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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Work at California FarmLink!

Grants and Programs Manager – Job Announcement

Status: Full time, Exempt

Reports to: Executive Director, works closely with Programs, Development and Finance

Primary Office: Santa Cruz

Salary: 50 to 65k commensurate with experience

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Grants and Programs Manager will shape the next phase of growth for California FarmLink, expand programs in support of underserved and beginning farmers and work with all FarmLink departments to support strong programs aligned with FarmLink’s values and vision. The position will be responsible for overseeing farmer technical assistance programs, while building on a strong track record of fundraising with government agencies, foundations and banks.

The Grants and Programs Manager will collaborate with FarmLink’s development and program teams to lead the development of grant proposals and track program implementation. This new position will forge an exciting strategy for the organization to engage prospective institutional funders, increase dialogue with existing funders, and create a coordinated framework to unify land and capital programs within a Community Development Financial Institution framework.

This position supervises and serves as a resource for Regional Program Coordinators in the Central Coast, North Coast and Central Valley regions; manages grant-funded activities; tracks work plans, deliverables and deadlines; coordinates staff reporting to funders; and assists in planning new projects that serve the land and capital access needs of farmers. The Grants and Programs Manager will advance program evaluation, data collection, and monitor impact and fulfillment of goals. This is a full-time position based in Santa Cruz or Watsonville, CA with regular local travel within California.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Fundraising and Development (~60%)

Fundraising goal for 2017: $1,500,000. The Grants and Programs Manager will lead FarmLink’s grant writing process. Roughly half of grant income comes in the form of renewal grants from existing funders.

 Lead grant writing and proposal development, manage grant and contract pipeline, and monitor renewal schedules

 Work with Development Team to lead new funder prospecting, outreach and cultivation and manage grants in a Salesforce CRM database

 Cultivate and strengthen fundraising partnerships with partner organizations

Funder Reporting and Communications (~15%)

Manage FarmLink’s grant reporting calendar, gather input on program progress from staff, analyze data from FarmLink databases (Salesforce CRM and DownHome Loan Manager) and submit timely reports to funders.

 Use Salesforce to track funder reporting schedule and improve this system as necessary in conjunction with FarmLink IT or Salesforce consultants

 Manage Salesforce reporting calendar and provide schedule and reminders to staff for submitting their portions of grant report narratives

 Analyze and summarize data from Salesforce and DownHome regarding clients served, loans made, regional needs and opportunities for improvement

 Work with ED and Communications Director to support funder communications and build and maintain relationships with partners and funders

Grant and Program Management (~25%)

Manage programs and provide strategic guidance to teams and project managers in ways that promote the organization’s mission and culture. Develop efficient program management strategies and tactics to produce timely results and outcomes. Supervise and support three regional program coordinators to establish annual performance goals, track progress, and regularly report internally (staff and board) and externally (funders and partners) as needed.

 Work with each project lead to establish workplans, evaluation plans, deliverables and reporting timelines

 Present from time to time at workshops, events and conferences in collaboration with Regional Program Coordinators

 Support the Director of Lending in coordinating outreach, education and marketing for the loan program in each region

 Serve on the Management Team to collaboratively advance FarmLink’s fundraising, development and programmatic work

 Work with ED and Management Team on annual public policy priorities.

 Communicate advocacy opportunities and develop clear and compelling policy-related narratives

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

 Proven experience as a Program Manager or other non-profit management position

o 3+ years supervising multiple staff

o 3+ years managing programs and projects

o 5+ years experience in sustainable agriculture and/or rural development with deep understanding of farm business challenges, land access and financial issues

o Real estate transaction and land leasing experience is a plus

 5+ years paid non-profit experience in fundraising and thorough understanding of project/program management techniques and methods

 Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills for diverse audiences

 Strong planning skills, including the ability to anticipate tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines and function smoothly under shifting priorities

 High-level computer literacy skills. Excellent knowledge of MS Office and Google applications, knowledge of Salesforce CRM is a strong advantage

 Strong team player who also works well independently

 Capacity to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with funders, staff, and partners

 Knowledge of the philanthropic community

 BA/BS required; masters degree preferred

 Fluency in Spanish is a plus

California FarmLink offers a generous benefits package, including health insurance, retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to info@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.

Who We Are

California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. FarmLink is a Certified Community Development Financial Institution. For more info: www.cafarmlink.org