New and beginning farmers and ranchers in California now have an agricultural MicroLoan credit option to consider. As of Jan. 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will offer its customers a MicroLoan designed to help farmers and ranchers with credit needs of $35,000 or less.
Local FSA can be reached at 707-664-8593.
On less than three acres, Susan Bryer and Ernie Shelton grow a significant portion of the produce for Shelton’s Natural Foods Market in Healdsburg. Bryer, a graduate of the Sonoma County Beginning Farmer & Rancher Training program, had prior experience with a backyard garden, but when she met up with Ernie, she had to ratchet up her skill set to tackle this much larger acreage. To read the full article, click here.
For those interested in using horses on your farm or ranch, or just more understanding of how to work with horses, this is a great opportunity! New Family Farm (who use draft horses on their farm) is hosting a 3 day workshop by Doc Hammill.
October 18, 7:00-9:30pm, Doc's presentation, "The Mind of the Horse" is free and open to the public at the Sebastopol Grange on Hwy 12. This presentation is interesting to many and appropriate for all equine disciplines.
"October, 19-21, 2012: Sebastopol, California, 1st Annual Driving and Farming with Horses in Harness Workshop. Three full days of hands on instruction and farming with working horses.
Event hosted by WHOA For information, contact Doc, firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 250-8252.
Value-added agriculture usually refers to food processing by a farmer or rancher. Farmers and ranchers who also process their fruits, vegetables, or animal products can create an additional marketing and revenue stream for their business. Read on for details
Message from Ana Stayton of Golden Nectar Farm
Opportunities at Golden Nectar Farm/Micro-Community
Come join a handcrafted, organic farm and, warm, intentional micro-community. We reside on 2.5 acres just outside of Windsor in Sonoma County, California, 60 miles north of San Francisco. We are primarily a fruit farm (tree, vine and bush fruit) and also cultivate vegetables and mushrooms and perennial starts. We raise chickens and ducks for eggs. Other highlights include: PV solar panels, cobb and straw bale buildings, plans for an aquaponics system and an ever-evolving intentional community process. There is room to expand into greater annual vegetable or flower production.
One-two individuals or a couple for 3-6 months, starting immediately. Work trade arrangement for room and board/25 hours week per person. You will have your own on site yome (yurt/dome hybrid), share common space in the main house and an abundance of delicious food. We are seeking individuals who are responsible, self-motivated and comfortable working independently yet who are also open to advice and collaboration. Farm experience is preferable but openness and willingness go a long way.
We are seeking experienced farmer(s) or a farming couple to join us and take over the management and operations of our farm. Because there are over 150 varieties of fruit crops on the farm, the learning curve can be steep. For this reason, we are looking for a minimum commitment of two years. Most farm plantings are mature and markets are already established. We are available to mentor the right people to help ensure your success. We are looking to design a cash or share lease and living on or off site is an option.
We are seeking farmers with 2-3 years of fruit growing experience, who are responsible, self-motivated and comfortable working independently yet who are also open to suggestions and collaboration.
Please send an e-mail to: email@example.com if you are interested.