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Wed, May 20, 2015

Beginning Farmer Asks:

What are the best 3-4 tractor implements for a 15-25 acre vegetable farm? In my mind, the best equipment to have would be a 35-45 Horsepower Kubota with the following attachments: a rolling cultivator, offset disk, flail mower, and then the...Read more

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

This post was republished with permission from the author.

By Adam Kotin, CalCAN

California Governor Jerry Brown has...Read more

Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Beginning Farmer Asks:

We are in the process of setting up permanent beds for small scale CSA production (about 2 acres) and were wondering if you had any experience or suggestions related to using a spader for tillage in this type of system. We would like to...Read more

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
...Read more
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

Original post by ecowatch.com...Read more

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