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 Underserved Farmers

We can also help you with:

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

We work in these areas:

  • California

California FarmLink

California FarmLink provides farmers with the tools they need to lease and purchase land, access capital, and improve business and financial management skills.

We specialize in:

  • Farm Land Access & Succession Planning
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Financial & Business Planning
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Legal Help & Mediation Services

We work in these areas:

  • California

Ecological Farming Association

The Ecological Farming Association is a nonprofit educational organization that nurtures healthy and just farms, food systems, communities and environment by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy and celebration.

We specialize in:

  • Farm Land Access & Succession Planning
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We can also help you with:

  • Activism & Organizing
  • Conservation Programs
  • Direct Marketing Assistance
  • Farm Energy Options
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Industrial Ag Issues
  • Institutional & Wholesale Markets

We work in these areas:

  • California

UC Riverside Cooperative Extension

By conducting and publishing applied research, writing and disseminating educational materials, developing new interactive web-based technologies, and participating in stakeholder and agency working groups and committees, cooperative extension specialists provide the people of California with “tools to both protect the Earth’s natural resources and ensure economic and ecological sustainability for future generations.” The current strengths of the specialists in ESPM are conservation biology, landscape ecology, wildlife management, urban and agricultural pest management, forestry and forest pathology, fire ecology, and food security.

We specialize in:

  • Resources for Beginning Farmers
  • Resources for Underserved Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Crisis Assistance
  • Farm Energy Options
  • Financial & Business Planning
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We work in these areas:

  • California

American AgCredit

American AgCredit is part of the Farm Credit System. American AgCredit provides financial services to agriculture in California, Colorado, Nevada, Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, as well as to capital markets customers in 30+ states.

We specialize in:

  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma

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 & Business Planning
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers
  • Resources for Underserved Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Crisis Assistance
  • Direct Marketing Assistance
  • Farm Land Access & Succession Planning
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Institutional & Wholesale Markets
  • 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:

  • Farm Land Access & Succession Planning

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • National