Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Farmer-to-Farmer Potluck: Planning for Now and the Future
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, 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/
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
, 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 on-line at http://ucanr.edu/survey/
Register soon, as there are only a couple spaces left. For more information contact Cindy Fake, firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop is supported by grants from USDA Farm Service Agency and USDA Risk Management Agency.
Terra Firma Farm is hiring for an office position to help out with their CSA as well as some HR work. This position is flexible regarding part or full time hours.
Terra Firma Farm has been growing beautiful organic vegetables, fruits and nuts for 30 years. Located about 70 miles from the Bay Area in Winters, California, producing on about 250 acres for our large CSA, as well as high-end restaurants and grocery stores mostly located in the Bay Area. www.terrafirmafarm.com
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
We are currently accepting applications for the
2018 Beginning Farmer Training Program & the Apprenticeship Program!
Please join us for our CFA Information Session to meet alumni, program staff, and learn more.
2018 Class Sessions: February - September 2018
Class Start date: Late February 2018
Training Program Application
Farm to School Director Position Open - Apply TODAY!
|Students from Deer Creek School searching for bugs at the Food Love Farm field trip|
From finding hundred of pounds of the most juicy strawberries for 7,000 children to taste, leading and inspiring 22 Farm to School liaisons who coordinate the diverse Farm to School Program, to writing articles and communicating with local farmers, school personnel and parents - this Director position is varied, its fun, and you get the opportunity to manage exciting programs!
The Director must have experience leading and managing staff with an established track record of educating children about healthy food, be an innovator in food and farming education, and show leadership in program development and evaluation. Key responsibilities include coordinating the Farm to School Program in 21 schools, managing and training 22 school liaisons, and supervising the Food Love Farm Director.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Application deadline .
Friday, October 6, 2017
Center for Land-Based Learning
California Farm Academy (CFA)
Apprenticeship Project Coordinator
The Center for Land-Based Learning’s mission is to inspire, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders, and natural resource stewards. We serve high schools students and adults through our experiential programs in 27 California counties, including our farm locations in Winters, Davis, and West Sacramento. The CFA Beginning Farmer Training Program and Farm Business Incubator have provided hands-on education, mentorship, land for lease and marketing support for over 120 new farmers in the greater Sacramento Region in the last 6 years.
Background: In 2015 we secured funding to develop the first accredited apprenticeship program in agriculture in the state. As a completely unique program of it’s kind, the project cultivates partnerships and connections between farmers, ranchers, policymakers, community college districts, government agencies and aspiring farmers. In January of 2017, we launched our pilot program with 3 apprentices and 2 host farmers. Apprentices are required to complete 3,000 hours of on-the-job training and 250 hours of coursework . Coursework includes enrollment in the CFA Beginning Farmer Training Program, a 7-month classroom-based course that offers a foundation in the basics of specialty crop farming. Graduates leave with a network of resources and mentors, a farm business plan or a farm career plan they created during the program, and opportunities to access land. Specifically, in the CFA Farm Business Incubator, graduates and other qualified farmers are leased land in either rural or urban settings and provided infrastructure, tools and technical and marketing assistance to start or improve their agricultural enterprise. Over seventy-five percent of CFA graduates are farming.
Land-Based Learning is hiring an Apprenticeship Project Coordinator, based at our main office at 5265 Putah Creek Road, Winters CA, at the Farm on Putah Creek. The Coordinator will report to the CFA Apprenticeship Program Manager. Responsibilities will include the following:
● Assist with apprenticeship recruitment
● Review and process apprenticeship applications and organize interviews
● Assist in apprentice interviews and selection
● Assist with farmer recruitment
● Conduct regular visits to the farm sites to assess and get feedback on program
● Assist in developing and refining the farmer and apprentice handbooks
● Monthly communication with farmers around program evaluation,
● Coordinate apprentice progress monitoring, tracking and evaluation
● Assist with developing curriculum
● Assist with developing and expanding the program, research leads and opportunities
● Coordinate media efforts to promote the program
● Assisting with Land-Based Learning events (fundraisers, donor appreciation events, open houses, etc.)
● Other duties as assigned
The Apprenticeship Project Coordinator should have a strong interest and commitment to education, and different types and scales of agriculture. The Coordinator must be self-motivated, and capable of working effectively both alone and with a larger team.
● Bachelor’s in a plant-related field (Horticulture, Agriculture, Agronomy, Ecology), Business, Economics, Environmental Education, Non-Profit Development, Community Development, or a related field.
● Experience with farming; either as a beginning farmer, apprentice/intern, or other related agricultural farm jobs.
● Experience in adult education, particularly involving agricultural or environmental training
● Experience working with a non-profit or a community development program
● Excellent communication, social and writing skills
● Experience and skills to work effectively in a team setting
In addition, the ideal candidate will also have:
● A background in either formal or informal educational programs or apprenticeship programs
● A background in sustainable agriculture and/or beginning farmer training programs
● Experience with building a new project from the ground up, or expanding a program
● Comfort with calling, emailing and speaking to experienced farmers
● An ability and willingness to be flexible with tasks assigned
● Moderate to advanced computer skill, especially with Microsoft Office, web browsers, social media, and email
● Willingness to work odd hours and weekends as required
This position will be at .50 FTE (half-time) for the first year with the possibility of extension depending of securing funding. Salary commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Send cover letter and resume to: Sri Sethuratnam, Director firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 10/27/2015
Monday, October 2, 2017
“Planning for Now and the Future: Ensuring Farm & Ranch Operational Continuity”
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, it may not be something we really want to talk about, but realistically, we all should be thinking about it and making plans.
We will provide soft drinks, coffee, and paper goods. Please bring a dish to share: Last name A – I: Salad or Side dish, J – S: Main dish, T - Z Dessert
Reservations are required. Please register at http://ucanr.edu/survey/
Introduction to Farm Business
UC Cooperative Extension, 11477 E Avenue, 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. Space is limited to 15 people.Register on-line at http://ucanr.edu/survey/
There are only a few spaces left, so sign up soon!