Monday, February 27, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Join veteran organic vegetable grower Paul Underhill of Terra Firma Farm for a three-hour workshop in Winters on the basics of mechanical cultivation for vegetable crops. The workshop is geared towards small and new farmers and will include:
-- How to select the right tractor for your operation
-- Choosing a bed size that best fits your crop mix and your equipment
-- Simple techniques for marking out and shaping beds
-- Strategies to allow mechanical cultivation of hand-planted crops
-- Inexpensive mechanical planting options
-- Setting up an easy to use, inexpensive cultivator that will work with most of your crops
-- A show and tell of different cultivator tools.
-- How to prioritize equipment purchases to make the most of your limited funds.
Workshop will feature two hours of instruction plus an hour for questions and discussion. The instructor will tailor the workshop to each participant's needs. Size will be limited to 6 participants.
Cost: $85 per person or organization.
Please RSVP to Paul if you would like to attend: email@example.com
Friday, February 3, 2017
The next Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast is at Happy Apple Kitchen in Chicago Park.
Dixie Chan will talk about farm & ranch taxes and answer your questions. Her husband, Bryant, a retired IRS investigator will talk about identity theft. Bring your questions.
Come have a great breakfast prepared by Anna & Teresa and learn what you need to know before tax season gets into full swing.
Cost is $15 per person, including tax and tip. Reservations are required.
Reserve your place by February 13th at http://ucanr.edu/survey/
Should be a good event, hope to see you there!
Friday, January 27, 2017
There will be a food safety workshop for Hmong and Mien growers in the Merced area on. Growers from around the Valley, including Fresno, are welcome to attend as well. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
Food Safety Good Agricultural Practices Training
UC Cooperative Extension Merced County
2145 Wardrobe Avenue, Merced, CA 95341
Sunday, January 15, 2017
24830 County Road 95
Davis CA 95616
Mid-March - Mid-November
M-W-F mornings ~ 20 hrs per week
Friday Farmers Market harvest is a full day May - October
About the Farm
Heavy Dirt Farm (established 2012) is home to a small residential community and a vegetable farm. We consciously grow food for the local community, and participate in various forms of meaningful land based work in order to create a holistic interconnected farm system of people, plants, animals, and the land. The sole proprietor of the vegetable farm is seeking assistance for the duration of the growing season for planting, maintaining, and harvesting 1.5 acres of vegetables & orchard fruit.
We also have a small breeding flock of sheep, and rotationally graze them using an electric fence during the grass season (October - May).
We sell our produce through a small year-round CSA program, a few local restaurants, and a small farmer’s market in Sacramento. Although we are not currently certified Organic, we manage the market garden thoughtfully and holistically. Our practices include:
- No chemical applications: our inputs include OMRI listed compost, animal manures, & Diatomaceous Earth for pest control
- Soil preparation using a small walk-behind tractor
- Manual cultivation: weed control using hoes & other hand tools
- Occultation: weed control with reusable black silage tarps
- Minimal tillage
- Regular Cover Cropping & Crop rotation
- Straw mulching
- Shade cloth for Summer greens: Reusable for MANY years, and greatly reduces water loss.
- Drip irrigation
- Native & insectary hedgerows
- Plenty of research & experimentation!
For more information, check out our website (heavydirtfarm.weebly.com), our facebook page (Heavy Dirt Farm), or our instagram account (heavy_dirt_farm).
JOB POSITION – FARM ASSISTANT(S) / HARVEST HELP
- Support Farmer in all aspects of farm operation in the field and in the packing shed, including but not limited to:
- Sowing & Transplanting
- Weeding & Cultivating with hand tools
- Spreading compost using shovels and a hand cart
- Washing & packing vegetables
- Maintaining a tidy packing shed, cooler, and barn.
- Record keeping
- Moving electric fence, and running sheep out to pasture.
- Additional training and responsibilities in others area of interest may be available if applicable. There is a possibility for this position to evolve into a full- or part-time partnership, with profit sharing, for an experienced candidate.
- Hours are generally mornings - mornings - Friday all day with some flexibility and seasonal variation in the hours worked. The MWF schedule is strict to accommodate our weekly CSA and market harvest.
- Season-long commitment through mid-November. Exact dates are somewhat flexible. There is a possibility for this position to evolve into a full-time, year-round management position for the right candidate.
- General familiarity with fruits, vegetables, and passion for good food and sustainable agriculture.
- Interest in pursuing a career in small-scale market farming.
- Excited to work on a communally managed property hosting multiple independent yet interrelated projects.
- Farm work experience preferred.
- Ability to drive manual transmission preferred.
- Reliable transportation
- Ability and commitment to be reliable and consistent. The veggies don’t stop growing once the heat comes, so we must be there to harvest them EVERY M-W-F.
- Physical ability to lift 50#, bend and stoop for long periods, and perform repetitive tasks (No applicant will be rejected because of a condition or impairment that, with reasonable accommodation, does not prevent performance of work.)
- Ability to withstand Summer temperatures in excess of 100 degrees and Spring / Fall work in rain and cold.
- Applicant should be self-motivated, hardworking, and eager to learn. Flexibility is a must as tasks are varied and the nature of work on our diverse small farm can be highly dynamic.
This is a part-time seasonal position with the possibility for more hours during the height of the growing season (July - October). Compensation will be minimum wage ($10.50/hr) to start with access to farm produce as available. Eggs and lamb may be bought at a discount.
An ideal applicant is interested in participating in many aspects of a small-scale, diversified farming operation & homesteading. Low cost on-site housing opportunities may be available at a future date with the approval of other farm residents.
To apply, please send a resume including:
- Hours of availability M - W - F, and factors that might affect them between now and November.
- Past work experience, including specific responsibilities and duties
- Your goals relating to market farming.
- Farming demands a lot of diverse skills. What specific skills / interests do you have? (carpentry, machine operation & repair, cooking, writing, plumbing, welding, art, retail sales, computers, etc...)
- 2 references
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you to coordinate an on-farm interview. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.