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the wild west of weed has a water problem

Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California’s coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows.

State fish and wildlife officials say much of the marijuana being grown in northern counties under the state’s medical pot law is not being used for legal, personal use, but for sale both in California and states where pot is still illegal.

This demand is fueling backyard and larger-scale pot farming, especially in remote Lake, Humboldt and Mendocino counties on the densely forested North Coast, officials said.

“People are coming in, denuding the hillsides, damming the creeks and mixing in fertilizers that are not allowed in the U.S. into our watersheds,” said Denise Rushing, a Lake County supervisor who supports an ordinance essentially banning outdoor grows in populated areas.

“When rains come, it flows downstream into the lake and our water supply,” she said. Many affected waterways also contain endangered salmon, steelhead and other creatures protected by state and federal law. Click HERE to read more about this dilemma.

 

 

 


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activism we admire

This video demonstrates how a community is trying to save their water and wetlands and reduce the impact of an unnecessary freeway. Save Little Lake Valley http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org/ members are requesting that the California Water Quality Control Board order Caltrans, the Department of Transportation in CA., to cease and desist construction on the Willits Bypass. In March 2014 Caltrans is, and has been, in violation of the Water Board permits that are needed to proceed with construction.


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california farmlink announces new online linking system

CA FARMLINK

If you are a farmer with 2+ years of experience farming and a clear idea of what you’re looking for, California FarmLink now offers a new service which allows for landowners and land-seeking farmers to connect directly online (rather than through their regional coordinator).

Here’s how the new system will work:

  • Landseekers and landowners must register for an account with California FarmLink.
  • Registered users will be able to see detailed land listing information, including landowner contact information. Only logged-in and registered farmers will be able to see this information, and the property addresses will NOT be posted.
  • Become a member of California FarmLink. Landseeker Memberships are $15 and are valid for one year. If you have previously paid a membership fee within the last year, your membership will be activated automatically. You may also request a Fee Waiver Application by contacting the main office.
  • Have a business plan or a statement about your farm vision ready, then use the Dashboard to browse the Land Listings and contact landowner”?;.lkijouhyh7loi0t09r54rre3wq2

To see more of what California FarmLink has to offer, head over to their website!

 


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reminder: our land symposium

OUR LAND: A SYMPOSIUM ON FARMLAND ACCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
In the next two decades 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands. Will that land be consolidated into larger holdings and treated as a commodity or investment asset? Or will it prove the foundation for a new business, a next-generation farmer, a passionate entrepreneur? Join us for a weekend program to tackle the historical context, long-range implications and economic impact, and stewardship potential of the transition ahead.

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blanket recall: why you should support your local slaughterhouse

A recent NYTimes opinion article begs the public to support your local slaughterhouse. Why? Costs and regulations have caused a sharp decline in slaughterhouse facilities across the state. As a result, small producers in California are being included in a blanket recall for 8.7 million pounds of beef.

Rancho Feeding Corporation Slaughterhouse

 

“Our beef comes from grass-fed cattle. We never use hormones; we feed no drugs. We know the complete history of each animal, from the identity of its mother to where it spent each day of its life. And we knew that all our own cattle received full federal inspections at the slaughterhouse, both ante- and post-mortem.”

Read on for more information

 

 

 

 


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reverend billy in san francisco

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM
1) First, a fulminating Apocalypse by the Pastor of the Church of Stop Shopping
2) …followed by an ever so incisive Q & A period led by Savitri D
3) …and general partying between the boats and at the renowned bar

Please reserve your place today by emailing marnie@revbilly.com.

We only have a capacity of 85.  The plate will be passed or you can make a tax-deductible contribution today to reserve your spot. 

Your donation benefits the work of Reverend Billy and Savitri D’s non-profit organization.

Rev Billy and Savitri D are visiting from New York, after staging invasions of big banks by extinct amphibians, namely the climate change-killed Golden Toad. Stop Shopping Choir members wore the enamel orange toad-hats with the shiny toad-eyes, sang songs, and handed out information connecting Chase’s investments to the Earth crisis. Continue reading


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greenhorns at healdsburg shed!

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Friday March 7th, 7pm at the Healdsburg Shed
PUNK YEOMAN: The Past and Future of the Grange

Join Greenhorns founder Severine Von Tscharner Fleming and evangelist Jen Griffith for a lively evening of learning as we focus on modern farming in their presentation “Grange Future”.

Grange Future is a community history project undertaken by The Greenhorns, a young farmers network, to help interpret both the past and future of the Grange movement, not in a nostalgic or abstract way, but as an appropriate institutional format for contemporary users who are concerned with rebuilding our food system. For today’s young farmers the Grange is a kind of syllabus in community-scale organizing, regional development, cooperative economics and kinship-based policy advocacy. Continue reading


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wonderful new grains company

Community Grains.  Read on for information on their conference this weekend, and register HERE

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2014 Conference on the Development of Our Local Whole-Grain Economy
Community Grains
Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT), Oakland, CA

A Progress Report & To-Do List

Morning
Intact Whole Grain–Why Is It Important?
Presenters:

Michael Pollan, Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, UC, Berkeley, author, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation–What I’ve learned about grain. Where does it lead?

David Jacobs, PhD, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota–Food synergy and food patterns: are whole foods more than the sum of their individual nutrients and bioactive substances?

David W. Killilea, PhD, Staff Scientist, Nutrition and Metabolism Center, Children’s Hospital Oakland Institute–If you take it apart, can you put it back together? Knowing what’s in your flour. Continue reading


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skills in butchery

From the Food Craft Institute:

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ENROLL NOW! ~ BUSINESS OF BUTCHERY
Three Week Intensive Master Course
April 14th – May 2nd, 2014

FCI is proud to once again offer our Business of Butchery Master Course in partnership with The Butcher’s Guild. This 3-week intensive is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to own and run a farm-sourced butcher shop. Students will gain professional butchering chops from some of the foremost American masters of the craft and get behind-the-scenes access to the Bay Area’s best butcher shops. Come to our Preview Night to find out more!


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greenhorns at shed!

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Join Greenhorns founder Severine Von Tscharner Fleming and evangelist Jen Griffith for an evening of learning as we focus on the past and future of modern farming, “Grange Future.” Learn about the early and more recent history of the Grange, the controversy with California State Grange halls and GMO labeling, and the revival across the country of farmer-driven educational, social, charitable, and political uses of Grange halls, Grange kitchens, and the Grange idea.

Tickets HERE
http://healdsburgshed.com/


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hub camp: the nuts and bolts of local food distribution

LocalOrbitLos Angeles, CA: Mar. 16 – 18, 2014
Davis, CA: Apr. 27-29, 2014

Practical training for the entrepreneurs and organizations building the New Food Economy.  

Walk away from Hub Camp with a 6-month action plan to hit the ground running!
An action-oriented approach to learning, launching and adapting as you grow your local food system.

  • Business Model Mapping.
  • Operations and Service Design.
  • Work through your unique challenges with farmer development, wholesale buyer education, finance, food safety, logistics, operations and storytelling.
  • Three hands-on days with experienced operators who have launched and managed supply chain businesses.
  • To maximize impact attendance is limited to 15 participants.

Click HERE to learn more and apply


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beautiful bay area egg business for sale

A great opportunity for the right greenhorn(s)?  Check it out HERE http://somersetfarm.us/Somerset_Farm/BUY_THIS_BUSINESS_files/DSC_0418.jpeg

Yes, it’s true.  We are wanting to sell our egg business to someone who will run it, expand it, and have more time for it.  We had a lot of fun doing it until now, but time constraints are requiring some cut backs.  We want to give it a good home.  The “ladies” want to continue to be pasture raised, free range, punk rock chickens.

The business comes with all the 250 +- hens (1 and 2 years old, heirloom breeds) and a few roosters, list of subscriptions, 2 movable coops, all paraphernalia (brooding lights, feeders, waterers etc etc), and a few months of tech support.

 

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