Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Property for Lease in Lassen County

40 acres for lease in Termo. Terrain is very flat to rolling in nature. Vegetation in the region consists of mostly cedar and juniper, native grasses, sagebrush, and seasonal wildflowers. Owners are open to investing in a well to support your operation.

Learn more here

Monday, December 18, 2017

Garden and Farm Coordinator, Camp Tawonga: Groveland, CA

Camp Tawonga is a children's summer camp located in the Sierra Mountains on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park. Tawonga’s mission is to build positive self-esteem, create a cooperative community, build appreciation for nature, and foster positive Jewish identity and spirituality. Our outstanding staff includes people with both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds.
We are hiring a Garden Coordinator for a three month, paid position from May to August. Responsibilities include assisting the Farm and Garden Supervisor in managing all garden and farm operations, supporting camp’s sustainability efforts as related to food, farming and animal welfare, developing and leading excellent camp programming with a focus on the farm and garden, and collaborating with other staff on all-camp programming,
Applicants must be 21+ years of age and must be flexible and able to work collaboratively. Experience working in gardening, farming or animal husbandry is a plus but not required.
Salary is $2990 plus room and board. For more information, contact Danya Axelrad-Hausman at danya@tawonga.org or 415-543-2267.
Application Instructions: 
To apply, fill out our online application at https://tawonga.org/work-here/apply-now/. Then give us a call to schedule an interview.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The National Young Farmers Coalition is seeking a California Organizer to mobilize young farmers and ranchers across California to advocate for critical policy reform.
The California Organizer will co-lead the development of a California Young Farmer Platform through listening sessions that engage a diverse range of stakeholders and partner organizations. This is a full-time, temporary position currently funded through June 2018. Our goal is to make this a permanent position.
For more information on the position and for instructions on how to apply, visit youngfarmers.org/jobsPlease share with anyone who may be interested. 
NYFC strongly encourages women, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, and people of color to apply.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New opportunity in Mendocino County!

2018 Vegetable CSA lease, crop share or farm manager. Potential for mentoring.

Live Power Community Farm has provided food to families throughout Northern California for 40 years. Founded by Stephen and Gloria Decater, this 50 acre biodynamic farm is powered by draft animals and an engaged community. It is protected by a precedent-setting agricultural conservation easement designed to ensure that the land will remain in active agricultural production/good stewardship, and affordable to future generations.

The Decaters are retiring from vegetable production. They and their dedicated CSA community hope to find a successor who will carry on the legacy of this live-powered, community-centered farm. 


Learn more at http://www.californiafarmlink.org/find-land/land-listings/record/a030M00000Ft72LQAR



Organic Farmer at Soil Born Farms

Job Description: 
Position requires a farmer who possesses a passion for educating young farmers and growing high-quality organic fruit and vegetables in an evolving regenerative production system. The ideal candidate must be able to clearly exhibit a growth mindset, a willingness for self reflection, and an understanding of the pace and work ethic required for successful production farming. In addition, they must manage their time well, individually execute and/or provide assistance on all aspects of farm duties.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Key Responsibilities
● Vegetable Production: Individual execution and/or lead a crew to complete daily task list as determined by Farm Manager. Tasks include greenhouse seeding and watering, planting, irrigation, tractor work, pest and weed management, harvest, post harvest handling, sales, and apprentice/volunteer education.
● Orchard Care: Support and contribute to the farm team’s execution of specific tasks in the orchard. Tasks include pruning, harvesting, irrigation, new orchard planting, and pest and disease management.
● Supporting farm staff on a regular basis with duties specific to Soil Born Farms. Duties include interacting and leading teams of volunteers, public engagement, setting up and working a weekly farm stand, farm tours, event support, providing hands-on lessons in the field and teaching basic classes for our urban farmers and gardeners.
Education & Experience: 
Required Qualifications:
● 3 to 5 years of experience in sustainable agricultural systems
● Ability to work quickly, multi-task, self motivate, collaborate, and be flexible on a daily basis
● Ability to relate, interact with, and empower people of all ages from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds
● Interest in learning and growing as a leader, both in farming and in life
Preferred Qualifications:
● Tractor and small engine equipment operation
● Experience managing interns, apprentices or staff
● An inclination to mechanical knowledge and skill
● Interest in long-term employment at Soil Born Farms
● Experience working with farm animals
Application Instructions: 
Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to Shawn Harrison, Co-Director, at sharrison@soilborn.org. Position open until filled.

Farm Crew at Say Hay Farms

Job Description: 
We are seeking the best team members we can find for full-time, year-round employment as part of our small, smart crew. Our farm crew performs the complete variety of tasks on our 50-acre diversified organic farm - from caring for hens, staying late harvesting and packing vegetables, hoeing fields, driving tractors and trucks, and getting up early for farmers' markets, with everything in-between. Our goal is to grow food in the laboratory of ecologically and financially sustainable practices while growing young farmers at the same time.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Please see the job description for more details.
Education & Experience: 
We hire first for aptitude and attitude, but experience is certainly welcome and valuable.
Application Instructions: 
Please visit our website at www.sayhayfarms.com and read the job description for instructions on how to apply.

Food Love Farm Director

About Sierra Harvest
Sierra Harvest is a nonprofit dedicated to educating, inspiring and connecting the people of Nevada County to fresh, local, seasonal food. We train dozens of farmers, organize hundreds of community events, and educate over 7,600 school children. We envision a thriving local food economy and a network of financially viable farms providing good food for the community, where health and wellness is the norm and people of all ages are engaged in growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing fresh food. We are creating a place where farmers thrive and residents of all ages have access to nutritious, whole food.
About the Food Love Farm
Started as part of the living Lands Agrarian Network in 2010, the Food Love Farm (FLF) is a half-acre educational farm at the Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Burton Homestead. Specializing in growing a diversity of crops, the FLF provides hands on education to our community in the form of field trips, volunteer days, service projects, summer day camp and U-pick vegetables.
Summary of Position
The program director manages daily activities of the Food Love Farm including supervising educators and farmhands, managing the greenhouse, growing starts for sale, food production for U-pick, coordinating field trips and planning lessons, planning and conducting summer day camp, and supervising and tracking volunteers for work days and field trips
Hours:
Full time, heavier workload during farming season, can take Dec. off.
Must work some nights/weekends when needed.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
1. Manages Farm Production:
• Plans and oversees all farm systems, materials and supplies
• Plans and oversees all food production, including Upicks. Works in partnership with Farm Educators to see that food production goals are met
• Manages CCOF certification and record keeping, and county agriculture paperwork
• Coordinates and tracks all food sales
• Creates and manages program budget
• Identifies needs for further site development
• Oversees volunteers and staff on the farm (for farm work and education)
2. Leads Educational Program:
• Develops, coordinates and conducts educational programming, including: field trips, 2 weeks of summer day camp, service projects, in-school farmer visits and classes for visiting groups.
• Keeps records on educational programs
• Tracks activities in volunteer log and garden journal
• Hires, manages and mentors Farm Educators
• Creates partnerships with schools and other relevant organizations
3. Promotes Community Engagement:
• Promotes and represents FLF in the community, including hosting Sierra Harvest potlucks, Good Food Tours and donor events as requested
• Cultivates business and community sponsors
• Attends staff meetings, trainings, and SH events
• Manages and recruits volunteers
Education & Experience: 
Skills and Qualifications:
• At least 3 years of organic farming experience with at least 1 year of farm management experience
• 3 years of experience managing staff and volunteers
• Enthusiasm for, and a track record of educating children about growing and consuming local food, preferably on farm settings
• Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively, verbally and written
• Can work outside and adapt to variable weather conditions
• Can lift equipment and materials necessary to complete farm tasks and activities
• Must have a strong alignment with the mission of Sierra Harvest and the ability to communicate, motivate and inspire others about Sierra Harvest’s work with passion.
• Familiarity with trends in food access, health, nutrition, education, and agriculture
• Basic computer skills required such as email, Word, Excel
• Basic plumbing, carpentry, and small engine maintenance skills preferred
• Can manage the accomplishment of multiple competing seasonal priorities at the same time.


Application Instructions: 
Please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@sierraharvest.org
Application deadline is Jan 3rd by 9AM, position begins Feb 1st, 2018

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Land Opportunity in Tulare County!

11.5 acres with four houses in Porterville, CA for sale or lease. The land was previously used for pasture and is adjacent to additional fallow acreage that could be leased if needed. Three of the four homes are currently rented and the owner lives in one. These homes could provide both owner lodging and/or rental income that could support the purchase of the property or ongoing investment in farm operations. Includes building for storage and/or processing and a backhoe.

Land is flat, fenced, on the periphery of the city and it nestles against the foothills of the Sierras while only a ten minute drive from Highway 65.

Learn more here.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fresno​ ​Food​ ​Commons-Supply​ ​Coordinator

Company Description
Food Commons Fresno is the first prototype of a national model, that is structured to retain
ownership, profits and governance of a vertically integrated food business within the local
community. Once the model is refined and successful, other businesses will be launched within
California. The business has been in existence since 2014 and operating since May 2015. The
company is committed to working with small farmers, ranchers and producers of dairy products
within the region. Food Commons Fresno has a goal of sourcing products within a 200 mile
radius, aligning purchases with the California seasonality and supporting farmers and ranchers
that use regenerative practices.

Position Description
Experienced produce-food industry industry professional to manage purchasing for the
Ooooby, wholesale and commercial kitchen operations. The position will coordinate the
purchase and aggregation of produce and other products from farmers, ranchers, artisans and
other food suppliers. The position will supervise the Ooooby packing team and drivers, and
coordinate the Company’s logistics including routing and scheduling both inbound and
outbound. The position will be responsible for quality assurance on all products that ship from
our facilities.
The ideal candidate will have at least 3 year’s supervisory and produce industry experience.
The candidate will also have contacts with area farmers, ranchers, artisans and other food
suppliers that have the potential to become new vendors to the Company. This position reports
to the Senior Wholesale Purchasing and Sales Manager of the Company.

Position Responsibilities
1. Build relationships with local and regional growers, artisans, and other food
suppliers and representing the organization in purchase negotiations.
2. Place supply orders and set Ooooby box contents each week to offer fresh,
diverse, and highest quality affordable produce.
3. Place supply orders for wholesale products and Ooooby box “add-ons”.
4. Verify produce received matches order in quantity and quality. Become well
versed in standard produce packs, sizing, and ratings.

Food Commons Fresno 202 Van Ness Ave. Fresno, CA 93721 (559) ORG-ANIC info@foodcommonsfresno.org

5. Lead quality control by personally and frequently verifying that customers are
receiving the best quality produce.
6. Publish box and produce availability to customers.
7. Manage logistics in-out of the facilities(s) including routing, scheduling
8. Supervise the produce packing team and drivers.
9. Performance evaluation and goal setting for the packing team and drivers.
10. Participate in programs, projects and collaborations to increase the value of
local food and farm products bought and sold within the region.
11. Position Requirements
a. Minimum 3 years produce-food industry purchasing or sales experience
b. Minimum 1 years supervisory experience
c. Experience with ecommerce platforms such as Local Orbit
d. Proven record of performance and meeting goals
e. High school diploma or G.E.D.; some post-secondary education preferred
f. Experience and familiarity with accounting and financial reporting software
g. Ability to speak and read Spanish is a plus
h. Valid driver’s license require
Position Compensation
1. Salary range $35,000-$40,000 depending on experience and qualifications
2. Annually (5) days paid time off, plus holidays and sick days
3. This is a Full-Time position based on (40) hours per week. No overtime will
be paid.

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter addressing how you are the right candidate for the position to
rick@foodcommonsfresno.org
Farm Business Planning Course

Thursday nights, 6-9 PMJanuary 25 to March 1, 2018 plus Saturday, February 3, 10 AM-4 PM
Apply now to get your business on a sound footing and moving toward sustainability and profitability. Applications are open athttp://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=22357
Cost is $50 per operation, up to 3 people may attend from an operation.

This course is for those who have been in business for a year or more, and want to get a better handle on the business aspects of their farm or ranch operation. It covers farm economics, cash flow management, operations planning and continuity, risk management, and marketing strategies. You will need detailed sales and expense records for one or more years.

The course is limited to 8 operations so that the group can focus on each individual farm or ranch and help you build more profitable farms and ranches. There is homework for each session, and we ask participants to commit to attending all 7 sessions.
For more information, contact Cindy Fake cefake@ucanr.edu or Dan Macon dmacon@ucanr.edu

Monday, November 20, 2017

Learn to farm!  Hone your skills with Farm Crew!  Apply now to join a cohort of early-career farmers working and learning on sustainable farms throughout Nevada County, California.  Host-farm job opportunities vary from part-time to full-time.  Some include housing.  In addition to on-the-job training, Farm Crew members will meet every other week for advanced production skills classes taught in the field by local experts.  At least one season of experience is strongly encouraged.  To learn more and apply, visit our website:  https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/

Duties & Responsibilities:
Job responsibilities and wages will be determined by individual host farms. Our host farms produce a diversity of crops including vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, milk and meat. Examples of the type of work you may be doing: growing starts in the greenhouse, prepping soil for planting, planting, weeding, irrigation, trellising, harvesting, post-harvest washing and packing, selling at market, making deliveries, animal care and all the other aspects of running a commercial farm.  Early mornings and inclement weather to be expected.  To learn more about our host farms, visit https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew-2018-host-farms/
Farm Crew members are required to attend advanced production skills class every other week from May to November.  
The proposed classes for the 2018 season are:
Transplants and Direct Seeding for Production Success
Plant Propagation and Green House Management
Natural and Organic Fertilization and Composting
Row Crop Irrigation, How to Take a Soil Test and Interpret the Results
Identifying Pests, Beneficial Insects and Management Options
Soil Tillage, Cultivation and Ecological Weed Management
Crop Planning, Successions, Seed Ordering
Build Soils with Cover Crops
Permaculture for a Rich and Abundant Future
An Introduction to Biodynamics
Small Farm Mechanics and Maintenance
Crop Season Extension Ideas

Experience & Education:
Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:

-Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching,
-Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation for an entire season,
-Have spent at least one season farming,
-Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members,
-Committed to independent learning.

Application Instructions:
To learn more and apply, please go to https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/.

Applications must be submitted by 12/31/17.  After an initial screening, qualified applicants will be passed on to host-farms for hiring for the 2018 season with positions offered by March 2018.  Start dates will be determined by host farms.

Monday, November 6, 2017

New Land Opportunity in Galt

40 acres for lease in Galt. Property is sloped; perfect for vineyard or orchard. Landowner will work with tenant to establish water on the property.

Learn more here!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Farm Crew Employed Education Sierra Harvest

Job Description: 
Learn to farm! Hone your skills with Farm Crew! Apply now to join a cohort of early-career farmers working and learning on sustainable farms throughout Nevada County, California. Host-farm job opportunities vary from part-time to full-time. Some include housing. In addition to on-the-job training, Farm Crew members will meet every other week for advanced production skills classes taught in the field by local experts. At least one season of experience is strongly encouraged.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Job responsibilities, hours, and wages will be determined by individual host farms. Our host farms produce a diversity of crops including vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, milk and meat. Examples of the type of work you may be doing: growing starts in the greenhouse, prepping soil for planting, planting, weeding, irrigation, trellising, harvesting, post-harvest washing and packing, selling at market, making deliveries, animal care and all the other aspects of running a commercial farm. Early mornings and inclement weather to be expected. To learn more about our host farms, visit https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew-2018-host-farms/
Farm Crew members are required to attend advanced production skills class every other week from May to November.
Education & Experience: 
Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:
-Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching,
-Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation for an entire season,
-Have spent at least one season farming,
-Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members,
-Committed to independent learning.
Application Instructions: 
To learn more and apply, please go to https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/.
Applications must be submitted by 12/31/17. After an initial screening, qualified applicants will be passed on to host-farms for hiring for the 2018 season with positions offered by March 2018. Start dates will be determined by host farms.

Mountain Bounty Farm Internship

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, field work, 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, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing produce, driving deliveries, and other crop care.
Internships at Mountain Bounty Farm are challenging, highly sought after, and immensely rewarding. The vast majority of Mountain Bounty alumni go on to either work at other farms or start their own farms. Interns who excel in their first season may be offered management positions and permanent employment here at Mountain Bounty.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Interns work Monday through Friday, 8+ hours per day, and are also responsible for two Saturday farmers markets per month, and occasional irrigation 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.
Interns are provided with rustic housing, produce, fruit and eggs, and at $1200/month stipend
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.
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: 
Visit our website http://mountainbountyfarm.com/our-people-1/ and read the page in its entirety to learn more about the farm and our internship program, please send us one email only to employment@mountainbountyfarm.com We require a cover letter, resume, questionnaire, and references.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Organic Grower at Capay Organic

Job Description: 
Currently we are seeking an experienced, passionate Organic Grower to join our team in the Sacramento Valley region. This position is responsible for overseeing cultural practices, production, labor management- tractor drivers, irrigators, production & shop. Our growing programs include wet veg, leaf, melons, tomatoes, dry veg, specialty crops and orchards.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
• Execution of growing programs including annual budget and planning
• Supervising and leading a production team
• Cultivating, weeding, land prep, irrigation, applications & nutrition
• Team building and training in the areas of safety, food safety and general work requirements
• Record keeping for growing programs including month end reporting
• Equipment maintenance and field records
• Develop and maintain relationships with vendors, suppliers and intercompany departments
• Travel as needed to other growing regions
Education & Experience: 
• 5+ year’s organic production, background in agronomy or crop science with combination of formal education and/or practical experience
• Bilingual – English/Spanish preferred
• Results oriented “Team Leader”
• Ability to manage a diverse workforce, inspire and motivate a team and delegate work assignments
• Strategic goal planner; Detail-oriented, big picture driven
• Strong communication skills
• Resourcefulness: The ability to solve complex problems quickly
Application Instructions: 
If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume to jobs@farmfreshtoyou.com.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Farmer-to-Farmer Potluck: Planning for Now and the Future
Wednesday, November 1st, 20176-9 PM Auburn Veterans Hall, 100 East St, Auburn
Join us for a potluck dinner and networking with fellow Placer/Nevada farmers and ranchers. Take the opportunity to learn from other local producers about how they kept their operations going while coping with serious illness/injury, death of a partner, or succession to the next generation. Given events in the past couple of years in our ag communities, we may not really want to talk about it, but we should be thinking about it and making plans.

Registration is required. Sign up at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=21906
It’s free, but it is a potluck! We will provide tableware, soft drinks. And coffee.
Bring a dish to share - last name:   
A - I Salad or Side dish         J - S Main dish           T - Z Dessert
Local is always best!


Intro to Farm Business Planning: 1-day Workshop
Friday, November 3, 2017 8:30 AM to 5 PM, UCCE office, Auburn
Learn the basics to get your farm or ranch business running and plan for success.
This one day intensive workshop is designed for beginning farm and ranch businesses who have started selling their products or have completed the Beginning Farming Academy. Topics include farming as a business, marketing strategies, regulations, risk management, capital expenses, and action planning.
$20 per person, lunch and course materials included. Pre-registration is required.
Register soon, as there are only a couple spaces left. For more information contact Cindy Fake, cefake@ucanr.edu
This workshop is supported by grants from USDA Farm Service Agency and USDA Risk Management Agency.