Monday, March 26, 2012

New Land Opportunities!

Merced County ID #1396: Ten acres for lease in Hilmar
50 acre Riverwood Ranch has ten acres available for lease. Property is in Merced County adjacent to Merced River, four miles from Hilmar, CA. Water source is from a well and/or water piped from Merced River and soil is sandy loam. Owner has riparian rights. Land is suitable for growing vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, etc. Additional acreage available for chickens and goats. Property is a quarter mile from County bus line. Buildings include residence used by owner on weekends, barn and cabin. The acreage for lease is adjacent to a 45 acre walnut orchard.


Stanislaus County ID #1386: 17.3 acre almond orchard for sale at $1.2 million
Grampa Wrights Almonds is for sale at $1.2 million. Property is planted in 17 acres of almonds, with irrigation. Owner has a standing agreement with packer. Property also features modular home and barn.


Date: April 16, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $40 ($30 Farmers)
Location: Lundberg Family Farms
5311 Richvale South Highway
Richvale, CA

Contact Butte County Environmental Health (530) 538-7281 or Karen Frederick at (530) 538-7149 or Brad Banner at
(530) 538-6772 for additional information.

The objective of this Summit is for the local food community and Environmental Health professionals to come together, in an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect, in order to better understand each other’s perspectives and to explore our mutual interest in assuring safe and healthy food.

The timing of the Summit couldn’t be better, since pending legislation and ongoing efforts are underway to craft new regulations allowing more flexibility for the local food activities taking place in our communities. The Summit will take place in the little farming community of Richvale at Lundberg Family Farm’s brand new ultra-green facility.

Farmer-to-Farmer Networking Breakfast, April 4th!

Farmer-to-Farmer Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7:00-8:30 AM
Awful Annie’s, 490 G Street, Lincoln, CA

Join us for this popular monthly gathering. Come and meet other farmers and ranchers and reconnect with ones you know. Enjoy a chance to relax and talk with other producers about issues affecting local agriculture.

This month at Awful Annie’s Lincoln venue, we will enjoy a menu of seven items. Full portion plus beverage, tax, and tip: $14 Half-portion plus beverage, tax, and tip: $11. Juice is extra. Each producer will pay for his/her own breakfast.

RSVP to Trina Filan ( by 9 AM on Monday, April 2, so we can give the restaurant a count. Please don’t RSVP if you’re not sure you’ll be there.

Commercial growers only. Thank you!
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Land Listing in Nevada County! Nevada County ID #1394: Sun Ridge Organic Family Farm Co-Op Opportunity

Food prices are on the rise -- why not grow your own organic food and save money? Sun Ridge Farms is a new co-operative organic farm, looking for 8-15 individuals or families to work the farm and share the harvest. We are looking for folks who are dedicated to creating their own food security, serious about working hard, and ready to have lots of fun. This is a great opportunity to build community, educate our children about where their food comes from, and, of course, eat great healthy food. By working together, we will all benefit from a bountiful spring, summer, and fall harvest of berries, kale, broccoli, potatoes, peas, flowers and more!
Space is limited -- applications are due April 1st.
The Farm: Sun Ridge Farm is 49 acres located one mile from Nevada City off Hwy 20 towards Truckee. The farm is in its second year. We have just planted 50 fruit trees and will be growing all varieties of veggies, melons, and berries this year.
Time Commitment: Each person or family will work as part of a group only once a week, with hours varying from 2 to 8 hours per day from April 15 through November 1, along with 2 to 3 full weekend days at the beginning of the season where everyone will work together on the initial push. There will be a variety of week day and weekend slots to choose from. Members will be responsible for filling their shifts during vacations, etc.
Physical Requirements: Farming is hard work, and it takes commitment and dedication to see the crop through to harvest. If you have any back condition or other physical issues that prevent you from bending, lifting, digging, hoeing, or kneeling for long periods of time, this may not be the project for you.
Cost and Other Requirements: Farmer Rick has already invested thousands of dollars and hours in the farm infrastructure (land, fencing, tractor, watering system, etc.). The cost associated with buying the composts, seeds, amendments, and supplies will be $250 per family or individual, due on April 15, once your application has been accepted. All members are also encouraged to join Living Lands Agrarian Network.
Children: Children are our future farmers and are invited to participate on the farm in age-appropriate activities. It will be up to each family to make sure children are directed when at the farm.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Compass Green Mobile Greenhouse Workshop

When: Saturday, March 24, 2012

Where: 9400 Lomida Lane, Loomis

What: A Workshop with Compass Green
with their mobile greenhouse and veggie-oil truck


Bio-Intensive Sustainable Agriculture workshop ($80/55~1/2 day)

Soil Preparation (double digging demonstration )

Seed Saving

Seed Propagation (transplanting demonstration)

Income Crops

Companion Planting

Whole System Farming

Compost (compost building demonstration)

Carbon & Calorie Crops


Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Land Listing in Nevada County!

Nevada County ID #1378: Tumbling Creek Farm is looking to lease up to 30 acres
The owners would like to create a cooperative and supportive environment that will allow them to become more diversified. The five year plan is to open a farmstay/retreat. Rainwater catchment supplements well water and soil varies from cobbly sandy loam to clay. Parcel is 38 total acres and owners live on site. Owners currently have brush goats, meat lambs and turkeys on just under two acres of this 38 acre parcel. They are looking for someone who can diversify the operation with bee hives for honey, a small goat or sheep herd, a greenhouse enterprise, and are open to other operations and proposals. Some tools are available for a beginning farmer and owners will provide irrigation water. Organic, biodynamic, and permaculture enthusiasts welcome.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Integrating Pastured Poultry & Crop Production workshop

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) presents a 2012 Farm Tour and Short Course series at five California

Extremely practical!
• Egg and/or meat bird production and handling
• Strategies for integrating birds with crop production
• Regulatory and food safety considerations
• Planning for feasibility and success—with problem solving by region
• Profitability: budgeting, cash flow, recordkeeping tools
• Marketing and pricing

Please sign up or contact if:
• You’d like to learn more.
• You have a successful pastured poultry operation and are interested in being a farm tour host or a guest teacher. (Stipend provided. We honor your time!)
• You are interested in integrating pastured poultry with crop production (or vice-versa) more successfully, and you want to meet and learn with other farmers in your region.

Ann Baier
Santa Cruz
(831) 475-5551

Rex Dufour
(530) 792-7338

Monday, March 12, 2012

Another NEW Land Listing! El Dorado County ID #108: 50+ acres available for lease or partnership

91 acre ranch in Placerville has 40+ acres available to farmer or rancher in a lease or partnership arrangement. Excellent soil for fruit or vegetable production. Owners currently have 16 acres planted in apples, blueberries and grapes. Water provided by 3 each 2" meters & 1 each 3" meters, all supplied by El Dorado Irrigation District. Property features deer fencing, green house and limited storage. One parcel features buildings with potential for Apple Hill retail and tourism sales.

Friday, March 9, 2012

New Land Listing in El Dorado County: El Dorado County ID #1383: 10 acres on historic farm for lease to organic farmer

In October, 2010 the American River Conservancy (“Conservancy”), a non-profit river conservation organization, purchased a 272 acre historic farm first established by Charles Graner in 1856. This farm was sold by Graner in 1869 to twenty-two (22) Samurai colonists from Aizu Wakamatsu in northern Japan following their defeat in Japan’s civil war (Meiji Restoration). These colonists established the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm, growing citrus, tea, mulberry shrubs for silkworms, sesame, bamboo and other traditional Japanese crops. The Wakamatsu Farm became the first Japanese colony site in North America and has recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the past 140 years, the farm was managed by the Francis Veerkamp family which successfully grew and sold a variety of grain and fruit crops as well as chickens, turkeys, hogs and beef and dairy products. The Conservancy currently conducts tours of this historic ranch, coordinates volunteer restoration of wetlands and oak woodlands on a portion of the farm and, plans to host multiple events and install a museum within the restored 1856 farmhouse. The Conservancy seeks to lease 10 acres of excellent soil to an organic farmer. This 10 acres is suitable to the growing and selling of produce. The 10 acre site will be deer fenced and serviced by a 2” inch El Dorado Irrigation District water meter. The site also contains a corrugated metal shed suitable for the processing and sales of produce and other products produced off-site. The lease of an additional 80-100 acres of quality soil suitable to orchards and vineyards may also be considered by the Conservancy. The farm is located on Cold Springs Road, a major arterial roadway between Placerville and Coloma, 35 miles due east of Sacramento. The Conservancy seeks a partnership arrangement with an organic farmer that extends beyond a traditional lessor-lessee relationship. The Conservancy has broad local support and would assist the organic farmer in establishing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) campaign amongst its 2,500 members and supporters and within El Dorado County at-large. The Conservancy would also ask the organic farmer to consider participating in farm-to-school programs, public tours and the selling of organic produce that would serve special events elsewhere on the Wakamatsu Colony Farm. The Conservancy will provide the farmer with a certificate of liability insurance naming the farmer as coinsured with respect to all Conservancy tours and educational programs. There is a house onsite that could be made available, as funding permits.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Land Listing in Sacramento County!

Sacramento County ID #1381: Up to 5+ acres for beginning farmers

Come and start your farm on Grand Island in The SF River Delta. Property is 100 acres located 30 min South of Sacramento and 1 hour 15 min Northeast of Oakland. Land available for lease from 5,000 sq ft to 5 acres or more! Irrigation infrastructure being designed, only furrow irrigation currently available. Owner hopes to have infrastructure in with the help of EQIP in 2013. Water tests show amazingly pure well water, included in the monthly lease price. Soil is a clay loam, very level. No deer competition on the island so no fencing needed. We enjoy being in zone 10b or 14, depending on the source. Owner would like to develop communal tool share system depending on interest of potential farmers. A powerful walk behind tiller currently on site. There are 10 acres of developed grounds which are open to farmers including access to a kitchen, swimming pond/beach and option to stay in tents overnight April – Oct. No permanent residence available due to zoning laws on property but towns are nearby. First farmers to join get a discounted lease rate for their first year. One year lease acts as trial for both farmer and landowner opening up to potential long term leases thereafter. Check out our website

Friday, March 2, 2012

Farmer Educator & Vegetable Production Coordinator, Soil Born Farms Sacramento, CA

Soil Born Farms is an urban farm and education center located in Sacramento, CA. From our two urban farm sites on over 50 acres of certified organic ground, we are working to educate people about the connections between our food, our health and the health of the environment. Every day we produce and glean healthy fruit and vegetables, educate youth and adults through hands-on farm experiences and improve access to healthy food for everyone including our most underserved communities.

This year we are seeking to fill two positions that will help round out our farm and our education team.

For detailed job descriptions and application information please visit: