Monday, March 2, 2015

Great land opportunity in San Luis Obispo County! 10 acres organic available now

City Farm SLO is a 20 acre parcel that Central Coast Grown leases from the City of San Luis Obispo. Currently 2 acres are dedicated to educational agricultural production and we have one tenant, Green Gold Organic Farms, leasing 2 acres of strawberries and specialty peppers.

Fourteen acres remain and we would prefer to lease smaller parcels to several different farmers, and are considering starting a farmer training/incubator program.

Learn more about this land listing on California FarmLink's Farm Land Listings Database.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Invitation to Sustainable Small Farm Summit, Mar 18-21, [FREE & ONLINE]

Join other farmers on March 18-21 for the upcoming FREE online Sustainable Small Farm Summit, an exciting gathering of 18 farmers and activists who are coming together to share valuable insights into the often neglected business side of farming. The goal is to support new farmers and people transitioning into farming to become even more effective at creating financially viable farms. New farmers, wanna-be farmers & farmer-curious people- join this webinar!


If you haven’t done so yet, click here to register for free. It’s best to do this now, so you can see the schedule and mark the sessions you’d like to attend. Registering also gives you access to 48-hour free replays. Yes, there will be an OPTIONAL upgrade package available for purchase if the 4 days of free interviews leave you wanting more.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Organic Farming Business Workshop (Bilingual: Spanish & English): Feb 17th & March 17th

Organic Farming Business Workshop (Bilingual: Spanish & English)
WhenTue, February 17, 6pm – 9pm
WhereSmall Business development center, 106 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901, United States (map)
DescriptionThis workshop is for all who have an interest in opening, or currently operate an organic farm. The 3 hour workshop will offer an interesting review to the Organic Farming Business and an intense analysis to the technical aspects. This class is FREE. Un interesante analisis al Negocio de la Agricultura Organica, y un intensivo analysis al aspecto Tecnico. Presenter: Dr. Nestor Marin of the AgroAgil-AgroCollege, LLC. Register online: http://ucmsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=12121



Organic Farming Business Workshop (Bilingual: Spanish & English)
WhenTue, March 17, 6pm – 9pm
WhereSmall Business development center, 106 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901, United States (map)
DescriptionThis workshop is for all who have an interest in opening, or currently operate an organic farm. The 3 hour workshop will offer an interesting review to the Organic Farming Business and an intense analysis to the technical aspects. This class is FREE. Un interesante analisis al Negocio de la Agricultura Organica, y un intensivo analysis al aspecto Tecnico. Presenter: Dr. Nestor Marin of the AgroAgil-AgroCollege, LLC. Register online: http://ucmsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=12123

Farmers and ranchers have until February 27 to sign up for nation’s largest federal conservation program!

February 3, 2015, Washington, DC – With a February 27 deadline approaching, farmers and ranchers in California have only a few weeks to apply to enroll in the federal Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).


CSP rewards producers for the conservation and environmental benefits they produce on their working agricultural lands; all private agricultural land, including cropland, pasture, and rangeland, is eligible to enroll in CSP.  For example, CSP contract-holding farmers can receive payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, rotational grazing, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and the transition to organic farming.

Details on this year’s program are available for free in an Information Alert published this  week by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.  Farmers and ranchers must submit initial applications to their local NRCS office by Feb 27 to have their applications considered for 2015.  Applications will be scored and ranked based on farmers’ current and planned on-farm conservation activities, and the applications offering the highest level of environmental benefits will be awarded CSP contracts.

CSP contract holders that enrolled in 2011 are now in the final year of their five-year contract and are therefore eligible to renew for another five years.  Initial requests to renew must be submitted to local NRCS offices by March 31.

CSP is the nation’s largest conservation program by acreage and is widely popular among farmers and ranchers.  Since the program began in 2009, nearly 70 million acres of farm and ranch land have been enrolled in the program.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Great Opportunity! Tell Your Story - Sell Your Products: Bay Area Market Tour for Farmers

Are you interested in selling your produce to wholesale buyers but not sure how? The produce distribution industry is mobilizing to meet consumer demand to “know your farmer” and needs well--prepared farmers to work with.

Join us on a tour of wholesale markets, retailers, and food hubs to meet buyers interested in supporting small farms. You’ll make valuable contacts, learn the requirements for wholesale-ready sales, and learn how to help your story travel with your products all the way from farm to fork. Tours are all day, with a light breakfast and lunch provided.


February 18, 2015: San Francisco Bay Area Markets
*This tour is specifically for Southeast Asian farmers in the Fresno area.
To register for the tour, contact Michael Yang,
UC Cooperative Extension Fresno County, (559) 241-7523 or myang@ucanr.edu
Tour stops will include: Pacific Rim Produce (wholesaler), San Francisco Specialty (distributor), Cal Dining (university food service), And more (retailer)

February 24, 2015: San Francisco Bay Area Markets
*North Bay growers can board the bus at several locations to be determined.
To register for the Bay Area tour, visit http://ucanr.org/bustour
Tour Stops will include: SF Wholesale Produce Market (several wholesalers and distributors), The FruitGuys, Cal Dining (university food service), And more (food hub)

Visit UC SAREP’s website for more information on the tour program and resources for selling wholesale
This tour is hosted by the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and UC Cooperative Extension (Marin County and Fresno County).



See you on the bus!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Specialty Crop Insurance expanded coverage: Deadline January 15th!

Specialty crop growers may be eligible to receive up to 100% of average market price for up to 65% of expected production for their crops. 

To determine if your crops are eligible for coverage, visit: http://fsa.usapas.com/NAP.aspx

Producers will have until Jan. 14, 2015  to choose expanded coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. To learn more, visit the Farm Service Agency (FSA) website at www.fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local FSA office at offices.usda.gov. 

The Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administer the program, also wants to hear from producers and other interested stakeholders who may have suggestions or recommendations on the program. Written comments will be accepted until Feb. 13, 2015 and can be submitted through www.regulations.gov.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Free drinking water for limited-resources farmers

CURES recently received a two year grant for limited resource growers* in the Salinas Valley who have a domestic well exceeding the California drinking water standard for nitrates. Through this grant, limited resource growers will get free drinking water either in the form of point-of-use treatment system or monthly bottled water delivery for the household.

For more information, please call 916-628-8241, email kara.s@curesworks.org or visit us at www.curesworks.org

The  start date for this project is not specific, it is rather a range from today until May.
*Limited resource growers are defined as those with a gross adjusted farm income of $176,800 or total household income of less than $28,980 for each of the last two years.