Friday, March 22, 2019

Join the Sierra Harvest Farm Crew!


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: more info, contact, (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: 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 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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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
• 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

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 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 We will review applications in March and notify you of your status.