Monday, April 16, 2018

Community Outreach Coordinator, Fresno Food Commons Trust

Job Description: 
Background
The Fresno Food Commons Trust (FFCT) and its subsidiary Food Commons Fresno Community Corporation (FCFCC) are working to build a fair, sustainable and thriving community-owned food system in Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley.
We are expanding our efforts to educate consumers about and provide them with access to locally sourced organic food. We are also seeking to increase direct community participation in the development, promotion, and governance of Food Commons Fresno, to ensure that our business and nonprofit activities are responsive to community needs and are integrated with interconnected social, economic and environmental initiatives in the community.
Specific objectives include 1) conduct targeted outreach and community events to educate consumers about how to access and support organic and sustainable food and farming, and how it connects to their health and economic self-determination; 2) engage community members in the development of a community food hub in southwest Fresno through participation in the design and planning process and direct investment in our Direct Public Offering; and 3) recruit and train Fresno residents to represent the community through our organization’s governing and advisory boards and to help integrate our work with that of other organizations working on interconnected issues of health and nutrition, economic development, housing, education and job training, social and environmental justice, land use, regenerative agriculture and conservation.
Position Description
The Community Outreach Coordinator will identify, recruit and coordinate training of a cohort of community members to serve on FFCT and FCFCC governing and advisory boards and to be ambassadors to other organizations working on related issues of agroecology, economic empowerment, environmental stewardship, civic engagement, and equity. The Coordinator will lead the recruitment effort with support from FFCT and FCFCC board, staff, consultants and partner organizations. The Coordinator will also oversee development and delivery of one or more trainings that will include leadership skill building and understanding of systemic change.
This is a part-time position, averaging approximately 25-30 hours per week and is open immediately. Compensation $20-$28 per hour depending on qualifications. This position is expected to last nine months with the possibility of extension contingent on funding.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Work with FFCT/FCFCC board and staff to develop a target list of community organizations and individuals and a timeline and work plan for outreach and cohort recruitment and training.
Engage with relevant community organizations to introduce them to Food Commons Fresno, identify common interests and opportunities for collaboration, and identify potential community allies and cohort members.
Plan, organize and present at FCFCC, community and organizational events and organize and conduct individual and group meetings to introduce community members to Food Commons Fresno and recruit their participation in the program.
Support FFCT and FCFCC board, staff and consultant community outreach and engagement efforts to promote the FCFCC’s Direct Public Offering to raise community capital for business expansion and development of a West Fresno Community Food Hub.
Work with FCFCC Business Development manager to develop and implement a community engagement plan in West Fresno to engage community members in the design and planning of the West Fresno Community Food Hub.
Hire and manage outside consultants/facilitators to support development and delivery of community outreach and training events.
Create and maintain a database of outreach targets and contacts to track activities, outcomes and next steps. Work with DPO and marketing teams to integrate database into existing FCFCC CRM database.
Meet monthly with Trust board president to review work plan and progress. Support development of funder progress reports, invoices and financial reports.
Meet at least monthly with FCFCC senior managers and DPO marketing team to coordinate and seek opportunities to leverage outreach, marketing and DPO campaign efforts.
Education & Experience: 
Minimum requirements:
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
Engaging and well-organized presenter/speaker.
Experience leading and facilitating meetings with diverse groups and individuals.
Ability to travel to meetings around the region.
Ability to work independently and in teams, utilizing web-based team collaboration and task management tools.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent substantial experience
At least two years of work experience in a project management and/or leadership role.
Passionate about local food system development in the Fresno region.
Commitment to community and Food Commons values.
Ability to work in a complex and dynamic environment with balance and a healthy sense of humor.
Highly accountable and high level of self-initiation.
Strong preference will be given to applicants with the following additional qualifications:
Strong working relationships with San Joaquin Valley community and business organizations and leaders.
Understanding of sustainable agriculture, agroecology, environmental and social justice, food access, and related issues.
Multilingual.
Previous administrative or operating experience in nonprofit organizations.
Experience working with residents and community leaders in low-income and underserved urban and rural neighborhoods.
Familiarity with Food Commons (www.thefoodcommons.org), cooperatives, and other social enterprise business models.
Skill with spreadsheets and CRM databases.
Experience with social media and digital communication tools.
Experience with print and digital media design and layout.
Application Instructions: 
To apply send a resume and cover letter to karen@foodcommonsfresno.org. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 20, 2018.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Join our team in Santa Cruz! Central Coast Program Coordinator position open!

Job Description: 
The Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator will support FarmLink’s mission by providing training and direct assistance to help small farmers access and successfully use land and capital. This position provides farm business development services in land access, farm succession planning, loan packaging and assistance. The Coordinator will provide one-on-one technical assistance to small and low-resource farmers and organize group education offerings on: financing options, loan packaging, cash flow projections, credit counseling, leasing and purchasing land, farm transition planning, and other special projects as well as engaging a network of partners and advisors. The Coordinator will assist other staff as needed in program management, communications, evaluation of programs, and grant design.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Land Access and Linking
Provide farmers, ranchers and landowners with information on land leasing, land purchasing/sales and alternative land tenure options;
Assist farmers with negotiating secure, fair leases and finding land for lease or sale; coordinate with FarmLink’s loan team to assist farmers in financing land purchases;
Support farmers and landowners if/when they experience a breach in lease or other tenure-related issues;
Assist in maintaining and updating an online hub of land for lease or sale and in connecting landowners and farmers;
Outreach to and educate landowners about what it means to lease land to a farmer and help both parties to set and manage expectations;
Create and update resources that will support farmers and landowners in the process of seeking and leasing land, farm purchase/sale, and succession planning.
Business Development
Maintain and cultivate a network of experienced farm service professionals, including attorneys, CPAs, family communications specialists, realtors, insurance providers, and business consultants;
Provide farmers with information on farm financing options including FarmLink’s loan program, preparing for financing, and credit education;
Conduct regional loan monitoring site visits in coordination with FarmLink’s loan program, and provide business development assistance; and
Provide farmers, as well as partners and staff, with information on risk management options.
Education and Outreach
Organize and present group education offerings at workshops, seminars, and conferences
Assist in grant reporting;
Outreach to agricultural landowners and organizations to increase FarmLink’s capacity to offer quality land opportunities;
Outreach to beginning and underserved farmers to increase awareness of FarmLink programs;
Cultivate relationships with build community with supporters and donors; participate in Friends of FarmLink events and assist in seeking and cultivating funding opportunities.
Education & Experience: 
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. We are an equal opportunity provider and employer, and do not discriminate against race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, or national origin.
Application Instructions: 
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to info@cafarmlink.org.

Monday, March 26, 2018




Join Us!

Growing Opportunity:
Farm Finance Expo
March 28, 2018
11am - 5pm
West Sacramento City Hall Galleria 
One Stop Shopping for Ag Loans and Resources for Financing 
Your Farm Business!
  • Meet Local Ag Lenders and Explore Financing Options
  • Learn How to Pitch a Farm Business for Financing
  • Manage Your Farm's Finances (Instead of Your Finances Managing You)
Panels and workshops will include lenders, farmers and trainers who will cover the following topics:
  • Why Borrow: The Benefits of Financing- featuring farmers' stories of practical use of capital and risks of underinvesting in your business
  • Budgeting for Success: A Profit & Loss Craft Circle- a hands-on activity to build confidence in financial projections
  • Lender and Farmer Panel- featuring fruitful relationships
  • Alternative Financing Panel- examples from the evolving field 
  • Plus Keynote speech from Kate Danaher, Senior Manager at RSF Social Finance!
Be sure to take advantage of one of these unique opportunities offered by FarmLink at the Farm Finance Expo:
  • Financial Check-Up: together we'll explore your financial goals and action plans.
  • Loan Pre-Qualification: together we can determine if and how you might use additional capital in 2018. Just bring your past three years of business tax records, current financial statements, and production and marketing plan and we'll see what's possible, or come up with an action plan to make it possible.

In less than one hour we can assess your potential need for business financing!

Please contact liya@cafarmlink.org to learn more or schedule your appointment in advance.
Sponsored By:                                                    Program Support Provided By:









California FarmLink | 831.425.0303 | www.cafarmlink.org
Pastured Poultry Production and Networking Workshops; Register here:

Next Workshop: Thursday March 29, 2018 in Davis/Esparto
(Other upcoming workshops: Hands-on processing workshop at Santa Rosa Junior College Friday May 18; Salinas workshop May 30 and Central Coast farm tour in early June; 2-day session including poultry nutrition in Corvallis, OR in August. Contact us for more information!)
Where: Morning workshop at Glide Ranch (36355 Russell Blvd), Davis, CA;
Afternoon farm visit to Say Hay Farms (19182 Co. Rd 87B), Esparto, CA
Intended Participants: Any producer (including prospective & beginning farmers) interested in raising poultry (layers and/or broilers) on pasture and improving their poultry production systems and business management.
Approach: This workshop is focused on participatory learning and will alternate between presentations, case ”scenario” discussion, Q & A sessions, farm visit and hands-on demonstrations. The day will include networking opportunities with other farmers. Lunch will be provided and a light breakfast will be available in the morning. We will be visiting a working a diversified organic farm with pastured poultry (laying hens).
What You Will Learn: Preventative health, production system design considerations, organic certification, marketing and labeling, recordkeeping and profitability.
Project Resource People / Presenters:
-Anny Huang, UC Davis: Poultry production and social networking survey.
-Maurice Pitesky, Cooperative Extension, Poultry Health and Food Safety Epidemiology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine: Pasture-based production systems; Bird health preventive practices and monitoring (e.g. Salmonella testing); Hands-on demonstration of mobile apps for easily collecting on-farm data.
-Deb Niemeier, UC Davis, Civil & Environmental Engineering, current and founding Director for the Sustainable Design Lab: Design considerations in housing and equipment for systems productivity.
-Chris Hay, Say Hay Farms, CCOF-certified organic diversified crop farmer & pastured poultry producer
-Ann Baier, National Center for Appropriate Technology/ATTRA, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Organic Inspector: How to find out what you need to know to develop increasingly workable, legal, profitable management of organic and pasture-based systems for raising birds, handling eggs, and processing poultry meat.
Cost: $20 includes lunch. Pre-registration requested to ensure minimum participation requirements are met, and food orders are accurate.
Information Resources: commercial, small to medium scale & backyard poultry production http://ucanr.edu/sites/poultry/ andhttps://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/poultry/

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Job Opportunity at the Cloverleaf Farm

Job Description: 
Our goal at the Cloverleaf Farm is to produce excellent fruit while improving our soil, our environment, and our local community. Our vision is to create a thriving farm-ecosystem, burgeoning with insects, wildlife, and soil microorganisms, that minimizes water and energy consumption, as well as other external inputs. We believe in treating ourselves and our customers with care, and we strive to explore innovative farming ideas, foster creativity, and provide an educational forum for the community. As our farm continues to expand and diversify, we aim to develop new markets to further integrate the farm into our local food system. We have lots of ideas and plenty of work to do -- and we could use your help!
The Cloverleaf Farm is operated by three partners -- Katie Fyhrie, Emma Torbert, and Kaitlin Oki. The farm currently manages a four-acre stone fruit orchard, an acre of mixed annual and perennial crops, an acre of blackberries, a small citrus grove, and multiple hedgerows. We market our fruit and fruit-based value-added products to customers throughout the Sacramento and Bay Area regions via a number of grocery stores, the Davis Farmers Market, the Collins Community Farmstand, our sliding-scale CSA, U-picks, and Ugly Fruit Club. We are currently initiating a process of converting our partnership into a worker-owned cooperative and seeking potential member-owners.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Start date: April 1 (flexible)
Compensation: $12-13.50/hour depending on qualifications
Hourly expectations: five 8-10 hour shifts per week
Job responsibilities:
Annual fruit and vegetable production
Fruit tree care
Blackberry care
Hedgerow maintenance
Harvesting, sorting and packing fruit
Producing jams, fruit leathers and syrups
Delivering wholesale and CSA orders
Working farmers markets and the Collins Community Farmstand
Attending regular meetings
Management opportunities:
U-picks
Ugly Fruit Club
Farm-to-school crop contracts
Row crop production
Opportunities for advancement:
During March-August, employees will perform the job responsibilities listed above. In September, employees will have the opportunity to assess whether they would like to continue a farming career at Cloverleaf Farm and work toward becoming a full partner.
Education & Experience: 
Required qualifications.
Availability to work part-time or full-time March 1 - April 30 (flexible)
Availability to work full-time May 1 - September 30
Previous farming and/or commercial kitchen experience
Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills
Ability to lift 50+ pounds on a daily basis
Driver’s license and ability to drive or bike to work
Preferred qualifications.
Flexibility in working weekends
Previous experience with group decision-making processes
Interest in a career in farming and working toward becoming a full farm partner
Experience in any of the following:
Wholesale or direct-consumer marketing
Social media or web development
Value-added product production or other kitchen experience
Bookkeeping
Farm management (esp. blackberries, fruit trees and vegetables)
Crew management
Delivery coordination
Field equipment operation
Administrative tasks
Grant writing and management
Habitat restoration
Application Instructions: 
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and interested applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in this position, please complete a written application. We will review your application materials within one week and follow up with you to let you know if we would like to schedule a working interview. If you are having difficulties accessing or completing the written application, email Kaitlin atthecloverleaffarm@gmail.com.
Copy and paste this link for the written application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfecwy-lxuYL-SYtP7XNx_CZT55ar7....

Property for lease in Solano County

4 acre Orchard and some open ground for lease in Winters. Orchard is comprised of 80 producing peach trees (many varieties), 80 producing apricot trees (2 varieties), 80 producing Olive trees, 80 producing Almond trees (3 varieties), 300 mandarin trees (2 varieties, not yet producing 2 yrs old), 40 other various producing citrus trees (lemons and oranges). 2 to 3 acres of grassland in which orchard could be expanded. The land is undulating. 
Ideally, a small local farmer would lease the 3+ acre orchard and expand it or plant other crops in the remaining 3 acres. Said farmer would maintain the trees, mow, prune, spray etc and harvest and sell the fruit. Chickens could be compatible.

Learn more here.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Farm Internship at Mountain Bounty Farm in Nevada City!

Job Description: 
Mountain Bounty Farm is a certified organic 16 acre vegetable farm located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. We operate a 600 member CSA program, as well as sell wholesale and at the local farmer's market. Interns are a core element of our 12-14 person farm crew and they participate in all farm activities from greenhouse work to harvest, field work, and farmer’s markets. Interns work closely with the farm managers to maintain our complex and dynamic vegetable farm. This includes driving tractors, seeding, transplanting, lots of weeding, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing produce, driving deliveries, and other crop care.
Interns work Monday through Friday, 8+ hours per day, and are also responsible for two Saturday farmers markets per month, and occasional irrigation duties after-hours. We average a 40-hour work week over the season, with slightly shorter weeks in spring and fall, and slightly longer weeks at the height of summer.
Internships at Mountain Bounty Farm are challenging, highly sought after, and immensely rewarding. The vast majority of Mountain Bounty alumni go on to either work at other farms or start their own farms. Interns who excel in their first season may be offered management positions and permanent employment here at Mountain Bounty.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Prior farm experience is preferred, but not a requirement. Successful candidates usually have experience with some type of outdoor labor and/or a strong athletic background. We are also looking for people who are serious about farming as a career. This is a top-notch training opportunity for someone who is ready to take on the challenge and responsibility of farming.
We are looking for people who are organized, curious, outgoing and personable, wacky and fun, and very motivated. Applicants should be able to work hard and fast in all weather (it can be cold and wet here in spring and fall, and summers are very hot), do heavy lifting, repetitive grasping, standing, bending, and lots of walking. Although we keep the work varied, farming is inherently challenging. Ideal candidates are committed to the farming lifestyle and all that it entails.
Education & Experience: 
The majority of the educational component comes through the experience of working directly on the farm: learning by doing. Over the years, we have developed a successful system that is also relatively simple and elegant. One benefit as an intern is reaping the bounty of our many years of learning, passed along to you over the course of your internship. Interns are gradually given more and more responsibility, to the extent they are individually ready. We believe that being allowed to take charge of something important, and also being allowed to make mistakes, is one of the richest and most effective ways to learn.
Additionally, each intern is responsible for a project of their own: managing chickens, irrigating crops, greenhouse care, farmers markets, etc. Toward the end of the season, we occasionally take field trips to other farms in the area, and periodically we take time to sit down after work for intern-directed Q&A discussions (topics like “farm business management”). We love to teach and are stimulated by people who are excited about learning. Long hours in the field provide the perfect opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t, as well as plenty of discussion about why.
Application Instructions: 
visit our website www.mountainbountyfarm.com/our-people-1 for more detailed information on our internship program and instructions on how to apply. Any questions email Missy at employment@mountainbountyfarm.com