16 April 2018

CCOF Grants and Scholarships

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Teachers:
Receive funds to incorporate organic into your classroom’s project-based learning.
GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1,000
GRANT PURPOSE: The CCOF Foundation and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom administer the Look at Agriculture…Organically! grant program for K-8 teachers who teach their students about organic in the classroom.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be certified K-8 teachers in the United States. Applicants must submit a project proposal with an itemized budget for a project to be completed in the 2018-19 school year. A significant percentage of grant funds will be awarded to teachers in school districts with 50% or more of its students enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program.
DEADLINE: May 15, 2018.

Vocational and Higher Education Students:
CCOF can help you pay for your studies in organic agriculture.
GRANT PURPOSE: The CCOF Foundation offers grants to higher education and vocational students pursuing organic agriculture programs to help with tuition and educational expenses.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be enrolled in educational programs in the United States that will benefit their careers in organic agriculture, including vocational training/certificate programs, junior college/two-year degree programs, and bachelor’s/four-year undergraduate degrees. Graduate studies are not eligible for grant funding. Applicants’ financial need is considered as part of the grant decision process.
DEADLINE: May 15, 2018.

If you're interested in either funding opportunity, click here to learn more!

02 April 2018

Basic GAPs and Food Safety Workshop on April 3 at ALBA

Basic GAPs and Symptoms of Food Borne Illness

Monday, April 3, 2018 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
ALBA classroom
1700 Old Stage Road in Salinas, CA
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ALBA farmers: $15 at the door
Open to Public: $25 per person at the door

Certificate of completion of this 2 hr. workshop will be emailed at the end of class.
This course satisfies the annual basic training for food safety and audit requirements.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, connect with Michael de Guzman at 
michael@albafarmers.org or call (831) 758-1469

Check out the Facebook event for more details.

21 March 2018

Tools and Upcoming Workshops for Landowners

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Livestock & Land Grants Available to Improve Drainage on Livestock Properties
The Loma Prieta and San Benito Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are offering $175,000 in grants to local livestock owners in southern Santa Clara and San Benito Counties located within the Pajaro River Watershed.  Funds from the Livestock and Land Program can help pay for improvements to livestock and horse properties for managing drainage, erosion, storm water runoff and manure. More information here or contact Dina Iden at 408-847-4171.

Healthy Soils Incentive Program
Healthy Soils Program Incentives Grant Workshop – Monday, March 26th in Salinas
8:30 (in English); 10:00 (in Spanish); 744 La Guardia St. Bldg A.  The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County is holding a workshop for farmers and ranchers in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara counties to assist in submitting grant applications to CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP).  Incentives grants up to $50,000 are available to producers to apply management practices such as compost, cover crops, hedgerows, transitioning to organic, etc. The deadline to apply is April 13th, so interested producers are encouraged to attend this workshop or contact laura.murphy@rcdmonterey.org / 831-975-7749 for more information.

12 March 2018

New Round of Healthy Soils Funding Now Available!

Healthy Soils Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) just announced its second call for grant applications for the Healthy Soils Program. Applications are due by 5pm on April 13.
Both direct farmer incentive grants (up to $50,000 per grant) and demonstration project grants (up to $100,000 per grant) are available for practices such as cover crops, compost, hedgerows, reduced tillage and more. The total funding available is $1.6 million (the amount not distributed during its first grant round in Dec. 2017).

CDFA made some important changes to the Healthy Soils program application, including the following:
  1. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  2. Farmers can apply for any one of the 15 eligible practices, unlike the last round’s requirement that applicants adopt one of five “soil management” practices in order to be eligible to apply for the other 10 eligible practices. 
  3. Applications are now available as a fillable Microsoft Word document instead of online through the state’s FAAST system which should make it considerably easier for farmers to apply.

Check out the CDFA call for applications here.

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. 

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!