Thursday, March 31, 2016

Job Opportunity with Sierra Harvest!

Farm Institute Director
The Farm Institute Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a farmer training program which increases local, sustainable food production in  Nevada County, by increasing the number of farms formed, acres cultivated and farmers trained. Key responsibilities will be launching and running a farm institute which includes developing a Farm Corps of on-farm apprentices, a Farm Business Academy which teaches business planning and marketing, a Farm Incubator site, small plots of land for farmers to manage their own production and matching farmers with potential land to start their farming business.
Hours: 20h/week building to full time within 1 year (this is flexible). Must work some nights/weekends when needed.
Compensation: $25/hr
Still accepting applications

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Job Opportunity at Say Hay Farms!

Field Crew Member
Say Hay Farms
Esparto, CA

Duties:
1)  Performs all harvest and post-harvest duties of vegetable crops in year-round conditions.  
2)  Assists in daily operations of chicken care, egg washing, and packing. 
3)  Observes and communicates crop quality issues.  
4)  Operates with a sense of urgency and efficiency during busy times.
5)  Assists is recording data about yield and time.

Qualifications:
1) Minimum 1 full year of experience on a for-profit diversified vegetable operation. 
2) Basic knowledge of vegetable crops, seasonality, and growing techniques. 
4) Good communication skills.
5) Ability to work early, long, and hard.  Weeks averaging 50 hours, but will vary with season’s demands and weather conditions.

Compensation:
- Starting wage: $10.50/hour DOE.
- Accrued Paid Time-Off. 
- Regular Schedule: Four or five 10-hour days with two days off in a row.

Background:
Say Hay Farms started in 2010 with just two acres and 100 hens.  Having farmed 20 acres for the past few years, we are completing the transition to our new packing facility and infrastructure in Esparto, CA.  We farm two properties totaling about 45 acres of vegetable ground, 5 acres of almonds in need of rehabilitation, and a half-acre of oranges.  With the time needed to properly rotate and fertilize our grounds with chickens and cover crops, we usually don’t have more than 25 acres in vegetable production at a time.  
Our goal is to meet much of our fertilization needs through pastured hens and cover crops, supplemented with compost and imported manure fertilizer when necessary.  Our current laying flocks total 1600 laying hens, with plans for additional flocks.
Having grown for a small 60-member CSA, restaurants, farmers’ markets, independent grocers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors, we are currently on a trajectory towards focusing on the latter.
Our farm business strategy is to have the equipment and systems necessary to operate efficiently with a small team, the data to make informed planning decisions, and the skill and attention to detail needed to execute those plans successfully. 
We are a young evolving farm and looking for the right person to help support our growth, and, hopefully grow into a longer-term role in our farm’s success. 

Time Frame:
Interviewing now. Starting Time Frame:  Flexible.  This is a wet spring.  As early as March 1, as late as June 1. This position is year-round employment. 

To Apply:
Please email a brief cover letter, resume, and references to sayhayfarms@gmail.com with the subject title “Field Crew.”

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tractor-Irrigation Specialist
Say Hay Farms
Esparto, CA

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Duties: 

1) Performs all tractor work, including activities and implements associated with: primary and secondary tillage, mechanical planting, cultivation, plastic mulching, harvest platform and harvest conveyor. 

2) Performs regular maintenance and inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning.   

3) Installs, operates, and monitors all irrigation activities.  
4) Records irrigation information using soil-monitoring probes, meters, and spreadsheets.
5) Researches and implements procedural or equipment changes for greater efficiency and productivity.
6) Works safely and monitors safety of fellow employees around equipment. 
7) Assists in vegetable and chicken operations as available. 
8) Operate a forklift in and around our packing shed.
9) Depending upon experience, may assist owner with equipment repairs and fabrication. 

Qualifications: 
1) Minimum 3 full years of experience on a for-profit diversified vegetable operation. 
2) Minimum 1 year prior tractor experience and demonstrated mechanical aptitude.  
3) Demonstrated knowledge of basic irrigation principles. 
4) Good communication skills.
5) Ability to work early, long, and hard.  Weeks averaging 50 hours, but will vary with season’s demands and weather conditions.

Compensation:
- Starting wage: $12/hour DOE.
- Accrued Paid Time-Off. 
- Regular Schedule: Five 10-hour days with two days off in a row.

Background: 

Say Hay Farms started in 2010 with just two acres and 100 hens.  Having farmed 20 acres for the past few years, we are completing the transition to our new packing facility and infrastructure in Esparto, CA.  We farm two properties totaling about 45 acres of vegetable ground, 5 acres of almonds in need of rehabilitation, and a half-acre of oranges.  With the time needed to properly rotate and fertilize our grounds with chickens and cover crops, we usually don’t have more than 25 acres in vegetable production at a time.  
Our goal is to meet much of our fertilization needs through pastured hens and cover crops, supplemented with compost and imported manure fertilizer when necessary.  Our current laying flocks total 1600 laying hens, with plans for additional flocks.
The Tractor-Irrigator’s role will be to work closely with the Owner and Harvest Manager to perform field operations.  There is the possibility of earning the position of Field Manager for someone with the right set of skills and ambition. 
We run a John Deere 5075e and 5100MH mudder for our tillage and harvest operations.  A converted electric Allis-Chalmers G performs much of the precision cultivation.  A John Deere 4410 loader-backhoe is used for front loader as well as construction work.  Our packing shed attempts to maximize efficiency with use of a Caterpillar GP20 forklift and pallet jacks. 
We use both sprinkler pipe, surface drip, and sub-surface drip for our pastures and row crops.  
Having grown for a small 60-member CSA, restaurants, farmers’ markets, independent grocers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors, we are currently on a trajectory towards focusing on the latter.
Our farm business strategy is to have the equipment and systems necessary to operate efficiently with a small team, the data to make informed planning decisions, and the skill and attention to detail needed to execute those plans successfully. 
We are a young evolving farm and looking for the right person to help support our growth, and, hopefully grow into a longer-term role in our farm’s success. 

Time Frame:
Interviewing now. 
Starting Time Frame:  Flexible.  This is a wet spring.  As early as March 1, as late as May 1.

To Apply:
Please email a brief cover letter, resume, and references to sayhayfarms@gmail.com with the subject title “Tractor-Irrigation Specialist.”

Farm Staff Position
Shooting Star CSA
Suisun Valley, CA

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Job Description:
The Farm Staff position involves working in all aspects of the farm. This includes tasks such as propagation, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, post-harvest handling, CSA packing, deliveries, and farmers markets. Tractor work and other tasks may be included depending on the interest level and experience of the individual. Once our CSA season starts, the majority of the farm tasks are centered around our weekly harvest and delivery schedule.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone that is interested in starting their own farm some day. We expect you will learn a great deal working here, not only about vegetable production but also about business and marketing.

This seasonal position starts in April and goes through November. Work is 40+ hours/week (5 day work week). Must be able to work weekends.

Qualifications:
Some previous farming experience is required, preferably one season working on a farm.

The ideal candidate for this position has a good work ethic, passion for farming and food, the ability to take initiative, and a good sense of humor. Punctuality and reliability are key. Work here is fast paced. Individuals considering farming as a career encouraged to apply. A number of our former employees have gone on to start their own farms.

This position requires lifting, must be able to lift 50lbs. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, have a clean driving record and current drivers license.

Although housing is not available on the farm, there are many options for housing locally.

Compensation:
Competitive wage to be determined based on experience.

To Apply:
Please email your resume, two references, and cover letter detailing why you would like to work at our farm to: shootingstarcsa@gmail.com.  In person interview is required.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Organic Farm Employment Opportunity in the Capay Valley

We have a 10 acre diversified organic farm in the Capay Valley, and we are looking to build up our summer crew. Our farm is located approximately 50 minutes from Davis, accessible by car or by public transportation.
We are seeking to fill 2 part time positions for mid-late May through August/September ( could also be 1 full time position). Ideally we are looking for someone with at least 1 year of experience, but we are willing to train an enthusiastic novice..This is not a farmers market sales position.
 Housing is available ( solar powered cabin with outdoor kitchen and shower on our property) for part time employees who want to stay for a few days a week and then go back to Davis, food from the farm readily available, peace and quiet of living in the country and community meals. We offer an hourly wage depending on experience, starting at $12/hour and up. Monthly bonuses too!
  
We are primarily seeking help on harvest days: ThursdayFriday and Saturday, but we can accommodate other schedules. We need a reliable/consistent schedule for the summer though.
There are plenty of opportunities for training and skills development. Additional opportunities include help with value added products on occasion and/or development/recipe testing of medicinal herb products. There are other organic farms in the area if you are interested in animal husbandry or poultry, sheep, etc.
Please check out our website www.gauchitohillfarm.com, Facebook page gauchitohillfarm and Instagram # gauchitohillfarm  to get a sense of what we do. 
If you are interested, please email me gauchitohillfarm@gmail.com
We are a small farm, we work very hard at what we do.  Above all, we are looking for someone reliable, a good sense of humor, a love for the land, and an enthusiastic spirit! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Do you dream about starting a small farm or ranch?
The Beginning Farming Academy is for you!

 Is your dream to run a small farm or ranch? Are you ready to get started on your dream? Apply for the Beginning Farming Academy offered by the University of California Cooperative Extension on April 8th and 9th, 2016. The class is held in Auburn and runs from 8 AM to 8 PM on Friday, April 8th, and from 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, April 9th.  March 28th is the application deadline.
The Academy is a 2-day intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch and will help prospective farmers jumpstart their operations.  Participants will learn to assess their land and resources, research markets, and analyze the potential economic viability of their operation.
The workshop focuses on markets, business, and economic planning for small farms, rather than on production practices. The class is taught by University of California Farm Advisors and expert local farmers and ranchers. It includes field trips to a farm and certified farmers’ market.
The class is limited to 15 prospective producers. To apply, please complete the online application form at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=17448. Applicants are advised to answer the questions as completely as possible, as acceptance is based on the information provided in the application.
The Beginning Farming Academy is partially funded by a Western Extension Risk Management Education grant from the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Meal cost for the two days is $70, and includes all meals and snacks on Friday and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday.
For questions or more information on the Beginning Farming Academy, please contact Cindy Fake at cefake@ucanr.edu or530.889.7385.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FOOD FUNDED 2016 - Entrepreneurship & Investor Fair
May 5, 2015, 9 am - 6 pm, Presidio, San Francisco

Applications for the Food Investor Fair, due by March 28, 2016. Rain or shine. 

Since FOOD FUNDED is the premier food investment event that happens only once a year, we wanted to give all food and ag entrepreneurs a chance to present their plans. After last year’s event with 350 attendees, the majority of presenting enterprises found funding!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Exciting new opportunity in Solano County!

Solano #2151: Become a co-owner of Terra Firma Farms in Yolo and Solano Counties! 
See our website: www.terrafirmafarm.com
A 40% share in this well-established certified organic fruit, nut, and vegetable farming business is available. Terra Firma Farm was incorporated in 2003, marketing mostly to the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. The business started in 1984 on 2 leased acres and it has grown to $3 million+ gross annual sales, including a 1000-family CSA. The buyer would likely become a salaried employee of the corporation, negotiating his or her job description with the other two partners (shareholders).
We farm about 240 organically certified acres near Winters, CA. Some of this land has been certified organic since 1984. Most of the land is flat or nearly flat surrounded by rolling hills with the Blue Ridge Mountains less than 10 miles to the west. We don’t have our own animals on the farm, but have relationships with local organic sheep and chicken farmers who are always ready to graze off the remains of a finished crop. Although the corporation doesn’t own the land, each of the three current shareholders owns land, and other farmed acreage is leased. Some of this land may be available for purchase.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE STARTS
WITH A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PLAN
The sun, soil and glory called you to the farm; a well-organized desk might just keep you there. Join us, along with an all-star line-up of educators and expert farmers, and enroll in one of our weekend-long business intensives across the state designed to prepare new and aspiring entrepreneurs aiming to make an honest living growing our food. Click below for dates, locations and more info. 
   
MARCH 12 & 13, 2016

9am to 5pm

NORTON HALL
70 Cottonwood St
Woodland, CA


ONLY $30Includes lunch both days

LEARN MORE HERE