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    Planning your summer garden?  Stop by Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden's Annual Spring Plant Sale on April 12 & 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  They will be selling certified organic vegetable starts, culinary and tea herbs, annual and perennial flowers, berries, fruit trees, native plants, and produce, as well as offering farm tours, tastings, live music, and FREE mini-workshops on topics including Reducing Water Use in Your Edible Garden, Growing Tomatoes, and Choice Varieties for Your Summer Garden.  the farm is located at 1800 Ignacio Blvd. in Novato.

  • Marin Organic, in partnership with the Petaluma Seed Bank, is pleased to announce FARMING 101, a free monthly workshop series to teach hands-on skills to aspiring, novice, and working farmers. The first workshop will be on the basics of drip irrigation with Chad Griffith of Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery, held on April 8 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. athte Petaluma Seed Bank at 199 Petaluma Blvd. in Petaluma.
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  • The Sonoma County Agropreneurs are accepting applications now through April 15, 2014 for their Beginning Farmer & Rancher Training Program administered by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).  Learn how to take your operation to the next level, by increasing your farming/ranching knowledge, connecting with experienced farmers/ranchers, receiving hands-on education, and creating crop/grazing and business plans. 

  • The annual Master Gardener Tomato Market is approaching - April 26th 2014 from 9:30 to noon in Novato and Greenbrae.  Find out more event details, as well as tips on choosing the best varieties for your location and for growing healthy, productive plants.

  • The Tomales High School Interact Club is restoring historic Future Farmers of America trophies, bringing them back to the high school.  Donations to help with this project can be submitted along with this form to: Tomales High School,  P.O. Box 25, Tomales CA, 94971.
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  • Check this schedule of Marin County farmers markets for a listing of farmers markets that are open year-round as well as those about to re-open for the season.  And don't forget to keep an eye out for the GROWN LOCAL Marin sign to identify food producers who are based right here in Marin County when you're there!

  • Congratulations to Nancy Scolari and Marin Resource Conservation District for being the recipients of the 2014 Marin Conservation League John M. McPhail, Jr. Green Business Award.  This is awarded to a business in Marin which exemplifies environmental sensitivity and has supported and improved communication between the business and environmental communities.  Past recipients include Straus Family Creamery, Peter Martinelli, and the Gardeners’ Guild.

  • Congratulations also to Guido Frosini for being appointed as a Certified Producer Member to the Certified Farmers Market Advisory Committee.

  • After seven years of milking goats, Toluma Farms in Tomales will begin milking sheep for this first time this Spring.  Their on the farm creamery, Tomales Farmstead Creamery, will be producing their 4th cheese (Atika - meaning two in Miwok) which will be a mixed milk of sheep and goat.
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  • Crop Mobster is going strong in Marin County - helping local farms, food sellers and producers, and creating affordable access to fresh food, free donations and other items of surplus and excess that may be at risk of going to waste.  Join in a gleaning or other event, check out their resources for producers, or submit an alert for a deal, trade, donation, or need.

  • UC just published – “Fruit and Nut Tree Pruning Guidelines for Arborists,” offering best ways to prune fruit and nut trees for good health, appearance, and crop, and "Forest and Right-of-Way Pest Control," a guide to using pesticides and other pest control methods in forest and right-of-way situations.  Use promo code PRMAR21 at checkout for a 10% discount.

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