Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Farm Crew 2018 Now Accepting Applications!

September 27, 2017

Farm Crew 2017 at Sweet Roots Farm
Would you like to spend the 2018 growing season working alongside a farmer in Nevada County?  Apply now for Farm Crew 2018!  This exciting training program is launching its second season and we have a great line up of potential host farms ready to help train the next generation of farmers.  Farm Crew members work side by side with agricultural mentors on commercial farms while attending an advanced production skills class and receiving one-on-one support from Sierra Harvest.
“Through Sierra Harvest and Farm Crew I’ve been placed with an amazing farm… Working there has taught me so much alongside the weekly Farm Crew classes.  Not only have I learned things that I’m already using, but I’m constantly getting inspired as well. I also love how I’ve also been connected with an amazing community of farmers and lovers of local food.”  Farm Crew member 2017
Hardworking individuals with a commitment to careers in production agriculture and who have spent at least one season working on a farm or ranch are encouraged to apply here.  Once through an initial screening process, qualified applicants will be passed on to host-farms for hiring by March 2018.  If you have any questions, please visit our website, https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/, or contact molly@sierraharvest.org.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Call for Scholarship Applications for the 2017 California Small Farm Conference

Scholarship applications are now being accepted to attend the 30th annual California Small Farm Conference (CSFC), an educational and networking event for farmers, ranchers, and farmers’ market managers that will be held at the Robert J Cabral Ag Center in Stockton, California on October 29-30, 2017. Scholarships this year provide an opportunity for beginning farmers and ranchers with limited financial resources to participate in the conference. Scholarship attendees pay a significantly reduced registration fee of $50 and the minimal field course fee of $25. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is September 20th, 2017.

Learn more and apply at: http://www.californiafarmconference.com/scholarships/

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Egg Handler at Say Hay Farms

Job Description: 
Say Hay Farms produces certified organic pastured eggs and mixed vegetables on 50 acres in Esparto, CA. In our seventh year of production, we are now seeking the addition of flexible part-time staff to assist in our certified organic pastured egg production.
Works independently under the Administrator and Chicken Supervisor.
BACKGROUND
Say Hay Farms started in 2010 with just two acres and 100 hens. Having farmed 20 acres for the past few years, we have just completed 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.
We grow for a small 60-member CSA, restaurants, farmers’ markets, independent grocers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors.
We operate day-to-day with a small crew of smart, enthusiastic people dedicated to making a difference in how the business of small-scale agriculture is performed.
We are a young evolving farm and looking for the right people to help support our growth.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
1) Wash eggs in an efficient manner.
2) Sort, grade, and pack eggs according to our customers’ specifications.
Education & Experience: 
QUALIFICATIONS
1) The ability to operate in a production-based environment; that is, work efficiently with a sense of focus completing a repetitive task.
2) Attention to detail.
3) Good communication skills.
4) Enjoy working outdoors.
5) The ability to stand for up to 4 hours at a time. 6) The ability to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally. No prior experience necessary.
Application Instructions: 
TIME FRAME
Interviewing now.
Starting Time Frame: Flexible, as soon as 1 week in September .
TO APPLY
Please send:
1) A brief description of why you would want to work with us
2) Resume
3) Availability
Email these to sayhayfarms@gmail.com with the subject title “Egg Handler.”

Farm Sales Coordinator at Food Commons Fresno

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
Coordinate farm product sales and crop planning-production for 75 acre organic farm. The
position will coordinate sale of produce and crop planning with guidance from the Farm
Manager. The position facilitates the sale of farm produce through the Food Commons Fresno
Wholesale and Ooooby value chains. The position will sell farm produce directly to wholesale,
institutional and retail buyers, with emphasis on creating seasonal sales programs. The position
will work with the Farm Manager and administrative staff to maintain and update records,
reports and training needed to maintain the farm’s organic certification and food safety
compliance.

The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years experience in the produce industry, working with
farmers on crop plans and sales forecasting. The candidate will also have contacts within the
produce industry that have potential to become new customers of the company. This position
reports to the Farm Manager of the Company

Position Responsibilities
1. Crop planning with Food Commons Farm Manager and other farm suppliers
2. Coordinating harvest and pack out schedule with lead farm supervisor
3. Scheduling deliveries through Food Commons, customer or 3rd party carriers
4. Setting up and maintaining a Quality Assurance Program
5. Overseeing all recordkeeping related to organic certification and food safety
6. Conducting regular inspections of equipment and maintaining inventory related to
harvest and pack out of farm produce
7. Maintaining and expanding relationships with wholesale, retail and institutional buyers
8. Working with the Ooooby, and Wholesale buyers to sell farm produce through the Food
Commons value chain.
9. Maintaining pricing and margins for farm produce sales within established guidelines.
10. Reporting and monitoring of farm revenues by crop

Position Requirements
a. Minimum 3 years produce purchasing and sales experience
b. Experience in crop or farm planning
c. Supervisory experience
d. Experience with accounting and inventory software such as Xero.com or QuickBooks
e. Proven record of performance and meeting goals
f. B.A. or B.S. in Agribusiness, Economics or Accounting
g. Experience and familiarity with accounting and financial reporting software
h. Vehicle and valid Driver’s License

Position Compensation
Salary and other benefits negotiable depending on experience and qualifications.

To Apply
Email resume and cover letter addressing how you are the right candidate for the position to
david@foodcommonsfresno.org