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    Camp Tawonga is a children's summer camp located in the Sierra Mountains on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park. Camp's mission is to build positive self-esteem, create a cooperative community, build appreciation for nature, and foster positive Jewish identity and spirituality. Our outstanding staff includes people with both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds. The Garden Coordinator at Tawonga is a 6-month, paid position from mid-April to mid-October. Responsibilities include growing an organic garden, approximately 1/3 acre; caring for farm animals including goats, chickens and pigs; leading creative garden programs for children aged 7-17; and teaching about ecology, food systems, and Jewish connections to nature. Applicants must be 21+ years of age with significant gardening/farming experience, educational and/or creative programming experience, and experience working with children. Salary is $230/wk plus room and board, more DOE. To apply, visit www.tawonga.org. For more information, contact Becca Meyer at becca@tawonga.org or 415-543-2267.

    Name: 
    Rebecca Meyer
    Phone: 
    415-543-2267
    City: 
    San Francisco
    State/Province: 
    California

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    Riverhill Farm is now accepting applications for three full-time farm employees for the 2016 season. Riverhill Farm is a thriving, economically successful twenty-acre farm at the end of a dead end road just three miles from the town of Nevada City. The farm is perched on the last level terrain before a 1,500 drop into the canyon of the Yuba River.
    Nevada City is a thriving center for arts and music and alternative lifestyle in our region. For a small town, it has a remarkable degree of depth and community, and is wonderfully supportive of small farms and local economy. Most of our produce is sold within ten miles of the farm, and all is sold within the county.
    We pride ourselves on the quality of our produce, the beauty of our farm, and our relationship with our community. We are a small, tight-knit group working together to bring beautiful produce to our community, and to enhance the lives of our community through healthy food, a healthy and diverse ecosystem, and by maintaining a farm that is open to the public. Many of our customers have children that have grown up coming to our farm, and those weekly visits to our farm stand encourage a deeper understanding and experience of our dependence on a healthy environment as well as an appreciation for the quality of good, tasty food.
    Over the fifteen years that we've been in business, we've constantly adapted to enhance the economic, environmental and social viability of the farm. We've developed many systems and made many choices about what we grow for the farm to be economically viable and for the work load to be balanced, manageable and productive. As farm owners, we are fully engaged in the process and products of the farm, and we personally attend all of our farmers' markets in order to maintain a strong relationship with our customers and with our community.
    We cultivate 10 acres of certified organic mixed vegetables and perennial berries. Our markets include two farmers’ markets, our farm stand at the farm which includes u-pick berries, our local natural foods co-op, and restaurants. We sell our produce direct to customers through our innovative Friend of the Farm program. More information about our Friend of the Farm program and other features of the farm can be found on our website at www.riverhillfarm.com, and you can find photos of the farm via the Riverhill Farm Facebook page and on Instagram @alan_haight and @riverhillfarmers.
    The term of employment is March 1st through November 18th. End dates are flexible, but preference will be given to applicants that are able to commit to a specific term of employment in advance of their start date. Employees are paid hourly for a forty hour work week Monday through Friday and, in rotation with the rest of the crew, one farmers’ market per month on a Saturday.
    Together with the farm owners and farm manager, all farm employees at Riverhill Farm work to fulfill the core responsibilities of running a successful farm:
    • Propagation house production of transplants;
    • Care of transplants, including thinning, irrigation and fertilization;
    • Field planting;
    • Field cultivation and weeding;
    • Drip installation and irrigation management;
    • Pruning, trellising and other crop maintenance activities;
    • Harvesting and packing;
    • Record keeping;
    • Farm stand and farmers’ market sales;
    • End of season preparations for winter, including cover cropping.
    The preferred applicant will have at least 1-2 years of experience in agricultural production and be able to demonstrate increasing responsibility over time. An applicant should be internally motivated to help operate a diversified organic production system, and be able to work independently with close attention to quality and detail.
    Applicants should be energetic, physically fit and without significant physical limitation. In order to be considered for employment, applicants should be able to demonstrate experience and knowledge in one or more of these areas: organic seedling production, vegetable crop production and management, cane berry production and management, general organic production practices, and experience in direct sales of farm products. Familiarity with farm machinery and equipment operations is a plus but not required.
    As farmers, we hold values at the core of our stewardship of the farm. These values influence our decision-making process, scale of operation, day to day management, relationship to our community, and more. Riverhill Farm is a naturally beautiful and biologically vibrant farm, and we want to enhance, not diminish that vibrancy. Through preservation of natural features of the farm and the maintenance of perennial hedgerows and other flowering plants, through planting of marginal areas and the encouragement of native vegetation, we endeavor to preserve and enhance the abundant wildlife that considers this to be home while also benefitting from the ecosystem services this diversity can provide the production of food at the farm.
    Since we stopped selling our produce through weekly subscription box CSA five years ago, we have strived to farm smarter, not bigger, and enhance the economic viability of the farm through crop and variety selection, effective marketing, high yield productivity, annual evaluation and planning, and attention to the quality of the produce we market. These efforts have resulted in making Riverhill Farm an economically viable and stable small farm model, and ensure that Riverhill Farm will remain a meaningful part of this community for years to come.
    We endeavor to maintain a face to face relationship with our customers. Whether at the farmers’ markets we attend or during deliveries to the co-op and restaurants, we work to know our customers and their preferences, provide them with consistent and reliable service, and meet their needs not just for high quality produce but for relationship. We provide our customers with produce availability, recipes and more through our weekly email newsletter, and encourage our customers to become regular shoppers and good eaters of local food.
    The preferred applicant must make a commitment for the term of one season, and will be given preference if he or she is competent to take on increased responsibility for farm operations and management over time, including staying on for multiple years. Areas of increased responsibility include production planning and management, irrigation management, tractor work, and yearly planning.
    Housing is available, and pay is commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a detailed letter of interest and a complete resume, including at least three farm-related references to alan@riverhillfarm.com.

    Name: 
    Alan Haight
    Phone: 
    530-263-1886
    City: 
    Nevada City
    State/Province: 
    California

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  • 12/18/15--15:41: Farm Manager
  • Full Time, year round, exempt
    Salary Range: $42,000-$63,000
    Position Summary:
    High Mowing Organic Seeds is looking for a highly organized, experienced and technically minded organic grower to design and manage all aspects of our multi-site farm operation. The ideal candidate must be positive, hard working, energetic and enjoy working collaboratively with others. This position reports directly to the General Manager and is a key leadership position in the company.
    The key elements of this role include management and development of current farm lead positions and crew as well as crop rotation design, soil testing and improvement, plasticulture production, irrigation, disease and pest planning. The Farm Manager must have a deep curiosity about new techniques that lead to practical improvements in farm processes. This role will manage over 30 acres of vegetable seed production and research plots as well as an additional 100+ acres of cover crops and fields for rotation and future expansion.
    The Farm Manager has oversight of stock seed production and commercial seed production and will collaborate closely with our Contract Manager to ensure seed production meets quality standards and contract terms. This role will lead production of our research trials, vendor evaluations, market trials and breeding plots to support Product Development, Sales, Marketing and Breeding goals.
    The Farm Manager will lead, mentor and develop teams responsible for planning and field work in a farm environment that includes numerous greenhouses, screen houses and many isolated fields within a 7 mile radius. This role will be responsible for developing and maintaining a culture of innovation and performance excellence on the farm.
    Our farm is essential to our success and we seek an experienced individual to develop our team, improve our operations and ensure our leadership in organic seed development and production.
    Reports to: General Manager
    Responsibilities:
    • Lead, mentor and develop teams responsible for planning and field work in seed production, trials, breeding and equipment management
    • Oversee soil testing and nutrient management, crop rotations, and disease, insect, and weed management plans
    • Develop and manage irrigation, plasticulture, greenhouse and screen house planning and operations
    • Work with our Quality Control team to develop and implement field based practices that enhance yields and seed quality
    • Detailed record keeping of all aspects of the farm operation; manage multiple annual certification processes
    • Coordinate with colleagues in Contract Purchasing, Marketing, Product Development, Sales and Breeding to deliver on agreed goals for production and trialing
    • Manage all resources of the farm – people, soils, crops, equipment, budget – toward the highest level of efficiency and quality possible
    • Research new techniques, equipment and technologies to improve the ecological and economic performance of the farm operation (including making data-driven forecasts for ROI of capital projects)
    • Maintain research, trial and production fields to a high standard of excellence
    • Lead farm planning and design toward long-term economic and ecological success
    • Present proposals for alterations or construction of new infrastructure to meet the farms’ goals
    • Develop and manage financial budgets and forecasts; communicate financial performance
    • Some travel required
    • Other tasks and projects as identified and needed
    Qualifications:
    • Strong practical foundation in production agriculture and agronomic sciences with 5 or more years experience managing organic farming with multiple vegetable crops, grains and fruits
    • Uses yield and cost tracking to maximize farm performance and enjoys farm logistics planning and management
    • Proven collaborative leader who relishes developing others
    • In depth understanding of weed, pest, disease and nutrient issues and multiple organic farming techniques
    • Familiarity with the use and operation of diverse vegetable farming equipment
    • Proven ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities and meet goals
    • Consistently tackles issues as they arise and trains a team to do the same
    • A lively sense of humor
    • Exceptional project management and communication skills
    • Bachelors degree in Ag. Business, Horticulture, Agronomy or related agricultural or science based field, with a Masters degree preferred
    • Experience designing and implementing sustainable and ecologically advanced farming methods
    • Ability to plan ahead and to look at the whole picture
    We here at High Mowing Organic Seeds believe that organic seeds are the most powerful vehicle for positive change in our world and we strive to support that change through innovation, growth and collaboration. We care about the earth, each other and what we do and are looking for a farming professional that shares our vision.
    To apply: Email resume, cover letter, and references to jobs@highmowingseeds.com
    Please put the job title in the subject line. No phone calls please.

    City: 
    Wolcott
    State/Province: 
    Vermont

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    The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is hiring a Field Production Site Manager. See the job summary and qualifications, below.
    For information on specific job duties and to apply, see the UCSC Employment site, www.ucsc.edu/about/employment.html. Click on the Staff Employment link and choose Search Postings (in the upper left-hand bar). Enter the job number #1506074. Select “View” under the Job Title: Field Site Manager to see details.
    The initial review date for the position is January 5, 2016.
    Summary
    The Field Production Site Manager will join a team of experienced farmers and gardeners and assume primary responsibility for day-to-day operations of the CASFS Farm, a highly complex diversified agricultural system. These include crop planning for the field site production as well as marketing and sales management of produce for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Along with the other site managers, the incumbent shares responsibility for wholesale, farm cart and dining hall production; tillage and cultivation systems; irrigation infrastructure and function; and ecological stewardship of the overall 30-acre farm site.
    For the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture (AEH), the Field Production Site Manager will participate in the AEH apprentice selection committee, curriculum meetings, policy meetings, and apprenticeship orientation sessions as well as mentor and supervise second-year apprentices in all aspects of field production and management, including irrigation and marketing. The incumbent will plan and coordinate daily work and learning activities for first-year apprentices that fulfill core curricular goals of experiential education in the AEH.
    The incumbent will play a key role in maintaining a safe and orderly public farm. The incumbent will create a safe environment where a diverse group of participants can prosper. The Field production site manager also supports learning by degree-program students, including undergraduates and graduate students.
    Qualifications / Competencies
    Graduation from college with a degree in an agriculturally related field or one year of supervisory experience in farming operations or an equivalent combination of education, farming and teaching experience.
    Demonstrated working knowledge of agroecological principles and organic farming systems including: soil fertility, tillage, composting, irrigation, crop planning and crop rotation, direct sowing and transplanting, water conservation strategies, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest handling.
    2.5 equivalent years of tractor driving experience (equates to a minimum 500 hours of tractor operation).
    Knowledge in the use and maintenance of mid-sized farm tractors and the range of implements suited to row crop production.
    Knowledge of the safe and effective use and maintenance of small engine equipment such as chainsaws, mowers and weed whackers.
    Ability to demonstrate interpersonal skills to communicate verbally and in writing in a professional manner to diverse populations, including students, faculty, staff, university administrators, farmers and vendors.
    Skills in record keeping, using a computer in a professional environment, including word processing and spreadsheets.
    Effective leadership and team management skills.
    Ability to balance the dual responsibilities of teaching and production on a working demonstration and education farm.
    Interest and experience in furthering social justice in food systems.
    Experience teaching in an applied agricultural setting.
    Demonstrated ability to meet the needs of all students and to create an environment, in both the classroom and fields, where all participants are valued and given the opportunity to prosper.
    Preferred Qualifications / Competencies
    Ability to communicate in Spanish, or another language both verbally and in writing.
    Demonstrated working knowledge of the food system, labor and immigration issues, food access, food justice and food sovereignty and the ability to facilitate dialogue and reflection on these subjects with CASFS' various audiences.

    City: 
    Santa Cruz
    State/Province: 
    California

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    For sale: MCIA Certified Organic Cover Crop radish seed. Available in 50 lb bags, as well as pallet loads. Over 97% germination, Seed purity test available. Call for pricing info or any questions!

    Name: 
    Ryan
    Phone: 
    507.220.1036
    City: 
    Lamberton
    State/Province: 
    Minnesota

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  • 01/05/16--11:43: Farm Manager
  • Join our team of talented farmers! The 47th Ave Farm has 20 years of experience running a year-round CSA and selling to local award winning restaurants. We are super hard working, committed to continuous improvement and serious about growing great food sustainably and profitably. We are looking for a full time year round Farm Manager who shares our vision and wants to help lead the team.
    The Farm Manager is primarily responsible for organic vegetable production at our 12 acre Luscher Farm site near Portland, Oregon. The Farm Manager will lead a team of 8-10 people including Assistant Managers and seasonal workers and be responsible for meeting production and organizational goals at the farm. At least 3 years experience managing in an organic production system is required. The ideal candidate also has strong leadership & communication skills, a flexible decision making style, is very organized, likes to work hard and loves farming!
    You will find the complete job description on our website http://www.47thavefarm.com/jobs-at-the-farm/

    Name: 
    Laura Masterson
    City: 
    Portland
    State/Province: 
    Oregon

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    Kingsburg Citrus Ranch Management Co. is looking to expand its Organic Farm management acres in the Kings and Tulare counties. Call Bruce 661-213-6754 or e-mail kcr@atginternet.com
    See website at www.kingsburgcitrusranch.com

    Name: 
    Bruce F. Kelsey
    Phone: 
    661-213-6754
    City: 
    McFarland
    State/Province: 
    California

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    Permanent irrigated pasture, fescue, rye, orchardgrass, with clover.
    Clean, dry storage.
    Tight 3–string bales.
    1st cutting - $18/bale
    2nd cutting - $20/bale
    Call for bulk pricing.

    Name: 
    Gina
    Email: 
    Phone: 
    707-354-3991
    City: 
    Potter Valley
    State/Province: 
    California

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  • 01/11/16--13:56: Seeking Botanical Gardener
  • Seeking a Botanical gardener for a retreat in the Santa Monica Mountains
    Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience
    Employment Type: full time
    A well-established retreat in the Santa Monica Mountains is seeking an experienced botanical gardener with exceptional knowledge of caring for a large diversity of landscape plants, vegetables and fruit trees.
    Requirements:
    • Must be organized, dependable and exceptionally passionate about your work.
    • Degree in horticulture or at least 5 years experience.
    • Able to assess plant health and needs according to organic growing practices.
    • Experience with drip & sprinkler irrigation systems. (maintenance, repair & installation)
    • Experience with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and organic remedies for pest and disease issues.
    • Experience with pruning ornamental and edible shrubs, fruit trees and herbaceous plants.
    • Knowledge and experience in biodynamics, permaculture, and native plants of Southern California
    • Knowledge of herbs and wild edibles
    • Bi-lingual ( English & Spanish)
    • Computer literate
    Please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your compensation history; salary range/or hourly rate.

    Name: 
    Nina Curtis
    Phone: 
    310-612-4219
    City: 
    Malibu
    State/Province: 
    California

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    The Sales & Merchandising Field Representative (SMFR) acts as an Ambassador of Veritable Vegetable, our mission, culture and policies. The SMFR builds relationships with identified accounts to increase customer loyalty and satisfaction and grows Veritable Vegetable’s business. The SMFR works closely with Sales Director and Account Managers, Marketing and Purchasing staff.
    RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Utilize questioning and observation skills to build understanding of customer’s business challenges and growth potential.
    In collaboration with Sales Account Manager, proactively identify strategies for adding value to the customer’s business (i.e. merchandising, new product introductions, staff training and promotions). Gain customer support and implement agreed upon strategies.
    Measure and report on results of implemented strategies.
    Assist customer in planning and forecasting to improve sales and profitability, reduce shrink and accommodate business growth.
    Develop merchandising expertise and tools (i.e. best practices, sample ideas and plans) for the customer to use to enhance produce displays and increase sales and profitability.
    Support customer events through attendance and arranging for appropriate Veritable Vegetable resources.
    Develop comprehensive understanding of the competitive landscape, market conditions, and market trends.
    Provide competitive information and insight on customer and consumer trends to Sales Account Managers, Marketing and Purchasing departments.
    Represent the voice of the customer in the development of new marketing materials.
    Support identification and integration of new accounts to ensure smooth transition into Veritable Vegetable and attainment of planned account goals.
    Implement safety procedures to ensure compliance with food safety and general safety best practices (i.e. FSMA, GHP, and OSHA standards).
    Keep abreast of professional and technical knowledge such as merchandising strategies, customer relationship management (CRM) trends, through educational opportunities; reading professional publications; participating in professional organizations and attending conferences
    ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:
    Appreciation for the principles of sustainable agriculture and the value of organic produce.
    Strong orientation for building customer satisfaction; actively look for ways to build business.
    Thorough understanding of consumer buying behaviors including how shoppers flow through produce departments.
    Understand specific display requirements of various produce items.
    Think strategically and systematically.
    Use logic, reasoning, research and creativity to identify and solve problems.
    Self-motivated to determine tasks, priorities and goals.
    Taking responsibility for work outcomes and results.
    Being responsible for the health and safety of others and safe handling of product.
    Work well collaboratively across departments and independently.
    Strong working knowledge of produce and seasonality.
    Knowledge and understanding of independent and cooperative community based retailer.
    QUALIFICATIONS:
    2 years combined retail organic produce merchandising and sales experience. Outside sales experience a plus.
    Knowledge of produce varieties and seasonality.
    Comfortable with office applications: Word, Excel, Outlook and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications.
    Must have a valid driver’s license and be an insurable driver.
    Job responsibilities will be performed primarily off-site and will involve overnight travel approximately 1 week per month; travel time may include nights and weekends.
    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
    Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. without assistance.
    Must be able to stand, walk, bend and perform a variety of other physical functions on a consistent basis.
    Must be able to follow safety procedures (i.e. proper lifting techniques, knife handling).

    Name: 
    Nanette Viellieu
    Phone: 
    415-832-9024
    City: 
    San Francisco
    State/Province: 
    California

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    Job Title: Farm Manager
    Program: Food Production and Farming Education – American River Ranch
    Reports To: Co-Director
    Farm & Organization Background
    Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project is a non-profit educational farm in Sacramento, California. Our programs focus on promoting health and providing experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults, producing healthy food, improving access to healthy food for all and modeling land and environmental stewardship. Beyond producing healthy, certified organic produce for our CSA members and local stores, restaurants, a weekly farm stand and farmer’s markets, Soil Born Farms has also developed several innovative education and food access programs in partnership with area schools and non-profit agencies.
    The American River Ranch, a 55-acre historic ranch located within the American River Parkway, is the permanent home of Soil Born Farms. It provides a wonderfully diverse landscape to engage both youth and adults in hands-on activities that educate and connect them with the natural world, healthy food, healthy eating, job and life skills, hard work, and service opportunities. The American River Ranch also provides the opportunity to expand the production of vegetables and fruit to meet the needs of more Sacramento residents, particularly those in underserved neighborhoods with little or no access to fresh, nutritious food. Current acreage of the American River Ranch includes 5 acres of perennial fruit plantings, 5 acres of annual vegetable crops, and 3 acres of irrigated pasture. This acreage will double in the next two years including an additional 10 acres currently being converted to restored creek habitat.
    Job Summary
    The Farm Manager has a passion for our organic farming, farming education and environmental stewardship goals. He/she works closely with the Field Manager, farm staff, other educators and Co-Directors to oversee development and management of the American River Ranch into a dynamic educational farm for beginning farmers and the visiting public. The Farm Manager has strong experience in all the primary aspects of a diversified farm operation including irrigation system management, orchard management, vegetable production, animal management, organic system plans management (OSP), tractor operation and bed preparation and staff management. Main duties include providing oversight and supervision of other farm staff, assisting in planning and on-going hands-on instruction for beginning farmers, managing site fertility, managing irrigation systems, managing site infrastructure development including addition of new production fields and overseeing all animal management (Currently includes 100 chickens, 8 ruminants, and two breeding pairs of heritage pigs). The farm manager is also expected to manage regular office related tasks necessary for overall farm education, operations, budgeting, scheduling and other farm logistics. These combined duties require that the farm manager must be technically experienced and a team player who thrives on sharing their knowledge with other beginning farmers and visitors.
    Hours and Compensation
     Between 40-50 hours a week including weekends and some evenings.
     Salary Range: Depends on experience.
     90% medical, dental and vision benefits. Includes agreed upon annual PTO accrual.
    Key Responsibilities
     Soil Management (primary tillage, cultivation, weed control, fertility, etc.)
     Orchard Management (pruning, fertility, IPM, harvest and quality control)
     Pasture Management (utilizing rotation of grazing animals)
     Irrigation System Management (pump, filters, valves, etc.)
     Ranch Expansion (expanding orchard, pasture, and annual ground acreage)
     Assist Field Manager in vegetable production operations as needed.
     Farm Administration: staff management, scheduling, budgeting, annual organic inspection, crop
    planning assistance.
     Beginning Farmer education/supervision and public instruction
     Assisting on events as needed (all staff)
    Experience & Skills Required
     A minimum of five years of organic farming experience
     Knowledge of sustainable agricultural systems
     Ability to operate a tractor and a variety of implements
     Ability to maintain organized records and files
     Ability to work quickly, multi-task and be flexible on a daily basis
     CSA program coordination and farm stand/farmers market experience a plus
     Ability to manage time and people
     Good communication skills and a positive attitude
     Ability to lift 50#
     Ability to work in all weather conditions and especially heat
     Strong leadership skills.
    Note: Possible rental housing bordering farm currently available (3 bedroom and 2 bath).
    Please email cover letter, resume, and two references to project Co-Director Shawn Harrison at sharrison@soilborn.org

    Name: 
    Shawn Harrison
    City: 
    Sacramento
    State/Province: 
    California

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    Scheduling Manager & General Farmer's Market Manager positions are available.
    Requirements:
    Management experience
    Excellent organizational skills and self-motivation
    Good written and verbal communication with employees, customers and management team
    Ability to work as a team and work independently
    Professional demeanor
    Able to and interested in working efficiently and quickly
    Able and willing to work full days of physically demanding tasks. These may be repetitive and strenuous, with occasional heavy lifting (up to 50lbs) and bending, kneeling, etc.
    Experience with farming or horticulture work is preferred but not required
    Familiar with organic produce, farmer’s markets, farm to table
    Desirable:
    Bilingual
    Experience working with produce and knowledge of farmer’s markets
    Ability to work flexible schedule
    About the farm:
    Happy Boy Farms has been growing organic produce for sale at farmer’s markets, Bay Area restaurants and retailers for well over a decade. Everyone working at Happy Boy Farms strives to produce the best tasting and freshest produce possible. We believe strongly in maintaining a genuine farm-to-community connection and find that all the hard work of growing and bringing food to the public is incredibly rewarding and inspiring.

    Please email a cover letter and a resume of previous employment and references to sales@happyboyfarms.com. Indicate in your cover letter which management position you are interested in. We will send a more detailed job description and application upon receiving your cover letter and resume. We’re really excited you’re interested in Happy Boy Farms and we look forward to talking soon!

    Name: 
    Greg Beccio
    City: 
    Watsonville
    State/Province: 
    California

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  • 01/13/16--16:57: New Roots Farm Coordinator
  • The International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City is looking for a Farm Coordinator who knows the day-to-day challenge of vegetable production. But just as crucial, we’re looking for an enthusiastic somebody who could see themselves as a mentor, teacher and guide for the 20+ refugee farmers who work the urban incubator farm we manage. In this full-time year round position you’d be working for our New Roots farming program and managing vegetable production from the early spring through the fall. Then, after mid-October, you’d help craft and teach classroom workshops on production, marketing, record-keeping and all the other nuts and bolts that make farm businesses successful. You’d also be critical to expanding New Roots onto additional sites and into the lives of new participants. Follow this link for additional information: http://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1.... To apply please submit your resume and a brief cover letter that includes why you are interested in working with a training program for refugee and immigrant farmers, a summary of your agriculture experience, and your salary requirements and timeline for starting a new position.

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    Name: 
    Grace Henley
    City: 
    Salt Lake City
    State/Province: 
    Utah

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    Ranch Manager needed. Must have experience handling and managing livestock, building and maintaining fences, and general farm maintenance. Must be able to lift 50+ lbs and manage the day-to-day operations of the ranch.
    Happy Hens Farm is a 230 acre ranch in Petaluma raising pastured poultry and pork and grass-fed beef, lamb and goat.
    Please note that this position requires that you live on-site at the ranch. This is not negotiable.

    Name: 
    Patricia Sullivan
    Phone: 
    707-694-0071
    City: 
    Petaluma
    State/Province: 
    California

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  • 01/20/16--09:42: Organic Tuberose Bulbs
  • Deliciously scented, August blooming, cold-hardy lily bulbs available.
    Can tolerate occasional dips in temp down to 24* F, and can be left in the ground all winter.
    They love heat, happy with temps in 90’s-100*. Though, due to being shallow rooted they will need ample water. I dig them up every 4 years due to bulb crowding and division needs, they are prolific. I place them 6” apart, and 4 lines down our bedtops.
    $1./bulb plus shipping. Or if you respond by 1/19/16 I can bring them to Eco Farm.
    I will sell and ship bulbs through March 2016, 50 bulb minimum.
    Due to market exclusion preference, I only sell bulbs to regions that do not sell to the SF Bay area. Sorry neighbors.

    Name: 
    Heidi Herrmann
    Phone: 
    707-548-6061
    City: 
    Sonoma County
    State/Province: 
    California

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    Kingsburg Citrus Ranch Management Company is a farm management company in Delano, CA farming approximately 600 acres of organic citrus. We are looking for interested parties who need an experienced organic farm manager to manage their organic citrus in Kern and Tulare counties. Call Bruce at 661-213-6754 or e-mail kcr@atginternet.com
    See website at www.kingsburgcitrusranch.com.

    Name: 
    Bruce F. Kelsey
    Phone: 
    661-213-6754
    City: 
    McFarland
    State/Province: 
    California

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  • 01/25/16--17:05: Cold & Dry Storage
  • Year round storage space available for various organic commodities. Controlled atmosphere and temperature settings available. Pest control, room sanitation, and room maintenance are included. Located in the Central Valley off of Freeway 99. Call Jeff at 559.834.5307 or email jeff@simonianfruit.com

    Name: 
    Jeff
    Phone: 
    559-834-5307
    City: 
    Fowler
    State/Province: 
    California

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    We are searching for 1-3 acres close to Santa Cruz that we can grow chili peppers on during this upcoming spring season. Our requirements are that the land have a reliable water source, good soil, and lots of sun (peppers like it hot). A housing option is an added bonus! We hope to enter into a crop share with the property owner but are open to other arrangements as well. For more information about our new business please visit www.firetonguefarm.com.

    Name: 
    Levon Minassian
    City: 
    Santa Cruz
    State/Province: 
    California

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    Say Hay Farms produces certified organic pastured eggs and mixed vegetables on 50 acres in Esparto, CA. In our sixth year of production, we are now seeking a person with mechanical expertise and irrigation knowledge to perform most of our tractor work and irrigation duties.
    Job Title: Tractor-Irrigation Specialist
    Works directly with Owner.
    DUTIES
    1) Performs all tractor work, including activities and implements associated with: primary and secondary tillage, mechanical planting, cultivation, plastic mulching, harvest platform and harvest conveyor.
    2) Performs regular maintenance and inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning.
    3) Installs, operates, and monitors all irrigation activities.
    4) Records irrigation information using soil-monitoring probes, meters, and spreadsheets.
    5) Researches and implements procedural or equipment changes for greater efficiency and productivity.
    6) Works safely and monitors safety of fellow employees around equipment.
    7) Assists in vegetable and chicken operations as available.
    8) Operate a forklift in and around our packing shed.
    9) Depending upon experience, may assist owner with equipment repairs and fabrication.
    QUALIFICATIONS
    1) Minimum 3 full years of experience on a for-profit diversified vegetable operation.
    2) Minimum 1 year prior tractor experience and demonstrated mechanical aptitude.
    3) Demonstrated knowledge of basic irrigation principles.
    4) Good communication skills.
    5) Ability to work early, long, and hard. Weeks averaging 50 hours, but will vary with season’s demands and weather conditions.
    COMPENSATION
    Starting wage: $12/hour DOE.
    Accrued Paid Time-Off.
    Regular Schedule: Five 10-hour days with two days off in a row.
    BACKGROUND
    Say Hay Farms started in 2010 with just two acres and 100 hens. Having farmed 20 acres for the past few years, we are completing the transition to our new packing facility and infrastructure in Esparto, CA. We farm two properties totaling about 45 acres of vegetable ground, 5 acres of almonds in need of rehabilitation, and a half-acre of oranges. With the time needed to properly rotate and fertilize our grounds with chickens and cover crops, we usually don’t have more than 25 acres in vegetable production at a time.
    Our goal is to meet much of our fertilization needs through pastured hens and cover crops, supplemented with compost and imported manure fertilizer when necessary. Our current laying flocks total 1600 laying hens, with plans for additional flocks.
    The Tractor-Irrigator’s role will be to work closely with the Owner and Harvest Manager to perform field operations. There is the possibility of earning the position of Field Manager for someone with the right set of skills and ambition.
    We run a John Deere 5075e and 5100MH mudder for our tillage and harvest operations. A converted electric Allis-Chalmers G performs much of the precision cultivation. A John Deere 4410 loader-backhoe is used for front loader as well as construction work. Our packing shed attempts to maximize efficiency with use of a Caterpillar GP20 forklift and pallet jacks.
    We use both sprinkler pipe, surface drip, and sub-surface drip for our pastures and row crops.
    Having grown for a small 60-member CSA, restaurants, farmers’ markets, independent grocers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors, we are currently on a trajectory towards focusing on the latter.
    Our farm business strategy is to have the equipment and systems necessary to operate efficiently with a small team, the data to make informed planning decisions, and the skill and attention to detail needed to execute those plans successfully.
    We are a young evolving farm and looking for the right person to help support our growth, and, hopefully grow into a longer-term role in our farm’s success.

    TIME FRAME
    Interviewing now.
    Starting Time Frame: Flexible. This is a wet spring. As early as March 1, as late as May 1.
    TO APPLY
    Please email a brief cover letter, resume, and references to sayhayfarms@gmail.com with the subject title “Tractor-Irrigation Specialist.”

    Name: 
    Esparto
    Phone: 
    510-847-0815

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  • 01/27/16--14:05: Field Crew
  • Say Hay Farms produces certified organic pastured eggs and mixed vegetables on 50 acres in Esparto, CA.In our sixth year of production, we are now seeking another person to join our talented production crew.
    Job Title: Field Crew
    Works as a team under the supervision of the Harvest Manager.
    DUTIES
    1) Performs all harvest and post-harvest duties of vegetable crops in year-round conditions.
    2) Assists in daily operations of chicken care, egg washing, and packing.
    3) Observes and communicates crop quality issues.
    4) Operates with a sense of urgency and efficiency during busy times.
    5) Assists is recording data about yield and time.
    QUALIFICATIONS
    1) Minimum 1 full year of experience on a for-profit diversified vegetable operation.
    2) Basic knowledge of vegetable crops, seasonality, and growing techniques. 4) Good communication skills.
    5) Ability to work early, long, and hard. Weeks averaging 50 hours, but will vary with season’s demands and weather conditions.
    COMPENSATION
    Starting wage: $10.50/hour DOE.
    Accrued Paid Time-Off.
    Regular Schedule: Four or five 10-hour days with two days off in a row.
    BACKGROUND
    Say Hay Farms started in 2010 with just two acres and 100 hens. Having farmed 20 acres for the past few years, we are completing the transition to our new packing facility and infrastructure in Esparto, CA. We farm two properties totaling about 45 acres of vegetable ground, 5 acres of almonds in need of rehabilitation, and a half-acre of oranges. With the time needed to properly rotate and fertilize our grounds with chickens and cover crops, we usually don’t have more than 25 acres in vegetable production at a time.
    Our goal is to meet much of our fertilization needs through pastured hens and cover crops, supplemented with compost and imported manure fertilizer when necessary. Our current laying flocks total 1600 laying hens, with plans for additional flocks.
    Having grown for a small 60-member CSA, restaurants, farmers’ markets, independent grocers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors, we are currently on a trajectory towards focusing on the latter.
    Our farm business strategy is to have the equipment and systems necessary to operate efficiently with a small team, the data to make informed planning decisions, and the skill and attention to detail needed to execute those plans successfully.
    We are a young evolving farm and looking for the right person to help support our growth, and, hopefully grow into a longer-term role in our farm’s success.
    TIME FRAME
    Interviewing now.
    Starting Time Frame: Flexible. This is a wet spring. As early as March 1, as late as June 1.
    This position is year-round employment.
    TO APPLY
    Please email a brief cover letter, resume, and references to sayhayfarms@gmail.com with the subject title “Field Crew.”

    Name: 
    Chris Hay
    Phone: 
    510-847-0815
    City: 
    Esparto
    State/Province: 
    California

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