State of Water
California’s water picture continues to look bleak following the April 1st report that put the state’s snow level at 32 percent of normal. That date is considered to be the peak of the snow season. The State Water Project, which provides about 30 percent of the water that flows through the Metropolitan Water District to Southern California (MWD), measures surface storage and anticipated snow melt to determine the amount of water that will be shipped from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta to agencies such as the MWD. The 2014 allocation stands at zero due to the combined deficiency in the storage and snow measurements.
For farmers in the state that depend solely on the State Water Project it has been estimated by the California Farm Water Coalition that as many as 800,000 acres of farmland will not receive irrigation water this year. The impacts to employment and the economy of many communities in the San Joaquin Valley are expected to be terribly damaging.
In San Diego County the 2014 outlook is not dismal at the moment despite calls for voluntary conservation by the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA). Two decades of investment by MWD and CWA in storage, water transfers, canal lining, and conservation programs has insulated much of Southern California from a drastic water shortfall. However, continued drought in the state will eventually take a toll on all water users.
For San Diego County’s farmers the high price of reliability, that is easily absorbed by the public, has been a challenge. A more than 50 percent reduction in agricultural water use in ten years has been driven by escalating prices. Much of the savings came from new found efficiencies, but unfortunately a significant amount of the reduction is a result of tree crops being taken out of production as victims of water pricing. Adding to the rising price of water was a 2008 decision by the MWD to end their program that gave farmers a reduced price for water in exchange for agreement to accept interruptions of water deliveries in a time of shortage to protect municipal and industrial users from having to absorb cuts. The California Avocado Commission is currently seeking a dialogue with MWD to once again install a pricing mechanism that will help protect farming.
Fortunately, in San Diego County the CWA has seen its way to maintain its differential pricing program for farmers that results in a significant benefit in exchange for accepting a lower level of service in times of water supply shortage. The program is known as the Transitional Special Agricultural Water Rate. Composed of two parts, the TSAWR allows farmers to avoid newer costs connected to CWA’s supply and storage enhancement programs. This differential pricing program is not permanent, and the supply component is scheduled to terminate on December 31, 2014. If the termination occurs the net result will be an approximate price increase of 8 to 10 percent for farmers in the program.
The San Diego County Farm Bureau and the California Avocado Commission have made a written request to the CWA board of directors to keep the TSAWR intact through 2016 when the program is scheduled for review. On April 24 the CWA’s Administration and Finance Committee will consider whether to move the request to the full board for consideration at a future meeting. San Diego County Farm Bureau and the California Avocado Commission will be present in an attempt to convince the committee members that a strong agricultural economy is good for all water users.
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative distributed the below press release early this year reporting on the increasing number of schools sourcing produce from local growers.
San Diego, CA—A flourishing farm to school movement is afoot in San Diego County, according to a report released by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP). The State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report, which surveyed San Diego County school districts on local procurement and programming practices, found that 18 districts purchase local, regional, and/or California grown products and 11 districts purchase directly from a grower. The report includes responses from 24 of San Diego County’s 42 districts, representing small rural and large urban communities, 80% of all school meals and snacks served in San Diego County, and more than $7.3 million in annual produce purchases.
“Farm to school efforts are an important part of addressing today’s obesity epidemic,” said Fourth District County Supervisor Ron Roberts. “Getting more local produce into our schools helps ensure county growers thrive. It also ensures that we have local production of the fresh foods that promote our children’s health and academic success. The State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report helps advance this work across San Diego County.”
Fruit and vegetable production in San Diego County was valued at $513 million in 2012. Current studies show that purchasing locally produced items can return twice as many dollars to the local economy as conventional purchasing practices.
“Farm to School is a great boon to San Diego County growers. Directing even a small percentage of schools’ produce purchases to local fruits and vegetables could offer major economic returns for local growers and our community,” said Eric Larson, executive director of the San Diego Farm Bureau.
The report was conducted by the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce, a subcommittee of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, facilitated by CHIP, in partnership with Whole Foods Market and the San Diego Hunger Coalition. The Farm to School Taskforce conducted the survey to gather critical data that could help inform and support local farm to school activities.
The report found that in addition to growing interest and activity in farm to school, numerous challenges and opportunities still exist that limit and/or create opportunities to expand farm to school. Delivery, ordering methods, volume requirements, food safety, and liability were identified as common challenges. Districts identified competitive pricing, partially processed product, and food safety assurances as important strategies for encouraging procurement of local, regional, and California-grown produce.
Other key findings include:
- 17 districts have a designated staff member who serves as a grower contact
- 7 districts have defined farm to school goals
- 7 districts provide farm to school education
- 7 districts offer garden programming
- 7 districts host grower visits, farm tours, etc.
The report provides recommendations to systematically advance farm to school practice across the county. For example, the report urges the top three produce distributors that service San Diego County school districts to standardize and accelerate farm to school practices. The report also advises school districts to join the Farm to School Taskforce, as the survey revealed statistically significant relationships between Taskforce participation and indicators of local procurement and farm to school programming. Data from the report will further be used to create individual school district profiles to help growers and distributors better understand local produce opportunities within schools.
“As a food service director, I couldn’t be more excited about this report,” said Trieste Chiquete, 2013 Farm to School Taskforce co-chair and director of child nutrition at Coronado Unified School District. “My main goal is to serve students healthy meals so they can be successful learners. Farm to school helps me achieve this goal. Our students get excited when they learn the produce on their plates is from local growers, and they can taste the freshness. The State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report identifies the importance of collaboration and strategies key stakeholders can adopt to make farm to school the norm, and, ultimately, improve the health of our community.”
About Community Health Improvement Partners
Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) is a San Diego non-profit collaboration of organizations who envision communities where everyone achieves optimal health. CHIP members include hospitals, health plans, community clinics, community-based organizations, physicians, universities, and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, among others. The mission of CHIP is to assess and address priority health needs through collaboration. Together, CHIP and its partners build communities that are physically, mentally, and politically stronger.
About the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (Initiative) is a public-private partnership with the mission of reducing and preventing childhood obesity through policy, systems, and environmental change. The Initiative is facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners. Core funding for the Initiative is provided by the County of San Diego, First 5 Commission of San Diego County, The California Endowment, and Kaiser Permanente.
About the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce
The San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce is a subcommittee of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative’s school and after-school domain working group in partnership with Whole Foods Market and the San Diego Hunger Coalition. The vision of the Farm to School Taskforce is that all San Diego County school children enjoy healthy foods that maximize seasonal and local products and bolster student achievement and wellness. Its membership includes school, business, and public health leaders, who actively collaborate to increase consumption of local, healthful, seasonal foods and to improve food literacy within schools. The State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report was funded in part by the Leichtag Foundation. For more information, visit http://ourcommunityourkids.org or contact senior manager JuliAnna Arnett at email@example.com or 858-609-7962.
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Farm Bureau News
by Julie Walker
Funding the Incentive to Become a Farmer
San Diego County Farm Bureau News is published monthly by the San Diego County Farm Bureau, a nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to represent San Diego agriculture through public relations, education and public policy advocacy in order to promote the economic viability of agriculture balanced with appropriate management of natural resources. This newsletter and the activities sponsored by San Diego County Farm Bureau are paid for by the annual dues of its membership. © San Diego County Farm Bureau. Articles published in San Diego County Farm Bureau News may be reprinted without permission provided credit is given to the San Diego County Farm Bureau and a copy of the issue in which the reprint appears is forwarded to the Farm Bureau office provided below.
San Diego County Farm Bureau
President: Julie Walker
Knock on someone’s door, sit down and talk face-to-face with them, and they’re more likely to listen to- and remember what you have to say. That’s the strategy that CFBF and CA County Farm Bureaus use every year during Sacramento Legislative Visit Days. This year, on March 11th, 108 Farm Bureau members visited 118 legislators to drive home what those legislators needed to know about California bills and issues that are important to agriculture. San Diego Farm Bureau participants Neil Nagata, Alysha Stehly, Pierre Sleiman, Eric Larson, and I were there to be sure our Southern California voices were heard.
In all, we visited four assembly members Brian Maienschein, Rocky Chavez, and Brian Jones, as well as Senator Mark Wyland. There were numerous issues to discuss, the principal being support for a Water Bond that includes a continuously appropriated water storage budget of at least 3 billion dollars. They heard our call and understood the absolute necessity of our request. While there were several others of urgency on our agenda that day, one stood out of particular interest to me, support for funding the Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Grant in the 2014 - 2015 budget.
Every month, at our Board of Directors’ meeting, we are honored with a visit from area FFA (Future Farmers of America) high school students. Without fail, they are always prepared, professional, friendly and accomplished. I went to their website to see if I could find out more about them and read their mission, which proudly states “through agricultural education, FFA students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success” the key words here being “through agricultural education.”
Today, the proposed California state budget shifts $4.1 million of Proposition 98 General Fund money from Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Grant programs to the Local Control Program. What this means is that without this funding, “schools would no longer have the incentive to offer agriculture courses as they are not a part of the state-mandated graduation coursework, and are not a part of the school accountability measure. Without funding, these courses and programs will likely disappear from class offerings in most schools.”
According to CFBF, “Career Technical Agricultural Education is an important educational element to California’s students, having over 1,285 courses that are UC/CSU approved for admission to California’s university system. Enrollment in these programs has increased from 21,000 students in the mid 1980’s to over 74,000 students today.” We must not jeopardize this momentum by stripping the away the incentive for agricultural programs.
We recently celebrated our 100th year as a Farm Bureau here in San Diego County. As great as this accomplishment is, we must focus on the future, our next hundred years, and support ways to educate and encourage our youth to continue what was begun so long ago. There is a resurgence of interest in agriculture within our culture today that we must not allow to fallow because of a lack of incentive. Today’s FFA students will become the young entrepreneurial farmers of tomorrow who will drive local agriculture into the future. We must continue to provide the incentive for them to do so.
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The President’s Club is a group of dedicated Farm Bureau members who contribute above and beyond their regular dues amount each year. The extra contribution they make goes directly to San Diego County Farm Bureau and helps maintain the financial strength of the organization. Some challenges require a lot of money to fight effectively. President’s Club members assure that when those big challenges come up, Farm Bureau has the financial strength to meet them head on.
|Rancho Guejito Corp|
|Altman Plants Inc
American Ag Credit
Euro American Propagators
Mellano & Company
Mountain Meadow Mushrooms
|Obra Verde Growers
Olive Hill Greenhouse
Stehly Grove Management
Sunlet Nursery Inc
Tulloch Family Partners
Western Cactus Growers Inc
Wollam Grove Management Inc
Grangettos Farm & Garden Supply
Lyall Enterprises Inc
Anderson’s Seed Co
B.A.P. Nursery Inc.
Barcelo Enterprises Inc
Bob L. Vice
Briggs Tree Co Inc
Buena Vista Farms
Dramm Echter Fox Point Farms
Elizabeth S. Pankey
Fluegge Egg Ranch
Frank Konyn Dairy
Franklin L. Barnes, Jr.
Gary A. Broomell
H. F. Boeckmann II
Hilliker’s Ranch Fresh Eggs
Ingwersen Nursery Inc
James C. Roberts
Kents Bromeliad Nursery
|Maranatha Lemon Ranch
Olson Avocado Management
Pala Rey Ranch
Pardee Tree Nursery
Premier Color Nursery
Protea USA Inc
Protea USA Inc
River Mountain Ranch
Robert E. Hemborg
S & K Land & Cattle Co LLC
Sky Valley Ranch LLC
Specimen House Inc
Sun Grown Organic Distributors
The Bridges Golf Club
The Flower Fields
The Plug Connection
Tulloch Family Partners LP
Van Ommering Dairy
Witman Ranch Inc
Wylie FLP Compton Family Trust
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by Eric Larson
How ya gonna get ‘em onto the farm
For more information about these events, call the Farm Bureau office at (760) 745-3023. More events are listed on Farm Bureau’s Calendar page at www.sdfarmbureau.org.
2014 Water Class Schedule
May 15: 1-3 pm
For an updated list of Farm Bureau events visit:
For years observers have lamented the lack of young people choosing production agriculture as a career. At the same time the documentation is clear that the average age of farmers continues to inch towards 60 with the United State Department of Agriculture reporting that half of all farmers in the U.S. are likely to retire in the next decade. It is a widening gap that left uncured would lead to empty fields. However, a funny thing is happening on the path to bareness.
It can have many names – new farmer movement, urban farming, beginning farmers, or farm incubation – but they all signify the same thing; there is a new and growing interest in farming.
Here in San Diego County the examples are all around us. Programs to train new farmers are active and include Archi’s Acres, the Leichtag Foundation, Wild Willow Farm, and the International Rescue Committee. The participants in these programs might not fit the stereotype of conventional farmers and they are quick to talk about urban farming, local markets, value-added, sustainability, bio-dynamics, and organic standards. But what really counts is they want to grow crops and they want to do it here.
Wanting to be a farmer and actually pulling it off includes successful navigation of the economics and land acquisition. The economics will be particular to each individual and will determine whether the new farming venture thrives or fails. Even if the financial resources for putting plants in the ground or hooves on the ground can be put in place, finding the land can be another matter. The reality is that land in San Diego County is very expensive and not likely affordable to the farmer who is just stepping out. At the same time acres of land lay untilled across the county. Can we connect land owners with new farmers through affordable leases?
The negatives can’t be ignored whether it is reluctance to be a landlord or trepidation at becoming involved with a fledgling farm operation that could fail. On the positive side idle land can be put to productive use and new inspired farmers just might find their foothold and help drive San Diego County’s next farming chapter.
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2014-15 Board of Directors Nominees
|Grazing Land||Glenn Drown|
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Thanks to those volunteers who attended the Commodity Advisory Committee meetings and Leadership Conference in Sacramento.
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From the Ag Commissioner
Ha Dang, Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures
The organic produce is one of the fastest-growing categories in the U.S. food production industry today. San Diego County is a leader of organic farm production with 381 registered growers, up 30% from 2007. Organic growers in San Diego produce a wide variety of crops, ranging from common commodities such as oranges, grapes, and avocados, to more unusual fruits and vegetables like cherimoyas, loquats, and pineapple. Most of the organic produce grown in the County is sold to wholesalers who resell to markets nationwide. It is also sold at local venues such as restaurants, natural food stores, certified farmers markets, farm stands and Community Supported Agriculture programs.
Organic registration and certification assures the public that products have been grown and handled according to approved organic practices. All organic products sold or produced in San Diego must meet the requirements of the U.S. Organic Food Production Act of 1990 and the California Organic Products Act of 2003. These laws provide consumer protection and fair competition in the marketplace. The County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC) works with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) State Organic Program (SOP) in registering organic growers, enforcing organic laws and regulations, testing for non-organic material residues, and investigating consumer complaints.
The public can count on fruits and vegetables labeled as organic to be grown using only botanical or primarily non-synthetic pest controls. Fertilizers used for organic production cannot be made with sewage sludge or synthetic ingredients, which are permitted in most conventional food production. No irradiation or genetically engineered modification is allowed. For more information regarding organic laws and regulations, visit CDFA’s SOP website at www.cdfa.ca.gov.
Organic Registration and Certification
In March 2013, CDFA launched a new web-based system for registration and documentation of inspections, sampling, and complaints. Registration includes certificate renewals, cropping system modifications or production acreage additions. One customer-friendly feature of the new system is online payment of fees by credit card, as well as other payment options. Please note: annual renewals of current operations must be now completed online. New operations are strongly encouraged to use the web-based registration application system through the SOP website at www.cdfa.ca.gov. Written applications will still be accepted using forms obtained from CDFA at (916) 900-5030 or from the CAC’s office at (858) 694-2739. The CAC’s staff review and initially approve new registrations after applications are received online from CDFA.
For more information on the Organic Program, please contact San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures at (858) 694-2739 or visit our website at http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/awm/organic.html.
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FFA Ag-tivities - Valley Center FFA
By George Nicholas, 2013-2014 FFA Reporter
The Valley Center FFA has had a busy and productive 2013-2014 school year thus far and with great enthusiasm looks to finish the year strong. Approximately 20 members have been participating in judging contests throughout the state. The Small Engines and Livestock Team has been enjoying success with a number of 1st place wins. The chapter will be attending the 2014 San Diego County Fair. Many members are signing up to participate in livestock and poultry projects including beef, sheep, swine, calves, goats, turkeys, and chickens. Several Valley Center FFA members will be entering agricultural mechanics projects as well as floral design projects at the fair. We also have a number of members participating in the large and small animal knowledge bowls. Horticulture members are planning and designing a youth landscape that will also compete at this year’s fair.
Many members of the Valley Center FFA have spent the year attending leadership conferences, judging contests, holding plant sales, tri-tip sales, agriculture mechanic projects, school farm improvements, and community service activities.
The Valley Center FFA Chapter had three members earn their California State FFA Degrees in January. They include; Jenifer Marshall, George Nicholas, and Tabetha Witchell. The Valley Center FFA Chapter also had a Southern Region Proficiency winner. Harrison Bauer, was both the San Diego FFA Section and Southern Region Vegetable Production Placement Proficiency winner for his heirloom hothouse tomato job.
The Valley Center FFA looks forward to a continued exciting and successful 2013-2014 year. Thank you to all of our supporters and the community of Valley Center.
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Crop of the Month - Cherimoyas
Nagata Brothers Farms, Inc. is one of the county’s largest producers of cherimoyas which are a very specialized fruit requiring intense hand labor to bring it to market. Neil Nagata helps us understand a little bit about why this unique fruit hasn’t caught on quite like the avocado.
Is there a top commercial variety produced in San Diego?
I am not sure that varieties are tracked on cherimoyas as they are a minor crop. We grow mostly white, bay and booth varieties.
Can you tell us a little bit about cherimoyas?
Cherimoyas are an interesting tropical fruit which have been described as a sweet creamy textured fruit that has a peach-banana flavor. They have 28% sugar content. They need to be hand pollinated as the female receptive state is in the morning and pollen producing state in the evenings. Although they can be expensive to purchase, they are very expensive to grow. The water use, hand pollination and pruning every year make the crop very costly.
What is the planting and harvesting timeline for cherimoyas in San Diego County?
Cherimoyas are tropical trees which take around five years from planting to the first harvest. Since we have great weather in San Diego County, we can plant anytime, but usually in the spring. They like frost free areas and are subject to damage in windy areas. Harvest usually begins around November and ends in April.
Is there a peak season in cherimoya production? Is there a time when demand increases?
Peak season is usually March and best demand is usually in January.
What is the general market?
Market is many ethnic groups from tropical areas. It still is a very specialized commodity.
What are some of the challenges of producing cherimoyas in San Diego County?
Costs of production and water use. Most local/stand markets are not good because there are many one acre or less growers in San Diego County who sell their product directly.
Are there specific challenges unique to this crop?
Hand pollination is the most difficult aspect of the plant. Production is very sensitive to heat and windy conditions. You can lose more than half of a crop due to heat at the fruit set.
Is there anything unique about San Diego County grown cherimoyas?
As with most produce we grow, the best weather grows the best fruit.
Are there aspects of cherimoyas that you find interesting or fascinating?
Cherimoyas are a fruit that some people love and others do not care for. I have never seen such passion for liking or disliking any other type of fruit.
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Farm Bureau Working for You
- Traveled to Sacramento to meet with Senate and Assemblymembers
- Submitted comments on proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements for Agriculture
- Spoke at County Planning Commission hearing on ag tourism ordinance
- Participated in CFBF Organic and Direct Marketing Committee meeting
- Spoke at World Water Day celebration on farm water use
Made presentation to Ramona Valley Vintners Association on San Diego’s water system
- Put on Land is Your Legacy seminar on generational transfers of farms
- Met with farmers’ market managers to discuss formation of countywide association
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Mineralmaxx is an OMRI listed soil amendment and contains all 21+ minerals used by plants and 55+ trace minerals. Remineralization is gaining a new following by both growers and consumers looking for nutritional density in the food they eat and the feed they provide their animals. Plants use minerals and these minerals have to be replaced. Organic is not enough, nutritional density is the next step in providing the highest quality product to your consumer. Not only do plants need minerals for healthy growth but the benefit flows to the consumer and adds value to the growers produce.
Mineralmaxx mines a deposit of Calcium Montmorillonite located in Southern Nevada that has been classified as one of the top deposits in Nevada by the Nevada School of Mines. Calcium Montmorillonite has been used for over 3000 years by people and its benefits are well known. It is used today in pharmaceuticals, beauty products, toothpaste, animal food and countless other products. The use in agriculture has been limited by cost but Mineralmaxx has changed that and is able to provide this material in a cost effective manner.
Mineralmaxx mines, refines and delivers a material that is tailored to the needs and application of its customers. Mineralmaxx screens to 1/4 minus for broadcast and nursery applications. We also screen to 200 mesh and 350 mesh or will provide the proper material for whatever application our customer requires. Mineralmaxx offers a Particle Size Analysis Test to help with application rates.
The deposit Mineralmaxx mines also has natural Perlite which can be blended with Montmorillonite to add additional Silicon in a plant available form. PAS (Plant Available Silicon) has been shown to have many benefits including strengthening cell walls to provide greater tolerance to drought, cold and heat, and providing protection from mites, fungus and root rot. Montmorillonite clay, when used to balance soil, will provide greater water retention leading to less water use and greater efficiency in your irrigation program.
Mineralmaxx can be ordered online at our website, www.mineral-maxx.com, in a 15 lb. box for $29.95 delivered to your door by the USPS. Mineralmaxx also has 2000 lb. Super Sacks available at its yard in Valley Center, CA. or at its yard in Nipton, CA. Mineralmaxx delivers full truckloads of 22 tons directly to its customers as the most cost effective method.
Mineralmaxx works closely with soils technicians and growers to provide the best solutions tailored to individual soil conditions. Mineralmaxx was founded by growers for growers and has an understanding of the needs of growers based on a combined experience of over 100 years of farming in Southern California. Mineralmaxx is the natural organic way to remineralize soil.
Please contact us with any questions at 760-207-0728, www.mineral-maxx.com, or email us at Mineralmaxx@gmail.com
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We have been members of the Farm Bureau since 1999. Whether growing Avocados or now Red Mountain Olive Ranch olives, the Farm Bureau has always been there to answer questions. The Farm Bureau’s irrigated lands group has been helpful not only in containing costs but education as well. We are longtime supporters of Ag in the Classroom and like knowing the next generation will know where their food is coming from. Now we are getting lots of helpful information about farmers’ markets. Thank You San Diego Farm Bureau.
Clark and Cheri Steddom
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Welcome New Agricultural Members
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Wanted: underutilized greenhouse space or land for growing succulents & related food crops. Alan 858.883.7314.
Between 40 and 200 acres of land for Agroforestry farm. Open to long term lease, lease with option to buy, or outright purchase. Young farmer looking to get his start. Mesa Grande, Ramona, Santa Ysabel areas are attractive. 805-300-3979, firstname.lastname@example.org
WANTED: Small farm with house & well in San Diego County. Greenhouse preferred. For sale or lease option. Please call or email Nick at 858-602-9588 / email@example.com
Assistant Grower: Responsible for assisting Managers with daily growing and decision making for producing plant material.Lead/Supervise employees. Job Requirements: Horticulture Degree preferred, or experience in Propagation/Nursery Industry, Ability to communicate in English and Spanish, Demonstrate basic computer skills-Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Detail oriented, driven, self-motivated,Pay is to be determined - Salary with benefits.. contact is Minerva Ramirez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Full-time. Independently performs gardening tasks involved with organic farming, soil preparation, plant nutrition and maintenance, natural weed and pest control, companion planting, harvesting techniques, irrigation systems, integrated pest management, plant pathology and disease management, composting and small fruit orchard management, preparing planting areas, transplanting, pruning and trimming plants, shrubs and trees. Provides supervision and management to agricultural program staff. Performs gardening work duties while incorporating TERI clients one day per week (i.e. provide direct care supervision and assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities one work day per week while having them participate in gardening activities). Associates or bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or agriculture related field is preferred although equivalent years demonstrated practical work experience in horticulture or significant organic practice experience may be substituted for a degree. One year or more prior supervisory experience required. Prior experience with individuals with developmental disabilities is preferred but not required. Minimum 3 years acceptable driving history & criminal background check, and ability to obtain Class B Driver’s License required. Competitive salary based on education and experience.Celia Gonzalez, Human Resources IT/Employment Specialist. (760)721-1706 x114,(760)721-9872 (fax)
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Plants, close out sale on 1000s of quality 1,2, & 5 gallon rosemary & Yucca, These were assets of the deceased Dean Moorehead Growers Spray Service, Call Andrea Moorehead
Bee Removal: I am a commercial beekeeper with 30 years experience working with bees. If you are having a problem with a swarm I can help. Call John @ 760-473-8347 or email: N2bees@pacbell.net
2 trailer mounted Bean Spray rigs, Misc. Shade cloth, pots nursery supplies, These were assets of the deceased Dean Moorehead , Growers Spray Service, Call Andrea Moorehead 760-500-1234
All cleaned up. 100 acres flat, forty hillside for lease in Fallbrook. District and well water available. contact email@example.com
Available for lease in San Pasqual Valley: 1.25 acre yard with a 2,311 square foot office building with DSL. Asking $4,500 / month rent. or additional information, call Don Grant, 760-431-4218
8-acre ranch in Potrero. 1 hr from San Diego. Chinese dates, pomagranite, citrus. Custom 3 bdrm, 2ba Spanish-style home. secluded, views. 2 wells $269900. 619.589.1408 for photos and more info
Bonsall 94.25 acre Hass avocado grove. Paved access. Well & district water available. Potential for 9 lot subdivision. Contact Matt 858.334.4026 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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