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.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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.

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Melanie Turner
Office of Communications
(916) 322-2990

Monday, April 16, 2018

Community Outreach Coordinator, Fresno Food Commons Trust

Job Description: 
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.
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 (, 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 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