California – Paradise Valley Produce hiring Multiple Positions

Bolinas, California

Paradise Valley Produce is a small scale organic row crop farm in Bolinas, CA that has been in operation for about 40 years. We use new and traditional bio intensive practices to cultivate the highest quality produce with a focus on soil health and microbial life.

Job description:

We have two positions available for seasonal employees with experience in farming, a strong work ethic and a desire to learn. The first is from July-December and the other is July-September. At Paradise Valley you will be involved with all aspects of the farm, from seeding, weeding, transplanting, building, harvesting, farmer’s markets, deliveries, etc. Farm days can be long and hard but often rewarding. We need those who join our team to have an open mind and a passion for their work. Every farm is different and Paradise Valley is especially unique in its practices, location and experience.

Paradise Valley Produce provides basic housing with a shared kitchen, bathroom, and shower. Food produced at the farm is free for consumption and the local town is 2 miles away.

Interns or employees will be involved in all aspects of growing. Starting seed, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and selling  at markets. Making microbial brews, plant extracts, compost and compost tea’s. Enjoying the food we grow and the place we live and the people we share it with.  We work five and a half days a week alternating markets on the weekends. Please send us a cover letter and a resume to paradisevalleyproduce210@gmail.com. You can also see our website www.pvpfarm.com for more information.

California – Coastal Roots Farm hiring Vegetable Production Community Farmer

Encinitas, California 

Job Description: Community Farmer

Temporary, Part‐Time, Nonexempt Position

 Position:              Community Farmer (Vegetable Production) Status:                   Temporary, Part‐Time, Non‐Exempt

Hours:                  Up to 16 hours per week, Sunday through Monday Reports to:                  Vegetable Production Coordinator

 Position Overview

Coastal Roots Farm is seeking temporary, part‐time Community Farmers to support the development and maintenance of our five‐acre vegetable production fields. Community Farmers will work alongside our Vegetable Production Coordinator to assist in all aspects of farming, including greenhouse propagation, field preparation, transplanting, direct seeding, cultivation, harvesting and post‐harvest handling.

 About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit community farm and education center that nourishes connections—to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries‐old agricultural traditions, Coastal Roots Farm practices biodynamic farming and shares their harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. Their goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California, and around the world.

The farm consists of approximately 20 acres of mixed gardens, orchards, food forest, animal pastures, compost, vineyard, barns, greenhouses and farmhouses all in various stages of development. Over 50% of the food grown at Coastal Roots Farm is donated to food and nutrition insecure families in our community through a pay‐what‐you‐can farm stand, pop‐up markets and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. The farm also distributes food through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and to select local restaurants and grocery stores.

As a center for education and community connection, Coastal Roots Farm offers hands‐on learning about farming, gardening and environmental stewardship for people of all ages and backgrounds and hosts gatherings where the community can get to know each other, eat healthy food, connect to the earth and celebrate together.

Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and was recently spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.

About the Leichtag Foundation

The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $134 million in assets and has granted about $100 million since its inception in 1991—more than half of this since becoming independent in 2008. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of

greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, the Ranch is situated in an ideal North County location.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Field preparation and maintenance
  • Greenhouse propagation
  • Planting food crops and landscape plants
  • Harvesting, washing, and packing fresh produce
  • Soil amendment applications
  • Rodent trapping
  • Organic pesticide applications
  • Tractor and bobcat use
  • Agricultural fabric applications to fields
  • Trellis and plant support infrastructure set‐up and removal
  • General landscape maintenance and cleanliness
  • Interaction with visitors and assistance with volunteers, as appropriate  Occasional Farmstand staffing

Non‐Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Irrigation maintenance and construction, including sprinklers, drip, PVC, etc.
  • Other duties, as assigned by supervisor, to support the development and maintenance of the entire farm including the food forest, vineyard, and animal pastures.

Continue reading

California – Coastal Roots Farm hiring Food Forest Community Farmer

Encinitas, California 

Job Description: Community Farmer

Temporary, Part‐Time, Nonexempt Position

 Position:     Community Farmer (Food Forest)

Status:                 Temporary, Part‐Time, Non‐Exempt

Hours:                  Up to 16 hours per week, Sunday through Monday

Reports to:         Food Forest Coordinator

Position Overview

Coastal Roots Farm is seeking temporary, part‐time Food Forest Community Farmers to support the development and maintenance of our food forest and vineyard. Community Farmers will work to support the Food Forest Coordinator in perennial plant care; infrastructure improvement and maintenance; nursery care and development; volunteer programming; data collection; and general tasks as needed. This position require a good eye for noticing both details and patterns in the food forest, ability to prioritize a wide range of tasks and good interpersonal communication skills. Our Food Forest is just over a year old and is home to over 1,400 Mediterranean and sub‐tropical plants. The Vineyard, bearing three varieties of grapes, is entering its fourth year of growth and first year of harvest.

 About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit community farm and education center that nourishes connections—to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries‐old agricultural traditions, Coastal Roots Farm practices biodynamic farming and shares their harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. Their goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California, and around the world.

The farm consists of approximately 20 acres of mixed gardens, orchards, food forest, animal pastures, compost, vineyard, barns, greenhouses and farmhouses all in various stages of development. Over 50% of the food grown at Coastal Roots Farm is donated to food and nutrition insecure families in our community through a pay‐what‐you‐can farmstand, pop‐up markets and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. The farm also distributes food through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and to select local restaurants and grocery stores.

As a center for education and community connection, Coastal Roots Farm offers hands‐on learning about farming, gardening and environmental stewardship for people of all ages and backgrounds and hosts gatherings where the community can get to know each other, eat healthy food, connect to the earth and celebrate together.

Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and was recently spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.

About the Leichtag Foundation

The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $134 million in assets and has granted about $100 million since its inception in 1991—more than half of this since becoming independent in 2008. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of

greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, the Ranch is situated in an ideal North County location.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are limited to,  the following:

Infrastructure:

  • Install irrigation updates and repair as needed
  • Maintain earthworks

Food Forest and Vineyard Maintenance:

  • Care for existing trees, vines, and understory
  • Spread mulch
  • Weed
  • Plant
  • Prune trees, vines, and understory as needed
  • Apply organic pesticide
  • Apply compost tea fertilizer
  • Work on pest control

Nursery Development and Maintenance:

  • Propagate from seed, bulb, or cuttings  Care for young plants

Programming:

  • Assist with annual Food Forest Festival
  • Lead volunteer groups, as well as support coordination and logistics, as needed

 Data Collection:

  • Label new trees
  • Assist with taking general measurements
  • Assist with photography

 Other:

  • Operate tractor and bobcat with various implements
  • Maintain an organized tool shed
  • Provide reports to the Food Forest Coordinator on project summaries, as requested
  • Follow safe work environment practices
  • Other duties, as assigned by supervisor, to support the development and maintenance of the entire farm including the vegetable production fields and animal pastures

Continue reading

California – Coastal Roots Farm hiring Farm Distribution Coordinator

Encinitas, California

Job Description: Farm Distribution Coordinator

 Position:     Farm Distribution Coordinator

Status:                 Regular, Full‐Time, Non‐Exempt

Hours:                  40 hours per week, Sunday through Monday

Reports to:         Associate Director

Position Overview

Coastal Roots Farm is seeking a full‐time, year‐round Farm Distribution Coordinator to support our efforts to share fresh fruits and vegetables with the community. We primarily distribute our food through an on‐site pay‐what‐you‐ can farm stand, a CSA program, off‐site pop‐up markets and to local hunger relief organizations. The Farm Distribution Coordinator will work with the Associate Director, the Vegetable Production Coordinator and the Social Enterprise Manager to support all of these efforts and ensure successful and efficient implementation both on‐site and off‐site. As a key “face” of Coastal Roots Farm, this role requires a radically welcoming and outgoing individual, with a passion for local food and sustainable farming.

About Coastal Roots Farm

Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit community farm and education center that nourishes connections—to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries‐old agricultural traditions, Coastal Roots Farm practices biodynamic farming and shares their harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. Their goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California, and around the world.

The farm consists of approximately 20 acres of mixed gardens, orchards, food forest, animal pastures, compost, vineyard, barns, greenhouses and farmhouses all in various stages of development. Over 50% of the food grown at Coastal Roots Farm is donated to food and nutrition insecure families in our community through a pay‐what‐you‐can farmstand, pop‐up markets and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. The farm also distributes food through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and to select local restaurants and grocery stores.

As a center for education and community connection, Coastal Roots Farm offers hands‐on learning about farming, gardening and environmental stewardship for people of all ages and backgrounds and hosts gatherings where the community can get to know each other, eat healthy food, connect to the earth and celebrate together.

Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and was recently spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through a diverse revenue mix, including philanthropic partners and social enterprise.

About the Leichtag Foundation

The Leichtag Foundation (“Foundation”) is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $134 million in assets and has granted about $100 million since its inception in 1991—more than half of this since becoming independent in 2008. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Foundation’s goal for this 67.5‐acre agricultural property, now known as Leichtag Commons, is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of

greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, the Ranch is situated in an ideal North County location.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinating and staffing all distribution efforts, including market setup/breakdown, produce deliveries, sales and operations, customer service and relations and data entry and reporting
  • Packing and distributing CSA boxes
  • Coordinating partnerships and pickups with hunger relief organizations
  • Supporting post‐harvest activities, including harvesting, washing, and packing
  • Ensuring quality control of farm products and services
  • Supervising volunteers
  • Taking photos and assisting with social media efforts
  • Recording data and supporting reporting and evaluation of farm distribution efforts
  • Identifying market needs and opportunities to expand our programs and partnerships
  • General support for the farm and programs

Continue reading

California – Fairview Gardens Center hiring Farm Education Apprentices

Santa Barbara, California

Currently accepting applications for Farm Education Apprenticeships at Fairview Gardens Center for Urban Agriculture, Santa Barbara, CA

The Fairview Gardens Apprenticeship program provides hands-on direct experience in farm education, organic farming, community outreach, and sustainable food systems. Apprentice roles include organizing and leading children’s programs, curriculum/educational material development, leading farm tours, and tending to our educational gardens and 12 acre farm. Apprentices gain a variety of skills useful for teaching farm education, including developing age-appropriate, place-based curriculum, designing engaging and creative cooking, crafting, and gardening activities as well as participating in farm outreach events. This apprenticeship will play a significant role in our farming operation as we implement restorative, agriculture techniques to grow nutritious, organic, responsibly grown food with soil-building practices. Apprentices will work alongside our administrative and marketing staff, engaging in activities essential to the operation of a non-profit, educational farm. Participants are provided with opportunities to shadow parallel programs in our community as well as other professional development opportunities.

Program Starts June 5th, 2017
Applications received by March 30th will get priority consideration.

Learn more and apply online:
http://www.fairviewgardens.org/fairview-gardens-apprenticeship-program/

California – 95 Acre Organic Farm seeking Experienced Farmer

Placerville, California

Established 95 acre Organic Farm seeking experienced Farmer in Northern California foothills~

Land owners seeking enthusiastic, experienced farmer(s) to farm and profit from existing California organically certified farmstead in high agri-tourism community, Apple Hill.  Care for permanent crops of Fuji and Gala apples, many varieties of blueberries and table grapes, zinfandel grapes, cherry trees, some old pear trees and acres of fallow land.  Property offers deer fencing, drip irrigation, green house, barn, walk in fridge storage, two road side farm stand buildings with ample parking on main agri tourism road, trailer home, JD tractor, quad, green house, portable chicken coupe, weed eating goats, storage units, farm equipment. Many local market opportunities with restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, co-ops, farmer’s markets, CSA’s. Wonderful opportunities to network with Farmer’s Guild and other great organic farmers.

Additional year round income can include maintenance of several acres of main home landscaping, potential tasting room, pie shop, coffee house.  Please send a letter of interest, describing your farming experience along with three references.  For pictures, resume or letter submittal, or inquiries, please contact us at butterflies.abound@gmail.com, or 1480 Madden Lane, Placerville, CA, 95667.  Trained and/or experienced farmers please apply.

California – Sierra Harvest hiring Farm Crew

Nevada City, California

Apply for the Sierra Harvest Farm Crew and build your farming skills through on-the-job training, advanced coursework, and an individualized learning plan. Farm Crew members work April through November on a farm or ranch in Nevada County while attending weekly classes in sustainable production methods and building a community alongside a cohort of other early-career farmers.

Learn more at http://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/.

Job responsibilities will be determined by the host farms. Each Farm Crew member will be placed on a host farm to work a minimum of 20 hours per week at minimum wage (some host farms may offer more hours.)

An additional 10 hours per week will be spent working towards independent educational goals. Learn to repair a tractor! Keep a hive of bees! Manage a greenhouse! Operate a goat dairy! Our host-farms offer a wide range of skill-building opportunities and we will support you to create an individualized learning plan to set and meet goals over the course of the season. Make the most of your first few years farming!

Farm Crew members from across the region will gather weekly as a cohort to attend advanced production skills courses and community building events.

Ideal candidates for Farm Crew are:
-Serious about a career in sustainable farming and ranching,
-Prepared to commit to and work hard for a commercial farming operation for an entire season,
-Have had some experience farming,
-Excited to live in a rustic setting,
– Ready and willing to build community with other Farm Crew members,
-Committed to independent learning.

Hard working, motivated early-career farmers are encouraged to fill out this online application by January 31st, 2017 http://sierraharvest.org/farm-crew-application/