Monday, September 30, 2013

Join the Small Farmer Marketing Tour!

Are you interested in selling your boxed and labeled product to buyers who want to know your story? Join us on a bus tour of markets in San Francisco Bay Area to make valuable contacts with these buyers and decide for yourself if the wholesale market is right for your farm.

Tour:                      Tuesday, October 29 from 5:30am to 6:30pm
Where:                 Bus departs from Sacramento visits at San Francisco Bay Area markets.  Growers may board the bus in either Sacramento or Vacaville

Corner of Riverside and Broadway
(Next to the Target Store
2505 Riverside Blvd) Sacramento
5:30 am
Nut Tree Plaza
(Next to Panera Bread
1637 East Monte Vista Ave.) Vacaville
6:15 am

Registration:                      $20 per person to register; fully refundable upon boarding the bus.
 Space is limited. Register by calling (916) 875-6913

Why join the bus tour:  If you grow fruits or vegetables on a small farm and are looking for a new market channel or just want to learn about a variety of wholesale markets in the SF bay area, this one-day bus tour is for you. Perhaps you sell at the farmers market, have a CSA, or sell everything to a processor or packinghouse but you are now looking for another way to sell your produce. Where do you begin? A good way to start is simply meet the people who are interested in buying produce directly from smaller farms and sell to customers who care about family farms like yours. They will show you how their operation works, and describe what they need from you.

The itinerary:
·       5:30am Exactly! - board the bus at the Target Store at Riverside and Broadway in Sacramento
·       We head for San Francisco with one stop in Vacaville at the Nut Tree Plaza near Panera Bread to pick up more farmers
·       On board we will learn about food safety for small farms by viewing a newly released 20 minute video and will also learn about credit and lending opportunities from a representative from Farm Credit banks.
·       Our first stop will be at the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market where we will hear from different buyers at the terminal market.
·       We will then visit one or more distributors and /or fresh cut operations close to the market
·       Lunch is on us
·       In the afternoon on we visit an independent retailer and a food service buyer that markets local products. You will have time on the return trip to network with other grower attendees.
·       6:30pm estimated arrival back in Sacramento

After tour assistance: If you join the tour and then decide that you would like some assistance with developing a marketing strategy, we will arrange a one-to-one consultation with you.

This tour is funded by a grant from CoBank, Farm Credit West, American AgCredit, and Farm Credit Services of Colusa-Glenn.  It is a project of the University of California Cooperative Extension and UC Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education Program, (SAREP), / Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI)

Friday, September 20, 2013

New Land Opportunity in Nevada County!

Nevada County #1464
2 acre parcel available for "trade" lease. Property currently in production, was farmed for profit in 2011 (gross sales $18,000). Existing row area is about 1/2 acre, another 1/2 acre expansion area is available in that immediate area (raw native soil). Additionally, next door neighbor has 1 acre of land that was an organic farm 3 years ago, organic status has been maintained, plot is not fenced currently, but could be.

Property is in a warm micro climate, on a gently sloping south facing hillside, with less that a dozen hard freezes a year. Property is a combination of pasture and woods, great sun exposure in all plots. Possible 1/4 acre shaded farming area in open wooded area for summer lettuce etc. 

Owners are looking for a farmer to work one or both properties, in exchange for produce for personal use. Main property is a self-sufficient homestead. Large room available on site, full access to house, own bathroom. Access to pool, hot tub, horses, goat dairy and meat, eggs, etc. Utilities, high speed Internet, cable tv, etc included, owners in mid-thirties. Room is negotiable from FREE to $300 a month based on farming situation, work trade options around house and homestead and lease duration.

Irrigation water is good quality, some silt but filtration installed, currently 1 miners inch supply, could double or triple that if needed. Residential well water (6gpm) is also available, good quality, used only when irrigation water is "off season".

Small John Deere garden tractor with push blade on front and 28" tiller attachment on back plus 2 dump trailers available for lease along with various tools (Riding lawn mower that can pull above trailers, weed eater for weed control between rows , walk behind 18" tiller).

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Farm Hack Davis – Come meet up for beers and conversation with fellow farmers and tinkerers at Plainfield Station outside of Davis!

Sunday, September 15th, 4–7 P.M., Plainfield Station 
Hi folks! The Farm Hack Davis meet-ups are back for a bit as we continue to gear up for our big event in November. This coming Sunday, we’re going to talk about what nifty innovations have come out of other Farm Hacks around the country, including tools, gadgets, and relationships that they have fostered. Come hang out with your farmer neighbors and tinkerer friends that have an interest farming and food! 
We are looking for folks who have problems to solve, inventions on the back burner, or tools to tweak, who want to share ideas with each other and other skilled craftspeople to see what comes out of it.
We’re getting ready to send out a call for proposals for farm-related design projects for the upcoming Farm Hack, so keep your eyes peeled! Come to the meet-up, look for the RFP or email us with your ideas.   
Farm Hack Davis event will be November 16-17, 2013. Remember to save the date!
Hope to see y’all at Plainfield Station this coming Sunday, Sept 15thRoad ConstructionNote: (Rd. 29 is open, use CR 99 as 98 is still closed!)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SAVE THE DATE!!! Farm Finance Expo December 12th!

California FarmLink will be holding its annual Farm Finance Expo on December 12th! Be sure to put it on your calendars and keep an eye out for registration information in the coming months.

The Farm Finance Expo will be held December 12th from 12-5 at the Sacramento Food Bank at 3333 Third Ave. in Sacramento

We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact Liya Schwartzman, Central Valley Regional Coordinator, at with any questions.