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!

19 December 2017

2.3 acres available at City Gardens of SLO!

Central Coast Grown

Central Coast Grown (CCG) would like to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for two and one third (2.3) acres of the City Farm–San Luis Obispo available for ground lease beginning immediately. 
This irrigated Class One and Class Two farmland is located within the city of San Luis Obispo, California and includes a large hoop house. This farm is intended for row crops with the possibility for perennial plantings and animal husbandry. The property has been cover cropped and farmed without chemical additives for the last four years. The amount of acreage and length of the lease are negotiable. 

This property is part of the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve Open Space owned by the City of San Luis Obispo. CCG has secured the master lease agreement for this site and manages all relations with the city. Consequently, the lease agreement for this farmland will exist solely between the farmer and CCG. 
The Reserve is intended for both agricultural production and education and therefore the public will occasionally be on portions of the Reserve adjacent to this farmland.

Click here to access the PDF of the full RFP and Application.
Feel free to contact Mika Maekawa (mika@cafarmlink.org) at FarmLink for support in putting proposals or leases together. 
full mapthumbnailProposals must be submitted by email or mail, become the property of CCG and will not be returned. 
Proposals and questions can be submitted to CCG at the following addresses:
P.O. Box 3736, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93403 Attn: Steven Marx
Email: info@centralcoastgrown.org and smarx@calpoly.edu

13 November 2017

Taller en Español sobre Seguriad Alimentaria para Agricultores

La Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad Alimentaria (o FSMA) requirirá que algunos ranchos implementen ciertos procedimientos de seguridad y alimentación próximamente!

Únase a CAFF, UC SAREP, y Mandela MarketPlace :

  • Aprenda si su rancho está sujeto a las reglas de FSMA 
  • Obtenga herramientas y plantillas para desarrollar planes de seguridad alimentaria para la certificación ‘GAP’ 
  • Caminata y discusión en un rancho cercano sobre seguridad alimentaria

Veterans Memorial Building
649 San Benito St, 
Hollister, CA 95023 
8:30am - 1pm | Miercoles | 29 de November 2017 

Favor de confirmar asistencia con Yuro Chavez [yuro@mandelamarketplace.org] [510.433.0993]

31 October 2017

Fund-a-Farmer Grant Applications due December 4th

Fund-a-Farmer Grant Applications due December 4th 

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) awards small grants up to $2,500 for pasture improvement and six types of certification, including American Grassfed Association “Certified Grassfed” and USDA Organic. Family farmers who raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, beef cattle, turkeys, and/or sheep may be eligible to apply. 

Is your project designed to help you transition to a pasture-based system and/or improve your animals’ access to well-managed pasture?


Is your project designed to help you meet a specific certification standard and achieve certification from American Grassfed, Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, Certified Naturally Grown, Global Animal Partnership (Levels 4-5) or USDA Organic?


Before you apply, please review the below eligibility requirements. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm CST on December 4, 2017. Grants will be awarded in January 2018. Please contact Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director, at grants@foodanimalconcerns.org or at (773) 525-4952 with any questions after reviewing these guidelines.

 Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)