Monday, February 27, 2017

Unique Farm Manager/Owner Position Fouch Farms

4515 Woodview Ln
MariposaCA 95338
Employment Type: 
Full-Time

Job Description: 
Seeking someone to manage our ranch and expand operations as desired on our 480 owned acres and 300 leased acres farm. We currently have 100 head of grass-fed/finished beef direct-marketed once annually to an established CA customer base. We have sold pastured goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens in the past and have a 1000 sq foot irrigated hoop house for veg production. We are seeking an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit who is interested in starting their own enterprises while managing our current operation -a polyface-style sub-contractor essentially.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Management of established beef herd, seasonal haying of 50 acres, creating/developing profitable add-on enterprises as desired (i.e., pastured poultry, goats, pigs, CSA, market garden, etc) within a sustainable, organic model. Easily able to certify organic if paperwork completed. Marketing/advertising/social media. Maintain AWA and Grass-fed Certifications.
Education & Experience: 
Desired qualifications include holistic management, MIG, cattle ranching experience.
Application Instructions: 
Please send resumes to jesse@fouchfarms.com, a personal interview at our farm is required.
Compensation: Room & Board (2Bed/1bath house, beef/dairy/veg share). Salary DOE.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Land Listing in Yuba County!

Yuba #2196

Description:

Heartland is an off-grid, solar-powered, 25 acre lakeside haven, community, event space, and a business incubator in Wheatland. We are seeking a food farming startup or an existing food farming venture that is looking to expand their operation.

We are lake-side, among rolling hills filled with Oak trees. This is truly a heaven on earth.

We are a budding community of empowered people. Our focus is on building various other parts of our community and are offering an entrepreneurial opportunity. This can be a joint venture opportunity or a land lease. All applicants should be self-sufficient financially, and have sufficient funds for a full year of operations.

We would like to host monthly gatherings that always provide farm to table opportunities. We are also planning to host many workshops and events that present farm to table opportunities.

Our internal community opportunities are a great bonus to your current business plans.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Training at Terra Firma Farm

Monday, February 20th, 2pm - 5pm

Join veteran organic vegetable grower Paul Underhill of Terra Firma Farm for a three-hour workshop in Winters on the basics of mechanical cultivation for vegetable crops. The workshop is geared towards small and new farmers and will include:

-- How to select the right tractor for your operation
-- Choosing a bed size that best fits your crop mix and your equipment
-- Simple techniques for marking out and shaping beds
-- Strategies to allow mechanical cultivation of hand-planted crops
-- Inexpensive mechanical planting options
-- Setting up an easy to use, inexpensive cultivator that will work with most of your crops
-- A show and tell of different cultivator tools.
-- How to prioritize equipment purchases to make the most of your limited funds.

Workshop will feature two hours of instruction plus an hour for questions and discussion. The instructor will tailor the workshop to each participant's needs. Size will be limited to 6 participants.

Cost: $85 per person or organization.
Please RSVP to Paul if you would like to attend: pablitotff@gmail.com

Friday, February 3, 2017

The next Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast is Feb 15th, 7 AM to 9:30 AM at Happy Apple Kitchen in Chicago Park.
Dixie Chan will talk about farm & ranch taxes and answer your questions. Her husband, Bryant, a retired IRS investigator will talk about identity theft. Bring your questions.
Come have a great breakfast prepared by Anna & Teresa and learn what you need to know before tax season gets into full swing. 

Cost is $15 per person, including tax and tip. Reservations are required.
Reserve your place by February 13th at  http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=19841
Should be a good event, hope to see you there!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Title: Building Soil, Building Wealth Bilingual Workshop
Creating healthy land and people through Holistic Management
  • Date: February 25
  • Time: 9am to 4pm
  • Hosts/Sponsors: Jefferson Center for Holistic Management, Soul Food Farm, Savory Institute
Event: Attend a regenerative agriculture and holistic management workshop by at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, California.  The workshop will be taught by Savory Institute-accredited field professional Spencer Smith.  
  • Workshop Highlights:
    • How to minimize input costs and increase profit using Holistic Management alone
    • How to create healthy soil that increases crop yields and forage production
    • Learn how to read the land and identify ecosystem processes
    • How to use Holistic Planned Grazing to improve soil fertility
Price: $100 per ticket online, $120 at the door
  • Discounts: please contact us for business partner or group discount rates, abbey@jeffersonhub.com
Learn more and register here.

Friday, January 27, 2017


There will be a food safety workshop for Hmong and Mien growers in the Merced area on February 15. Growers from around the Valley, including Fresno, are welcome to attend as well. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Food Safety Good Agricultural Practices Training
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
UC Cooperative Extension Merced County
2145 Wardrobe Avenue, Merced, CA 95341

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Part Time Seasonal Farm Assistant / Harvest Help Heavy Dirt Farm

24830 County Road 95
Davis CA 95616
Mid-March - Mid-November
M-W-F mornings   ~ 20 hrs per week
Friday Farmers Market harvest is a full day May - October

About the Farm
Heavy Dirt Farm (established 2012) is home to a small residential community and a vegetable farm. We consciously grow food for the local community, and participate in various forms of meaningful land based work in order to create a holistic interconnected farm system of people, plants, animals, and the land. The sole proprietor of the vegetable farm is seeking assistance for the duration of the growing season for planting, maintaining, and harvesting 1.5 acres of vegetables & orchard fruit.
We also have a small breeding flock of sheep, and rotationally graze them using an electric fence during the grass season (October - May).
We sell our produce through a small year-round CSA program, a few local restaurants, and a small farmer’s market in Sacramento. Although we are not currently certified Organic, we manage the market garden thoughtfully and holistically.  Our practices include:
  • No chemical applications: our inputs include OMRI listed compost, animal manures, & Diatomaceous Earth for pest control
  • Soil preparation using a small walk-behind tractor
  • Manual cultivation: weed control using hoes & other hand tools
  • Occultation: weed control with reusable black silage tarps
  • Minimal tillage
  • Regular Cover Cropping & Crop rotation
  • Interplanting
  • Straw mulching
  • Shade cloth for Summer greens: Reusable for MANY years, and greatly reduces water loss.
  • Drip irrigation
  • Native & insectary hedgerows
  • Plenty of research & experimentation!
For more information, check out our website (heavydirtfarm.weebly.com), our facebook page (Heavy Dirt Farm), or our instagram account (heavy_dirt_farm).

JOB POSITION – FARM ASSISTANT(S) / HARVEST HELP
Responsibilities include:
  • Support Farmer in all aspects of farm operation in the field and in the packing shed, including but not limited to:
    • Harvest!!
    • Sowing & Transplanting
    • Weeding & Cultivating with hand tools
    • Spreading compost using shovels and a hand cart
    • Irrigation
    • Washing & packing vegetables
    • Maintaining a tidy packing shed, cooler, and barn.
    • Record keeping
    • Moving electric fence, and running sheep out to pasture.
  • Additional training and responsibilities in others area of interest may be available if applicable. There is a possibility for this position to evolve into a full- or part-time partnership, with profit sharing, for an experienced candidate.
  • Hours are generally Monday mornings - Wednesday mornings - Friday all day with some flexibility and seasonal variation in the hours worked. The MWF schedule is strict to accommodate our weekly CSA and market harvest.
  • Season-long commitment through mid-November. Exact dates are somewhat flexible. There is a possibility for this position to evolve into a full-time, year-round management position for the right candidate.
Qualifications
  • General familiarity with fruits, vegetables, and passion for good food and sustainable agriculture.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in small-scale market farming.
  • Excited to work on a communally managed property hosting multiple independent yet interrelated projects.
  • Farm work experience preferred.
  • Ability to drive manual transmission preferred.
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability and commitment to be reliable and consistent. The veggies don’t stop growing once the heat comes, so we must be there to harvest them EVERY M-W-F.
  • Physical ability to lift 50#, bend and stoop for long periods, and perform repetitive tasks (No applicant will be rejected because of a condition or impairment that, with reasonable accommodation, does not prevent performance of work.)
  • Ability to withstand Summer temperatures in excess of 100 degrees and Spring / Fall work in rain and cold.
  • Applicant should be self-motivated, hardworking, and eager to learn. Flexibility is a must as tasks are varied and the nature of work on our diverse small farm can be highly dynamic.
Compensation
This is a part-time seasonal position with the possibility for more hours during the height of the growing season (July - October). Compensation will be minimum wage ($10.50/hr) to start with access to farm produce as available. Eggs and lamb may be bought at a discount.
An ideal applicant is interested in participating in many aspects of a small-scale, diversified farming operation & homesteading. Low cost on-site housing opportunities may be available at a future date with the approval of other farm residents.
To apply, please send a resume including:
  1. Hours of availability M - W - F, and factors that might affect them between now and November.
  2. Past work experience, including specific responsibilities and duties
  3. Your goals relating to market farming.
  4. Farming demands a lot of diverse skills. What specific skills / interests do you have? (carpentry, machine operation & repair, cooking, writing, plumbing, welding, art, retail sales, computers, etc...)
  5. 2 references
Send to: heavydirtcsa@gmail.comWe will contact you to coordinate an on-farm interview. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.