were cancelled, my mortgage company put lender-based policies on the 3 rental structures at an exorbitant cost, and (I just found out while doing my taxes), the coverage is only to pay the lender in the case of loss; I will get nothing to replace or rebuild. And, of course, there is no liability coverage for my business,

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10/04/17, updated

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  |  Lucky Monkeys Ranch  |  Willits, CA commented

You might try Grange Insurance Company (washington state) They cover our farm, home, tractor, solar, and may cover short term stay-overs. Or you may need a commercial policy for that.

https://www.grange.com

11/11/17 11:44 PM

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Maureen Thompson  |  California Farm Academy, Center for Land-Based Learning  |  Winters, CA

Subject: 2018 CA Farm Academy: NOW accepting applications!

Hello from the California Farm Academy!!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Beginning Farmer Training Program & the Apprenticeship Program!

Please join us for our CFA Information Session to meet alumni, program staff, and learn more.

The CA Farm Academy Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers. During the seven-month program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning, & marketing, & culminate in a personal business plan or farm career plan. In addition to

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10/11/17
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Paula Balbontin  |  West Valley College  |  Davis, CA

Subject: Farmers in San Benito County, Educators need five minutes of your time.

In San Benito County, we live one step away from Silicon Valley, the world’s hub for technology development, where high-tech workers find new ways to improve our connectivity, boost our economies, and improve our livelihoods.

Being California the state that feeds our nation, the agricultural sector is not left behind, and Silicon Valley’s innovators work hard to equip our agriculture with cutting-edge tools. However, technology by itself is not, and will not be enough to move our California’s agriculture to the next level in terms of productivity and environmental sustainability.

Even though technologies such as drones or automatized harvest machines have proved to increase our agricultural productivity, we know that adopting them is not an easy road. Not only high start-up costs, but also a lack of qualified labor with skills and knowledge on how to use these technologies effectively makes the

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In Topics Staff, HR & Worker Safety, Certifications, Women in Agriculture, News & Events

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Marie Jacques Bonney  |  Buck Mountain Forest Gardens  |  Del Rey Oaks, CA

Subject: Seeking a committed visionary partner and keen investor

Buck Mountain Forest Gardens is a magnificent 20-acre site in the heart of the Carmel Valley, and prime for becoming a living sanctuary and community landmark dedicated to the legacy of regenerative agriculture. We're seeking a committed visionary partner and keen investor to develop an ecological retreat center for family cultural and corporate events, as well as an educational farm center for sustainable land management practices. The ideal partner will have experience in sustainable land stewardship, cultivating cooperative relationships and developing viable templates for progressively growing restorative economies, ecologies, and communities -- willing to invest in real places, people and local micro enterprises.

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04/04/17
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Maureen Thompson  |  California Farm Academy, Center for Land-Based Learning  |  Winters, CA

Subject: CA Farm Academy Training Program: 2017 Info Session

Greetings from the CA Farm Academy!
The California Farm Academy's (CFA) Beginning Farmer Training Program trains beginning farmers in all aspects of agricultural production through field work, business planning, classes, and farm visits to give students a solid foundation in what they need to know to start a farm business or manage a farm operation. At the close of the program each student will have completed a farm business plan. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the program.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 program! To meet alumni, program staff, and learn more, please come to the farm and join us for our Information Session.

CA Farm Academy 2017 Information Session
When: Saturday, October 8th, 3 pm – 5 pm
Where: Center for Land-Based Learning, 5265 Putah Creek Road, Winters, CA 95694

Please RSVP to Maureen Thompson,

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In Topics Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, News & Events, Anything Goes

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Elizabeth Powell  |  Five Foot Farm  |  QUINCY, CA

Subject: Pregnant farmers - how long did you work?

I'm the primary farmer on our 2 acre veggie operation, Five Foot Farm, and I'm currently heading into my third trimester of pregnancy with our first kiddo. I'd love to hear from other farmer women who have worked through their pregnancies - how was work during those last few months? Did you farm all the way through, or were you supervising from a lawn chair during your last month? Which tasks were doable, and which weren't?

I'm planning on bringing on extra help shortly to make up for my slowing pace, but I'm hoping I can still be pretty active through the whole pregnancy. My due date is mid October, so (though we did try to time it to the growing season!) we won't be totally finished with the harvest season by the time our girl comes onto the scene - we're in the mountains, so we finish closing up the farm by mid-November. Luckily we have a great crew of 3 part time employees, so I'll be leaning on them

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  |  The Kucek Family Farm  |  Biggs, CA commented

Elizabeth, I parter on a 80 acre farm and am quite active there is so many ways. I have had two little ones. With both I worked right through the pregnancy. I would say for me the only problem I had was as others mentioned...I had a had time bending down in the end. I was also kept from the tractor by my family as there is a lot of ducking and bobbing under trees. This was uncomfortable for me. Over all no complications. By the time I had my first I was pregnant with my second. I was working with her on my back. one in the belly and again, all went well. It is the time right after birth that everything skidded to a stop. No matter how I planned to keep working....it was nearly impossible for the first month and slowly I began to work more and more after that. It really depends on your pre-health and over all condition. Much love to your new family member inside. :)

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Latifahtun Nisa  |  Latifa Farms  |  malang

Subject: Plant in the tropics area

Hi,

I am Latifa, from Indonesia. young girl farmer.

anyone in here farming in the tropic area ? i want to learn and broaden how the farm outside indonesia and tropic area

my email : llatifahtun@gmail.com

please contact me

thanks

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