Monday, April 24, 2017

Fundamentals of Commercial Organic Seed Production Workshop and Field Day

Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Chico State University Farm, 311 Nicholas C Schouten Ln, Chico, CA 95928

Join the Northeastern California Seed Hub to learn how to incorporate organic seed production into your diversified farm plan! Steve Peters of Organic Seed Alliance and Lee Altier of the Organic Vegetable Project at Chico State University will present this daylong workshop on commercial organic seed production.
 
This workshop will include:
  • Seed biology fundamentals
  • Managing population size and isolation distances
  • Seed production, harvesting, and cleaning practices, with hands-on equipment demonstrations
  • Basic on-farm varietal improvement and breeding techniques, with tour of seed trials
  • Economics of seed production

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Great Big Gift Estate Planning Teleconference Series

Creating Peace of Mind for You and Your Loved Ones
A program for organizing your personal, financial, and estate records with greater ease and support.

It’s a web teleconference format for up to 15 participants – four sessions over two months. You can call in from a phone or computer.

All the info is here: www.thegreatbiggift.com. Details are on the Program Overview & Registration page.

Two series this Spring: one starting April 11, another starting May 11. More coming this Fall. Custom scheduling available.  If people want to be notified of dates later this year, they can fill out the “Interest Form” on the Services page.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jobs at Say Hay Farms!

Assistant Field Manager and Farm Crew jobs available at Say Hay Farms in Esparto!

BACKGROUND
Say Hay Farms started in 2010 with just two acres and 100 hens.  Having farmed 20 acres for the past few years, we are completing the transition to our new packing facility and infrastructure in Esparto, CA.  We farm two properties totaling about 45 acres of vegetable ground, 5 acres of almonds in need of rehabilitation, and a half-acre of oranges.  With the time needed to properly rotate and fertilize our grounds with chickens and cover crops, we usually don’t have more than 25 acres in vegetable production at a time.  
Our goal is to meet much of our fertilization needs through pastured hens and cover crops, supplemented with compost and imported manure fertilizer when necessary.  Our current laying flocks total 1600 laying hens, with plans for additional flocks.
Our current Field Manager has over twelve years of experience on all aspects of organic farms and is a highly-skilled mechanic, engineer, and farmer. The Assistant Field Manager would benefit from one+ year of training under our current manager before taking over his role. Our Field Manager is responsible for all of our of our tractor work and irrigation duties.

The first year’s time would be split between working under the Field Manager and Harvest Manager to learn all aspects of our operation. The ideal candidate is looking for a long-term position as a crucial part of our team’s success.
We run a John Deere 5075e and 5100MH mudder for our tillage and harvest operations. A converted electric Allis-Chalmers G performs much of the precision cultivation. A John Deere 4410 loader-backhoe is used for front loader as well as construction work. Our packing shed attempts to maximize efficiency with use of a Caterpillar GP20 forklift and pallet jacks.
We use both sprinkler pipe, surface drip, and sub-surface drip for our pastures and row crops.
Having grown for a small 60-member CSA, restaurants, farmers’ markets, independent grocers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors, we are currently on a trajectory towards focusing on the latter.
Our farm business strategy is to have the equipment and systems necessary to operate efficiently with a small team, the data to make informed planning decisions, and the skill and attention to detail needed to execute those plans successfully. 
We are a young evolving farm and looking for the right person to help support our growth, and, hopefully grow into a longer-term role in our farm’s success.