Friday, February 16, 2018

New Land Listing in Nevada County!


Six acres for lease in Penn Valley. We have approximately one acre of tress (120 ) and five acres of gently gently sloped, south facing, very rich soil with approx 60# pressure. All trees are on drip system. Also have 8N Ford tractor with some tilling attachments that can be used by tenant. This is an end of year crop. The oil production starts in November. Vegetables and fruit through summer, olives to follow in November. Potential opportunity to trade land lease for the management of olive tree orchard.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Operational Continuity: planning for the unexpected in your operation
Saturday, Feb 17, 1-4 PM UC Cooperative Extension office, Auburn. 
Reply to this e-mail if you want to come.
Many of you participated in the discussion last fall about how to keep your operation going when unexpected events happen. This is a workshop to help you strategize and develop a plan and get ideas from your peers. It is part of the Farm Business Planning course, but is open to other producers as well.

Placer-Nevada-South Sutter-North Sacramento Watershed Annual Meeting
Wednesday February 21, 10 AM at the MRF, 3033 Fiddyment Rd, Roseville
You will want to attend this meeting because PNSSNS is going out on its own as a Watershed Coalition, and that will affect you as a producer.
If you are a commercial farmer or rancher (you sell your crops/products), you need to belong to the Watershed Coalition. Please come and find out what is happening and voice your opinion.

Growing Citrus in the Foothills
Sat Feb 24 & Mar 3, 9 AM – 1 PM
If you are interested in planting mandarins or other citrus, this class will give you what you need to know.
Location : Room I-10, Sierra College Rocklin
Register online at: https://sierra.augusoft.net/ Course # 8273
Class Fee: $89.00 Material Fee: $8.00

FDA–approved Food Safety Workshop – save the date!
For those who need to be Food Safety-certified by FDA => those of you who primarily sell wholesale or earn $500,000 or more from sales of produce.
March 22, 8 AM to 5 PM, Loomis Vet Hall. $20 per person
The workshop is being done by an organization called AgSafe, under contract to CDFA, but the registration is not up on their website (http://www.agsafe.org )yet.

Beginning Farming Academy
April 6, 8 AM to 8 PM and April 7, 8 AM to 8 PM, $75 per person
If you are a beginning farmer or know one, applications are open at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=24011

It Takes Cooperation to Build a Food COOP!

Central Square 
Food Co-op 
Community Meeting 

536 Grass Valley Hwy., Auburn 

Monday, February 12 5:30 - 7:30PM  
Meet and Greet 5:30-6:00PM Food/Beer Available 


• Member Owner Signup 
• Business Plan Overview 
• Co-op Lease Options 
• Come Join the Team 




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Conservation and Stewardship Program Manager with American Farmland Trust

Job Description: 
The mission of American Farmland Trust (AFT) is Saving the Land That Sustains Us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. AFT is a national organization with regional field offices throughout the United States, including California. For more information go to:www.farmland.org with our California programs highlighted at: https://www.farmland.org/our-work/where-we-work/california
Position
The Conservation and Stewardship Program Manager is a mid-level professional responsible for leading and managing the expansion of AFT's Working Lands for Conservation Program in the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast regions of California. Under the direction of the California State Director, the Program Manager will work with farmers and a variety of partners and funders to develop, fund and implement planning and on-the ground projects related to soil, water, fish, and wildlife conservation. The Program Manager will also promote farmland protection and coordinate engagement of farmers, ranchers, and partner organizations. The Program Manager is a full time (37.5 hours/week) position. The position is a telework position and requires travel throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast regions of California and occasional travel elsewhere in the state.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
The Conservation and Stewardship Program Manager is a mid-level professional responsible for leading and managing the expansion of AFT's Working Lands for Conservation Program in the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast regions of California. Under the direction of the California State Director, the Program Manager will work with farmers and a variety of partners and funders to develop, fund and implement planning and on-the ground projects related to soil, water, fish, and wildlife conservation. The Program Manager will also oversee the monitoring of AFT's conservation easements and promote farmland protection and engagement of farmers, ranchers, and partner organizations. The Program Manager is a full time (37.5 hours/week) position. The position is based out of --- and requires extensive travel throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast regions of California and occasional travel elsewhere in the state.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Working directly with farmers and farmland owners to improve natural resource conservation management and its practical application to farmland; with a focus on the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast Regions of California
• Working collaboratively with farmers, farmland owners, agricultural leaders, partner organizations, public agencies in the region and federal, state and local governments;
• Engaging with stakeholders to identify barriers, create common ground solutions, and develop, fund, and implement projects that further the adoption of best management practices and projects including soil health and water conservation, groundwater recharge, and fish and wildlife habitat improvements.
• Working with AFT’s California's Regional staff to facilitate project development, funding, implementation and evaluation;
• Assisting in the development of programmatic logic models and natural resource conservation planning, and provides project management;
• Representing AFT at public meetings, field days and natural resource educational events;
• Assisting with the development of compelling proposals to secure funds for priority projects and provides input on reporting to funders and AFT leadership
• Other duties as assigned
COMPENSATION
Compensation is based on qualifications and experience. AFT offers an excellent package of benefits.
Position open until filled.
Education & Experience: 
Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in relevant agricultural and/or natural resource management discipline and at least 7 years in implementing planning and implementation projects in such a field
• Experience managing complex or multiple projects, workload and finances under deadline
• Supervisory experience including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance
• Experience completing tasks independently and as a team with respect to timeline
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, Spanish fluency desired
• Demonstrating experience with grant writing or other types of fundraising or fee for service contracts
• Proficient in Geographical Information Systems and Office Suite, including PowerPoint
• Knowledge of San Joaquin and/or Central Coast watersheds and land use
• Politically saavy and experienced in partnership development, especially in the agricultural and natural resource community
• Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing agricultural preservation and/or conservation policy and plans
• Flexible, creative, and a self-starter with strong interpersonal communication skills

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Come work at California FarmLink!

Lending and Loan Services Associate
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), which is unique in the country in providing small, minority and organic farmers with access to capital and technical assistance. The Lending & Loan Services Associate will support two key functions within FarmLink’s lending department: 1) serve as the primary point of contact within the organization for business owners inquiring and applying for financing; and 2) provide key support in documenting and servicing FarmLink’s existing portfolio.

To Apply
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to info@cafarmlink.org. See the full job description here
Please join Fresno UCCE on Wednesday, January 31 for a workshop on small business resources for farmers producing and marketing value-added products.

Services highlighted will include:
- Free resources for packaging, branding, and marketing value-added products such as dried fruits and herbs, jams, sauces, and other products
- Alternative lenders that can provide startup capital for a small business
- How to obtain a permit for small-scale food processing in the home under the Cottage Foods Act

Date and Time:  January 31, 2018, 9 am – 2:00 pm

Location:  UC Cooperative Extension Building, 550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710
San Joaquin, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus Rooms (Basement)

Lunch is provided- please RSVP by January 26 at (559) 241-7515