Thursday, December 29, 2016

Business Workshop for Beginning Farmers: Jan 9 & 10

This two-day series of interactive workshops will provide new and aspiring farmers with a solid introduction to the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed, a valuable supplement to real on-farm experience. Taught by a variety of educators, business experts and experienced local farmers, this affordable program will provide upstart agrarians with the basic business tools to prepare you for a career in agriculture, as well as the peer-to-peer community support to keep you inspired and on track.
Open to beginning and aspiring farmers growing specialty crops (vegetables, ​fruits, nuts, etc) as well as seasoned farmers looking to polish up their business skills.

TOPICS COVERED
Business Planning
Book-Keeping
Market Research
Production Planning
Lease Negotiation
Financing 
Permits, Licensing, & Regulation
Whole Farm Planning
And more...

MONDAY & TUESDAY
JAN 9 & 10, 2017, 9am to 5pm
Sustainable Food & ​Farm Post-Conference

Banner Grange
12629 McCourtney Rd,
Grass Valley, CA

ONLY $30
Includes lunch both days

​INSTRUCTORS
Javier Zamora, JSM Organic Farms
CA FarmLink, Liya Schwartzman
Luci Wilson, Ag Commissioner Dept.
James Hipkin, Red8 Interactive
Evan Wiig, The Farmers Guild
And more!

REGISTER HERE:

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Job opportunity in Fresno

Wholesale Supply Coordinator
Food Commons Fresno
Employment Type: 
Full-Time

Food Commons Fresno is a fresh, fun, and comprehensive local food business. We seek passionate individuals to join our team.
We are searching for a Supply Coordinator to contribute to the growth of our wholesale business. The position includes working directly with the wholesale team in growing the wholesale division of Food Commons Fresno. The principle objective is to seamlessly connect local food producers like restaurants, chefs, food artisans and institutions with local farms. You are participating in building a system that benefits the local sustainable farming economy and increases local access to high quality produce and other food items.
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HOURS and COMPENSATION:
30 hours a week
Compensation based on experience.
Opportunity to increase hours and pay may become available with business growth and positive job review.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
GENERAL DUTIES
Primary contact with suppliers including local farms, manufacturers and distributors.
Register new suppliers on website, provide tutorial and ongoing support.
Collect product availability, pricing and note on quality from suppliers.
Communicate supply information to Sales Associates and update in ordering system.
Publish weekly Fresh List.
Place orders with suppliers.
Coordinate logistics for supply deliveries.
Coordinate with Ooooby Supply Coordinator and Drivers for supply pick-ups.
Provide receiving guide for Drivers and Wholesale Packer.
Problem solve around any quantity and quality issues for received orders.
Approve supplier invoices for payment by Bookkeeper.
Maintain quality control frequently verifying quality of produce.
Receive and respond to calls and text messages from suppliers.
Outreach to new suppliers and source products requested by Sales Associates.
Identify and track supply trends for proactive sourcing and making supply commitments.
OTHER DUTIES
Take responsibility for the brand promise and provide exceptional service at all times.
Be familiar with and have a sound knowledge of wholesale products and food safety.
Attend and contribute to training sessions and meetings.
Exercise responsible behavior at all times representing Food Commons Fresno.
Maintain strong, professional relationships with colleagues, partners, and customers.
Participate in growing other aspects of Food Commons Fresno operations.
Carry out any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as assigned.
All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
Experience in produce sourcing or similar positions.
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
Strong organizational skills.
High comfort level with computers, common software programs and applications.
Willingness to build skills.
Passionate about local food system development in the Fresno region.
Flexibility and ability to work in a complex and dynamic start-up environment with balance and a healthy sense of humor.
Highly accountable and high level of self-initiation.
Multilingual, Spanish prefered
Precise data entry and attention to detail.
Strong preference will be given to applicants with the following attributes:
Significant previous administrative or operating experience in food or farming businesses.
Familiarity with standard produce packs, sizing, and ratings.
Strong connections with potential customers and/or suppliers
Application Instructions: 
Applications received by Wednesday, December 21th will be given immediate consideration; they will be considered on a rolling basis after that date. Interested applicants: please send a resume and cover letter to kiel@foodcommonsfresno.org with “Supply Coordinator” as the subject line.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Updated land listing in Solano!

Solano County ID#1261:
Organic Farmer Needed to Develop 20-Acre Property in Jameson Canyon. There are five flat acres for lease that are currently in meadow and 10 hillside acres for grazing or farming. The property is located in Jameson Canyon, between Fairfield and Napa. Limited pond and city water irrigate the property. Currently, no existing infrastructure in place to pump water from the pond. A caretaker position may be available for a farmer interested in maintaining the property and main house while the owners are away. The owners are looking for an organic operation.

New land listing in Sacramento!

Sacramento #2188
11.5 acre property for lease in Elk Grove. Property features flat terrain and well water. The land is located approximately one mile from residential areas and borders a beautiful historic home. Owners are currently growing pomegranates, berries and other fruits/nuts near property, with potential for inclusion in lease agreement. Possibility for a produce stand next to well traveled main road. Organic production preferred.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Job Title: 
Mountain Bounty Farm Internship
Mountain Bounty Farm
14579 Blind Shady Road
Nevada CityCA 95959
Job Type: 
Internship
Employment Type: 
Full-Time

Job Description: 
Interns are a core element of our 12-14 person farm crew and they participate in all farm activities from greenhouse work to harvest, delivery, and farmer’s markets. Interns work closely with the farm managers to maintain our complex and dynamic vegetable farm. This includes driving tractors, seeding, transplanting, lots of weeding and other crop care, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing produce, driving deliveries, and small amounts of animal and fruit tree care.
Interns are provided with rustic on-site house, full access to farm produce, and a $1000/month stipend.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Interns work Monday through Friday, 8+ hours per day, and are also responsible for helping with one CSA delivery per week, two Saturday farmers markets per month, and occasional duties after-hours. We average a 40-hour work week over the season, with slightly shorter weeks in spring and fall, and slightly longer weeks at the height of summer.
Education & Experience: 
The majority of the educational component comes through the experience of working directly on the farm: learning by doing. Over the years, we have developed a successful system that is also relatively simple and elegant. One benefit as an intern is reaping the bounty of our many years of learning, passed along to you over the course of your internship. Interns are gradually given more and more responsibility, to the extent they are individually ready. We believe that being allowed to take charge of something important, and also being allowed to make mistakes, is one of the richest and most effective ways to learn. Additionally, each intern is responsible for a project of their own: managing chickens, irrigating crops, greenhouse care, farmers markets, etc. Toward the end of the season, we occasionally take field trips to other farms in the area, and periodically we take time to sit down after work for intern-directed Q&A discussions (topics like “farm business management”). We love to teach and are stimulated by people who are excited about learning. Long hours in the field provide the perfect opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t, as well as plenty of discussion about why.
Application Instructions: 
For full details on how to apply, please visit our website http://mountainbountyfarm.com/internships/

Friday, December 16, 2016

Farm to Market Specialist
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
36355 Russell Blvd
DavisCA 95616
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Part-Time

Job Description: 
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is a non-profit organization whose mission to build sustainable food and farming systems through policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs that create more resilient family farms, communities and ecosystems. CAFF is a membership organization guided by a board of directors that includes family farmers and others who are passionate about food, farming and the environment.
CAFF runs Regional Food Systems projects such as Farm to School projects, Climate Smart Farming
campaigns, and providing technical assistance in accessing new markets to farmers around the state. Our main goals are to increase the economic viability of California family farmers and to connect communities with their local producers. See http://www.caff.org for more information.
POSITION SUMMARY
The Farm to Market Specialist works with local farmers and consumers (most commonly, schools, hospitals and corporate cafeterias), and food hubs/distributors to increase access to and demand for local product. The Farm to Market Specialist provides technical expertise and assistance to farmers and food service operators on supply chain logistics, regulations, and best practices for Farm to Institution sales.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
% Time Description
80% Farm to Cafeteria Project Management
• Lead and coordinate various Farm to Cafeteria projects to affect system level
changes as funding allows
• Lead research and outreach to farmers to engage in the Farm to Cafeteria
Program and provide farm to institution consulting to farmer members as
needed
• Facilitate development and sales of local products with distributor / processor
partner(s)
• Work with Sr. Program Director to identify institutional product needs and
work with farmers in production planning and supply chain logistics to meet
future institutional demand.
• Develop and grow relationships with institutional buyers
• Provide supply chain consulting to partner institutions
• Develop and deliver market-support trainings (webinars, workshops, farm
tours, etc.) for partners and farmers statewide
• Assist planning and leading of farm tours for school and hospital food service
directors
20% Other Duties:
• Support project data collection and funder reports
• Support in fundraising as needed
2% Time Description
• Provide assistance and expertise on projects throughout CAFF’s other regional offices in working with suppliers on local sourcing
• Develop and grow relationships with institutional buyers
• Support regional farm to market activities and actively promote CAFF membership with farms & businesses
• Represent CAFF by participating in community activities and events as necessary
• Other duties as assigned
• Participate in staff meetings and collaborate with regional staff statewide
Handle some administrative duties in the regional office
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Spanish speaking skills strongly preferred
• Demonstrated in supply chain systems; agricultural production; direct marketing channels; food distribution, and the food service industry.
• The ability to collect input, research, and make evidence-based decisions and determine best practices
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Resourceful and able to perform a variety of administrative and organizational tasks with a creative
approach to problem solving
• Flexibility to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a team setting
• Flexibility to work on a variety of projects, simultaneously
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel
• Familiarity with collaborative working platforms such as Salesforce, DropBox, and Google Drive
• Willingness and ability to work occasional weekends and evenings
• Applicant must have access to transportation to enable frequent travel throughout the region and beyond.
Must be able to provide valid driver’s license and valid auto insurance.
Physical Abilities
• Ability to sit for long periods of time working at a computer.
• Requires a full range of physical mobility, such as bending, stooping, lifting, turning, carrying objects, and grasping
Education & Experience: 
Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Sociology, Economics or equivalent
Experience
• At least 2 years of professional experience in the food distribution field preferred
• Experience working directly with farmers
• Experience working with non-profits strongly preferred
Application Instructions: 
Please send resume, references and cover letter to jobs@caff.org. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 3rd, 2017.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

 Job Title: New Roots Project Coordinator

Country Program/Office/Department: USP

Location : Sacramento

Salary Band: 7b1

FSLA Status: Exempt

Duration: Temporary; Part Time

Background:

IRC’s New Roots program is designed to assist refugees to reestablish their ties to the land, celebrate

their heritage, and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots in their new

communities. Through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming, New Roots

provides refugee farmers with the tools and training they need to grow healthy and affordable food and

become self-sufficient. Across a network stretching from New York to Oakland, California refugees are

revitalizing urban spaces, sharing their farming know-how with their new neighbors and providing healthy,

fresh food to their families and communities.

Scope:

The New Roots Temporary Project Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the oversight and

development of the New Roots farm and garden sites. He/she will oversee the development and building

of a portion of the 5 acre farm site and several new local community gardens. The Project Coordinator will

work to install irrigation, amend soil, and prepare the farm site for planting. The position is responsible for

working with New Roots staff, a team of volunteers and a network of community based organizations to

ensure successful development of the New Roots sites, while the Program Manager is on leave. This

position reports to the Resettlement Director.

Responsibilities:

 Assist with development and execution of a strategic plan for the building out of the remaining

acreage of the New Roots Kuchenu Farm.

 Provide support for the development of the farm site, including soil amendment, site design,

irrigation, and preparation for planting/harvesting.

 Work to secure donations for farm tools and materials including compost, seeds, and other items.

 Assist with the development and building of the new community garden sites. Work with

Resettlement Director and New Roots team with budget preparation for garden building.

 Assist with coordinating work days with teams of volunteers to assist with building out new farm

and garden sites.

 Provide support to New Roots Farm Coordinator and Market Specialist on the farm and garden

sites.

 Recruit, train and supervise New Roots interns and volunteers, as needed.

 Other related duties as assigned

Requirements:

 Bachelor’s degree in a field related to Agriculture, Business, Horticulture or Environmental

Science, Nutritional Sciences or related fields preferred;

 Minimum three years’ experience working with community gardens, agriculture, or urban farming,
Experience with irrigation installation and equipment and new farm development preferred.

 Must possess strong English communication skills (written and oral). Second language ability

preferred.

 Ability to work in fast paced environment.

 Demonstrated success in designing and achieving advocacy initiatives/goals.

 Experience working with diverse, low-income, or immigrant communities preferred.

Please apply at www.ircjobs.org

Thursday, December 8, 2016

CAFF is hiring for their Farm to Cafeteria team! Information below. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 3rd, 2017. Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@caff.org.
Job Description
Farm to Cafeteria Assistant
Based in Sacramento Valley (Davis)
Part Time – 12 hours a week
Hourly Pay: $14-16/hour (DOE) Non-Exempt
Farm to Cafeteria Senior Program Manager
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is a non-profit organization whose mission to build sustainable food and farming systems through policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs that create more resilient family farms, communities, and ecosystems. CAFF is a membership organization guided by a board of directors that includes family farmers and others who are passionate about food, farming and the environment. CAFF runs Regional Food Systems projects such as Farm to School projects, Climate Smart Farming campaigns, and providing technical assistance in accessing new markets to farmers around the state. Our main goals are to increase the economic viability of California family farmers and to connect communities with their local producers. See http://www.caff.org for more information.
POSITION SUMMARY
The Farm to Market Assistant supports CAFF’s Farm to Cafeteria program by creating marketing materials for cafeterias, researching farms eligible to participate in CAFF’s programs, providing follow- up of school product feedback, and assisting in tracking sales and impacts of the program.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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Description
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90
Farm to Cafeteria Project Support:
  • Conduct outreach calls to farms participating in program
  • Create marketing and educational materials for the cafeteria as needed
  • Collect pictures and bios of farmers for files
  • Assist planning and leading of farm tours and other special events related to program
  • Facilitate communications and marketing of local products to institutions
  • Assist with conference calls and facilitating meetings
  • Assist with data collection and tracking
  • Create local purchasing reports for school and hospital Food Service Directors
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Other Duties:
  • Support regional farm to market activities and actively promote CAFF membership with farms & businesses
  • Represent CAFF by participating in community activities and events as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Participate in staff meetings and collaborate with regional staff statewide
Handle some administrative duties in the regional office
QUALIFICATIONSKnowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Resourceful and able to perform a variety of administrative and organizational tasks with a
    creative approach to problem solving
  • Flexibility to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a
    team setting
  • Flexibility to work on a variety of projects
  • Strong ability to multi-task
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Familiarity with collaborative working platforms such as Salesforce, DropBox, and Google Drive is
    preferred
  • Experience with Creative Adobe Suite preferred or other graphics software preferred
    Physical Abilities
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time working at a computer.
  • Requires a full range of physical mobility, such as bending, stooping, lifting, turning, carrying
    objects, and grasping.
    Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@caff.org Applications will be reviewed beginning January 3rd 
Job Description
Farm to Market Specialist
Based in Sacramento Valley (Davis), Bay Area (Oakland), or Central Coast (Watsonville) and operates statewide
Part Time – 50-60% Could grow to full-time position
Salary: $48-58K DOE based on full-time salary
Non-Exempt
Farm to Cafeteria Senior Program Manager
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is a non-profit organization whose mission to build sustainable food and farming systems through policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs that create more resilient family farms, communities and ecosystems. CAFF is a membership organization guided by a board of directors that includes family farmers and others who are passionate about food, farming and the environment. CAFF runs Regional Food Systems projects such as Farm to School projects, Climate Smart Farming campaigns, and providing technical assistance in accessing new markets to farmers around the state. Our main goals are to increase the economic viability of California family farmers and to connect communities with their local producers. See http://www.caff.org for more information.
POSITION SUMMARY
The Farm to Market Specialist works with local farmers and consumers (most commonly, schools, hospitals and corporate cafeterias), and food hubs/distributors to increase access to and demand for local product. The Farm to Market Specialist provides technical expertise and assistance to farmers and food service operators on supply chain logistics, regulations, and best practices for Farm to Institution sales.
page1image29608MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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% Time
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Description
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80%
Farm to Cafeteria Project Management
  • Lead and coordinate various Farm to Cafeteria projects to affect system level changes as funding allows
  • Lead research and outreach to farmers to engage in the Farm to Cafeteria Program and provide farm to institution consulting to farmer members as needed
  • Facilitate development and sales of local products with distributor / processor partner(s)

  • Work with Sr. Program Director to identify institutional product needs and work with farmers in production planning and supply chain logistics to meet future institutional demand.
  • Develop and grow relationships with institutional buyers
  • Provide supply chain consulting to partner institutions
  • Develop and deliver market-support trainings (webinars, workshops, farm
    tours, etc.) for partners and farmers statewide
  • Assist planning and leading of farm tours for school and hospital food service
    directors
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20%
Other Duties:
  • Support project data collection and funder reports
  • Support in fundraising as needed
% Time
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Description
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  • Provide assistance and expertise on projects throughout CAFF’s other regional offices in working with suppliers on local sourcing
  • Develop and grow relationships with institutional buyers
  • Support regional farm to market activities and actively promote CAFF
    membership with farms & businesses
  • Represent CAFF by participating in community activities and events as
    necessary
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Participate in staff meetings and collaborate with regional staff statewide
    Handle some administrative duties in the regional office
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QUALIFICATIONSEducationBachelor’s Degree in Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Sociology, Economics or equivalent
Experience
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in the food distribution field preferred
  • Experience working directly with farmers
  • Experience working with non-profits strongly preferred
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Spanish speaking skills strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated in supply chain systems; agricultural production; direct marketing channels; food distribution,
    and the food service industry.
  • The ability to collect input, research, and make evidence-based decisions and determine best practices
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Resourceful and able to perform a variety of administrative and organizational tasks with a creative
    approach to problem solving
  • Flexibility to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as collaborate with others in a team
    setting
  • Flexibility to work on a variety of projects, simultaneously
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Familiarity with collaborative working platforms such as Salesforce, DropBox, and Google Drive
  • Willingness and ability to work occasional weekends and evenings
  • Applicant must have access to transportation to enable frequent travel throughout the region and beyond.
    Must be able to provide valid driver’s license and valid auto insurance.
    Physical Abilities
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time working at a computer.
  • Requires a full range of physical mobility, such as bending, stooping, lifting, turning, carrying objects, and
    grasping.
    Applications will be reviewed beginning January 3rd, 2017. Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@caff.org

Monday, December 5, 2016

California Climate and Agriculture Summit
Feb. 28 & March 1, 2017 • Davis, CA
The 5th California Climate & Agriculture Summit begins with a conference at UC Davis on Feb. 28th. Keynote speakers include Karen Ross (Secretary of CDFA) and Glenda Humiston (VP of UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources). On March 1st, we will tour three innovative Yolo County farms using integrated farming practices to improve soil health, increase biodiversity and provide climate benefits. Full program available here.
•  Learn about the latest science, policy and practice of climate-friendly farming in California.
•  Network with a diverse group including growers, researchers, policymakers, agricultural professionals and advocates.
•  Find out about farming-focused ways to play a constructive role in responding to our climate crisis.
Earlybird prices are available through January 6th, 2017. Past Summits have sold out well in advance, so don’t wait too long to buy your tickets.
For more information and to register: http://calclimateag.org/calcan-summit-2017/