Monday, August 24, 2015

New Land Listing in Placer County!

Placer County #2120:

Up to 7 acres available in Lincoln for lease or partnership. Our land is slightly sloped with a few small hills. Mostly flat and open with one row of trees on the east end. We are currently using the land to graze our horses. We would love to see the land put to good organic agricultural use but due to age and physical limitations we are not able to do so ourselves. On busy intersection with potential for farm stand site.

Monday, August 17, 2015

CDFA introduces California Farmer Marketplace

California Farmer Marketplace
I am happy to announce the launch of the California Farmer Marketplace,www.cafarmermarketplace.com, by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Office of Farm to Fork. The Marketplace is a free statewide website that will feature fresh California produce, grains, meats, eggs, and dairy products for sale directly to institutions and other consumers. This project was made possible with funding from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, with additional support from the California Department of Education, and the California Department of Public Health.
The Marketplace will improve food access for California public schools and expand market opportunities for food and agricultural industries. Through a simple registration process, California farmers and ranchers can link directly to any consumer, including institutions, community groups, and individuals. The service will streamline direct connections with school food service directors to further statewide farm-to-school efforts and the amount of California grown and produced foods on our children’s school lunch trays. To date, the National School Lunch Program is the most effective method of reaching the more than 3 million California school children who eat school lunch every day.
Though the connection between farms and schools may seem simple, creating a consistent language and manner of communication has been a huge barrier. The Office of Farm to Fork worked directly with farmers and food service directors to develop a site that meets their needs. California schools participating in the National School Lunch program spend over $2 billion annually. This spending represents a large and consistent market opportunity for farmers and ranchers looking to broaden and accommodate our diverse and growing food systems. As a strong supporter of our state’s agricultural industries and child nutrition, I urge you to register on the California Farmer Marketplace and to share the site with your colleagues and extended networks. Please visit www.cafarmermarketplace.com to register today!
NOTE - California was one of eight states selected to participate in USDA’s Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables. This pilot program allows schools to use their entitlement dollars to purchase fruits and vegetables directly from farmers and can be a great way for farmers to expand into school markets. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Webinar:

Presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Science and Technology
National Technology Support Centers 
Use of NRCS Conservation Practice Standards and Specifications
Joel Poore
Conservation Agronomist
USDA NRCS Central National Technology Support Center
September 9, 2015
2PM Eastern / 11AM Pacific
90 Minutes
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This webinar is a review of the purpose and structure of NRCS conservation practice standards. Practice standards define a specific technology that can be used within a planned alternative conservation system to reduce the risks of identified resource concerns. The presenter will discuss documenting the specifications of "HOW" an NRCS conservation practice standard is locally applied in a conservation plan.
CEUs, Instructions, More

Friday, August 7, 2015

Building healthy soil has the miraculous ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Two years ago Kiss the Ground was founded to share this message with the world. And it's not just carbon storage; the ways that healthy soil stands to positively impact lives of billions worldwide are tangible and immediate. Clean water. Healthy food. Drought resistance. Restored habitats.

This week we're sharing this important message with theworld through The Soil Story video that we created.  And we're encouraging as many people as possible to sign the petition and stand with California Governor Brown in allocating funds to farmers building healthy soil.  

 
This is a huge moment - California, one of the biggest agriculture economies in the world, could be the first US state to fund healthy soil as a solution for climate change.

Please take five minutes to watch the video, sign the petition, and share this message.

Thank you for being part of the sustainable future that we can create together.

The Kiss the Ground Team

Ryland, Finian, Lauren, David, Don, Aria, and Audrey

FARM Davis is Hiring (part time) Farm Manager/Advisor

FARM Davis is hiring a 10 hr/wk Farm Manager/Advisor at $14/hr + bumper crop food for our next funding cycle. If you like community building and food justice work with a bit of unpredictability and serendipity thrown in, we are *that* organization.

We are sincere. We are cracked wide open. We are vulnerable. We are scrappy as hell.

This position starts mid-September 2015 and lasts through July 2016, with a possibility of continuing for another year (depends on funding).

Here is a link to the full description:
http://farmdavis.org/employment

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Join CCOF in Bakersfield, Stockton, or Salinas for a Two-Day Food Safety Training! 

With increasing demand for food safety plans from retailers and the final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations coming soon, now is a great time to start thinking about your food safety plan. Register for this training.

Food Safety Training for the Organic Grower or Handler

This course is designed for growers and handlers who are new to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Food Safety, staff members who need training in food safety, and organic professionals needing to update and improve their food safety program and/or documentation.

This two-day workshop will prepare you for the new GFSI-benchmarked food safety certification offered by CCOF. The training will utilize the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standards and the Produce Safety Standard (PSS) for North American suppliers, i.e., the Harmonized Standards.

Participants will learn:
  • The key elements in a food safety plan
  • How to create the documents necessary for their operation’s food safety plan
  • How to successfully host a food safety audit
The course will include lecture, individualized instruction, sample food safety documents to use in your plan, and small group activities.
 


About the Instructor

Stephen Bird is an experienced organic and food safety auditor and consultant. He understands the specialized needs of organic growers and handlers.

Event Details

The same training will be offered in three different locations:
September 9-10, 2015
Bakersfield, CA 
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day

Details & Deadlines
October 15-16, 2015
Stockton, CA
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day
Details & Deadlines
November 9-10, 2015
Salinas, CA
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day
Details & Deadlines



Cost & Registration

Early Bird Cost: 
$550 single/$475 for 2 or more
Thereafter Cost:
$625 single/$520 for 2 or more


 


More Information

To learn more about this event, contact contact Tami Weiss(831) 423-2263, ext. 6282.

Friday, July 24, 2015

New FSA Financing Options Announced!

New FSA financing for cold-storage, washing, packing, and handling buildings and equipment just announced.  Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest loans for farmers to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities, primarily grains and oilseeds, but also including fruit and vegetables.

Read more here: