Thursday, August 28, 2014


Are you interested in being part of dairying the old fashioned way, with an eye for the health of the animals and the quality of the milk? Do you love raw cow's milk or raw goat's milk?

Claravale Farm is a raw milk producing, Grade A dairy, with a long history of  quality and a loyal customer base. We are looking for someone who shares our passion for good milk. 

Are you:
--ready to work hard and eager to learn?
--calm and kind with animals?
--excited to work indoors and outdoors instead of sitting in an office all day?
--interested in a rural lifestyle with opportunities for hiking, birding, star-gazing, horse riding, hunting, wildlife viewing, farming, gardening, quiet, solitude, and the occasional dip in the local hot springs?

Claravale Farm is located in the Panoche Valley, just east of Pinnacles National Park and 2 hours from Santa Cruz and Monterey. Housing is available in the valley. Couples and families welcome, there are both home school families and a small public school for children in the valley. The dairy is a strictly drug and alcohol free workplace. No experience necessary, but only those with true grit need apply

For more information please contact:

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Soil Born Farms courses open for registration!

The Home Gardener course: Starts September 9, 7 week-long course on Tuesday evenings, 6-8:30 at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive with one Saturday morning visit October 11 at the Experimental Community Garden in Davis.  Course fee $225.  Flyer is attached.  Register at

The Permaculture Design Course with lead instructor Toby Hemenway: starts October 25; six weekends from October through March; multiple guest instructors including Larry Santoyo, Michael Becker, Janine Bjornson, and Tom Ward; classes held at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive; Early Bird Special of $995 ends September 25. Flyer is attached.  Financial aid may be available – email sbarnes@soilborn.orgfor financial aid application.  Register at

Monday, August 18, 2014

Job Opportunities at Terra Firma Farm

Assistant Production Manager
Terra Firma Farm
Winters, California

Assistant Production Manager, Terra Firma Farm
Terra Firma Farm farms 220 acres of CCOF certified organic fruit, vegetables and nuts in Yolo and Solano Counties year-round.  We are seeking a highly self-motivated candidate with 1-3 years of farming experience to help manage our production.  This is an extremely hands-on position for a practical quick thinker with good time management skills.  
Primary responsibilities will be:
  • Performing and coordinating tillage, planting, cultivation, and pest control for vegetable and orchard crops.
  • Assisting in maintenance and repair of tractors and equipment.
  • Staging and transporting equipment and supplies between fields and ranches.
  • Coordinating with 3 irrigation staff.
  • Coordinating with  2-3 production staff.      
This position reports directly to the Production Manager (one of the owners).
Qualified candidates will have:  
  • A minimum of  one season’s experience working with vegetable or fruit crops.
  • At least one season of tractor experience including tillage and cultivation.
  • Basic understanding of agricultural mechanics.
  • Basic Spanish language skills.  
  • A valid Driver’s license
  • A California Pesticide Applicator license or ability to pass the test to get one.
In addition to warm and cool season vegetable crops, we also grow stone fruit, pears, citrus and grapes.  Experience in any or all of these perennial crops is a big plus.
This is a salaried full time position with seasonally variable hours and schedule.  Benefits are two weeks paid vacation plus medical insurance.  Salary depends on experience.  
To Apply:  Email resume and cover letter to <>.  Please include two or more professional references, including at least one from an agricultural employer.


CSA Coordinator/Office Manager
Terra Firma Farm
Winters, California

Terra Firma Farm is a 220 acre organic farm in Winters, California with a 1200 member year-round CSA and a well-established base of retail and wholesale customers.
We are a small company with a small office staff.  We are looking for a friendly, organized and efficient multi-tasker with good verbal and written (email) communication skills to interface with our customers and crew.  Spanish language skills are a big plus for communicating with non-office staff.
We use a web-based application to manage our CSA subscribers (Farmigo) and Peachtree Accounting to manage our other sales.  Qualified applicants will have to demonstrate ability to use these systems or experience with similar ones.
Schedule is M-F, 8-5.  Salary DOE plus benefits and paid vacation.
To Apply: send a cover letter, detailed resume and a minimum of two professional references to <>.  Qualified candidates will receive a complete, detailed job description before an interview is scheduled.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FarmLink is Hiring a Loan Officer, Come join our team!

California FarmLink is seeking a motivated Loan Officer to help take our fledgling farm microloan program through its next phase of growth and development. Founded in 1999, California FarmLink is at an exciting inflection point. FarmLink was started as a technical assistance provider helping farmers better access land; and in the last 3 years, we launched a direct farm microloan program, became a CDFI (community development financial institution), and with a small team of 2.5 FTEs, hit a run rate of 40-45 loans totaling $1mm+ per year in lending. This position has the opportunity to shape the next phase of growth for this exciting program – developing new products and increasing the portfolio.

This is an existing position that reports to the Director of Lending, and works closely with 3 Regional
Coordinators on business development and a Loan Operations Manager on portfolio management. This position takes the lead on achieving lending and impact goals while supporting program goals around risk management and capacity building. No previous ag lending required (FarmLink can train on farm/ag related knowledge), but previous experience in microlending / small business lending OR sustainable agriculture required.

What You Will Do
• Lending & Impact: Take primary responsibility for achieving annual loan production and impact goals (2014 goals = 40 loans and $1.2mm). Process, underwrite and make loan recommendations on loans as small as $1,000 and as large as $100,000. Understand market needs and partner with Director of Lending and Loan Committee to develop new loan products as necessary to meet lending and impact goals.
• Business Development: Take primary responsibility for developing a small number of high impact
relationships that provide an efficient pipeline of high quality deals that fit our target market. Generate
repeat business, get borrower referrals, cultivate relationships with 3-5 targeted distributor/aggregator or financial institution partners, and be selective and efficient with limited resources.
• Risk Management: Partner with and support Loan Operations Manager to help achieve program goals
around loan performance and risk management. In addition to sound underwriting, this includes
participating in delinquency & collections, loan monitoring, and risk rating.
• Capacity Building: Support Director of Lending in achieving all program goals, which may include projects in evaluation, investor relations, fundraising, communications, loan operations, or other areas.

Qualifications & Profile
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and background:
• Relevant lending and/or sustainable ag experience:

  •  3+ years experience lending to and/or underwriting small business or microloans at a CDFI, ag lender such as FSA or Farm Credit, community bank or other financial institution, and/or
  • 5+ years experience in sustainable agriculture with deep understanding of marketing opportunities and challenges, farm business financials, and/or farm and food business chain landscape 
  • Strong analytical skills and judgment, with willingness to make hard decisions
  • Demonstrated self-starter that can work independently, take initiative, and prioritize time wisely
  • Great communicator and adept at building relationships

• Fluency with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, databases (such as salesforce) and loan management software
• Fluency in Spanish highly preferred

Location, Travel, Compensation & Terms
Full-time position based out of FarmLink’s headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA with regular local travel within California. Salary range: $50,000-$65,000 DOE. Benefits include health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

How To Apply
Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization, resume, and three references to Anthony “at” No phone calls please.

Who We Are
Based in Santa Cruz, California FarmLink is a non-profit that links independent farmers and ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. For more info:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

California FarmLink offers free listings for landowners seeking farmers and ranchers through August 31st

California FarmLink (CFL) is currently seeking landowners with agricultural property available for lease, sale, or partnership. A statewide nonprofit organization, CFL is dedicated to supporting landowners interested in keeping their land agriculturally productive, while helping family farmers and ranchers stay on land and in viable businesses. CFL is one of the only organizations in California connecting landowners with beginning farmers and ranchers, and supporting the development of strong agricultural tenure agreements. The annual service fee is usually $15 per landowner, but the fee will be waived through August 31st.

Landowners interested in finding a farmer or rancher for their land are encouraged to list their property on our website. Upon publication, the listing will be visible to hundreds of farmers searching for land. For more details, please contact Liya Schwartzman, Central Valley Regional Coordinator, at

NCAT is hiring!

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Needed

NCAT has another opening for a sustainable agriculture specialist, this one in our Davis, California, office.  If you are interested in promoting sustainable agriculture practices and working with family farmers, small producers and limited-resource farmers, this is a wonderful opportunity.  You will work directly with farmers and ranchers on crop and livestock production, soil health, water quality, organic certification, and other issues.

Here's your chance to join our team and promote sustainable farming and ranching and strengthen local and regional food systems in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
A minimum of a bachelors degree is required, along with hands-on farm-based experience. You also must be fluent in written and spoken Spanish.

Click here for a complete list of qualifications needed and job responsibilities, and to start your application.

Don't delay! Applications only accepted until September 7th!
Since 1976, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has been helping people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities and protect natural resources. In partnership with businesses, organizations, individuals and agricultural producers, NCAT is working to advance solutions that will ensure the next generation inherits a world that has clean air and water, energy production that is efficient and renewable, and healthy foods grown with sustainable practices. More information about its programs and services is available at or by calling 1-800-ASK-NCAT.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Opportunity: Earn $15,000 as the new "Face of Farming"

(Applications due this Sunday August 10th)

Are you a young or beginning farmer?

A search is on for a young or new farmer to serve as a year-long public figure, e.g. be the “Face of Farming.” The selected farmer will participate in talk shows, radio interviews, magazine write ups, etc. The farmer will receive $15,000 to compensate for time and participation.

The application process is open to any and all farmers
Applicants should visit to complete an application entry form, and to submit a video no longer than three minutes that shows their operation and their role on the farm/ranch. Entries will be accepted until Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 11:59:59 CT.

Finalists will be announced in early September, and each finalist will be profiled on The general public will be able to vote online for their favorite in late October through early November.   

A combination of public votes and USFRA judges’ scores will determine the winners, who will be announced on November 12 at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention (NAFB) in Kansas City.  Winners will receive a $15,000 stipend to help cover the costs of being away from their operations. They’ll also receive professional media/speaker training and full support through their yearlong tenure.

Winners will serve in multiple high-visibility roles, participating in a number of activities including national media interviews, advertising and public appearances.

Questions on the Faces of Farming process can be directed to Lisa Cassady,, 636-449-5050. Give me a call if you want to discuss or if I can help.