Monday, September 29, 2014

Farmer-to-Farmer breakfast this Thursday, October 2nd7-8:30 AM at Hillview Farms, 1340 Matson Drive in Auburn.
Please RSVP by replying to this e-mail by Wednesday (Oct 1) morning.
Matson Drive is a left turn off Luther Road, before you get to the railroad tracks (coming from Hwy 49). Michael Whamond will give us farm tour. We’ll also talk about how the growing season is going and how the drought is affecting each of you.
It’ll be a simple breakfast – coffee, fruit, scones, bagels & cream cheese, etc. We won’t be cooking eggs for you! Cost $5 per person…cash, please, no checks. Bring a folding chair if you want to sit.

We will also have a knife and implement (pruners, loppers, etc.) sharpening event after the breakfast in the UCCE Farm Advisors’ parking lot at 11477 E Avenue, in DeWitt Center. Bring your tools, knives, etc. for sharpening at $5 per item. They take cash or credit cards.


Farm Marketing Tour for Commercial Farmers
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Meet at UC Cooperative Extension, 11477 E Avenue, DeWitt Center, Auburn
Thinking about diversifying your marketing outlets?  Learn about different types of farm marketing from the source.  With a group of other farmers, visit the Capay Valley Farm Store and Produce Express, a wholesale produce distributor.  Learn about the requirements for various types of marketing channels and market economics.
Pre-registration is required. Limited to 20 participants, so register early!
Cost is $15 per person, which includes morning snacks and lunch.  Refunds are not available.
The tour is supported by a grant from the Western Extension Risk Management Center.
For more information contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucanr.edu

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Production Coordinator with Capay Organic

(compensation: based on experience)

Capay Organic is seeking a full time production coordinator to assist in fresh fruit and vegetable production operations. Individual would work with management and suppliers to coordinate ordering, receiving and records of farm supplies (seeds, fertilizers, transplants etc.), application records and packaging materials. Individual would also assist with administrative functions like issuing purchasing orders, receiving mail, answer phones, verifying inventory counts, administrating irrigation schedules and supporting management team.

Please consider joining our team! We are a family owned company who has been farming organically since 1976. The job would be at our farming office in Capay, CA, 20 minutes east of Woodland on Highway 16. We are friendly team of people who have culture of engagement, accountability and work ethic. Visit our web site; www.capayorganic.com for more information about our company.

If you are interested in this position please email moyra@capayorganic.com detailing;

1 - What your work experience has been and why that prepares you for this job
2 - What computer programs you are comfortable with
3 - Why you would like this job
4 - Why you are currently looking for a job
5 - What pay rate you would expect
6 – Resume

Visit our web site; www.capayorganic.com for more information about our company.


Moyra Barsotti
Procurement Manager
Capay Organic and Farm Fresh To You
Office: 916-303-7145
Mobile: 530-392-6264

Monday, September 8, 2014

Aerial wildflower stunt, farmstand, and community party -- Saturday Sept. 13th

You're invited to our free community event celebrating the Bee Friendlier Movement on Saturday Sept. 13th from 3-7 pm. Come see us drop over 50,000 brightly colored seed balls from a vintage WWII crop duster to plant a wildflower field at the Cloverleaf, Collins Farm and Hearty Fork farmstand! We will be having a party to close the farmstand for the season, and also educating the community on the importance of planting wild flowers and its direct impact on the farming community. 

Come join us for:
Live Music from F St Stompers featuring Panmixia 
https://www.facebook.com/panmixia
Food Vendors - T's Tacos and Tunes, run by Oak Park's students, and Sly Catering
Honey Tasting by Moonshine Trading Co
Wild Flower Seedle Making Demonstration
At 5PM, don't miss the Filming of Aerial Stunt for Bee Friendlier Documentary!

This is a kid friendly event and kids are invited to make a wildflower seedle to take home. 

Please Note: Documentary film crew may be on site filming. The documentary group worked on "One Day on Earth" and will be filming the wildflower field throughout the year. 

If you want to RSVP, please join the Facebook event here (though no RSVP is needed). 

Farm address is: 8947 Olmo Lane, Davis, CA 95616. Exit off I-80 on Kidwell Exit and the farmstand is directly north of the highway. 

To bike to the event, take Old Davis Rd. south from David, right on Tremont, right on Spalding and then left to cross over on Kidwell. You'll see the farmstand as you cross I-80. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Call to Action to Preserve CA Agricultural Land!

California has the most productive farmland in the world. Unfortunately, it is being converted to nonagricultural uses at a rate of 30,000 acres per year, threatening our food production capacity, environmental health, and economy.
However, the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) believes that opportunities exist to slow this trend. A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land describes a suite of policy recommendations, including:
  • Fully fund efforts to understand the scope of the challenge, such as the California Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program.
  • Strengthen state and local land use policies that prioritize the conservation of California’s agricultural lands, such as updating general plan guidelines to conserve agricultural lands and creating policies that discourage urban sprawl.
  • Finance long-term and permanent conservation of agricultural land by reinstating Williamson Act subvention payments, dedicating on-going AB 32 auction proceeds to farmland conservation, and providing statewide agricultural land mitigation guidelines.
  • Keep farmers farming by ensuring strong markets for agricultural products, appropriate regulations, adequate labor force and infrastructure, and community support.
The members of CRAE urge you to join them in moving forward an effective agricultural land conservation program by supporting the implementation of the recommendations contained in A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land.
A press briefing was held on July 10, 2014. You may download the press release and remarks of CRAE member, Edward Thompson, Jr., California Director of American Farmland Trust. This was followed by a California Department of Food and Agriculture news release on July 11, 2014, entitled Secretaries Ross, Laird issue joint statement on CRAE’s ‘Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land.’
Contact: Serena Coltrane-Briscoe, Project Manager, 707.823.6111 ×220 or serena@aginnovations.org
http://aginnovations.org/articles/view/call_to_action_to_preserve_ca_agricultural_land/

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The website also announce a public hearing on this issue held by the Planning and Design Commission meeting on September 11 at 5:30 p.m. at new City Hall, 915 I Street.
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