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.