Friday, April 22, 2016

Loan Processor
CA FarmLink
Watsonville, CA

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Job Summary:
This new position will play a key role in the expansion of CA FarmLink’s innovative Community Development
Financial Institution which is unique in the country in providing small and immigrant farmers with access to capital and technical assistance. The Loan Processor will manage the loan application intake process, ensuring that FarmLink receives a complete application package from farmer applicants, supporting timely and efficient underwriting by loan officers and underwriters. The position will support the planned growth of FarmLink’s Loan Program in 2016, and the integration of regional field staff into the loan intake process.


Essential Responsibilities: 
Customer Service
• Serve as initial point of contact for FarmLink’s Loan Program; effectively represent/sell loan products
• Act as liaison between borrower, regional field staff, loan officer/underwriter and loan services
• Provide customer with timely and periodic status updates of their loan application; return all inquiry calls within one business day
• Provide technical assistance to farmer applicants in completing applications as necessary
Loan Intake and Data Management
• Collect required documentation from applicants, verify accuracy and completeness, and follow up on missing items
• Compile documents for applicant loan files and enter information into underwriting system for loan officer assessment and processing
• Maintain pipeline report and ensure lenders are apprised of updates
• Order credit and title reports; verify application information
• Establish, maintain, and update files, databases, records and documents for recurring internal reports
• Ensure that all applicant/borrower files are complete and in compliance with regulatory and internal policies
• Continually assess loan intake processes and systems to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness

 
Position Requirements
• 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 and is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation:
$35-50k commensurate with experience


How To Apply
Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization with resume to: info@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hiring for Farmers Market Staff
Shooting Star CSA is a 15-acre, certified organic farm located in Fairfield's Suisun Valley. We have a CSA program and sell through weekly farmers markets. For more about our farm, visit our website http://www.shootingstarcsa.com.
Job Description:
We are looking for a highly motivated individual to work our weekend farmers markets (Saturdays and Sundays). This is a fun, fast-paced work environment! The markets are great for someone who enjoys eating healthy food, cooking, and interacting with our wonderful customers.
The work day starts and ends at the farm in Fairfield. A typical day involves loading the van, driving to the market, setting up, selling, keeping the stall looking tidy and well stocked, and interacting with customers. After the market is over, break down the stall, drive back to the farm and unload.
This seasonal position is approximately 18 hours/week, May through November. Must be able to work weekends.
Qualifications:
The ideal candidate for this position has a good work ethic, passion for farming and food, the ability to take initiative, and a good sense of humor. Punctuality and reliability are key. Work is fast paced. Previous farmers market experience would be great but we’re willing to train the right person!
This position requires lifting, must be able to lift 50lbs. Must have a clean driving record and current drivers license.
Compensation:
$13/hour.
To Apply:
Please email your resume, two references, and a short description of why you would like to work for us to: shootingstarcsa@gmail.com. In person interview is required.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Production Assistant
Terra Firma Farm
Winters, CA

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Terra Firma Farm farms 220 acres of CCOF certified organic fruit, vegetables and nuts in Yolo and Solano Counties year-round.  We are seeking a highly self-motivated candidate with 1-3 years of farming experience to assist in our production.  This is an extremely hands-on position for a practical quick thinker with good time management skills.  It is a great opportunity for someone who needs to flesh out their production experience with a wide range of crops.
 
Primary responsibilities will be:
  • Tractor work possibly including cultivation, spraying, mowing, plastic mulch work, and tillage.
  • Assisting in maintenance and repair of tractors and equipment.
  • Staging and transporting equipment and supplies between fields and ranches.
This position reports directly to the Production Manager (one of the owners).
 
Qualified candidates will have at least two of the following:  
  • A minimum of  one season’s experience working with vegetable or fruit crops, especially peaches or grapes.
  • At least one season of on-the-job tractor experience.
  • Experience with automotive or agricultural mechanics.
  • Basic Spanish language skills.  
  • A California Pesticide Applicator license or ability to pass the test to get one.
 
Hourly pay of $13-$16/hr. will be based on experience and skill level.  A valid Driver’s license is required for this job.

To Apply:  Email resume and cover letter to pablitotff@gmail.com.  Please include one or more professional references, preferably at least one from an agricultural employer.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Are you having difficulty finding time for regular financial tasks? Is your farm business running as smoothly as possible?

This webinar is designed to give you the tools to stay on track during the growing season. Join New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and The Carrot Project for a webinar overview of a new Financial Calendar tool. We'll dive into how the tool can help you stay organized with daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tasks. A successful beginning farmer will also be on hand to help you adapt the calendar to your farm's needs and realities and create a personalized financial management calendar for your farm.

Cost: free
Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Job Opportunity with Sierra Harvest!

Farm Institute Director
The Farm Institute Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a farmer training program which increases local, sustainable food production in  Nevada County, by increasing the number of farms formed, acres cultivated and farmers trained. Key responsibilities will be launching and running a farm institute which includes developing a Farm Corps of on-farm apprentices, a Farm Business Academy which teaches business planning and marketing, a Farm Incubator site, small plots of land for farmers to manage their own production and matching farmers with potential land to start their farming business.
Hours: 20h/week building to full time within 1 year (this is flexible). Must work some nights/weekends when needed.
Compensation: $25/hr
Still accepting applications

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Job Opportunity at Say Hay Farms!

Field Crew Member
Say Hay Farms
Esparto, CA

Duties:
1)  Performs all harvest and post-harvest duties of vegetable crops in year-round conditions.  
2)  Assists in daily operations of chicken care, egg washing, and packing. 
3)  Observes and communicates crop quality issues.  
4)  Operates with a sense of urgency and efficiency during busy times.
5)  Assists is recording data about yield and time.

Qualifications:
1) Minimum 1 full year of experience on a for-profit diversified vegetable operation. 
2) Basic knowledge of vegetable crops, seasonality, and growing techniques. 
4) Good communication skills.
5) Ability to work early, long, and hard.  Weeks averaging 50 hours, but will vary with season’s demands and weather conditions.

Compensation:
- Starting wage: $10.50/hour DOE.
- Accrued Paid Time-Off. 
- Regular Schedule: Four or five 10-hour days with two days off in a row.

Background:
Say Hay Farms started in 2010 with just two acres and 100 hens.  Having farmed 20 acres for the past few years, we are completing the transition to our new packing facility and infrastructure in Esparto, CA.  We farm two properties totaling about 45 acres of vegetable ground, 5 acres of almonds in need of rehabilitation, and a half-acre of oranges.  With the time needed to properly rotate and fertilize our grounds with chickens and cover crops, we usually don’t have more than 25 acres in vegetable production at a time.  
Our goal is to meet much of our fertilization needs through pastured hens and cover crops, supplemented with compost and imported manure fertilizer when necessary.  Our current laying flocks total 1600 laying hens, with plans for additional flocks.
Having grown for a small 60-member CSA, restaurants, farmers’ markets, independent grocers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors, we are currently on a trajectory towards focusing on the latter.
Our farm business strategy is to have the equipment and systems necessary to operate efficiently with a small team, the data to make informed planning decisions, and the skill and attention to detail needed to execute those plans successfully. 
We are a young evolving farm and looking for the right person to help support our growth, and, hopefully grow into a longer-term role in our farm’s success. 

Time Frame:
Interviewing now. Starting Time Frame:  Flexible.  This is a wet spring.  As early as March 1, as late as June 1. This position is year-round employment. 

To Apply:
Please email a brief cover letter, resume, and references to sayhayfarms@gmail.com with the subject title “Field Crew.”

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tractor-Irrigation Specialist
Say Hay Farms
Esparto, CA

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Duties: 

1) Performs all tractor work, including activities and implements associated with: primary and secondary tillage, mechanical planting, cultivation, plastic mulching, harvest platform and harvest conveyor. 

2) Performs regular maintenance and inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning.   

3) Installs, operates, and monitors all irrigation activities.  
4) Records irrigation information using soil-monitoring probes, meters, and spreadsheets.
5) Researches and implements procedural or equipment changes for greater efficiency and productivity.
6) Works safely and monitors safety of fellow employees around equipment. 
7) Assists in vegetable and chicken operations as available. 
8) Operate a forklift in and around our packing shed.
9) Depending upon experience, may assist owner with equipment repairs and fabrication. 

Qualifications: 
1) Minimum 3 full years of experience on a for-profit diversified vegetable operation. 
2) Minimum 1 year prior tractor experience and demonstrated mechanical aptitude.  
3) Demonstrated knowledge of basic irrigation principles. 
4) Good communication skills.
5) Ability to work early, long, and hard.  Weeks averaging 50 hours, but will vary with season’s demands and weather conditions.

Compensation:
- Starting wage: $12/hour DOE.
- Accrued Paid Time-Off. 
- Regular Schedule: Five 10-hour days with two days off in a row.

Background: 

Say Hay Farms started in 2010 with just two acres and 100 hens.  Having farmed 20 acres for the past few years, we are completing the transition to our new packing facility and infrastructure in Esparto, CA.  We farm two properties totaling about 45 acres of vegetable ground, 5 acres of almonds in need of rehabilitation, and a half-acre of oranges.  With the time needed to properly rotate and fertilize our grounds with chickens and cover crops, we usually don’t have more than 25 acres in vegetable production at a time.  
Our goal is to meet much of our fertilization needs through pastured hens and cover crops, supplemented with compost and imported manure fertilizer when necessary.  Our current laying flocks total 1600 laying hens, with plans for additional flocks.
The Tractor-Irrigator’s role will be to work closely with the Owner and Harvest Manager to perform field operations.  There is the possibility of earning the position of Field Manager for someone with the right set of skills and ambition. 
We run a John Deere 5075e and 5100MH mudder for our tillage and harvest operations.  A converted electric Allis-Chalmers G performs much of the precision cultivation.  A John Deere 4410 loader-backhoe is used for front loader as well as construction work.  Our packing shed attempts to maximize efficiency with use of a Caterpillar GP20 forklift and pallet jacks. 
We use both sprinkler pipe, surface drip, and sub-surface drip for our pastures and row crops.  
Having grown for a small 60-member CSA, restaurants, farmers’ markets, independent grocers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors, we are currently on a trajectory towards focusing on the latter.
Our farm business strategy is to have the equipment and systems necessary to operate efficiently with a small team, the data to make informed planning decisions, and the skill and attention to detail needed to execute those plans successfully. 
We are a young evolving farm and looking for the right person to help support our growth, and, hopefully grow into a longer-term role in our farm’s success. 

Time Frame:
Interviewing now. 
Starting Time Frame:  Flexible.  This is a wet spring.  As early as March 1, as late as May 1.

To Apply:
Please email a brief cover letter, resume, and references to sayhayfarms@gmail.com with the subject title “Tractor-Irrigation Specialist.”