The Faces and Places of DDF
DIG DEEP FARMS
Dig Deep Farms (DDF) was founded in 2010 by residents of the Ashland and Cherryland communities of unincorporated Alameda County in partnership with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and the non-profit Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL). DDF is a non-profit, social enterprise founded on the conviction that integrated community involvement, healthy food access, and job creation raise the quality of life- individually and collectively- of a community. We believe this so much that we’ve created Dig Deep Farms, a network of integrated food businesses that provides access to healthy food and jobs in our community where access to both has historically been limited.
The DDF&P Urban Farmer position is 8-40 hour a week position and runs continuously year round. Farming activities take place Monday-Friday, but the DDF&P Urban Farmer needs to be available for occasional weekend greenhouse and watering duties (on a rotational basis), for staffing of produce stands in the community and for sales and marketing assignments.
Urban farming involves strenuous physical work in all weather conditions. The program’s work schedule is generally from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM on weekdays, with some flexibility required to ensure completion of all tasks. The urban farmer is expected to participate fully in all farming duties and tasks by being available for those hours every day.
Examples of daily activities include bed preparation, transplanting, seed sowing, watering, weeding, tilling, thinning, composting, harvesting, produce handling, storage, some minor construction and marketing.
The DDF&P Urban Farmer will work in a crew of 2 to 10 urban farmers and interns under the direct supervision of the Farm Managers or the lead farmer. It is expected that farmers will complete all assigned tasks as directed and come up with additional tasks that that facilitate the accomplishing of the general goal of developing an intensive urban farming operation. DDF&P will facilitate and coordinate informal and important training in healthy farming practices, food systems and food justice. The goal of the DDF&P Urban Farming program is to produce healthy food for community members throughout Alameda County and to generate enough revenue to sustain the program, to bring new jobs and new opportunities to the community.