Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Water Efficiency Grants
for Farmers & Ranchers

Grant amounts: Up to $200,000
Due: August 5, 2016
For more information: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep/

The CDFA just opened an $18 million funding round for on-farm projects that provide water savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides grants for activities such as:

  • upgrades to more efficient pumps
  • conversion to drip
  • installation of solar panels to produce renewable energy
  • improved water storage and/or recycling
  • soil moisture monitoring and scheduling 
Up to $200,000 per agricultural operation is available, and a 50% match is recommended but not required. Applications are due August 5, 2016. View the program’s webpage and application materials by clicking here.

We are excited to announce that, for the first time, free Technical Assistance is being offered to SWEEP applicants. We encourage you to attend one of the 23 in-depth technical assistance workshops throughout California. View the list of workshops by clicking here.

CDFA is also offering four grant application workshops in Yolo, Imperial, San Luis Obispo, and Fresno Counties. View the list of info sessions by clicking here.

For a helpful overview of the application resources available on the SWEEP webpage, watch this short video.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Growing Profitable Small Farms:
Financial Risk Management and Crop Insurance
Would you like to learn about opportunities to protect your farm’s long-term financial growth and viability? Join us for this webinar where we will look at two key aspects of farm risk management, and what you can do to protect your farm and plan for the future.


Farm Finance Tools to Help You Manage Risk
Wednesday June 22, 12-1:30 pm
Join FarmLink for this farm financial management workshop that will get you started (or keep you going) on the right 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


To RSVP for this free webinar, Click Here


Presented by California Farmlink and hosted by CCOF
Support for this project is provided through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cannery Farm Coordinator, California Farm Academy

The Center for Land‐Based Learning (CLBL) inspires and motivates people of all ages, especially youth, to promote a healthy interplay between agriculture, nature and society through their actions and as leaders in their communities. We serve high schools students and adults through our experiential programs in 25 California counties. Our California Farm Academy beginning farmer training program and farm business incubator has provided hands‐on education, mentorship, land for lease and marketing support for over 80 new farmers to date.

Background:

The Cannery Farm is an urban farm site integrated into the Cannery, the first ‘agrihood’ development of its kind in California. It is the result of a partnership between the City of Davis, the Center for Land‐Based Learning (Land‐Based Learning), and The New Home Company (NWHM) – a model for a public‐private‐non‐profit partnership. The 7.4‐acre farm site is currently in its final development stages by The New Home Company, the master developer for The Cannery neighbourhood. As the final touches are put on by the NWHM Company, the Center for Land‐Based Learning is beginning operations of the working farm. Graduates of CFA are growing their farm businesses at the Cannery Farm, gaining access to more land, infrastructure, and new markets in a community enthusiastic about sustainability.

Job Description:

The Cannery Farm Coordinator will be based at our office at the Cannery Farm, 1550 Cannery Ave, Davis CA. This position will report to the California Farm Academy Director and will be responsible for the following:

• Work with the Beginning Farmer Apprenticeship Coordinator to coordinate farm maintenance and some field work with incubator farmers.

• Managing shared spaces at the Cannery Farm that will include maintenance of hedgerows, gardens, farm edges, roads, and the barn (including coordinating use of space for events, supplies and equipment storage, cooler, wash station, and kitchen/break room area), and events (both fundraising and educational).

• Setting and maintaining policies for day‐to‐day upkeep of the Cannery Farm.

• Coordinating, in partnership with incubator farmers and additional local and regional partners, educational opportunities, workshops, and volunteer events at Cannery Farm for community members.

• Set up and manage the Cannery Farm office, including infrastructure maintenance scheduling, general operations and logistics.

• Serve as the liaison between the Center for Land‐Based Learning, the City of Davis, the New Home Development Company, and the incubator farmers by working to foster open communication between all parties and promote the interests of all the stakeholders. This responsibility will include attending such regular meetings as the Davis Open Space and Habitat Commission (which is held in the evening once per month).

• Facilitating marketing opportunities for beginning farmers in the Cannery Community and Davis.

• Facilitating and coordinating possible research opportunities (e.g. UC Davis CAES, UCCE, and UC Ag and Natural Resources).

• Spearheading fundraising and development of partnerships to support long‐term management, development of infrastructure, acquisition of tools and implements for farm use.

• Assisting with CLBL events (fundraisers, donor appreciation events, open houses, etc).

Mandatory requirements:

The Cannery Farm Coordinator should have a strong commitment to education, community building, agriculture, and ecology and land stewardship. She/he must be self‐motivated, and capable of working effectively both alone and with a larger team.

● Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in Agriculture, Community Development, or other closely‐related field.

● Experience in farming; either as a beginning farmer, apprentice/intern, or other related agricultural farm job, or experience in restoration or landscape architecture.

● Experience working with diverse partners and stakeholders, with ability to work collaboratively to create and implement programs.

● Excellent communication, social and writing skills.

● Experience in event planning, workshop planning, and community building.

● Experience in adult education, particularly involving urban agriculture, community organizing, market development and mentoring new businesses.

In addition, the ideal candidate will also have:

• A background in either formal or informal educational programs, including developing and implementing workshops and community events

• An ability and willingness to be flexible

• Moderate to advanced computer skill, especially with Microsoft Office, web browsers, social media, and email

• Willingness to work odd hours and weekends as required.

Salary:

This position will begin at .50 FTE (half‐time), but is expected to grow to full‐time within three years. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: Sri Sethuratnam, Director ‐ sri@landbasedlearning.org. Application deadline is July 6, 2016, or until filled. We encourage you to visit our website www.landbasedlearning.org.