Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Beginning Farming Academy: September 13, 8 AM to 8 PM and September 14, 8 AM to 5 PM.
UC Cooperative Extension office, 11477 E Avenue, Auburn

If you are a prospective farmer or rancher or know someone who is, the Beginning Farming Academy may be helpful for you. It is a 2-day intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch. Learn about assessing your resources and choosing products, the basics of market-driven farming, and economic tools. You will finish with an action plan for jump-starting your operation.

This workshop does not address production practices. It is focused on marketing, business, and economic planning for profitable small farms. Local expert farmers and ranchers and UCCE Farm Advisors will help you refine your plans for your farm or ranch.

The Academy cost is $85 per person, which includes five meals, snacks, and materials.

We will start reviewing applications August 5, and let you know if you are accepted within two weeks. The registration and payment link will be provided once you are accepted.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Garden and Farm Hand Position

Garden and Farm Hand
Meristem - Fair Oaks, CA 95628
$13 - $16 an hour

Enjoy a beautiful campus environment with lunch included most days!
Check out our website: www.meristem.pro

Job Description: 
  • Assisting with the production of vegetables plants and herbs for the Meristem Herbal Arts class, Cafe and Dorms
  • Includes: Seeding, weeding, mulching, transplanting, irrigation, pruning, Greenhouse management, frost protection management, maintenance of equipment, upkeep of Animal facilities and other related tasks assigned by head Land Stewardship teacher and Meristem Leadership team
Qualifications: 
  • Previous agricultural experience or related field experience required
  • Ability to work in a variety of seasons and all weather conditions
  • In good condition in order to be able to handle extended hours of outdoor physical labor
  • Able to Lift up to 50 lbs * Able to be on-time and reliable
  • Able to follow instructions and work efficiently
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to operate a variety of tools and mechanical equipment safely
  • Including but not limited to: Hoes, Cultivating tools, basic carpentry equipment, weed eaters, mowers, Walk-behind tiller, and possible tractor use
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $13.00 to $16.00 /hour
Experience:
  • Garden and Farm: 1 year (Preferred)
Language:
  • United States (Required)
Work Location:
  • One location

Friday, March 22, 2019

Join the Sierra Harvest Farm Crew!

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Now hiring for the 2019 season
Find a farm job and study agriculture

Apply now to work on a sustainable farm in Nevada County, CA, and join a cohort of emerging farmers for bi- monthly, advanced Ag Skills classes taught in the field by experts and successful farmers. 1 year of real farming experience required for job placement.

Qualified Farm Crew job applicants are passed on to local farms for hiring for the 2019 season with hourly wage ($11/hour and up) and work schedules determined by individual farms.
To learn more and apply, visit our website: 
https://sierraharvest.org/farmers/farm-crew/For more info, contact kalita@sierraharvest.org, (530) 913-5480

Responsibilities and Duties
Job responsibilities, work schedule, and wages will be determined by individual farms. Full and part time jobs are available. Job responsibilities vary by farm and may include all production aspects of commercial farms producing vegetables, fruit, flowers, eggs, milk and meat. Early mornings and inclement weather to be expected

Farm to Learn: Ag Skills Education
To complete the program, Farm Crew students must attend Ag Skills class every other week from May to November. These classes are taught on a variety of farms by local, farming professionals. Host-farm work schedules allow for class attendance. Learn more about the course here: https://sierraharvest.org/wp- content/uploads/2019/01/2018-Farm-Crew-Ag-Skills-Course-Calendar.pdf
With support from Sierra Harvest staff and feedback from host-farms, Farm Crew students set On-Farm Learning Objectives and track progress throughout the season. There are many learning opportunities on a farm and we want to ensure that students are able to focus on distinct areas of their choice.

Qualifications and Skills – Experience & Education: Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:
1) Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching,
2) Have spent at least 1 full season farming (interested applicants with less experience can apply for

a farm-internship through Sierra College. Contact kalita@sierraharvest.org for more info.)
3) Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation the entire 2019 season, 4) Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members,
5) Committed to independent learning.
6) A tuition fee (with payment plan) of $900 for the program includes placement into a paid farm
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Benefits
job, participation in the 15-class Ag production skills class, mentorship throughout the season and regular meetings to assess the season and set learning goals.
• Assistance finding farm employment on a sustainable farm. Pay range- $11/hour and up • 15, 3-hour classes focusing on various aspects of sustainable farming methods taught by
experienced local farmer owners.• Guidance and support to set and track on-farm learning objectives.• Exposure to a diversity of local farms and the opportunity to learn directly from the farmers
themselves.
• Have fun and network at Ag related social & community events.
• Exposure to a diversity of local farms and the opportunity to learn directly from the farmers themselves.
• Have fun and network at Ag related social & community events.

Farm Crew Ag Skills Course - Class Topics, 2019
  • Plant Propagation, Transplants and Green House Management
  • Field, Soil and Bed Preparation – Getting the Ground Ready for Planting
  • Best Practices in Row Crop Irrigation
  • How to Take a Soil Test and Interpret the Results
  • Ecological Weed Management, Cultivation and Direct Seeding
  • Diversified Farming: Livestock Integrated with Field Crops
  • Small Farm Machine Operation and Maintenance
  • Cover Crops and Soil Biology
  • Seed Production and Seed Saving
  • Crop Planning, Successions and Plant Rotations
  • Crop Season Extension Ideas
  • Permaculture
  • Biodynamics

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast for Commercial Farmers and Ranchers
Thursday, March 14th, 2019,  8:00 AM  to 10:30 AM Happy Apple Kitchen, 18532 Colfax Highway, Chicago Park
Come and meet other farmers and ranchers and talk about local agricultural issues.
We will have a farm labor expert, Bryan Little from Farm Employers Labor Service to answer your questions about hiring, managing, and following labor laws for farm workers.
Space is limited, so make your reservation soon! Reservations at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26870



Know someone who is thinking of starting a farm or ranch in Placer or Nevada County? Let them know about the
So you want to start a farm or ranch… class
Friday, March 15, 2019, 1:30 to 4:30 PM Placer Business Resource Center, 1000 Sunset Blvd, Suite 105, Rocklin
Thinking about starting a farm or ranch in Placer or Nevada County and wondering where to start?
Come and learn about available resources and assistance, things to consider in getting started, and get started planning your dream farm.
UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors Cindy Fake and Dan Macon lead the class.
Pre-Registration is required. Cost is $10 per person. Register at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26796. Space is limited, so sign up early.




Applications are open for Beginning Farming Academy
April 26th & 27th, 2019, UC Cooperative Extension Placer/Nevada
This is a 2-day intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch. If you are starting a small ag operation in the foothills, you should attend the Academy. Learn about assessing your resources and choosing products, the basics of market-driven farming, and economic tools. You will finish with an action plan for jump-starting your operation.
This seminar focuses on marketing, business, and economic planning for profitable small farms, not production. Local expert farmers and ranchers and UCCE Farm Advisors will help you refine your plans for your farm or ranch.
The Academy runs from 8 AM to 8 PM on Friday, and 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. Meal cost for the two days is $85.

The class is limited to 15 prospective producers. Apply at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26798 We will review applications in March and notify you of your status.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Farm-Hand Position at Flying V Farm

Info about Flying V Farm: Flying V Farm is a worker-owned, certified organic farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. We are four individuals who work to produce food in a way that nourishes our community, stewards the land and empowers workers. Through the success of our business, we strive to advance worker-ownership in agriculture in order to build a more socially and ecologically just rural economy. For more information visit: www.flyingvfarmca.com or e-mail us at info@flyingvfarmca.com
Job Description: Flying V Farm is looking to hire a part-time farm hand to work 8hrs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from May-October of 2019 to assist in the following roles:
-Harvest help:
● Harvesting produce from the field
● Packing produce in the packing station
● Organizing produce in the cooler
-Delivery:
● 2x/week running a delivery of produce to the Tahoe Food Hub in Penryn, outside of Auburn
-Sales at Farmers Market/ Farm Stand:
● Set-up/break-down of attractive produce display
● management of produce sales
● Engage with customers and give information about Flying V Farm
-Miscellaneous farm work:
● Weeding
● Seeding/propagation
● Planting
● Other miscellaneous farm tasks
Job Requirements:
The ideal candidate has experience in farming and/or demonstrates a strong interest in learning about organic production farming. This individual is reliable, responsive, motivated, and hopefully has a good sense of humor! We have a culture of communication and respect at Flying V and we hope to hire someone who shares similar values. In addition, all candidates must:
● Be able to lift 50lbs and work comfortably with their body. Farming is a very physically demanding job and often requires continuous lifting, squatting, bending and carrying in challenging weather conditions (heat and cold).
● Manage sales and monetary transactions.
● Valid drivers license. Experience driving a cargo van and manual car preferred but not required.
● Not required, but preferred--an interest in working cooperatively. We are a worker-owned and operated farm and we would like to hire employees with the hope that they will become candidates for membership/partnership at Flying V Farm.
Pay/benefits:
● $11-$14 based on experience
● Workers compensation.
● Flying V Farm Membership consideration after one year of work.
Next Steps:
Please e-mail a resume with two references in addition to a brief statement about your interest in agriculture and Flying V Farm to info@flyingvfarmca.com.

Friday, February 1, 2019


Monday, February 11, 2019


Greetings!
Meet produce buyers around the region and build new sales relationships with local grocers, produce distributors, restaurants and more at the Sacramento Meet the Buyers Tour! Get a head start on next season by establishing new relationships directly with buyers who care about sourcing locally and prepare for next season's plantings based on local market needs.

This tour is designed for beginning and small-medium sized farmers interested in expanding sales to organic and non-organic wholesale buyers. Topics covered on the tour will include buyer requirements for food safety certifications, packing and volume standards, and more. Priority will be given to farmers who are based in the following counties:

·    Butte
·    Yuba
·    Sutter
·    Yolo
·    Sacramento
·    Solano


Meet the Buyers Tour
Monday, February 11, 2019

Tour bus departs from two locations:

Chico
Bus departs at 7 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.
CSU Chico University Farm
311 Nicholas C Shouten Ln, Chico, CA 95928.

Woodland
Bus departs at 8:45 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
UCCE Capitol Corridor Office
70 Cottonwood Street Woodland, CA 95695.
Hop on a bus to tour Sacramento wholesale produce buyers to see their facilities and hear about their ordering and packing procedures.

Stops on the tour include General Produce, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, and Produce Express, with a lunchtime guest panel of speakers from Magpie Café and other farm-to-table restaurants (to be announced)
Lunch provided.


To register, click on one of the registration links above or contact Li Schmidt, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, at lnschmidt@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-7541.
Farmer-to-Farmer Breakfast: Planning for Operational Continuity when unforeseen events happen
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8-10:30 AM
Happy Apple Kitchen, Chicago Park

Join us for a delicious, home-made breakfast at the Happy Apple Kitchen and get to know other farmers and ranchers in our area. Enjoy a chance to relax and talk with other producers about farming and ranching issues. 

We will be talking about planning for operational continuity of your farm/ranch when illness, injury, death, or natural disasters happen.
Buffet breakfast.  Cost is $15 per person, and reservations are required.
Make your reservation at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26562 by noon on February 8, 2019.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Capay Mills, Yolo County’s premier (OK, only) registered, vertically integrated artisan flour mill, is looking for a part-time mill associate.

We need someone who can commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week, starting ASAP,  with the possibility of additional hours as orders grow (as they have been). Our shop is in beautiful downtown Esparto, 25 miles (35 minutes) from Davis. 

Capay Mills produces unique stone-ground flours from locally grown grain (mainly heirloom varieties), for exceptional bakeries, restaurants and retail customers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. We mill grain we grow ourselves, as well as by partner growers in Capay Valley and northern California. We are on track to increase our capacity significantly in the coming year.

The ideal candidate is interested in helping build a sustainable local grain economy, and ideally has experience or interest in artisan baking, bread-making, brewing, distilling or other grain-driven endeavors. You must be capable of lifting 60#, and can tolerate working in a dusty and fairly loud environment (breathing and hearing protection is provided). We offer the opportunity to engage as deeply as you’re interested in the local grain movement, from growing to milling to marketing.

Work days and schedule are flexible, though our normal production days are Tuesdays through Thursdays. 

In addition to milling production work, we are also looking for a market associate to represent Capay Mills at one or more of our farmers’ markets per month on Saturdays (Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, or Davis Farmers’ Market) and Sundays (Temescal Farmers’ Market, Oakland). 

Contact me at info@capaymills.com, putting “mill associate” in the subject line, and let me know what interests you about the position. 

Check us out on Instagram (capay_mills),  FB (@capaymills) and Twitter. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Soil Born Farms is seeking an Organic Farmer
Position requires a passion for educating young farmers and growing high-quality organic fruit and vegetables in an evolving regenerative production system. The ideal candidate must be able to clearly exhibit an understanding of the pace and work ethic required for successful production farming. They must also show a desire to learn, embrace challenges, and persist through setbacks. Download full job description here.

Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to Tyler Stowers, Farm Manager, at tstowers@soilborn.org.  Position open until filled.

Job Openings at Cloverleaf Farm

About the job.

Start date: March - May (flexible)
Compensation: $12-14/hr
Hourly expectations: Full and part-time positions available (20-55 hours/week)
Scheduling may vary with the season and is flexible depending on your availability.

Job responsibilities:
➳ Harvesting, sorting and packing fruit
➳ Annual fruit and vegetable production
➳ Caring for fruit trees
➳ Maintaining native-plant hedgerows
➳ Delivering wholesale and CSA orders (optional)
➳ Working farmers markets (optional) 
➳ Producing jams, fruit leathers, syrups, and salsas (optional)

Opportunities for advancement:
➳ Qualified and hardworking employees will be given an opportunity to apply to advance into a management role in the following year.

Required qualifications:
➳ Availability to work part to full-time March 1 - Sept 30 (flexible)
➳ Previous farming and/or commercial kitchen experience
➳ Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills
➳ Ability to work in groups and enthusiasm to cultivate a positive work environment 
➳ Ability to lift 50+ pounds
➳ Driver’s license and ability to commute to work 

Preferred qualifications:
➳ Flexibility in working weekends
➳ Previous experience with group decision-making processes
➳ Interest in a career in farming
➳ Experience in any of the following:
○ Wholesale or direct-to-consumer marketing
○ Social media or web development
○ Bookkeeping
○ Farm management (esp. blackberries, fruit trees and vegetables)
○ Crew management
○ Delivery coordination
○ Field equipment operation
○ Administrative tasks
○ Grant writing and management
○ Habitat restoration
○ Value-added product production or other kitchen experience

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 will 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 three partners -- Katie Fyhrie, Kaitlin Oki 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 several native-plant 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, farmers markets, 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 employee would be eligible to be a member-owner after the season, if desired.

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 applicationWe 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 Kaitlin at kaitlinoki@gmail.com.