Casa Rosa Farm/the Commons Farm Kitchen

Contact information
Farm Address:

Brooks , California , 44864

Primary Contact: Rachel and Anthony da Rosa
Secondary Contact:

Primary Phone:
    Number: 530-796-0758

Secondary Phone





Internship information
General Farm Description: "Casa Rosa Farms is an organic farm in the beautiful Capay Valley (Yolo County, Northern California). We are seeking a partner or manager for our new venture, the Commons Farm Kitchen & Bar. We are a diversified family farm producing pastured meats, eggs and certified organic olive oil. We farm 110 acres in the Capay Valley. Our family has been farming in the Central Valley since emigrating from the Azores in the 1960's. The third generation (Casa Rosa Farms) has been certified organic since 2009. We manage our livestock through a combination of seasonal grazing on native grasslands, intensive rotational grazing using small irrigated paddocks and growing forage crops for hay. We also produce other regionally appropriate orchard crops such as figs, pomegranates, pears, apricots on a micro scale for our farmer's markets. We maintain a market garden for the restaurant and for homestead use. We are committed to renewable energy. Our warehouse cold room and freezers are powered by solar, and one of our ag wells is 100% direct solar powered. We raise Limousin (Lim-Flex) cattle, which respond very favorably to a grass fed feeding regime, producing lean, flavorful, and very tender meat with a high carcass yield (20 pairs, 30 feeders per year). We also raise California Red Sheep (50 head) and pigs. We farrow three sows and raise a batch of pastured pigs each year. Every fall and spring, we do a large batch of pasture raised poultry. This is in addition to our farming operations as far as irrigation, fencing, silage and hay. We currently employ two full time employees and one part time employee on the farm. At the restaurant we have two employees that work on average 35 hours per week. We are currently seeking to fill two needs: a restaurant manager and a garden/poultry intern. This could be one and the same person or couple! We are flexible in job tasks here at Casa Rosa Farm. It's more important for us to find the right people and helping them develop their skills in the direction they want them to go than filling a set of duties. The term "farm family" is a little cliched, but that's exactly how we feel about our employees, both past and present. We feel fortunate that we have had one intern return to take a management position with us and we have two former employees that have used what they learned at Casa Rosa Farm to be successful in their farming goals. One has taken the reins of a family farm and the other started a farm. In November, after a significant remodel, we re-opened the only restaurant and bar in our rural town of 500 people. Our restaurant is a historic roadside joint with a colorful past going back to 1926. The interior is all hand hewn wood and paneling, complete with a natural stone fireplace made from rock found in Cache Creek. The kitchen was completely remodeled and is completely up to 2018 California Food Code standards. The bar is a historic bar with 5 taps, it accommodates (5) 1/6 barrels. It has a lovingly restored redwood cold box and plenty of refrigerated storage for wine and bottled beer as well as large walk-in and commercial freezers in an auxiliary food storage building. There is a large outside picnic area, and is located within walking distance of a popular public access point for Cache Creek recreation. The roadhouse property adjoins a large 3 bedroom, 2 bath modular home, full fenced with private yard, that has also been completely remodeled with fresh paint and new flooring in kitchen and bathrooms. The modular home is currently being divided into two units and one of those units is offered for reduced rent to a restaurant manager. Our farm furnishes most of the food we serve in the restaurant, supplemented with fresh organic vegetables from Full Belly Farm, Riverdog Farm, and other local area farms. Our meats take center stage in our grass fed burger and charcuterie plate. We also put on monthly barbeques featuring our farm's meats during the spring/summer in our large outdoor picnic/patio space, which has 6 large farm tables, a bocce ball court, quaint farm-related decor, and is also newly re-landscaped under the shade of a historic former pecan orchard. This restaurant provides a unique opportunity for a creative chef or food business entrepreneur to use the freshest ingredients from Capay Valley organic/sustainable farms, literally minutes from the farm. We also are a zero food waste business, all our food waste is returned to the farm and fed to laying chickens. With the rise in agritourism in our area, there are many opportunities for catering, festivals, farmers markets and other venues that would utilize the commercial kitchen and bring customers to the restaurant as well. Restaurant Manager Job Requirements: 40 hours per week. Physically able to work in a restaurant kitchen. Standing, sitting, bending. Knife skills. Serving skills. Able to work long shifts if needed. 2-3 days may be in excess of 8 hours per day. Must work both Saturday and Sunday. Would be responsible for managing 1-2 staff (bar tender and line cook). Days off would be Mondays and Tuesdays. Must be energetic person with food service or farmer's market experience, current DL, honest, personable, and enthusiastic and willing to drive to farmer's markets or festivals two or three times per month to operate a temporary food facility booth at a farmers market or at a private event/festival. A love of local food, farming and sustainable agriculture a must. Compensation: $32,000 per year. shift meals, farm groceries, (value: $500/month) On Site Housing available at reduced rate. (Valued at $600-800 per month) Please contact us at for more information or to receive instructions on how to apply. "

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/1/2018
Internship Ends: 4/1/2020
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 year

Internship Details:

“We have two positiona available, with learning opportunities and room and board available.

Garden/Poultry Intern
Primary Job Duties: Gardening, irrigation, caring for a flock of 50 laying hens and 25 laying ducks, raising 500 broiler chickens from August to October 1. Two farmer's markets weekly.
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Operate tools, equipment, and machinery according to prescribed safety procedures.
Follow established safety procedures and techniques to perform job duties including lifting, climbing, etc.
Correct unsafe conditions in work area and report any conditions that are not correctable to supervisor immediately.
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Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Moderate walking, standing, climbing, heavy lifting, carrying, stooping, bending, kneeling, and reaching. Work outside and inside, around moving objects, farm animals (cows, sheep, pigs, poultry), and with vehicles and machinery with moving parts. Frequent exposure to dampness and humidity, heat, animals and animal manure, exhaust fumes, gasoline, and diesel fuel.
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Hours: 20-30 hours per week, days are flexible. Two weekend days per month required (farmer's market helper)
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Employee status with 30 day probationary period, 3 sick days per year per California regulations
Pay starts at $10.00 per hour, annual raises commensurate with performance. Willing to pay $12 per hour for applicants with more experience.
Room and Board available (but you are not required to live on the farm)

Message to prospective employees: We do not offer unpaid internships. We feel that employing you at an entry level position, with the understanding that you are here to learn skills, is more fair to you and more sustainable. You will have all the educational opportunities that an "intern" would, yet you will be paid hourly wages. You would be one of two employees currently working and living on our farm.

Please contact us at for more information or to apply.
Please send resume or curriculum vitae in the body of your email.

Restaurant Manager (this is a full time position with significant responsibility as outlined in the farm description).”

Educational Opportunities: "Irrigation installation, design and maintenance. Portable, drip and sprinkler irrigation systems are all in use on our farm. <br /><br /> Poultry care- health, feeding, processing at a USDA facility <br /><br /> Fencing- design and installation of perimeter and paddock cell fencing systems. <br /><br /> Orchard/Garden- planting, fertilization, pruning, harvesting. <br /><br /> Opportunity to pursue personal side projects if desired. Side work available as temporary event staff or on call staff at our restaurant. "

Skills Desired: "Qualifications: Valid California Drivers License Clean DMV printout. Clean d Applicants must pass a physical Must be able to regularly lift 60 lbs safely Must be legal to work in the U.S. Must be able to work unsupervised on a task and be attentive to detail while doing repetitive tasks Good communication and punctuality a must <br /><br /> Experience: Will train, but prior experience with farm animals and market gardening (in some capacity) is required"

Meals: Farm product is free. Bulk staples are provided as well. Meals are not deducted from your hourly wage.

Stipend: $10-12/per hour Legal Employee status (payroll) 32 hours per week. Additional hours available as described above.

Housing: "Housing in a private cabin (bedroom) with access to employee residence "Barn" with kitchen, bath, TV, internet access, wood burning stove. Employees are responsible for keeping your home clean and tidy and ensuring that the WWOOFers and work-stay visitors understand the ground rules and also clean up after themselves. Employees are expected to help around the homestead (weedwhacking, basic gardening, harvesting, shopping, picking up mail, egg gathering for their own use, etc. when not on the clock) in exchange for room and board. Employees will work with WWOOF/HelpX visitors on tasks."

Preferred method of Contact: email please