Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Participate in the Census and Be Counted!

The USDA is in the process of gearing up for their 2017 Census of Agriculture (which will be mailed out to farmers at the end of this year). Farmers have until June 30th to sign up with USDA to make sure they are on the list to get either a paper or online Census form. This is especially relevant for new farmers and others who have never filled out a census before. This is also an issue for organic, direct-to-consumer, and other farmers who are typically undercounted in the Ag Census. 

Why is the Census important to farmers and those who work with them?

Currently, the census is the only complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. The information produced by the Census of Agriculture guides Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact your local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.

How farmers can sign up to be counted?

Please note that new farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have time to sign up to be counted through the end of June at https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cgi-bin/counts/.  

The survey takes less than a minute – and will ensure that you receive a Census form (that you can fill out in paper form or online.)  If a farmer/rancher is not on our list frame by June 30th, the producer will not have an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

For more information about the census, please visit www.agcensus.usda.gov, follow NASS on Twitter @usda_nass, or call (800) 727-9540

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

PT/FT Position Available - Eatwell Farm

Job Description: 
Eatwell Farm is a 105-acre organic farm in Dixon, California. We deliver our boxes of seasonal produce to our members from Sacramento to the Bay Area.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
We need a driver Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting at 4 am. Each day is normally under 10 hours work. We use Sprinter Vans.
We have additional work in the area of value-added products.  Eatwell produces many value-added farm items and is looking to expand into pickled vegetables, jams and jellies, frozen pizza dough, fermented foods, and others.  
Education & Experience: 
You must have:
A clean drivers license (DMV drivers record required, available online for $5).
Be over 25.
Be fit and able to do the work.
Work safely and swiftly.
Show competence in driving in the Bay Area.
Accurately deliver multiple items to up to 20 locations each day.
Have a high standard of work.
Be courteous and polite.
A commitment of 1 year.
Application Instructions: 
To apply, send resume and letter of interest to our email address listed with 'driver' in the subject line. No phone call or farm visits without invitation.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Preview of CA's new Healthy Soils Incentive Program


In June, the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) will release a call for grant proposals from farmers and ranchers to fund management practices that improve soil health. CDFA will provide almost $4 million in grants for practices such as mulch and compost addition, conservation plantings, cover cropping, reduced tillage, and more, and another $3 million for demonstration projects. The funding comes from the state’s cap-and-trade program and must be invested in activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or sequester carbon by improving soil health.

Join us on this webinar to get a preview of the program. The webinar is offered in partnership with the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) and California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN).

Topics that will be covered:

•What policies led up to the launch of the Healthy Soils Initiative?
•What practices will be incentivized?
•What will be required of growers in applying?
•What is the timeline and next steps?
In addition, webinar participants will hear about UC SAREP's work related to healthy soils. 

Details: 

Tuesday, May 30
10:00am-11:00am
With questions about the webinar, contact Aubrey Thompson at UC SAREP - abthompson@ucdavis.edu 
With questions about the Healthy Soils Initiative, contact Renata Brillinger at CalCAN - renata@calclimateag.org 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Job Opportunities

Job Description: 
Eatwell Farm is looking to expand through new employees, new partners and projects to create more delicious, organic and sustainably raised food for members of our community, to make better and more efficient use of our land and to cultivate an even stronger community around local agriculture by growing business opportunities for young and new farmers.
We are currently looking for a delivery driver. We deliver our boxes of seasonal produce to our members in the Bay Area. We need a driver Wednesdays and Thursdays, Starting at 4am. Each day is normally under 10 hours work. We use Sprinter Vans.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
You must have:
A clean drivers license (DMV drivers record required, available online for $5)
Be fit and able to do the work.
Work safely and swiftly.
Show competence in driving in the Bay Area.
Accurately deliver multiple items to up to 20 locations each day.
A high standard of work.
Be courteous and polite.
Spanish speaking preferred.
Application Instructions: 
To apply, send resume and cover letter to organic@eatwell.com with 'driver' in the subject line. No phone call or farm visits without invitation.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sales/Customer Service Marketing Specialist at Full Belly Farm!

Full Belly Farm, established in 1985, is a highly diversified 350-acre certified organic farm
located in the Capay Valley. We grow vegetables, fruits and flowers and sell them at farmers
markets, to restaurants and stores and to wholesale distributors.

We have a permanent, full-time, year-round position open for a Sales Specialist. This job
involves coordinating sales of Full Belly products to dozens of different accounts on a daily
basis.

For more information about this position, please contact judith@fullbellyfarm.com

Monday, May 8, 2017

General Manager

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Capay Valley Farm Shop (CVFS), a leading food hub in Northern California, offers a rare opportunity for regional businesses to buy 100% local, seasonal food directly from more than 50 small and mid-scale family farms. Located in Esparto, California, CVFS was established in 2007 with a commitment to deliver fresh, quality, safe & wholesome farm products grown or made in and around the Capay Valley to surrounding communities, partnering with values-aligned organizations.
We are a for-profit, community-based social enterprise that offers core services to our business and farm partners.
  • FarmOrders. Ingredients and products for foodservice, restaurant, and retail clients.
  • Grower’s Services. Collaborative marketing, crop planning, refrigerated delivery and product storage.
JOB DESCRIPTION
CVFS seeks an experienced manager to assume overall responsibility for the management of a 3,000 square foot aggregation and distribution facility for local farms and ranches. The General Manager (GM) will work closely with Founder and President, Thomas Nelson, and a dynamic team of employees to improve core services and drive the organization's next phase of growth.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Business Management and Administration: Shared responsibility for profit & loss performance with an emphasis on expense management.
  • Actively participate in oversight of financial and administrative activities, including budgeting, financial reporting, and human resources.
  • Participate in the oversight, systems and registration necessary to maintain regulatory compliance.
  • Engage in the review, renewal and administration of all business insurance policies, including general, product, facility, auto and workers compensation. * Leadership: Provide leadership to the Management Team and other employees on a regular basis.
  • Supervise Operations Assistant Manager and Operations Associates.
  • Foster teamwork with Purchasing, Sales, and Senior Accounting managers in addition to the Operations Team described below.
  • Actively communicate and coordinate with Sales Team to help reach sales growth goals.
  • Play active facilitation role with weekly Management Team meetings to coordinate manager implementation of weekly activities and strategic initiatives. * Operations: Serve as operations lead, overseeing all facility, product handling and distribution-related systems and logistics.
  • Hire and schedule operations staffing, actively participate in aggregation, delivery, and other operational activities.
  • Manage paperwork for aggregation and delivery of product, transferring information, invoices and records to appropriate team members.
  • Create and ensure adherence to policies and procedures to ensure smooth, efficient and safe operations.
  • Manage quality control to ensure product quality and customer satisfaction, providing timely feedback to relevant team members via phone, email and in-person.
  • Oversee the following:
  • Grower's services program, specifically scheduling and record keeping.
  • Physical inventory of products and warehouse supplies, coordinating with team members to maintain adequate to counts to optimize business performance.
  • Implementation of food safety plan, including scheduled cleaning, reporting and testing.
  • Scheduled pre-tripping, cleaning and maintenance of company vehicles and equipment, office and warehouse * Systems: The GM will need to quickly become proficient with the systems that run the hub's order fulfillment, inventory management, cleaning, equipment and vehicle maintenance. GM is responsible for maintaining and updating documentation of core systems to facilitate staff training and continual improvement.
General Qualifications:
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about local agriculture, food hubs, and fresh food distribution.
  • This is a Customer Service business. The position needs a people person to effectively manage staff, work with clients, and build connections to farmers and local food system partners.
  • General Manager needs to be entrepreneurial and solution oriented, anticipating challenges and opportunities.
  • The position requires someone who is detail-oriented, good with logistics and scheduling; and numbers-oriented, capable of managing based on values and financial performance.
  • While the General Manager is not responsible for direct sales, CVFS€™ success nonetheless requires the GM to be customer focused€”eager to articulate the value of the services offered and committed to exceeding client's expectations.
  • While the job entails many administrative functions, this is not a desk job: the General Manager needs to be hardworking, flexible and willing to pitch in where ever and whenever extra help is needed.
Relevant Experience: The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of working with people in an entrepreneurial environment. Relevant experience in the fresh food industry is preferred. Timely delivery of quality product is our core competency; so safe and sound post-harvest food handling is essential to our success. The GM has ultimate responsibility for food safety, working with the operations team to implement and maintain good handling practices.
  • Three years of management experience (e.g. general manager, business owner, or operations manager) in the food and/or farm industry.
  • Experience managing warehouse operations.
  • Working familiarity with computers and software including Office applications and cloud-based computing.
  • Valid driver's license with clean driving record.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and mobility to ascend and descend the rear-end of a box truck.
  • Ability to work at a computer for extended periods.
  • Ability to work outdoors in warm and cold weather.
Salary and Benefits:


The General Manager is a full-time salaried position based on qualifications. Potential exists for performance bonuses. Benefits are detailed in the company's personnel policies. Apply here.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Say Hay Farms needs more hands tomorrow (and beyond)!

We're in desperate need of more hands on deck for tomorrow (!) Friday, May 5.  It's a 6a-4:30p work day.  

If you or anyone you know is interested in working (compensated) for any portion of it, please contact me asap. 

We're trying to pull off an order for Blue Apron, Veritable Vegetable, Farm Fresh to You, and fill out our Saturday market stall before end-of-day Friday.

We are also still hiring for the season. Part time and full time available.  

Or at least, please telepathically beam us your energetic powers of positivity and productivity! 

Thanks,
Chris