MENDOCINO CO., 8/30/18 — Are you curious about how other local farmers are working and organizing their business to "work smarter, not harder?" As part of an ongoing series of "farmer to farmer" technical workshops, there will be a free event on September 17 at Fortunate Farm in Caspar, where you can get advice about "how to design your farm layout, whole farm systems, and things to consider when planning and mapping out production space." The workshops are organized by the School of Adaptive Agriculture, the Farmers Guild, CAFF, the Mendo-Lake Food Hub, and the the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
Fortunate Farms just received an award from Congressman Jared Huffman for their work on carbon sequestration and sustainable farming through their partnership with North Coast Brewing Company, so there should be lots of interesting information at the workshop. But space is limited, so make sure you RVSP by September 10. The workshop will go from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and include a tour and potluck lunch; travel reimbursements are available.
Here's all the details from the press release:
Farmer to Farmer Field Days - Lean Thinking on Your Farm: How to Work Smarter, Not Harder
Free Technical Workshop for Farmers
September 17th | 9am – 12pm | Fortunate Farm, Caspar
(Willits, CA – August 29th) Ben Hartman’s The Lean Farm has inspired many farmers to find efficiencies on their farms and increase profits without increasing their work. On Monday, September 17th, the next workshop in this series will address the principles of lean farming with a focus on the practical steps you can take to increase efficiency. Fortunate Farm is producing mixed vegetables on the Mendocino coast and a large amount of compost. This workshop will focus on how to design your farm layout, whole farm systems, and things to consider when planning and mapping out production space. Space is limited. Please RSVP to [email protected] by 9/10.
Attendance is free and open to specialty crop growers--fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers, herbs--as well as anyone aspiring toward a career in production agriculture. Tours take around 3 hours and are followed by a potluck lunch. Travel reimbursement is available. This is a project of Mendo-Lake Food Hub, The Farmers Guild, CAFF, the School of Adaptive Agriculture & the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
About Fortunate Farm
Fortunate Farm is an intergenerational family farm that grows heirloom vegetables, berries and flowers in the small town of Caspar in Mendocino County. They farm with sincere care for the land and are committed to improving and protecting its beautiful, rock-free sandy loam soil. The farm’s 40 acres are made up of pastures, creeks, forest and a large spring-fed irrigation pond. Fortunate Farm’s mission is to feed people locally, sequester carbon and empower their community.
About the School of Adaptive Agriculture
The School of Adaptive Agriculture (SAA) is a vocational training center that equips the current and next generation with essential skills in the science, art and business of food production. Through our workshops and residential practicum program, the School of Adaptive Agriculture has gained a reputation for being one of the premier agriculture schools in Northern California.
About the Mendo-Lake Food Hub
The Mendo-Lake Food Hub is the “easy button” for farmers and retailers when it comes to wholesaling local produce. We work with farmers and food businesses from the Mendocino Coast to Clear Lake and south to the San Francisco Bay Area.
About the Farmers Guild & CAFF
The Farmers Guild is a collection of farmers, ranchers, and sustainable food system advocates. With a passion for feeding our local communities, they unite to share skills, knowledge and forge a collective voice for sustainable agriculture. Founded by farmers for farmers, we support healthy food production by collectively striving toward the economic viability of farms as well as the social networks to attract, cultivate and sustain a new generation ready to work the land. As 2017, we are excited to announce our merger with Community Alliance with Family Farmers, CAFF.
UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program
Healthy agriculture and food systems are fundamental to our quality of life in California. We’re committed to strengthening California’s agriculture by advancing knowledge of the science of sustainability, supporting farmers and ranchers working to develop more sustainable agricultural practices, and assisting communities in building strong and healthy regional food systems. UC SAREP is a Statewide Program of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.