Monday, May 18, 2015
Check out this great article in the Sonoma Valley Sun, featuring some of our favorite young farmers in the North Bay!
Monday, May 4, 2015
Crop insurance is a critical part of a comprehensive risk management strategy. Matching operations with crop insurance options is important. In addition, identifying and matching a farm's overall business goals to other insurance tools is an important step in the growth and sustainability of the operation.
Learn about crop insurance options, what it means to be in an insurance contract, how to think about the best options for your farm, or the farms that you advise and work with.
Vineyard Irrigation Efficiency and Water Quality Management Workshop Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:30-11:30 am, Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen
Join us for a workshop on vineyard water management and conservation. Presentations will be made on how to best manage your water resources to maintain good crop quality, while protecting water quantity and quality. The meeting will feature presentations in the Winery’s meeting room, and end with a demonstration in the vineyard.
Register by May 17 at: http://www.sonomawinegrape.org/water-workshop-registration
- Keith Abeles, Sonoma RCD -Irrigation Evaluations and Achieving Good Distribution Uniformity
- Mark Greenspan, Advanced Viticulture- Irrigation Scheduling to Maximize Efficient Use of Water
- Adam Weinberg and Cree Morgan, Department of Agriculture (formerly known as Sonoma County Ag Commissioner’s Office)-Farming in the Riparian Corridor
- Anya Starovoytov, Sonoma RCD- Developing LandSmart® Plans to Protect Water Resources and Comply with Emerging Regulations
- Jennifer Walser, NRCS Petaluma- NRCS Cost Share Opportunities for Grape Growers and Landowners
- Robert LaVine, Sonoma County Winegrowers- Sustainability Program Update
This event is sponsored by Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma Resource Conservation District, in partnership with USDA Risk Management Agency, Sonoma County Farm Bureau and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Old Mill Farm, on the coast near the town of Mendocino, has a rental cabin and part-time work opportunity! They are actively looking for a couple that wants to rent the cabin and work with Doug, their farm manager. He has tripled the amount of crops in the ground and needs help. He actively working toward CCOF certification, participates in two farmers markets, and sells wholesale to a grocery and restaurants.
Old Mill Farm is an off-grid family homestead consisting of over 40 acres of farmable land and 280 acres of sustainably managed timberland. As they express it, “We wish to live so that Old Mill Farm is one harmonious working body whose actions create a symbiotic relationship between all organisms, from the microorganism in the soil to the greater summation of energy which encompasses this land, and to the community in which we live.” Learn more about the farm at http://www.oldmillfarm.org/photo-gallery/.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Barbara at email@example.com or (707) 937-0244.
North Coast & Bay Area Program Coordinator
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The Sonoma RCD and Community Alliance for Family Farmers are sponsoring a water efficiency workshop next Tuesday morning!
When: Tuesday April 14, 8:30-11:30 Workshop; 11:45-1pm Lunch
Where: Rose Ranch, Kenwood, CA
- Keith Abeles, Sonoma RCD, will explain the irrigation system evaluation process and the importance of establishing good distribution uniformity to benefit crop production and maximize the efficient use of water.
- Rachel Petitt, CAFF, will discuss water management practices including resources and technical expertise.
- Tom Shapland, PhD, Tule Technologies, will discuss the influence of soil characteristics of irrigation management with benchmarks for comparing strategies.
- Jodi Wilson, CSWA, will provide an overview of water management tools and resources including an online metrics calculator to track water use and other BMPs found in the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, 3rd Ed.
- Ellen Hopkins, Zero Waste Consultant, will demonstrate a compost system on-site for food waste, chicken bedding, and green waste to produce compost for the vineyards and gardens to increase soil health and fertility while reducing water needs.
- Steve Rose, Rose Ranch/Vineyards Inn owner/Chef, will discuss and demonstrate holistic/biodynamic approaches to vineyard and farm management including compost and vermi-compost applications, grazing and cover crop techniques.
RSVP to http://brownpapertickets.com/event/1358779?utm_source=March+2015+e-newsletter&utm_campaign=March+2015+e-news&utm_medium=email
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Grazing Leases that Work for Beginning Ranchers
April 15, 2015, 3:30-6:30pm
Sunday School Building at Heritage Park, Dublin
This introductory workshop is geared towards ranchers in the first ten years of production who are looking to better understand components of a good grazing lease, differences between public and private leases and background on how to secure a grazing lease in the Bay Area’s highly competitive environment. Specific topics will include the legal and financial risks of poorly developed leases, leasing best practices, alternative lease clauses, and lease development and negotiation. Join us afterwards for refreshments and networking.
DATE: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
TIME: 3:30 – 6:00PM Workshop; 6:00 PM Mixer
LOCATION: Sunday School Barn at Heritage Park,6600 Donlon Way, Dublin
SPEAKERS and PANELISTS:
· Sheila Barry, UCCE Bay Area Livestock Advisor
· Clayton Koopmann, Rancher & Midpeninsula Open Space District
· Frederick Smith, North Coast & Bay Area Regional Coordinator, California FarmLink
· Carissa Koopmann Rivers, Rancher & Audubon California
· Additional speakers TBA
COST: Free – but space is limited so be sure to RSVP
For more information on this workshop, visit: www.acrcd.org/workshops.aspx
Pre-registration is requested – please email Susan Ellsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (925) 371-0154 x 103 to reserve your spot. Include your name, ranch or organization, email and phone.