Monday, April 21, 2014

AGRARIAN TRUST HOSTS SYMPOSIUM ON LAND ACCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY - BERKELEY, CA

On April 26 + 27, Agrarian Trust will convene a powerhouse lineup of thinkers, farmers, authors and activists for OURLAND: A Symposium on Land Access in the 21st Century

These speakers will discuss this pivotal moment in our agrarian destiny, and will speak broadly to the topic of land transfer, from the political economy of ownership to the appropriate tools of transfer and social finance, to the magnitude of farmland in question and the environmental impact of its future use.

Speakers include:

Wes Jackson, MacArthur Fellow, and Founder/President of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, which is breeding perennial grains and seed crops for a polyculture that would mimic natural ecosystems in native prairies of the Midwest. Jackson is author of New Roots for Agriculture (U Nebraska, 1980), and an advisory team member of Agrarian Trust.

Joel Salatin is a farmer,author and advocate for sustainable farming systems. His latest book Fields of Farmers: Interning, Partnering, Mentoring, Germinating offers practical guidance to various stakeholders in the farmland transition and the training of new farmers.

Anuradha Mittal is Director of the Oakland institute, activist and longtime researcher on land grabbing around the world, and recently in the United States. The Oakland Institute recently released the report " Down On the Farm: Wall Street - America's New Farmer"Sjoerd Wartena is the founder of a national land commons or "Land Fund" in France called Terre De Liens in 2008 that now holds over 100 organic farms, leasing them to organic farmers with long-term, equity-building leases.

Elizabeth Henderson is the Founder of the Agricultural Justice Project. She is a pioneer of Community Supported Agriculture, which she practiced for 25 years on her farm in western New York, Peacework Farm. She is author of Sharing the Harvest: a Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture, and is an advisory team member of Agrarian Trust. Reggie Knox is the Executive Director of California FarmLink, a non-profit that helps famers gain access to land and capital. He has been working with California farmers for 26 years as an organizer, consultant, non-profit manager and inspector supporting small and medium scale farmers and promoting sustainable agriculture.

This event is co-sponsored by Roots of Change, The David Brower Center, Chelsea Green Publishing, Berkeley Food Institute and California FarmLink.

Event details, complete speaker bios, schedule and tickets can be found at:

www.agrariantrust.org/symposium

Thursday, April 10, 2014

FarmLink is looking for a Finance Director!

California FarmLink is seeking an experienced Finance Director to manage the finance, accounting, IT, HR and office management functions. Founded in 1999, California FarmLink is at an exciting inflection point. FarmLink has historically been a technical assistance provider and more recently launched a direct farm microloan program, became a CDFI (community development financial institution), and with a small staff, closed 25-30 loans totaling $600-800K per year for the past 2 years.

This is an existing position that reports to the Executive Director and manages one staff (Staff Accountant). This position is responsible for the oversight of the financial management of the organization.

What You Will Do

• Leadership: Lead a small team to manage the financial and office infrastructure of California FarmLink, supporting Executive Director on fundraising and the financial aspects of grant reporting, and playing a role on the management team in building, motivating and retaining a strong team across the organization.

• Fiscal Management & Oversight: Manage all financial aspects of the organization, including fund accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and cash management. Oversee investment strategy and implementation. Manage the external annual audit and Finance Committee, as well as report to the Board on the financial health of the organization.

• Human Resources: Oversee the Human Resource functions of FarmLink that includes payroll, onboarding of new hires, assist the recruiting efforts and manage the benefits administration that includes health care, dental & vision plans and the retirement program.

• Office Infrastructure: Manage office infrastructure to centralize key elements for stability, efficiency and organization, such as IT and insurance. Internal collaboration is critical with the Access to Land Program, Loan Program and Fundraising.

Qualifications & Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and background:

• 8 - 10+ years experience in finance and/or accounting in a not-for-profit, community bank or other financial institution.

• 5+ years experience as a leader in a Finance Manager or Director, Program Director or equivalent role that includes supervision experience and building great teams. Experience working with boards of directors is a plus.

• Demonstrated self-starter that can work independently, take initiative, and make hard decisions.

• Great communicator and team player.

• Fluency with Microsoft Office, Quickbooks and Google Docs. Familiarity with loan management software is a plus.

Location, Travel, Compensation & Terms

This is a position based out of FarmLink’s headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA.

Salary range: $50,000-$75,000 depending on experience.

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.

How To Apply

Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization, resume, and three references to Kelly “at” 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. For more info: www.cafarmlink.org

Monday, March 31, 2014

Introduction to Income Taxes Webinar

Thursday, April 3rd @ 4pm PST

Online- FREE!
Register today to attend our interactive webinar on how to prepare and file your farm business taxes using our "Income Tax Organizer" tool. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the webinar, led by agricultural tax specialist, Poppy Davis. To prepare and register:
  1. Prepare: Download our "Income Tax Organizer" tool
  2. Register: Register for our "Introduction to Income Taxes" webinar
**Please note: All registered attendees will be emailed log-in details THE MORNING OF THE WEBINAR. 

April Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast
Wednesday, April 9th7-8:30 AM 
Tofanelli's 302 W Main St, in Grass Valley.
Come meet other farmers and ranchers and share ideas and concerns about the drought and other agricultural issues.
Please RSVP by sending me an e-mail before 9 AM Monday, April 7th.

Accessing Credit for New Farmers and Ranchers
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 1 PM Pacific Daylight Time
US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss types of agricultural credit and ways to access them in support of new farmers and ranchers. The discussion will cover credit and financial options from USDA as well as outside partners including the Farm Credit Council. The Hangout will also feature farmers and ranchers who have successfully accessed credit from these sources as they describe their experiences and offer advice to others. USDA is soliciting discussion questions via social media using #NewFarmers.
Live on the USDA Google+ page or on www.usda.gov/live. Add your questions in advance or share your story on social media by using the #NewFarmers on Twitter, Google+, YouTube or Facebook.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC) Farmhouse is looking for interns for spring and summer of 2014!

We are located on a 10-acre farm in rural Davis, about a 15 minute drive from downtown Davis, and a 30 minute bike ride from campus. The program here is part of the Yolo Community Care Continuum, which provides services for people with mental illness in Yolo County. The Farmhouse is a long-term residential care facility for people with mental illness, and part of the treatment program is living on a farm. This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours depending on availability. We are looking for interns to help with farm-related activities, including but not limited to the following:

- Organic vegetable production: working in our 2 main vegetable gardens doing seeding, transplanting, seedling starts, weeding, bed prep, installing and maintaining drip irrigation, harvesting
-Caring for our animals: 1 potbelly pig, 2 goats and a small flock of chickens
- Pollinator and herb garden: working in our new multi-purpose garden to plant beneficial pollinator annuals and perennials, as well as help establish our herb garden with medicinal and culinary herbs
-Compost: making and turning compost piles 

Requirements:
Must provide your own transportation to and from the Farmhouse with a valid California license
Must be reliable, self-starter, able to work independently and with others
Experience in gardening and/or farming preferred
Must complete various contingencies prior to start of internship including first aid training, TB test and background check 

If you are interested in this internship position, please send resume and brief letter of interest to Anna-Ruth Crittenden atfarm2mouth@gmail.com

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Placer/Nevada office of the University of California 
Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is accepting applications for 
another Beginning Farming Academy in Auburn on April 4-5, 
2014. The class runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 
April 4, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. 
Online applications must be submitted by March 21, 2014 
at 5 p.m.

This 2-day intensive introduction to starting a small farm 
or ranch will help prospective producers learn the basics 
of market-driven farming. Students will learn how to 
assess their land and other resources, investigate markets 
for their products, and analyze the economic viability of 
their operation.

The Beginning Farming Academy is partially funded by a 
Specialty Crop Block Grant from the California Department 
of Food and Agriculture, so instruction and materials are 
provided free of charge. Meal cost for the two days is 
$70, and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on 
Friday as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday.
The class is limited to 15 prospective producers. To 
apply, please complete the online application form at 
http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=11976. 
Applicants are advised to answer the questions as 
completely as possible, as acceptance is based on the 
information provided in the application. Says Ingram, “We 
always have more applicants than spaces.” Applications 
must be submitted by March 21 at 5 p.m. Applicants will 
be notified during the following week whether they have 
been accepted into the Beginning Farming Academy.

For questions or more information, please contact Cindy 

Fake at cefake@ucanr.edu or call (530) 889-7385.