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    Ben Lyons  |  Lockewood Acres  |  Vacaville, CA

    Subject: Neem oil

    Hello All!,

    I am looking for some organic neem oil. My question is, what brand (is there any difference) and how much should i look to pay for it. thanks

    Ben

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      |  TD Willey Farms  |  Madera, CA commented

    I used to purchase pure neem oil from this source and found the hands-on owner to be of high service, honest and reputable.

    Contact:
    Usha Rao
    The Ahimsa Alternative, Inc.
    Bloomington, MN 55437
    952-943-9449 Tel.
    877-USE-NEEM Toll Free
    866-211-5460 Toll Free Fax
    neemlady@neemresource.com

    11/02/18 9:46 AM

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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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    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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      |  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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    Michelle & Douglas Bearmar  |  Black Mountain Pack Llamas Farm & Ranch  |  Ramona, CA

    Subject: Walk-behind tractors

    Hi I have a small market farm that I'm looking to expand out to a couple of acres ultimately and its painfully obvious that I can't do this all with hand labor. I've been looking at the walk behinds as an option...specifically the BCS models. Does anyone use these? If so, what are your opinions? They are a bit pricey so it would be a one shot deal...I wouldn't expect to have to replace it. I'm especially interested in durability, consistency with respect to reliability and versatility.

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    04/12/18

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      |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

    I agree with those who suggested no/low tillage practices for small acreage farms. I am one myself..but it is labour intensuve and expensive ..and without markets, loss making. The ONLY solution is automation through robotics. there is a sweet spot where automation can take care of labour intensive costs and everything can’t be automated..but IT IS POSSIBLE.

    robotics and farming are both my passions but there isnt enough interest for people to develop tech that suits us. Small acreage farmers are at a disadvantage and we must stop seeing ourselves as peers to broad Acre farmers and corporate farmers. Those methods won’t work for us because the economies of scale are worked into their margins and they are mostly automated anyways. The only way is robotics and automation and tech.

    but for industry to develop tech for us, we have to band together and collate data to be clear about what we want and

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    Ben Lyons  |  Lockewood Acres  |  Vacaville, CA

    Subject: vacuum seeder

    I was looking to invest in a vacuum seeder. Any input as to whether it is worth the 600 plus dollars as apposed to hand seeding 128 flats. I currently make .28/hr so my ROI would take awhile. Please provide reviews ( brand, price, ease of use, ect.). Thanks in advance to you all.

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      |  TD Willey Farms  |  Madera, CA commented

    Ben,

    You may want to check in with Ryan Casey of Blue House Farm in Pescadero. He made his own vacuum tray seeder for pennies on the dollar.

    Best, Tom

    02/01/18 11:44 AM

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    Posted by Tom Willey  |  TD Willey Farms  |  Madera, CA

    Headline: Our retirement & Wide array of equipment for sale (from the last 4 decades)

    After 35 years of diversified, organic vegetable cultivation, Denesse & I of T&D Willey Farms in Madera, CA, are retiring. We are offering for sale an amazing array of equipment collected over four decades, including tractors, cold boxes, refrigerated trucks and implements of all kinds.

    Please view the attached brochure for details and direct all inquiries and offers to me at mrwilley@tdwilleyfarms.com or 559-706-9552.

    To read more about our transition, here’s a link to my presentation I gave at the Oct. 19th UCCE gathering of Placer and Nevada County farmers: http://tdwilleyfarms.com/along-way-dirt-farmer/#more-1323

    To view the brochure, please click here or the second link below.

    PROOF-2017-01-24-1358-T&D_Equipment_Sale_Brochure_1486758789.pdf
    TandD_EquipmentSaleBrochure_1486844977.pdf

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    David Plescia  |  New Family Farm  |  Sebastopol, CA

    Subject: Tractor models that have worked? The classic One-Tractor dilemma

    Howdy Farmers,

    I am looking for specific tractor models, old or new (manufacturer, model, and year) that veggie growers have really liked, so that I can search them used on TractorHouse. Our situation is this...

    My partner and I are tooling up to break ground on a 6-8 acre, diverse vegetable CSA in Sebastopol. We are researching tractors, and deep into the classic "one tractor conundrum". With the ability to only afford one tractor, we would like to have a versatile one. We'd like it to be able to do primary tillage, as well as has have properly spaced and thin enough tires to get it into our shaped beds to help renovate beds for second-plantings (to undercut, disc, rototill, or spade), to weed the furrows and to possibly flame-weed (if we can find a 60" tractor mounted flame weeder). We will cultivate in-row manually the first years.

    Our requirements are: ~50 horsepower, 4WD, 60" center-to-center tread

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      |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

    I swear I am not a Kubota sales rep, and I've never actually seen a 7060 up close, but the online specs say that both the front and rear wheel spacing on the 4wd model can be set at 60 inches. http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractors/007/4/2/7423-kubota-m7060-dimensions.html

    This turned into a great thread with lots of farmers posting...I guess it takes tractor talk in December to get the FR forums humming.

    The reason everyone likes Kubotas is because they are still built the old way, to last. Little or no electronics, no computers, simple hydraulic systems, bombproof engines, and components and parts that are easy to replace and relatively inexpensive.

    12/05/16 9:41 PM, updated

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    Alda Pires  |   Cooperative Extension UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

    Subject: ORGANIC PRODUCE FARMS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY

    We are looking for certified organic producers in California, to participate in a multi-regional study to fully assess current management practices affecting the survival of pathogens and soil health, used by the organic industry related to adding raw or untreated manure to crop fields. The goal of our study is to provide organic farmers with science-based effective strategies that limit food safety risks when using valuable raw manure based soil amendments.

    University of California-Davis researchers will visit enrolled farms 8 times over the growing season (2017- 2018). We will collect produce, water, soil and manure samples. All samples will be tested for bacterial indicators such as nonpathogenic E. coli & pathogens. Farmers will be asked to complete a short survey. The study is voluntary and all locations and names will be kept confidential.

    Who are we looking for?

    • NOP certified organic farms in
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      |   Cooperative Extension UC Davis  |  Davis, CA commented

    Dear Tom Willey,

    Thank you very much for your interest in our research and insights about this project. We are aware that the use of raw manure in organic agriculture is a practice only used by a small proportion of producers (about 30% of surveyed farmers in a recent nationwide survey conducted by our research team, with west coast producers showing the smallest percentage of raw manure use).

    The objective of this current project is to provide science–based data and effective strategies to support those using raw manure or untreated manure.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.

    Thank you again for your insights.

    Best,

    Alda Pires

    12/07/16 2:20 PM

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    Alicia Baddorf  |  Soil Born Farms  |  Rancho Cordova, CA

    Subject: Wire hoops for row cover

    Hi All,

    I am looking for a reasonable price for wire hoops (or a roll of around 9-10 gauge wire) to use for row cover support. What do people out there use? I checked the Peaceful Valley site and found a pack of 100 hoops for about $90. Hoping to find a cheaper alternative. Any suggestions?

    Thank you!

    Alicia

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    12/02/16

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      |  Solid Ground Farm llc  |  Belchertown, MA commented

    I'm wondering what weight row cover you are trying to support. I support one 100' x 6' wide bed using AG-30 ( protects down to 26F) row cover with ten 1/2" galvanized EMT conduit hoops that I bent. The hoops were bent from 10' sections purchased at home depot for $2/ea , and bent with a tool purchased from Johnny's (but borrowed by me from a friend). So,...I can conveniently cover 600'sq for what cost me $20. The hoops do not rust, hold shape, are easy to move around, will last a lifetime, and can support any weight row cover you may want to use. It is only however, designed for 6' wide beds (or two approx 27" wide beds). I use heavy weighted bags to hold down my row cover... It's annoying, but I find it is far less annoying than buried row cover. Here's a tip while on that subject....I get all my weight bags for FREE, because I go and get them from a local brewery (who buys grain in these bags). They

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    Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

    Subject: an online outlet(goodeggs.com) says that i need 'gap certification' to sell my produce through them

    an online outlet(http://goodeggs.com) says that i need 'gap certification' to sell my produce through them. i am an one acre farm and the cost of this would be prohibitive. not to mention that it would probably take time. i understand that they need to ensure that i am not growing vegetables in a toxic sludge before they sell my goods, but i honestly cannot take on anymore costs...and i wonder if gap certification is mandatory in california? if that's the case, i might as well give this up because i simply cannot afford this farming dream.   secondly, they require liability insurance and would be additional insured under my policy. i was also told that their drivers and vehicles would need to be added to my automobile insurance. i am doubtful if my insurance would be able to accomodate this. (maybe this question should come under insurance section?) because they provide warehousing and fulfillment... Read More

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      |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

    Thank you, heather..I will be in touch. -Lalitha.
    09/30/13 2:22 PM

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