Monday, April 16, 2012

*A Note from your Regional Coordinator*

Hello Central Valley FarmLinkers!

I hope you are enjoying the season! I am writing to let you know that I will be away from the office (touring China!) from April 17th through May 7th. I am sorry to leave you all in the middle of "Linking Season', but alas, a far-away land is calling to me!

If you have time-sensitive questions, while I am away, my colleague, Molly Bloom (molly@cafarmlink.org), will be happy to assist you. Otherwise, I will be happy to answer your questions when I return. If you are currently an “active” client in the process of negotiating lease terms, drafting a lease agreement, or any other arrangement, Molly has been debriefed about your situation and can assist you in my absence.

I look forward to assisting you when I return,
Liya Schwartzman

New Land Listing in Yolo County!

Yolo County ID #1400: 15 acres available for diverse farm operation in Winters
This 20 acre property was part of the original Wolfskill grant and was previously Cradwick's fruit farm growing apricots. It has been farmed for over 100 years. Property features 3 barns (2 horse barns and a redwood barn), and has Class a1 soils (Rincon silt clay loam). A medium tractor, mower, disc, and duster may also be included. Well water is available to the entire acreage.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Farm Management Opportunity!

Blue Planet Farms has just purchased a beautiful 9-acre farm in Brentwood, CA with a very nice house and thus possibly, housing. We're looking for someone who's interested in an IMMEDIATE opportunity to help us farm our specialties: various varieties of the best-tasting tomatoes and green beans. We have 8,000 tomato transplants that will be ready in just a few days, so the challenge is substantial as the land has been fallow for 8 years (other than volunteer hay). Our farming philosophies are "beyond organic" in many ways, with a strong emphasis on soil management. This is a hands-on role that carries big responsibilities!

If we don't find the right person immediately, we'll probably forego this season. But if this is something that sounds fun and you're up to the challenge, let me know right away.

Steve Wu
415-889-0880

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

*A Note from your Regional Coordinator*

Hello Central Valley FarmLinkers!

I hope you are enjoying the season! I am writing to let you know that I will be away from the office (touring China!) from April 17th through May 7th. I am sorry to leave you all in the middle of "Linking Season', but alas, a far-away land is calling to me!

If you have time-sensitive questions, while I am away, my colleague Molly Bloom (molly@cafarmlink.org) will be happy to assist you. Otherwise, I will be happy to answer your questions when I return. If you are currently an “active” client in the process of negotiating lease terms, drafting a lease agreement, or any other arrangement, Molly has been debriefed about your situation and can assist you in my absence.

I look forward to assisting you when I return,
Liya Schwartzman

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Farm Marketing Academy April 20th and 21st!

Friday, April 20th, 8 AM to 8 PM, and Saturday April 21st, 8 AM to 5 PM.
UC Cooperative Extension, 11477 E Avenue, DeWitt Center, Auburn
Topics include:
· Growing for market
· Conducting market research
· Choosing your market strategy
· Prioritizing your markets
· Determining your market costs
· Determining your prices
· Managing your marketing risks
· Merchandizing and sales

$60 per person, meals and materials included.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants, so if you would like to attend, please register as soon as possible.
Online registration at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=7735
Scholarships are available from the Placer Ag Futures Project. For more information and scholarships, contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucdavis.edu