Farmer’s Guild Hosted at SLO Grange May 18th

Hey Farmers,

Farmers are trying to connect in SLO.  Please come if you can make it.  Hosted at the Grange in SLO from 6-8pm Monday May 18th.

FG Flyer May 18

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Free Community Workshop-Permiculture Gardening

PermaBlitz Workshop August 3

Fellow Farmers,

This was forwarded to me by Teresa from SLO Permaculture.  She is inviting us to this event and it sounds awesome.  Hope to see you there!


Hello Permaculture Guild,

Reminder: Garden Permablitz Workshop next Sunday, August 3rd

You are all invited!!! See attached flyer.

FREE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP – Permaculture Gardening

9 am – 2 pm Sunday, August 3rd 2014

SLO Creek Farms – 6455 Monte Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA

Located off San Luis Bay Drive on Highway 101

 (Click Here for Google Map)

Come to a free, half-day workshop to learn about and practice gardening using Permaculture principles and techniques!    Permaculture is a design methodology for creating living spaces and food systems based on holistic, ecological principles.  Techniques demonstrated and topics discussed will include Hugelkultur berms, cover cropping, planting in guilds, and various mulching techniques.  You’ll have a chance to get your hands dirty as renovate the SLO Creek Farms’ permaculture garden.

Participants should arrive at 9 am.  Parking is located at the site near San Luis Bay Drive and Highway 101.  Please bring chairs, shovels, gloves, hats, and water and wear closed toe shoes and pants.  We will break the workshop at noon to enjoy a potluck lunch before finishing the project by 2pm.  Please bring a potluck dish to share!


Dessert will be served after the workshop at Bellevue Santa Fe Charter School, on San Luis Bay Drive on the way to See Canyon, where you can see the installation of a beautiful permaculture school garden including a giraffe topiary that overlooks the compost bins!

For more information about the course schedule, cost, and how to register, visit, ‘Like’ us on Facebook ( or call Jim at (805) 239 – 0147.

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NFCC Summer Mixer 2014

New Farmers of the Central Coast is having their first mixer for the 2014 year and we would like to invite our members to come eat drink and make connections.  We have a lot of new members so it’s a great opportunity to meet new folks and find out what is going on and share stories.  The idea is to make both personal and business connections with people in our area that have like interests in supporting farming and homesteading.  Although in the past we have had formal meetings with officers and minutes, this event is only to reach out to folks and have fun!  You don’t have to be a NEW farmer to join.    

This year Sarah Jean of Beewench Farms ( have graciously offered to host the mixer at their new farm out in Shandon.  The date is Sunday August 31st (last day in August) in the afternoon from 1-5pm.  Their location is 198 San Juan Rd.  

Please bring blankets and chairs for your group and of course a meal to share.  This is a potluck and bringing something that grow or sell incorporated into the dish is always fun!  Bring a serving utensil and have the dish ready to serve.  Also bring your own beverage.  This is a great chance to make new relationships with folks in our community who are farmers, producers, nursery owners, breeders, ranchers, homesteaders, beekeepers, restauranteurs, etc so bring your business cards to pass around.  It is sometimes a privilege to get a tour of the grounds so bring comfortable clothes and shoes.   

Please RSVP to Vanessa Harris at or go to: and RSVP under the event.  If you are not a member on facebook you won’t be able to access the facebook site.  303499_10100347493966398_87987835_n

Hope to hear from you soon!

Vanessa Harris

Heart of Paso Produce

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Hey all, 


As you may know, New Farmers of the Central Coast is an affiliate of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC)–a national network of young and beginning farmers organizing to make it easier to start a farm in the U.S. through policy change, strong networks, and farmer-to-farmer learning.


I wanted to make sure you saw this important message from NYFC. They are hard at work representing us in the Food Safety rule-making process and need our help to make sure FDA listens to our demands. 


I’m an NYFC member because I want to be a part of a change in the way we farm in the US. I want to see more small farmers and more sustainable food programs working because I whole heartedly believe that it is a better approach to making food for our country.  I hope you’ll join me in becoming part of this strong grassroots coalition of young and beginning farmers.





P.S. Joining NYFC means you get access to BIG discounts at Johnny’s, High Mowing, FarmTek, Chelsea Green, Growing for Market and more. Click here for more details. 


———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Sophie Ackoff, National Young Farmers Coalition <>

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Subject: Act Now: Grow the Coalition & FDA Will Listen




Dear Supporter,

Any moment now, the FDA will release revised Food Safety Rules that could make or break your farm.  As your season picks up speed, The National Young Farmers Coalition is your representative at the FDA, bird-dogging the rulemaking process to ensure that your needs are met.  

Thanks to NYFC’s National Day of Action last fall, the FDA heard the voices of young farmers loud and clear. If our coalition can expand this spring, we’ll carry more weight with the FDA, guaranteeing the Food Safety rules don’t put our sustainable, diversified farms out of business.

Will you join today? 


Already—because scores of young farmers and consumers joined the National Young Farmers Coalition to make their voices heard—FDA announced their plan to revise areas of the rules that concerned us most, including: water quality standards, use of raw manure and compost, and provisions affecting “mixed-use facilities.”

NYFC rallied farmers to host 70 letter-writing parties in 30 states. We continue to bring your voice to the table in meetings with heavyweights like FDA, USDA and Congress. But to fully represent young farmers and their supporters, we need a strong coalition with hundreds of members in all 50 states. We need your help to grow our membership by 25% this spring. Your voice builds our strength—Join us today.

The National Young Farmers Coalition is poised to take on the revised rules (likely hundreds of pages long!), make them digestible and activate our network to respond. But without a growing membership, the FDA may not realize the power of the young farmer community.  Join today and ensure the food safety rules help rather than hinder sustainable agriculture.


Sophie Ackoff
Membership Coordinator, National Young Farmers Coalition

P.S. If you join the National Young Farmers Coalition for just $5 a month – you must act before 4/24 – you’ll be entered to win one of 50 LED Lenser Flashlights, perfect for dark barns, tractor underbellies and checking on chickens! Join today.

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Contribute to Farmer’s Almanac

To my friends and Members of New Farmers of Central Coast,

This is a forwarded message from our affiliate group whom we are a part of.  In paying annual membership fees to them we are able to work with them and network.  Please feel free to reach out and identify yourself as a NFCC member.

Hey NYFC leaders,

Our friends at the Greenhorns are making a last call for submissions to their New Farmers Almanac. They’re seeking agrarian essays, flowcharts, manifestos, cartoons, illustrations, policy briefs and sonnets for their 2015 New Farmer’s Almanac! It would be great if you could spread the word through your chapter listservs– details below:


The New Farmers Almanac returns for 2015, with a diverse and delightful set of submissions already in hand. If you have promised us a piece of writing, please push it to us as well-polished and quickly as you can. Spend your morning time on it please! Focus, the season will swirl you away once again before you can share what insights a season of thinking has yielded.

Reminder also to Artists, Amateur Archivists of Ephemera:

You too can send in your contributions!

Almanac images: due date February 15th

300 dpi minimum to

FYI: If you take a picture with a smartphone, in good light we can usually clean it up and use it.

Sophie Ackoff

Membership and Development Coordinator

The National Young Farmers Coalition

(909) 762-6530

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Rodale Expert answers your questions!

Hello NFCC Members,
This is another great opportunity we have available because of our affiliation with National Young Farmers Coalition.  Please go to the links and share with others.  For limited time only.
Per Wes-
“We’ve got a neat learning opportunity for anyone with questions on soil and compost.  The NYFC Farmer Forum ( is having an expert from the Rodale Institute come on next week to answer any questions we all put forward – would you mind spreading the word?  I think a lot of beginning farmers can really benefit from this!

Have a question on building healthier soil, choosing soil amendments, or developing your compost system? Head on over to the NYFC Farmer Forum to ask your questions to Dr. Elaine Ingham, Rodale Institute’s chief scientist. 
Dr. Elaine will be logging on to the forum each day next week (June 24th-28th) to answer your questions in the 
“Soil and Fertility” section of the forum. To post, simply register and post a question here anytime before the 28th. And spread the word!  

Dr. Elaine Ingham is a world-renowned soil microbiologist who continues to study the microbial life of the soil, which in large part explains why organic “works.”  Elaine founded Soil Foodweb, Inc. in 1996, helping farmers all over the world to grow more resilient crops by understanding and improving their soil life. She is also an affiliate professor at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa and has served in academia for three decades. 

Her expertise: sustainable soils. soil life and soil food webs. sustainable nutrient cycling. composting: thermal, worm and static composting. liquid composts: the production and use of compost tea and compost extracts.

Happy June!

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Highlights from NYFC Leadership Conference Call April 22, 2013

Hi folks,

National Young Farmers Coalition had another conference call and although I wasn’t able to sit in on the call, was passed on the notes by Wes Hannah.  I’d like to share those notes with you.

The meeting started out with introductions of who was in the call and a little bit about them.  NYFC has folks in New Mexico, Kansas, Northern California, Colorado, Vermont, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Georgia, Connecticut, Texas and New Jersey.  All of these folks are working hard to organize their group, build membership, and work on local policy to help farming businesses.  Some are working with their local political representatives to build constituency and work on reform.

Discussion of the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Opportunity Act (FROA) is that farmers are utilizing under the bills 9 month extension.  NYFC is working with NSAC to push a marker bill introduced into Congress (last week of April) and provides funding for beg farmer programs, development programs, cost share & environmental improvements.  The idea is to change the structure of the bill to make funding more easily accessible.  The bill is a bi-partisan.  It is a 3 part plan to include; publication, working with the farmer to access, and continuing the momentum by following through and networking.

NYFC is working with Food & Drug Administration to re-write food safety laws as they pertain to farms.  NYFC is currently in the “comments” portion of the process and NYFC will submit a comment as an organization but wants feedback putting these comments together.  The document is quite lengthy and dry but the group is working on closing comments by September.  Info on food safety debate:

Lindsey Scalera (cofounder of MIYFC) from the Nation Sustainable Ag. Commission in Michigan has been working on creating government documents & organizing farm bill.  You can contact her at:  She has a treasure trove of organizing documents and would love to share.

Anyone who would like official minutes to the meeting can contact me either through this wordpress site or through: .

As always you can check out: and contribute.


Vanessa Harris

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