Ben Zumeta

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Sepp Holzer recommends making it as steep and tall as possible for its width. It will naturally get shorter and wider, but starting steep makes for less compaction, and easier working of the bed, as the top is in arm's reach, if big enough maybe you'll need to lean over one knee. This has worked for me, but just keep the inevitable slumping in mind in you pathway design and bed spacing. I underestimated this and made some areas inaccessible with my double-wheeled barrow (which, by the way, is vastly better at moving heavy stuff 99% of the time).
2 days ago
I do it all the time, but I am seeing a lot of straw men getting the shit kicked out of them on this thread.
Shore pine would be helping with salt effects in the air if they are planted as a wind break from the ocean. Pines' allelopathy (deterrence of many other plants) largely comes from root exudates, and their needles and bark are not actually very acidic (6.2pH if I remember correctly). The needles make excellent mulch and bird bedding. In this part of NW CA, they seem to correlate with hedgehog and chanterelle mushrooms. Understory edibles that seem to mutually benefit from shore pines are evergreen and red huckleberries, salal, thimbleberry, wild raspberries and blackberries, hazel and tanoak. They also host many animal species (more than one might think). As evergreens, they are far more effective than deciduous trees at slowing and spreading rainfall that comes predominately in the winter in our climate. As they grow equally fast in our mild winters they pump sugars into the soil to support biota in the ground (like mushrooms) through the period when deciduous trees are dormant.
2 days ago
I should correct my previous post. It seems I misinterpreted what I was told. The spraying occurred on native plantings at another part of the campus. It was still unacceptable, but it was not on the food forest site.
I am saddened to report that the young food forest at the local elementary school to the Gensaw’s in Klamath, CA, (Margaret Keating) was sprayed by school district maintenance against the wishes of the community, teachers, principal and myself (the food forest site developer) with some herbicide I have yet to determine. It was most likely roundup, which I fought to get them to stop using at Del Norte High in Crescent City. The district maintenance crew also cut down the native trees we planted with students. This makes me all the more relieved to have that site and it’s surrounding cattle grazing fields will be hereafter controlled by the Yurok Tribe, its ancestral inhabitants and stewards. I am also very glad the Gensaws are doing such great things with their own garden on their own land. The school district maintenance, through either ignorance or malicious intent, has proven to be a perpetuator of institutional suppression of native sovereignty, health, and freedom to sustain themselves. I wish the Gensaw guys and their friends all the good fortune in the world.
We have hired a fantastic candidate, who is local, committed and perfectly suited for the job.  I am very thankful to know she will be caring for the food forest and helping it succeed.
5 days ago
I figured I’d post these signs we are putting up at the Crescent City Food Forest. Thanks to the original artists and Jarlath Caldwell, who did our graphic work:
1 week ago
Alders are our primary native nitrogen fixators, and host fungus beneficial to most native conifers. Thimbleberries, ferns, wild blackberries, salmon berries and raspberries, salal, currants, elderberry, nettles, devils club, sorrel, gooseberry, hazelnut, are edibles that grow underneath in the wild, doing best in edges where they get some sun. Here in nw California, tanoak, madrone, big leaf maple and vine maple all succeed alder as understory trees as the shade intolerant alder it gets displaced  by conifers.
2 weeks ago
I am happy to announce a job opportunity as Food Forest Program Manager for the Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands Community Food Council. I will be moving on to focus on my own 25acre property and design consulting, but will be available to train my successor and support them and the site however I can. We have at least one great candidate from our local Wild Rivers Permaculture Guild, so please apply only if serious, qualified, and willing to commit to this place and the wonderful people involved with the food forest. The formal job description is in the attachment below:

Food Forest Program Manager
Job Description
Location: Crescent City, California
Employed By: Family Resource Center of the Redwoods
Reports To: Food Program Director
Time Commitment: 40 hours per week including some evening and weekend  hours. This is a temporary position funded through December 31, 2021.  Extended  employment in this position beyond that date will depend on additional funding and  is not guaranteed.  
Compensation: $20.50 an hour, plus monthly health and wellness stipend,  retirement benefits, and paid vacation/sick leave.  
Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. The first  review of applications and interviews will begin on January 11th with a  desired start date of January 25th.
Area Overview
The Del Norte and Tribal Lands Community Food Council (DNATL CFC) is seeking an  energetic, collaborative, passionate, and experienced Food Forest Program Manager.  This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a team in increasing health, well being, and  access  to  food  and  farming  knowledge through projects  in one  of  California’s most beautiful, isolated, and socioeconomically disadvantaged regions.
This position will be headquartered in Del Norte County, the breathtaking northern  corner  of  coastal  California.  This  region  is  home  to  Redwood  National  and  State  Parks, the Wild and Scenic Smith River, miles of rugged Pacific Ocean beaches, and  four  federally  recognized  Tribes.  There  are  abundant  opportunities  for  hiking,  camping, surfing, and kayaking.  
About the DNATL Food Council  
The DNATL Community Food Council works to build a vibrant local food system that  provides healthy, affordable food to all DNATL families. Our programs are organized  around  four primary  objectives:  ensuring  food  security,  growing  our  local  food  economy,  shifting  DNATL’s  resident  food  culture  towards  healthful  foods,  and  establishing a resilient regional  food system. The DNATL Community Food Council  is  housed  within  the  Family  Resource  Center  of  the  Redwoods  (FRC) and  works  closely with many government, Tribal, and non-profit community partners.
DNATL  is  one  of  14  communities  within  The  California  Endowment’s  Building  Healthy  Communities  (BHC)  initiative:  a  ten-year,  place-based,  equity-focused  program  aimed  at  improving  health  outcomes  for  all  residents.  The  DNATL  Community Food Council was  founded with a BHC grant in 2010  to bring  together  all area food systems stakeholders to advance healthy food access and consumption
for Del Norte and surrounding tribal lands residents. Due to an extension, 2021 will  be the final year of the BHC initiative. The following are examples of current DNATL  CFC work:
• Convening the Del Norte Food Security Taskforce comprised of over a dozen  collaborating  organizations, meeting  regularly  to address  food insecurity in  the County.
• Designing  and  carrying-out  summer  Food  and  Farm  Academy  and  Camp  at  the Taa-‘at-dvn Chee-ne’ Tetlh-tvm’ Food Forest in Crescent City. • Maintaining  the  County’s  only choice-based  food  pantry;  sourcing  locally  grown food items; and expanding food bank programing.
• Collaborating with the Office of Emergency Services and partners in Humbolt  County to design a resilient regional food system and ensure emergency food  preparedness for regional residents.
• Executing a CalRecycle Food Rescue project, currently having recovered and  redistributed  over  75,000 pounds  of  food  that  would  otherwise  have  gone  into the landfill.
• Working  with  the  Nature  Rights  Council  and  Yurok  Food  Sovereignty  Division Manager to support and further food security and food sovereignty  initiatives for the Yurok Tribe.
Job Description
The  Food  Forest  Program  Manager will play  the  lead role  in designing,  implementing,  maintaining,  and  ensuring  the  longevity  and  programming  of  the  60,000 sq. ft. Taa-‘at-dvn Chee-ne’ Tetlh-tvm’ Food Forest  located at the College of  the Redwoods Del Norte in Crescent City. She or he will work closely with the Food  Program Director through  strategy  consultation  and  program  design,  carrying-out  the following essential job duties:
• Lead a community visioning process for the site, fostering buy-in and  establishing a steering committee that will be integral in ensuring the vision  comes to fruition and is sustained into the future.
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with the agriculture  teachers and other pertinent partners at Del Norte and Sunset high schools  and CR to design and implement a student farmer program at the site.
• Recruit and supervise volunteers to help maintain the site, including  interns/crews from the Yurok Tribe Youth at Risk Program, and the Del  Norte Unified School District’s Transition Partnership Program (TPP) and  WorkAbility I—which provide comprehensive employment services to youth  with challenges, impairments, and/or disabilities.
• Plan, execute, and oversee all site production and maintenance including  ordering and starting seeds, using and maintaining tools and irrigation  system, planting, harvesting, composting, pruning, weeding, etc.  
• Collaborate closely with the Director of the College of the Redwoods to  compose an acceptable MOU and Land Control Agreement for the site.
• Establish a functioning farm stand run by youth in the student farmer  program.
• Design, lead, oversee, and supervise summer Food and Farm Academy and  Food and Farm Camps.
• Plan and carrying-out logistics for workshops, trainings, field trips, and events at the site.  
• Carefully track data and budget relevant to the programs and operations of  the site.
• Be willing and able to assume new/unspecified duties as necessitated by  being a team member of the DNATL CFC, and as the food work grows and  evolves.  
Minimum Qualifications:
• At least two years of demonstrated skills and abilities in stakeholder  collaboration, community organizing, and building and maintaining effective  partnerships.
• Adept at creative problem solving and able to produce desired results  independently with little supervision.
• At least two years of experience working in a food production capacity. • At least two years of experience in a supervisory and/or leadership role. • Passionate about building sustainable food systems.
• Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team of diverse  individuals.  
• At least two years of experience designing and managing programs or  curriculum in an educational setting.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working effectively with Tribal nations, populations of low socio economic status, youth, people with disabilities, and in rural communities. • Bachelors or professional degree or certification in food systems, sustainable  
agriculture, education, program management, community organizing, or  related field.
• Experience working in or managing a farm education or summer program.
To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to ahixson@frcredwoods.org,  with  “Food Forest Program Manager” in the subject line.
Questions: Contact Amanda Hixson at 707-464-0955 ext. 2116, or email  ahixson@frcredwoods.org.
Equal Employment Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation:
The FRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of  race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital  status, or  other  non-merit  factors  in  its  hiring  practices,  including  the
process of recruitment, selection, promotion or other conditions of employment. In  accordance  with  the  Americans  with  Disabilities  Act,  we will  make  reasonable  efforts during  the interview process  to accommodate people with distinct physical  or  mental  requirements.  If  special  accommodations  are  necessary,  please  contact  the  FRC  (email ahixson@frcredwoods.org  or  call  707.954.0955 ext.  2116)  prior  to  your interview date.


For more information about the site and its progress over my time working on it, refer to:
https://permies.com/t/99256/Crescent-City-Food-Forest#1204913
2 weeks ago
I am happy to announce a job opportunity as Food Forest Program Manager for the Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands Community Food Council. I will be moving on to focus on my own 25acre property and design consulting, but will be available to train my successor and support them and the site however I can. We have at least one great candidate from our local Wild Rivers Permaculture Guild, so please apply only if serious, qualified, and willing to commit to this place and the wonderful people involved with the food forest. The formal job description is in the attachment below:

Food Forest Program Manager
Job Description
Location: Crescent City, California
Employed By: Family Resource Center of the Redwoods
Reports To: Food Program Director
Time Commitment: 40 hours per week including some evening and weekend  hours. This is a temporary position funded through December 31, 2021.  Extended  employment in this position beyond that date will depend on additional funding and  is not guaranteed.  
Compensation: $20.50 an hour, plus monthly health and wellness stipend,  retirement benefits, and paid vacation/sick leave.  
Application Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. The first  review of applications and interviews will begin on January 11th with a  desired start date of January 25th.
Area Overview
The Del Norte and Tribal Lands Community Food Council (DNATL CFC) is seeking an  energetic, collaborative, passionate, and experienced Food Forest Program Manager.  This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a team in increasing health, well being, and  access  to  food  and  farming  knowledge through projects  in one  of  California’s most beautiful, isolated, and socioeconomically disadvantaged regions.
This position will be headquartered in Del Norte County, the breathtaking northern  corner  of  coastal  California.  This  region  is  home  to  Redwood  National  and  State  Parks, the Wild and Scenic Smith River, miles of rugged Pacific Ocean beaches, and  four  federally  recognized  Tribes.  There  are  abundant  opportunities  for  hiking,  camping, surfing, and kayaking.  
About the DNATL Food Council  
The DNATL Community Food Council works to build a vibrant local food system that  provides healthy, affordable food to all DNATL families. Our programs are organized  around  four primary  objectives:  ensuring  food  security,  growing  our  local  food  economy,  shifting  DNATL’s  resident  food  culture  towards  healthful  foods,  and  establishing a resilient regional  food system. The DNATL Community Food Council  is  housed  within  the  Family  Resource  Center  of  the  Redwoods  (FRC) and  works  closely with many government, Tribal, and non-profit community partners.
DNATL  is  one  of  14  communities  within  The  California  Endowment’s  Building  Healthy  Communities  (BHC)  initiative:  a  ten-year,  place-based,  equity-focused  program  aimed  at  improving  health  outcomes  for  all  residents.  The  DNATL  Community Food Council was  founded with a BHC grant in 2010  to bring  together  all area food systems stakeholders to advance healthy food access and consumption
for Del Norte and surrounding tribal lands residents. Due to an extension, 2021 will  be the final year of the BHC initiative. The following are examples of current DNATL  CFC work:
• Convening the Del Norte Food Security Taskforce comprised of over a dozen  collaborating  organizations, meeting  regularly  to address  food insecurity in  the County.
• Designing  and  carrying-out  summer  Food  and  Farm  Academy  and  Camp  at  the Taa-‘at-dvn Chee-ne’ Tetlh-tvm’ Food Forest in Crescent City. • Maintaining  the  County’s  only choice-based  food  pantry;  sourcing  locally  grown food items; and expanding food bank programing.
• Collaborating with the Office of Emergency Services and partners in Humbolt  County to design a resilient regional food system and ensure emergency food  preparedness for regional residents.
• Executing a CalRecycle Food Rescue project, currently having recovered and  redistributed  over  75,000 pounds  of  food  that  would  otherwise  have  gone  into the landfill.
• Working  with  the  Nature  Rights  Council  and  Yurok  Food  Sovereignty  Division Manager to support and further food security and food sovereignty  initiatives for the Yurok Tribe.
Job Description
The  Food  Forest  Program  Manager will play  the  lead role  in designing,  implementing,  maintaining,  and  ensuring  the  longevity  and  programming  of  the  60,000 sq. ft. Taa-‘at-dvn Chee-ne’ Tetlh-tvm’ Food Forest  located at the College of  the Redwoods Del Norte in Crescent City. She or he will work closely with the Food  Program Director through  strategy  consultation  and  program  design,  carrying-out  the following essential job duties:
• Lead a community visioning process for the site, fostering buy-in and  establishing a steering committee that will be integral in ensuring the vision  comes to fruition and is sustained into the future.
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with the agriculture  teachers and other pertinent partners at Del Norte and Sunset high schools  and CR to design and implement a student farmer program at the site.
• Recruit and supervise volunteers to help maintain the site, including  interns/crews from the Yurok Tribe Youth at Risk Program, and the Del  Norte Unified School District’s Transition Partnership Program (TPP) and  WorkAbility I—which provide comprehensive employment services to youth  with challenges, impairments, and/or disabilities.
• Plan, execute, and oversee all site production and maintenance including  ordering and starting seeds, using and maintaining tools and irrigation  system, planting, harvesting, composting, pruning, weeding, etc.  
• Collaborate closely with the Director of the College of the Redwoods to  compose an acceptable MOU and Land Control Agreement for the site.
• Establish a functioning farm stand run by youth in the student farmer  program.
• Design, lead, oversee, and supervise summer Food and Farm Academy and  Food and Farm Camps.
• Plan and carrying-out logistics for workshops, trainings, field trips, and events at the site.  
• Carefully track data and budget relevant to the programs and operations of  the site.
• Be willing and able to assume new/unspecified duties as necessitated by  being a team member of the DNATL CFC, and as the food work grows and  evolves.  
Minimum Qualifications:
• At least two years of demonstrated skills and abilities in stakeholder  collaboration, community organizing, and building and maintaining effective  partnerships.
• Adept at creative problem solving and able to produce desired results  independently with little supervision.
• At least two years of experience working in a food production capacity. • At least two years of experience in a supervisory and/or leadership role. • Passionate about building sustainable food systems.
• Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team of diverse  individuals.  
• At least two years of experience designing and managing programs or  curriculum in an educational setting.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working effectively with Tribal nations, populations of low socio economic status, youth, people with disabilities, and in rural communities. • Bachelors or professional degree or certification in food systems, sustainable  
agriculture, education, program management, community organizing, or  related field.
• Experience working in or managing a farm education or summer program.
To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to ahixson@frcredwoods.org,  with  “Food Forest Program Manager” in the subject line.
Questions: Contact Amanda Hixson at 707-464-0955 ext. 2116, or email  ahixson@frcredwoods.org.
Equal Employment Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation:
The FRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of  race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital  status, or  other  non-merit  factors  in  its  hiring  practices,  including  the
process of recruitment, selection, promotion or other conditions of employment. In  accordance  with  the  Americans  with  Disabilities  Act,  we will  make  reasonable  efforts during  the interview process  to accommodate people with distinct physical  or  mental  requirements.  If  special  accommodations  are  necessary,  please  contact  the  FRC  (email ahixson@frcredwoods.org  or  call  707.954.0955 ext.  2116)  prior  to  your interview date.
2 weeks ago