Monday, September 10, 2018

Sacramento #2250

Listing ID: Sacramento #2250

Description:
157 acres for lease in Wilton. The principles are seeking a long-term lease arrangement with a farmer interested in growing a commercial crop (vineyard, tree nuts, etc) and not for cattle grazing. Several orchard and vineyard applications are in the near vicinity.
The property is not for sale. The current lease comes up for renewal in Dec. 2018
This property is a legacy ranch that has been in the family for over 150 years. Walnuts were commercially farmed on the irrigated portion of the property in the 1960s, and discontinued due to poor planning. The land has been used continuously since then for cattle grazing.
The land has never been ripped. In order to develop for commercial vineyard/tree nuts/other crop it will need to be ripped and plowed prior to a commercial planting. A complete wetlands assessment was performed on the property in 2013 by D. Moore & Associates. The assessment determined there are no known endangered species, and seasonal wetlands – approx. 1.75 acres – were mapped with GPS coordinates.
Laguna Creek runs through the property, and flows seasonally from Dec. through Apr, depending on the amount of rainfall. There are approx. 68 acres of flat, irrigated land east of the creek, currently used for pasture. There are approx. 79 acres of gently rolling uplands west of the creek. There is a separate, fenced 2 acre parcel in the center of the property which is a vineyard and is currently not included in the land available for lease.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Free Recordkeeping Webinars

Well-designed recordkeeping systems can facilitate sound farm management, reduce stress, promote farm sustainability, and track organic products from start to finish. Join the CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a webinar that reviews USDA organic regulations related to recordkeeping requirements for crop producers. We will highlight practical recordkeeping methods to meet your farm’s needs for organic certification. This webinar is ideal for farmers interested becoming certified organic, growers new to organic certification, or certified organic producers seeking to improve their recordkeeping systems.
Date/Time: August 21, 2018 – 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Cost: Free
More Information/Registration: https://www.ccof.org/organic-recordkeeping-101

Digital Organic Recordkeeping for Growers
Join the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the CCOF Foundation for a webinar that explores digital solutions for organic recordkeeping for growers. Our speakers will highlight software strategies that can assist you in keeping records while meeting USDA National Organic Program standards for certified organic crop production on small- to mid-sized farms.
Date/Time: September 12, 2018 – 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Cost: Free


Monday, July 30, 2018

Edible City Orchardist at Soil Born Farms in Racho Cordova


Job Description: 
As part of the South Sacramento Neighborwoods Initiative, the Edible City Orchardist will
develop a productive orchard at Soil Born Farms’ American River Ranch, and will support the
development of an educational fruit tree care class series for community members interested in diving
deeper into fruit production. Along with these projects, the community orchardist will support volunteer activities at the farm and in the community, and will provide fruit tree expertise in an accessible, down to earth way through hands on workshops, videos, written documents, and other materials. This position has a strong focus on community education, fruit production, and volunteer engagement.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
● Co-creating and managing the American River Ranch Teaching Orchard
● Supporting the development of a fruit tree care educational pathway for community members
● Developing educational materials, videos, and similar products regarding fruit tree care and best
practices for maintenance and planting fruit trees
● Developing and managing a fruit tree nursery
● Utilizing community volunteers to advance projects in the orchard space
● Maintaining accurate records for activities in the orchard and planting projects in the community
● Assisting in development of programs that lead to financial sustainability with minimal or no grant
funds
● Supporting special volunteer activities, community events, and fundraisers
● Act as liaison between the orchard, the farm team, and the edible city initiative
Education & Experience: 
● 3+ years experience in fruit tree orchards
● Experience working with volunteers and leading educational activities
● Demonstrated problem solving ability and willingness to make improvements and try new things
Application Instructions: 
Submit an application and brief cover letter to Nick Anicich, Edible City Manager at nanicich@soilborn.org

Friday, July 13, 2018

Come Join the Team at California FarmLink!

FULL-TIME LOAN OFFICER
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports To: Director of Lending
Primary Office: Aptos, CA
Salary: $45-60K commensurate with experience

Job Summary:
Join California FarmLink’s lending team to support California farmers and vibrant local food systems. The individual in this position will play a key role in the expansion of FarmLink’s agricultural lending as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), nationally unique in its focus on supporting the land and capital needs of next generation farmers. The Loan Officer is responsible for originating, qualifying, underwriting, structuring, closing, monitoring and servicing loans for farmers in California. A key success factor in this position will be the effective delivery of technical assistance and business coaching, as well as referrals to professionals and service providers that can support business success.

How To Apply:
Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization with resume to: info@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.

FULL-TIME LOAN OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Reports To: Loan Operations Manager
Primary Office: Aptos, CA
Salary: $35-50K commensurate with experience

Job Summary:
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), nationally unique in its focus on supporting the land and capital needs of next generation farmers. The Loan Operations Associate will support the loan documentation and servicing function within FarmLink’s lending department, and is supervised by the Loan Operations Manager.

How To Apply:
Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization with resume to: info@cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Be the CSA Manager at Riverdog Farm!

Riverdog Farm is a 450 acre certified organic, diversified family farm that grows vegetables, fruits, nuts, and raises pastured chickens and pigs. We are located in the beautiful Capay Valley. Our philosophy is that by taking care of our employees, land, and animals, we are helping to create and sustain a better food system. We have been helping to bring organic, seasonal, local food to the fore of the sustainable food movement throughout Northern California for over 25 years. We sell our products year round at Berkeley and Sacramento Farmers Markets, to regional restaurants, wholesale distributors and to CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) customers.

Position Summary:
Riverdog Farm is seeking a qualified, enthusiastic candidate to join our small but driven office administrative team. This person will be responsible for managing the CSA program, web-store and assist in other administrative office tasks such as sales support, food safety and organic compliance, and manage one area farmers market per week. Must be willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed. This is a full time on farm position that comes with competitive health and dental benefit employer contribution.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Responsibilities:
CSA and Web-store Management
The csa manager is responsible for all administrative aspects of the csa program and web-store, including but not limited to: account maintenance and billing, customer service, logistics, marketing and promotion of on and off farm events, creating and publishing a weekly newsletter and working in collaboration with field and sales managers to build the weekly CSA box. Web store tasks include online inventory management, customer service and support, publishing a monthly newsletter and promotions.
Office Support
Office support duties include invoicing, sales support, basic office tasks, handling basic HR health insurance inquiries, working in partnership with the owners of the farm to address CCOF certification and food safety compliance tasks, and performing quarterly water sampling.
Farmers Market
We participate in 4 weekly farmers markets per week. On farm market managers drive a box truck to the market location where they direct and assist with setup, sales, and break down of stall before returning to the farm. Must be able to lift and carry 50lbs. repeatedly, know how to drive a manual transmition vehicle, and responsibly handle cash and farm inventory. Market days are long, and require some hours of overtime.
Education & Experience: 
Required Qualifications:
• Minimum 1 year experience working on an organic farm or with other local, seasonal food systems such as CSA’s, Farmers Markets, produce retail or vegetable distribution companies
• 2 years experience working in customer service and sales positions
• Exceptional customer service and account management skills
• Exceptional written English and verbal communication
• Experience using QuickBooks and MS Office Suite
• Valid California Drivers license
• Must be able to lift 50lbs. and climb in and out of the back of a box truck repeatedly.
• Strong work ethic, detailed oriented, trustworthy and able to work both independently and as part of a cohesive team in a fast paced, busy environment.
Preferred Qualifications
• Spanish language skills
• Experience using Farmigo CSA and Web-store Software
• Advanced computer and analytic skills
• Prior experience driving manual transmition box trucks
Application Instructions: 
Please email resume and cover letter to: csa@riverdogfarm.com. No phone calls please. We will contact you to schedule an interview if your experience and qualifications match our requirements.

Cooperative Development Specialist- Food and Agriculture, California Center for Cooperative Development

Davis, CA
The Cooperative Development Specialist will support projects involving people who are interested in starting cooperatively owned businesses within the food system, including marketing fresh and value-added fruits and vegetables, retail grocery stores, and farms operated as worker cooperatives. The specialist will also provide ancillary education related to general farm production and marketing, and business planning. Many of our project partners include groups who speak English as a second language. The agriculture projects include those based on fruit, vegetables, grain, and processed food producers in separate projects and includes working with local technical assistance provider partners for each project. This position allows for the Specialist to grow into work within other sectors, including housing and non-rural service oriented worker cooperatives.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
As a Cooperative Development Specialist, you’ll be:
• Talking to farmer who produce many different crops, ranchers, and small business owners in the food supply chain about strategies for improving their businesses through cooperation
• Completing market research and feasibility studies, including conducting producer surveys, interviews with key informants, and building financial pro formas
• Assessing the readiness of organizers and helping them get to the next level
• Developing relationships with partners with specific expertise in different areas to help our clients make strategic decisions
• Developing presentations and written materials for trainings
• Organizing and marketing conferences
• Evaluating current and potential projects and preparing progress reports for funders
Education & Experience: 
REQUIREMENTS
• 5 years of combined experience working in agriculture, fresh fruit/veg distribution, or retail food sectors
• At least one experience starting an organization (non-profit, for-profit, or cooperative organization)
• Experience conducting research including designing written surveys, conducting interviews, and analyzing data
• Strong communication and presentation skills
• High degree of competency using Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
• Self-motivated, highly organized team player
• An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit
• Ability to travel statewide an average 2-3 times per month; occasional national travel
• BA or MS in Ag Econ, Business Administration, Managerial Economics, Community Development, or other field related to food or agriculture.
Application Instructions: 
Send resume, cover letter, references, and completed CCCD application (link available at http://www.cccd.coop/about-us/job-opportunities)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Work for American Farmland Trust!

Program Manager, Farms for the Next Generation 
Northampton, MA • Programs
Description
American Farmland Trust (AFT) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. AFT’s Farms for the Next Generation initiative harnesses AFT’s broad expertise protecting farmland, facilitating farm succession and land access, and planning for agriculture and food systems, to support future opportunities for farmers and ranchers to earn a living and make a life on the land.

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 

Application Deadline: June 11, 2018

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.