Monday, July 24, 2017

Veteran Farmer Outreach Day at Elk Grove
The event is intended for Transitioning Service Members, Veterans, Entrepreneurs and Farmers & Ranchers interested in farming, agricultural industry or learning about available business and veteran resources.
The half-day workshop will consist of three major topics:
  • Veteran Resources
  • Farmer & Agricultural Resources
  • Business Resources
All interested are invited to attend. Organizations interested in hosting a booth may contact:
Victor Hernandez at 530-304-8614 or victor.hernandez@ca.usda.gov

DATE AND TIME

LOCATION

Elk Grorve Guild Hall
9125 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Farm Assistant: Vegetable Production & Orchards

Job Description: 
Farmer: Vegetable Production and Orchard Assistant
Program: Food Production and Farming Education – American River Ranch
Reports To: Ranch Manager, Co- Director
Organizational Background:
Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project is a non-profit educational farm in Sacramento, California. Our programs focus on promoting health and providing experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults, producing healthy food, improving access to healthy food for all and modeling land and environmental stewardship. Beyond producing healthy, certified organic produce for our CSA members and local stores, restaurants, and a weekly farm stand and farmers’ markets, Soil Born Farms has also developed several innovative education and food access programs in partnership with area schools and non-profit agencies.
The American River Ranch, a 55-acre historic ranch located within the American River Parkway, is the permanent home of Soil Born Farms. It provides a wonderfully diverse landscape to engage both youth and adults in hands-on activities that educate and connect them with the natural world, healthy food, healthy eating, job and life skills, hard work, and service opportunities. The American River Ranch also provides the opportunity to expand the production of vegetables and fruit to meet the needs of more Sacramento residents, particularly those in underserved neighborhoods with little or no access to fresh, nutritious food.
Job Summary
This farm assistant position is a farmer with a passion for educating young farmers and growing high-quality organic fruit and vegetables. The employee must be able to manage their time well and provide assistance on a variety of farm duties. Main duties focus vegetable production and orchard operations including pruning, irrigation, planting, harvesting, crew supervision, propagation, integrated pest management, tractor operation and farm equipment care and maintenance.
Hours and Compensation
• 40-50 hours per week. Tuesday through Saturday schedule w/ some Sundays and evenings required.
• Wage: $14 to $17 based on experience/qualifications/commitment/
• Medical, dental and vision after 30 days
• PTO (paid time off) accrual begins after 90 days (5 days per year)
• Opportunities for advancement
Duties & Responsibilities: 
• Orchard Care: Pruning, harvesting, irrigation, new orchard planting and pest and disease management.
• Vegetable Production: Support farm manager in vegetable field operations including planting, irrigation, tractor work, pest management, harvest, sales and apprentice education.
• Supporting Farm staff on a daily basis with irrigation, deliveries, greenhouse propagation, fencing, and equipment operation (small engine equipment and tractor operation).
Education & Experience: 
Required Qualifications:
• 4 to 5 years experience working on a diversified organic vegetable operation
• Orchard management
• Knowledge of sustainable agricultural systems
• Ability to work quickly, multi-task, self-motivate, collaborate and be flexible on a daily basis
• Ability to relate, interact and empower people of all ages from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds
• Excellent communication skills and a “can do” attitude
• Ability to lift 50#
• Ability to work in all weather conditions and especially heat
• Interest in learning and growing as a leader, both in farming and in educating apprentices
Preferred Qualifications:
• Tractor and small engine equipment operation
• Experience managing interns, apprentices, staff and volunteers
• Small engine mechanical knowledge and skill
• Ability to make a long-term employment commitment (5+ years)
• Experience working with farm animals
• Fluent in Spanish
Application Instructions: 
Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to Shawn Harrison, Co-Director, at sharrison@soilborn.org. Position open until filled.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Crew Manager/Lead Irrigator, Casa Rosa Farms

Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Description: 
Casa Rosa Farms is a pasture based certified organic farm producing extra virgin olive oil, tree fruit, and beef, lamb, pork, poultry and eggs. We farm 55 certified organic acres in the Capay Valley near Guinda, CA, and lease an additional 150 acres for seasonal grazing. We have a cow/calf herd of +/- 35, with two bulls. We have about 60 head of California Red Sheep and raise about 20 hogs per year. We have 2 full time employees.
My husband and I have been farming for 10 years in the San Joaquin Valley, first on my husband's original family farm and now on our farm. Our family's background is in dairy and field crops. My husband's family owned a small dairy for 35 years. We pride ourselves on trying to find innovative solutions to small farm problems. We are currently also working on opening a farm to table restaurant located about 5 minutes from our farm. This endeavor is taking up a lot of our time and we need to find someone to take over some of the irrigation duties on our farm.
We are seeking a crew leader with experience with solid set irrigation (aluminum sprinkler pipe) who can manage an irrigation schedule and assign and supervise other employees at this task. This person would primarily be responsible for irrigation and animal movements (cattle and sheep, potentially hogs) in a pasture based system. In addition, we would like to train you to represent the farm at one farmer's market per week.
Compensations: Exempt salary of $25,900 per year
Work vehicle provided
Room and Board Available
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Job Duties:
Develop and implement a weekly and monthly irrigation schedule under the supervision of the farmer. Daily sprinkler moves, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of pvc/gasketed aluminum pipe as needed. Competency required.
Daily chores: feeding cows, sheep, pigs and chickens, preparing feed and fodder, watering plants, checking and maintaining drip and solid set irrigation systems, wells, and pipelines and reporting problems to the farmer daily, checking fences, moving or repairing electric fencing as needed, opening and closing poultry housing, checking water delivery systems, assisting with lambing, calving and farrowing, bottle feeding, (or assigning and following up with other employees to do these tasks) assisting with loading animals for transport or for veterinary care, observing animals for health and reporting observations to the farmer.
Preparing for farmer's markets, potentially working one farmer's market per week (negotiable)
Supervising and assigning tasks to WWOOFers or other work-stay residents
Assist on fencing, irrigation or building projects
Working on any other tasks within your experience and ability on the farm under the supervision of the farmers.
Education & Experience: 
EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS
at least 18 years of age
a legal resident of the US
ability to lift 50 lbs or more
valid US driver's license
at least 2 years of relevant experience working with solid set irrigation pipe
experience operating a skidsteer or loader tractor
no allergies that would prevent you from working on a farm such as allergies to common materials found on farms (ex: dust, hay, pollen) that require medical treatment or avoidance
physically and mentally able to perform the duties listed in the job description
ability to supervise other employees effectively as well as unpaid work-stay participants
ability to think critically and make independent decisions based on experience
an interest and appreciation for the farming life style
dependable and detail oriented with an understanding that your decisions can be life or death for an animal- you can be relied upon for animal care and feeding
Application Instructions: 
Prepare a summary of your experience and farms worked at and email to: casarosafarms@gmail.com
A resume is nice but not required and often doesn't tell us what we need to know.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Learn How to Grow Seed and Breed New Organic Varieties
August 10th | Davis, CA

When  | August 10, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where | University of California-Davis, 1200 Ext Center Dr.
Cost      | $25 includes training and catered lunch

Join Organic Seed Alliance for a one-day classroom and field based course on organic plant breeding and seed production. Nationally renowned plant breeders from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Organic Seed Alliance will lead this training at University of California-Davis on August 10, 2017

Participants will learn basic principles to evaluate, develop, improve, and maintain both cross-pollinated and self-pollinated plant varieties for their farm. The training will also include a brief overview of seed biology, how to manage population size and isolation distances and seed production, harvesting, cleaning, and storage best practices. 

This course is intended for farmers, researchers, and agricultural students. Prior experience in seed growing is recommended. Participants are encouraged to review OSA's publications and tutorials at www.seedalliance.org/all-publications before the course. Questions? Contact Cathleen McCluskey atcathleen@seedalliance.org.

Space is limited

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Farm Manager Position at Coastal Roots Farms in Encinitas!


Position: Farm Manager
Status: Regular, Full‐Time, Exempt
Hours: 40 hours per week, Sunday through Thursday
Reports to: Associate Director

Position Overview
Coastal Roots Farm is seeking an experienced Farm Manager to oversee all areas of production, including crop fields, food forest, vineyard, animals and composting. The Farm Manager will manage five farm employees, and oversee farm budgets and strategic planning efforts. In addition, the Farm Manager will bring strong Jewish content knowledge to infuse site planning and programming with Jewish practices and traditions. In addition, the Farm Manager will support the development of farmer training and educational programs at Coastal Roots Farm. As a member of the farm leadership team, the Farm Manager will work closely with senior staff to support organizational development and health.

About Coastal Roots Farm
Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit community farm and education center that nourishes connections—to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries‐old agricultural traditions, Coastal Roots Farm practices biodynamic farming and shares their harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. Our goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California, and around the world.

The farm consists of approximately 20 acres of mixed gardens, orchards, food forest, animal pastures, compost, vineyard, barns, greenhouses and farmhouses all in various stages of development. More than 50% of the food grown at Coastal Roots Farm is donated to food and nutrition insecure families in our community through a pay‐what‐you‐can farm stand, pop‐up markets and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. The farm also distributes food through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and to select local restaurants and grocery stores.

As a center for education and community connection, Coastal Roots Farm offers hands‐on learning about farming, Jewish traditions, gardening and environmental stewardship for people of all ages and backgrounds and hosts gatherings where the community can get to know each other, eat healthy food, connect to the earth and celebrate together.

Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.

About the Leichtag Foundation
The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $$110 million in 2 assets and has granted more than $110 million since its inception in 1991. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, Leichtag Commons is situated in an ideal North County location.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Production and Distribution:
 Manage all production departments, including vegetables, herbs, flowers, food forest, vineyard,
animals and composting.
 Manage all farm distribution efforts, including farm stands, CSA and wholesale and donation
distribution.
 Oversee infrastructure development and management, irrigation, farm maintenance, safety,
cleanliness and organization.
 Supervise farm staff, volunteers and interns.
 Manage weekly farm schedule, and farm‐wide policies and procedures.
 Manage farm record keeping, purchasing, billing, receiving, etc.
 Ensure farm compliance with local, state and federal regulations, and maintain organic certification.
 Manage annual budget and strategic development for the farm.
 Support resource development for farm.
 Incorporate Jewish agricultural practices into the development and management of the farm.

Training and Replication:
 Lead the development of farmer training and apprenticeship programs
 Support farm development and consulting efforts

Education and Events:
 Lead farm education workshops, presentations, etc.
 Integrate Jewish practices and traditions to programming and communications.
 Assist in planning and implementation of farm education and events.
 Host guests and lead tours, highlighting our farming practices.
 Provide general support at Coastal Roots Farm programs and events.

General Administration:
 Provide outstanding management and mentoring to direct reports and to all Coastal Roots Farm staff.
 Partner with Leichtag property staff regarding policies, property maintenance and infrastructure projects.
 Participate in regular farm leadership team meetings and full staff meetings.
 Attend professional development opportunities, as appropriate.
 Engage with other organizations and opportunities throughout the North County Hub, E3Cluster, San Diego County, California and nationally.

Required Qualifications and Experiences
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 At least 5 years of relevant work experience and a relevant college degree, within the fields of organic/biodynamic farm management focused on agricultural education.
 Outstanding and proven skills in managing diverse teams with maximized productivity and efficiency.
 Strong content knowledge of Jewish traditions and practices including Jewish agricultural
traditions and practices.
 Passion for interacting with and educating community members, volunteers and staff of varied ages and backgrounds.
 Knowledge and passion for community farming, food justice, food systems development, etc.
 Strong knowledge of agricultural equipment use and safety.
 Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude and ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion.
 Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship development skills.
 Ability to be open and flexible to new ways of working with diverse communities.
 Creative skills and ability to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, and solutions to challenges.
 Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks along with an ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team environment.
 Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office.
 Detail oriented.
 A valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
 Master’s degree in sustainable agriculture education or related field.
 Certification in organic farming and/or experience with biodynamic farming and permaculture.
Jewish education experience.
 Experience with soil and water management.
 Experience with irrigation development and management.
 Experience working with livestock.
 Food safety training.
 Technical knowledge and familiarity with irrigation construction, troubleshooting, and repair.
 Knowledge of species and climate specific to Southern California.
 Experience as an agricultural or environmental educator.
Project management experience.
Training in active listening and constructive communication techniques such as Non‐Violent Communication, meeting facilitation, etc.

Reporting Relationships
Reports to the Associate Director.
Supervises the Vegetable Production Coordinator, Food Forest Coordinator, Animal Husbandry and Composting Coordinator, Farm Distribution Coordinator, and Farm Education Coordinator.

Compensation
Salary commensurate with experience. Coastal Roots Farm offers a competitive benefits package.

Typical Working Conditions
The Farm Manager will work outdoors. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.

Essential Physical Tasks
Continual walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting, cutting and carrying.

Equipment Used
Tractors, Bobcat, Kubota, dump truck, delivery truck, pick‐up truck, rental equipment, hand tools, power tools, computer.

How to Apply
Please email your resume and optional cover letter to jobs@coastalrootsfarm.org, and state the position for which you are applying in the subject line of the email. 

Coastal Roots Farm is an equal opportunity employer.