Friday, October 16, 2015

Farmstand Tour for Commercial Farmers, next Thursday, October 22, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
There are a few spots left. Sign up by Sunday night as we need to give numbers to the restaurant Monday morning.

Thinking about starting a farmstand? Or improving your farmstand business?
Tour several successful farmstands and talk with the owners about how they got started, what they learned over the years and what contributed to their success.
We will visit
·         Stephen’s Farm House in Yuba City
·         Lunch at The Dancing Tomato Café
·         Salle Orchards  in Wheatland
Cost is $20 per person, which includes transportation, morning snacks, and lunch. Refunds are not available.
For more information, contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucanr.edu
 
Food Safety Workshop for Farmers   
Thursday, October 29, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (includes lunch)
Sierra Vista Community Center, Colfax
·         Get update on the Food Safety Modernization Act
·         Learn about key practices to reduce food safety risks on your farm.  
Cost: The event is free to farmers.
To register, email Susie Sutphin at: susie@tahoefoodhub.org or http://www.tahoefoodhub.org/  

Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast November 12, 7 AM, Auburn. Details soon.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, Farmer Training Program in Alaska Now Accepting Applications for 2016!

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center runs an intensive Farmer Training Program - which includes all aspects of ecological agriculture as well as farm business planning and hand skills such as black-smithing, wool processing, mechanics, building and more. We are accepting applications for the 2016 season now! 

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center

Calypso’s Farmer Training Program is an intensive experiential education program focused on providing the skills, inspiration and experience necessary for participants to embark on starting their own small farm with confidence.

To learn more about the program and to apply, visit: www.calypsofarm.org

Monday, October 12, 2015

On Farm Food Safety & Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Workshop

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), Bi-Rite Market and Capay Valley Farm Shop invite you to a free training on food safety and good agricultural practices (or GAPs). The goal of this workshop is to provide growers with a solid understanding of what GAPs are as well as provide tools and resources to help get started on developing a food safety plan for their farm. 

November 5th, 12:15 – 4:00 pm 
Esparto Regional Library 
17065 Yolo Ave, Esparto, CA 95627 

12:15 – 12:45 pm Sign-In & Lunch 
12:45 – 2:15 pm Presentation 
2:15 – 2:45 pm Q&A and Networking 
3:00 – 4:00 pm Farm Tour - See how GAPs work on farm 
(Address and location will be provided at  the workshop)

For more information please contact: foodsafety@caff.org

Cost: Free 
RSVP to: raman@caff.org 
www.caff.org 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Demystifying Organic Certification for Processors Webinar, November 16 – 1-2:30pm Pacific Time
Registration: http://bit.ly/1M73o0W  

Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar that demystifies organic certification for processors.

Thinking about organic certification? Have a new staffer handling your OSP and system updates? Join CCOF Certification Specialist Christine Coltellaro and a certified organic processor of olive oil and body products, Ellen Roggemann of McEvoy Ranch, for a ninety-minute webinar on how to obtain and maintain organic certification for processors. Webinar participants will learn the basics of organic certification, as well as how to keep their organic certification current to avoid noncompliance. 

The webinar will cover topics specific to maintaining an Organic System Plan, including recordkeeping, labeling, and using the National List to identify ingredients allowed in organic processing. This webinar is ideal for businesses looking to get into organic processing, as well as current organic processors who wish to improve their knowledge of the organic certification process.

About the Speakers
Christine Coltellaro
Christine Coltellaro is a handler certification and client service specialist with CCOF. During her four years at CCOF, Coltellaro has held positions in outreach, policy/advocacy, executive administration, and organic certification. Prior to CCOF, Coltellarmanaged a production garden, taught teenagers in environmental education, and worked extensively in the restaurant industry. Coltellaro holds a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agriculture from the University of Washington, Seattle. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Ellen Roggemann
Ellen Roggemann is an organic compliance specialist and project manager at McEvoy of Marin for both their handler (olive oil and body care) and grower (gardens and orchards) operations. In this role, she has both built organic recordkeeping systems from scratch and updated recordkeeping systems that needed additional functionality. Instead of viewing organic certification as “a pile of paperwork,” Roggemann likes to see it as a system and continually asks, “How can we capture the correct information easily in the process of our normal day?” An Urban Environmental Policy graduate from Occidental College, Roggemann is a frequent speaker at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, the Food Craft Institute, and CUESA. She works to create organic record-keeping solutions with other growers and processors through theradicalradish.com.    

This webinar is sponsored by Valent U.S.A. Corporation.
                                                                                                                                        
Event Details
Date: November 16, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Pacific Time     
Cost: This webinar is $20
Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-organic-certification-for-processors-webinar-tickets-18320458986
More Information
To learn more about this event, contact the CCOF Foundation at ccoffoundation@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Farmstand Tour for Commercial Farmers
Thursday, October 22, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Thinking about starting a farmstand? Or improving your farmstand business?
Tour several successful farmstands and talk with the owners about how they got started, what they learned over the years and what contributed to their success.
We will visit
·         Stephen’s Farm House in Yuba City
·         Lunch at The Dancing Tomato Café
·         Salle Orchards  in Wheatland
Cost is $20 per person, which includes transportation, morning snacks, and lunch. Refunds are not available.
Limited to 20 participants, so register early! Register at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=16226
For more information, contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucanr.edu
 
Food Safety Workshop for Farmers   
Thursday, October 29, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (includes lunch)
Sierra Vista Community Center, Colfax
·         Get update on the Food Safety Modernization Act
·         Learn about key practices to reduce food safety risks on your farm.  
Cost: The event is free to farmers.
To register, email Susie Sutphin at: susie@tahoefoodhub.org or http://www.tahoefoodhub.org/  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Don't miss out! National Young Farmers Coalition, California FarmLink, Equity Trust and Farmers Guild Presents

 Partnering with a Land Trust to Access Affordable Farmland 
Wednesday, October 7 
1-4 pm presentations and farm tour 
4-6 pm networking and potluck 
Wakamatsu Colony Farm, 941 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA 

This workshop will help farmers successfully engage in the process of partnering with a land trust to access affordable, secure farmland. The event will include presentations by NYFC, CA FarmLink, Equity Trust and farmers, as well as as a farm tour and potluck dinner. Bring your land access questions and a dish to share! 

The workshop will feature presentations on: 
  • An overview of other organizations that can help you in your partnership with a land trust
  • Sources of financing to consider when working with a land trust
  • Matching your land access needs to the range of tools available when working with a land trust
  • Land trusts as landlords - what this means for you and how to engage in the process
  • Structuring a solid lease agreement with a land trust 

Who is this for: Farmers in California who are looking for land and are ready to manage their own farm business and/or own their own farm. 

The workshop is free,  but please bring a dish to share and RSVP here: landtrustworkshop.brownpapertickets.com

Presented by: 

This workshop is made possible with generous support from the Cedar Tree Foundation and the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation.

Local beer and wine will be provided!