Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Opportunity: Share your story through "Farmer and Rancher Voices from the Drought"

The worst drought in perhaps 500 years is devastating California's farming and ranching families. This project is capturing their stories through their own voices.

Inspired by Caroline Henderson's "Letters from the Dust Bowl," researchers and farm advisers affiliated with the University of California are chronicling the oral stories of farming and ranching communities. The hope is to spread awareness of the impacts of this drought while recording this unprecedented moment in history.

Read more:

News: FarmLink loan client wins scholarship and grant!

Congratulations to FarmLink borrower and ALBA farmer Octavio Garcia for winning a $10,000 ag scholarship from Annie's and $2,500 Farmer Education Grant from CCOF for his studies at Fresno State University!

“I want to be able to encourage my community to eat organic because organic is healthier. I have a dream of becoming one of the biggest strawberry growers in Monterey County.” - Octavio Garcia

Read more here:
Annie's announces scholarship winner
CCOF announces grant recipients

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Funding Deadline Extended for On-Farm Water Efficiency Projects (New deadline: July 29, 2014)

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), authorized by emergency drought legislation (Senate Bill 103). An estimated $10 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for implementation of water conservation measures that result in increased water efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

For more info please click here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Seeking farmers for family Orchard!

Are you looking for an orchard? Looking for an opportunity to learn from the family that has developed the land for the past 100 years?

100-year-old Yingst Fruit Ranch closing: Owners still looking for the right person or persons to take over the farm

For more information:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Workshop: Learn from Industry Experts How to Control Your Irrigation & Rising Energy Costs

Free Open Forum on Irrigation Efficiency and PG&E’s Aggregated Metering (NEMA) Rate Tariff for Solar Energy

Our expert panelists will answer your questions on irrigation energy efficiency measures, the benefits of aggregated metering to go solar and local finance options available.

When: Thursday July 24th 9:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Fresno State University, Center for Irrigation Technology,

Conference Room, 5370 N Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA

Southeast corner of Chestnut and Barstow

RSVP Today: or (559) 512-0358 – Hurry, Space is Limited

Monday, July 7, 2014

Water Efficiency and Enhancement Grant Program

Water Efficiency and Enhancement Grant Program

~Receive up to $50,000 for irrigation upgrades~

As part of the state’s emergency drought response, the California Department of Food and Agriculture will disperse $10 million in grants for agricultural operations investing in irrigation and distribution systems that reduce water use and greenhouse gases.

· Applications are due July 15, 2014.

· Projects must reduce water and/or energy use.

· Installation must be completed within 6 months of grant award.

· Applications must include project design/detailed schematic.

· Applicants should plan to use and maintain the system for 15 years.

· Awards up to $50,000. No match is required, though a 50% match is recommended.

Find out more by attending a workshop to review the application criterion and process.

When: 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 2

   Where: Madrone Room at the Morgan Hill Community Center, 17000 Monterey Street

   Who: Any agricultural operation interested in replacing or upgrading their irrigation system should attend.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will provide grant application assistance to a limited number of applicants on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Tracy at for assistance.

Workshop provided through support from: City of Morgan Hill ∙ County of Santa Clara, Division of Agriculture ∙ Santa Clara County Farm Bureau ∙ Santa Clara Valley Water District

New Resource: Free Farmers Campaign from the Farmers Guild

Free Farmers Campaign from the Farmers Guild

The Farmers Guild has launched a campaign we're calling "Free Farmers". We intend to simply start a dialogue that gives direct and individual voice to producers about the food movement and what they envision, struggle with, or need to succeed. We hope that through this opportunity people--whether agricultural policy-makers or just average consumers--will obtain a broad understanding of the circumstances of the many people who grow their food. No sales or lobbying, just personal statements from farmers about farming and about food.

Here's the link with more info and instructions:

As for what kinds of statements we're looking for, it's totally up to interpretation and we encourage diverse perspectives, but so far we've got everything from "free farmers set their own prices" to "free farmers eat the food they grow" and even "free farmers get to take a vacation", in addition to more politically-leaning statements. Up to you.