Thursday, February 25, 2016

NAP Annuals Application Closing Date - March 1, 2016

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevents crop planting.

Tuesday, March 1st is the NAP Application Closing Deadline (ACD) for 2016 annual crops (e.g. tomatoes, green beans, herbs, squash, carrots, peppers, Brussel sprouts, sunflowers). 
You must file a CCC-471 (attached) and pay your service fee by March 1, 2016. 

For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. 

Beginning, limited resource, and traditionally underserved farmers are eligible for a waiver of the service fee and a 50 percent premium reduction.

Optional buy up coverage must also be selected by the ACD.  Producers who elect additional coverage must also pay a premium equal to:

                    The producer’s share of the crop; times
                    The number of eligible acres devoted to the crop; times
                    The approved yield per acre; times
                    The coverage level; times
                    The average market price; times
                    A 5.25 percent premium fee.

Please contact Bonnie Nogales at (707) 448-0106 x 102 if you wish to have 2016 NAP coverage.

Southern Sacramento Valley Grower and Producer Input Needed

CA Soil Health Network
The Network wants to hear questions you have about your land, especially when it comes to your soil, so we can inform researchers and other partners about what topics to focus on for enhancing California ag. Please come out and let us know what you think. If you’re not able to make it and still want to give input or if you just need more info, please contact Jeff Borum at 951-790-8639 or Thanks!

Where: Colusa Industrial Park Conference Room
100 Sunrise Blvd, Colusa, 95932
Date: Wednesday, March 9
Time: 9 A.M. – 11 A.M.
Complimentary coffee, juice, and pastries
This afternoon at 3pm, at Norton Hall in Woodland, Farmer's Guild is joining forces with the Yolo Ag Dept to connect farmers from Yolo & Solano Counties with chefs, grocers, restauranteurs, cafeterias, and other local food buyers to forge direct relationships between the field and plate. Know someone in the Davis, Sacramento or Bay Area looking to source the finest, local ingredients? How about someone looking for new sales channels for their goods? Send them our way! 

Event is free! RSVP encouraged.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Farm Team Manager
Colverleaf Farm
Davis, CA

Click here for more information.

We have a part-time job available at the Cloverleaf Farm, a 4.5 acre organic fruit farm located between Davis and Dixon. We have two current farm partners - Katie Fyhrie and Emma Torbert - and are looking for one more person to join the team. The position will be 10 hours per week until May and 20-30 hours per week from May until September (potentially more if desired) at $12/hr. We are looking for someone that is interested in farming as a career and potentially becoming a partner in the Cloverleaf Farm at the end of the farming season. The work will consist of fruit tree care (thinning, pruning), fruit picking, packing, and delivery, row crop planting and cultivation, and fruit preservation (jams, fruit leathers).  


The Cloverleaf’s goal is to grow excellent fruit while improving our soil and the environment. We believe in treating ourselves and our customers with care. The Cloverleaf Farm hopes to develop innovative farming ideas, foster creativity and provide an educational forum for the community. The farm aims to use new markets to integrate the farm into the local food system. The Cloverleaf's vision is to create an orchard burgeoning with an ecosystem of insects, animals and soil microorganisms in order to reduce water, energy and external inputs and we would like your help! Anybody interested in the position please contact Emma and Katie at

Friday, February 19, 2016

Solano Community College SBDC & Farmbudsman Host Agri-Business Expo on February 24

FEBRUARY 24, 2016 
1:30 - 5:00 PM 
Solano Community College WDCE Center 
2002 N. Village Parkway 
Vacaville, CA 95687 

Introductions to targeted agencies 
Introductions to Financial Institutions 
Educational materials 
Exposure of career choices in the sector 
Networking Opportunities 

Participating Partners 
Solano Grown 
USDA FSA, Napa/Solano 
USDA FSA, Yolo Co 
CA FarmLink 
First Northern Bank 
Farm Credit West 
Solano Farm Bureau 
Solano CC-Ag & Horticulture 
Center for Land-Based Learning 
Farmers Guild 
Statewide Revolving Loan Fund 

Free Registration Link: 
For more information: 

Solano SBDC - 707-864-3382 

Final Days to Register for the 2016 Conference in Sacramento

Final Days to Register for the Conference in Sacramento
 Do you want to take your small farm, ranch or farmers’ market to the next level? You only have one more week to register for the 29th California Small Farm Conference in Sacramento. Check out the exciting line-up of workshops, field courses and other special events.
Register online before 5:00pm on Friday, February 26th, to guarantee your spot in your favorite field course or event. Plus, you’ll avoid long lines and the on-site registration fee.
Register Now
Before SaturdayBook Your Stay at the DoubleTree Hotel with the Special CSFC Rate of $129/night.
A Taste of Sacramento Tickets Now on Sale — Don’t Miss this Farm to Fork Event!
Limited Field Course Tickets Still Available! Reserve Your Space Now.
 Mark Bittman
Don’t Miss Mark Bittman’s Keynote Address on Monday, March 7thLearn More.

Important Dates and Events


FEB. 20, 2016

Last Day to Reserve Your Hotel Room at the Special CSFC Rate

Get the full conference experience when you book and stay at the host hotel at the special conference rate of $129/night. The special room rate will be available until February 20th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

FEB. 22, 2016

Deadline to enter the 2016 CSFC Photo Contest

FEB. 26, 2016

Deadline for online registration to the California Small Farm Conference

MAR. 5-8, 2016

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New California Organic Seed Network

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is undertaking a California-wide project to help organic specialty seed producers improve their production practices, market access, and the supply of seed adapted to organic growing systems.
The program will:
  •       Create face-to-face networking opportunities for seed producers and buyers
  •       Develop a web database to allow buyers to communicate their needs and producers to share records on seed inventory, pricing, crop yields, and trial and breeding results
  •       Produce and distribute marketing materials to promote the value of California organic specialty seed 
  •      Support the development of five regional seed hubs across the state 

Current and aspiring seed producers are encouraged to connect with their regional hubs to:
·      Attend regional seed production workshops and field days
·      Apply for scholarships to attend a three-day Seed Biology, Production and Quality course and a five-day Seed Business 101 horticulture course at University of California- Davis
·      Access specialty seed production equipment through tool sharing hubs (each hub will determine its equipment needs)
Contacts for Regional Seed Networks

South Coast                             Rick Machado, (San Diego)
Bay Area                                Steve Peters, (San Matteo)
Sierras/Sacramento              Rowen White, (Nevada City)
Northwest                              Jared Zystro, (Arcata)
Northeast                                Leyla Cabugos, (Chico)  or
                                               Kalan Redwood, (Manton

The California network of regional Seed Hubs is coordinated by Organic Seed Alliance and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through Grant 15-SCBGP-CA-0046. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. 

For more information, please contact Jared Zystro at or Leyla Cabugos at

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Communications and Donor Development Director – Job Announcement with California FarmLink

Status: Full time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Primary Office: Santa Cruz
Salary: 65 to 80k commensurate with experience


The Communications and Donor Development Director will be responsible for planning, developing, and implementing FarmLink’s external communications, including media and stakeholder outreach, and implementing a major gifts program. The Director will work across all of FarmLink’s programs and activities to maintain and raise client, media and public awareness of FarmLink’s work. The Director will collaborate closely with FarmLink’s development and program teams to lead donor development events and activities, create FarmLink’s annual report, and coordinate updates to the website, promotional and informational materials and social media. This new position will forge an exciting strategic direction for the organization to engage and cultivate major donors, implement fundraising campaigns and develop a planned giving program.


      Work with all FarmLink departments to create a strong organizational identity through consistent communications that are aligned with FarmLink’s values and vision
      Serve on the Management Team to collaboratively advance FarmLink’s fundraising, development and communications work
      Coordinate and implement marketing, public relations and communications strategies to support fundraising efforts and program activities
      Coordinate and produce a professional quarterly electronic newsletter, and annual report, and develop new multimedia channels to craft compelling stories that inform, engage and inspire audiences to action
      Develop and maintain a communications calendar with deadlines, benchmarks and timelines for FarmLink’s newsletter and annual report, and dissemination of farmer stories on website and other channels
      Develop social media priorities and guidelines and work with Communications Team to implement a consistent and clear organizational presence on Twitter, Facebook and regional blogs
      Review, refine and update FarmLink’s Communications Handbook and engage staff to understand and implement Handbook guidelines
      Work with Communications Team and Program Manager to define and implement key communications and donor development priorities including long-term strategic goals and annual goals

      Build relationships with clients, media, donors and community leaders to strengthen FarmLink brand, awareness of FarmLink activities, and spur investment
      Define and create optimal communications channels, core messages and stories to engage clients, media, donors and community leaders
      Advance public, private and investor commitment to farm land and capital access issues by leveraging personal connections through narrative and creation of intimate communication platforms
      Communicate advocacy opportunities and develop clear and compelling policy reform narratives
      Add visibility and continuity to our numerous collaborative initiatives, external partner relationships, and networks

      Work with communications and development teams to create and implement an outreach and fundraising strategy for donors
      Develop, implement and manage a major gifts and planned giving strategy in collaboration with executive director and chief financial officer
      Work closely with FarmLink’s development team to inform overall fundraising strategy and approach including foundation and government grants
      Design overall strategy and execution for long-range planning, donor relations and data management using Salesforce and Excel, and supervision of administrative/support staff
      Identify, cultivate, steward and retain qualified prospects and donors, including custom cultivation strategies for major donors
      Establish a strategic and systematic focus on closing multi-year commitments from high net-worth individuals. Meet or exceed budget goals
      Strategically engage board members, executive leadership, staff and current donors in peer-prospect identification, visits and closings
      Network with corporate executives and high net worth individuals for the purpose of creating personal relationships and developing personal giving
      Demonstrate a keen sense of curiosity for donors – seeking to “crack the code” of what compels each donor to give substantially by asking the right questions and meeting donor needs
      Develop direct mail, special events, press releases, article placement, collaborations for promotion and giving campaigns


      Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, non-profit management or related field; masters degree preferred
      10+ years paid non-profit experience in communications and fundraising
      Experience cultivating and managing a portfolio of major individual donors
      Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills for diverse audiences with the ability to make dynamic group presentations
      Strong planning skills, including the ability to anticipate tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines and function smoothly under shifting priorities
      High-level computer literacy skills. Experience with donor data management, ideally using Salesforce CRM, email marketing, web-based content management systems, social media platforms
      Strong team player who also works well independently
      Capacity to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with donors, volunteers, Board of Directors, and staff
      Local knowledge of the philanthropic community

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. 

To Apply
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to 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: