Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 31 - February 6, Sacramento Convention Center 

Join FarmLink for our "Grazing Lease Clinic" on February 2 at 1:40pm!

Whether you're about to negotiate your first lease, renew an old one, or expand your operation, this workshop will help you understand the terms and security you need from your agricultural lease. We will cover the legal and financial risks of poorly developed lease agreements, types of lease agreements, leasing best practices, lease development and negotiation, and specialized clauses for your unique situation.  Learn about what to look for in a property and how to create a lease that builds trust between the landowner and rancher that can be sustained over the long haul. 

Contact for scholarship information.

 Sunday, February 8, 2 - 6 pm & Monday, February 9, 6 - 9 pm, El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers

Who should attend: farmers and ranchers of all generations, their off-farm heirs, and employees or other non-family successors. 
What you will learn: succession and estate planning terms and strategies.  Save time and money before having legal documents prepared.  

Want to gauge your Farm Succession Plan readiness? Take the survey at:

We are fortunate to have a group of speakers with experience in addressing the special needs of Farm and Ranch estate/succession planning. Don't miss this opportunity!

Rodney Carter, Accredited Farm Manager (AFM), Golden State Farm Credit, Chico, Ca. Rod draws on more than 40 year's experience to provide a broad array of business consulting services to farmers, rancher and agri-businesses.

Jana Ellerman is a founding partner of Guthrie & Ellerman. Since 1997, Jana has focused exclusively on estate planning, probate, conservatorships, trust administration, elder law, and special needs planning.

Deborah Giraud,  Farm and Community/Economic Development Advisor UCCE-Humboldt/Del Norte.  For ten years, Deborah has led training on Farm/Ranch Succession Planning.

Liya Schwartzman, Central Valley Regional Coordinator, California FarmLink. Liya enjoys helping farmers and ranchers with the tools to sustain successful businesses and keep California farmland productive.
Cost is $35 per person. Go to for more information or contact Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dixon Ridge Farms is Hiring!

Job Summary
We are seeking a highly motivated individual who can manage our sales and marketing activities, maintain relationships with our growers and work to grow and improve our organic walnut processing operation.  As we are a small, unique company that employs novel organic farming and processing techniques, a background in the agricultural industry is ideal. Applicants must be able to maintain strong connections with customers, growers and other industry leaders.  S/he must be self-disciplined and a self-starter; we require an individual that is bright, innovative and flexible.  In addition, s/he must be completely trustworthy, meticulous, professional and competent. This is a full-time position with opportunity for growth within the company.

If interested, please read the full job description (attached) and feel free to contact me by email at jenny@dixonridgefarms.comOur application deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Job Opportunity!

WWOOF-USA Program Manager – Accepting Applications

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms – USA (WWOOF-USA®) is hiring a Program Manager, and is accepting applications now for a full-time salaried position. Please see the job description below. Application review will begin January 27, 2015, with a full time start date of April 1, 2015.
This position is full-time and includes a generous benefits package. Salary is $43,000 – $49,000, DOE. Full time start date is April 1, 2015 with a required paid training period March 17-31, 2015. The position will be located at the WWOOF-USA office in San Francisco, with some possibility of office relocation outside of San Francisco city in the next three years. Must be able to commit to position for a minimum of one year.

Sheep to Shawl

Sheep to Shawl
Sunday March 22 11am-4pm
Western Yolo Grange Hall 16787 Forrest Ave, Guinda

Please come to our 2nd annual Sheep to Shawl, exploring the wonderful world of wool and other fibers. There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations of carding, spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and natural dyeing, fun for both children and adults! Watch a sheep being sheared, and learn about the different breeds of sheep that are raised in the Capay Valley. 

This year, there will also be a tour of a local sheep farm at 10am before the event starts at the Grange Hall.
Entrance is FREE, with a homemade organic lunch available for $5, with all donations going to the Grange Hall restoration. 

For more information on the event and the farm tour, check out

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Educational Farm Internship, Sierra Harvest Nevada City, California

Position: Do you love working with kids and also want to learn to be a better farmer?  Or, are you trying to decide between going into education and farming? This internship is designed to prepare you for the rising field of garden and farm education which is growing as schools and community non-profits respond to a need for healthier families.  Sierra Harvest is seeking applicants for its 2015 internship program, which focuses on small-scale ecological farming and community education through Sierra Harvest programming, with a focus of working at The Food Love project, our educational farm.
The Food Love Project is a half-acre educational farm located on land trust property. 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, summer camps, weekly community “U-picks” and classroom visits to local schools.
About the Internship:
The internship is a seasonal position, starting March 16, 2015, and ending on November 16, 2015. This is a part time position that will entail approximately 28 hours per week.
As an intern at Sierra Harvest, you will have a chance to learn first-hand what is involved in running an educational farm from seed to classroom. In addition to getting hands on experience and confidence teaching students garden-based education, you’ll learn the basics of organic farming, grow for and sell at the farmers market, help build backyard garden and get a little time behind the scenes seeing what makes a non-profit tick. Oh, and you’ll have a great time (as long as you like being outside, getting dirty, and helping shape our future leaders
Interns will spend 3 mornings and one evening per week at the Food Love Project, one day per week working on a market garden and one day working with various Sierra Harvest programs, (building backyard gardens, helping with administrative tasks, running field trips, or doing classroom visits).  Additionally, Sierra Harvest will offer educational connections to visit area farms and to experts on topics of intern interest.  Interns will also be involved in Sierra Harvest staff meetings and fundraising events and will work 2 Saturdays per month at the farmer’s market.  There will also be the opportunity to attend other cooking/gardening classes put on by Sierra Harvest.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assists with farm work, food production: planting, harvesting, chicken care, greenhouse management, worm composting and more.
  • Serves as a lead educator, developing lessons in conjunction with Program director and Farm Manager.
  • Helps run farm field trips, in-class visits and summer camp with hundreds of K-8th grade students.
  • Helps manage U-pick nights at farm
  • Represents and promotes Sierra Harvest through social media and in the community.
  • Has interest in pursuing autonomous projects to benefit the educational farm (i.e. value added products).
  • Tracks garden activities and contributes to education journals,
  • Supports the program with office work and meetings.
  • Helps build backyard gardens.

  • 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
  • Commitment to honest, open communication
  • Willing to accept constructive feedback
  • Ridiculous sense of humor is a must
Location: Food Love Project, 16200 Lake Vera Rd Nevada City, CA and other Sierra Harvest program sites.
Supervision: Interns will work directly with Program Director and Farm Manager of the Food Love Project. They will also spend time working with all other Sierra Harvest staff.
Transportation: Interns must provide their own transportation to and from farm site (3 miles).
Accommodations: Not provided. Sierra Harvest will help find good housing options in the area if needed.
Compensation: $400/month
Email with questions.  Application can be downloaded on our website here:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast & Full Belly Farm Tour – January 15th

We had a great Farmer-to-Farmer breakfast in December with Paul Muller of Full Belly Farm as speaker. It was a good discussion, with lots of questions. As a result, Paul invited us to his farm. So, the January Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast will be the farm tour on January 15th.  Join us for breakfast, conversation, and a tour of Full Belly Farm with Paul Muller and his partners!
We will meet at UC Cooperative Extension at 7 AM on Thursday, Jan 15th. We'll provide transportation and breakfast food for you to take with you. We will leave for Capay Valley no later than 7:30 AM.
We'll get to Full Belly Farm around 9 AM, depending on traffic. We will spend a couple of hours touring the farm with Paul and his partners. We plan to leave there around 11:30 AM, so we should be back at UCCE by 1 PM.
You must make a reservation ahead of time to reserve a space. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are online at Please sign up as soon as possible so we can plan for transportation and food.
Hope to see you on the 15th!

Check out these GREAT upcoming workshops offered by Grange Farm School!

California Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Course
January 17January 30-31, and March 6-7
Register here
This in depth course is being offered in California as part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Series. While many folks are attracted to farming and ranching because of their love of the land or their desire to do truly meaningful work, farming and ranching is still a business. At HMI we know that to create a sustainable, healthy agricultural enterprise, you need to run it like a business. So, we’ve created our Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning course to give both new and experienced farmers and ranchers the knowledge and tools they need to do just that. While many of our other programs teach both business and production techniques, this one will focus on the business side of your business.
Our five-day course is taught over approximately six weeks, so you have plenty of time to start applying what you’ve learned, while you’re still enrolled in the course. Naturally, we teach the Holistic Management Farming/Ranching system that’s been helping ag producers build sustainable farms and ranchers for thirty years. Participants will be develop a draft business plan, a whole farm/ranch goal, as well as both financial and marketing plans.
Due to grant funding the cost for this program (valued at $800) is being offered at $100 per person. A limited number of full scholarships are available bringing the registration cost down to zero. If you’d like to be considered for a scholarship, fill out the Scholarship Application and return to Julie Fierro, HMI Education Manager Lunch is included.

Winter Pruning in the Butler Cherry Orchard
January 18 at the Grange Farm School Orchard
10-4, lunch will be provided
Learn from Experts Leo Buc (Common Vision) and Tim Ward (Anderson Valley Community Farm) how to: 
Plan and establish a new orchard
Restore neglected fruit trees
Prune for different species
Disease Management
Grafting new varieties
The day will provide a mix of lecture and guided hands-on practice in a mixed aged orchard with a variety of fruit types. $35 general public, $20 Grange/Guild members

To register, write to

January 22, 2015 Webinar for Specialty Crops & Diversified Farm Operations

Mark Your Calendar: Specialty Crops & Diversified Farm Operations – Discover how the new Farm Bill Whole Farm Revenue Protection program can benefit your farm operationWhole Farm is a new revenue protection insurance program that provides a risk management safety net for all commodities on the farm under one insurance policy.  This webinar is designed to provide basic information on this new crop insurance program provided by USDA’s Risk Management Agency.
Date:                     Thursday, January 22, 2015                     
Time:                     10 AM Pacific Standard Time for California and Arizona
Location:              Online
Cost:                      Free
Duration:             30 minute presentation, plus interactive question and answer time
Presenter:          USDA Risk Management Agency - Davis Regional Office
Registration:      Space is limited.  Reserving a seat is easy.  Send an email to with your name, email address, and the time or state for which you wish to attend and we will send you a confirmation email with the link and call in number to the meeting.
·         Is Whole Farm a good fit for your farm operation?
·         What does Whole Farm cover?
·         Whole Farm key features
·         Benefits of Farm Diversification
·         Deadlines and Requirements
We look forward to your participation!
Risk Management Agency
Davis Regional Office
430 G Street, #4168
Davis, CA 95616