Monday, May 7, 2018

Ca FarmLink and CCOF Foundation Farm Financial Planning and Crop Insurance Webinar Series


Webinar: Financial Planning 101 for FarmersTo grow a successful organic farm, financial planning is just as important as crop planning! Join the CCOF Foundation and California FarmLink for a webinar on May 23 that reviews the basics of financial planning for farmers. You’ll also learn about risk management tools—including crop insurance—that can help you reduce financial risk while growing your farm business.
Date/Time: May 23, 2018 - 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time
More Info/Registration: https://www.ccof.org/financial-planning-101
Contact Info: ccoffoundation@ccof.org / 831-423-2263

Webinar: Accessing Crop Insurance for Organic and Diversified FarmsOrganic and diversified farms now have a crop insurance option through USDA’s new Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program, as well as disaster assistance options through the Farm Service Agency. Join the CCOF Foundation and California FarmLink to find out how WFRP and other risk management programs address the needs of organic and diversified farms. Learn what you need to know to apply today, and in the future.
Date/Time: June 19, 2018 – 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time
More Info/Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/247841306511023362
Contact Info: ccoffoundation@ccof.org / 831-423-2263

Program Manager position with American Farmland Trust

Northampton, MA
The Program Manager for Farms for the Next Generation is responsible for collaborating with national and regional staff to advance AFT’s work through education and outreach, policy research, technical assistance, and network coordination.  The Program Manager is a full-time position that reports to the Assistant Vice President of Programs and is based in AFT’s Northampton, Massachusetts office. 
Major Responsibilities
  • Manage individual projects and train-the-trainer programming including budgets and project reimbursements
  • Develop educational content and materials
  • Organize, manage and deliver convenings, workshops, conferences and other in-person educational activities
  • Create and deliver curriculum for on-line courses and other remote educational activities
  • Communicate with and coordinate a network of educators and service providers
  • Coordinate meetings, manage relationships with collaborators, partners and allied organizations; cultivate new relationships to expand the network
  • Research policies and programs and develop policy recommendations to advance Farms for the Next Generation objectives
  • Write white papers, policy briefs, professional reports and blogs
  • Effectively represent AFT programs and policy positions to external stakeholders
  • Communicate regularly with AFT national and regional staff on strategy and network priorities
  • Communicate with the media, AFT members and the general public on Farms for the Next Generation
  • Support fundraising efforts including grant and proposal writing
  • Other duties as assigned
Requirements
  • Eight years of progressively responsible professional experience or an advanced degree and five years of professional experience in a field or fields related to agriculture; farmland retention, protection, transition and access; food systems; land use planning; public policy
  • Knowledge of adult education and proven experience creating curriculum, delivering and managing professional development trainings
  • Proficiency with online meeting and training technologies, video conferencing, desktop sharing
  • Track record engaging and collaborating with diverse populations and professional backgrounds
  • Experience working with farmers, ranchers and agricultural landowners
  • Outstanding verbal, written and multi-media communication skills
  • Proven ability to perform legal and policy research
  • Strong project management skills and experience managing complex or multiple projects, government grants, workload and finances under deadline
  • Supervisory experience including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance
  • Experience with fundraising and fee for service contracts
  • Proficiency with Office Suite, including PowerPoint; Geographical Information Systems preferred
Personal Requirements 
  • Passion for AFT’s mission
  • Penchant for thinking creatively and strategically
  • Proactive, decisive, and able to prioritize
  • Independent self-starter
  • Poised, considerate and respectful team player 
  • Willingness to learn and grow 
If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.
American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

New Partnership Opportunity in Davis!

Two farm owners looking for additional partners on 70 acres in Davis. Parcel is flat, leveled, class 1 soil, with sub surface irrigation/drip. Property is close to freeway, county roads on 2 sides of property. Good for fresh market produce/seed production, etc. Bring your ideas and energy to this collaborative opportunity.

Learn more here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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April 25, 2018
Release #18-25

FARMER Program to help farmers upgrade equipment, reduce pollution

$135 million for purchase of cleaner agricultural trucks, pump engines, tractors and more

SACRAMENTO — Funds will soon be available to expedite the purchase and use of cleaner agricultural equipment to help farmers reduce their exposure to harmful diesel exhaust, improve local air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the California Air Resources Board has announced.
The “Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions” (FARMER) Program provides $135 million for farmers to acquire cleaner heavy duty trucks, harvesting equipment, agricultural pump engines, tractors and other equipment used in agricultural operations.  The funds, available this summer, will be administered through California’s regional air districts.
"Emissions from agricultural equipment are a significant source of air pollution, especially in the San Joaquin Valley.  Reducing that pollution is necessary to protect public health and meet air quality standards," CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey said.  "Although tough new engine standards are in effect now and will eventually lower emissions, most agricultural equipment lasts for decades.  We cannot wait for the older dirtier equipment to phase out naturally, so we are taking action to improve air quality sooner by helping farmers to buy cleaner farm equipment now. This will help improve air quality throughout the state, but particularly in the San Joaquin Valley which suffers from unacceptably high levels of fine particle pollution."
FARMER funding allocations come from proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade program ($85 million), the Air Quality Improvement Fund ($15 million) and the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund ($35 million). The California Legislature directed funds from these three sources to reduce emissions from the agricultural sector through grants, rebates and other financial incentives.
Because the San Joaquin Valley has the vast majority of California’s agricultural operations and experiences the greatest negative health impacts from agricultural emissions, 80 percent of the funding — $108 million — will be distributed by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to farmers in the region.
Legislators placed special emphasis on purchasing vehicles and equipment that use advanced technologies such as clean diesel or electricity in order to accelerate improvements in air quality.

More Information


Clean tractor

CONTACTS
Melanie Turner
Office of Communications
(916) 322-2990

Monday, April 16, 2018

Community Outreach Coordinator, Fresno Food Commons Trust

Job Description: 
Background
The Fresno Food Commons Trust (FFCT) and its subsidiary Food Commons Fresno Community Corporation (FCFCC) are working to build a fair, sustainable and thriving community-owned food system in Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley.
We are expanding our efforts to educate consumers about and provide them with access to locally sourced organic food. We are also seeking to increase direct community participation in the development, promotion, and governance of Food Commons Fresno, to ensure that our business and nonprofit activities are responsive to community needs and are integrated with interconnected social, economic and environmental initiatives in the community.
Specific objectives include 1) conduct targeted outreach and community events to educate consumers about how to access and support organic and sustainable food and farming, and how it connects to their health and economic self-determination; 2) engage community members in the development of a community food hub in southwest Fresno through participation in the design and planning process and direct investment in our Direct Public Offering; and 3) recruit and train Fresno residents to represent the community through our organization’s governing and advisory boards and to help integrate our work with that of other organizations working on interconnected issues of health and nutrition, economic development, housing, education and job training, social and environmental justice, land use, regenerative agriculture and conservation.
Position Description
The Community Outreach Coordinator will identify, recruit and coordinate training of a cohort of community members to serve on FFCT and FCFCC governing and advisory boards and to be ambassadors to other organizations working on related issues of agroecology, economic empowerment, environmental stewardship, civic engagement, and equity. The Coordinator will lead the recruitment effort with support from FFCT and FCFCC board, staff, consultants and partner organizations. The Coordinator will also oversee development and delivery of one or more trainings that will include leadership skill building and understanding of systemic change.
This is a part-time position, averaging approximately 25-30 hours per week and is open immediately. Compensation $20-$28 per hour depending on qualifications. This position is expected to last nine months with the possibility of extension contingent on funding.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Work with FFCT/FCFCC board and staff to develop a target list of community organizations and individuals and a timeline and work plan for outreach and cohort recruitment and training.
Engage with relevant community organizations to introduce them to Food Commons Fresno, identify common interests and opportunities for collaboration, and identify potential community allies and cohort members.
Plan, organize and present at FCFCC, community and organizational events and organize and conduct individual and group meetings to introduce community members to Food Commons Fresno and recruit their participation in the program.
Support FFCT and FCFCC board, staff and consultant community outreach and engagement efforts to promote the FCFCC’s Direct Public Offering to raise community capital for business expansion and development of a West Fresno Community Food Hub.
Work with FCFCC Business Development manager to develop and implement a community engagement plan in West Fresno to engage community members in the design and planning of the West Fresno Community Food Hub.
Hire and manage outside consultants/facilitators to support development and delivery of community outreach and training events.
Create and maintain a database of outreach targets and contacts to track activities, outcomes and next steps. Work with DPO and marketing teams to integrate database into existing FCFCC CRM database.
Meet monthly with Trust board president to review work plan and progress. Support development of funder progress reports, invoices and financial reports.
Meet at least monthly with FCFCC senior managers and DPO marketing team to coordinate and seek opportunities to leverage outreach, marketing and DPO campaign efforts.
Education & Experience: 
Minimum requirements:
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
Engaging and well-organized presenter/speaker.
Experience leading and facilitating meetings with diverse groups and individuals.
Ability to travel to meetings around the region.
Ability to work independently and in teams, utilizing web-based team collaboration and task management tools.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent substantial experience
At least two years of work experience in a project management and/or leadership role.
Passionate about local food system development in the Fresno region.
Commitment to community and Food Commons values.
Ability to work in a complex and dynamic environment with balance and a healthy sense of humor.
Highly accountable and high level of self-initiation.
Strong preference will be given to applicants with the following additional qualifications:
Strong working relationships with San Joaquin Valley community and business organizations and leaders.
Understanding of sustainable agriculture, agroecology, environmental and social justice, food access, and related issues.
Multilingual.
Previous administrative or operating experience in nonprofit organizations.
Experience working with residents and community leaders in low-income and underserved urban and rural neighborhoods.
Familiarity with Food Commons (www.thefoodcommons.org), cooperatives, and other social enterprise business models.
Skill with spreadsheets and CRM databases.
Experience with social media and digital communication tools.
Experience with print and digital media design and layout.
Application Instructions: 
To apply send a resume and cover letter to karen@foodcommonsfresno.org. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 20, 2018.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Join our team in Santa Cruz! Central Coast Program Coordinator position open!

Job Description: 
The Central Coast Regional Program Coordinator will support FarmLink’s mission by providing training and direct assistance to help small farmers access and successfully use land and capital. This position provides farm business development services in land access, farm succession planning, loan packaging and assistance. The Coordinator will provide one-on-one technical assistance to small and low-resource farmers and organize group education offerings on: financing options, loan packaging, cash flow projections, credit counseling, leasing and purchasing land, farm transition planning, and other special projects as well as engaging a network of partners and advisors. The Coordinator will assist other staff as needed in program management, communications, evaluation of programs, and grant design.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Land Access and Linking
Provide farmers, ranchers and landowners with information on land leasing, land purchasing/sales and alternative land tenure options;
Assist farmers with negotiating secure, fair leases and finding land for lease or sale; coordinate with FarmLink’s loan team to assist farmers in financing land purchases;
Support farmers and landowners if/when they experience a breach in lease or other tenure-related issues;
Assist in maintaining and updating an online hub of land for lease or sale and in connecting landowners and farmers;
Outreach to and educate landowners about what it means to lease land to a farmer and help both parties to set and manage expectations;
Create and update resources that will support farmers and landowners in the process of seeking and leasing land, farm purchase/sale, and succession planning.
Business Development
Maintain and cultivate a network of experienced farm service professionals, including attorneys, CPAs, family communications specialists, realtors, insurance providers, and business consultants;
Provide farmers with information on farm financing options including FarmLink’s loan program, preparing for financing, and credit education;
Conduct regional loan monitoring site visits in coordination with FarmLink’s loan program, and provide business development assistance; and
Provide farmers, as well as partners and staff, with information on risk management options.
Education and Outreach
Organize and present group education offerings at workshops, seminars, and conferences
Assist in grant reporting;
Outreach to agricultural landowners and organizations to increase FarmLink’s capacity to offer quality land opportunities;
Outreach to beginning and underserved farmers to increase awareness of FarmLink programs;
Cultivate relationships with build community with supporters and donors; participate in Friends of FarmLink events and assist in seeking and cultivating funding opportunities.
Education & Experience: 
Ability to provide excellent customer service in person, on the phone and via email
Ability to communicate the written and spoken word in both English and Spanish (Bilingual)
Good organizational skills, well disciplined, and able to meet deadlines; self starter
Ability to handle multiple tasks and frequent interruptions
Ability to handle stressful situations with calmness and courtesy, while meeting deadlines
Knowledge and experience using MS Word, Excel; as well as basic accounting procedures
1-3 years of experience handling personal financial information, ideally in a banking or lending setting
Minimum BS in business administration, finance, community development or other related field, or the equivalent combination of education and work experience
Familiarity with agriculture, agricultural lending, and CDFI loan products a plus
California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace. We are an equal opportunity provider and employer, and do not discriminate against race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, or national origin.
Application Instructions: 
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to info@cafarmlink.org.

Monday, March 26, 2018




Join Us!

Growing Opportunity:
Farm Finance Expo
March 28, 2018
11am - 5pm
West Sacramento City Hall Galleria 
One Stop Shopping for Ag Loans and Resources for Financing 
Your Farm Business!
  • Meet Local Ag Lenders and Explore Financing Options
  • Learn How to Pitch a Farm Business for Financing
  • Manage Your Farm's Finances (Instead of Your Finances Managing You)
Panels and workshops will include lenders, farmers and trainers who will cover the following topics:
  • Why Borrow: The Benefits of Financing- featuring farmers' stories of practical use of capital and risks of underinvesting in your business
  • Budgeting for Success: A Profit & Loss Craft Circle- a hands-on activity to build confidence in financial projections
  • Lender and Farmer Panel- featuring fruitful relationships
  • Alternative Financing Panel- examples from the evolving field 
  • Plus Keynote speech from Kate Danaher, Senior Manager at RSF Social Finance!
Be sure to take advantage of one of these unique opportunities offered by FarmLink at the Farm Finance Expo:
  • Financial Check-Up: together we'll explore your financial goals and action plans.
  • Loan Pre-Qualification: together we can determine if and how you might use additional capital in 2018. Just bring your past three years of business tax records, current financial statements, and production and marketing plan and we'll see what's possible, or come up with an action plan to make it possible.

In less than one hour we can assess your potential need for business financing!

Please contact liya@cafarmlink.org to learn more or schedule your appointment in advance.
Sponsored By:                                                    Program Support Provided By:









California FarmLink | 831.425.0303 | www.cafarmlink.org
Pastured Poultry Production and Networking Workshops; Register here:

Next Workshop: Thursday March 29, 2018 in Davis/Esparto
(Other upcoming workshops: Hands-on processing workshop at Santa Rosa Junior College Friday May 18; Salinas workshop May 30 and Central Coast farm tour in early June; 2-day session including poultry nutrition in Corvallis, OR in August. Contact us for more information!)
Where: Morning workshop at Glide Ranch (36355 Russell Blvd), Davis, CA;
Afternoon farm visit to Say Hay Farms (19182 Co. Rd 87B), Esparto, CA
Intended Participants: Any producer (including prospective & beginning farmers) interested in raising poultry (layers and/or broilers) on pasture and improving their poultry production systems and business management.
Approach: This workshop is focused on participatory learning and will alternate between presentations, case ”scenario” discussion, Q & A sessions, farm visit and hands-on demonstrations. The day will include networking opportunities with other farmers. Lunch will be provided and a light breakfast will be available in the morning. We will be visiting a working a diversified organic farm with pastured poultry (laying hens).
What You Will Learn: Preventative health, production system design considerations, organic certification, marketing and labeling, recordkeeping and profitability.
Project Resource People / Presenters:
-Anny Huang, UC Davis: Poultry production and social networking survey.
-Maurice Pitesky, Cooperative Extension, Poultry Health and Food Safety Epidemiology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine: Pasture-based production systems; Bird health preventive practices and monitoring (e.g. Salmonella testing); Hands-on demonstration of mobile apps for easily collecting on-farm data.
-Deb Niemeier, UC Davis, Civil & Environmental Engineering, current and founding Director for the Sustainable Design Lab: Design considerations in housing and equipment for systems productivity.
-Chris Hay, Say Hay Farms, CCOF-certified organic diversified crop farmer & pastured poultry producer
-Ann Baier, National Center for Appropriate Technology/ATTRA, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Organic Inspector: How to find out what you need to know to develop increasingly workable, legal, profitable management of organic and pasture-based systems for raising birds, handling eggs, and processing poultry meat.
Cost: $20 includes lunch. Pre-registration requested to ensure minimum participation requirements are met, and food orders are accurate.
Information Resources: commercial, small to medium scale & backyard poultry production http://ucanr.edu/sites/poultry/ andhttps://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/poultry/