Saturday, February 23, 2013

Living Lands Agrarian Network is accepting applications for it's 2013 Internship program and Journeyman program!


Organization: Living Lands Agrarian Network provides training and mentorship to a new generation of farmers. Our unique model of cooperative, sustainable agriculture integrates education, resource sharing, community partnerships and celebration around the food we grow. We measure ourselves on our ability to “graduate” new farmers who are competent in the full range of skills they need to grow and sustain successful farm businesses. We recognize that a part of our role, in addition to training and mentorship, is helping to prepare the ground on which new farm businesses will be planted. As a community-based organization, our ability to do this is premised on the strength of local partnerships and networks. To this end, we work to increase the participation of community organizations in LLAN programs including local schools, non-profits, government agencies and a constellation of local farms/farmers; and lend our energies to other organizations that can benefit from our capabilities.

Intern Position: Living Lands Agrarian Network is seeking applicants for its 2013 internship program, which focuses on small-scale ecological farming and community education at the Food Love Project.

The internship is a seasonal position, starting on April 1st, 2013, and ending on November 16th, 2013.  This part time position will entail a minimum of 20 hrs/week including participation in Saturday farmer’s markets from June through November.

About the Food Love Project: 
The Food Love Project is an educational farm that was established in 2010 through the Living Lands Agrarian Network. The farm is devoted to promoting nutrition education, food security, and community involvement in growing, harvesting, eating, and celebrating fresh food! We provide experiential field trips, service projects, and classroom visits to local schools.

As an intern of the Food Love Project, you will have a chance to learn first hand what is involved in running an educational farm from seed to classroom.  In addition to learning the basics of organic farming you’ll get hands on experience and confidence teaching students garden based education. You’ll also have the chance to impact the future of the program with your ideas and feedback.  Oh, and you’ll have a great time (as long as you like being outside, getting dirty, and helping shape our future leaders).

Duties and Responsibilities:
·       Assists with farm work, food production: planting, harvesting
·       Serves as a lead educator, developing lessons in conjunction with Program director and Farm Manager
·       Helps manage U-pick and Farmer’s market
·       Involved in promoting Food Love Project through social media and in the community
·       Has interest in pursuing autonomous projects to benefit educational farm (ie value added products)
·       Tracks activities in garden and education journals


Qualifications:
·       Enthusiasm for farm based learning
·       Experience working with diverse groups/kids is a plus
·       Flexibility (of mind and body)
·       Motivated, self-starter
·       Ability to work in the sun for 5+ hours
·       Excitement to give feedback and ideas
·       Attention to detail
·       Ability to do physical labor
·       Ridiculous sense of humor is a must

Location: Food Love Project, 16200 Lake Vera Rd Nevada City, CA

Supervision: Interns will work directly with Program Director and Farm Manager of the Food Love Project.  They will also have the chance to work with other farmers in the network as their interests and educational desires dictate.

Transportation: Intern must provide their own transportation to and from farm site (3 miles).

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.  Interns will receive room and board in the form of a shared house (with other interns and journeyman farmers) and have access to vegetables from network farms.  It is part time so that if the intern needs to have another job, s/he can.

The house is a shared 4 bedroom, located on a one acre property just a short walk from downtown Nevada City.  For 2 years, Living Lands has been investing in this site as a permaculture education farm and model of integrated backyard gardening.  It has an orchard, bees, chickens, a greywater system, mushroom baskets, cob pizza oven, native hedgerows and a propagation house.

Applications due by March 6th


Journeyman Position: Living Lands Agrarian Network is seeking applicants for its 2013 Journeyman Farmer Program.  Journeyman farmers have at least two years of farm experience (internships + farm work) and are interested in gaining an additional year of experience running a small farm.  LLAN’s Journeyman Program is designed for highly motivated and self-guided individuals to run a small farm or plot on one of LLAN’s farm sites in Nevada City, California.

The Journeyman Farmer is a seasonal position, April 1st, 2013 through November 30th, 2013.  The position will entail a minimum of 30 hrs/week.  The journeyman farmer will be in charge of planning and managing all aspects of farm production.  LLAN will provide assistance and mentorship, as well as access to established markets. 

Duties and Responsibilities:           
§   Manage all aspects of farm production including farm planning, soil preparation, irrigation, field maintenance, harvesting, etc.
§   Sell produce at LLAN markets including at Saturday farmers’ market
§   Keep farm records
§   Self-motivation / strong work ethic
§   Desire to be a farmer

Qualifications:
§   Must have at least two years of farming experience
§   Experience working on a diversified vegetable farm
§   Ability to work independently and as part of a team
§   Must have reliable transportation

Location: One of LLAN farm sites in Nevada City, CA.  Housing and basic staples are available at LLAN’s educational farm site in Nevada City.

Supervision: Journeyman farmers will work directly with one of LLAN’s mentor farmers, and will also report monthly to the LLAN Board of Directors.

Compensation: To be determined.

Applications due by March 6th
Please send all application materials to info@livinglandsagrariannetwork.org.  Include a current resume, cover letter, and three references (at least one that can speak to your farming experience).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reminder: Pest Management Workshop series starts tomorrow night


February 20th at 6:30 PM at UC Cooperative Extension.
You may attend any or all of them. If you plan to attend, please register online at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9994

Learn about pest management techniques and how to plan your pest management program. get updates on new pests and management techniques. This series of 5 workshops will give you tools and resources to manage an array of pest on your farm.
Workshop series includes:

IPM Techniques and Planning, Wednesday, February 20th: 6:30-9 PM
Orchard Pest Management, Wednesday, February 27th, 6:30-9 PM
Grapevine Pest Management, Wednesday, March 6th, 6:30-9 PM
Citrus Pest Management, Wednesday, March 13th, 6:30-9 PM
Vegetable Pest Management, Wednesday, March 27th, 6:30-9 PM

All workshops will be held at the UC Cooperative Extension office, 11477 E Avenue, DeWitt Center, Auburn, California from 6:30 to 9 PM.
Each workshop costs $5 per person (or $10 per farm, up to 3 people), and includes printed materials, a hand lens for identifying pests, and refreshments. Workshop fee is payable at the door. Cash only, please, we cannot accept checks or credit cards. Pre-registration is required. Register at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9994

Full Season Apprentice Soil Born Farms Sacramento, CA


Soil Born Farms is seeking one full season apprentice applicant to join four already accepted applicants for the 2013 season. The apprenticeship runs from March 1 to November 1.

The goal of the apprenticeship program at Soil Born Farms is to provide a training ground for aspiring farmers by teaching the basic concepts and practical applications of organic food production.  This experience is contextualized within Soil Born Farm?s work using agriculture as a platform to tie Food Systems into the larger social issues of food security, social justice, and public health.

Apprentices are exposed to all aspects of food production. They learn about propagation, irrigation, soil management, harvesting, marketing and many other related skills through a combination of hands-on learning and structured classes. Apprentices work and live on the American River Ranch, a 25-acre ranch utilizing field-scale agricultural techniques. At some point during the season, they also have the opportunity to work on our smaller Farm on Hurley Way, a 1.5 acre market garden, applying hand-scale bio-intensive gardening methods. Produce is distributed to several outlets in the county of Sacramento including an on-site farm stand, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and retail and restaurant sales. Additionally a significant portion of our produce is sold or donated to low income residents.  This program is an educational experience but it is also a working Apprenticeship, applicants should be prepared to work hard and commit themselves to the task of running a farm.

Housing: Canvas tents with access to shared kitchen, living room and bathroom.
Compensation: Food from the farm (vegetables, eggs, etc), modest allotment for supplementary foodstuff and compensation for a portion of hours worked on the farm.

More information and application available at:
 
Contact Antonio at agarza@soilborn.org with questions
Phone: (916) 363-9685

Friday, February 15, 2013

FDA's proposed rules discussion, February 22nd

CAFF and Wild Farm Alliance are hosting a lunch meeting, to which you are invited, on Friday, February 22 from 12:00 – 1:15pm, at CAFF’s Glide Ranch (36355 Russell Blvd, Davis, CA). The purpose of this meeting is to:
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       Discuss what is in the FDA’s proposed rules that relates to wild and domestic animals, compost and manure, and how it might impact your operation ·       Solicit your suggestions and input on the *attached* draft illustration and description key (2 documents) on Co-managing for Food Safety and Conservation. It will be distributed to small and mid-size farms, as well as incorporated into a technical note for the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). ·       Find out of there are any other practices you use on your farm/ranch to effectively "co-manage" food safety and conservation. We’d like to share those stories (which will be kept anonymous) with other farmers and conservationists. 
Please come to the meeting to learn about FDA’s proposed rule and to share your innovative ideas with us. We’re buying lunch!

Comments to FDA’s proposed food safety rules are due on May 16th. There are two parts, but the one most relevant to the co-management of food safety and conservation is Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption. To see a summary, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FSMA/ucm334114.htm. To download the full rules, go to this link and scroll down to the FDA section:http://www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx#special

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Land Opportunity in Solano County!


Solano County #1422: 40 acres for lease in Vacaville.
This 160 acre property has class 2 soils, and is fenced. Water is available through SID and there is a well on the property that can be operated via generator. Alfalfa is currently being farmed on the other 120 acres. Livestock may be considered.

New Land Opportunity in Nevada County!


Nevada County #1435: Partnership in Grass Valley on 173 acre ranch
We are looking for a Full Time Farmer (or young couple) who want to live in this beautiful place and manage the farming operations here - Cows, Sheep, Fruit Trees, and Vegetables.

Much opportunity to Expand the bio-diversity, creativity, and ingenuity that is already here, while enjoying the benefits of eating what we grow.

This is an ideal situation for any farmer who desires to develop the Joel Salatin, "Family Friendly Farm" concept.

Already in place are Irrigated Pastures, Small Paddock Fencing, Electric Fencing System, Stock Water Troughs, and beginning herds of cattle and sheep.  Beautiful terrain...beautiful place to live... You can view photos at www.familyfriendlyfarms.ca

Housing is available on-site, with negotiable terms. Contact liya@cafarmlink.org for more information.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Grow Your Groceries Urban Farmer Initiative now accepting applications!

Have you dreamed of starting a small farm in the city, bringing your organic produce to sell at a weekend farmers’ market? Would you like to turn your yard into a garden that will feed your family throughout the year? Or, do you want to help a school or your community grow healthy food? Soil Born Farms’ Grow Your Groceries is a beginning farmer training program designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience to the aspiring urban grower. Our instructors are experienced masters of organic agriculture and experts in farm entrepreneurship. Through this class series, you’ll learn business skills as well as best practices in sustainable fruit and vegetable production.

Choose from two different tracks:

Urban Farmer
• Through core and elective classes, this course will teach you the sustainable farming practices and business skills necessary for starting your own small fruit or vegetable farm.

Home Gardener
• Designed for those interested in growing an ample amount of fruits and vegetables in a home, school, or community garden, this course will provide in-depth training on garden design and sustainable annual and perennial crop production.

Both tracks include:
• Three- to four-hour core and elective classes, taught by experienced organic farmers and farming educators;
• Educational visits to organic farms throughout the
region, and
• Hands-on work days at Soil Born Farms


For more information, please contact
Sarah Barnes, Education Coordinator
916 252-6695 • sbarnes@soilborn.org
www.soilborn.org

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Upcoming Events through UC Cooperative Extension


Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast
Wednesday, February 13th at 7 AM
Tofanelli's Restaurant, Main Street, Grass Valley.
Reservations required! Please RSVP by replying to me at cefake@ucanr.edu by Monday, February 11th at 9 AM so we can provide a count to the restaurant.
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Register NOW for Marketing Workshops Feb 15 & 16th!
Workshops are at UC Cooperative Extension, 11477 E Avenue, DeWitt Center, Auburn. Each workshop is $5 per person. You may pay online by credit card or in cash at the door.
Pre-registration is required.

Using Health & Nutrition Information to Boost Your Produce Sales
Friday, February 15, 1-4 PM.

Increase Your Farmers’ Market Sales with Merchandising and Building Customer Relations
Saturday, February 16th, 8 AM to noon.
Lunch is available on Saturday or you can bring your own…see registration form.

Breaking into Wholesale
Saturday, February 16th, 1 to 5 PM.
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Pest Management Workshops
Growers' pest management workshops start February 20th at UC Cooperative Extension.

Learn about pest management techniques and how to plan your pest management program. get updates on new pests and management techniques. This series of 5 workshops will give you tools and resources to manage an array of pest on your farm.
Workshop series includes:

IPM Techniques, Wednesday, February 20th: 6:30-9 PM
Orchard Pest Management, Wednesday, February 27th, 6:30-9 PM
Grapevine Pest Management, Wednesday, March 6th, 6:30-9 PM
Citrus Pest Management, Wednesday, March 13th, 6:30-9 PM
Vegetable Pest Management, Wednesday, March 27th, 6:30-9 PM

All workshops will be held at the UC Cooperative Extension office, 11477 E Avenue, DeWitt Center, Auburn, California from 6:30 to 9 PM.
Each workshop costs $5 per person (or $10 per farm, up to 3 people), and includes printed materials, a hand lens for identifying pests, and refreshments. Workshop fee is payable at the door. Cash only, please, we cannot accept checks or credit cards. Pre-registration is required. Register at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9994

Full Season Internship Mountain Bounty Farm Nevada City, CA

General Description: At Mountain Bounty Farm we grow 16 acres of mixed vegetables and fruit for our local 500 member CSA and the Nevada City Farmers Market. Our thriving small farm is nestled in the beautiful Sierra foothills, surrounded by forest and a short distance from the scenic Yuba river. Mountain Bounty Farm has been in production for 15 years and is a well-established, successful CSA farm.
Internship Details: Interns (5) at Mountain Bounty farm join our crew (generally 10-12 people) for all farm activities from plant propagation to tractor work to harvest and delivery. We are committed to both learning and teaching. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants a serious learning experience at a successful small scale
vegetable farm. Interns will work 5 days a week (Mon-Fri). Interns will also be responsible for rotating through CSA deliveries and Saturday Farmers Market and occasional irrigation duties after hours. Interns will be able to commit to working the entire season, running from April 1st through November 15th, with one week paid vacation after August 1st.
Compensation: Interns are paid a monthly stipend of $700, subject to taxes. Additionally, each intern is provided with a small, private, rustic cabin (cozy, but no heating or electricity). Interns share an equipped kitchen and bathroom space. Interns also have full access to farm produce.
Skills Desired: Desire to become a farmer. Appetite for knowledge about small scale farming. Desire and ability to work hard in all weather conditions. Outgoing, personable, and works well in a team setting. Positivity and a sense of humor are big pluses. Previous farming experience is preferable, but not required. Interns must be
committed to the farming lifestyle and all it entails.
Educational Opportunities: While participating in every aspect of the farm, each intern will be specifically responsible for a project of their own. For example, one intern may be in charge of most of the irrigation duties. Another will be responsible for monitoring plant propagation, another, chicken care and record keeping, etc. Occasionally, the whole farm crew will travel to nearby farms for tours and discussion.
Please visit our website for more details.
To apply email a letter of interest, resume, and three references to

Fantastic new land opportunity in El Dorado County!

El Dorado County ID #1434: 159 acres on historical farm for lease 
The farm is 272 acres in size and located in the Gold Hill area approximately 1,200 ft. above the Sacramento Valley. The area is a gently rolling plain of grassland and oak with two seasonal streams. The soils are deep and fertile and are rated “unique” and of “statewide importance” by the USDA. Piped irrigation water in most of the farm is available from the El Dorado Irrigation District. The property is served by PG&E Electric Utilities and AT&T phone utilities. The farm is located on Cold Springs Road, a major arterial roadway between Placerville and Coloma, 35 miles due east of Sacramento. The farmhouse, garden and barn may be suitable for an event center or restaurant. Suitable agricultural production may include vineyards, orchards or livestock production. Ultimately, the goal of all agricultural production on the farm is to become organically certified. El Dorado County maintains a robust “Farm Trails” Program.

Please contact liya@cafarmlink.org for more details

TWO POSITIONS OPENING AT OUR LADY'S RANCH, GRASS VALLEY,


(1) FARMING MANAGER -

We are looking for a Full Time Farmer (or young couple) who want to live in this beautiful place and manage the farming operations here - Cows, Sheep, Fruit Trees, and Vegetables.

Much opportunity to Expand the bio-diversity, creativity, and ingenuity that is already here, while enjoying the benefits of eating what we grow.

This is an ideal situation for any farmer who desires to develop the Joel Salatin, "Family Friendly Farm" concept.

(2) FARMING INTERNSHIP -

A one year internship is now available to any young person who wants to work hard, learn and grow in the vast field of growing livestock, fruits and vegetables.

TO APPLY - 

Interested parties can view us on our web site at http://www.familyfriendlyfarms.ca and simply reply back to this email with qualifications and personal photo(s).

All replies must be received before the 15th of this month.

Blessings and Peace,

Philip Zeiter,
Family Friendly Farms