Thursday, September 29, 2016

Potluck, lecture and discussion with Tom & Denesse Willey of TD Willey Farms (http://tdwilleyfarms.com/)
Wednesday, October 19th, 20166-9 PM Auburn Veterans Hall, 100 East St, Auburn

Join us for a potluck dinner and take the opportunity to learn from Tom and Denesse Willey, pioneers of organic agriculture. Tom and Denesse are entertaining and eloquent speakers with more than 35 years of experience growing and selling amazing fruits and vegetables in the San Joaquin Valley. If you farm or ranch in Placer and Nevada counties you will want to attend. Come and learn from people who know what it takes to make a living as farmers.

The event is open to anyone who currently operates a commercial farm in Placer, Nevada, and surrounding counties. Space is limited, so reservations are required.

It’s free, but it is a potluck! Please bring a dish to feed 8 people. We will provide tableware and soft drinks.
Last name:   
A-I Salad
J-R Main dish
S-Z Dessert
Registration is required. Sign up at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=18762


Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast with Tom & Denesse Willey
Thursday, October 208-10:30 AMAuburn Veterans Hall, 100 East St, Auburn
Take the opportunity to talk with Tom and Denesse Willey of TD Willey Farms, pioneers of organic agriculture.
Breakfast will be coffee, juice, pastries, eggs, and fruit. Cost is $10.00 per person, payable on-line by credit card. Payment is Non-Refundable.
Reservations are required. Please RSVP by October 13th at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=18939
Open to commercial farmers and ranchers in Placer, Nevada, and surrounding counties.
 

Intro to Farm Business Planning: 1-day Workshop
Friday, November 4, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM, UCCE office, Auburn
For beginning farmers in the first 3 years of operation who have started selling.  We’ll discuss setting up your farm as a business: regulations, financial management & cash flow, and planning for risk.
Registration will open next week.  Check the Foothill Farming calendar for details. http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CA Farm Academy 2017 Information 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, maureen@landbasedlearning.org530-795-4146

For more information and an application to CFA, see www.californiafarmacademy.org.  If you have questions, please email or call.

Thank you,

Maureen Thompson

Assistant Livestock Manager at Dinner Bell Farm, Grass Valley, CA

Delivery Driver, Part-Time, Eatwell Farm, Dixon, CA 95620

Monday, September 19, 2016

Come to meet and hear FSA Director Val Dolcini talk about funding and support opportunities for beginning and small farmers from FSA. He'll be accompanied by Yolo County Director Cynthia Gillette, and FSA Regional Farm Loan Manager Belle Davis.
This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn about low-interest and micro loans through FSA, as well as other programs such as crop insurance and farm storage grants available to beginning and experienced farmers.
Date & Time: Wednesday, Sep. 21. 3-5pm
Details in the flyer below:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Upcoming Events

Crop Insurance to Help Organic and Diversified Farmers Manage Risk Webinar

Wednesday, September 14, 12-1:30PM

Crop insurance programs are no longer out of reach for organic and diversified farms! The USDA has introduced Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance and adjusted other crop insurance programs to better meet the needs of organic and other diversified farmers. The webinar will cover Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and a number of other crop insurance programs that can help you protect your farm from unforeseen financial losses.

To register for either of these free webinars, click here. For more information please contact Liya Schwartzman at liya@cafarmlink.org
Presented by California Farmlink and hosted by CCOF. Support for this project is provided through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Strategies for Farm Business Success

Thursday, September 22, 2-8PM
Aromas Grange Hall
400 Rose Ave Aromas, CA 95004
​Keynote speaker: Val Dolcini, Administrator, Farm Service Agency.​
The half-day summit and reception is aimed at increasing awareness of FSA programs and how FSA works with organizations like FarmLink and our partners ALBA (Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association), CASFS (Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems), and EPCDC (El Pajaro Community Development Center) to ensure farm business success.
A half-day conference for Central Coast farmers and food system professionals to share ideas, strategies, and practical tools for farm business success​ amongst farmers, farm service providers, food processors, retailers, wholesalers, buyers, restaurants/chefs, and artisanal value-added producers. Develop and increase fruitful business and educational relationships. Panels and speakers from 2-6pm; Networking Reception featuring local farms, products, and libations from 6-8pm.
Attendance is free with RSVP: click here to go to Brown Paper Tickets

Monday, August 22, 2016

Workshop and Field Day will include
 

·      Seed production biology

·      Hands-on seed harvesting & cleaning

·      Choosing seed crops for your system and climate

·      Managing population size & isolation distance

·      Conducting variety trials

·      Basic on-farm breeding techniques

·      Seed production economics and finding markets for your seed

Presenters
Jared Zystro and Steve Peters of Organic Seed Alliance, Ellen Bartholomew of Golden Rule and Jamie Chevalier of Bountiful Gardens

Spanish translation provided by MESA

Photo: Roger Culos - CC BY-SA 3.0

When
Fundamentals of Commercial Organic Seed Production Workshop, August 27 10am-4pm

Seed Production Field Day, August 28 8:30am-12:30pm
Where
Golden Rule Garden
 #1 Seabiscuit Drive, Willits, CA

Cost
$35 (or $20 for a single day)
Includes vegetarian lunches

Accommodations
Basic tent camping onsite (bathroom and potable water, no alcohol, drugs, or open flames). Reserve at goldenrulegarden@gmail.com

Golden Rule RV Park: RV and tent sites goldenrulervpark.com

Register
Register online at
http://tinyurl.com/WillitsSeed
Deadline: August 25

To learn about future events, and connect to the statewide network of
seed producers and buyers email jared@seedalliance.org