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. 



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

California Farmer Hemp Workshop, January 14

January 14, 2019
Are you a California farmer considering a test plot or getting started with hemp in 2019?
Please join us for morning workshop, a few hemp farmers and others sharing their personal experiences in the field and working with hemp. This will be a farmer friendly and kickoff to more learning and research. We want to help you become educated and prepared to make informed decisions for your farm and family.
Topics to be discussed: 
Your Hemp Business Plan - "if" you are successful with the crop, what are the cost, what is the value, how much could your farm make? What are the risks and unexpected points of failure? How do you make some sense out of all the hype and rumors?
Industrial Hemp - types and uses
Hemp Farming - Soil, Irrigation, Seeds & Clones, Planting, Crop Management, IPM, Traditional & Organic Methods, Harvesting, Prep for Processing, Sale of Biomass
Regulations - Federal, State and Local
If you have questions we will try to have some answers. If we don't have the answers, we will do our best to help you find them.