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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11A A pesto sampler spread and fresh-baked bread energizes 16 Behind the Seeds farm tour participants as they depart from Five Foot Farm and head for their next stop. Photo by Hannah Hepner Behind the Seeds tour offers residents local farm insights Elizabeth Powell High Altitude Harvest CSA The inaugural Behind the Seeds farm tour hosted July 12 provided 16 local residents with the inside scoop on their Plumas County farmers. The group toured three small-scale produce farms in Quincy, tasting as they went. All of the farms featured sell their goods at the Quincy Certified Farmers&apos; Market or through the High Altitude Harvest CSA, two of the tour sponsors. The day kicked off at Five Foot Farm in Quincy. Elizabeth Powell and Cody Reed have been working to develop this new 2.5-acre farm site located across Highway 70 from Gansner Airfield for the past two years. The women told their story of learning to build a farm from scratch, including deer fencing, irrigation systems and hoop-house construction. They showed off summer squash planted in their "caterpillar tunnel" hoop house and greens and root crops growing in the field. Now that groundbreaking is done and farm infrastructure is in place, they hope to spend the next year adding pollinator plantings, dwarf fruit trees and berries to the land. Tour participants said farewell to Five Foot Farm over samples of cilantro, basil and sunflower sprout pesto served on fresh bread. Next on the itinerary was The Stump Farm run by 17-year-old Abby Edwards. Abby has been growing at the Edwards family's ridge-top farm location off Chandler Road since she was just 4 years old. He years of experience were evident as she led the group from bed to bed, pointing out irrigation system design and tricks to foil pests. This will be Abby's last summer selling for market before she heads off to college, and though she doesn't plan on making a career of farming, she does envision herself always having a place to get her hands dirty and grow food. The Edwardses served up samples of canned salsa, jam and grape juice, all grown on the farm, which tour participants enjoyed as they chatted among the garden beds. The Behind the Seeds tour -f:mished with a drive to the Graeagle area to visit Terry and Steve Popish at Snowy Pines Ranch. The Popishes have been selling at the Quincy farmers' market for 15 years. The biggest surprise about this market garden tucked into the pines was that so much food could grow in such an unlikely, forested area. But as the group toured the immaculately maintained rows they learned that the shade of the pines, cool microclimate and sandy soil actually provide the perfect environment for growing tender greens like lettuce. Terry demonstrated every step of her finely tuned operation, from planting and weeding to harvesting, washing and packing the greens. The group was treated to spinach dip and freshly harvested salad. Tour coordinator and Quincy Certified Farmers' Market manager Hannah Hepner reflected, "There's so much to our farmers beyond what we see at the market. We were able to learn a lot on this tour. It really was 'Behind the Seeds.'" Next year Hepner hopes to offer more carpooling assistance for people who need help ffmding friends to drive with. "We also hope to have even more demonstrations and interactive moments in next year's tour. Snowy Pines Ranch set a great example for us in that respect." The event sponsors -- Plumas Rural Services, the Quincy Certified Farmers' Market and the High Altitude Harvest CSA -- hope that this is the fin'st of many collaborative efforts aimed at telling the stories of local farmers. The groups believe that when customers have the chance to interact with their farmers, seeing where and how their food is grown, they'll have the pleasure of developing a deeper relationship with locally grown healthy foods. Plumas Bank earnings show continued improvement Plumas Bancorp, a bank holding company and the parent company of Plumas Bank, just released its 2014 second-quarter earnings of $1.1 million, an increase of $234,000 (26 percent) compared to the $891,000 it posted for the second quarter of 2013. For the six-month period ending June 30, the bank reported an increase in net income of $560,000 (37 percent), from $1.5 million in 2013 to $2.1 million in 2014. Andrew J. Ryback, president and chief executive officer of Plumas Bank, remarked, "The board of directors, executives and I are very pleased with the continued improvement in both asset quality and core earnings achieved during 2014. For a number of years now we have been dedicated to the goal of reducing problem assets, growing loan balances in a diversified manner and increasing the efficiency of our operations. These second-quarter results continue to demonstrate that these efforts continue to pay off." Kerry D. Wilson, executive vice president and chief credit officer, expanded on Ryback's comments. "We have been extremely effective in reducing our classified asset Financial highlights at a glance June 30, 2014, compared to June 30, 2013 Total assets increased $28.1 million, 5.7 percent. Net loans increased $34.6 million, 11 percent, $353 million compared to $318 million. Total deposits increased by $24.4 million to $457 million. Nonperforming loans decreased by $700,000 from $7.6 million to $6.9 million. Nonperforming assets decreased by $3.5 million, from $14.3 million to $10.8 million. Three-month period comparison ending June 30, 2014 Income before provision for taxes increased by $409,000 to $1.9 million.  Net interest income increased by $276,000 to $4.7 million. Provision for loan losses declined by $100,000 to $300,000. Non-interest income increased by $196,000 to $1.9 million. Six-month period comparison ending June 30, 2014 Increased net income by $560,000 (37 percent) to $2.1 million. Increased net interest income by $529,000 to $9.3 million. Increased non-interest incomefby $184,000. Provision for loan losses declined by $650,000 to $450,000. balances. I'm very pleased to report that in the second quarter we sold our largest nonperforming OREO asset, valued at $2.2 million, and recorded a gain of $28,000." Ryback continued, "In addition, we are excited to report that we have recently expanded into the Chico market. We have hired a very experienced commercial agricultural loan officer and have opened a loan production office there. 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