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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: