04 November 2015

Join us for Monterey County's Landowner Farmer Mixer on November 19th!

Please join us on Thursday, November 19 at 6pm for some farm-fresh bites, local beer, and an opportunity to learn and network! This mixer will connect farmers seeking land with established farmers or farmland and provide information and resources to sustain farming in the Central Coast.

What: Monterey County Landowner and Farmer Mixer
WhenThursday, November 19th {6pm-8pm}
LocationMonterey County Ag Center Conference Room {1432 Abbott Street / Salinas}

Farmers, this is a great opportunity to find land and connect with your community!

Landowners, learn how you can take an active role in growing our region's small and sustainable farms by leasing your land to a local farmer!

This is a free event for farmers, landowners, and retiring farmers. Please RSVP (cafarmlink.bpt.me) so we will have enough food an drinks to go around!


14 October 2015

Cover Crop Field Day in Watsonville: Preparing for El Niño

Low Residue Cover Crops for Soil Erosion Control, Groundwater Recharge, and El Niño Preparation 

Field Day/Demo

Friday, October 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Watsonville Slough Farms (Matulich Ranch)
560 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville

Learn about the use of cover crops to increase groundwater recharge and reduce soil erosion during heavy rainfall predicted for this year’s El Niño.

  • Sign up for RCD’s cover crop seed cost-share program (up to $300 per grower)
  • All growers and ranch managers are invited.
  • Topics will include:
    • Use of low-residue cover crops in vegetable and strawberry systems to increase infiltration of rainfall for groundwater recharge and erosion control
    • Selection of cover crop varieties and management of low-residue cover crops
    • Use of low-residue cover crops in organic strawberries
  • Speakers:
    • Eric Brennan, Horticulturalist, USDA ARS, Salinas
    • Rich Casale, District Conservationist, NRCS

  • For more information call: Sacha Lozano or Lisa Lurie (831) 464-2950.

    06 October 2015

    Great new Farmland Finance guide from Farm Commons!

    Last winter, Farm Commons hosted a great webinar, "Financing a Farmland Purchase: Legal basics for traditional and non-traditional farmland purchases." They have since aggregated the information from that webinar, updated it, and added new case studies and topics in a brand new guide! 
    In this guide you will:

    • Get comfortable with the 7 most common strategies used to finance a farmland purchase
    • Hear (and learn from) a member of our farming community who learned the hard way what happens to your farm if you break up with your partner
    • Learn creative and innovate loan payment options
    … And much more information to increase your chances of having a legally-secure financing experience and getting onto land of your own.
    Even if you’ve already financed your land purchase, this guide is still useful to make sure that you have your ducks in a row when it comes to organizational documents, tax regulations, and contracts. This guide is free to download now, but we can’t guarantee that it will stay that way forever! So head over to FarmCommons.org and download the financing guide today.
    >>> Download the FREE Farmland Financing Legal GUIDE here! <<<
    After you’ve downloaded the guide, please drop a note to info@farmcommons.org and give them feedback on the publication. If you have any questions about accessing Farm Commons' resources, there is a brief tutorial on how to use the website.

    Happy harvest, everyone!

    23 September 2015

    Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association's 2015 Guide to Laws

    Check out this awesome resource from PCFMA (Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association), a guide to the changes to California's direct marketing laws:

    In March, PCFMA received a grant from the Western Center for Risk Management Education at Washington State University for a project to help educate California farmers on the recent changes to the state's direct marketing laws and regulations. In addition to the comprehensive guide (link above), an executive summary of the guide is available in English, Spanish, and Hmong.

    17 September 2015

    FREE! Register now for the 1st Annual Latino Farmer Conference / GRATIS! Registrese ahora para la Primera Anual Conferencia del Agricultor Latino

    Mayor información visite:
    Crezca su red en la Industria de Agricultura, con Organizaciones y Productores Agrícola

    For more information visit:
    Network with Farm Producers and Agriculture Industry Partners & Organizations

    15 September 2015

    Managing for Drought in California: Register for this HMI Course!

    Managing for Drought in California
    There are still a few slots left in the upcoming Whole Farm / Ranch Land Management course. This 6-day course is taught over approximately 6-12 weeks in 2day increments, and will focus on how you can mitigate the effects of drought with Holistic Management.  Due to grant funding, the course is offered for only $100. 

    To take place at: 
         TomKat Ranch
         Pescadero, CA

    On the following dates:
         Sept. 24 & 25Oct. 8 & 9Oct. 22 & 23, 2015

    Register soon as space is limited! Online registration closes September 16, 2015. Walk-in registration is $150/pp, if available. HMI recommends you attend the entire series, but it is OK to miss one or two of the course dates. All information (handouts, presentations) will still be made available to you. 

    01 September 2015

    Join FarmLink for An Evening Along the Creek! Announcing our 2015 Fall FriendRaiser at Michael's on Main

    Mark your calendars to join us for an afternoon and evening raising a glass to local farmers and the work we do to support them! Get to know FarmLink and enjoy great local food, homegrown music and drinks!

    Established in 1999, California FarmLink has developed a statewide program of economic development support for beginning, limited-resource, immigrant and other underserved farmers. The mission of California FarmLink is to link independent farmers and ranchers to the land and financing they need for a sustainable future.

    Purchase your discounted presale ticket by clicking here or go to http://farmlink.brownpaperticket.org.Tickets will also be available for $35 at the door.
    This is a kid-friendly event! Children 10 and under free. 
    Please contact us to see if you qualify for a Student Discount on your tickets!