Monday, March 31, 2014

Introduction to Income Taxes Webinar

Thursday, April 3rd @ 4pm PST

Online- FREE!
Register today to attend our interactive webinar on how to prepare and file your farm business taxes using our "Income Tax Organizer" tool. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the webinar, led by agricultural tax specialist, Poppy Davis. To prepare and register:
  1. Prepare: Download our "Income Tax Organizer" tool
  2. Register: Register for our "Introduction to Income Taxes" webinar
**Please note: All registered attendees will be emailed log-in details THE MORNING OF THE WEBINAR. 

April Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast
Wednesday, April 9th7-8:30 AM 
Tofanelli's 302 W Main St, in Grass Valley.
Come meet other farmers and ranchers and share ideas and concerns about the drought and other agricultural issues.
Please RSVP by sending me an e-mail before 9 AM Monday, April 7th.

Accessing Credit for New Farmers and Ranchers
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 1 PM Pacific Daylight Time
US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss types of agricultural credit and ways to access them in support of new farmers and ranchers. The discussion will cover credit and financial options from USDA as well as outside partners including the Farm Credit Council. The Hangout will also feature farmers and ranchers who have successfully accessed credit from these sources as they describe their experiences and offer advice to others. USDA is soliciting discussion questions via social media using #NewFarmers.
Live on the USDA Google+ page or on www.usda.gov/live. Add your questions in advance or share your story on social media by using the #NewFarmers on Twitter, Google+, YouTube or Facebook.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC) Farmhouse is looking for interns for spring and summer of 2014!

We are located on a 10-acre farm in rural Davis, about a 15 minute drive from downtown Davis, and a 30 minute bike ride from campus. The program here is part of the Yolo Community Care Continuum, which provides services for people with mental illness in Yolo County. The Farmhouse is a long-term residential care facility for people with mental illness, and part of the treatment program is living on a farm. This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours depending on availability. We are looking for interns to help with farm-related activities, including but not limited to the following:

- Organic vegetable production: working in our 2 main vegetable gardens doing seeding, transplanting, seedling starts, weeding, bed prep, installing and maintaining drip irrigation, harvesting
-Caring for our animals: 1 potbelly pig, 2 goats and a small flock of chickens
- Pollinator and herb garden: working in our new multi-purpose garden to plant beneficial pollinator annuals and perennials, as well as help establish our herb garden with medicinal and culinary herbs
-Compost: making and turning compost piles 

Requirements:
Must provide your own transportation to and from the Farmhouse with a valid California license
Must be reliable, self-starter, able to work independently and with others
Experience in gardening and/or farming preferred
Must complete various contingencies prior to start of internship including first aid training, TB test and background check 

If you are interested in this internship position, please send resume and brief letter of interest to Anna-Ruth Crittenden atfarm2mouth@gmail.com

Support Fiesta Farm and join Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip helps businesses grow with 0% interest loans. Making a small loan can change a life.
A loan of $10,000 helps Fiesta Farm to purchase a livestock trailer, improve water storage and delivery to our pasture, and replace older hens in our laying flock.
Loan and little or loan a lot and help Fiesta Farm reach their goal!
Learn more here!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Placer/Nevada office of the University of California 
Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is accepting applications for 
another Beginning Farming Academy in Auburn on April 4-5, 
2014. The class runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 
April 4, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. 
Online applications must be submitted by March 21, 2014 
at 5 p.m.

This 2-day intensive introduction to starting a small farm 
or ranch will help prospective producers learn the basics 
of market-driven farming. Students will learn how to 
assess their land and other resources, investigate markets 
for their products, and analyze the economic viability of 
their operation.

The Beginning Farming Academy is partially funded by a 
Specialty Crop Block Grant from the California Department 
of Food and Agriculture, so instruction and materials are 
provided free of charge. Meal cost for the two days is 
$70, and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on 
Friday as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday.
The class is limited to 15 prospective producers. To 
apply, please complete the online application form at 
http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=11976. 
Applicants are advised to answer the questions as 
completely as possible, as acceptance is based on the 
information provided in the application. Says Ingram, “We 
always have more applicants than spaces.” Applications 
must be submitted by March 21 at 5 p.m. Applicants will 
be notified during the following week whether they have 
been accepted into the Beginning Farming Academy.

For questions or more information, please contact Cindy 

Fake at cefake@ucanr.edu or call (530) 889-7385.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Farm Worker, Riverhill Farm, Nevada City

Riverhill Farm has an immediate opening for a farmworker with a minimum of one full season's experience (preference for two years) on a diversified commercial vegetable farm.

Riverhill Farm is located three miles from Nevada City, California and sells a mix of fruits and vegetables at area Farmers' Markets, at the farm's farmstand, to restaurants and to our local natural foods co-op, BriarPatch. It's a beautiful and natural place for a farm, and we're located at the end of a dead end road (it's quiet!). We pride ourselves on our relationship to our community and on the quality of our produce. You can find more information about our farm on our website at http://www.riverhillfarm.com and our Facebook page, where you can see photos of our operation.

The preferred applicant will have enough experience to be able to join in efficiently and with commitment to our ongoing operation and be as good with customers as he/she is in the fields. We are a small crew working closely together. Must be willing to commit to the duration of the full season (April 1 - end of November).
 
We pay regular wages (not a stipend position) and provide housing if desired. Applicants should email alan@riverhillfarm.com with a letter of interest, a full description of your background and experience in farming, and a resume with at least two relevant references. All qualified applicants will receive a reply. A farm visit is required prior to an offer of employment.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


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Securing Farm Financing

March 20, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT

Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar on small- to medium-scale farm financing.

Looking to expand your farming operation? Not sure where to get the funding to do so? Join our webinar to hear about creative options for financing land, equipment, and other farm expenditures. Learn about collateral, conditions, credit, and the criteria lenders look for when underwriting a loan.
Looking to expand your farming operation? Not sure where to get the funding to do so? Join the CCOF Foundation, John Oosterman from the USDA Farm Service Agency, Brett Malone from California FarmLink, and Justin Renfro from Kiva Zip to hear about creative options for financing land, equipment, and other farm expenditures. Learn about collateral, conditions, credit, and the criteria lenders look for when underwriting a loan. This webinar can help secure your farm’s future. Register now!
About our speakers:
John Oosterman, USDA Farm Service Agency
John L. Oosterman serves as the farm loan chief for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in California. He oversees the Farm Loan Programs, which lent $38.1 million in direct funds and $82.7 million in guaranteed funds during fiscal year 2013. John brings to the business a long line of professional experience, having begun his career with the Farmers Home Administration in 1987. John is a graduate of Cal Polytechnic State University; Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa; and Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California.

Anthony Chang, California Farmlink
Anthony Chang is the Director of Lending with California Farmlink. Anthony is an experienced small business advisor and microlender, non-profit program director, and passionate sustainable food and farmer advocate. He spent 10+ years as a small business advisor and lender at Opportunity Fund. While at Opportunity Fund, Anthony helped build the microfinance program into one of the foremost non-profit microlenders in the US, including increasing their microloans from 30 to 1,000 per year. Anthony joined California FarmLink in 2011 and immediately helped launch their direct farm microloan program. As the Director of Lending, he provides technical assistance to farmers seeking financing, teaches classes on farm financing, and continues to improve farm businesses across California. 

Justin Renfro, Kiva Zip
Justin is the associate manager of business development for Kiva Zip. He leads Kiva Zip's efforts in the United States, building partnerships and finding qualified entrepreneurs to support. Justin graduated with a degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona and started his career at LinkedIn. He's been particularly focused on supporting small farms and food producers throughout the country with Kiva Zip.

James Hall, Wells Fargo Bank Business Banking Group
James Hall is a Vice President and Business Banking Manager with Wells Fargo Bank Business Banking Group. He is currently responsible for managing eight team members and a $336 million dollar customer portfolio consisting of over 300 companies and individuals from Fresno to Monterey. James has been banking for 18 years, having started his career in 1993 after serving four years of active duty military in the United States Air Force.

Event Details

March 20, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT



Registration

This webinar is $20.


 


More Information

To learn more about this event, contact CCOF Foundation Program Coordinator Jessy Beckett(831) 423-2263, ext. 25.


FOOD CORPS Position!

REAT OPPORTUNITY FOR A RECENT HIGH SCHOOL or COLLEGE GRAD and/or community member who likes working with kids and has gardening or farming experience.  If you are looking for a valuable way to spend a year, get paid, get trained, get health benefits and make a difference in our schools and community, this is an excellent way to earn some money for school and help make connections to launch a career.  Be part of the solution...JOIN FOODCORPS!


We are in the process of recruiting a FoodCorps service member for next year (September ‘14 – August ‘15)  to work with UC Cooperative Extension and Calaveras Unified School District.  This is one of 12 FoodCorps positions in the whole state of California, and is a unique opportunity for someone to get a wonderful experience, while making a difference.  See the FoodCorps website for more info.https://foodcorps.org/   (Check out the news article on San Andreas Elementary featured on their home page!)

Applications are due March 30th!!!!  https://foodcorps.org/become-a-service-member 

Summary of the Position - A one-year, full time commitment beginningSeptember 1st, 2014
  • Support Nutrition and Gardening programs at Valley Springs Elementary, Toyon Middle School, West Point Elementary, Rail Road Flat Elementary, San Andreas Elementary and Calaveras High School
  • Learn from Calaveras UC Master Gardeners, UC Cooperative Extension Nutrition Educators, CUSD Garden Educators, LifeLab trainings and more!
  • Teach Kids about healthy food and where it comes from.
  • Build and Tend School Gardens
  • Bring High Quality Food into school cafeterias.
  • $17,500 living allowance  
  • $5,650 educational award for the year of service
  • Health Benefits
See links and attachments for more details on this service member position and FoodCorps in general.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Autumn or Kevin Hesser atgardenstogrowin@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Drought Workshops for Commercial Orchard and Vegetable Growers
Despite all the rain, we are still in a drought, and you will need to conserve water this summer because we have no snowpack for summer water.
Come learn about techniques to reduce water use in your crops or orchards, monitor soil moisture, and schedule irrigations.

Vegetable Crops WorkshopWednesday March 19th, 9 AM to 12 noon, Wheatland

Citrus Workshop: Wednesday March 26th, 9 AM to 12 noon, Penryn

Deciduous Orchards Workshop: Thursday, March 27th, 9 AM to 12 noon, Auburn

Register online at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=12536After registering, you'll receive an e-mail with information and directions.
$5 per person, payable in cash at the workshop. Fee includes drinks, snacks, and materials.
Pre-registration is required. Each workshop is limited to 20 people as they will be hands-on.

Beginning Farming Academy applications are open.
The Academy is April 4th and 5th.  More info at http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/?calitem=226543&g=22527   
Apply online at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=11976 If you know someone who is just getting started and needs some direction and assistance, please let them know about this.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Job Announcement - California FarmLink Director of Lending

California FarmLink is seeking an experienced Director of Lending to significantly grow our farm loan program. Founded in 1999, California FarmLink is at an exciting inflection point. FarmLink has historically been a technical assistance provider and more recently launched a direct farm microloan program, became CDFI (community development financial institution), and with a small staff, closed 25-30 loans totaling $600-800K per year for the past 2 years. This position has the opportunity to shape the next phase of growth for this exciting – moving beyond farm microloans, increasing the portfolio, and strengthening program infrastructure.

This is an existing position that reports to the Executive Director and manages two staff (Loan Officer and Loan Operations Manager). This position is responsible for achieving program goals of significantly increasing lending and impact while building the appropriate risk management and program infrastructure necessary to become a leading alternative lender to farms that lack access to capital.

What You Will Do

• Leadership: Lead a small team and one of the two flagship programs of California FarmLink, with responsibility for overseeing all program functions (business development, lending, risk management), supporting Executive Director on fundraising, and playing a role on the management team in building, motivating and retaining a strong team across the organization.

• Lending & Impact: Lead loan program business development strategy and execution, manage 1 loan officer, underwrite loans, develop new loan products, and manage other activities necessary to achieve loan, portfolio performance and community impact goals.

• Risk Management: Manage Loan Operations Manager (who oversees loan documentation, loan servicing, collections, portfolio management and reporting) and partner with Executive Director, loan committee and board of directors to ensure FarmLink implements sound risk management strategies that align with community impact goals and investor needs.

• Program Infrastructure: Manage program infrastructure that will ensure the stability and growth of the program including staffing; internal collaboration with Access to Land Program, Finance and Fundraising; external stakeholders such as investors and Farm Service Agency; and special projects.

Qualifications & Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and background:

• 10+ years experience lending to and/or underwriting small business or microloans at a CDFI, ag lender such as FSA or Farm Credit, community bank or other financial institution

• 5+ years experience as a leader in a Director of Lending, Program Director or equivalent role that includes supervision experience and building great teams

• Relevant experience understanding small-scale agricultural businesses

• Demonstrated self-starter that can work independently, take initiative, and make hard decisions

• Great communicator and team player

• Fluency with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, databases (such as salesforce) and loan management software

• Fluency in Spanish preferred

Location, Travel, Compensation & Terms

This is a full-time position based out of FarmLink’s headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA. Regular local travel within California required. Salary range: $80,000-$90,000 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.

How To Apply

Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization, resume, and three references to Anthony “at” cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.

Who We Are

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. For more info: www.cafarmlink.org

Friday, March 7, 2014

Announcing 
Soil Born Farms
Grow Your Groceries
Urban Farmer Course 2014

$595 Early Bird Special Price: Register by March 14 and save $55!


If you’ve dreamed of starting your own farm, the Grow Your Groceries Urban Farmer Course will help you get there. This course provides the new and aspiring grower with technical skills, conceptual knowledge and hands-on experience, with a flexible schedule that enables students to participate without interrupting your busy schedule.

Running from March 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014 this course includes:
• fourteen classes on sustainable production skills, business planning, record-keeping, and logistics,
• twenty hands-on field hours working alongside Soil Born farmers,
• three educational visits to local organic farms,
• a three-session business planning workshop

For more information, class schedule, and to register, go to www.soilborn.org/growyourgroceries

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hey! Wanna work at Say Hay Farms?!

Hey all, we're hiring part time summer harvest helpers.  If you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass along our information.

We raise 20 acres of mixed vegetables with pastured layer hens, and tend small almond, peach, and orange orchards for sale through farmers' markets, CSA, restaurants and grocers.  

We are looking for harvest helpers for TuesdayThursday, and Friday schedule from June through September.  Pay starts at $10 with paid sick/vacation.  There may be other year-round or full-time positions available for the right people.   

To apply, email a resume to sayhayfarms@gmail.com with a brief answer to the question: What do you hope to get from your experience working with us on our small organic farm?

Hourly paid yardwork - Davis outskirts

Help needed with yard-work.  Initially work will consist of weeding and other Spring tasks.  Starting pay is $9.00 per hour.  The location is 3 miles west of Highway 113 on Russell Blvd. Please contact Richard at 530 756-4397or guarinor@aol.com.  Preference for people with experience working in gardens or vineyards.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast
A reminder that the next Farmer-to-Farmer breakfast will be at Wings at the Auburn Airport (13595 New Airport Rd.) on Thursday, March 13th from 7 to 8:30 AM.
Please RSVP to me cefake@ucanr.edu by 9 AM Tuesday March 11th. We need to let the restaurant know how many are coming.

Drought Workshops for Commercial Orchard and Vegetable Growers
Despite all the rain, we are still in a drought, and you will need to conserve water this summer because we have no snowpack for summer water.
Come learn about techniques to reduce water use in your crops or orchards, monitor soil moisture, and schedule irrigations.

Vegetable Crops WorkshopWednesday March 19th, 9 AM to 12 noon, Wheatland

Citrus WorkshopWednesday March 26th, 9 AM to 12 noon, Penryn

Deciduous Orchards WorkshopThursday, March 27th, 9 AM to 12 noon, Auburn

Register online at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=12536After registering, you'll receive an e-mail with information and directions.
$5 per person, payable in cash at the workshop. Fee includes drinks, snacks, and materials.
Pre-registration is required. Each workshop is limited to 20 people as they will be hands-on.

Beginning Farming Academy applications are open.
The Academy is April 4th and 5th.  More info at http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/?calitem=226543&g=22527   
Apply online at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=11976 If you know someone who is just getting started and needs some direction and assistance, please let them know about this.