California

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

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:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Financial & 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 STATE NRCS OFFICE

Natural Resources Conservation Service California State Office

We specialize in:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • California

SARE – CA (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, California)

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is a competitive grants and education program operating in every state and island protectorate to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture. CA SARE is in the Western SARE region.

We specialize in:

We can also help you with:

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

We work in these areas:

  • California

Environmental Mediation Center

The Environmental Mediation Center (EMC) is a non-profit organization that designs and administers environmental and agricultural dispute resolution programs. The EMC administers the United States Department of Agriculture’s certified mediation programs for California, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Hawaii.

The EMC provides free mediation services to farmers on farm loans, credit issues, USDA conservation programs, lease issues, farmer/neighbor conflicts, family farm transitions, organic certification, pesticide issues, easement issues, environmental compliance, and other issues.

We specialize in:

  • Farm Land Access & Succession Planning
  • Financial & Business Planning
  • Legal Help & Mediation Services

We can also help you with:

  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)

Since 1978, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) has advocated for California family farmers and sustainable agriculture. CAFF plays a crucial role in supporting, creating, and leading campaigns and actions to advance the food movement. As a community organization, we build upon shared values around food and agriculture to create strong partnerships between family farmers and their neighborhoods. CAFF operates four programs: Biological Agriculture, Farm to School, Local Food Systems and Policy.

MISSION: To build sustainable food and farming systems through policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs that create more resilient family farms, communities, and ecosystems.

VALUES: CAFF’s core values form the foundation on which we conduct our programs and activities. The values support our work, how we interact with each other, and how we fulfill our mission.

We specialize in:

  • Activism & Organizing
  • Direct Marketing Assistance
  • Institutional & Wholesale Markets
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We can also help you with:

  • Farm Energy Options
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We work in these areas:

  • California

California State Farm Service Agency (FSA)

The primary mission of the California State FSA is to assist California’s farmers and ranchers secure the greatest possible benefit from programs administered by FSA such as farm loans, commodity price support, disaster relief, conservation, and other available resources.

We specialize in:

  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Crisis Assistance
  • Financial & Business Planning

We work in these areas:

  • California

Western Rural Development Center

The Western Rural Development Center is one of four regional centers funded by the USDA-CSREES to strengthen the capacity of local citizens and rural communities.

We specialize in:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Farm Energy Options

We can also help you with:

  • Crisis Assistance
  • Direct Marketing Assistance
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Industrial Ag Issues
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We work in these areas:

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