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The Urban Edge Farm

Name Barbara Cecchini Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected –  –
Training Start Date April 15, 2020 Training End Date November 15, 2020
Steward Training Hours per Week 48  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $200/week
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value est. $1000/month housing, food, education
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier ICW
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? No, exempt
Number of Employees at training location 9
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 3
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Intro. to Greenhouses, Transplanitng, harvesting & preparing for markent, Direct Marketing
Start Date of Phase April 15, 2020 End Date of Phase July 1, 2020
Primary Supervisor during this phase Barbara Cecchini Supervisor Title Owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 925-437-5003
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Trainee will learn how to mix starter soil, plant seed, water/care for seedlings, transplant from greenhouse to fields.
Also learning direct marketing at farmers markets: set-up and break down display, inventory, customer sales & service, money accounting, etc.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

To gain proficiency in all areas of organic vegetable farming and marketing including greenhouse operations, field operatiosn and direct farmer market sales.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The Cecchini Ranch has continuously operated since the 1930s, and Barbara and Bob have been running it together for more than thirty years. Barbara obtained her degree in agriculture from Fresno State. She has extensive experience selling vegetable and field crops and researching their productivity. Active in California farm organizations throughout her life, Barbara was on the Board of the California Asparagus Commission for twelve years and currently serves on the Contra Costa County Farm Bureau.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

We are close to many areas of beautiful areas CA to be able to bay area sight seeing, mountain hiking, water sports and many more. The trainee will be involved in family dinners and family outings.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Learn weeding techniques, irrigation, transplanting summer crops, harvesting winter and spring crops, preparing for market and direct marketing at local farmers markets & our farm store.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Learn by doing: Hands-on instruction by manager and owners until able to repeat tasks with confidence.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Manager will evaluate day-to-day training and offer feedback for improvement, ensure trainee is understanding processes.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)

We are a family farm who enjoys meeting other people who are interested in farming. We have many good friends around the world from our participation in the WWOOF and MESA programs

 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Mastering farm skills & machinery
Start Date of Phase July 1, 2020 End Date of Phase November 15, 2020
Primary Supervisor during this phase Barbara Cecchini Supervisor Title Owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 925-437-5003
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Become proficient in all farm skills and start to learn farm machinery such as tractor, disc, bed shaper, plastic mulch layer and irrigation pump.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Work on the skills learned in phase 1 and begin to learn farm machinery skills

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The Cecchini Ranch has continuously operated since the 1930s, and Barbara and Bob have been running it together for more than thirty years. Barbara obtained her degree in agriculture from Fresno State. She has extensive experience selling vegetable and field crops and researching their productivity. Active in California farm organizations throughout her life, Barbara was on the Board of the California Asparagus Commission for twelve years and currently serves on the Contra Costa County Farm Bureau.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Trainee will have participated in the numerous cultural activities listed in phase 1, and more.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Continue direct marketing and farming skills and add in machinery skills.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Learned by doing: Hands-on instruction by manager and owners to ensure trainee’s ability to complete tasks with confidence.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Manager will have evaluated day-to-day training and will have offered feedback for improvement, ensure trainee is understanding processes.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name
Start Date of Phase November 15, 2020 End Date of Phase
Primary Supervisor during this phase Supervisor Title
Email Phone Number
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase
2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase
3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications
4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?
5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?
6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.
7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?
8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)