Around Marin County
- Help bid adieu to Nanda Schorske! Nanda is retiring from her role as Dean of Workforce Development at the College of Marin. Join us at her retirement party at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden on May 7 from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
- Upcoming UCCE Grown in Marin Workshop! If you're a farmer or rancher, don't miss the third installment of the workshop series on Succession Planning for Farms and Ranches on May 20 at the Tomales Town Hall. This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to hear from local lawyers, mediators, and estate planners on their experience helping farmers and ranchers plan for the future. Doors open and dinner is from 5:00-6:00 p.m., and the program begins at 6:00 p.m. Register online now - pre-registration is preferred, and walk-ins are welcome.
- Check out the upcoming workshop hosted by UCCE Sonoma on precision small-scale farming equipment on May 21 from 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon at the SRJC Shone Farm. Learn how various small-scale pieces of equipment can be pieced together to reduce hand labor, with examples of innovative equipment for establishing beds, precision planting, cultivation, and other forms of weed management. The workshop will also feature a field demonstration with several different pieces of equipment. For more information, view the event flier. Register online now.
- Attend Marin's upcoming Plan Bay Area workshop on May 28 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the San Rafael Civic Center, to participate in the growing effort to increase the affordability and sustainability of our towns and cities and protect the Bay Area's farms, forests, and watershed from sprawl.
- Check out Marin Organic's workshop series: Farming 101, hosted on the second Tuesday of each month to teach practical skills to aspiring, novice and working farmers who wish to embrace organic methods. Subjects include soil health, tractor repair, small business practices, marketing, and irrigation, among many others. Some beginning farmers will also have the opportunity to work with an experienced farmer during a year-long mentorship.
- Check out the new and updated GROWN LOCAL Marin website for a list of participating farmers, ranchers and retailers, an online application to become a member, and more information on the program. Be a part of the growing effort focused on building and supporting locally owned businesses in Marin County!
- The City of American Canyon and Ag Innovations Network is exploring the feasibility of a farmers’ market in American Canyon and seek input from the ag community and potential vendors. If you’re a farmer or rancher interested in new marketing opportunities or want to share thoughts, complete this survey.
- New Cost Studies are available on Processing Apples, Organic Processing Apples, Alfalfa Hay Using Subsurface Drip Irrigation, and other sample production-cost studies from the UC Davis Agriculture and Resource Economics website.
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