Monday, February 18, 2019

Farm-Hand Position at Flying V Farm

Info about Flying V Farm: Flying V Farm is a worker-owned, certified organic farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. We are four individuals who work to produce food in a way that nourishes our community, stewards the land and empowers workers. Through the success of our business, we strive to advance worker-ownership in agriculture in order to build a more socially and ecologically just rural economy. For more information visit: www.flyingvfarmca.com or e-mail us at info@flyingvfarmca.com
Job Description: Flying V Farm is looking to hire a part-time farm hand to work 8hrs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from May-October of 2019 to assist in the following roles:
-Harvest help:
● Harvesting produce from the field
● Packing produce in the packing station
● Organizing produce in the cooler
-Delivery:
● 2x/week running a delivery of produce to the Tahoe Food Hub in Penryn, outside of Auburn
-Sales at Farmers Market/ Farm Stand:
● Set-up/break-down of attractive produce display
● management of produce sales
● Engage with customers and give information about Flying V Farm
-Miscellaneous farm work:
● Weeding
● Seeding/propagation
● Planting
● Other miscellaneous farm tasks
Job Requirements:
The ideal candidate has experience in farming and/or demonstrates a strong interest in learning about organic production farming. This individual is reliable, responsive, motivated, and hopefully has a good sense of humor! We have a culture of communication and respect at Flying V and we hope to hire someone who shares similar values. In addition, all candidates must:
● Be able to lift 50lbs and work comfortably with their body. Farming is a very physically demanding job and often requires continuous lifting, squatting, bending and carrying in challenging weather conditions (heat and cold).
● Manage sales and monetary transactions.
● Valid drivers license. Experience driving a cargo van and manual car preferred but not required.
● Not required, but preferred--an interest in working cooperatively. We are a worker-owned and operated farm and we would like to hire employees with the hope that they will become candidates for membership/partnership at Flying V Farm.
Pay/benefits:
● $11-$14 based on experience
● Workers compensation.
● Flying V Farm Membership consideration after one year of work.
Next Steps:
Please e-mail a resume with two references in addition to a brief statement about your interest in agriculture and Flying V Farm to info@flyingvfarmca.com.

Friday, February 1, 2019


Monday, February 11, 2019


Greetings!
Meet produce buyers around the region and build new sales relationships with local grocers, produce distributors, restaurants and more at the Sacramento Meet the Buyers Tour! Get a head start on next season by establishing new relationships directly with buyers who care about sourcing locally and prepare for next season's plantings based on local market needs.

This tour is designed for beginning and small-medium sized farmers interested in expanding sales to organic and non-organic wholesale buyers. Topics covered on the tour will include buyer requirements for food safety certifications, packing and volume standards, and more. Priority will be given to farmers who are based in the following counties:

·    Butte
·    Yuba
·    Sutter
·    Yolo
·    Sacramento
·    Solano


Meet the Buyers Tour
Monday, February 11, 2019

Tour bus departs from two locations:

Chico
Bus departs at 7 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.
CSU Chico University Farm
311 Nicholas C Shouten Ln, Chico, CA 95928.

Woodland
Bus departs at 8:45 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
UCCE Capitol Corridor Office
70 Cottonwood Street Woodland, CA 95695.
Hop on a bus to tour Sacramento wholesale produce buyers to see their facilities and hear about their ordering and packing procedures.

Stops on the tour include General Produce, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, and Produce Express, with a lunchtime guest panel of speakers from Magpie Café and other farm-to-table restaurants (to be announced)
Lunch provided.


To register, click on one of the registration links above or contact Li Schmidt, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, at lnschmidt@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-7541.
Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast: Planning for Operational Continuity when unforeseen events happen
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8-10:30 AM
Happy Apple Kitchen, Chicago Park

Join us for a delicious, home-made breakfast at the Happy Apple Kitchen and get to know other farmers and ranchers in our area. Enjoy a chance to relax and talk with other producers about farming and ranching issues. 

We will be talking about planning for operational continuity of your farm/ranch when illness, injury, death, or natural disasters happen.
Buffet breakfast.  Cost is $15 per person, and reservations are required.
Make your reservation at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26562 by noon on February 8, 2019.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Capay Mills, Yolo County’s premier (OK, only) registered, vertically integrated artisan flour mill, is looking for a part-time mill associate.

We need someone who can commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week, starting ASAP,  with the possibility of additional hours as orders grow (as they have been). Our shop is in beautiful downtown Esparto, 25 miles (35 minutes) from Davis. 

Capay Mills produces unique stone-ground flours from locally grown grain (mainly heirloom varieties), for exceptional bakeries, restaurants and retail customers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. We mill grain we grow ourselves, as well as by partner growers in Capay Valley and northern California. We are on track to increase our capacity significantly in the coming year.

The ideal candidate is interested in helping build a sustainable local grain economy, and ideally has experience or interest in artisan baking, bread-making, brewing, distilling or other grain-driven endeavors. You must be capable of lifting 60#, and can tolerate working in a dusty and fairly loud environment (breathing and hearing protection is provided). We offer the opportunity to engage as deeply as you’re interested in the local grain movement, from growing to milling to marketing.

Work days and schedule are flexible, though our normal production days are Tuesdays through Thursdays. 

In addition to milling production work, we are also looking for a market associate to represent Capay Mills at one or more of our farmers’ markets per month on Saturdays (Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, or Davis Farmers’ Market) and Sundays (Temescal Farmers’ Market, Oakland). 

Contact me at info@capaymills.com, putting “mill associate” in the subject line, and let me know what interests you about the position. 

Check us out on Instagram (capay_mills),  FB (@capaymills) and Twitter. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Soil Born Farms is seeking an Organic Farmer
Position requires a passion for educating young farmers and growing high-quality organic fruit and vegetables in an evolving regenerative production system. The ideal candidate must be able to clearly exhibit an understanding of the pace and work ethic required for successful production farming. They must also show a desire to learn, embrace challenges, and persist through setbacks. Download full job description here.

Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to Tyler Stowers, Farm Manager, at tstowers@soilborn.org.  Position open until filled.

Job Openings at Cloverleaf Farm

About the job.

Start date: March - May (flexible)
Compensation: $12-14/hr
Hourly expectations: Full and part-time positions available (20-55 hours/week)
Scheduling may vary with the season and is flexible depending on your availability.

Job responsibilities:
➳ Harvesting, sorting and packing fruit
➳ Annual fruit and vegetable production
➳ Caring for fruit trees
➳ Maintaining native-plant hedgerows
➳ Delivering wholesale and CSA orders (optional)
➳ Working farmers markets (optional) 
➳ Producing jams, fruit leathers, syrups, and salsas (optional)

Opportunities for advancement:
➳ Qualified and hardworking employees will be given an opportunity to apply to advance into a management role in the following year.

Required qualifications:
➳ Availability to work part to full-time March 1 - Sept 30 (flexible)
➳ Previous farming and/or commercial kitchen experience
➳ Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills
➳ Ability to work in groups and enthusiasm to cultivate a positive work environment 
➳ Ability to lift 50+ pounds
➳ Driver’s license and ability to commute to work 

Preferred qualifications:
➳ Flexibility in working weekends
➳ Previous experience with group decision-making processes
➳ Interest in a career in farming
➳ Experience in any of the following:
○ Wholesale or direct-to-consumer marketing
○ Social media or web development
○ Bookkeeping
○ Farm management (esp. blackberries, fruit trees and vegetables)
○ Crew management
○ Delivery coordination
○ Field equipment operation
○ Administrative tasks
○ Grant writing and management
○ Habitat restoration
○ Value-added product production or other kitchen experience

About the farm.

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 will 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, Kaitlin Oki and Emma Torbert. The farm currently manages a four-acre stone fruit orchard, an acre of mixed annual and perennial crops, a small citrus grove, and several native-plant 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, farmers markets, 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 any employee would be eligible to be a member-owner after the season, if desired.

How to apply.

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 applicationWe 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 at kaitlinoki@gmail.com.