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Notes from the UCSC Farm

This essay by first-year CASFS Farm & Garden apprentice Steven Eisenhut originally appeared in the July 29/August 1 edition of “Field Notes,” the newsletter of the UCSC Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture project. Many thanks to Steven for letting us share it here. The hawk wheels above us as we work in the afternoon sun. Her [...]

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Educational Grants Available through the CCOF Foundation

CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship grad Jessy Beckett, now the Foundation Coordinator for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), alerts us that three categories of educational grants are now available from the CCOF Foundation. Jessy notes, “Grants are available in three educational categories in 2014 to directly support students of organic agricultural production and professional career tracks that [...]

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CAFF Forming California CSA Network

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is in the process of forming a California CSA Network, which will include a website and regular newsletter. The network will allow for more information sharing among CSA farmers about such things as specialized software, recipes, and member retention strategies. It has proven difficult to sustain CSAs, as [...]

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Organic Seed Fund Helps Offset Seed Costs

The Rodale Institute and Amy’s Kitchen are teaming up to offer grants to organic and transitioning farmers that will help offset the cost of purchasing organic seed. Find out more about the program here. Deadline to apply for funds is March 1.

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A Dispatch from the Chadwick Garden

Garden Manager Orin Martin offers this dispatch on pears, pruning, and other news from the Alan Chadwick Garden A Dispatch [the act of sending something off; a written message] Some say the Chadwick Garden (aka the “Up” Garden) has developed a reputation for growing apples, many apple varieties in particular. Call it a modicum of [...]

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Seed Saving, Gleaning, Compost and Much More at the UCSC Farm

Field Production Manager Liz Milazzo reports on 2013 activities in the UCSC Farm’s row crop fields  Looking back over 2013, water was a big concern all season. While there was not an official drought, it was a very low rain year, with only 19” of rain, and a long dry window over the winter. It [...]

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UCSC Farm Expands into New Fields

A year-end report from Darryl Wong, UCSC Farm Site and Research Lands Manager Last March Darryl Wong was hired as the CASFS Farm Site and Research Lands Manager, bringing his five years’ experience as the farm manager and co-owner (with fellow alums Kirstin Yogg and Amy Courtney) of Freewheelin’ Farm, just north of Santa Cruz. [...]

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Advice on Setting Your Prices

Molly Nakahara is co-founder of Dinner Bell Farm, along with fellow CASFS Farm and Garden Apprenticeship grads Paul Glowaski and Cooper Funk. She’s also the Specialty Crops Program Representative for the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Foothill Farming Program. Her article on setting your prices originally appeared on the UCCE Foothill Farming website.

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Apprenticeship Grad Reports on South Korea’s Food Sovereignty Efforts

CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship grad Christine Ahn co-founded the Korean Policy Institute and is a senior fellow with the Oakland Institute. She recently reported on a trip she organized to South Korea to visit grower and consumer organizations working to preserve local agriculture and encourage food sovereignty. Also on the trip was Apprenticeship grad [...]

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Farm Advocacy Attorney Reflects on the CASFS Apprenticeship

Neil Thapar, a 2012 graduate of the CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship, wrote this reflection on his Apprenticeship experience and the importance of the program in training new farmers and social change agents. It was originally published as a blog post for the FarmsReach: Growing Farmer Networks website. Thanks to Neil for letting us re-post it here.

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