Monday, January 14, 2019

Soil Born Farms is seeking an Organic Farmer
Position requires a passion for educating young farmers and growing high-quality organic fruit and vegetables in an evolving regenerative production system. The ideal candidate must be able to clearly exhibit an understanding of the pace and work ethic required for successful production farming. They must also show a desire to learn, embrace challenges, and persist through setbacks. Download full job description here.

Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to Tyler Stowers, Farm Manager, at tstowers@soilborn.org.  Position open until filled.

Job Openings at Cloverleaf Farm

About the job.

Start date: March - May (flexible)
Compensation: $12-14/hr
Hourly expectations: Full and part-time positions available (20-55 hours/week)
Scheduling may vary with the season and is flexible depending on your availability.

Job responsibilities:
➳ Harvesting, sorting and packing fruit
➳ Annual fruit and vegetable production
➳ Caring for fruit trees
➳ Maintaining native-plant hedgerows
➳ Delivering wholesale and CSA orders (optional)
➳ Working farmers markets (optional) 
➳ Producing jams, fruit leathers, syrups, and salsas (optional)

Opportunities for advancement:
➳ Qualified and hardworking employees will be given an opportunity to apply to advance into a management role in the following year.

Required qualifications:
➳ Availability to work part to full-time March 1 - Sept 30 (flexible)
➳ Previous farming and/or commercial kitchen experience
➳ Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills
➳ Ability to work in groups and enthusiasm to cultivate a positive work environment 
➳ Ability to lift 50+ pounds
➳ Driver’s license and ability to commute to work 

Preferred qualifications:
➳ Flexibility in working weekends
➳ Previous experience with group decision-making processes
➳ Interest in a career in farming
➳ Experience in any of the following:
○ Wholesale or direct-to-consumer marketing
○ Social media or web development
○ Bookkeeping
○ Farm management (esp. blackberries, fruit trees and vegetables)
○ Crew management
○ Delivery coordination
○ Field equipment operation
○ Administrative tasks
○ Grant writing and management
○ Habitat restoration
○ Value-added product production or other kitchen experience

About the farm.

Our goal at the Cloverleaf Farm is to produce excellent fruit while improving our soil, our environment, and our local community.  Our vision is to create a thriving farm-ecosystem, burgeoning with insects, wildlife, and soil microorganisms, that minimizes water and energy consumption, as well as other external inputs. We believe in treating ourselves and our customers with care, and we strive to explore innovative farming ideas, foster creativity, and provide an educational forum for the community. As our farm continues to expand and diversify, we will develop new markets to further integrate the farm into our local food system. We have lots of ideas and plenty of work to do -- and we could use your help! 

The Cloverleaf Farm is operated by three partners -- Katie Fyhrie, Kaitlin Oki and Emma Torbert. The farm currently manages a four-acre stone fruit orchard, an acre of mixed annual and perennial crops, a small citrus grove, and several native-plant hedgerows. We market our fruit and fruit-based value-added products to customers throughout the Sacramento and Bay Area regions via a number of grocery stores, farmers markets, our sliding-scale CSA, U-picks, and Ugly Fruit Club. We are currently initiating a process of converting our partnership into a worker-owned cooperative, and any employee would be eligible to be a member-owner after the season, if desired.

How to apply.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and interested applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in this position, please complete a written applicationWe will review your application materials within one week and follow up with you to let you know if we would like to schedule a working interview. If you are having difficulties accessing or completing the written application, email Kaitlin at kaitlinoki@gmail.com. 



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

California Farmer Hemp Workshop, January 14

January 14, 2019
Are you a California farmer considering a test plot or getting started with hemp in 2019?
Please join us for morning workshop, a few hemp farmers and others sharing their personal experiences in the field and working with hemp. This will be a farmer friendly and kickoff to more learning and research. We want to help you become educated and prepared to make informed decisions for your farm and family.
Topics to be discussed: 
Your Hemp Business Plan - "if" you are successful with the crop, what are the cost, what is the value, how much could your farm make? What are the risks and unexpected points of failure? How do you make some sense out of all the hype and rumors?
Industrial Hemp - types and uses
Hemp Farming - Soil, Irrigation, Seeds & Clones, Planting, Crop Management, IPM, Traditional & Organic Methods, Harvesting, Prep for Processing, Sale of Biomass
Regulations - Federal, State and Local
If you have questions we will try to have some answers. If we don't have the answers, we will do our best to help you find them.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Farm and Ranch Business Planning Course
Thursday evenings, January 31 to March 7, 2019, 6-9 PM, plus Saturday, February 9, 10 AM-4 PM and Saturday, February 16, 1-4 PM
UC Cooperative Extension office, 11477 E Avenue, Auburn, CA

Cost is $50 per operation, up to 3 people may attend from an operation.

This course is for those who have been in business for a year or more, and want to get a better handle on the business aspects of their farm or ranch operation. It covers farm economics, cash flow management, operations planning and continuity, risk management, and marketing strategies. You will need detailed sales and expense records for one or more years. 

The course is limited to 8 operations so that the group can focus on each individual farm or ranch and help you build more profitable farms and ranches. There is homework for each session, and we ask participants to commit to attending all sessions.

If this course sounds like it would be helpful to your farm or ranch business, please apply at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26205 .  

Friday, December 7, 2018

CFA Training Program is accepting applications!

CFA TRAINING PROGRAM
The CFA Beginning Farmer Training Program, a program of the Center for Land-Based Learning, provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers.  During the seven-month program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning, marketing, & culminate in a personal business plan or farm career plan. In addition to the classes, hands-on field experience & farm visits expose students to topics critical for a future in farming. Classes are designed to accommodate work schedules, meeting on Tuesday & Thursday in the early evenings & two Saturdays per month. 
Please visit our website for more information or to apply: https://landbasedlearning.org/farm-academy-beginning-farmer
IMPORTANT DATES 
Training Program Application Due:                        Ongoing until the class is full.  
Class Session: Feb - Sept 2019

Thursday, December 6, 2018



We can change the future of our food, our planet, and ourselves. Learn how by tapping into 8,000 years of collective knowledge at the 9th annual Sustainable Food and Farm Conference in Grass Valley, CA. Featuring world-renowned keynote speakers, field days, farm tours, a host of food and farming workshops, a film hosted by South Yuba River Citizens League, and much more. Register and explore the conference at www.foodandfarmconference.com

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Secretary Perdue announces new OneUSDA Internship Program

Hello USDA Family-

Today, I am proud to announce that we are accepting applicants to our “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. Today’s students are the future of America and there are few things more American than agriculture. We’re aiming to find freshtalent, with diverse backgrounds, across all 50 states, to begin their careers as an intern with USDA

As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in serving their country and working here at USDA, please pass this email along to them. We would love to hear from them and have them serve at USDA.

The OneUSDA Internship Program provides students with experience in a dynamic work environment that will enhance their educational goals and shape their career choices. At USDA, we are committed to teaching and shepherding the next generation ofstrong leaders.

USDA will start reviewing applications on December 9, and the application window will close on January 18, 2019. Help us spread the word!

In the Summer of 2019, USDA will hire Pathways Interns in hundreds of locations across every state for the following occupational fields:

  • Veterinary Science
  • Biological Sciences (e.g., natural resources management forestry, wildlife biology, fish biology, ecology, botany, rangeland management, recreation)
  • Engineering
  • Agribusiness, Contracting, Procurement, and Industry
  • General Administration and Office Support

After choosing the geographic region of preference and the career path that best matches with students’ area of study and professional aspirations at https://www.usda.gov/Internships, students simply follow the weblinks to https://www.usajobs.gov/ to set up an account, then follow the prompts to apply to the internship.

For more information, visit www.USDA.gov/Internships.

Thank you for everything you do to “Do Right and Feed Everyone.”

Sonny Perdue
Secretary