Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sunflower Hill Garden at Hagemann Ranch, Lead Farmer Job Announcement

The SFH Gardens Lead Farmer will be responsible to provide expertise

concerning all farming technical aspects of the SUNFLOWER HILL Gardens at

Hagemann Ranch located at 455 Olivina Avenue, Livermore, CA. The

Lead Farmer duties will include, but not be limited to, providing gardening

expertise and consulting support in the continued development and management

of the SUNFLOWER HILL Gardens.

The Lead Farmer will be expected to spend up 80% his/her time utilizing basic

farm/garden tools preparing, planting, and maintaining of the garden, and 20% of

his/her time engaged in the planning/design of the garden, leading on the planting

efforts in the garden, demonstration of techniques, and consulting on other aspects

of the garden.

Lead Farmer Responsibilities will include the following:

1. Develop/Maintain overall Garden plan, maintain ongoing garden plan/map

seasonally, with measurements, irrigation system design, planting beds

layout, plantings, and overall plan.

2. Perform soil remediation as required and maintain irrigation as required

3. Materials/Plants: Provide guidance on plants, seeds, amendments, and

other materials required for the garden

4. Tools & equipment procurement: Provide guidance on equipment to be

procured including tools & gardening utilization techniques

5. Plantings: Lead efforts on vegetable plantings and maintenance of plants

in fields

6. Weed/Pest Abatement: Lead efforts on weed/pest abatement

and maintenance of fields

7. Lead for Additional Garden Contractors: Lead and provide guidance for

additional garden hired contractor help

8. Consulting support for volunteer efforts and guidance of work involved

9. Consulting support for development of various Special Needs program

gardening activities

Lead Farmer Hours:

The Lead Farmer is a part-time position. The expected hours performed by the

farmer will range from 8 to 20 per week depending on the season and needs of the

garden. The Lead Farmer is expected to work on Tuesdays from 9-12pm and

attend weekly Garden Team meetings on Tuesdays 12p-1p. Additional work hours

should be performed when the SFH Gardens management team is there

on Fridays and/or Saturdays between 9-12p, unless otherwise agreed by the

Garden Director.

Minimum Requirements:

- 3-5 years experience working in edible farming/horticulture on a farm and/or

large garden

- Bachelor degree or College Associates Certificate in Horticulture. Masters

degree in Horticulture a plus

- Comfortable working with individuals with special needs and developmental


- Prior experience in managing/leading/planning a large garden or small farm

- Experience leading and guiding farm employees/volunteers

- Experience in teaching horticultural practices a plus

- Experience working with individuals with special needs a plus

Additional Details:

Time sheets must be submitted weekly detailing the hours and work completed.

Compensation will be paid monthly. This will be processed at the end of each

month after receipt of the final week's timesheet for the month, and be deposited

directly into the farmer’s bank account.

The Lead Farmer shall perform work for SUNFLOWER HILL on a non-exclusive

basis and shall retain the right to provide the same or similar services to other

clients provided that such work does not interfere with the ability of the farmer to

fulfill his obligations at SFH Gardens in a timely basis.

The Lead Farmer is a Contractor position, not employee. The Contractor is

responsible for all insurance (workers compensation, unemployment, etc.) and all

payroll related taxes, and the Contractor is not entitled to any employee benefits.

Reference check and Security check will be required.


Farm and Ranch Manager Apprenticeships through the California Farm Academy

The Farm and Ranch Manager Apprenticeship Program is intended for those for those interested in furthering their career in agriculture. As a registered Apprenticeship (pending), it requires completion of 3000 hours of paid on-the-job training as well as 220 hours of coursework, over the course of approximately 2 years.
On-the-Job Training
Hands-on experience is a critical component in learning to operate a farm. Apprentices will work directly with farmers and/or farm managers to complete 3,000 hours of on-the-job training, on an increasing wage schedule. Our partner farms range from 5 to 4,000 acres, and grow a diversity of crops from processing tomatoes and sunflowers to organic vegetables for CSA’s and farmers markets. The work week is between 30-60 hours, depending on the season, the farm, and whether the apprentice is taking courses or not.
In addition to on-the-job training, apprentices will be required to complete 220 hours of coursework over the two years. These hours include:
Completion of the California Farm Academy’s 7-month Beginning Farmer Training Program (200 hours)
Advanced courses
Industry trainings
Independent project
Business plan
Application Instructions: 
Online applications can be found on our website below. Please also send a resume and 2 references. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more program details and apply at http://landbasedlearning.org/farm-academy-apprentice
Applications are due November 14, 2016.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Greetings from the CA Farm Academy!

The California Farm Academy's (CFA) Beginning Farmer Training Program trains beginning farmers in all aspects of agricultural production through field work, business planning, classes, and farm visits to give students a solid foundation in what they need to know to start a farm business or manage a farm operation.  At the close of the program each student will have completed a farm business plan. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the program.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 program!  To meet alumni, program staff, and learn more, please come to the farm and join us for our Information Session #2.

CA Farm Academy 2017 Information Session #2
When:  Saturday, October 29th, 10 am - 12 pm
Where:  Center for Land-Based Learning, 5265 Putah Creek Road, Winters, CA  95694
Please RSVP to Sri Sethuratnam, sri@landbasedlearning.org530-795-4146

For more information and an application to CFA, see www.californiafarmacademy.org.  If you have questions, please email or call.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Intro to Farm Business Planning: 1-day Workshop
Friday, November 4, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM, UCCE office, Auburn
This one-day intensive workshop is designed for beginning farm and ranch businesses, with at least one year of sales. Topics include farming as a business, marketing strategies, regulations, financial & risk management, cash flow, and action planning.
$15 per person, lunch and course materials included. Space is limited to 8 businesses (up to 2 people per farm or ranch), so please register early if you are interested.
For questions or more information contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucanr.edu
This workshop is supported by grants from the Western Extension Risk Management Education program and the USDA Farm Service Agency.

Sign up by Friday for:
Potluck, lecture and discussion with Tom & Denesse Willey of TD Willey Farms (http://tdwilleyfarms.com/)
Wednesday, October 19th, 20166-9 PM Auburn Veterans Hall, 100 East St, Auburn

Join us for a potluck dinner and take the opportunity to learn from Tom and Denesse Willey, pioneers of organic agriculture. Tom and Denesse are entertaining and eloquent speakers with more than 35 years of experience growing and selling fruits and vegetables in the San Joaquin Valley. Come and learn from people who know what it takes to make a living as farmers.
The event is open to anyone who operates a commercial farm in Placer, Nevada, and surrounding counties. Space is limited, so reservations are required.

It’s free, but it is a potluck! Please bring a dish to feed 8 people. We will provide tableware and soft drinks.
Last name:   
A-I Salad
J-R Main dish
S-Z Dessert
Registration is required. Sign up at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=18762

Monday, October 10, 2016

Small Farms Irrigation Field Day, Parlier

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
9240 S. Riverbend Avenue, Parlier CA 93648

Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 17 at 559-241-7515