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Monday, July 28, 2014

New Lease Fact Sheets Available on California Farmlink website

Hello everyone,

We are excited to announce the release of some new lease fact sheets on our website.  In addition to posting a Sample Lease template, Farmlink has developed fact sheets that discuss the specifics of different types of leases, include Cash, Crop Share, Ground, and Lease-to-Own.

Please visit our website: http://www.californiafarmlink.org/resource-library

As always, California Farmlink would be delighted to provide technical assistance and act as a neutral third-party in lease negotiations and development.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tomorrow...Making IT Click: Choosing Appropriate Technology to Run Your Good Food Business

Hello everyone, 


I know its last minute, but I just found out about this and think its worth everyone's consideration. 


National Good Food Network Webinar

Making IT Click:
Choosing Appropriate Technology to Run Your Good Food Business

Thursday, July 24
3:30 - 4:45pm ET (12:30 - 1:45 PT)

Free! Register Now

Good Food businesses are complicated. There are many types of exchanges that a business must track accurately, including money, food, plans, etc. And there are a large number of constituents that need to these goods or information - growers, buyers, consumers, drivers, and warehouse personnel to name a few.

In the 21st century, we must use software to ensure all pieces of our business are accurately served. But how do you choose the right technology to help run your business? A solution that does not fit your business could well cost a lot of money, and worse, lost productivity.

The first step in choosing the right solution is a deep understanding of your own business. With the right analysis you can make technology choices with greater speed, and with confidence. This webinar will give you the tools to perform an accurate analysis of your business technology needs. Although the presentation will focus on food hubs (arguably one of the more complicated Good Food businesses, as a "middle man" interacting with all pieces of the food system), the same theories apply to ALL businesses.
 

Reserve your spot - click here

Monday, July 21, 2014

NEW LISTING: 10 Acres in Humboldt County!

I just posted this exciting opportunity on our website and wanted to share it all with you!


HUMBOLDT #2049
The basically flat fields lay next to a small river . The land has been fallow for over 50 years. Historically it had been dry farmed and produce was shipped out of the area.
Our vision is to bring this land back into fertile farm land with the aid of sheep rotation and cover crops etc. There is enough land to begin that and do a small market farm.
We are seeking: A motivated farmer with experience who is looking for a beautiful place to ply their trade. Animal (Sheep/Cow) knowledge & experience also.

We know it would be a lot of work. Our motivation is that we want to see this land come into production. We can offer a very good deal to the right person.

If you're interested in this opportunity, please follow the instructions on our website here. Best of luck in your land search!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Learn from Industry Experts How to Control Your Irrigation & Rising Energy Costs!

Free Open Forum on Irrigation Efficiency and PG&E’s Aggregated Metering (NEMA) Rate Tariff for Solar Energy

Expert panelists will answer your questions on irrigation energy efficiency measures, the benefits of aggregated metering to go solar and local finance options available.

When: Thursday July 24th 9:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Fresno State University, Center for Irrigation Technology,
Conference Room, 5370 N Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA
Southeast corner of Chestnut and Barstow
RSVP Today: info@agwellsolar.com or (559) 512-0358 – Hurry, Space is Limited


http://www.agwellsolar.com/events/nema-forum/

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Farmers Campaign from the Farmers Guild!

Free Farmers Campaign from the Farmers Guild

Our friends at the Farmers Guild have launched a campaign they're calling "Free Farmers." Their intention is to simply start a dialogue that gives direct and individual voice to producers about the food movement and what they envision, struggle with, or need to succeed. They hope that through this opportunity people--whether agricultural policy-makers or just average consumers--will obtain a broad understanding of the circumstances of the many people who grow their food. No sales or lobbying, just personal statements from farmers about farming and about food. 

Here's the link with more info and instructions:
http://www.farmersguild.org/free-farmers.html

As for what kinds of statements they're looking for, it's totally up to interpretation and they encourage diverse perspectives. So far, they've gotten everything from "free farmers set their own prices" to "free farmers eat the food they grow" and even "free farmers get to take a vacation", in addition to more politically-leaning statements. Up to you. Have fun!

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Summer Dinner and Celebration - Sunol Ag Park, July 19th!

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Summer Dinner and Celebration
Saturday, July 19
At the Sunol AgPark

Please join us to celebrate our region’s beginning farmers and ranchers and the future of agriculture in the Bay Area. This gathering will celebrate the successes of our new producers and will also acknowledge the support of our farm and ranch mentors and agricultural community in working to help agriculture thrive. As SAGE, the ACRCD and UC Berkeley close out our first Beginning Farmer and Rancher Grant Program activities, we hope this celebration will help build new relationships, deepen community and strengthen regional, sustainable agriculture. 

For more info click here!

Terra Bella Farm in Pleasanton is Hiring a Farm Manager!


Farm Manager
Terra Bella Family Farm
Pleasanton, CA. Contact: Shawn 925.202.8020
Job Summary
The Farm Manager will help teach, motivate and lead a field crew of 4-6 
employees through the completion of various daily farm tasks. The Farm 
Manager will help design and implement innovative systems to maximize 
production of vegetables, fruit, herbs, nursery plants and other products. 
The Manager will also direct the maintenance of soil health and fertility, 
farm infrastructure, irrigation systems and equipment. 
Key Responsibilities
The Farm Manager will have the following responsibilities:
• Production planning
• Implementation of production plans
• Continuous improvement of soil health and fertility
• Harvest schedules
• Post-harvest handling
• Supervision of farm team
• Implementation and maintenance of Good Agricultural Practices
• Compliance with Food Safety requirements and regulations
• Report preparation
• Coordination of production and operational logistics 
• Sales and Marketing operations

Organizational Role and Supervisor

The Farm Manager will manage the 3 acre Ag Park Parcel, including the 
farm and greenhouse. The Farm Manager must be posses extraordinary 
communication as well as organizational skills in order to meet and 
exceed our farms goals. The Farm Manager will report directly to the 
farm Owner.

Skills and Qualifications

The Farm Manager will have either (a) a Bachelor’s degree in food studies 
or a related field, plus a minimum of two years experience in farming and 
farm production, or (b) a minimum of four years of experience in farming 
and farm production, including at least one year of farm management. 
This experience should include some greenhouse production. The 
Manager ideally will have knowledge and skill in the use maintenance of 
farm equipment, including tractors, discs, cultivators and other farm 2
equipment and implements. The Manager must have strong 
communication & leadership skills as well as the ability to inspire others 
to do high quality work. The Farm Manager must have a valid California 
driver’s license insurable by any insurance carrier. The Farm Manager 
must have the ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

Company Overview

Terra Bella Family Farm has been farming in the far East Bay for 7 years 
now. Our farm is located in the fertile Sunol Valley, just north east of 
Fremont and just south of Pleasanton. Our business has expanded and 
contracted over the years from 2 to 5 to 7 now back to 3 acres of 
intensive plantings of cucurbits, nightshades, greens and herbs. We 
have a 120-200 Member CSA Program and participate in 4 Farmers 
Markets during the peak season. We also sell to 10 restaurants and 4 
grocery store. We have a successful business based on growing 
seasonal, certified organic, super local high quality unique varietals of 
familiar crop and marketing it all to our local communities.  Our 
enterprise helps facilitate community benefits including healthy soil, 
healthy food, and healthy people with a vital stake in their own 
community.  We are gearing up for an amazing season and want a Farm 
Manager that can join our team and continue growing our farm to it’s full 
potential.
Location
505 Paloma Way Sunol, CA. 94586

Type of Employment

The position is a full-time position. Starting in June and tapering of in 
late December. Potential Partnership Opportunities Welcome.
Salary and Benefits
The salary is fully negotiable according to skill set and years of 
experience.
For more information and/or to set up an interview please call:
Shawn Seufert
 925.202.8020