Thursday, May 19, 2016

Farm Finance Tools to Help You Manage Risk

June 22, 2016
12-1:30 p.m. PDT

Join CCOF and California FarmLink for a webinar on tools to help you manage the financial risks associated with farming.

Farm Finance Tools to Help You Manage Risk

California FarmLink and CCOF’s farm financial management webinar will get you started (or keep you going) on the right financial track. By the end of the webinar, you will understand: 
  • The basics of credit scores and how to improve or establish credit history
  • Different types of agricultural loans, and how a loan might work for you
  • Cash flow management to manage financial risk
  • How to use farm balance sheets and income statements to manage debt
  • The benefits of diversification
  • Business structures and their implications for debt and building equity

About Our Speaker

Brett Melone, Director of Lending, California Farmlink
Brett Melone has served as director of lending at California FarmLink since July 2014. Melone previously served as a loan officer since July 2013, after serving as a member of the California FarmLink Board of Directors and Loan Committee.

Melone has more than 15 years of experience supporting the business success of farmers and leading nonprofit organizations that serve farmers. He has extensive non-profit management experience and served as the executive director of Friends of MarViva Foundation and as the executive director of the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) in Salinas, California. He is also an adjunct instructor of sustainable agriculture at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Melone has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations, business, and Spanish from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Arts degree in international environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Event Details

June 22, 2016
12-1:30 p.m. PDT


This webinar is free!


More Information

For more information please contact Frederick Smith

This event is a co-production of California FarmLink & CCOF with support from the USDA's Risk Management Agency.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Two Farm Employees
Riverhill Farm
Nevada City, CA

Riverhill Farm cultivates 10 acres of certified organic mixed vegetables and perennial berries for two farmers markets, a farm stand, local restaurants and co-op, and directly to customers through our innovative Friend of the Farm Program. 

Farm employee responsibilities:
  • 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 on a commercial farm.  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.

Housing is available, and pay is commensurate with experience.  To apply, please send a detailed letter of interest and a complete resume, including at least two farm-related references to  All qualified applicants will receive a reply.  A farm visit is a condition of an offer of employment.



Farm Institute Director
Sierra Harvest
Northern California

Sierra Harvest is a non-profit organization focused on farm to school education, supporting families to grow food at home and farmer training.

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, and eventually 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: Up to full time. Must work some nights/weekends when needed.
Compensation: $25-30/hr DOE