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  • 01/16/14--14:54: Seed Specialists
  • Sustainable Seed Co. is a certified organic seed farm committed to the cultivation and preservation of heirloom seeds. We sell over 1,650 varieties of seeds, 30% of which we personally grow. What's not grown on site is sourced from American farmers, families and seed houses. As our name implies, we operate in a sustainable manner, with a Green Initiative that sets the standard in the Seed Industry.

    We're seeking a full-time or multiple part-time seed specialists to join our team for the 2014 season, with the opportunity for permanent employment at the end of the season. The work location is our organic farm in Covelo, a relatively remote and spectacularly beautiful area of Northern California.

    Seed Specialist Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Process orders, pack seeds & ship orders
    • Resolve customer service issues via phone & computer
    • Answer customer questions at a small farm & garden level
    • Assist farm management with production from seed to seed
    • Receive & stock products and supplies
    • General warehouse cleaning & maintenance

    NOTE: Must be able to lift 50 pounds

    Essential Traits:

    • Excellent organizational, communication and customer service skills
    • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
    • Flexibility and sense of humor
    • HUSTLE mentality; ability to thrive in a fast-paced

    Bonus points:

    • Commitment to sustainable, GMO-free agriculture
    • Familiarity with an extensive variety of heirloom grains, vegetables, flowers, herbs & cover crops
    • Experience caring for livestock (we keep chickens, ducks, pigs & rabbits)

    To apply, please email completed Employment Application (on our website at, resume, and cover with the Subject "Seed Specialist" to jobs [at] Application information can also be provided in the body of your email (no need to duplicate information on your resume). Alternately, you can mail your application materials to Sustainable Seed Co., P.O. Box 38, Covelo, CA 95428.

    Sustainable Seed Co. is a drug- and tobacco-free environment.

    Nina Burokas
    City Name: 

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  • 01/20/14--11:30: General Farm Manager
  • Overview and Job Summary:
    We are seeking a creative, responsible, and experienced person to lead our farming efforts for a small-scale, highly diversified farm on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Currently, the farm consists of a 1-acre mixed vegetable garden with some orchard species. The intended plan is to expand the farm into 16 total acres to include additional vegetable production, orchards, and perennial hedgerow and windbreak plantings. The Farm Manager will be required to lead a small team in the development and design of the expansion, consistent with the vision of the property owners. The intention is to develop a system that will serve as a model of ecological agriculture within the Maui community. The Farm Manager will bring his/her knowledge of ecological farm design and incorporate innovative farming practices to strengthen the viability of the land to enhance the experience of the property and support the needs of our community.

    Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

    • Assume management of all daily farming operations including, but not limited to: planning, planting, greenhouse propagation, cultivation, pest and disease control, irrigation, harvest, processing, and marketing for existing gardens
    • Lead a small group of farm employees in the execution of daily tasks
    • Collaborate with a support team in evolving the design of the existing farm, as well as in the design of all intended expansion areas
    • Facilitate the growth of the farm, including expanded vegetable production areas, perennial hedgerows, and orchard plantings
    • Assist with the installation of all infrastructure improvements, as required or needed
    • Maintain accurate farm and input records
    • Ability to generate and operate within an annual farm budget
    • Manage purchasing of all required inputs and materials
    • Maintain communication with a support team and develop a reporting schedule to record a predetermined set of metrics to monitor ecological sustainability and economic viability

    The Farm Manager will be required to collaborate in the acquisition of both our Organic Certification (OG) and Good Agricultural Practices certification (GAP) during the first year. After the initial certification process is complete, the Farm Manager will be required to assure continued compliance and maintain any and all certifications required by ownership. It is expected that the Farm Manager will develop a positive working relationship with existing property management and ownership in order to properly execute the collective vision for the farm, in addition to developing an understanding of its potential and effectively communicate suggestions and future possibilities. In addition, the Farm Manager will facilitate outreach within the community and serve as the voice representing the interests and intentions of the farm. This responsibility will include building positive relationships with other area farmers and building and maintaining relationships with existing and potential vendor accounts. In order to perform these responsibilities, the ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

    • A minimum of 5 years farming experience, with no less than 2 of those years in a management role
    • An understanding of organic farming practices and the organic certification process
    • Familiarity with GAP certification will be considered a plus
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Highly organized with the ability to both understand important metrics and maintain corresponding records
    • Familiarity with either tropical or sub-tropical agriculture will be considered a plus
    • Ability to operate small farm machinery will be considered a plus, though training is a possibility
    • Posses strong leadership skills

    Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience. Applicants should send a cover letter, a resume detailing relevant work experience, and contact information for at least two references to The deadline for all applications is February 14, 2014. Qualified applicants will be contacted directly to schedule an interview.

    Rich Leavy
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  • 01/27/14--10:03: Oz Farm for Sale
  • 340 acres, including an established CCOF-certified heirloom orchard and farming operation, a sustainable 150 acre income producing redwood/fir forest and a licensed retreat center (yoga groups, weddings, family reunions, non-profit retreats, etc.). 3 miles inland from the Point Arena Lighthouse.
    The Garcia River, a restored salmon and steelhead stream, runs through the property with extensive riparian water rights as well as kayaking, fishing and other recreational opportunities.
    The property is located 15 minutes drive northeast of the vibrant community of Point Arena (theater, credit union, charter school, library, pharmacy, restaurants, medical clinic, farmer's market, Co-op, etc.) and minutes from beautiful coastal public lands (Manchester State Beach, BLM Stornetta Lands, etc.).
     Also located 45 minutes west of the Anderson Valley and 45 minutes south of the town of Mendocino; one half hour north of Sea Ranch and Gualala and three hours drive north of San Francisco.
    Visits by appointment please:,

    For more information:

    City Name: 
    Point Arena

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    RFC’s programs combine hands-on training, classroom learning and farm-based experience on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon. RFC offers real world opportunities for both the beginner and the aspiring farmer seeking in-depth training to launch their own farm business. RFC’s land-based network includes farms and ranches in Oregon’s Rogue and Southern Willamette Valleys. Led by dedicated mentors and agricultural professionals, RFC offers opportunities to learn organic vegetable, herb, seed and flower production, animal husbandry and a diversity of marketing and distribution techniques. FarmsNext is an introductory program for those with little or no farming experience. FarmsNext is a full season of hands-on training, classroom learning, farm tours, peer discussion and independent study. FarmsNOW is an advanced program for aspiring farmers with a minimum of two years prior experience. FarmsNOW is designed for those seeking mastery in the art and business of farming. This two-year program will dig deep into planning, designing and running integrated farming systems.

    Megan Fehrman

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    CCOF seeks a skilled and experienced manager to be responsible for ongoing operations in several key departments that serve CCOF Inc., CCOF Certification Services, and the CCOF Foundation: general administration including accounting and finance; human resources; information technology; and facilities.

    View the full job description.

    City Name: 
    Santa Cruz

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    Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, seeks a broadly-skilled Salesperson for our San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market headquarters.

    Under the direction of our Sales Manager, the selected candidate will perform daily sales activities in order to supply our wide customer base with the highest quality products and customer service. The candidate will work closely with other members of the sales team as well as the purchasing team to ensure an efficient movement of product that meets the needs of our customers as well as our vendors. The selected candidate will be available to start shortly after offer acceptance.

    Responsibilities will include:

    • Close monitoring of daily inventory levels, and product quality and condition
    • Grows relationships with customers through anticipating needs, product knowledge, and committing to their success.
    • Executing multiple sales orders throughout each workday, while making decisions in critical times without assistance
    • Communicating pertinent customer needs and promotional opportunities to Purchasing and Sales team members in a timely and specific manner, both verbally and in written form
    • Aggressively seek new customers in field
    • Have a sense of responsibility, be self motivated, and have a sense of urgency to resolve fast pace job duties
    • Participating in the marketing of larger volume, grower-represented deals
    • Actively supporting other team members in an engaged and lively fashion
    • Contributing to process improvement and team development efforts
    • Participating in additional company projects and activities

    Position requirements include:

    • 2-5 years hands-on fresh organic produce experience, preferably in a quality control, retail merchandising, or sales
    • An ability to maintain a customer-focused perspective
    • In-depth understanding of quality requirements of discerning retail and institutional customers
    • Attention to detail
    • Appreciation of fresh produce aesthetics and varietal range
    • Organized, even-tempered communication skills
    • Positive approach to alternate points of view; an ability to create agreement
    • Experience working as a member of a high performing team
    • Basic understanding of the natural and organic foods industry
    • Desire to grow individually and to learn how to best support other team members
    • Facility with inventory database programs and basic desktop application software
    • Ability to maintain a dynamic and verbally animated pace throughout the workday
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. on a regular basis

    Earl’s Organic Produce provides a highly competitive compensation package, including medical, dental and company-sponsored retirement programs. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Thank you in advance for your interest! Position is open until filled.

    Earl’s Organic Produce works to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, thoughtful, and productive environment.

    (415) 824-7419
    City Name: 
    San Francisco

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    CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking a Grower Certification Service Specialist to work in the Santa Cruz, California office performing tasks related to organic farm certification. The person in this position will work within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally accredited organic certification program.

    Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment with significant job responsibilities. This job requires knowledge of organic production practices, and the ability to work both independently and as a team with other professionals. The job also requires customer service skills, the ability to manage data, and to work within a regulatory environment.

    To master this position requires approximately one year, so please only apply if you are willing to make a multi-year commitment.

    View the full job description.

    City Name: 
    Santa Cruz

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    Do You Have Crop or Processing Wastes that Could Feed Livestock? CCOF organic livestock producers need feed!

    The unprecedented drought conditions are causing serious livestock feed shortages throughout the West Coast. We are trying to connect any CCOF-certified operations with excess organic crop or processing wastes and residues - such as organic fruit and vegetable culls, nut shells, or food waste - that may serve as supplemental feed for nearby organic livestock operations. This is a great opportunity to not only reduce waste but also support your fellow CCOF-certified farm! In the past, we have seen farms very successfully channel organic vegetable residue “waste” into feed for livestock. Remember, organic livestock need certified organic feed. If you typically mix organic culls or wastes with conventional wastes, would you consider keeping them separate and offering the organic wastes to your fellow organic livestock producers?

    If you have quantities of certified organic wastes that can be used as feed, please post a free classified. This could be an added value for you and a vital feed supplement for a livestock operation. If you are interested, please post a free ad today or, if you are not a member, send the following information to

    Available commodities (please note: spoiled items are not likely to be consumed by livestock):
    Date available:
    Contact information:


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    Certified Organic Alfalfa Hay available year round. Dry cow, dairy and retail hay in three string bales. Also large 1200-1400lb bales available upon request.

    Sutton Morgan
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    We are CCOF members here in Madera County, and have an organic olive orchard. We have been reading about the need for organic feed for livestock, as it is short supply, and the recent call for CCOF members to help each other did resonate with us. We are not involved in livestock, but in reading about suitable forage for livestock, and olive leaf makes good forage. Cuttings are easy to transport and might be suitable for some smaller ranchers who have emergency requirements for sheep or cattle and want to stay organic. We’re not sure if it is desirable, but it could be a way of supplementing during this difficult time, especially for sheep. Please contact us for more info. Here are details about nutritional values that we found in our research:

    Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value


    Olive leaves and twigs are a suitable forage for ruminants as a bulky feed in maintenance and low-production systems. They are rich in long fibres and require nitrogen and phosphorus supplementation. Leaves treated with copper-based fungicides should not be given to sheep.

    Cattle or sheep accept daily 1-1.5 kg of green leaves and 0.8-1 kg of dried leaves per 100 kg of live weight (Göhl, 1982). Olive leaves should be fed green whenever possible (Göhl, 1982). Their nutritive value decreases with drying: reported OM digestibility of fresh leaves (in sheep) is about 55-60 % while OMD of leaves dried on the branches or baled is about 40-50 %. OMD of leaves from chopped branches is in the 15-40% range, even when protected from rain (Delgado Pertíñez et al., 2000). Alkaline treatments (NaOH and NH3) have not been shown to improve significantly the nutritive value of olive leaves (Parellada Vilella et al., 1984).

    The low protein digestibility, particularly in the dried leaves, requires nitrogen supplementation with protein or non-protein sources, resulting in higher feed intake (Parellada Vilella et al., 1984).


    Old dry leaves are palatable to cattle if they are soaked overnight in 2.5 times the volume of water containing 0.2 % salt (Göhl, 1982). In dairy cattle, ensiling and partial drying decrease bitterness and improve palatability, but total dehydration results in a decrease of palatability (Nigh, 1977).

    In dairy cattle, wood splinters were reported to cause low DM intake and serious digestive pathologies (Parellada Vilella et al., 1982).

    Sheep and goats

    Significant differences in the digestibility of mixtures of olive leaves and twigs have been observed between sheep and goats, and between different breeds of sheep (Merina and Manchega), as certain animals are better at selecting the less woody parts (Gómez Cabrera et al., 1982).

    In sheep, the dry matter and organic matter digestibility of dried olive leaves in sheep can be predicted from fiber content using the following equations (Delgado Pertíñez et al., 2000):
    - DM digestibility (%) = 98.21 – 1.31 NDF (% DM) (r = - 0.92; RSD = 3.97)
    - OM digestibility (%) = 105.65 – 1.39 NDF (% DM) (r = - 0.91; RSD = 4.32)

    Feed categories


    Heuzé V., Tran G., Gomez Cabrera A., 2012. Olive forage. A programme by INRA, CIRAD, AFZ and FAO.

    Information found on - Last updated on October 25, 2012, 15:44

    Susan or Dianna
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    Job Title: Development & Communications Associate

    Background: The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a collaboration of California’s leading sustainable agriculture organizations and allies advocating for policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and agriculture. We cultivate sustainable agriculture movement leadership to face the challenges of climate change and to serve as the sustainable agriculture voice on climate change policy in California.

    We advocate for policies that protect farmland, support on-farm renewable energy and energy efficiency and increase resources for California farmers and ranchers to implement innovative on-farm conservation practices that mitigate and adapt to climate change while providing other environmental and health co-benefits.

    Job Description: The Development & Communications Associate works closely with CalCAN’s Executive Director to support and enhance CalCAN’s fundraising, communications and administrative functions. Primary areas of responsibility include:

    • Assist with grant applications and reports
    • Research on potential new sources of corporate and foundation funding
    • Assist with managing events such as farm tours, workshops, a biannual conference and roundtable meetings
    • Edit and assist with design and production of written materials such as fact sheets and reports
    • Manage membership and media databases
    • Administrative tasks such as bookkeeping and financial reports as needed

    CalCAN is a small non-profit organization. Staff members assume many diverse responsibilities and do much of their work independently while maintaining good team communication and coordination. This is a new position for the organization and to some extent can be shaped to fit both the needs of CalCAN and the skills and interests of the successful candidate.

    Qualifications: Eligible applicants must possess the following skills and experience:

    • Interest in sustainable agriculture and/or climate change
    • Minimum of two years paid, intern or volunteer experience in non-profit administration, communications and/or fundraising
    • Facility with a variety of software tools for information management (e.g., spreadsheets, databases), website management and publication design
    • Strong written communications skills
    • Self-directed and collaborative work style

    Terms: This is a half-time salaried position. The position will be located in Sebastopol. The optimal start date is April 2014.

    Compensation: Salary is competitive with small Bay Area non-profit organizations and will be decided based in part on the experience of the successful candidate.

    To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (maximum four pages), and the names and contact information for three references to Renata Brillinger, CalCAN Executive Director ( Please no phone calls. Position will be open until filled. Interviews start in March.

    Renata Brillinger
    City Name: 

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    Free organic kale stems available for animal feed! 1000 lbs per day in Oakland, CA.

    Alive & Radiant, makers of organic kale chips in Oakland, offers FREE organickale stems for compost or animal feed. We are an organic kale chip company located in Oakland, CA and we are wondering if any local farms or ranches are interested in picking up kale stems for feed or compost either on a regular basis.

    Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to deliver the stems just yet and that is why pickup is required.

    Daily Volume: 470 to 500 kilos of organic kale stems per day (~1100 lbs per day)

    Terms: Daily pick-up needed. Willing to work with multiple operations but want to solidify a regular route and pick-up schedule with long term partners. Please contact us to discuss. We are open to new ideas and solutions!

    Notes: We do have a fork lift and could help load a truck/van. Also, the ideal pickup time is 3pm because that is when we are done stripping the kale stems.

    Contact: Please feel free to shoot an email to or call (510) 238-0128 for additional information – we are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you!!

    (510) 238-0128
    City Name: 

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    Property Description: Shasta water received via the Sacramento River. Large sized tracts - laser-leveled. Historically rice, safflower, vetch cover-crops, processing tomatoes, melons & vine seeds, beans, corn and wheat. Organic soils with low salinity, moderate pH and medium organic matter. Minimum field size 110 acres. Long-term lease, all or part -- or sale. Irrigated Lands Program compliant. Work-safe environment. Well positioned for the future.

    Local Conditions: The current local trend is toward conversion from cropland to orchards & vineyards with good water & efficiency. Some from conventional to organic. Accelerated new pistachio, vineyard, walnut and almond orchard development. New acquisition & expansion in-process on multiple adjacent & neighboring parcels nearby. New irrigation systems efficiency development and permanent plantings in-progress locally.

    Contact Us: Qualified farmers, orchardists, vineyardists, tenants, investors, principals and/or their brokers & agents only, please.

    *Disclosure: Permanent planting development is active on adjacent & nearby parcels only. The subject property is yet undeveloped for permanent crops. All acres certified by Summer 2014 (estimated). Final phase pending - CCOF EU, Canada & Japan.

    Riparian Lands Trust
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  • 02/25/14--14:06: CCOF Marketing Assistant
  • The Marketing Assistant is the support person in the CCOF marketing team. The primary duties of the Marketing Assistant are to assist the Marketing Communications Supervisor with a wide variety of day‐to‐day marketing and communications activities as well as planning and implementing outreach events and supporting CCOF’s trade show program.

    View the full job description.

    City Name: 
    Santa Cruz

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    20 fertile certified acres in Historic Yamato Colony Livingston. Unigue, one of a kind property. 17 acres currently leased organic sweet potatoes water with MID canal via drip tape. Remaining in almond trees with Extensive zeroscaping with herb and beneficial habitat vegetation in drip irrigation. Three houses behind front field for extended family, worker or rental income. Two domestic wells: one new , other 5 years. Very large commercial style garage with attached workshop. Insulated and wired. 500 amp service across land. 24X12 semi commercial green house and much more.

    Kay Kirihara
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    Earl’s Organic Produce, Inc., a leading distributor of organic produce throughout Northern California, is seeking a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant.

    Primary responsibilities include:

    • Answer and direct incoming calls
    • Greet visitors
    • Fax/email price lists upon request
    • Place orders for office, warehouse, and janitorial supplies, & maintain inventory of supplies
    • Manage incoming/outgoing mail
    • Assist with payroll distribution
    • Facilitate flow of information throughout the company
    • Update internal office documents as needed
    • Print daily reports
    • Assist with miscellaneous projects for other departments
    • Assist Marketing Manager in developing Earl’s social media and web presence
    • Assist Human Resources Manager in maintaining accurate and updated files
    • Organize interoffice events
    • Opportunities for assisting with demos and other events on weekends.

    Ideal candidate would have:

    • Knowledge of, or at least interest and enthusiasm in, organic agriculture/produce is a must
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, especially Word and Excel
    • Experience with Photoshop or Publisher
    • Ability to work successfully with limited supervision a must
    • Ability to take direction from multiple supervisors and take initiative
    • Experience with various social media platforms
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Punctual
    • Must be able to comprehend, understand and speak clear English
    • Cheerful demeanor, good interpersonal skills, and a sense of humor!

    Position requirements include:
    This is a full time position. Hours are 7am – 3pm, Monday through Friday

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to

    Thank you in advance for your interest!

    Earl’s Organic Produce works to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, thoughtful, and productive environment.

    City Name: 
    San Francisco

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    CCOF Certification Services, LLC (CCOF) is seeking a Handler Certification Specialist to work in the Santa Cruz, California office performing tasks related to organic processor & retailer certification. The person in this position will work within CCOF’s rapidly expanding USDA National Organic Program and internationally accredited organic certification program.

    Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment with significant job responsibilities. This job requires knowledge of organic production/processing practices, ability to work independently and as a team with other professionals. The job also requires customer service skills, the ability to manage data, and to work within a regulatory environment.

    To master this position requires approximately one year, so please only apply if you are willing to make a multi-year commitment.

    View the full job description.

    City Name: 
    Santa Cruz

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    Job Purpose:
    The Site Director is responsible for all aspects of business, research, production and outreach at the Cascadian Farm Home Farm. The Site Director will provide strategic leadership for the Home Farm aligned with our brand mission and will lead our organic farming research and outreach efforts while working closely with the Cascadian Farm team, organic industry leaders and our agricultural research team. The Site Director will oversee all personnel and operations to ensure stewardship of the Cascadian Farm brand, quality of service and cost-effective management of resources.

    Cascadian Farm® is one of the country's leading brands of organic foods. The story of Cascadian Farm begins over 40 years ago on a little stretch of land next to the Skagit River in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. Today Cascadian Farm has grown beyond our original farm and is recognized as a pioneer in converting conventional farms to organic. Acquired by General Mills in 2000, Cascadian Farm sells cereals, bars, frozen fruits and vegetables, spreads and juices. The heart of our brand, our Home Farm produces mostly fresh blueberries, along with organic strawberries, raspberries, hardy kiwis, peppers, corn and pumpkins, operates a farm and ice cream stand and serves the organic community through research and education.

    Position Details:

    • Reports to Small Planet Foods Organic Industry Ambassador
    • Location: Rockport, WA
    • Travel: Some
    • Weekend & extended hours required during summer & travel season

    Major Job Responsibilities:

    Organic and Sustainable Farming Leadership

    • Evolve our Home Farm, in partnership with our farmer, into an organic farming research and education demonstration farm
    • Build and maintain relationships with the organic and sustainable agriculture community
    • Lead our organic farming research efforts in collaboration with our Organic Ambassador, agricultural research staff and our research partners
    • Provide technical expertise in organic and sustainable farming practices and issues

    General Management

    • Responsible for overall operations & financial results of 20 acre diversified farm, office and roadside stand with annual sales of $500k.
    • Directly manage Field Supervisor, Stand Manager and Office Manager and indirectly lead 15-plus person seasonal team. Maximize employee performance through:
      • A robust Performance Management Process
      • Ensuring continuous employee development
      • Managing and cross-training staff to maximize operational efficiency
    • Ensure operations comply with local, state and federal regulations (including, but not limited to, Good Agricultural Practices, Health Department and USDA National Organic Program) as well as General Mills Policies (including, but not limited to, Financial, Human Resources, Safety and Food Safety).
    • Fill in for staff as needed. Ensure a smooth running operation by doing whatever needs to get done.

    Marketing / Customer Service / Outreach

    • Responsible for marketing the Home Farm and supporting brand initiatives connected to the Home Farm
    • Maintain active involvement in local community initiatives
    • Ensure that consumers and customers who visit the farm are delighted by the experience and ensure all staff exhibit service excellence
      • Coordinate and lead tours to the farm in partnership with sales and the brand team
    • Ensure that Home Farm marketing and retail experience is aligned with Cascadian Farm brand message and history
    • Be a physical presence in the store, with consumers, with the Cascadian Farm brand team and in our Skagit County community


    • Bachelor’s degree required with a degree in one of the following desired: organic agriculture, sustainable agriculture, agricultural economics, soil science, environmental science
    • Experience in the organic industry required with emphasis on organic research and emerging trends in organic farming systems. The ideal candidate will bring with them a network from within the organic community which they can leverage to advance our goals
    • Five years’ people management experience required
    • Experience in retail management highly desired
    • Experience managing a farm or with farm direct marketing is a plus
    • Demonstrated collaborator with strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational savvy and influence skills
    • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and develop staff effectively

    To Apply:
    Please use this link to apply to the position:

    Cheryl Fuerstenberg
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    About the Farm
    Blue House Farm is forty acres nestled at the end of a small agricultural valley in Pescadero, California. We grow a diverse variety of certified organic vegetables, fruits and cut flowers year-round. Now in our ninth growing year, we supply our farmers' markets, CSA and wholesale accounts with the highest quality produce available. We are seeking two new Resident Staff members to begin this spring.

    Basic responsibilities include:

    • Assisting with greenhouse sowings, watering, and fertilizing
    • Field irrigation and fertilizing, both overhead and drip
    • Basic tractor work (advanced tractor work available with experience)
    • Orchard work (primarily harvesting and thinning, some pruning)
    • Truck packing and unpacking
    • Washing, sorting, and packing produce
    • Occasional transplanting, hoeing, and harvesting
    • Vending at 1-2 farmers markets per week, which includes driving a box truck, customer service, detailed record-keeping, attention to detail and repetitive heavy lifting
    • Occasional store and restaurant deliveries

    The work requires the physical and mental capacity to contribute daily to an often rigorous, fast-paced, and deeply rewarding agricultural practice. Staff work part time (20-35 hours per week) from January through March and full-time (50+ hours per week) from April through December.

    Applicant should be self-motivated, hard working, eager to learn, have excellent people skills, great multi-tasker, and be in good physical condition. Ability to perform certain tasks such as heavy lifting (over 50#), repetitive grasping, standing, bending, and walking (No applicant will be rejected because of a condition or impairment that, with reasonable accommodation, does not prevent performance of work.) Although we try and keep the work here varied, farming is inherently repetitive. Applicant needs to have a minimum of 2 years growing experience on a production farm. The ability to speak basic, conversational Spanish is strongly desired. Ideal applicant is willing to make a two-year minimum commitment. Most staff stay for 2-3 years. Reliable transportation is required, as we are 5 minutes from the tiny town of Pescadero, 20 minutes to grocery stores, forty-five minutes from Santa Cruz, and one hour from San Francisco.

    Housing and Compensation
    On-farm housing is available for rent and is strongly encouraged. Housing is in an old farmhouse and is shared with two other staff. Starting pay depends on experience. Group health insurance is provided. Produce provided and plenty of trading possibilities at farmers markets. A multi-week winter and a one-week mid-season unpaid vacation is encouraged. It is a high priority of the farm to provide a quality experience to those working here. The farm participates in the Central Coast CRAFT farmer-training program. An ideal applicant is interested in participating in many aspects of a small-scale, diversified farming operation and has a serious interest in developing the skills necessary to start their own farm.

    Ryan Casey
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  • 03/17/14--10:59: Central Valley Field Manager
  • Implement riparian habitat restoration projects using standard agricultural techniques in the Central Valley including tractor and gator operation and maintenance, herbicide application and reporting, irrigation techniques, drill and broadcast seeding, seed collection and processing, large-scale planting, and vendor management. Supervise field staff and manage project budgets. B.S. in agriculture science, or related science. Five years of appropriate work experience. PCA or QAL preferred. Email (no phone calls).

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