Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast for Commercial Farmers and Ranchers
Thursday, March 14th, 2019,  8:00 AM  to 10:30 AM Happy Apple Kitchen, 18532 Colfax Highway, Chicago Park
Come and meet other farmers and ranchers and talk about local agricultural issues.
We will have a farm labor expert, Bryan Little from Farm Employers Labor Service to answer your questions about hiring, managing, and following labor laws for farm workers.
Space is limited, so make your reservation soon! Reservations at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26870

Know someone who is thinking of starting a farm or ranch in Placer or Nevada County? Let them know about the
So you want to start a farm or ranch… class
Friday, March 15, 2019, 1:30 to 4:30 PM Placer Business Resource Center, 1000 Sunset Blvd, Suite 105, Rocklin
Thinking about starting a farm or ranch in Placer or Nevada County and wondering where to start?
Come and learn about available resources and assistance, things to consider in getting started, and get started planning your dream farm.
UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors Cindy Fake and Dan Macon lead the class.
Pre-Registration is required. Cost is $10 per person. Register at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26796. Space is limited, so sign up early.

Applications are open for Beginning Farming Academy
April 26th & 27th, 2019, UC Cooperative Extension Placer/Nevada
This is a 2-day intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch. If you are starting a small ag operation in the foothills, you should attend the Academy. Learn about assessing your resources and choosing products, the basics of market-driven farming, and economic tools. You will finish with an action plan for jump-starting your operation.
This seminar focuses on marketing, business, and economic planning for profitable small farms, not production. Local expert farmers and ranchers and UCCE Farm Advisors will help you refine your plans for your farm or ranch.
The Academy runs from 8 AM to 8 PM on Friday, and 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. Meal cost for the two days is $85.

The class is limited to 15 prospective producers. Apply at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26798 We will review applications in March and notify you of your status.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Farm-Hand Position at Flying V Farm

Info about Flying V Farm: Flying V Farm is a worker-owned, certified organic farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. We are four individuals who work to produce food in a way that nourishes our community, stewards the land and empowers workers. Through the success of our business, we strive to advance worker-ownership in agriculture in order to build a more socially and ecologically just rural economy. For more information visit: www.flyingvfarmca.com or e-mail us at info@flyingvfarmca.com
Job Description: Flying V Farm is looking to hire a part-time farm hand to work 8hrs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from May-October of 2019 to assist in the following roles:
-Harvest help:
● Harvesting produce from the field
● Packing produce in the packing station
● Organizing produce in the cooler
● 2x/week running a delivery of produce to the Tahoe Food Hub in Penryn, outside of Auburn
-Sales at Farmers Market/ Farm Stand:
● Set-up/break-down of attractive produce display
● management of produce sales
● Engage with customers and give information about Flying V Farm
-Miscellaneous farm work:
● Weeding
● Seeding/propagation
● Planting
● Other miscellaneous farm tasks
Job Requirements:
The ideal candidate has experience in farming and/or demonstrates a strong interest in learning about organic production farming. This individual is reliable, responsive, motivated, and hopefully has a good sense of humor! We have a culture of communication and respect at Flying V and we hope to hire someone who shares similar values. In addition, all candidates must:
● Be able to lift 50lbs and work comfortably with their body. Farming is a very physically demanding job and often requires continuous lifting, squatting, bending and carrying in challenging weather conditions (heat and cold).
● Manage sales and monetary transactions.
● Valid drivers license. Experience driving a cargo van and manual car preferred but not required.
● Not required, but preferred--an interest in working cooperatively. We are a worker-owned and operated farm and we would like to hire employees with the hope that they will become candidates for membership/partnership at Flying V Farm.
● $11-$14 based on experience
● Workers compensation.
● Flying V Farm Membership consideration after one year of work.
Next Steps:
Please e-mail a resume with two references in addition to a brief statement about your interest in agriculture and Flying V Farm to info@flyingvfarmca.com.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

Meet produce buyers around the region and build new sales relationships with local grocers, produce distributors, restaurants and more at the Sacramento Meet the Buyers Tour! Get a head start on next season by establishing new relationships directly with buyers who care about sourcing locally and prepare for next season's plantings based on local market needs.

This tour is designed for beginning and small-medium sized farmers interested in expanding sales to organic and non-organic wholesale buyers. Topics covered on the tour will include buyer requirements for food safety certifications, packing and volume standards, and more. Priority will be given to farmers who are based in the following counties:

·    Butte
·    Yuba
·    Sutter
·    Yolo
·    Sacramento
·    Solano

Meet the Buyers Tour
Monday, February 11, 2019

Tour bus departs from two locations:

Bus departs at 7 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.
CSU Chico University Farm
311 Nicholas C Shouten Ln, Chico, CA 95928.

Bus departs at 8:45 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
UCCE Capitol Corridor Office
70 Cottonwood Street Woodland, CA 95695.
Hop on a bus to tour Sacramento wholesale produce buyers to see their facilities and hear about their ordering and packing procedures.

Stops on the tour include General Produce, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, and Produce Express, with a lunchtime guest panel of speakers from Magpie Café and other farm-to-table restaurants (to be announced)
Lunch provided.

To register, click on one of the registration links above or contact Li Schmidt, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, at lnschmidt@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-7541.
Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast: Planning for Operational Continuity when unforeseen events happen
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8-10:30 AM
Happy Apple Kitchen, Chicago Park

Join us for a delicious, home-made breakfast at the Happy Apple Kitchen and get to know other farmers and ranchers in our area. Enjoy a chance to relax and talk with other producers about farming and ranching issues. 

We will be talking about planning for operational continuity of your farm/ranch when illness, injury, death, or natural disasters happen.
Buffet breakfast.  Cost is $15 per person, and reservations are required.
Make your reservation at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26562 by noon on February 8, 2019.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Capay Mills, Yolo County’s premier (OK, only) registered, vertically integrated artisan flour mill, is looking for a part-time mill associate.

We need someone who can commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week, starting ASAP,  with the possibility of additional hours as orders grow (as they have been). Our shop is in beautiful downtown Esparto, 25 miles (35 minutes) from Davis. 

Capay Mills produces unique stone-ground flours from locally grown grain (mainly heirloom varieties), for exceptional bakeries, restaurants and retail customers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. We mill grain we grow ourselves, as well as by partner growers in Capay Valley and northern California. We are on track to increase our capacity significantly in the coming year.

The ideal candidate is interested in helping build a sustainable local grain economy, and ideally has experience or interest in artisan baking, bread-making, brewing, distilling or other grain-driven endeavors. You must be capable of lifting 60#, and can tolerate working in a dusty and fairly loud environment (breathing and hearing protection is provided). We offer the opportunity to engage as deeply as you’re interested in the local grain movement, from growing to milling to marketing.

Work days and schedule are flexible, though our normal production days are Tuesdays through Thursdays. 

In addition to milling production work, we are also looking for a market associate to represent Capay Mills at one or more of our farmers’ markets per month on Saturdays (Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, or Davis Farmers’ Market) and Sundays (Temescal Farmers’ Market, Oakland). 

Contact me at info@capaymills.com, putting “mill associate” in the subject line, and let me know what interests you about the position. 

Check us out on Instagram (capay_mills),  FB (@capaymills) and Twitter. 

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.