11 September 2017

Deadlines to Enroll in NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program)

NAP is a Disaster Assistance Program administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency. NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. See below for upcoming deadlines to enroll. 

PLEASE NOTE: that for those row crop farmers who missed the September 1 deadline, late enrollment is a possibility and may even be a more seamless process! Contact your regional FSA office for more information.

 2018 NAP Application Closing Dates

Closing Date

Ornamental and Non-ornamental
shrubs, trees & foliage
Annual Row Crops
ALL crops with Multiple Planting Periods
San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Benito, Santa Clara, Orange, Fresno, Tulare
All GRASS and MIXED FORAGE with an intended use of GZ or FG

All crops with an intended use of GR or SD

Value Loss and Controlled Environment Crops
Ex. Veggie seed, grass seed, etc.

Aquaculture, flowers & Christmas trees
Fall Planted Garlic, Fall Planted Onions, Strawberries

Perennial Tree Crops
Almonds, Apricots, Caneberries, Cherries, Grapes, Kiwi, Mint, Nectarines, Olives, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Pistachios, Plums, Pomegranates, Walnuts, Blueberries, etc

ALL other crops with an intended use of FG or GZ
Ex. Barley, oats, triticale, wheat, etc

Perennial Herbs



Annuals – All annual crops with one Planting Period only

Tomatoes, green beans, annual herbs, squash, carrots, peppers, Brussel sprouts, safflowers, sunflowers, etc.
2019 First NAP Application Closing Date

2019 Lag Avocados & Citrus:  Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit, Tangelos, etc.

 NAP coverage is NOT available on any crop where individual insurance is available in the County at any level of maturity. If insurance is not available we can cover the crop.
·        Coverage begins the later of: 30 calendar days after the date CCC-471 is filed, or the date the crop is planted, not to exceed the final planting date
·        Coverage ends the earlier of harvest, abandonment or destruction of the crop or the normal harvest date

07 September 2017

Feedback wanted! Please participate in the Agricultural Workforce Development Survey

The AWET Program is a California statewide initiative, funded by the Chancellor's Office of Education, and created with the goal to identify and provide the required training for our agricultural workforce, based on the needs of the ag-industry. AWET's new project, the Agricultural Workforce Development Survey is currently gathering needs from farmers, ranchers, and companies working in agriculture from all sizes regarding workforce development. 

For this survey tool to be representative and inclusive, we want to invite members of the Central Coast FarmLink community to take five minutes of their time to provide their input regarding their needs as businesses. Our ultimate goal is to provide our local government and community colleges with enough information to develop the right training for our agricultural workforce.

Follow this link to learn more about and take this survey: 

30 August 2017

FREE 4-day Advocacy Training for Californian Womyn Farmers & Ranchers

The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) and California Climate Action Network (CalCAN) are hosting a fully funded four-day policy advocacy training for women farmers and ranchers. The training, Forces of Natures: Advocacy Skills Training for Women Farmers and Ranchers, will be held at OAEC in Sonoma, California, on November 9-12, 2017.
The training will boost advocacy skills for women passionate about regenerative ranching and farming, enhance strategic thinking, and provide an environment ripe for networking and mentoring. The training schedule is available online .
Registration is limited to women in agriculture who are actively farming or ranching in California. Priority registration will be given to women of color and women farmers and ranchers from underrepresented parts of the state. The training, which include meals and overnight accommodations at OAEC, is free. A $100 deposit is required at registration to reserve your space, but will be refunded at the event. Register here.
Speakers at the event include CCOF member and owner of Full Belly Farms Judith Redmond, co-founder and executive director of CalCAN Renata Brillinger, Janaki Jagannath, and Kendall Dunnigan. 

Please contact Kendall Dunnigan at kendall@oaec.org for more information.

18 August 2017

Apply Now for the Healthy Soils Incentives Program and EQIP!

CDFA Healthy Soils Program Currently Accepting Applications from Agricultural Producers
DEADLINE September 19th

The California Department of Food & Agriculture's HSP Incentives Program is accepting grant applications until 5:00pm on September 19, 2017.  The Program will provide financial incentives to California growers and ranchers for implementation of agricultural management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric GHGs, and improve soil health.  

For application assistance, the Guadalupe-Coyote RCD and the Loma Prieta RCD are co-hosting a technical workshop next Tuesday (see below) for producers interested in applying for HSP funding. This workshop is offered free of charge thanks to funding provided by the CDFA. For more application assistance opportunities, please view the Application and Technical Assistance Workshop Schedule. You can also check out this Fact Sheet, courtesy of CalCAN, to learn more.

HSP Incentives Program 
Application Assistance Workshop
Date: Tuesday, August 22;  Time:1-3:30pm;
Location: Old City Hall Restaurant, Gilroy, CA. 

EQIP Applications Now Being Accepted!
Applications are currently being accepted by the Alameda County Conservation Partnership for projects through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), including livestock water development, cross-fencing, erosion control, cover crop, hedgerow establishment, and habitat improvements for wildlife.

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers, who own or lease land, in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits on these lands.   

09 August 2017

We want to hear from you!: Listening Session for Farm Bill on Aug 10th

Your opinion can shape the next

Growers - Shippers - Farmworkers - Value-Added Producers - Food/Nutrition Stakeholders are invited to come speak and share their unique perspectives in a farm bill discussion with Representatives Panetta and Costa, as well as Ranking Member Peterson on Thursday, August 10th (9:30am - 11:00am) in Salinas, CA.

Thursday * August 10, 2017
9:30am - 11:00am (doors at 9am)
Hartnell Community College
Steinbeck Hall
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA

This will be their opportunity to provide concerns, priorities, feedback on current programs and what changes they would like to see in the next bill.  As a way to hear from at many attendees as possible, comments per person will be limited to 2-minutes. Seating will be first come, first serve to anyone who would like to attend, and doors will open at 9:00am.  Seating will be first come, first serve.

To follow up on the event, participants can also submit written comments to HouseAgListens@mail.house.gov.

We hope to see you there!

26 July 2017

UCSC, CASFS 2018 Apprenticeship Program Application Open, New Scholarship Funding Available

Aspiring organic farmers and gardeners are invited to apply for the 2018 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Now celebrating its 50th year, the Apprenticeship is the longest running university-based organic farming training program in the U.S.
The six-month, full-time residential program takes place at the 30-acre organic farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden on the UC Santa Cruz campus. The Apprenticeship blends experiential learning with traditional classroom studies on topics that include soil management, composting, pest and weed control, crop planning, irrigation, farm equipment, direct marketing techniques, business planning, and social and environmental issues in the food system.

The upcoming six-month program runs from April 9, 2018 to October 19, 2018. Scholarship support at different levels is available, including the new Food Justice and Equity Scholarship. With major support from Bon App├ętit Management Company, the new scholarship is intended to support incoming apprentices presently committed to and engaged in creating food justice and equity in their communities and/or advocacy for responsible stewardship of the Earth.

The scholarship will be used to financially support individuals from low-income communities that historically have been underrepresented, and who would otherwise be unable to attend the program. Scholarships cover part or all of the course fee and on-site housing is available for free. Other scholarship support for the Apprenticeship includes the Matthew Raiford Scholarship for veterans, and the Simply Organic annual scholarship. AmeriCorps funding can also be used to cover course fees.

The Apprenticeship is managed by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UCSC. It is open to all participants 21 years or older, regardless of educational background. Program information, application materials, details on scholarship support, and a list of dates for upcoming orientation tours are available online at casfs.ucsc.edu/apprenticeship. Application deadlines for the 2018 program are August 15, 2017 for international applicants, and September 30, 2017 for U.S. citizens.
The 39 apprentices accepted into the program each year come from all regions of the U.S. and abroad, and represent a wide spectrum of ages, backgrounds, and interests. Program graduates have established their own commercial farms and market gardens, developed farm- and garden-based educational programs, run urban garden programs, and more. You can read more about Apprenticeship alumni’s work at www.growafarmer.org.

For more information about the Apprenticeship, please contact the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at 831.459-3240, or at casfs@ucsc.edu. Learn more about CASFS at casfs.ucsc.edu

19 July 2017

Working with Land Trusts: Proposals for PNW Opportunity Due August 21st!!!

California FarmLink has had a rich relationship with land trusts throughout the state who are interested in preserving agricultural lands and keeping working lands affordable for farmers into the future. Though we don't typically promote opportunities out of state (we are California FarmLink, after all), there are some exceptional exceptions-- not to mention the very daunting costs and scarcity of farmland here in California.

Lopez Community Land Trust
Read on for an opportunity in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a great land trust, Lopez Family Land Trust, that shares our values:

LCLT is seeking a long-term lessee for the 48-acre Stonecrest Farm on Lopez Island. The lessee may be an individual, couple, family or a group, such as a cooperative. The lessee must be willing to commit to a minimum 60-month lease with the desire to enter into a longer-term lease. The lessee must be committed to the development of a successful, dynamic, ecologically balanced and viable farm enterprise that meets the following: 

  • Improves soils; 
  • Strengthens the local food system through access to local foods and farm products, which may include value-added products; 
  • Implements sound business practices; 
  • Retains and invigorates the working rural character of Lopez Island through regenerative economic and agriculture practices; 
  • Works with LCLT’s program coordinator to allow planned community access and classes on the farm. 
  • Works with LCLT's intern program. 
If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, click here to read the full Request for Proposals or contact Sandy Bishop at LCLT@rockisland.com. 
Good luck!