Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Soil Born Farms Youth Education Assistant position available

Youth Education Assistant
Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project
Sacramento, California

 
Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project
Job Description: Youth Education Assistant
Program: Youth Education – American River Ranch
Reports To: Education Director

Job Summary
The primary responsibility of the Youth Education Assistant is to assist and teach sustainable agriculture and outdoor leadership sessions for youth ages pre-k to college, mostly elementary school aged youth. Their primary responsibilities also include setting up, facilitating, and evaluating 3-4 hour ‘Discovery’ field trips with guidance from Director and Coordinator, and assistance from volunteers and interns. The Assistant will create supporting educational documents and materials and co-develop individual session content, and logistical preparations. The Assistant will lead individual sessions, including lecture and hands-on exercises, as well as support logistics for other sessions taught by other staff educators. Furthermore, the position will collaborate in departmental short and long-term planning, attend weekly department operation meetings, as well as participate in the development of long-term systems for efficient and effective garden management (planting schedules, production goals, cultivation, irrigation, materials ordering, etc.) Applications must be received by January 10th, 2014. Employment start date is scheduled for February 3, 2014.

Key Responsibilities
•   Teach sustainable agriculture training sessions for youth
•   Lead nutrition education activities utilizing produce from the garden and farm
•   Co-create supporting educational documents and materials
•   Co-develop and deliver session content and logistical preparation
• Lead individual sessions, including lecture and hands-on exercises
• Collaboration on departmental short and long-term planning
•   Development of long-term systems for efficient and effective farm management
   (planting schedules, production goals, cultivation, irrigation, materials ordering, etc.)
• Participate in daily, weekly, and monthly departmental meetings and supporting activities

Hours and Compensation
•   20 hours/week, including Saturdays with some evenings and weekends required
•   Salary $16.82 per hour
•   It is our intention to make this position 30 hours/week by July 2014, and full time by end of year 2014

Experience Required
•   Teaching skills, communication skills, time management, prioritizing and
   delegating. Teaching credential or other credible teacher training preferred.
•   Leadership experience in a farm/garden using self-sustainability methods
•   Knowledge of irrigation systems, composting techniques, pest control, weed control
•   A thorough understanding of organic gardening principles and practices
•   Experience working in a production garden or equivalent training
•   Working knowledge of plant families and varieties in organic cultivation and optimal growing conditions, including vegetables, flowers, herbs, natives, and perennial crops
•   Demonstrated ability to navigate local nature trails with large groups of people
   while effectively communicating natural history of the area
•   Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds in various situations
• Demonstrated ability to use Windows, Mac OS and Microsoft Office, Google calendars and file sharing
•   Co-coordinate volunteer and intern scheduling and crew supervision
•   Ability to work with kitchen staff in assuring that produce is available and
    prepared for programs
•   Ability to communicate effectively and positively with staff, community, and
    guests
•   Demonstrated ability to safely lead and participate in physically demanding
    work on uneven terrain
•   Creatively think “on your feet’ and ‘out of the box’

Read more about Soil Born Farms at www.soilborn.org.
Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to Guy Galante at ggalante@soilborn.org

Monday, December 23, 2013

Soil Born Farms Grow Your Groceries farmer training course!

Soil Born Farms Grow Your Groceries farmer training course is starting its third session in March.   This course is designed to provide the new and aspiring grower with the tools and knowledge necessary to produce food sustainably in small spaces, and to start a successful farm-based business.

Pre-register for our Open House & Orientation at http://growyourgroceries.eventbrite.com


The Urban Farmer track includes:
-          Fourteen classes on production skills and business topics
-          Three educational visits to local organic farms
-          Twenty hands-on field hours at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch and the Farm on Hurley Way
-          One-on-one technical assistance on production, marketing, business, and legal issues

The Home Gardener course consists of eleven seasonally-aligned classes and runs from October through August 2015 to support home, school and community gardeners in producing abundant produce all year long.

We’re holding two FREE Open House events about this course on

Saturday, February 15, 2pm-4pm
Saturday, February 22, 2pm-4pm

At these events, you will:
-learn about what the Grow Your Groceries program has to offer
-take an introductory mini-soil class from Soil Born Farms Founder & Co-Director, Shawn Harrison
-tour the American River Ranch
-enjoy farm-fresh appetizers
-take home free seeds and growing resources

Pre-register early to reserve your space!


Or email sbarnes@soilborn.org for more information!

Riverhill Farm is hiring!

Riverhill Farm in Nevada City, California, is now accepting applications for one full-time farmworker to fill out our farm crew of four full-time employees.  Employment begins on April 1st and continues through the end of November.  Pay is hourly and housing is provided.  The regular work week is a 40-hour week, with one-in-four weeks rotating responsibility for extra hours to help at our Saturday Farmers’ Market.
 
Riverhill Farm is a CCOF-certified organic farm located three miles from Nevada City in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near the Yuba River.  We market our produce at two Farmers’ Markets, the Farm’s farm stand, to our local coop, and to restaurants.  We grow a diverse mix of vegetables, raspberries and blackberries on ten productive acres.  For further description and photos of our farm, please see Riverhill’s website at www.riverhillfarm.com and our Facebook page.
 
The applicant must be detail oriented, conscientious, energetic and hardworking, physically fit without significant limitation and enjoy working cooperatively with the farm owners and other employees.  The applicant should have at least one full season of previous employment working with diverse responsibilities on a commercial vegetable farm and be committed to working the entire season.
 
To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a resume with at least two relevant references by email toalan@riverhillfarm.com.  Qualified applicants will receive a reply email and have a phone interview.  A farm visit is required.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Farmers & Handlers: Tell Your Stories -- Your experiences and costs with preventing GE contamination, or about being contaminated


Consumers: Tell USDA to Do the Right Thing:                    
  Contamination Prevention Now

USDA published a request for public comments [FR Vol.78, No. 213, Nov. 4, 2013] on how agricultural coexistence in the United States can be strengthened. Comments will be accepted through January 3, 2014.  [Note: NOC and many other organizations have requested an extension to this deadline.  We will notify you if there is more time, but in case not, we all need to comment!]
Why is this comment period important?
Organic and Non-GMO agriculture has shouldered the burden of GMO contamination for too long. This is our opportunity to tell USDA that it must use its authority to: 

(1) Implement mandatory contamination prevention measures to avoid the problem and protect the non-GMO sector, and 
(2) Ensure shared responsibility for the unwanted spread of GE products, including a fair compensation mechanism that does not further burden those who must avoid, and sometimes are harmed by, contamination.  
HOW TO COMMENT:
Comment ONLINE at the Federal eRulemaking portal.
Submit SNAIL MAIL comments to:  Docket No. APHIS–2013–0047, Regulatory Analysis, and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station, 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238.
Farmers & Handlers -- If you would like to send an ANONYMOUS COMMENT outlining your experiences and costs, please go to this site set up by NOC.  We will take your comment from this site, and include it as text in our comments submitted to the Docket.  If you have any questions about this process or its anonymity, please call Liana at 914-443-5759.
BACKGROUND

In 2011, following USDA’s  highly controversial approval of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa USDA re-convened the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21), which made recommendations in five major areas regarding agricultural coexistence (compensation,  stewardship, education and outreach, research, and seed quality).  

Some of these recommendations included investigating an appropriate compensation mechanism for dealing with economic harm caused by GE contamination such as  the possibility of offering crop insurance to organic and non-GMO farmers.  Other recommendations focused on identifying ways to foster communication and collaboration among those involved in all sectors of agriculture production, including conversations among neighboring farmers regarding planting dates to prevent cross-pollination.   Toaccess all AC21 documents and read the full AC21 report go HERE.

The public comment period now open is to solicit feedback on these recommendations.


What information is USDA seeking as part of this comment period?

USDA is asking for input on more than a dozen questions under the topics of education, collaboration, and outreach. The department seeks input on coexistence practices, and, specifically, how the department can support communication between farmers. See those questions HERE

Yet,  USDA is not discussing the most important question: 
How do we prevent contamination? Communication between neighboring farmers is a good thing, but communication alone is not a viable solution to the complicated contamination issues at hand. USDA’s questions miss this point. Talking about coexistence is perpetuating contamination

What should I say in my comments? Have a story to share?

If you are a farmer or handler, please consider sharing any experiences you’ve had with contamination on your farm or as a buyer. If you’ve been directly impacted by contamination, please explain the circumstances and consequences. Several AC21 members have stated that they don’t believe contamination is a problem
Even if you haven’t experienced contamination, are you spending your resources to prevent contamination (for instance:  land for buffers; choosing less profitable varieties with delayed planting dates, etc.)?  What is this costing you?

Tell the USDA your story:  

Submit your comments directly to Regulations.gov, or submit ananonymous comment through this link.  


OTHER POINTS TO MAKE IN YOUR COMMENTS:

> USDA must establish mandatory measures to prevent contamination 

USDA is missing the point with these questions. The department wants input on “education” efforts, yet education does not prevent contamination. Voluntary solutions on this issue are insufficient – it’s what we have now and it isn’t working.

> USDA must use its authority to prevent GMO contamination and to compensate contaminated farmers and other businesses impacted.

USDA must establish a set of mandated best practices to prevent GE contamination by all farmers who use GE seed and require these farmers to institute concrete contamination prevention measures on their farms to supplement those already being used by organic and other non-GMO producers.

> USDA must establish shared responsibility

Fair farming for all should be USDA’s goal. Planting genetically engineered crops can threaten livelihoods, affect critical food supply and demand, and impose an unfair financial burden on farmers seeking to satisfy discernible markets for non-GMO products.

We know pollen can travel long distances, and we know contamination is happening, as reported by seed companies, farmers, grain buyers, and food manufacturers. We also know that these farmers and businesses are not publicly announcing problems with contamination because they don’t want to risk their reputation and markets.

The burden of preventing contamination cannot be the sole responsibility of   organic and other non-GMO farmers. Organic agriculture is especially vulnerable because it loses market value when contamination happens. USDA needs to develop mandatory rules to prevent contamination.

A key part of any education process USDA takes on must be based on full transparency and disclosure of information at every step of the supply chain. This includes labeling GE foods.

USDA should not approve promiscuous crops like alfalfa, sugar beets, canola, and corn.

> USDA should conduct more research to ensure a non-GMO seed supply

If USDA is going to educate the agricultural community, it should learn more about the impacts of GE products and monitor gene flow and contamination in the seed supply.

USDA should immediately create a GE contamination registry so it can track and eliminate known sources of GE contamination across the supply chain.

> USDA should reject Crop Insurance as a compensation mechanism

Farmers who seek to avoid GMOs must not continue to be solely responsible for contamination prevention and clean-up, or be forced to give up growing certain crops. Planting GMOs must not in any way preclude the growing of organic or conventional, non-GMO crops.

AC21 recommends that farmers buy crop insurance to protect themselves against unwanted GMO contamination. This is simply unacceptable. It would unfairly require organic and other non-GMO producers to spend even more money to protect themselves while GMO manufacturers would completely escape liability for GMO contamination prevention and compensation.

The patent holder should be responsible for segregation and traceability, from seed to plate. Those who own, promote, and profit from GMO products must be held responsible for the economic and market harm their products cause.

> Are there any good proposals in AC21’s recommendations?
AC21’s recommendations included some good proposals for research and seed quality. Tell USDA to implement these recommendations immediately: 
·         USDA should conduct research to ensure there is an adequate supply of improved non-GMO seed that meet the diverse and local needs of farmers
  • USDA should ensure the continued work of the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC)
  • USDA should create and implement a plan to maintain the purity of publicly held germplasm. The plan should include measures to (1) determine the presence of GE traits in publicly held germplasm stocks, (2) conduct ongoing monitoring of contamination in germplasm stocks, and (3) address contamination if it is identified in germplasm stocks.
  • USDA should also conduct research on the state of contamination in the commercial, non-GMO seed supply.
 PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS TODAY!
Deadline is January 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Upcoming Foothill Farming workshops

Farm & Ranch Business Planning Course: 6 weeks, 7 sessions; February 6th through March 13th. More details and application on the Foothill Farming website at http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/?calitem=226537&g=22527 . Class limited to 8 operations. $40 per operation, up to 3 people.

Marketing Academy: Intensive 2-day course to help you develop your marketing plan. February 21 & 22. More details to come on Foothill Farming. Registration opens in early January. Class limited to 15 people. $70 per person.

Beginning Farming Academy: Intensive 2-day course to help you get your new farm or ranch off the ground. April 4th & 5th. More details on Foothill Farming. Class limited to 15. $70 per person.
Applications will open in February. If you know someone getting started, encourage them to apply early, as we will probably have many more applications than spaces.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Nevada County #1472: Turn key farm operation for lease

Heaven and Earth farm comprises 11.5 acres, of which approximately 3.5 acres are in production. The farm is a mixture of wooded areas, grasslands, hillside and bottomland production areas. The farm has been in diversified production since 2000. We grow mixed seasonal vegetables, numerous fruits including apples, pears, cherries, plums, figs, mulberries, peaches, nectarines and nuts, 8 vars of table grapes grapes, seed crops, flowers, herbs, chickens, bees, hops, boysenberries, marionberries, ollalieberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, currants, and more.
All production uses organic farming principles since the farm was established.  We use cover crops extensively, composts both from on farm and purchased, rock minerals, foliar feeding, fertilization, animal protein nitrogen sources. The farm is currently registered organic with the state of California, and is eligible to become certified organic, which will be one of the requirements of the lessee. Soil is a mixture of Class II and Class III bottomland and foothill soils. Irrigation is provided by a 35 GPM well.
We utilize limited motorized equipment, predominately relying on hand work with rototillers, hand tillage, backpack sprayers, and other assorted manual tools. The farm is completely equipped for virtually all needs for the production of the crops now on the property. The lessee will have access to all of the equipment, tools and necessary infrastructure. Equipment includes mowers, weed eaters, rototiller, push seeders, motorized backpack sprayer, large array of hand tools, lots of irrigation supplies, propagation supplies, harvest tools, and much more. We have all the equipment for marketing as well including scales, tents, F150 Ford pickup, tables and other materials. 
The lessee will occupy a small, modern wood heated cabin with kitchen, power and potable water, sleeping loft, outdoor heated shower, covered outdoor composting toilet, wifi and more. The space is very comfortable for one, and two will be cozy. Also there are two small trailers, powered by solar electricity, which have been used for employees or apprentices. 
The farm has numerous small fields, each individually fenced to exclude deer, rabbits and other critters. The largest area is approximately 1 acre of vegetable ground, bottomland, and the rest are in smaller blocks, mostly flat, some on hillsides. Irrigation is a mixture of mini sprinklers, sprinklers, drip tape, drip emitters, and some dry farmed crops. Currently the well is powered by electricity from PG & E, although we are installing solar panels this winter to offset a portion of the electricity charges. 
There is a 24’ x 50' double poly unheated greenhouse, with production area for starting seedlings using supplemental heat; approximately half of the house used for seasonal crop production, the other half for seedling production. Most propagating supplies and equipment are available. There is also a 24’ x 50' seasonal hoop house. We have a 8’ x 12’ walk-in refrigeration, dry storage, freezer, and additional storage. The walk-in is equipped with lighting and heat for use as a seed germination chamber, when not used for cooling produce.
There is a large, completely equipped outdoor kitchen, used seasonally for production of on farm value-added products, as well as harvest, cleaning and packing of crops. This area has been used by us, employees and apprentices for meal production, processing, gatherings and relaxation. We have nearly all the equipment for preserving foods including juice press, extractors, fermentation supplies, canning equipment, dehydrator, freezer and more. 
We are very willing to share their knowledge as needed including all the basic aspects of how the farm works to date, and encourage ongoing conversation and advice as needed. We have extensive experience and knowledge in all aspects of running a small farm, food processing, herbal preparations, homesteading skills and much more.  We are willing to provide training and advice as needed with all aspects of the farms crop production and overall management. 
Heaven and Earth Farm is located on the San Juan Ridge of Nevada County, California in the Sierra foothills at 2400 feet elevation, between the South and Middle forks of the Yuba River. We are in the zone of transition between oaks and pines, with madrone and manzanita, with long Mediterranean summer and fall, rainy cool to cold winters, and usually rainy spring. The average rainfall is 60 inches, however the range has been between 30 and 115 inches in the last 10 years. We have four distinct seasons. Most years we get little or no rain from early May to mid October. We get occasional snow, 3 to 5 times per year, usually no more than a few inches per snowfall. The Northern Sierras, a vast and beautiful mountain range, is our back yard. Recreation opportunities are huge.
The farm is located in a rural area, populated by long-time residents and a mix of long time and new back to the landers. We are 15 miles from the nearest urban area, Nevada City and Grass Valley. The county population is approximately 100,000. We have an extremely active community with social and political diversity. Although the towns are relatively small, they have all of the features of a large city. Where we live on the ridge is much smaller, but it also has an active social and educational scene. If you're interested in social, entertainment and educational opportunities, the list is almost endless.
We need a highly motivated, friendly and innovative person(s) to lease this small farm and grow it to its ultimate potential. The successful applicant will have a minimum of three years of organic farming experience, preferably in a management role. We are not able to accommodate recent apprentices or interns, as we need a more experienced farmer. Applicants should have extensive experience in a wide variety of vegetable and flower production, greenhouse and hoop house, and preferably perennial crops as well. Knowledge and ability to organize a farm work plan, manage interns or employees, market crops, use basic farm equipment and maintain as needed, crop rotation, fertility, pest and weed management, irrigation, bookkeeping skills, record-keeping skills are all essential.
We look forward to hearing from you and establishing a great, nourishing, mutually beneficial friendship.
Interested? Read the instructions for How to Find Land Through California FarmLink.

New Land Opportunity in San Joaquin County!

San Joaquin County #1473
240 acre crop share opportunity in Vernalis.
Flat land, paved access, close to the highway. Eligible for Organic. Well water,  some main lines. Good soil. Looking for farmer that will utilize our organic amendments for a certified operation. Share production 50/50, partial salary may be available. 2 wells with filtration. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Come work for California FarmLink!

Job Announcement- California FarmLink

Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator

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.



Job Description:

FarmLink is looking for a Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator to oversee FarmLink programmatic activities along the Central Coast of California. This position is based in Santa Cruz.

Responsibilities include:

— Provide farmers, ranchers and landowners with information on land leasing, land purchasing/sales and alternative land tenure options

— Help farmers negotiate strong leases

— Coach farmers on how to find land for lease or sale, and help them find financing for land purchases

— Assist in maintaining an online hub of land for lease or sale, connect landowners and farmers, and "broker" farmland leases

— Work with and develop a network of experienced farm service professionals, including attorneys, CPAs, family communications specialists, realtors, insurance providers, and business consultants.

— Provide farmers with information on farm financing options and credit education

— Organize and present Farm Finance Expos, workshops, and seminars

— Assist in grant reporting

— Outreach to agricultural landowners and organizations to increase FarmLink’s capacity to offer quality land opportunities

— Outreach to beginning and underserved farmers to increase awareness of FarmLink programs

Qualifications:

— Experience in Central Coast agricultural, emphasis on small and mid scale farms

— Experience in farm financing and farm business management

— Familiarity with California agricultural organizations

— Experience working with farmland leasing, real estate transactions, and conservation easements

— Oral communication skills, including ability to present complex information to groups

— Computer skills include basic familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce or similar

database, email, website, Internet and website updating

— Valid California driver’s license, ability to travel locally and regionally on a regular basis and spend overnights out of the area on occasion.

— Spanish fluency

— Ability to work in a team atmosphere

— Ability to complete self-directed projects with minimal day-to-day supervision;

— Writing skills, including the ability to prepare professional letters, newsletter articles, and reports

— Experience in nonprofit project management

Compensation and Terms:

Salary range $37,000-$50,000 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.

Position open until filled. Please send resume, letter of interest, and three references to Eric Winders:

eric@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Farm Finance Expo this THURSDAY in Sacramento!!!

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
3333 3rd Ave. Sacramento
December 12, 1-5 PM

One Stop Shopping for Ag Loans and Resources for Financing your Farm Business!

·      Meet Local Ag Lenders

·      Learn Keys to a Successful Loan Application

·      Explore Innovation Financing Options

·      Plan to Achieve Your Business Expansion Goals


For more information or to ask about scholarships please emailliya@cafarmlink.org



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Job Opportunity with CA FarmLink!

Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator
California FarmLink
Santa Cruz, California



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.

Job Description: 
FarmLink is looking for a Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator to oversee FarmLink programmatic activities along the Central Coast of California. This position is based in Santa Cruz.

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide farmers, ranchers and landowners with information on land leasing, land purchasing/sales and alternative land tenure options
  • Help farmers negotiate strong leases 
  • Coach farmers on how to find land for lease or sale, and help them find financing for land purchases
  • Assist in maintaining an online hub of land for lease or sale, connect landowners and farmers, and "broker" farmland leases
  • Work with and develop a network of experienced farm service professionals, including attorneys, CPAs, family communications specialists, realtors, insurance providers, and business consultants. 
  • Provide farmers with information on farm financing options and credit education
  • Organize and present Farm Finance Expos, workshops, and seminars
  • Assist in grant reporting 
  • Outreach to agricultural landowners and organizations to increase FarmLink’s capacity to offer quality land opportunities
  • Outreach to beginning and underserved farmers to increase awareness of FarmLink programs
Qualifications:
  • Experience in Central Coast agricultural, emphasis on small and mid scale farms
  • Experience in farm financing and farm business management
  • Familiarity with California agricultural organizations
  • Experience working with farmland leasing, real estate transactions, and conservation easements 
  • Oral communication skills, including ability to present complex information to groups
  • Computer skills include basic familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce or similar database, email, website, Internet and website updating
  • Valid California driver’s license, ability to travel locally and regionally on a regular basis and spend overnights out of the area on occasion.   
  • Spanish fluency
  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere 
  • Ability to complete self-directed projects with minimal day-to-day supervision;
  • Writing skills, including the ability to prepare professional letters, newsletter articles, and reports
  • Experience in nonprofit project management
Compensation and Terms:
Salary range $37,000-$50,000 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.
Position open until filled.  Please send resume, letter of interest, and three references to Eric Winders: eric@cafarmlink.org.  No phone calls please. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Central Valley Farm Finance Expo

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
3333 3rd Ave. Sacramento
December 12, 1-5 PM

One Stop Shopping for Ag Loans and Resources for Financing your Farm Business!

·      Meet Local Ag Lenders

·      Learn Keys to a Successful Loan Application

·      Explore Innovation Financing Options

·      Plan to Achieve Your Business Expansion Goals


For more information or to ask about scholarships please email liya@cafarmlink.org




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

FRAUD ALERT!

Producers should be aware of fraudulent letter circulating


USDA has been made aware that there is a fraudulent letter circulating to producers and/or contractors. The signature line in these letters reads “Frank Rutenberg” and the sender claims to be a USDA employee seeking information about the recipient. 
These letters are a fraud, the sender is fictitious and recipients should NOT respond to these letters.
Should you receive one of these fraudulent letters, please notify your local Farm Service Agency or a USDA Service Center representative.
Please share this information with your fellow farmers and ranchers.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CA Small Farm Conference in now accepting scholarship applications

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SMALL-SCALE FARMERS TO ATTEND THE CALIFORNIA SMALL FARM CONFERENCE

APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 6, 2013                
           
The California Small Farm Conference awards scholarships to small farmers and ranchers, student farmer/ranchers, farmer/rancher employees and farmers market managers to attends the conference.

This year’s California Small Farm Conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park, CA, on  March 9 – 11, 2014. Scholarships are awarded based on a number of criteria including farm and household income. Scholarship awards include registration to the three-day conference, all workshops and networking sessions, conference meals, and a Sunday Field Course at a discounted rate of $25.                   

Lodging and travel costs are offered depending upon the distance traveled to Rohnert Park, California.      
           
Applications may be obtained as follows: 
           
• Download the online application from our website at: 
           
• Call 1-888-712-4188 to request an application by mail or fax, or
           
• Email conference@californiafarmconference.com to request an application
           
All applications must be received by December 6, 2013. Applications received after close of business on December 6, 2013 through December 31, 2013 shall be placed on a waiting list.                             
           
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About California Small Farm Conference Founded in 1982 by the Small Farm Center at the University of California, Davis, the California Small Farm Conference (http://www.californiafarmconference.com/) is the state’s premier gathering for not only small farmers, but farmers’ market managers, agricultural students, researchers, writers and food advocates to come together to    network, learn, discuss and grow.      

The Conference is a unique opportunity for smaller-acreage producers to gain insight from technical experts, network with other farmers and ranchers, and learn sustainable farming practices, business aspects, and more.        
           
The upcoming California Small Farm Conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park, CA, on March 9 – 11, 2014.      


Get all the latest updates on the 27th annual California Small Farm Conference by “liking” us on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaSmallFarmConference where            we regularly post news, photos, tips and more.