Thursday, May 19, 2016


Farm Finance Tools to Help You Manage Risk

June 22, 2016
12-1:30 p.m. PDT

Join CCOF and California FarmLink for a webinar on tools to help you manage the financial risks associated with farming.

Farm Finance Tools to Help You Manage Risk

California FarmLink and CCOF’s farm financial management webinar will get you started (or keep you going) on the right financial track. By the end of the webinar, you will understand: 
  • The basics of credit scores and how to improve or establish credit history
  • Different types of agricultural loans, and how a loan might work for you
  • Cash flow management to manage financial risk
  • How to use farm balance sheets and income statements to manage debt
  • The benefits of diversification
  • Business structures and their implications for debt and building equity

About Our Speaker

Brett Melone, Director of Lending, California Farmlink
Brett Melone has served as director of lending at California FarmLink since July 2014. Melone previously served as a loan officer since July 2013, after serving as a member of the California FarmLink Board of Directors and Loan Committee.

Melone has more than 15 years of experience supporting the business success of farmers and leading nonprofit organizations that serve farmers. He has extensive non-profit management experience and served as the executive director of Friends of MarViva Foundation and as the executive director of the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) in Salinas, California. He is also an adjunct instructor of sustainable agriculture at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Melone has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations, business, and Spanish from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Arts degree in international environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Event Details

June 22, 2016
12-1:30 p.m. PDT



Registration

This webinar is free!


 


More Information

For more information please contact Frederick Smith atfrederick@cafarmlink.org.

This event is a co-production of California FarmLink & CCOF with support from the USDA's Risk Management Agency.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Two Farm Employees
Riverhill Farm
Nevada City, CA

Riverhill Farm cultivates 10 acres of certified organic mixed vegetables and perennial berries for two farmers markets, a farm stand, local restaurants and co-op, and directly to customers through our innovative Friend of the Farm Program. 

Farm employee responsibilities:
  • Propagation house production of transplants
  • Care of transplants, including thinning, irrigation, and fertilization
  • Field Planting
  • Field cultivation and weeding
  • Drip installation and irrigation management
  • Pruning, trellising, and other crop maintenance activities
  • Harvesting and packing
  • Record keeping
  • Farm stand and farmers market sales
  • End of season preparations for winter, including cover cropping
The preferred applicant will have at least 1-2 years of experience in agricultural production on a commercial farm.  An applicant should be internally motivated to help operate a diversified organic production system, and be able to work independently with close attention to quality and detail.

Housing is available, and pay is commensurate with experience.  To apply, please send a detailed letter of interest and a complete resume, including at least two farm-related references to alan@riverhillfarm.com.  All qualified applicants will receive a reply.  A farm visit is a condition of an offer of employment.


 

 

Farm Institute Director
Sierra Harvest
Northern California

Sierra Harvest is a non-profit organization focused on farm to school education, supporting families to grow food at home and farmer training.

The Farm Institute Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a farmer training program which increases local, sustainable food production in Nevada County, by increasing the number of farms formed, acres cultivated and farmers trained. Key responsibilities will be launching and running a farm institute which includes developing a Farm Corps of on-farm apprentices, a Farm Business Academy which teaches business planning and marketing, and eventually a Farm Incubator site, small plots of land for farmers to manage their own production and matching farmers with potential land to start their farming business.

Hours: Up to full time. Must work some nights/weekends when needed.
Compensation: $25-30/hr DOE

 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Loan Processor
CA FarmLink
Watsonville, CA

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Job Summary:
This new position will play a key role in the expansion of CA FarmLink’s innovative Community Development
Financial Institution which is unique in the country in providing small and immigrant farmers with access to capital and technical assistance. The Loan Processor will manage the loan application intake process, ensuring that FarmLink receives a complete application package from farmer applicants, supporting timely and efficient underwriting by loan officers and underwriters. The position will support the planned growth of FarmLink’s Loan Program in 2016, and the integration of regional field staff into the loan intake process.


Essential Responsibilities: 
Customer Service
• Serve as initial point of contact for FarmLink’s Loan Program; effectively represent/sell loan products
• Act as liaison between borrower, regional field staff, loan officer/underwriter and loan services
• Provide customer with timely and periodic status updates of their loan application; return all inquiry calls within one business day
• Provide technical assistance to farmer applicants in completing applications as necessary
Loan Intake and Data Management
• Collect required documentation from applicants, verify accuracy and completeness, and follow up on missing items
• Compile documents for applicant loan files and enter information into underwriting system for loan officer assessment and processing
• Maintain pipeline report and ensure lenders are apprised of updates
• Order credit and title reports; verify application information
• Establish, maintain, and update files, databases, records and documents for recurring internal reports
• Ensure that all applicant/borrower files are complete and in compliance with regulatory and internal policies
• Continually assess loan intake processes and systems to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness

 
Position Requirements
• Ability to provide excellent customer service in person, on the phone and via email
• Ability to communicate the written and spoken word in both English and Spanish (Bilingual)
• Good organizational skills, well disciplined, and able to meet deadlines; self starter
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and frequent interruptions
• Ability to handle stressful situations with calmness and courtesy, while meeting deadlines
• Knowledge and experience using MS Word, Excel; as well as basic accounting procedures
• 1-3 years of experience handling personal financial information, ideally in a banking or lending setting
• Minimum BS in business administration, finance, community development or other related field, or the equivalent combination of education and work experience
• Familiarity with agriculture, agricultural lending, and CDFI loan products a plus 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.

Compensation:
$35-50k commensurate with experience


How To Apply
Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization with resume to: info@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hiring for Farmers Market Staff
Shooting Star CSA is a 15-acre, certified organic farm located in Fairfield's Suisun Valley. We have a CSA program and sell through weekly farmers markets. For more about our farm, visit our website http://www.shootingstarcsa.com.
Job Description:
We are looking for a highly motivated individual to work our weekend farmers markets (Saturdays and Sundays). This is a fun, fast-paced work environment! The markets are great for someone who enjoys eating healthy food, cooking, and interacting with our wonderful customers.
The work day starts and ends at the farm in Fairfield. A typical day involves loading the van, driving to the market, setting up, selling, keeping the stall looking tidy and well stocked, and interacting with customers. After the market is over, break down the stall, drive back to the farm and unload.
This seasonal position is approximately 18 hours/week, May through November. Must be able to work weekends.
Qualifications:
The ideal candidate for this position has a good work ethic, passion for farming and food, the ability to take initiative, and a good sense of humor. Punctuality and reliability are key. Work is fast paced. Previous farmers market experience would be great but we’re willing to train the right person!
This position requires lifting, must be able to lift 50lbs. Must have a clean driving record and current drivers license.
Compensation:
$13/hour.
To Apply:
Please email your resume, two references, and a short description of why you would like to work for us to: shootingstarcsa@gmail.com. In person interview is required.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Production Assistant
Terra Firma Farm
Winters, CA

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Terra Firma Farm farms 220 acres of CCOF certified organic fruit, vegetables and nuts in Yolo and Solano Counties year-round.  We are seeking a highly self-motivated candidate with 1-3 years of farming experience to assist in our production.  This is an extremely hands-on position for a practical quick thinker with good time management skills.  It is a great opportunity for someone who needs to flesh out their production experience with a wide range of crops.
 
Primary responsibilities will be:
  • Tractor work possibly including cultivation, spraying, mowing, plastic mulch work, and tillage.
  • Assisting in maintenance and repair of tractors and equipment.
  • Staging and transporting equipment and supplies between fields and ranches.
This position reports directly to the Production Manager (one of the owners).
 
Qualified candidates will have at least two of the following:  
  • A minimum of  one season’s experience working with vegetable or fruit crops, especially peaches or grapes.
  • At least one season of on-the-job tractor experience.
  • Experience with automotive or agricultural mechanics.
  • Basic Spanish language skills.  
  • A California Pesticide Applicator license or ability to pass the test to get one.
 
Hourly pay of $13-$16/hr. will be based on experience and skill level.  A valid Driver’s license is required for this job.

To Apply:  Email resume and cover letter to pablitotff@gmail.com.  Please include one or more professional references, preferably at least one from an agricultural employer.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Are you having difficulty finding time for regular financial tasks? Is your farm business running as smoothly as possible?

This webinar is designed to give you the tools to stay on track during the growing season. Join New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and The Carrot Project for a webinar overview of a new Financial Calendar tool. We'll dive into how the tool can help you stay organized with daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tasks. A successful beginning farmer will also be on hand to help you adapt the calendar to your farm's needs and realities and create a personalized financial management calendar for your farm.

Cost: free
Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Job Opportunity with Sierra Harvest!

Farm Institute Director
The Farm Institute Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a farmer training program which increases local, sustainable food production in  Nevada County, by increasing the number of farms formed, acres cultivated and farmers trained. Key responsibilities will be launching and running a farm institute which includes developing a Farm Corps of on-farm apprentices, a Farm Business Academy which teaches business planning and marketing, a Farm Incubator site, small plots of land for farmers to manage their own production and matching farmers with potential land to start their farming business.
Hours: 20h/week building to full time within 1 year (this is flexible). Must work some nights/weekends when needed.
Compensation: $25/hr
Still accepting applications