Friday, February 16, 2018

New Land Listing in Nevada County!


Six acres for lease in Penn Valley. We have approximately one acre of tress (120 ) and five acres of gently gently sloped, south facing, very rich soil with approx 60# pressure. All trees are on drip system. Also have 8N Ford tractor with some tilling attachments that can be used by tenant. This is an end of year crop. The oil production starts in November. Vegetables and fruit through summer, olives to follow in November. Potential opportunity to trade land lease for the management of olive tree orchard.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Operational Continuity: planning for the unexpected in your operation
Saturday, Feb 17, 1-4 PM UC Cooperative Extension office, Auburn. 
Reply to this e-mail if you want to come.
Many of you participated in the discussion last fall about how to keep your operation going when unexpected events happen. This is a workshop to help you strategize and develop a plan and get ideas from your peers. It is part of the Farm Business Planning course, but is open to other producers as well.

Placer-Nevada-South Sutter-North Sacramento Watershed Annual Meeting
Wednesday February 21, 10 AM at the MRF, 3033 Fiddyment Rd, Roseville
You will want to attend this meeting because PNSSNS is going out on its own as a Watershed Coalition, and that will affect you as a producer.
If you are a commercial farmer or rancher (you sell your crops/products), you need to belong to the Watershed Coalition. Please come and find out what is happening and voice your opinion.

Growing Citrus in the Foothills
Sat Feb 24 & Mar 3, 9 AM – 1 PM
If you are interested in planting mandarins or other citrus, this class will give you what you need to know.
Location : Room I-10, Sierra College Rocklin
Register online at: https://sierra.augusoft.net/ Course # 8273
Class Fee: $89.00 Material Fee: $8.00

FDA–approved Food Safety Workshop – save the date!
For those who need to be Food Safety-certified by FDA => those of you who primarily sell wholesale or earn $500,000 or more from sales of produce.
March 22, 8 AM to 5 PM, Loomis Vet Hall. $20 per person
The workshop is being done by an organization called AgSafe, under contract to CDFA, but the registration is not up on their website (http://www.agsafe.org )yet.

Beginning Farming Academy
April 6, 8 AM to 8 PM and April 7, 8 AM to 8 PM, $75 per person
If you are a beginning farmer or know one, applications are open at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=24011

It Takes Cooperation to Build a Food COOP!

Central Square 
Food Co-op 
Community Meeting 

536 Grass Valley Hwy., Auburn 

Monday, February 12 5:30 - 7:30PM  
Meet and Greet 5:30-6:00PM Food/Beer Available 


• Member Owner Signup 
• Business Plan Overview 
• Co-op Lease Options 
• Come Join the Team 




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Conservation and Stewardship Program Manager with American Farmland Trust

Job Description: 
The mission of American Farmland Trust (AFT) is Saving the Land That Sustains Us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. AFT is a national organization with regional field offices throughout the United States, including California. For more information go to:www.farmland.org with our California programs highlighted at: https://www.farmland.org/our-work/where-we-work/california
Position
The Conservation and Stewardship Program Manager is a mid-level professional responsible for leading and managing the expansion of AFT's Working Lands for Conservation Program in the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast regions of California. Under the direction of the California State Director, the Program Manager will work with farmers and a variety of partners and funders to develop, fund and implement planning and on-the ground projects related to soil, water, fish, and wildlife conservation. The Program Manager will also promote farmland protection and coordinate engagement of farmers, ranchers, and partner organizations. The Program Manager is a full time (37.5 hours/week) position. The position is a telework position and requires travel throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast regions of California and occasional travel elsewhere in the state.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
The Conservation and Stewardship Program Manager is a mid-level professional responsible for leading and managing the expansion of AFT's Working Lands for Conservation Program in the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast regions of California. Under the direction of the California State Director, the Program Manager will work with farmers and a variety of partners and funders to develop, fund and implement planning and on-the ground projects related to soil, water, fish, and wildlife conservation. The Program Manager will also oversee the monitoring of AFT's conservation easements and promote farmland protection and engagement of farmers, ranchers, and partner organizations. The Program Manager is a full time (37.5 hours/week) position. The position is based out of --- and requires extensive travel throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast regions of California and occasional travel elsewhere in the state.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Working directly with farmers and farmland owners to improve natural resource conservation management and its practical application to farmland; with a focus on the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast Regions of California
• Working collaboratively with farmers, farmland owners, agricultural leaders, partner organizations, public agencies in the region and federal, state and local governments;
• Engaging with stakeholders to identify barriers, create common ground solutions, and develop, fund, and implement projects that further the adoption of best management practices and projects including soil health and water conservation, groundwater recharge, and fish and wildlife habitat improvements.
• Working with AFT’s California's Regional staff to facilitate project development, funding, implementation and evaluation;
• Assisting in the development of programmatic logic models and natural resource conservation planning, and provides project management;
• Representing AFT at public meetings, field days and natural resource educational events;
• Assisting with the development of compelling proposals to secure funds for priority projects and provides input on reporting to funders and AFT leadership
• Other duties as assigned
COMPENSATION
Compensation is based on qualifications and experience. AFT offers an excellent package of benefits.
Position open until filled.
Education & Experience: 
Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in relevant agricultural and/or natural resource management discipline and at least 7 years in implementing planning and implementation projects in such a field
• Experience managing complex or multiple projects, workload and finances under deadline
• Supervisory experience including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance
• Experience completing tasks independently and as a team with respect to timeline
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, Spanish fluency desired
• Demonstrating experience with grant writing or other types of fundraising or fee for service contracts
• Proficient in Geographical Information Systems and Office Suite, including PowerPoint
• Knowledge of San Joaquin and/or Central Coast watersheds and land use
• Politically saavy and experienced in partnership development, especially in the agricultural and natural resource community
• Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing agricultural preservation and/or conservation policy and plans
• Flexible, creative, and a self-starter with strong interpersonal communication skills

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Come work at California FarmLink!

Lending and Loan Services Associate
Join California FarmLink’s lending team to support California farmers and vibrant local food systems. This new position will play a key role in the expansion of FarmLink’s agricultural lending as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), which is unique in the country in providing small, minority and organic farmers with access to capital and technical assistance. The Lending & Loan Services Associate will support two key functions within FarmLink’s lending department: 1) serve as the primary point of contact within the organization for business owners inquiring and applying for financing; and 2) provide key support in documenting and servicing FarmLink’s existing portfolio.

To Apply
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to info@cafarmlink.org. See the full job description here
Please join Fresno UCCE on Wednesday, January 31 for a workshop on small business resources for farmers producing and marketing value-added products.

Services highlighted will include:
- Free resources for packaging, branding, and marketing value-added products such as dried fruits and herbs, jams, sauces, and other products
- Alternative lenders that can provide startup capital for a small business
- How to obtain a permit for small-scale food processing in the home under the Cottage Foods Act

Date and Time:  January 31, 2018, 9 am – 2:00 pm

Location:  UC Cooperative Extension Building, 550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710
San Joaquin, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus Rooms (Basement)

Lunch is provided- please RSVP by January 26 at (559) 241-7515

Friday, January 12, 2018



Calling all ranchers, farmers, backyard gardeners and foodies - register now for the 
Sustainable Food & Farm Conference 
February 9-11th, 2018
 
Mingle with 
 
Joel Salatin, Daphne Miller, MD and the Kaisers of Singing Frog Farm.
 
Join us for farm tours, Ag Tech Micro Conference plus 20 additional 
educational workshops! 

Volunteer for set-up and clean-up and earn 60% off a weekend pass 
sign up 
 
today (only 10 spots remain)!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Join the Sierra Harvest Farm Institute Training Program

Job Summary
Learn to farm! Hone your skills with Sierra Harvest Farm Institute by becoming a Farm Crew member! 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. 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. Tuition fee for the Farm Institute training program and job placement is $1035 (payment plan).
After an initial screening, qualified applicants are passed on to host-farms for hiring for the 2018 season with start times determined by host-farms, January through May 2018. The screening of applicants closes on 3/30/17.
To learn more and apply, visit our website: https://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/

Responsibilities and Duties
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/

Education
Farm Crew members are required to attend advanced production skills classes 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
Wholesale Basics
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

Qualifications and Skills – Experience & Education:
Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:
1) Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching
2) Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation for an entire season
3) Have spent at least one season farming
4) Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members
5) Committed to independent learning.

Benefits
You will receive support from Sierra Harvest Farm Institute throughout the season in the form of assistance obtaining employment at a Nevada County host farm, creating a beginning of the season contract and two mid-season check ins with you and your host farmer, bi-weekly check ins with the Farm Crew Education Coordinator and additional support available whenever you need it.
You will become part of the Farm Crew team traveling to a different local farm every other week, experiencing the various types of farms and farmers in Nevada County and learning from the farmers themselves. You will be invited to attend many ag related social events, allowing you to meet many of the folks in the ag community. Nevada County is a growing, thriving, conscious place to work and live. Benefits on the farm will be determined by your host farmer.

New Land Opportunity in Solano County


Solano #2260

Over 7 acres for lease in Vacaville. Mostly flat slope with easy access to Interstate 80. Owner is looking for a farmer to come make this land productive.

Learn more here!


Exciting new land opportunity in El Dorado county!

The American River Conservancy (“ARC”), a non-profit land trust, seeks farmers to lease farm acreage and/or buildings, and operate business enterprises consistent with protecting the site’s cultural, natural and agricultural resources. 

The entire farm is 272 acres in size and located in the Gold Hill area approximately 1,200 ft. above the Sacramento Valley. The area is a gently rolling plain of grassland and oak with two seasonal streams. The soils are deep and fertile and are rated “unique” and of “statewide importance” by the USDA. Piped irrigation water is available from the El Dorado Irrigation District. The farm is located on Cold Springs Road, a major arterial roadway between Placerville and Coloma, 35 miles due east of Sacramento. 

The ARC requests proposals for the lease of the following for no less than $1,200 per month:

- 10 acre irrigated/fenced row crop land; tractor with implements; hoop houses and improved farm stand; bread oven and parking lot; and
- One (1) residential structure (3bedr/3bath built in 1960’s).

Learn more about El Dorado #2136 here!


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Administrative Assistant at Soil Born Farm Urban Agriculture & Education Project

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Employment Type: Part-Time
Job Description: 
The administrative assistant is responsible for a variety of admin functions and provides support to the accountant, grants manager and other staff. Tasks include working with Salesforce database; donor management tasks; mail responsibilities; admin support tasks and errands; event support; special projects; communication and interaction with a variety of individuals and groups.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Administrative Duties
● Retrieving and sorting mail, responsible for outgoing mail
● Answering incoming phone calls and check voicemails according to phone schedule
● Maintaining phone messages and train new staff on phone system
● Support duties related to weekly farmstand, including signage updates, register updates and inventory tracking
● Printing, copying and distributing internal and external documents including marketing materials
● Monitoring and maintaining cleanliness in the office
● Assisting in social media management and message creation
● Submitting sponsorship applications for programs and events
Salesforce Database Support
● Entering data related to volunteers and many of our programs
● Review regularly for errors/accuracy
● Create and run Salesforce campaigns and reports and other Salesforce-based operations as needed
Fund Development Support
● Managing donor thank you process
● Submitting sponsorship applications for programs and events
Accounting & Human Resource Support
● Tracking detailed inventory in spreadsheets for Farmstand enterprise
● Maintaining and collecting vehicle mileage logs
● Maintaining staff vacation calendar – physical and Google calendar
Miscellaneous Duties
● Watering plants in various unirrigated locations
● Supporting with events and outreach opportunities
Education & Experience: 
● Knowledge of Salesforce database highly desirable
● Social media savvy – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in particular
● Attention to detail and typing accuracy essential, with a typing speed of 50 WPM or higher
● Excel spreadsheet skills necessary
● Good communication skills and phone etiquette necessary
● Easy to work with and comfortable in an open office setting
● Proof reading skills a plus
● Knowledge of Word mail merge a plus
● Experience in the non-profit sector helpful
Hours and Compensation
This is part-time position with the opportunity to grow to full time for the right candidate. Will occasionally require working evenings or weekends. Hourly wage based on experience. Paid holidays, paid time off and farm produce provided.
Application Instructions: 
Please send your resume and cover letter to Callie Urner at curner@soilborn.org

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Full-time Farmer at The Cloverleaf Farm

About the farm:
Our goal at the Cloverleaf Farm is to produce excellent fruit while improving our soil, our environment, and our local community. Our vision is to create a thriving farm-ecosystem, burgeoning with insects, wildlife, and soil microorganisms, that minimizes water and energy consumption, as well as other external inputs. We believe in treating ourselves and our customers with care, and we strive to explore innovative farming ideas, foster creativity, and provide an educational forum for the community. As our farm continues to expand and diversify, we aim to develop new markets to further integrate the farm into our local food system. We have lots of ideas and plenty of work to do -- and we could use your help!
The Cloverleaf Farm currently manages a four-acre stone fruit orchard, an acre of mixed annual and perennial crops, an acre of blackberries, a small citrus grove, and multiple hedgerows. We market our fruit and fruit-based value-added products to customers throughout the Sacramento and Bay Area regions via a number of grocery stores, the Davis Farmers Market, the Collins Community Farmstand, our sliding-scale CSA, U-picks, and Ugly Fruit Club.
We are currently initiating a process of converting the company from a general partnership into a worker-owned cooperative, with the goal to officially convert by Jan 2019. In doing so, we hope to further develop and increase access to opportunities for farmers to work collaboratively, exercise autonomy, and cultivate community benefit. Presently, we have three partners -- Emma Torbert, Katie Fyhrie, and Kaitlin Oki -- and we are looking to hire three additional employees for 2018 as prospective member-owners of the co-op. Employees will have the opportunity to participate in a diversity of farm tasks and manage a component of the farm based on their existing skills. Upon conversion, employees may apply to become member-owners of the co-op, and participate in the governance and financing of the co-op. To learn more about worker-owned co-ops, take a look at this informational pamphlet from the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Education & Experience: 
Required qualifications.
Availability to work part-time or full-time March 1 - April 30 (flexible)
Availability to work full-time May 1 - September 30
Previous farming experience
Excellent communication skills
Ability to lift 50+ pounds on a daily basis
Driver’s license and ability to drive or bike to work
Preferred qualifications.
Flexibility in working weekends
Previous experience with cooperatively run businesses or organizations and/or democratic group decision-making processes
Interest in applying and buying into the co-op as a member-owner
Experience in any of the following:
- Marketing
- Social media
- Value-added product production
- Bookkeeping
- Farm management (esp. blackberries, fruit trees and vegetables)
- Crew management
- Delivery coordination
- Tractor driving
- Administrative tasks
- Grant writing and management
Application Instructions: 
If you are interested in this position, please contact us at thecloverleaffarm@gmail.com with a statement of interest describing your skills and qualifications and a resume. We will contact you with additional application materials and schedule an interview. For full consideration, please apply by January 31st.

CA Farm Academy - Farm Apprentice at the Center for Land-Based Learning


Job Description: 
The California Farm Academy (CFA) Apprenticeship Program is a paid, two-year apprenticeship in sustainable commercial agriculture, focusing on specialty crops (row crops, vineyards, orchards) in the Northern Central Valley of California. The program is for individuals who are passionate about farming and are looking to further their career in agriculture. Apprentices will gain hands-on training, work experience, and exposure to some of the business side of farming with the goals of obtaining a management position on established farms, or eventually starting and sustaining their own small farm business. Completion of the program requires 3,000 hours of on-the-job training at a production farm in the greater Sacramento area and 250 hours of coursework. Our partner farms range from 50 to 10,000 acres, are located within a one-hour range of Sacramento, CA, and grow a diversity of crops from processing tomatoes and sunflowers for export to organic vegetables for CSA’s and farmers markets. The majority of our participating farmers are growing on over 500 acres, and have both conventional and organic parts of their operations.
Starting pay is $11 per hour and it will increase by $0.50 every six months. Some farms will have apprentices work overtime hours, which are paid at time and a half. The work season typically spans from March to November, plus or minus a month or two. Apprentices should not expect to be employed by the farm all 12 months of the year, but they will be eligible for unemployment.
All participants will complete a total of 250 coursework hours. In the first year of the program, participants will complete the 7-month CFA Beginning Farmer Training Program (200 classroom hours) at the Center for Land-Based Learning. In the second year, they will attend industry trainings and advanced courses or workshops to complete the remainder of the 250 coursework hours.
Please visit our website to learn more about the program:
www.landbasedlearning.org/farm-academy-apprentice.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Apprentices must complete required coursework and farming hours. They are expected to arrive early or on time for all coursework and on-the-job training.
Education & Experience: 
Farming experience is not required for this position but is encouraged. Applicants must demonstrate awareness regarding the challenges of working agriculture, as well as demonstrate some deep thinking about personal motivation for pursuing a career in agriculture and their goals.
Apprentices must be over age 18, have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, have a valid U.S. Driver's License, and be eligible to work in the United States.
Application Instructions: 
Applications should be submitted through our online application. Instructions can be found on our website: http://landbasedlearning.org/farm-academy-apprentice-apply. The application includes a resume and two references.
Applications will be accepted until January 25, 2018. Selected applications will be sent to host farms which will contact, interview, and select candidates. If selected, coursework begins mid-February, though on-the-job-training may not start until March depending on the farm.
For questions, please contact:
apprenticeship@landbasedlearning.org.