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    Melinda Price  |  Peace and Plenty Farm  |  Kelseyville, CA

    Subject: Looking for an Accountant/Tax Advisor for Farm

    We are a new small organic farm in Lake County and we need someone to help us with tax advice and accounting. Does anyone have someone they would recommend? They don't have to be located in Lake County to be of use to us.
    Thank you!

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    07/19/18

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      |  Mariposa Nursery And Music  |  Santa Rosa, CA commented

    Arie Niernberger (my 'wasband') did my taxes for 17 years while we were married, and still does them 10 years later. He knows tax stuff! I have had my own nursery all this time, so it is similar to farming, I would think, categories and deductions and equipment depreciation, etc. Write to me if you want his contact info.

    Jana/Mariposa Habitat Nursery/janarosa@sonic.net

    07/21/18 8:09 AM

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    Diane Matthew  |  Mt. Barnabe Farm  |  Lagunitas, CA

    Subject: Flail mowers for small tractors

    I am considering purchasing a flail mower for my 20 horse tractor and am having trouble getting detailed information on them. Does anyone have experience with them and can you recommend a brand? I am hoping that a flail mower will breakup a very mature (dry) cover crop to be left as mulch to protect the soil. Do they cut up some weed seed such as fox tails?

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    06/28/18

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      |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

    I want to say that it depends on your use/field. Y knives would be more suitable if you don’t have brush tho’.. perhaps Mike Madison is right..but I want to bet on Y knives for grass/cover crop and thick soft stems upto 2 inches. Beyond 3-4 inches, hammer is better. You won’t get a finish or fine mulch with hammer. dry grass though will always be weirder than green crop. a sickle mower might work better if you are dealing with dry grass, IMO ..having said that..I am intuiting here.

    07/02/18 8:05 AM

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    Eric Munro  |  Ananda Valley Farm  |  Half Moon Bay, CA

    Subject: Seedlings grow smaller in large cell-sized trays -- why???

    Does anyone know why seedlings seem to grow bigger and faster when planted in smaller-cell trays

    The picture below are broccoli seedlings 4+ weeks old. Same seed packet, same date seeded, same mix, same fertilization, same watering.

    Only difference is one tray is 162 Proptek (2.4 cu in) the other 338 Proptek (1.3 cu in).

    I thought I could grow bigger seedlings using the larger cell sized tray. But just the opposite happened, the bigger seedlings are in the smaller cell-sized tray. This has happened to me several times and every time I tried doing this.

    The only reason I can conjecture is the smaller tray has steeper cell walls, so maybe water flows faster down it, bringing more oxygen to the roots??? Doesn't seem plausible.

    Does anyone know why this happens???

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    05/18/18

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      |  Ananda Valley Farm  |  Half Moon Bay, CA commented

    Thanks Paul. What you say certainly matches my experience although not my initial "intuition".

    One year I planted some tray seedlings alongside up-potted larger transplants. The smaller tray seedlings did better. Didn't do any up-potting again.

    05/20/18 10:55 PM

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    FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

    Subject: Minimum wage & farm viability

    The recent posts in our Classifieds about minimum wage reflect the unfortunate truths for both hiring farms and farm workers. For some farms, it can be tough to break even paying just minimum wage, while, for farm workers, minimum wage is hardly a living wage.

    There are obviously no easy answers, but it’s clear that farm operators must somehow find ways to maximize production and efficiencies with less human power.

    Below are some resources as practical guidance or simply food for thought. Please feel free to share other resources you think folks may be interested in!

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    05/14/18

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      |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

    Also: in most parts of the world, farm sizes are 3-7 acres and they can’t afford 100k worth of tractors. There is severe drought and/or depleted soils. Climate change is literally changing landscapes and industrializion has dried up aquifers. And a desperate lack of people interested in farming because there is no safety net like in the USA. We can’t deny innovation by imagining that the rest of the world lives like us or grows food like us. Innovating and automating food production and farming for smaller farms will be truly game changing at a global level.

    05/16/18 6:05 PM

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    Rose Madden  |  pink barn farm  |  SEBASTOPOL, CA

    Subject: tillage tools

    Hi farmers!

    I'm somewhat new to Sonoma County and searching for a place locally to purchase tillage tools (hilling discs, furrower, sweeps, side knives, standards, clamps, etc). I've been to Belkorp and Garton tractor here in Santa Rosa and their selections weren't great.

    Wondering if anyone has a line-out on local tillage tool distributors?

    In the past I've shopped in Salinas/Watsonville at RDO, Sutton, and Costal Tractor. Is ordering online or driving to Fresno/Sac the only option?

    Warm (and dry) regards!

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    03/22/18

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      |  pink barn farm  |  SEBASTOPOL, CA commented

    Thank you Ronald, Paul, and John!

    03/22/18 1:42 PM

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    Thomas Aaron Dinwoodie  |  Feral Heart Farm  |  Sunol, CA

    Subject: in search of 2" aluminum irrigation pipe with risers and connectors

    Any leads on 2" aluminum pipe with connectors and risers with sprinklers? I know 3" is the more common size. Does anyone have a better solution to pre-irrigating for weed flush or early fall tillage? Would lay flat with risers and cam lock fittings work with some sort of staking?

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    03/07/18

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      |  Camp Grant Family Farm  |  Redcrest , CA commented

    That would be E2809CRain for RentE2809D maybe still in Woodland. 
    03/15/18 7:02 AM

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    Sophia Bates  |  Long Meadow Ranch  |  Saint Helena, CA

    Subject: Paul Underhill - what do your neighbors grow?

    I was driving between St Helena and Davis the other day and noticed acres and acres of low shade houses near your place. What goes on over there?

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    03/07/18

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      |  Long Meadow Ranch  |  Saint Helena, CA commented

    Thanks :) curiosity

    03/07/18 9:27 AM

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    Ken Kimes  |  Greensward / New Natives LLC  |  Aptos, CA

    Subject: Tiller / bed shaper

    Good Morning

    We are looking at using a tiller/ bed shaper as a one unit combination. Anyone out there using that combo now? What's your set up, manufacturer, horse power, bed height? And most important what are the draw backs, or pit falls to trying to use these two as one unit?

    Thanks Ken

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      |  Yanmar America  |  Adairsville, GA commented

    Ken Krimes, You might be interested to learn about this product recently introduced by Yanmar America. A 4-in-1 rotary tiller / bed shaper. In one pass, you can till, shape a bed, install one or more irrigation tubes, and install your choice of plastic or paper mulch. Video here: https://youtu.be/5yRsJ54TriA

    Yanmar Tractor dealer locator: https://www.yanmartractor.com/dealer-locator

    07/09/18 5:55 AM, updated

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    Ralph Rittenhouse  |  Elderbroc Farm  |  Lakeport, CA

    Subject: For sale: complete plastic mulching system includ...

    For sale: complete plastic mulching system includes mulch layer, Holland 1265 Mulch Transplanter, bed shaper with lifter attachment. Also 5 rolls of 4000', 1.25 mil black/silver plastic mulch. All equipment is in very, very good condition. Ready to go to work. $4500.00 Contact Ralph Rittenhouse at 707 245-5183 or elderbrocfarm@yahoo.com.

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    02/18/14

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      |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

    That is a nice setup. The mulch layer will work fine with a 30 hp tractor but I'm not sure about the Transplanter.

    FYI, I have a 1265 planter, and it is hands-down the best transplanter I have ever used. It is super fast, very little maintenance, and can also be used on bare soil. We use it to transplant all of our tomatoes, melons, squash, etc. It is not easy to change the planting distance (at all), but we get by fine planting everything at the same spacing (14").

    06/16/14 9:54 AM

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    Tom Page  |  Page's Organics  |  Ramona, CA

    Subject: hello out there any advise on fertilizer injector...

    hello out there

    any advise on fertilizer injectors? Looking at dosamatics or dosatrons!

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    01/05/14

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      |  Ryan Custom Fabrication/Fertech Fertilizer Applicators  |  Salinas, CA commented

    We build fertilizer hoppers with injection blades. Website http://fertechfertilizerapplicators.com.

    we have injection blades the videos on the website are not the best but will show the blades.

    Paul I will be checking out the website. Thanks
    01/08/14 9:59 AM, updated

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