Monday, December 28, 2015

Employment Opportunities at Riverhill Farm!

3 Farm Employee Positions
Riverhill Farm
Nevada City, CA

Click here for more information.

The term of employment is March 1st through November 18th.  End dates are flexible, but preference will be given to applicants that are able to commit to a specific term of employment in advance of their start date.  Employees are paid hourly for a forty hour work week Mondaythrough Friday and, in rotation with the rest of the crew, one farmers’ market per month on aSaturday.
 
Together with the farm owners and farm manager, all farm employees at Riverhill Farm work to fulfill the core responsibilities of running a successful farm:
•    Propagation house production of transplants;
•    Care of transplants, including thinning, irrigation and fertilization;
•    Field planting;
•    Field cultivation and weeding;
•    Drip installation and irrigation management;
•    Pruning, trellising and other crop maintenance activities;
•    Harvesting and packing;
•    Record keeping;
•    Farm stand and farmers’ market sales;
•    End of season preparations for winter, including cover cropping.
 
The preferred applicant will have at least 1-2 years of experience in agricultural production and be able to demonstrate increasing responsibility over time.  An applicant should be internally motivated to help operate a diversified organic production system, and be able to work independently with close attention to quality and detail.
 
Applicants should be energetic, physically fit and without significant physical limitation. In order to be considered for employment, applicants should be able to demonstrate experience and knowledge in one or more of these areas: organic seedling production, vegetable crop production and management, cane berry production and management, general organic production practices, and experience in direct sales of farm products.  Familiarity with farm machinery and equipment operations is a plus but not required.
 
The preferred applicant must make a commitment for the term of one season, and will be given preference if he or she is competent to take on increased responsibility for farm operations and management over time, including staying on for multiple years.  Areas of increased responsibility include production planning and management, irrigation management, tractor work, and yearly planning.
 
Housing is available, and pay is commensurate with experience.  

How to Apply
To apply, please send a detailed letter of interest and a complete resume, including at least three farm-related references to alan@riverhillfarm.comAll qualified applicants will receive a reply.  A farm visit is a condition of an offer of employment.

Internships at Leap Frog Farm

Leap Frog Farm is a small organic veggie and fruit farm in the Capay Valley in Yolo County. We have 2 internship positions open for 2016, with a starting stipend of $150/week, plus food and living space. The internship will go from April 1st to September 30th, but those dates can be flexible :). We work 5 days a week on the farm, go to farmers markets in Davis on Wednesday evenings (seasonally), and Marin on Saturdays (year-round), and take Sundays off. It gets really hot here in the summer (often over 100 degrees), so during that time of the year, we start work around 6 in the morning, take a break in the middle of the day, and work into the evening.
  The farm is on 20 acres, with 2.5 acres of veggie production, and ~3 acres of fruit orchards. We focus on heirloom varieties of vegetables, which in the summer and fall includes ~20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, ~25 varieties of melons, and a wide variety of peppers, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, summer and winter squash, onions, basil, etc. During our cooler season (Nov-May), we grow lots of salad greens, bunched leafy greens, roots, broccoli, cabbage and the like. We have a few goats for milk and cheese, and hope to add more pastured animals to our crop rotation in the future.
  The Capay Valley is an hour northwest of Davis, home to many small organic farms, and a great rural community with potlucks, yoga classes, craft nights and an active Grange and Farmers Guild! It is a really fun place to live and farm! Come join us!

Contact Annie Hehner anniehehner@gmail.com

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Nevada County Food & Farm Conference January 8-10, 2016. Info & registration at: http://foodandfarmconference.com/
On Sunday, Jan 10 at 1 PM, Jim Muck & I will be doing a brief overview of what you need to get your farm business on track. It’s a preview of what we cover in the Farm & Ranch Business Planning Course…

Farm & Ranch Business Planning Course January 28-March 3, 2016. Thursdays, 6-9 PM, plus Saturday, Feb. 6.
Want to get your farm business on the road to profitability??
This 6-week, 7-session course is designed for farm and ranch businesses with at least one year of cost and sales figures. Topics include mission and vision, business structure, economic analysis, operations planning, risk management, marketing strategies, and cash flow budgeting.
Cost is $50 per farm or ranch, up to 3 people, course materials included. Space is limited to 8 businesses, so please apply early.
Apply on-line at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=16737 For more information on the course, contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucanr.edu

Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast, Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, 7:00 am - 9:00 am
at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Auburn
Come get to know other farmers and ranchers in our area.  Enjoy a chance to relax and talk with other agricultural producers about farming and ranching issues.  A presentation on farm and ranch business record keeping will be given highlighting the most important financial records to keep and ways to keep office paper and numbers organized. Buffet breakfast.  Cost is $10 per person, and reservations are required. Registration will be available on the Foothill Farming website in early January.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Applications for the 2016 California Farm Academy (CFA) class are due this Monday, December 7th!

CFA is a training program that helps beginning farmers meet their farming goals and start their own farm business.

CA Farm Academy trains beginning farmers in all aspects of agricultural production through field work, business planning, classes, and farm visits to give participants a solid foundation in what they need to know to start farming. Topics covered include crop planning, soil, pest management, equipment, marketing, business planning, financing, food safety, and more. At the close of the program each student will have completed a farm business plan.  Additionally, qualified graduates will have the opportunity to join the CFA Incubator Program and lease farmland to help launch their own farming operation.  

CFA is a 7 month program of the Center for Land-Based Learning in Winters, CA, which meets February through September. Class times are designed to accommodate work schedules, with classes meeting Tuesday and Thursdayearly evenings and two weekends per month.

For more information and an application to CFA, see www.californiafarmacademy.org.  If you have questions, pleaseemail or call. 

Thank you,

Maureen Thompson, CFA Farm Program Manager
Breanne Wroughton, CFA Program Assistant

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Administrative Assistant
Soil Born Farms
Rancho Cordova, CA


Job Description 
The administrative assistant is responsible for a variety of admin functions and provides support to the accountant, grants manager and other staff.  Tasks will include data entry in Quickbooks and Salesforce; weekly deposits; admin support tasks and errands; event support; special projects; communication and interaction with a variety of individuals and groups.

We are looking for an individual who is interested in and enthusiastic about Soil Born’s mission and would like to help us continue to advance it throughout the community. This is an entry level position that can provide opportunities for professional growth within the organization. We are also open to the possibility of hiring two individuals who would work well in a job sharing situation.

Please send your resume and a letter of interest to curner@soilborn.org

Key Responsibilities:
  • Entering accounts payable and accounts receivable in Quickbooks.
  • Heavy use of spreadsheets to track various functions.
  • Handling incoming money, counting weekly deposit, preparing change bag for markets/events.
  • Managing daily credit card transactions and communicating with payers.
  • Data entry into Sales Force- entry of waivers, mailing lists, event attendance and more into our donor, volunteer, supporter database. Regular review for errors/accuracy.
  • Support with donor communications.
  • Board of Director updates.
  • Retrieving and sorting mail.
  • Additional admin duties – including but not limited to: preparing for and processing new staff; assisting with yearend accounting tasks; accounting and grant filing; creating new grant files; making copies of accounting forms; event and outreach support.

Hours and compensation:
  • 40 hours/week with some evenings and weekends required
  • Compensation: $13 per hour
  • Benefits for full time staff: Medical, vision and dental. 401k, paid holidays and paid time off

Experience Required:

  • Attention to detail and typing accuracy essential, with a typing speed of 50 WPM or higher.
  • Excel spreadsheet skills necessary.
  • Good communication skills and phone etiquette necessary.
  • Easy to work with and comfortable in an open office setting.
  • Bookkeeping, cashiering, money handling, a plus.
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks a plus.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce a plus.
  • Proof reading skills a plus.
  • Knowledge of Word mail merge a plus
  • Experience in the non-profit sector helpful

Friday, November 20, 2015


Internship
Mountain Bounty Farm
Nevada City, California


Contact: John Tecklin
Email: info@mountainbountyfarm.com 
Website: http://www.MountainBountyFarm.com 

General Description:
At Mountain Bounty Farm we grow 16 acres of mixed vegetables and fruit for our local 700 member CSA and 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. Since 1997, Mountain Bounty Farm has grown into a successful and inspiring cornerstone of the local community. The farm is known for its top quality produce, cutting edge farming techniques, and fun work environment. We have an amazing veteran crew and welcome newcomers. For more information about the farm and for internship application materials and information please see our website: www.MountainBountyFarm.com

Internship Dates: April 1st and goes through November
Number of Interns: 5
App Deadline: None, but positions usually fill by late January

Internship Details: 
Interns are a core element of our farm crew (total 12-14 people including interns) and participate in all farm activities from greenhouse work to harvest, delivery, and farmer’s markets. Interns work closely with the farm managers to maintain this complex and dynamic vegetable farm. This includes driving tractors, seeding, transplanting, lots of weeding and other crop care, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing produce, driving deliveries, and small amounts of animal and fruit tree care. Interns work 5 days a week (Mon-Fri), 8+ hours a day and are also responsible for doing one CSA delivery per week, two Saturday farmers markets per month, and occasional minor irrigation duties after hours. We average a 40 hour work week over the season, with slightly shorter weeks in spring and fall, and slightly longer weeks at the height of summer. All crew members receive one week of paid vacation during the season after August 1st. Internships at Mountain Bounty are challenging, highly sought after, and immensely rewarding. The vast majority of Mountain Bounty alumni go on to either work at other farms or start their own farms. Interns who excel in their first season may be offered management positions and permanent employment here at Mountain Bounty.

Stipend: $1,000/month plus rustic housing and produce (includes vegetables, fruit, and eggs)

Skills Desired:
Prior farm experience is preferred, but not a requirement. Successful candidates have experience with some type of outdoor labor and/or a strong athletic background. We are also looking for people who are serious about farming as a career. This is a top notch training opportunity for someone who is ready to take on the challenge. We are looking for people who are organized, curious, outgoing and personable, wacky and fun, and very motivated. Applicants should be able to work hard and fast in all weather (it can be cold and wet here in spring and fall, and summer temps are very hot) do heavy lifting, standing, bending, and lots of walking. Although we keep the work varied, farming is inherently challenging. Ideal candidates are committed to the farming lifestyle and all that it entails. Must appreciate palindromes. Please visit Mountainbountyfarm.com to fill out an application.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Soil Born Farms Apprenticeships!

Soil Born Farms is seeking five full-season farm apprentices for the 2016 season. The apprenticeship runs from March 1 to October 31Please submit your application by December 19, 2015.
The goal of the apprenticeship program at Soil Born Farms is to provide training for aspiring farmers by teaching the basic concepts and practical applications of organic food production. At Soil Born Farms, organic food production is a piece of the broader work of the organization, tying food systems into the larger social issues of food security, social justice, and public and ecological health.
This full-time apprenticeship is designed for people who want to pursue a career in sustainable “specialty crop production” or mixed fruit and vegetable farming. Interested applicants can apply with an intention to participate in only the first-year apprenticeship, but the ideal candidate will be interested in pursuing the second-year apprenticeship as well. Apprentices are exposed to all aspects of food production through hands-on field work (40-45 hours/week), formal classes on sustainable crop production, pest management, farm business, animal husbandry and other topics(30-35 hours total). Apprentices will also take part in readings and discussions and monthly regional farm tours. Positions are available each season for Second-Year Apprentices, taking on increased responsibility at either the American River Ranch or the Farm on Hurley Way.
Required Qualifications:
  • Ability to commit to a full-time eight-month apprenticeship (March – October)
  • Commitment to sustainable agriculture
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career in farming or community food systems
  • Interest in working in a physically-demanding position in all kinds of weather
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
Preferred Qualifications:
An interest in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture in the Sacramento region
Some experience working or volunteering on farms and/or doing outdoor manual labor
Housing & Compensation:
On site 10’x10’ canvas platform tents with access to shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. Apprentices will receive a stipend for a portion of the hours worked on the farm. There is prepared lunch offered during the work week to eat and sit down with staff together daily. Apprentices will also receive food from the farm (vegetables, eggs, etc) and a stipend for supplementary food.
Application deadline: December 19, 2015
Start date: March 1, 2016
More information and application available at:
Contact apprenticeship@soilborn.org with questions.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The California Farm Academy (CFA) is currently accepting applications!

CA Farm Academy 2016 Information Session
When:
  Saturday, November 21, 3 pm – 5 pm
Where:
  Center for Land-Based Learning, 5265 Putah Creek Road, Winters, CA  95694
CA Farm Academy trains beginning farmers in all aspects of agricultural production through field work, business planning, classes, and farm visits to give participants a solid foundation in what they need to know to start farming. Topics covered include crop planning, soil, pest management, equipment, marketing, business planning, financing, food safety, and more. At the close of the program each student will have completed a farm business plan.  Additionally, qualified graduates will have the opportunity to join the CFA Incubator Program and lease farmland to help launch their own farming operation.  

CFA is a 7 month program of the Center for Land-Based Learning in Winters, CA, which meets February through September. Class times are designed to accommodate work schedules, with classes meeting Tuesday and Thursday early evenings and two weekends per month.

If you know in advance you are coming to the Information Session, please RSVP to Breanne Wroughton, breanne@landbasedlearning.org530-795-4146. For more information and an application to CFA, see www.californiafarmacademy.org.  If you have questions, please email or call. 

Thank you,

Maureen Thompson, CFA Farm Program Manager
Breanne Wroughton, CFA Program Assistant

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Part-time Irrigation and Pasture Management Job


Casa Rosa Farms
Capay Valley, California


Casa Rosa Farms is a diversified family farm producing pastured meats, eggs and certified organic olive oil. We farm 110 acres in the Capay Valley. Our family has been farming in the Central Valley since emigrating from the Azores in the 1960's. The third generation (Casa Rosa Farms) has been certified organic since 2009. We manage our livestock through a combination of seasonal grazing on native grasslands, intensive rotational grazing using small irrigated paddocks and growing forage crops (alfalfa, peas, three-way) for hay. We also produce other regionally appropriate orchard crops such as figs, pomegranates, pears, apricots on a micro scale for our farmer's markets. We may rotate in other row crops, water permitting. We are committed to renewable energy. Our warehouse cold room and freezers are powered by solar, and one of our ag wells is 100% direct solar powered.

We raise Limousin (Lim-Flex) cattle, which respond very favorably to a grass fed feeding regime, producing lean, flavorful, and very tender meat with a high carcass yield (20 pairs, 30 feeders per year). We also raise California Red Sheep (50 head) and pigs. We are embarking on farrowing pigs this year.

Qualifications: 
  • Valid California Drivers License 
  • Clean DMV printout. 
  • Clean drug test
  • Applicants must pass a physical
  • Must be legal to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to work unsupervised on a task and be attentive to detail while doing repetitive tasks
  • Good communication and punctuality a must
Experience: 
  • Prior experience with farm animals (in some capacity) required
Primary Job Duties: Irrigation, fencing, animal care and feeding under the supervision of the farmer

Irrigating
  • Must be able time irrigations and coordinate changes with supervisor
  • Must occasionally be on call for weekends and nights ( no more than twice per month)
Safety 
  • Operate tools, equipment, and machinery according to prescribed safety procedures. 
  • Follow established safety procedures and techniques to perform job duties including lifting, climbing, etc. 
  • Correct unsafe conditions in work area and report any conditions that are not correctable to supervisor immediately. 
Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Moderate walking, standing, climbing, heavy lifting, carrying, stooping, bending, kneeling, and reaching. Work outside and inside, around moving objects, farm animals (cows, sheep, pigs, poultry), and with vehicles and machinery with moving parts. Frequent exposure to dampness and humidity, heat, animals and animal manure, exhaust fumes, gasoline, and diesel fuel.

Hours: 32 hours per week, days are flexible. One weekend day per month required

Compensation:
  • Employee status with 30 day probationary period, 3 sick days per year per California regulations
  • Pay starts at $11.00 per hour, annual raises commensurate with performance
  • Room and Board available (but you are not required to live on the farm)
Please contact us at casarosafarms@gmail.com for more information or to apply.
Please send resume or curriculum vitae in the body of your email.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Farm Manager at Maple Rock

Farm Manager at Maple Rock Farm, paid position
Maple Rock Gardens is a unique gem located in Newcastle, California. The 30 acre ranch is open to the public only a couple times per year for tours of the 4 acres of botanical gardens. Every other day of the year, Maple Rock provides produce for High Hand Cafe, which is just 8 miles from the farm. The farm is currently in 4 acres of cover crop as we search for a Farm Manager to take over the operation.
We are looking for someone who is driven, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We have 15 acres of usable land, 10" of summer water and 2" of winter water, access to free manure, two tractors, disc, tiller and many other implements. There is room for new ideas and expansion.
You will work directly with the owner of both Maple Rock and High Hand to grow vegetables for the restaurant. Other opportunities include a farm stand in the High Hand Fruit Sheds and on-farm events, dinners and festivals.
Visit us on FacebookInstagram, or at http://maplerockgardens.com for more information about what we do.
Farm or Business Name: Maple Rock Farm
Location: 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA, 95650

Programs Associate Job Opening

SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) has an opening for a Program Associate to take charge of a variety of program projects and associated communications and administrative tasks. SAGE is a lean, entrepreneurial organization providing leadership at the intersection of agricultural land preservation, urban planning, and healthy food-systems. The ideal candidate has prior experience working in a fast-paced non-profit and is ready to grow their career as a non-profit leader working on issues related to food and farming, planning, and public health.
The position is located at the SAGE office in the David Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley. Areas of responsibility, percentage time (50% to 100% FTE) and schedule are all flexible. The position reports directly to both the President and the Program Director, and will work as part of a team with staff, contract consultants, and project partners.
SAGE was founded in 2001 by Sibella Kraus, the current President. The Program Director is Poppy Davis. Both have extensive experience in food and farming and non-profit management. SAGE’s mission is to cultivate urban-edge places where farming and local food culture can thrive and be celebrated. We work collaboratively with partners including public agencies, farmers, educators, conservationists, health experts, economists, planners, public-interest organizations, and community groups. Our goals are to: (1) cultivate urban-edge places that model sustainable agriculture integrated with resilient communities; (2) broaden the community of supporters for urban-edge farming; and (3) provide expertise, resources, tools and convening opportunities that advance vibrant regional agriculture and help farmers thrive.
Position Responsibilities
Programs (35%)
  • Sunol AgPark - support the AgPark Education/Site Manager and Program Director
    • Liaison between AgPark farmers and SAGE for routine communications
    • In charge of education program scheduling with schools and teachers
    • Coordinate workshops, field days and other public events
  • Beginning Farmer Education - support the Program Director
    • Co-ordinate with partner organizations on outreach to beginning farmers
    • Evaluate program offerings and compile reports on program accomplishments
  • Coyote Valley and Food Works in San Jose - support project team
    • Support the Discover Coyote Valley website
    • Research issues and develop communications materials to engage stakeholders in San Jose in visioning a “food-city” and valuing the agricultural resources of the nearby Coyote Valley
    • Evaluate program activities and compile reports on program accomplishments
  • Provide similar support to other programs as they come on line
Communications and Development (35%)
  • Provide leadership in maintaining the SAGE website
  • Produce quarterly e-newsletters
  • Maintain Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Support the year-end donor appeal
  • Manage SalesForce and Vertical Response contact databases
Opportunities to learn and grow by:
  • Drafting routine correspondence, content for newsletters and reports, etc.
  • Developing new outreach and engagement strategies for potential donors
  • Participating in grant-writing, budgeting and program development
  • Improving SalesForce and Vertical Response utilization
Administration (30%)
  • Manage general inquiry phone, mail, and email correspondences
  • Support senior staff with a variety of as-needed tasks such as: travel and directions, preparing documents and downloads, obtaining contact information, price quotes and estimates, etc.
  • Routine office management including overseeing records retention, supplies, and equipment maintenance
  • Work closely with bookkeeper to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting
Opportunities to learn and grow by:
  • Developing new and improved management systems
  • Learning bookkeeping and non-profit budgeting and financial reporting

Qualifications

  • A good sense of humor and a great work-ethic
  • BA or BS and with at least basic course work in environmental sciences, business or economics, political science, or related fields to support substantive knowledge and interest in issues related to the public interest in food and farming systems
  • Great writing skills
  • Prior experience working on a variety of priorities in a fast-paced professional environment
  • Excellent administrative, organizational, computer and communication skills.
  • Salesforce experience a huge plus
  • WordPress, Adobe Suite, Photoshop and QuickBooks experience all highly desirable
Compensation
SAGE is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is in keeping with nonprofit pay scales and is commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Please send your resume and a cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience to hiring[at]http://sagecenter.org. Open until filled.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Farmstand Tour for Commercial Farmers, next Thursday, October 22, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
There are a few spots left. Sign up by Sunday night as we need to give numbers to the restaurant Monday morning.

Thinking about starting a farmstand? Or improving your farmstand business?
Tour several successful farmstands and talk with the owners about how they got started, what they learned over the years and what contributed to their success.
We will visit
·         Stephen’s Farm House in Yuba City
·         Lunch at The Dancing Tomato CafĂ©
·         Salle Orchards  in Wheatland
Cost is $20 per person, which includes transportation, morning snacks, and lunch. Refunds are not available.
For more information, contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucanr.edu
 
Food Safety Workshop for Farmers   
Thursday, October 29, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (includes lunch)
Sierra Vista Community Center, Colfax
·         Get update on the Food Safety Modernization Act
·         Learn about key practices to reduce food safety risks on your farm.  
Cost: The event is free to farmers.
To register, email Susie Sutphin at: susie@tahoefoodhub.org or http://www.tahoefoodhub.org/  

Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast November 12, 7 AM, Auburn. Details soon.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, Farmer Training Program in Alaska Now Accepting Applications for 2016!

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center runs an intensive Farmer Training Program - which includes all aspects of ecological agriculture as well as farm business planning and hand skills such as black-smithing, wool processing, mechanics, building and more. We are accepting applications for the 2016 season now! 

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center

Calypso’s Farmer Training Program is an intensive experiential education program focused on providing the skills, inspiration and experience necessary for participants to embark on starting their own small farm with confidence.

To learn more about the program and to apply, visit: www.calypsofarm.org

Monday, October 12, 2015

On Farm Food Safety & Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Workshop

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), Bi-Rite Market and Capay Valley Farm Shop invite you to a free training on food safety and good agricultural practices (or GAPs). The goal of this workshop is to provide growers with a solid understanding of what GAPs are as well as provide tools and resources to help get started on developing a food safety plan for their farm. 

November 5th, 12:15 – 4:00 pm 
Esparto Regional Library 
17065 Yolo Ave, Esparto, CA 95627 

12:15 – 12:45 pm Sign-In & Lunch 
12:45 – 2:15 pm Presentation 
2:15 – 2:45 pm Q&A and Networking 
3:00 – 4:00 pm Farm Tour - See how GAPs work on farm 
(Address and location will be provided at  the workshop)

For more information please contact: foodsafety@caff.org

Cost: Free 
RSVP to: raman@caff.org 
www.caff.org 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Demystifying Organic Certification for Processors Webinar, November 16 – 1-2:30pm Pacific Time
Registration: http://bit.ly/1M73o0W  

Join the CCOF Foundation for a webinar that demystifies organic certification for processors.

Thinking about organic certification? Have a new staffer handling your OSP and system updates? Join CCOF Certification Specialist Christine Coltellaro and a certified organic processor of olive oil and body products, Ellen Roggemann of McEvoy Ranch, for a ninety-minute webinar on how to obtain and maintain organic certification for processors. Webinar participants will learn the basics of organic certification, as well as how to keep their organic certification current to avoid noncompliance. 

The webinar will cover topics specific to maintaining an Organic System Plan, including recordkeeping, labeling, and using the National List to identify ingredients allowed in organic processing. This webinar is ideal for businesses looking to get into organic processing, as well as current organic processors who wish to improve their knowledge of the organic certification process.

About the Speakers
Christine Coltellaro
Christine Coltellaro is a handler certification and client service specialist with CCOF. During her four years at CCOF, Coltellaro has held positions in outreach, policy/advocacy, executive administration, and organic certification. Prior to CCOF, Coltellarmanaged a production garden, taught teenagers in environmental education, and worked extensively in the restaurant industry. Coltellaro holds a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agriculture from the University of Washington, Seattle. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Ellen Roggemann
Ellen Roggemann is an organic compliance specialist and project manager at McEvoy of Marin for both their handler (olive oil and body care) and grower (gardens and orchards) operations. In this role, she has both built organic recordkeeping systems from scratch and updated recordkeeping systems that needed additional functionality. Instead of viewing organic certification as “a pile of paperwork,” Roggemann likes to see it as a system and continually asks, “How can we capture the correct information easily in the process of our normal day?” An Urban Environmental Policy graduate from Occidental College, Roggemann is a frequent speaker at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, the Food Craft Institute, and CUESA. She works to create organic record-keeping solutions with other growers and processors through theradicalradish.com.    

This webinar is sponsored by Valent U.S.A. Corporation.
                                                                                                                                        
Event Details
Date: November 16, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Pacific Time     
Cost: This webinar is $20
Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-organic-certification-for-processors-webinar-tickets-18320458986
More Information
To learn more about this event, contact the CCOF Foundation at ccoffoundation@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263