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Wed, Dec 31, 2014

Beginning Farmer Asks:
Our new Kubota tractor is arriving tomorrow. I'll be doing a walk-through with the dealers then getting started on mowing. I'm going to make a daily checklist form for checking the tractor before every use. I'm mostly concerned about using it under heavier...Read more

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Beginning Farmer Asks: I had a quick question for you regarding plant spacing on cauliflower. I have read some material that suggests row spacing anywhere from 12-24 inches. It is looking like I will be planting into 60-inch beds, so I am curious what you think the...Read more

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Beginning Farmer: Our field managers want to overhead water our direct sown/transplanted CSA blocks (carrots, beets, salad mix, broccoli, etc.) as we've had poor germination & loss of transplants (most to slugs). — but here are my concerns: we aren't set up for...Read more

Wed, May 07, 2014
Beginning Farmer: I am looking for a short list of equipment for the beginning row crop farmer. Could you do a quick one for me off the top of your head?
Farmer Mentor: This is a pretty common question and a
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Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Beginning Farmer: I was thinking about trying some dry farmed tomatoes this year and am wondering if you could share some knowledge about your world famous UCSC dry farmed tomato system?

Farmer Mentor: I think the most important take...Read more

Thu, Apr 17, 2014

I don’t make a habit of criticizing the Almighty, but an exception will be made here this evening at the risk of calling down a thunderbolt on this meetinghouse. I was brought up in the Catholic tradition; altar boy, seminarian, and as such we were not encouraged to read the Holy Bible on our...Read more

Mon, Mar 03, 2014

This post was republished with permission from the author.

By Lisa J. Bunin, Ph.D., Center for Food Safety February 24, 2014

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Thu, Dec 05, 2013

Beginning Farmer: We will be setting up our 2” drip irrigation headers this week and I need to make a decision about which type of header to use. What is the difference between “lay flat tubing” and “oval hose” and are there special tools for installing the drip...Read more

Fri, Jun 14, 2013

EFA Program Coordinator Liz Birnbaum was approached by the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development to answer some questions about ecological agriculture and the way she entered this movement. Read her interview below and check out the original...Read more