Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Farm Employee
Casa Rosa Farms
Capay Valley, California

Casa Rosa Farms is a diversified family farm producing pastured meats, eggs and certified organic olive oil. We farm 110 acres in the Capay Valley. Our family has been farming in the Central Valley since emigrating from the Azores in the 1960's. The third generation (Casa Rosa Farms) has been certified organic since 2009. We manage our livestock through a combination of seasonal grazing on native grasslands, intensive rotational grazing using small irrigated paddocks and growing forage crops for hay. We also produce other regionally appropriate orchard crops such as figs, pomegranates, pears, apricots on a micro scale for our farmer's markets. We also do a 1/4 acre market garden every summer. We are committed to renewable energy. Our warehouse cold room and freezers are powered by solar, and one of our ag wells is 100% direct solar powered. We raise Limousin (Lim-Flex) cattle, which respond very favorably to a grass fed feeding regime, producing lean, flavorful, and very tender meat with a high carcass yield (40 pairs, 2 bulls, 30 feeders per year). We also raise California Red Sheep (50 head) and pigs. We farrow three sows and raise a batch of pastured pigs each year. Every fall and spring, we do a large batch (500) of pasture raised poultry. This is in addition to our farming operations as far as irrigation, fencing, silage and hay.

We have two full time employees. This listing is to replace an employee that has had to leave abruptly due to illness in the family. Short term or long term welcome.

Primary Job Duties:

Irrigation, fencing, (electric, electric netting, high tensile, maintaining older barb wire, standard woven wire, all are used) animal care and feeding, raising 500 broiler chickens from August to October 1. Two farmer's markets weekly.

Irrigating:
Become familiar with and understand multiple types of irrigation (Drip, micro-sprays, solid set, irripods) Be able to time irrigations and coordinate changes with farmer. Must occasionally be on call for weekends and nights ( no more than twice per month).

 Safety:
 Operate tools, equipment, and machinery according to prescribed safety procedures. Follow established safety procedures and techniques to perform job duties including lifting, climbing, etc. Correct unsafe conditions in work area and report any conditions that are not correctable to supervisor immediately.

Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Moderate walking, standing, climbing, heavy lifting, carrying, stooping, bending, kneeling, and reaching. Work outside and inside, around moving objects, farm animals (cows, sheep, pigs, poultry), and with vehicles and machinery with moving parts. Frequent exposure to dampness and humidity, heat, animals and animal manure, exhaust fumes, gasoline, and diesel fuel.

Hours:
40-60 hours per week, days are flexible. One weekend day per month required

Compensation:
Employee status with 30 day probationary period, 3 sick days per year per California regulations Pay starts at $10.00 per hour, annual raises commensurate with performance. Willing to pay $12 per hour for persons with more experience. Room and Board available (but you are not required to live on the farm) Learn how a small scale pasture based farm operates from the ground up.

 Educational Opportunities:

Irrigation installation, design and maintenance. Portable, drip and sprinkler irrigation systems are all in use on our farm. Animal care- health, immunizations, calving/lambing/farrowing. Possibly milking. Fencing- design and installation of perimeter and paddock cell fencing systems. Orchards- fertilization, pruning, harvesting. Opportunity to pursue personal side projects if desired. Small scale vegetable production, pastured poultry, spinning, dyeing, canning, etc. are all areas where a motivated person could pursue their own project to make extra income for themselves.

Work Experience/Skills/Desired Qualifications:
Valid California Drivers License Clean DMV printout.
No drugs, no excessive alcohol use (especially during work hours and while using common areas)
Must be able to regularly lift 60 lbs safely
Must be legal to work in the U.S.
Must be able to work unsupervised on a task and be attentive to detail while doing repetitive tasks Good communication and punctuality a must

Experience:
Will train, but prior experience with farm animals (in some capacity) is required

Meals: Farm product is free, some bulk staples are provided as well. Separate housing (from the farmer's family) but with other employees, internet and other perks are included and are not deducted from the hourly wage.

Housing: Housing in a private cabin (bedroom) with access to employee residence "Barn" with kitchen, bath, TV, internet access, wood burning stove. Employees are responsible for keeping your home clean and tidy and ensuring that the WWOOFers and work-stay visitors understand the ground rules and also clean up after themselves. Employees are expected to help around the homestead (weedwhacking, basic gardening, harvesting, shopping, picking up mail, egg gathering for their own use, etc. when not on the clock) in exchange for room and board.
 
 We are willing to consider more than one applicant at this time. Please contact us at casarosafarms@gmail.com for more information (job description, employee handbook) or to apply. Please send resume or curriculum vitae in the body of your email. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Organic certification assistance

Helps farmers & processors afford the expense of organic certification

Cost Share helps farmers and processors afford the expense of organic certification by refunding up to 75 percent or $750 of their certification fees. (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr/Creative Commons)
SACRAMENTO — The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of $2,180,870 for organic certification assistance to organic operations in California. Funds from the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) are available through CDFA’s State Organic Program (SOP) to help more organic operations succeed and take advantage of economic opportunities in this growing market.
Cost Share helps farmers and processors afford the expense of organic certification by refunding up to 75 percent or $750 of their certification fees. Cost Share funds are available to any eligible organic operation in California that has received or renewed organic certification between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.
The SOP administers the Cost Share program in California, and is responsible for reviewing and approving cost share applications. The SOP then works with the State Controller’s Office to process funds for the issuance of reimbursement checks to the organic operations. In addition, the SOP collaborates with accredited certifying agents to ensure that cost share resources are available to their clients and information is posted on their respective certifier websites.
The deadline for submitting Cost Share applications to CDFA is October 31, 2016. Applications must be postmarked by this date.
The following are needed to complete a Cost Share application:
• A copy of an organic certification document.
• Copies of all associated organic certification and inspection expense receipts.
• Please contact a certifier if you do not have the above documents.
• Completed and signed CDFA Cost Share Application. The applications can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to CDFA.
• Completed Payee Data Record (STD. 204) form. (Name on this form must match the name on the Cost Share application).
To apply, go to the CDFA website, http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/organic.html and download the Cost Share application packet/documents. Send the completed, signed application to CDFA with all supporting documentation listed above.
Applications are approved on a “first received, first approved” basis. Incomplete applications will be returned and the application process will need to be started again.
Applications must be sent to CDFA. Do not send the application to your certifier. Mail applications to:
California Department of Food and Agriculture
State Organic Program
Cost Share Reimbursement
ATTN: Sharon Parsons
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Please allow 6-8 weeks for the completion of the Cost Share process. For additional information or assistance, please contact Sharon Parsons at (916) 900-5202 or by email at sparsons@cdfa.ca.gov
—California Department of Food and Agriculture

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Water Efficiency Grants
for Farmers & Ranchers

Grant amounts: Up to $200,000
Due: August 5, 2016
For more information: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep/

The CDFA just opened an $18 million funding round for on-farm projects that provide water savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides grants for activities such as:

  • upgrades to more efficient pumps
  • conversion to drip
  • installation of solar panels to produce renewable energy
  • improved water storage and/or recycling
  • soil moisture monitoring and scheduling 
Up to $200,000 per agricultural operation is available, and a 50% match is recommended but not required. Applications are due August 5, 2016. View the program’s webpage and application materials by clicking here.

We are excited to announce that, for the first time, free Technical Assistance is being offered to SWEEP applicants. We encourage you to attend one of the 23 in-depth technical assistance workshops throughout California. View the list of workshops by clicking here.

CDFA is also offering four grant application workshops in Yolo, Imperial, San Luis Obispo, and Fresno Counties. View the list of info sessions by clicking here.

For a helpful overview of the application resources available on the SWEEP webpage, watch this short video.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Growing Profitable Small Farms:
Financial Risk Management and Crop Insurance
Would you like to learn about opportunities to protect your farm’s long-term financial growth and viability? Join us for this webinar where we will look at two key aspects of farm risk management, and what you can do to protect your farm and plan for the future.


Farm Finance Tools to Help You Manage Risk
Wednesday June 22, 12-1:30 pm
Join FarmLink for this farm financial management workshop that will get you started (or keep you going) on the right 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


To RSVP for this free webinar, Click Here


Presented by California Farmlink and hosted by CCOF
Support for this project is provided through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cannery Farm Coordinator, California Farm Academy

The Center for Land‐Based Learning (CLBL) inspires and motivates people of all ages, especially youth, to promote a healthy interplay between agriculture, nature and society through their actions and as leaders in their communities. We serve high schools students and adults through our experiential programs in 25 California counties. Our California Farm Academy beginning farmer training program and farm business incubator has provided hands‐on education, mentorship, land for lease and marketing support for over 80 new farmers to date.

Background:

The Cannery Farm is an urban farm site integrated into the Cannery, the first ‘agrihood’ development of its kind in California. It is the result of a partnership between the City of Davis, the Center for Land‐Based Learning (Land‐Based Learning), and The New Home Company (NWHM) – a model for a public‐private‐non‐profit partnership. The 7.4‐acre farm site is currently in its final development stages by The New Home Company, the master developer for The Cannery neighbourhood. As the final touches are put on by the NWHM Company, the Center for Land‐Based Learning is beginning operations of the working farm. Graduates of CFA are growing their farm businesses at the Cannery Farm, gaining access to more land, infrastructure, and new markets in a community enthusiastic about sustainability.

Job Description:

The Cannery Farm Coordinator will be based at our office at the Cannery Farm, 1550 Cannery Ave, Davis CA. This position will report to the California Farm Academy Director and will be responsible for the following:

• Work with the Beginning Farmer Apprenticeship Coordinator to coordinate farm maintenance and some field work with incubator farmers.

• Managing shared spaces at the Cannery Farm that will include maintenance of hedgerows, gardens, farm edges, roads, and the barn (including coordinating use of space for events, supplies and equipment storage, cooler, wash station, and kitchen/break room area), and events (both fundraising and educational).

• Setting and maintaining policies for day‐to‐day upkeep of the Cannery Farm.

• Coordinating, in partnership with incubator farmers and additional local and regional partners, educational opportunities, workshops, and volunteer events at Cannery Farm for community members.

• Set up and manage the Cannery Farm office, including infrastructure maintenance scheduling, general operations and logistics.

• Serve as the liaison between the Center for Land‐Based Learning, the City of Davis, the New Home Development Company, and the incubator farmers by working to foster open communication between all parties and promote the interests of all the stakeholders. This responsibility will include attending such regular meetings as the Davis Open Space and Habitat Commission (which is held in the evening once per month).

• Facilitating marketing opportunities for beginning farmers in the Cannery Community and Davis.

• Facilitating and coordinating possible research opportunities (e.g. UC Davis CAES, UCCE, and UC Ag and Natural Resources).

• Spearheading fundraising and development of partnerships to support long‐term management, development of infrastructure, acquisition of tools and implements for farm use.

• Assisting with CLBL events (fundraisers, donor appreciation events, open houses, etc).

Mandatory requirements:

The Cannery Farm Coordinator should have a strong commitment to education, community building, agriculture, and ecology and land stewardship. She/he must be self‐motivated, and capable of working effectively both alone and with a larger team.

● Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in Agriculture, Community Development, or other closely‐related field.

● Experience in farming; either as a beginning farmer, apprentice/intern, or other related agricultural farm job, or experience in restoration or landscape architecture.

● Experience working with diverse partners and stakeholders, with ability to work collaboratively to create and implement programs.

● Excellent communication, social and writing skills.

● Experience in event planning, workshop planning, and community building.

● Experience in adult education, particularly involving urban agriculture, community organizing, market development and mentoring new businesses.

In addition, the ideal candidate will also have:

• A background in either formal or informal educational programs, including developing and implementing workshops and community events

• An ability and willingness to be flexible

• Moderate to advanced computer skill, especially with Microsoft Office, web browsers, social media, and email

• Willingness to work odd hours and weekends as required.

Salary:

This position will begin at .50 FTE (half‐time), but is expected to grow to full‐time within three years. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: Sri Sethuratnam, Director ‐ sri@landbasedlearning.org. Application deadline is July 6, 2016, or until filled. We encourage you to visit our website www.landbasedlearning.org.

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