Thursday, October 25, 2018

Cloverleaf Farm is looking for new partners!

We’re looking for new partners!
9055 Olmo Lane Davis, California

The Cloverleaf Farm is looking for new partners to manage their ten acre organic fruit farm. Multiple positions are available in a range of management positions, including marketing, kitchen management and vegetable and row crop management.

Start date: Dec. 1 (flexible)Compensation: Base pay: Flexible $12-15, depending on qualifications, profit-sharing available as wellHourly expectations: five 8-10 hour shifts per week
Management opportunities:
➳ Kitchen and value-added production➳ Vegetable and row crops➳ Marketing, including online stores, farmers markets and CSA management
Job responsibilities:
➳ Annual fruit and vegetable production➳ Fruit tree care➳ Hedgerow maintenance➳ Harvesting, sorting and packing fruit➳ Producing jams, fruit leathers and syrups➳ Delivering wholesale and CSA orders➳ Working farmers markets
➳ Attending regular meetings
Opportunities for advancement:
➳ During December-August, partners will perform the job responsibilities listed above. In September, partners will have the opportunity to assess whether they would like to become a full partner or farm manager.

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 is operated by two partners -- Katie Fyhrie and Emma Torbert. The farm currently manages a four-acre stone fruit orchard, an acre of mixed annual and perennial crops, 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, our sliding-scale CSA, U-picks, and Ugly Fruit Club. We are currently initiating a process of converting our partnership into a worker-owned cooperative and any partner would be eligible to be a member-owner, if desired.

Required qualifications.
➳ Availability to work part to full-time Dec 1 - Sept 30 (flexible)➳ Availability to work full-time May 1 - September 30➳ Previous farming and/or commercial kitchen experience➳ Excellent communication and conflict resolution 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 group decision-making processes➳ Interest in a career in farming and working toward becoming a full farm partner
➳ Experience in any of the following:
  • ○  Wholesale or direct-consumer marketing
  • ○  Social media or web development
  • ○  Value-added product production or other kitchen experience
  • ○  Bookkeeping
  • ○  Farm management (esp. blackberries, fruit trees and vegetables)
  • ○  Crew management
  • ○  Delivery coordination
  • ○  Field equipment operation
  • ○  Administrative tasks
  • ○  Grant writing and management
  • ○  Habitat restoration
    How to apply.
    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and interested applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in this position, please complete a written application. We will review your application materials within one week and follow up with you to let you know if we would like to schedule a working interview. If you are having difficulties accessing or completing the written application, email Emma
    Copy and paste this link for the written application: yzu0LSTA/viewform.

Friday, October 19, 2018

This 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 all aspects farming with the goals of obtaining a management position on established farms, or eventually starting their own farm business. 
Our program is a formal, state-registered apprenticeship with paid on-the-job training and supplemental coursework. Completion of the program requires 3,000 hours of on-the-job training at a production farm in the Northern Sacramento Valley 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. 
More information about the program and participating farms can be found on our website:
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Specific job duties and responsibilities will vary based on employer. However, apprentices should expect to exposed to all aspects of running a farm, including some office and regulatory tasks. 
Apprentices are expected to arrive for on-the-job training and coursework early, or on time.
Education & Experience: 
Farming experience is strongly 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 online. Instructions can be found on our website: The application includes a resume and two references.
The application period ends November 4, 2018.