Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The National Young Farmers Coalition is seeking a California Organizer to mobilize young farmers and ranchers across California to advocate for critical policy reform.
The California Organizer will co-lead the development of a California Young Farmer Platform through listening sessions that engage a diverse range of stakeholders and partner organizations. This is a full-time, temporary position currently funded through June 2018. Our goal is to make this a permanent position.
For more information on the position and for instructions on how to apply, visit youngfarmers.org/jobsPlease share with anyone who may be interested. 
NYFC strongly encourages women, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, and people of color to apply.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New opportunity in Mendocino County!

2018 Vegetable CSA lease, crop share or farm manager. Potential for mentoring.

Live Power Community Farm has provided food to families throughout Northern California for 40 years. Founded by Stephen and Gloria Decater, this 50 acre biodynamic farm is powered by draft animals and an engaged community. It is protected by a precedent-setting agricultural conservation easement designed to ensure that the land will remain in active agricultural production/good stewardship, and affordable to future generations.

The Decaters are retiring from vegetable production. They and their dedicated CSA community hope to find a successor who will carry on the legacy of this live-powered, community-centered farm. 


Learn more at http://www.californiafarmlink.org/find-land/land-listings/record/a030M00000Ft72LQAR



Organic Farmer at Soil Born Farms

Job Description: 
Position requires a farmer who possesses 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 a growth mindset, a willingness for self reflection, and an understanding of the pace and work ethic required for successful production farming. In addition, they must manage their time well, individually execute and/or provide assistance on all aspects of farm duties.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Key Responsibilities
● Vegetable Production: Individual execution and/or lead a crew to complete daily task list as determined by Farm Manager. Tasks include greenhouse seeding and watering, planting, irrigation, tractor work, pest and weed management, harvest, post harvest handling, sales, and apprentice/volunteer education.
● Orchard Care: Support and contribute to the farm team’s execution of specific tasks in the orchard. Tasks include pruning, harvesting, irrigation, new orchard planting, and pest and disease management.
● Supporting farm staff on a regular basis with duties specific to Soil Born Farms. Duties include interacting and leading teams of volunteers, public engagement, setting up and working a weekly farm stand, farm tours, event support, providing hands-on lessons in the field and teaching basic classes for our urban farmers and gardeners.
Education & Experience: 
Required Qualifications:
● 3 to 5 years of experience in sustainable agricultural systems
● Ability to work quickly, multi-task, self motivate, collaborate, and be flexible on a daily basis
● Ability to relate, interact with, and empower people of all ages from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds
● Interest in learning and growing as a leader, both in farming and in life
Preferred Qualifications:
● Tractor and small engine equipment operation
● Experience managing interns, apprentices or staff
● An inclination to mechanical knowledge and skill
● Interest in long-term employment at Soil Born Farms
● Experience working with farm animals
Application Instructions: 
Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to Shawn Harrison, Co-Director, at sharrison@soilborn.org. Position open until filled.

Farm Crew at Say Hay Farms

Job Description: 
We are seeking the best team members we can find for full-time, year-round employment as part of our small, smart crew. Our farm crew performs the complete variety of tasks on our 50-acre diversified organic farm - from caring for hens, staying late harvesting and packing vegetables, hoeing fields, driving tractors and trucks, and getting up early for farmers' markets, with everything in-between. Our goal is to grow food in the laboratory of ecologically and financially sustainable practices while growing young farmers at the same time.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Please see the job description for more details.
Education & Experience: 
We hire first for aptitude and attitude, but experience is certainly welcome and valuable.
Application Instructions: 
Please visit our website at www.sayhayfarms.com and read the job description for instructions on how to apply.

Food Love Farm Director

About Sierra Harvest
Sierra Harvest is a nonprofit dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting the people of Nevada County to fresh, local, seasonal food. We train dozens of farmers, organize hundreds of community events, and educate over 7,600 school children. We envision a thriving local food economy and a network of financially viable farms providing good food for the community, where health and wellness is the norm and people of all ages are engaged in growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing fresh food. We are creating a place where farmers thrive and residents of all ages have access to nutritious, whole food.
About the Food Love Farm
Started as part of the living Lands Agrarian Network in 2010, the Food Love Farm (FLF) is a half-acre educational farm at the Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Burton Homestead. Specializing in growing a diversity of crops, the FLF provides hands on education to our community in the form of field trips, volunteer days, service projects, summer day camp and U-pick vegetables.
Summary of Position
The program director manages daily activities of the Food Love Farm including supervising educators and farmhands, managing the greenhouse, growing starts for sale, food production for U-pick, coordinating field trips and planning lessons, planning and conducting summer day camp, and supervising and tracking volunteers for work days and field trips
Hours:
Full time, heavier workload during farming season, can take Dec. off.
Must work some nights/weekends when needed.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
1. Manages Farm Production:
• Plans and oversees all farm systems, materials and supplies
• Plans and oversees all food production, including Upicks. Works in partnership with Farm Educators to see that food production goals are met
• Manages CCOF certification and record keeping, and county agriculture paperwork
• Coordinates and tracks all food sales
• Creates and manages program budget
• Identifies needs for further site development
• Oversees volunteers and staff on the farm (for farm work and education)
2. Leads Educational Program:
• Develops, coordinates and conducts educational programming, including: field trips, 2 weeks of summer day camp, service projects, in-school farmer visits and classes for visiting groups.
• Keeps records on educational programs
• Tracks activities in volunteer log and garden journal
• Hires, manages and mentors Farm Educators
• Creates partnerships with schools and other relevant organizations
3. Promotes Community Engagement:
• Promotes and represents FLF in the community, including hosting Sierra Harvest potlucks, Good Food Tours and donor events as requested
• Cultivates business and community sponsors
• Attends staff meetings, trainings, and SH events
• Manages and recruits volunteers
Education & Experience: 
Skills and Qualifications:
• At least 3 years of organic farming experience with at least 1 year of farm management experience
• 3 years of experience managing staff and volunteers
• Enthusiasm for, and a track record of educating children about growing and consuming local food, preferably on farm settings
• Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively, verbally and written
• Can work outside and adapt to variable weather conditions
• Can lift equipment and materials necessary to complete farm tasks and activities
• Must have a strong alignment with the mission of Sierra Harvest and the ability to communicate, motivate and inspire others about Sierra Harvest’s work with passion.
• Familiarity with trends in food access, health, nutrition, education, and agriculture
• Basic computer skills required such as email, Word, Excel
• Basic plumbing, carpentry, and small engine maintenance skills preferred
• Can manage the accomplishment of multiple competing seasonal priorities at the same time.


Application Instructions: 
Please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@sierraharvest.org
Application deadline is Jan 3rd by 9AM, position begins Feb 1st, 2018

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Land Opportunity in Tulare County!

11.5 acres with four houses in Porterville, CA for sale or lease. The land was previously used for pasture and is adjacent to additional fallow acreage that could be leased if needed. Three of the four homes are currently rented and the owner lives in one. These homes could provide both owner lodging and/or rental income that could support the purchase of the property or ongoing investment in farm operations. Includes building for storage and/or processing and a backhoe.

Land is flat, fenced, on the periphery of the city and it nestles against the foothills of the Sierras while only a ten minute drive from Highway 65.

Learn more here.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fresno​ ​Food​ ​Commons-Supply​ ​Coordinator

Company Description
Food Commons Fresno is the first prototype of a national model, that is structured to retain
ownership, profits and governance of a vertically integrated food business within the local
community. Once the model is refined and successful, other businesses will be launched within
California. The business has been in existence since 2014 and operating since May 2015. The
company is committed to working with small farmers, ranchers and producers of dairy products
within the region. Food Commons Fresno has a goal of sourcing products within a 200 mile
radius, aligning purchases with the California seasonality and supporting farmers and ranchers
that use regenerative practices.

Position Description
Experienced produce-food industry industry professional to manage purchasing for the
Ooooby, wholesale and commercial kitchen operations. The position will coordinate the
purchase and aggregation of produce and other products from farmers, ranchers, artisans and
other food suppliers. The position will supervise the Ooooby packing team and drivers, and
coordinate the Company’s logistics including routing and scheduling both inbound and
outbound. The position will be responsible for quality assurance on all products that ship from
our facilities.
The ideal candidate will have at least 3 year’s supervisory and produce industry experience.
The candidate will also have contacts with area farmers, ranchers, artisans and other food
suppliers that have the potential to become new vendors to the Company. This position reports
to the Senior Wholesale Purchasing and Sales Manager of the Company.

Position Responsibilities
1. Build relationships with local and regional growers, artisans, and other food
suppliers and representing the organization in purchase negotiations.
2. Place supply orders and set Ooooby box contents each week to offer fresh,
diverse, and highest quality affordable produce.
3. Place supply orders for wholesale products and Ooooby box “add-ons”.
4. Verify produce received matches order in quantity and quality. Become well
versed in standard produce packs, sizing, and ratings.

Food Commons Fresno 202 Van Ness Ave. Fresno, CA 93721 (559) ORG-ANIC info@foodcommonsfresno.org

5. Lead quality control by personally and frequently verifying that customers are
receiving the best quality produce.
6. Publish box and produce availability to customers.
7. Manage logistics in-out of the facilities(s) including routing, scheduling
8. Supervise the produce packing team and drivers.
9. Performance evaluation and goal setting for the packing team and drivers.
10. Participate in programs, projects and collaborations to increase the value of
local food and farm products bought and sold within the region.
11. Position Requirements
a. Minimum 3 years produce-food industry purchasing or sales experience
b. Minimum 1 years supervisory experience
c. Experience with ecommerce platforms such as Local Orbit
d. Proven record of performance and meeting goals
e. High school diploma or G.E.D.; some post-secondary education preferred
f. Experience and familiarity with accounting and financial reporting software
g. Ability to speak and read Spanish is a plus
h. Valid driver’s license require
Position Compensation
1. Salary range $35,000-$40,000 depending on experience and qualifications
2. Annually (5) days paid time off, plus holidays and sick days
3. This is a Full-Time position based on (40) hours per week. No overtime will
be paid.

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter addressing how you are the right candidate for the position to
rick@foodcommonsfresno.org