01 February 2018

Farm Manager Opportunity in Paso Robles


Windrose Farm

Windrose Farm in Creston is seeking a full-time employee with a desire to learn and take part in all aspects of its highly-diversified farming operation. Applicant must have good people and communication skills. Applicant must also have good driving skills, as one weekly task is delivering produce to the Santa Monica farmer’s market, something which involves a long shift. Farmers Bill and Barbara will help mentor, but some experience in and a passion for sustainable agriculture is preferable. This could be a great on-ramp to succession for the right candidate!

On-site housing is available and long-term options may be considered. Compensation is based on experience.
Check out Windrose Farm online. For more information, please contact Bill Spencer at: farmerbill63@gmail.com

17 January 2018

California FarmLink at EcoFarm 2018!

Greetings and Happy New Year, FarmLink friends!

We are looking forward to EcoFarm 2018: Sow Good (24-28 January) here on the Central Coast. Below is some info on where you can find us...

California FarmLink: Land Access and Loans (<< click here to reserve an appointment)
Thursday 10am-3pm ; Friday 10am - 12pm | Pirate's Den
California FarmLink provides access to land and capital to build a diverse and sustainable farming community. At EcoFarm 2018, FarmLink's Land Access and Loan Teams will offer office hours in 30-minute sessions. Farmers seeking support in finding land, lease negotiations, or exploring financing options through FarmLink's agricultural or conservation-incentive loans are encouraged to sign up.
FarmLink staff Catherine Van Dyke, Liya Schwartzman, Kerry McGrath, Mika Maekawa, and Brett Melone will be available for consultation. Se puede consultar en español. 
https://eco-farm.org/conference/2018/meet-experts

Inter-generational Farmer Mixer
Thursday 6:30-10pm | Kiln
Join us to get to know your fellow farmer and the great organizations supporting beginning / any-stage farmers: local beer, organic snacks, and sustainable tunes provided by Eric Winders & Whiskey West. We hope to see you there!

Session E / Pathways to Latinx Farm Ownership in California / Caminos a ser propietario de una granja Latinx en California
Friday 1:30 – 3:00pm | Triton

Conozca a los compradores! "Meet the Buyers" Mixer
Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm | Nautilus
Están invitados los hispanohablantes y otros para conocer a varios compradores prominentes: A&A, Bi-Rite Market, Coke Farms, Mendo Lake Food Hub, Organically Grown Company, Sprouts Farmers Market, Veritable Vegetable, Watsonville Coast Produce y Whole Foods.
Aprenda de primera mano lo que estos compradores estarán buscando para comprar en 2018 mientras conversas y estableces tu red de contactos con otros pequeños agricultores y proveedores de servicios. Se ofrecerán aperitivos y bebidas.

03 January 2018

Farm for Sale in Royal City, Washington!


FarmLink was recently contacted by Karen Moore (sandkmoore89@gmail.com), the daughter of a long-time farmer in the small town of Royal City, Washington. This small community is part of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project which guarantees water to all farmers in the project every year, no matter the circumstances. 
Moore's father is now at the age to where he is wanting to retire. His farm is up for sale and even though they are working with a realtor, they also reached out to FarmLink (and other organizations) to find potential buyers and successors. 

If you're interested, please take the time to look at the link below and find out about the farm and community... and feel free to share!
https://www.columbiabasinfarmforsale.com/

19 December 2017

2.3 acres available at City Gardens of SLO!

Central Coast Grown

Central Coast Grown (CCG) would like to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for two and one third (2.3) acres of the City Farm–San Luis Obispo available for ground lease beginning immediately. 
This irrigated Class One and Class Two farmland is located within the city of San Luis Obispo, California and includes a large hoop house. This farm is intended for row crops with the possibility for perennial plantings and animal husbandry. The property has been cover cropped and farmed without chemical additives for the last four years. The amount of acreage and length of the lease are negotiable. 

This property is part of the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve Open Space owned by the City of San Luis Obispo. CCG has secured the master lease agreement for this site and manages all relations with the city. Consequently, the lease agreement for this farmland will exist solely between the farmer and CCG. 
The Reserve is intended for both agricultural production and education and therefore the public will occasionally be on portions of the Reserve adjacent to this farmland.


SUBMITTING PROPOSALS
Click here to access the PDF of the full RFP and Application.
Feel free to contact Mika Maekawa (mika@cafarmlink.org) at FarmLink for support in putting proposals or leases together. 
full mapthumbnailProposals must be submitted by email or mail, become the property of CCG and will not be returned. 
Proposals and questions can be submitted to CCG at the following addresses:
P.O. Box 3736, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93403 Attn: Steven Marx
Email: info@centralcoastgrown.org and smarx@calpoly.edu

13 November 2017

Taller en Español sobre Seguriad Alimentaria para Agricultores

La Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad Alimentaria (o FSMA) requirirá que algunos ranchos implementen ciertos procedimientos de seguridad y alimentación próximamente!

Únase a CAFF, UC SAREP, y Mandela MarketPlace :

  • Aprenda si su rancho está sujeto a las reglas de FSMA 
  • Obtenga herramientas y plantillas para desarrollar planes de seguridad alimentaria para la certificación ‘GAP’ 
  • Caminata y discusión en un rancho cercano sobre seguridad alimentaria

Veterans Memorial Building
649 San Benito St, 
Hollister, CA 95023 
8:30am - 1pm | Miercoles | 29 de November 2017 

Favor de confirmar asistencia con Yuro Chavez [yuro@mandelamarketplace.org] [510.433.0993]


31 October 2017

Fund-a-Farmer Grant Applications due December 4th

Fund-a-Farmer Grant Applications due December 4th 


Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) awards small grants up to $2,500 for pasture improvement and six types of certification, including American Grassfed Association “Certified Grassfed” and USDA Organic. Family farmers who raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, beef cattle, turkeys, and/or sheep may be eligible to apply. 

Is your project designed to help you transition to a pasture-based system and/or improve your animals’ access to well-managed pasture?

APPLY FOR A PASTURE IMPROVEMENT GRANT.

Is your project designed to help you meet a specific certification standard and achieve certification from American Grassfed, Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, Certified Naturally Grown, Global Animal Partnership (Levels 4-5) or USDA Organic?

APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATION GRANT.

Before you apply, please review the below eligibility requirements. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm CST on December 4, 2017. Grants will be awarded in January 2018. Please contact Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director, at grants@foodanimalconcerns.org or at (773) 525-4952 with any questions after reviewing these guidelines.

 Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)

18 October 2017

Advocates needed for soil and water conservation programs!


Soil Stewards!
You might have heard the sorely disappointing news out of Sacramento that the Healthy Soils Program's funding will be discontinued! Another innovative program for water conservation, SWEEP, will also be cut.


There are two meetings in Salinas next week where feedback on those two programs will be collected. Please see info below and consider attending and speaking up!


1) Assembly Ag Committee & Select Committee on Rural Economic Development Hearing
Wednesday, October 25th, 10am-12:30pm @ Hartnell College - Alisal Campus in Salinas

Assemblymember Anna Caballero, the powerful chair of both committees above, is hosting this hearing. The focus of the hearing is Ag Tech Innovation and Workforce Readiness (agenda attached). This is a prime opportunity to advocate for restoring funding to the SWEEP program, given its role in promoting the use of advanced irrigation technology systems.
There will also be an open public comment period, which is a timely opportunity to express disappointment about the Healthy Soils funding cut and to ask for restored funding for the Healthy Soils program.


2) Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel (EFA SAP) Mtg
Thursday, October 26th, 1pm-5pm @ 1432 Abbott St, Salinas 

The EFA SAP advises and oversees CDFA on the implementation of the Climate Smart Ag Programs, and their meetings are the primary public venue for us to share our constructive criticism. It would be more impactful to hear feedback on the programs directly from farmers and ranchers. Importantly, their agenda includes an update on the process for proposing additional practices for the Healthy Soils program, as well as updates on the SWEEP program and Strategic Planning. Their public comment period will be an important opportunity to share feedback on the 1st round of the Healthy Soils program and make initial pitches for additional practices (e.g. Conservation Crop Rotations & Prescribed Grazing).