California

Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education)

Western SARE is one of four regional offices that run the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture.

We specialize in:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC)

Our mission is to “mobilize veterans to feed America”. FVC works with military veterans and active-duty military personnel who are interested in pursuing careers in farming or ranching. We work to match those who want to farm with mentors, and work with many partners across the country. We sponsor educational farming workshops and help veterans looking for farm employment or apprentice opportunities. We run a small grants project for a limited number of veterans, primarily targeting combat disabled veterans. We support women veterans and disabled veterans.

We specialize in:

  • Financial Counseling & Business Planning
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers
  • Resources for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Crisis Assistance
  • Direct Marketing Assistance
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Institutional & Wholesale Markets
  • Land Access
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • National

CCOF Foundation

CCOF supports the growth of organic by providing service-oriented organic certification, diverse educational offerings, and dedicated policy work. We are uniquely positioned to advance organic agriculture as a member-driven, organic-focused nonprofit organization with a commitment to giving back. Since 2007, CCOF has distributed hardship assistance funds to members of the organic community who are in need.

We specialize in:

  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Activism & Organizing
  • Crisis Assistance
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • National

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)

OFRF’s mission is to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. Our main program activities are to sponsor research and farmer education/outreach projects related to organic farming systems, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.

We specialize in:

  • Activism & Organizing
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • National

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, UC-Santa Cruz

The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The Center supports organic farming research on its 25-acre organic farm, and organic farmer and gardener training through its Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture. The Apprenticeship is offered annually from April through October, with advanced training available; read more at .

We specialize in:

  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Land Access

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • National

Wild Farm Alliance

The mission of the Wild Farm Alliance is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture that helps protect and restore wild Nature. We work on biodiversity farm plans with farmers, install conservation plantings, and serve as a research and information clearinghouse to communicate the wild farm concept. We are involved in field projects on the Central Coast of California, but provide technical support and materials to farmers nationwide.

We specialize in:

We can also help you with:

  • Financial Counseling & Business Planning
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • National

WWOOF-USA (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA)

World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA), a project of the Ecological Farming Association, is a nonprofit group dedicated to connecting farms and volunteers, promoting agrarian agriculture and strengthening sustainable agriculture worldwide.

We specialize in:

  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Activism & Organizing

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • National

Farm Credit West

Farm Credit West is the #1 financial services customer-owned cooperative for California’s Central Coast, San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Valley agricultural industry. It is part of the 97-year old Farm Credit System ? the largest provider of credit to American agriculture.

We specialize in:

  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • Nevada

California Climate & Agriculture Network (CALCAN)

The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a sustainable agriculture coalition that advances policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and sustainable agriculture. We provide resources to farmers and ranchers on the impacts of climate policy on California agriculture and on organic and sustainable practices that have climate benefits. We also advance policies that support and encourage farming and ranching practices that have climate benefits and other environmental co-benefits.

We specialize in:

  • Activism & Organizing

We can also help you with:

  • Industrial Ag Issues

We work in these areas:

  • California

California AgrAbility

California AgrAbility is part of a nationwide USDA program that began through the 1990 Farm Bill. This project helps to link farmers, agricultural workers and ranchers with disabilities to vital assistance services through referrals. All callers are encouraged to continue working in agriculture. Staff provides callers with farm site assessment, information for equipment modifications, job restructuring, healthcare and rehabilitation.

We specialize in:

  • Crisis Assistance
  • Resources for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Resources for Beginning Farmers
  • Resources for Hispanic/Latinx Farmers/Farmworkers

We work in these areas:

  • California