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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Join us for "OUR LAND: A symposium on farmland access in the 21st century" - April 26-27!

OUR LAND: A SYMPOSIUM ON FARMLAND ACCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

April 26 - 27, 2014
Berkeley, California

CA FarmLink is excited to be joining the Agrarian Trust, a program of the Schumacher Center for New Economics, to announce the schedule for the 2014 SymposiumPlease join join the conversation about farmland access and transition. Many inspiring speakers will be there including Wes Jackson, Raj Patel, Joel Salatin and CA FarmLink's Executive Director, Reggie Knox.
In the next 20 years, an estimated 400 million acres of farmland will change hands as 70% of current farmland owners retire. Meanwhile, entering farmers struggle to compete with non-farming landowners for access to prime farmland, particularly in peri-urban areas. This dilemma of farmland succession is shared by Greyhairs and Greenhorns alike, who all hope for a more sustainable and resilient farming future.
The 2014 Symposium will examine this imminent inflection point from historical, ecological and political economy perspectives, and address both practical and philosophical approaches to transition. With both national and international speakers joining to reflect on this topic, we expect a full room and a lively convening of stakeholders.
This event is presented in partnership with Chelsea Green Publishing, The David Brower Center, Berkeley Food Institute, California FarmLink and Roots of Change. All lectures will be recorded as podcasts for farmers and others who cannot make it in person. To get the lectures please join our email list. Please read up on the event details and reserve your ticket today at www.agrariantrust.org/symposium
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Access to Capital Workshop in Ukiah - Wednesday, April 30th!

This is a FREE event for all of you in Mendocino County - there will be farmers and ranchers on these panels! Take a look:

West Company and EDFC will be hosting, "Access to Capital: Financing for Small Businesses in Mendocino County."  The purpose of this event is to connect aspiring and existing business owners with the financing community. The goal of the event is to provide small business owners with information and insight into the lending industry to help them prepare for financing and make good decisions about the debt and credit structure of their business.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 
from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
@ the Ukiah Conference Center 
Get more information
Register Now!
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This FREE workshop is a MUST for every small business owner interested in securing a loan or funding for working capital, purchasing inventory, equipment and commercial real estate, business expansion and debt refinance.

Sandra Arellano
West Company
Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the SBAor HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation

Traditional Corn Tortilla Making Class at the Healdsburg SHED - this Saturday!

Traditional Corn Tortilla Making Class

Saturday, April 19, 10:30am - 12:30pm

@ Healdsburg SHED, $40/ticket

Join The Corn Crib and Mendocino Organics for this fun and delicious cooking class!

Traditionally made corn tortillas are prepared using a process called nixtamalization which yields an intricate host of synergistic benefits - unlocking the corn's flavor, digestibility, and nutritional content. In this class, we will learn how to make traditional corn tortillas from Indian corn grown at Mendocino Organics. We'll discuss the history, benefits, and chemistry of this traditional food technology, and go through the process of making real homemade corn tortillas. We'll cover the different types of corn and alkalai used, and discuss ways in which you can make and grow everything you need at home. We'll end the workshop with our own homemade corn tortillas featuring local ingredients through the SHED community.

Please register so we can be sure to have enough participants:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/610925

Healdsburg SHED www.healdsburgshed.com
The Corn Crib corncrib.wordpress.com
2013 Corn Harvest http://bit.ly/1gqNaEp

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

More Tax Help for Farmers - FREE on our website!

Still need Tax help??  We gotcha covered!

Check out all our tax prep materials - including a webinar led by Small Farm Business Advisor, Poppy Davis - here:
http://www.californiafarmlink.org/resource-library/farm-business-management/business-taxes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FREE last minute tax help for your farm! Tomorrow, April 3rd, at 4pm!

Need last minute tax help for your farm? 

Don't miss Poppy Davis' (Small Farm Business Advisor extraordinaire!) FREE tax prep webinar, tomorrow, April 3rd at 4pm. Co-sponsored by the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

Click here for more info!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Slide Ranch is Hiring a Garden Manager!

Slide Ranch (in Marin County) is now accepting applications for a permanent Garden Manager position.
This is a residential, full time position. Share your expertise about organic gardening with beginning farmers, students, and volunteers!

Mission: Slide Ranch provides farm-based environmental education to San Francisco Bay Area youth and families that focuses on the principles of sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship.  By cooking, gardening, caring for animals and exploring the coastal ecosystems, visitors of all ages see the connection between a healthy food system and a healthy, resilient environment. 

Position: The Garden Manager reports to the Director of Operations, and is part of the Ranch Management Team, which also includes a Ranch Facilities Manager and Animal Care Manager.  The Garden Manager is responsible for the Slide Ranch certified organic garden and native plant restoration efforts.  The Garden Manager teaches and trains Slide Ranch Teachers-in-Residence (TIRs) 1-2 afternoons per week. (Slide Ranch TIRs lead all student programming at Slide Ranch.) The Garden Manager coordinates regularly with the Ranch Management Team and Teaching Interns to assist or seek help with chores as needed or directed.   This position requires living on-site in housing provided by Slide Ranch.

For full details, please visit www.slideranch.org or see click here for job description.

Friday, March 28, 2014

NEW LISTING: Pasture acreage in Marin for lease!

I just posted this exciting new land listing!

Marin #2022:

155 acres of certified organic acres of pasture, which includes 43 acres fenced off for seasonal silage production, available for lease beginning September 1st. Property is fenced off into five pasture fields. Land has been certified organic for more than twenty years and land owners would like to find a tenant who will continue that certification. Rain-fed reservoir supplies water for livestock - no additional water on property. Pasture management plan which encourages soil and land sustainability will be required. Location: Straus Home Ranch, on Highway1, halfway between Tomales and Marshall. Please submit overview of intended use, along with references, to: VivienStraus@gmail.com.

Click here for more information!