Monday, December 28, 2015

Employment Opportunities at Riverhill Farm!

3 Farm Employee Positions
Riverhill Farm
Nevada City, CA

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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