New to farming

Resources for people who are new to farming.

"This handbook is intended to assist landowners in making land available for farming by others.  If you have property that could be used for agriculture, this guide will help you through the steps. .

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"This is a 63-page guide with worksheets that help aspiring or diversifyingfarmers thoroughly explore the feasibility of their farm business idea. Also available in print copy for $15 from NY FarmNet, 800-547-3276."

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"This is an 86 page, 5 chapter workbook designed to help individuals who are exploring the possibility of starting a small farm."  Available at the NESFI bookstore. 

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"A series of fact sheets to guide farmers producing food in urban centers and on the urban fringe.

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Videos of a farm tour led by olive producer Mike Madison. Winters,CA, Sunday, March 2, 2014, 10-1 pm.

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Optimizing water application saves energy costs, provides a better crop, improves yield, limits weed competition, improves or maintains good soil tilth, and reduces disease pressure. Learn about the following irrigation management topics that are critical for successful row crop production systems.

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This meeting provided an update on agriculture and conservation programs in Alameda County, technical workshops, as well as a BBQ and producer showcase featuring locally grown food and drink.

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This day-long workshop provided practical information about effective, low-cost design and maintenance practices to reduce maintenance costs, improve water quality and reduce erosion on ranch and other non-paved rural roads.

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<p>If you are a farmer or rancher with 10 years or less of experience, or are interested in learning more about conservation activities you can implement on your farm or ranch, then this session is for you. It covers 2013 Farm Bill programs including considerations for regulatory permits.

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The Alameda County Conservation Partnership and Contra Costa Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) present a round-table discussion on livestock slaughter and processing capacity in the East and South Bay area.

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