Thursday, October 16, 2014

Farm Marketing Tour for Commercial Farmers

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Meet at UC Cooperative Extension, 11477 E Avenue, DeWitt Center, Auburn

Thinking about diversifying your marketing outlets?  Learn about different types of farm marketing from the source.  With a group of other farmers, visit the Capay Valley Farm Store and Produce Express, a wholesale produce distributor.  Learn about the requirements for various types of marketing channels and market economics.

Pre-registration is required. Limited to 20 participants, so register early!
Cost is $15 per person, which includes morning snacks and lunch.  Refunds are not available.
For more information contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucanr.edu

Funding for the Farm Marketing Tour is provided, in part, by the Washington State University Western Extension Risk Management Education Center and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Thursday, October 9, 2014

West Sacramento Urban Farm, Internship Position

Center for Land-Based Learning’s West Sacramento Urban Farm Program seeks 1-3 interns to help run their year round urban farm site at the corner of 5th and C St in West Sacramento (317 5th Street). The 2/3 acre farm site is the pilot site of an expanding program in which vacant lots within the city of West Sacramento are being converted into farm incubators.

Intern duties will vary throughout the season but will entail tasks such as irrigation duties, weeding, planting, harvesting, site maintenance, and other general farm work. Help with creating information fliers, documents and other research may also be available for those interested in helping develop the Urban Farm Program. Also, as product becomes available a weekly farm stand needs manning each Friday from 8am-2pm. Intern(s) would be responsible for set up, selling and breakdown of the farm stand. An interest in communicating with the public, attention to detail and general interest in urban farming is required.

Hours can be anywhere from 8-15 hours per week and can be scheduled with flexibility.

If interested please contact:

Sara Bernal

West Sacramento Urban Farms Program Manager

Farm Manager

sara@landbasedlearning.org

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

California Farm Academy Info Session

We are excited to let you know that we just graduated our third class of the CA Farm Academy (CFA) at the Farm to Fork Festival in Sacramento, and are thrilled to start planning next year's classes! Applications are being accepted now through Nov. 8th for the first round of admissions. Late applications will be reviewed and may be added to a waiting list or admitted, as space permits.

To meet some of us involved with CFA and to find out more, please come to the farm and see!

When:
  Thursday, October 23th, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where:
  Center for Land-Based Learning, 5265 Putah Creek Road, Winters, CA  95694

Who:
  Prospective students and applicants to CA Farm Academy; program staff, partners and graduates; interested public

What:
  An evening conversation about the upcoming 2015 session of the California Farm Academy:  presentations by the Program Director, Jennifer Taylor & Farm Program Manager, Maureen Thompson; and comments and opportunities for conversation with several program partners, guest speakers, farmers, as well as graduates of CFA.

If you know in advance you are coming, please RSVP with your name and number of attendees to:
Maureen Thompson, maureen@landbasedlearning.org530-795-4146, or on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/events/310460225805633/.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Finance Director

California FarmLink is seeking an experienced Finance Director to manage the finance, accounting, IT, HR and office management functions. Founded in 1999, California FarmLink is at an exciting inflection point. FarmLink has historically been a technical assistance provider and more recently launched a direct farm microloan program, became a CDFI (community development financial institution), and with a small staff, closed 25-30 loans totaling $600-800K per year for the past 2 years.
This is an existing position that reports to the Executive Director and manages one staff (Staff Accountant). This position is responsible for the oversight of the financial management of the organization.
What You Will Do 
  • Leadership: Lead a small team to manage the financial and office infrastructure of California FarmLink, supporting Executive Director on fundraising and the financial aspects of grant reporting, and playing a role on the management team in building, motivating and retaining a strong team across the organization. 
  • Fiscal Management & Oversight: Manage all financial aspects of the organization, including fund accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and cash management. Oversee investment strategy and implementation. Manage the external annual audit and Finance Committee, as well as report to the Board on the financial health of the organization. 
  • Human Resources: Oversee the Human Resource functions of FarmLink that includes payroll, onboarding of new hires, assist the recruiting efforts and manage the benefits administration that includes health care, dental & vision plans and the retirement program. 
  • Office Infrastructure: Manage office infrastructure to centralize key elements for stability, efficiency and organization, such as IT and insurance. Internal collaboration is critical with the Access to Land Program, Loan Program and Fundraising. 
Qualifications & Profile 
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and background:
  • 8 - 10+ years experience in finance and/or accounting in a not-for-profit, community bank or other financial institution. 
  • 5+ years experience as a leader in a Finance Manager or Director, Program Director or equivalent role that includes supervision experience and building great teams. Experience working with boards of directors is a plus. 
  • Demonstrated self-starter that can work independently, take initiative, and make hard decisions. 
  • Great communicator and team player. 
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office, Quickbooks and Google Docs. Familiarity with loan management software is a plus.  
Location, Travel, Compensation & Terms 
This is a full-time position, based out of FarmLink’s headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA. Salary range: $70,000-$90,000 depending on experience. 
California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including 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 Kelly “at” cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Farmer-to-Farmer breakfast this Thursday, October 2nd7-8:30 AM at Hillview Farms, 1340 Matson Drive in Auburn.
Please RSVP by replying to this e-mail by Wednesday (Oct 1) morning.
Matson Drive is a left turn off Luther Road, before you get to the railroad tracks (coming from Hwy 49). Michael Whamond will give us farm tour. We’ll also talk about how the growing season is going and how the drought is affecting each of you.
It’ll be a simple breakfast – coffee, fruit, scones, bagels & cream cheese, etc. We won’t be cooking eggs for you! Cost $5 per person…cash, please, no checks. Bring a folding chair if you want to sit.

We will also have a knife and implement (pruners, loppers, etc.) sharpening event after the breakfast in the UCCE Farm Advisors’ parking lot at 11477 E Avenue, in DeWitt Center. Bring your tools, knives, etc. for sharpening at $5 per item. They take cash or credit cards.


Farm Marketing Tour for Commercial Farmers
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Meet at UC Cooperative Extension, 11477 E Avenue, DeWitt Center, Auburn
Thinking about diversifying your marketing outlets?  Learn about different types of farm marketing from the source.  With a group of other farmers, visit the Capay Valley Farm Store and Produce Express, a wholesale produce distributor.  Learn about the requirements for various types of marketing channels and market economics.
Pre-registration is required. Limited to 20 participants, so register early!
Cost is $15 per person, which includes morning snacks and lunch.  Refunds are not available.
The tour is supported by a grant from the Western Extension Risk Management Center.
For more information contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucanr.edu

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Production Coordinator with Capay Organic

(compensation: based on experience)

Capay Organic is seeking a full time production coordinator to assist in fresh fruit and vegetable production operations. Individual would work with management and suppliers to coordinate ordering, receiving and records of farm supplies (seeds, fertilizers, transplants etc.), application records and packaging materials. Individual would also assist with administrative functions like issuing purchasing orders, receiving mail, answer phones, verifying inventory counts, administrating irrigation schedules and supporting management team.

Please consider joining our team! We are a family owned company who has been farming organically since 1976. The job would be at our farming office in Capay, CA, 20 minutes east of Woodland on Highway 16. We are friendly team of people who have culture of engagement, accountability and work ethic. Visit our web site; www.capayorganic.com for more information about our company.

If you are interested in this position please email moyra@capayorganic.com detailing;

1 - What your work experience has been and why that prepares you for this job
2 - What computer programs you are comfortable with
3 - Why you would like this job
4 - Why you are currently looking for a job
5 - What pay rate you would expect
6 – Resume

Visit our web site; www.capayorganic.com for more information about our company.


Moyra Barsotti
Procurement Manager
Capay Organic and Farm Fresh To You
Office: 916-303-7145
Mobile: 530-392-6264