Monday, September 10, 2018

Sacramento #2250

Listing ID: Sacramento #2250

Description:
157 acres for lease in Wilton. The principles are seeking a long-term lease arrangement with a farmer interested in growing a commercial crop (vineyard, tree nuts, etc) and not for cattle grazing. Several orchard and vineyard applications are in the near vicinity.
The property is not for sale. The current lease comes up for renewal in Dec. 2018
This property is a legacy ranch that has been in the family for over 150 years. Walnuts were commercially farmed on the irrigated portion of the property in the 1960s, and discontinued due to poor planning. The land has been used continuously since then for cattle grazing.
The land has never been ripped. In order to develop for commercial vineyard/tree nuts/other crop it will need to be ripped and plowed prior to a commercial planting. A complete wetlands assessment was performed on the property in 2013 by D. Moore & Associates. The assessment determined there are no known endangered species, and seasonal wetlands – approx. 1.75 acres – were mapped with GPS coordinates.
Laguna Creek runs through the property, and flows seasonally from Dec. through Apr, depending on the amount of rainfall. There are approx. 68 acres of flat, irrigated land east of the creek, currently used for pasture. There are approx. 79 acres of gently rolling uplands west of the creek. There is a separate, fenced 2 acre parcel in the center of the property which is a vineyard and is currently not included in the land available for lease.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Free Recordkeeping Webinars

Well-designed recordkeeping systems can facilitate sound farm management, reduce stress, promote farm sustainability, and track organic products from start to finish. Join the CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a webinar that reviews USDA organic regulations related to recordkeeping requirements for crop producers. We will highlight practical recordkeeping methods to meet your farm’s needs for organic certification. This webinar is ideal for farmers interested becoming certified organic, growers new to organic certification, or certified organic producers seeking to improve their recordkeeping systems.
Date/Time: August 21, 2018 – 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Cost: Free
More Information/Registration: https://www.ccof.org/organic-recordkeeping-101

Digital Organic Recordkeeping for Growers
Join the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the CCOF Foundation for a webinar that explores digital solutions for organic recordkeeping for growers. Our speakers will highlight software strategies that can assist you in keeping records while meeting USDA National Organic Program standards for certified organic crop production on small- to mid-sized farms.
Date/Time: September 12, 2018 – 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Cost: Free


Monday, July 30, 2018

Edible City Orchardist at Soil Born Farms in Racho Cordova


Job Description: 
As part of the South Sacramento Neighborwoods Initiative, the Edible City Orchardist will
develop a productive orchard at Soil Born Farms’ American River Ranch, and will support the
development of an educational fruit tree care class series for community members interested in diving
deeper into fruit production. Along with these projects, the community orchardist will support volunteer activities at the farm and in the community, and will provide fruit tree expertise in an accessible, down to earth way through hands on workshops, videos, written documents, and other materials. This position has a strong focus on community education, fruit production, and volunteer engagement.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
● Co-creating and managing the American River Ranch Teaching Orchard
● Supporting the development of a fruit tree care educational pathway for community members
● Developing educational materials, videos, and similar products regarding fruit tree care and best
practices for maintenance and planting fruit trees
● Developing and managing a fruit tree nursery
● Utilizing community volunteers to advance projects in the orchard space
● Maintaining accurate records for activities in the orchard and planting projects in the community
● Assisting in development of programs that lead to financial sustainability with minimal or no grant
funds
● Supporting special volunteer activities, community events, and fundraisers
● Act as liaison between the orchard, the farm team, and the edible city initiative
Education & Experience: 
● 3+ years experience in fruit tree orchards
● Experience working with volunteers and leading educational activities
● Demonstrated problem solving ability and willingness to make improvements and try new things
Application Instructions: 
Submit an application and brief cover letter to Nick Anicich, Edible City Manager at nanicich@soilborn.org

Friday, July 13, 2018

Come Join the Team at California FarmLink!

FULL-TIME LOAN OFFICER
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports To: Director of Lending
Primary Office: Aptos, CA
Salary: $45-60K commensurate with experience

Job Summary:
Join California FarmLink’s lending team to support California farmers and vibrant local food systems. The individual in this position will play a key role in the expansion of FarmLink’s agricultural lending as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), nationally unique in its focus on supporting the land and capital needs of next generation farmers. The Loan Officer is responsible for originating, qualifying, underwriting, structuring, closing, monitoring and servicing loans for farmers in California. A key success factor in this position will be the effective delivery of technical assistance and business coaching, as well as referrals to professionals and service providers that can support business success.

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.

FULL-TIME LOAN OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Reports To: Loan Operations Manager
Primary Office: Aptos, CA
Salary: $35-50K commensurate with experience

Job Summary:
Join California FarmLink’s lending team to support California farmers and vibrant local food systems. This new position will play a key role in the expansion of FarmLink’s agricultural lending as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), nationally unique in its focus on supporting the land and capital needs of next generation farmers. The Loan Operations Associate will support the loan documentation and servicing function within FarmLink’s lending department, and is supervised by the Loan Operations Manager.

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Be the CSA Manager at Riverdog Farm!

Riverdog Farm is a 450 acre certified organic, diversified family farm that grows vegetables, fruits, nuts, and raises pastured chickens and pigs. We are located in the beautiful Capay Valley. Our philosophy is that by taking care of our employees, land, and animals, we are helping to create and sustain a better food system. We have been helping to bring organic, seasonal, local food to the fore of the sustainable food movement throughout Northern California for over 25 years. We sell our products year round at Berkeley and Sacramento Farmers Markets, to regional restaurants, wholesale distributors and to CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) customers.

Position Summary:
Riverdog Farm is seeking a qualified, enthusiastic candidate to join our small but driven office administrative team. This person will be responsible for managing the CSA program, web-store and assist in other administrative office tasks such as sales support, food safety and organic compliance, and manage one area farmers market per week. Must be willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed. This is a full time on farm position that comes with competitive health and dental benefit employer contribution.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Responsibilities:
CSA and Web-store Management
The csa manager is responsible for all administrative aspects of the csa program and web-store, including but not limited to: account maintenance and billing, customer service, logistics, marketing and promotion of on and off farm events, creating and publishing a weekly newsletter and working in collaboration with field and sales managers to build the weekly CSA box. Web store tasks include online inventory management, customer service and support, publishing a monthly newsletter and promotions.
Office Support
Office support duties include invoicing, sales support, basic office tasks, handling basic HR health insurance inquiries, working in partnership with the owners of the farm to address CCOF certification and food safety compliance tasks, and performing quarterly water sampling.
Farmers Market
We participate in 4 weekly farmers markets per week. On farm market managers drive a box truck to the market location where they direct and assist with setup, sales, and break down of stall before returning to the farm. Must be able to lift and carry 50lbs. repeatedly, know how to drive a manual transmition vehicle, and responsibly handle cash and farm inventory. Market days are long, and require some hours of overtime.
Education & Experience: 
Required Qualifications:
• Minimum 1 year experience working on an organic farm or with other local, seasonal food systems such as CSA’s, Farmers Markets, produce retail or vegetable distribution companies
• 2 years experience working in customer service and sales positions
• Exceptional customer service and account management skills
• Exceptional written English and verbal communication
• Experience using QuickBooks and MS Office Suite
• Valid California Drivers license
• Must be able to lift 50lbs. and climb in and out of the back of a box truck repeatedly.
• Strong work ethic, detailed oriented, trustworthy and able to work both independently and as part of a cohesive team in a fast paced, busy environment.
Preferred Qualifications
• Spanish language skills
• Experience using Farmigo CSA and Web-store Software
• Advanced computer and analytic skills
• Prior experience driving manual transmition box trucks
Application Instructions: 
Please email resume and cover letter to: csa@riverdogfarm.com. No phone calls please. We will contact you to schedule an interview if your experience and qualifications match our requirements.

Cooperative Development Specialist- Food and Agriculture, California Center for Cooperative Development

Davis, CA
The Cooperative Development Specialist will support projects involving people who are interested in starting cooperatively owned businesses within the food system, including marketing fresh and value-added fruits and vegetables, retail grocery stores, and farms operated as worker cooperatives. The specialist will also provide ancillary education related to general farm production and marketing, and business planning. Many of our project partners include groups who speak English as a second language. The agriculture projects include those based on fruit, vegetables, grain, and processed food producers in separate projects and includes working with local technical assistance provider partners for each project. This position allows for the Specialist to grow into work within other sectors, including housing and non-rural service oriented worker cooperatives.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As a Cooperative Development Specialist, you’ll be:
• Talking to farmer who produce many different crops, ranchers, and small business owners in the food supply chain about strategies for improving their businesses through cooperation
• Completing market research and feasibility studies, including conducting producer surveys, interviews with key informants, and building financial pro formas
• Assessing the readiness of organizers and helping them get to the next level
• Developing relationships with partners with specific expertise in different areas to help our clients make strategic decisions
• Developing presentations and written materials for trainings
• Organizing and marketing conferences
• Evaluating current and potential projects and preparing progress reports for funders
Education & Experience: 
REQUIREMENTS
• 5 years of combined experience working in agriculture, fresh fruit/veg distribution, or retail food sectors
• At least one experience starting an organization (non-profit, for-profit, or cooperative organization)
• Experience conducting research including designing written surveys, conducting interviews, and analyzing data
• Strong communication and presentation skills
• High degree of competency using Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
• Self-motivated, highly organized team player
• An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit
• Ability to travel statewide an average 2-3 times per month; occasional national travel
• BA or MS in Ag Econ, Business Administration, Managerial Economics, Community Development, or other field related to food or agriculture.
Application Instructions: 
Send resume, cover letter, references, and completed CCCD application (link available at http://www.cccd.coop/about-us/job-opportunities)