Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fundraiser for the CA Farm Academy, Nov 4th!

Grass Fed Beef Dinner
Sunday, November 4, 2012
5:00pm

Buckhorn Devilbiss Room
12 Main Street, Winters California

Join the Buckhorn Steakhouse in Winters for "Knives across the Creek", a dinner-fundraiser for the California Farm Academy featuring a menu sourced entirely from across the creek neighbors, Solano and Yolo Counties, and including a half of AGRICOLA GRASSFED BEEF in a head-to-tail journey through the various cuts of beef. Focused on highlighting our unique bi-county agricultural bounty, featuring Joe the Butcher and Chef Fred Reyes.

The California Farm Academy, a program of the Center for Land-Based Learning, trains beginning farmers in all aspects of agricultural production of specialty crops and livestock through field work and intensive classes. This hands-on, interactive program and farm business incubator brings together production, marketing and business planning to give beginning farmers a solid foundation in what they need to know to get started with their own farm business. For more information, please visit us at www.californiafarmacademy.org

Buy tickets online HERE or call (530) 795-1520

Monday, October 29, 2012

Job Opportunity: Farm Manager, Soil Born Farms Sacramento, CA


Soil Born Farms is a non-profit farm and education center located in Sacramento, CA. We are currently hiring for a Farm Manager to oversee the management and expansion of vegetable and fruit production on our 55 acre American River Ranch. The successful applicant is a skilled farmer with a passion for growing high quality organic fruit and vegetables, an educator interested in supporting the developing of new farmers and an individual with the interest and capacity to collaborate with other non-profit program staff. First and foremost the Farm Manager must be able to manage their time well and manage a complex cropping plan in partnership with our Project Director and Ranch Manager. Main duties focus on vegetable production management which includes harvest coordination, accounts relations, field crew supervision and general field work. The Farm Manager is also responsible for assisting other farm staff in the instruction of apprentices and volunteers in farm operations. The Farm Manager is expected to spend approximately 15% of their time on office related tasks and meetings for the farm operation and overall organization. Tasks will include management and organization of farm planting schedules, purchases/expenses,  general farm administration tracking and management team meetings.


The successful applicant will also be evaluated based on their skills and ability to make a long-term commitment to the organization. This is a full-time salaried position with medical, dental and vacation benefits. Salary range is $35 to 45K depending on experience.
 
Application Instructions: Please send resume and cover letter to Shawn Harrison at sharrison@soilborn.org or call916 718-3563 for more information.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Facebook Party for CA Right to Know tonight at 6pm!

What: Facebook Fan Page Party for CA Right to Know
Where: CA Right to Know Fan Page, http://www.facebook.com/carighttoknow
When: Friday, Oct. 26th from 6-8pm PST
How Do I RSVP? Go to the Event on Facebook here


How the heck do I join in a Facebook party? It’s simple really. Go to the fan page at the time of the party. Questions will be asked and engagement will be happening in a similar structure to a twitter party…but it’s on Facebook. But before the party begins, please share with your friends that you are attending. We are hoping they may want to come as well.
Expert Panel:
1. Leah Segedie, diehard labeling mom
2. CA Right to Know, official CA initiative to label packaged foods in grocery stores
(More to come. There will be an “expert” for each discussion happening.)
Giveaways:
Frey Vineyards wines (2 winners)
War on Bugs book by Will Allen (2 winners)
Natures’s Path VIP gift basket (1 winner)
Beanitos sample pack basket (2 winners)
Traditional Medicinals gift basket (1 winner)
Straus Family Creamery free coupons (1 winner)
Prop 37 Tshirt (1 winner)
Unhealthy Truth by Robyn O’Brien (2 winners) 
Giveaways will be announced during party and winner will have five minutes to retrieve. Winners will be selected randomly via this post.
How to Enter Giveaways (yes Canadians welcome, but please comment for each entry):
1. Optional Facebook this message to help us “share”
Join the Labeling GMOs movement in CA at our “For the Win” Facebook Party on Friday, Oct. 26th at 7pm PST (10pm EST). Come to share, learn, and take part in changing the history of food safety in the United States because we all have a right to know! (tag @CARighttoknow on Facebook here.) Add link from this post here.
2. Share about this event on the social media platform of your choosing (one entry per share)
3. Tell a friend in CA about Prop. 37 ON FACEBOOK (one entry)
4. Write about this topic and include event link (five entry)
5. Tweet about this event and tag @CArighttoknow (one entry)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It’s now or never for the 2012 Farm Bill – speak out today!



Now that you’ve cast your ballot in the 2012 election, it’s time to vote again – only this time, for a better food and farm system for our nation!
By signing your name to this petition, you’ll let Congress know that your vote is going for an equitable, sustainable 21st century farm bill that:
 

  • Invests in the future of healthy farms, food, and people
  • Protects our precious air, soil, and water
  • Reforms farm subsidies and levels the playing field
Congress returns to the Hill in just one week, and when they return, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition will be in DC - with thousands of signatures in hand - telling them we can’t end the year without a 2012 Farm Bill that invests in an equitable, sustainable future for our food system and our farmers.  

Can Congress still finish a Farm Bill this year? YES!

PS.  Help us reach 50,000 signatures!  Thousands people have already signed on to support an equitable, sustainable 21st century 2012 farm bill.  Share this message with your friends, family, and colleagues – we need YOU to help us reach 50,000!




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

California Farm Academy Informational Session Tuesday, October 30th!


The California Farm Academy is having an Informational Session Tuesday October 30th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for people interested in learning more about our nine-month farmer training course and also our farm incubator program.

Serious about becoming a farmer? Know someone who is?  Then join us next Tuesday evening to meet the Director, some of our last session's graduates and guest speakers, and learn more about our schedule and curriculum.

Join us from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at:
The Center for Land-Based Learning 
5265 Putah Creek Road 
Winters, CA 95694 

We look forward to meeting you and answering questions you may have about our farmer training and incubator programs. You can also find information and apply online at:  CaliforniaFarmAcademy.org or call us at (530) 795-4146

California Farm Academy applications are due November 9th or until the program is filled. Classes start January 29, 2013.

Come grow with us!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Specialty Crops Field Day & Meeting



Thursday, October 25, 2012, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kearney Ag Research & Extension Center, 9420 South Riverbend Ave. Parlier
Registration is free, and lunch is provided, but you must register by calling 559.684.3300

Field Tours: 
 Specialty crop field trials including jujube, lemon grass, Szechwan pepper, papaya, Hmong 
medicinal herb collection, capers, soil solarization, and others. 
 Season extension demonstrations including low and high tunnels,  crop protection shading 
system for high value crops, and  experimental rotating trellis system to reduce sunburn on 
late-season blackberries. 

Small Farm Workshop: 
Designed for farms 500 acres or less.  Each topic will be approximately 20-30 minutes.
 Food safety basics and recommendations.  
 Practical tips to access capital and loans from new sources.
 Easy, free business planning tools.
 Technical assistance tools, consultants and networks.
 Insurance options that save time and money

Lunch will be provided. Registration is free, but you must register by calling 559-684-
3300. 

For questions, please contact Manuel Jimenez at 559-280-2483, mjjimenez@ucdavis.edu;  
or Richard Molinar at 559-600-7285, rhmolinar@ucdavis.edu .


Please show your support for Kitchen Table Advisors!

Join me (and FarmLink's Director of Lending, Anthony Chang) in supporting sustainable food and local farms by voting for @KitchenTableAdvisors to win a $50K grant. Here's how:

  • You can vote once per day thru 10/31 at www.GoWe.st/Philanthropy2012. Every vote counts!
  • Post a quick status update on Facebook with either a favorite farm or produce photo, or a link to the Kitchen Table Advisors promotional video (http://youtu.be/Nz3MdlAow_U), tag @KitchenTableAdvisors, and include the site where people can vote: www.GoWe.st/Philanthropy2012
  •  Email friends and colleagues that support local farms and sustainable food, and let them know how they can support the cause by voting, liking Kitchen Table Advisors Facebook page, and sharing the video.
 Thank you!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Communal Farming Opportunity in Walnut Grove

Join the Farm Mistral (www.thefar.me) farming opportunity! Our goal is to provide land to new and experienced farmers alike. We also offer a communal kitchen, swimming pond and beautiful grounds for relaxing. We are interested in harboring folks seeking to practice sustainable agriculture. Whether it be to support a business enterprise, or to simply feed ones family, Farm Mistral believes that access to land should not be an inhibiting factor to building a more sustainable food system. Farm Mistral is a 100 acre property offering leases for parcels from 5,000 square feet to five acres or more! Farm Mistrals location offers easy access to markets in both the SF Bay Area as well as Sacramento. Leases for land include water and use of communal tools like our dynamite walk behind rototiller. One acre leases at $96.00 per month Up to 5000 square feet at $85.00 per month Part-time Camping from April to October Currently Farm Mistral is home to a 1.5 acre farm which markets a CSA in Oakland and San Francisco. This small farm serves as a wonderful example of the variety of crops that thrive in the Deltas mild and comfortable climate. From heirloom tomatoes to flowers to melons and winter squash, anything can be grown here in the Deltas clay loam soil! We hope to create a community of farmers who can support each other, share ideas and build a better way to feed ourselves and our neighbors. We hope you’ll join us! Please contact liya@cafarmlink.org with any questions

Thursday, October 18, 2012

What’s the latest on the 2012 Farm Bill?

As of this month, our nation’s food and farm policy in the form of the 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired, with no workable replacement moving forward in Congress. This has left critical programs high and dry with no funding – and means Congress dodged the chance to make real reforms and an investment in an equitable, sustainable future for food and farms in America. With no new farm bill or extension, the programs that address rural and urban job creation, training opportunities for beginning farmers, natural resource conservation, and access to healthy food are in big trouble. Can Congress still finish a farm bill this year? YES! There is a short window of time for Congress to finish the bill when they return to DC after Election Day. So when Congress returns to the Hill, we’ll need YOU and other farmers and advocates across the country to tell them loud and clear: we need an equitable, sustainable 2012 Farm Bill! On October 24th, Food Day, California FarmLink is launching a major grassroots effort in collaboration with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and allies across the nation to make our voices heard. Stay tuned and look for a call to action soon – it’s going to take all of us.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Food Safety Workshop November 8th in Alameda!

Please come to a Food Safety workshop for small farmers on Nov. 8th from 9:00-12:30 at the Alameda Cooperative Extension Office at 1131 Harbor Bay Parkway, Conference Room 106, Alameda, CA. This workshop will help you identify any potential risks of contamination on your farm or garden, and will help you develop a GAPs/Food Safety Program for your farm following USDA GAPs guidelines, that will prepare you, if need be, for a 3rd party audit. The workshop will be part presentation using powerpoint, and part interactive hands-on participation and demonstration of GAPS/Food safety protocols. You will receive a GAPs/Food Safety binder that includes: - A Food Safety manual that can be tailored to your farm. - Record keeping sheets - Where to get your water and soil samples tested. - What worker training is needed. - Standard operating procedures for cleaning & sanitizing. Please R.S.V.P. so we can be sure to have sufficient materials and snacks available! Also, please let Jennifer know if you NEED or are able to OFFER a ride to the workshop. R.S.V.P: Jennifer Sowerwine jsowerwi@berkeley.edu 510-567-6812

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Land Opportunity in Kern County!

Kern County ID #1427: 12 acres available for organic operation Property is undeveloped; a clean slate ready to blossom under your vision. Property features a 4 bedroom double-wide trailer, three storage outbuildings, some fenced acreage, and chicken coops. Trailer has a wood stove, running water and bathroom. Kitchen is rough but adequate. A creek runs through the property 9 months out of the year and there is a well at approx. 200 ft depth. Owner is willing to invest in a storage tank to capture creek water. There are successful truck gardens in the area that sell locally at the swap meet every weekend during harvest. Views around the parcel are incredible as it borders BLM land. Spanish speaking only people are also welcomed.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SMALL SCALE FARMERS OFFERED FOR THE CALIFORNIA SMALL FARM CONFERENCE

The California Small Farm Conference will be held March 10-12, 2013 in Fresno, CA Sacramento, CA – Each year, the California Small Farm Conference grants nearly 100 scholarships to small scale farmers, agriculture students, family farmers, small farm employees and farmers’ market managers who may otherwise not have the finances to attend the three-day California Small Farm Conference. The California Small Farm Conference provides the small scale farming community with the opportunity to address industry issues, engage in educational sessions, attend local farm operations for additional insight, and participate in networking opportunities. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need. Depending on need, scholarships may include conference registration, conference-hosted meals, a ticket to attend the Tasting Reception, travel and lodging costs, and a reduced Field Course rate. Success in agriculture does not depend solely on a farmer’s ability to raise crops. Today’s successful agriculturists must also be expert business managers, marketers and stewards of the land. The California Small Farm Conference hosts the annual conference to offer diverse learning topics for small scale farmers and ranchers. The 2013 conference theme, Harvesting Knowledge: Growing Small Farms, reflects the goal of the California Small Farm Conference and its scholarship program. “This organization exists to provide small scale farmers and those in the industry with access to relevant farming education,” said California Small Farm Conference President Casey Walsh Cady. “Our scholarship program ensures that access to farmers in California. Please visit www.californiafarmconference.com/index.php/attend/scholarship to download the 2013 conference scholarship application. Applications will be accepted until December 3, 2012; bi-lingual scholarship advisors are available statewide to assist in the application process. Please visit the website for a list of advisors and their contact information. The California Small Farm Conference scholarship program is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Department of Food & Agriculture, and fund-raising activities offered at the conference. Since its inception in 1982, more than 7, 500 farmers have benefited from the California Small Farm Conference. The conference is the state’s premier gathering for small scale farmers, farmers’ market managers, agriculture students and small farm industry professionals, which attracts about 500 attendees each year. - ### - For further information, please contact Communications Manager Ashley Bradley: Email: abradley@californiafarmconference.com Office: 888-712-4188

Monday, October 1, 2012

New Land Opportunity in Kern County!

Kern County ID #1427: 12 acres available for organic operation 
Property is undeveloped; a clean slate ready to blossom under your vision. Property features a 4 bedroom double-wide trailer, three storage outbuildings, some fenced acreage, and chicken coops. Trailer has a wood stove, running water and bathroom. Kitchen is rough but adequate. A creek runs through the property 9 months out of the year and there is a well at approx. 200 ft depth. Owner is willing to invest in a storage tank to capture creek water. There are successful truck gardens in the area that sell locally at the swap meet every weekend during harvest. Views around the parcel are incredible as it borders BLM land. Spanish speaking only people are also welcomed.