Daily Archives: April 17, 2011

Successful small farmers – where to from here?

Successful small farmers – where to from here?

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The successful small farmers session left me with lots of new ideas. It also raised some big questions that I think are important for coming up with ‘better ways’ Got to be a better way: distributors that aren’t focused on ‘the cut’ – based on transparency, integrity, trust. Seems like a big waste of energy for farmers having to be […]

Successful small farmers – insights and experience

Successful small farmers – insights and experience

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In the Successful Small Farmers session, there were three farmers talking about their experiences and what they’ve learnt (leading to their advice to those getting started). This was a really interesting and useful session – a wealth of knowledge and passion punctuated by dry humour and a good dose of dungarees 🙂

Training new farmers

Training new farmers

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Farms & Farmers, Services & Supports | Comments Off on Training new farmers

Continuing the theme of interesting supports and services, here are a couple aimed at developing and strengthening new farmers

Helping you do whatever you want . .

Helping you do whatever you want . .

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Farms & Farmers, Land, Services & Supports | Comments Off on Helping you do whatever you want . .

Wandering around display tables and talking to people at the CSFC, I got a bit of a sense of the breadth of services available to farms and farmers in the USA – particularly small ones or those interested in becoming organic. Some really impressive institutions, organisations, programs and resources and lots of ideas for anyone who feels like setting up […]

Monterey Markets – the ‘wild west’ of local produce

Monterey Markets – the ‘wild west’ of local produce

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On the bus coming back from the farm tour, they played a video about the Monterey Market in Berkeley California. Seemed like a pretty lively establishment, with a simple philosophy: “to run a village-based business that supports both the local farmers as well as the local community. We sell tasty and healthy organic foods at great prices” and “to provide […]

CSFC Farm Tour – Garden Variety Cheeses

CSFC Farm Tour – Garden Variety Cheeses

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Our third and final farm visit was to Garden Variety Cheeses, run by Rebecca King . . and YUM! Great way to finish the day Garden Variety Cheese is a small farmstead cheese business, based on 40 acres in Northern Monterey County. Rebecca began commercial milking and cheese production in March 2009, and started selling three varieties of raw sheep […]