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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

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Monterey Markets – the ‘wild west’ of local produce

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

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on CSFC Farm Tour – Garden Variety Cheeses

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 […]

CSFC Farm Tour – Paicines Ranch

CSFC Farm Tour – Paicines Ranch

Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on CSFC Farm Tour – Paicines Ranch

Paicines Ranch was brought primarily for conservation purposes – the real passion here is to restore the grasslands through use of holistic management, rotational grazing etc. Purchased with IT money – Silicon Valley seems to be inadvertently funding some interesting activity! The property is about 7,500 acres with low rainfall – long-term avg around 12-14 in (by my calculations this […]

CSFC Farm Tour – Hain Ranch Organics

CSFC Farm Tour – Hain Ranch Organics

Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on CSFC Farm Tour – Hain Ranch Organics

Hain Ranch Organics runs a pastured poultry system (adapted from Joel Salatin approach), under / throughout an existing walnut orchard. Things that were most noticeable about this for me:

California Small Farms Conference: 6-8 March 2011

California Small Farms Conference: 6-8 March 2011

Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Events, Farms & Farmers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on California Small Farms Conference: 6-8 March 2011

First stop on my US trip is the California Small Farms Conference – found through a random google on the day I left Australia. Very excitied to find this has been conveniently organised for my introduction to all things food in the USA. So Day 1 of my trip will be negotiating public transport to get myself to San Hose […]

The Grand 2011 US Tour

The Grand 2011 US Tour

Posted by on June 18, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Grand 2011 US Tour

March 2011 sees Kirsten (soon to be joined by Serenity) on a tour of the US. The main reason we are here is for the Resilience 2011 conference in Tempe Arizona, which starts on Saturday 11th March. But we thought we’d take the opportunity to visit some other places and see what’s going on, particularly re. food systems (of course). […]