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.