Join us March 9-11, 2014 in Rohnert Park for the California Small Farm Conference!
The California Small Farm Conference is the state's premier gathering of small farmers, agricultural students, farmers’ market managers and others involved in the small farm industry. The three day educational conference includes day-long short courses and on-farm tours; focused workshops; engaging keynote addresses and numerous networking opportunities.
Praise for the 2013 Conference:
"Great resource of information. I learned so much!!"
"I had a wonderful time meeting people from all walks of Ag life. It gave me such a broad perspective and renewed enthusiasm for the work we all do!"
"The field trip (Diversity of Crops, Diversity of People) was incredible and gave me valuable insight into farming."
USDA Launches #MyFarmBill
As part of the campaign, USDA is asking people across the country to use their own voices and gadgets to make video “selfies” about what the Farm Bill means to them and why we need a comprehensive Food, Farms, and Jobs Bill.
Coming Soon: Scholarship Applications
The California Small Farm Conference awards scholarships to small farmers and ranchers, student farmer/ranchers, farmer/rancher employees and farmer market managers to attend the Conference.
Seedstock: November 5-6, 2013
In a world faced with increasing challenges brought about by global warming, population growth, and water shortages, yet another 21st century trial is emerging.
Local Planning Meeting Recap
Our first Local Planning Meeting, held on June 10th, was a success. Please save the date! Our next Local Planning Meeting is slated for August 12th in Rohnert Park.
Cultivating New Farmers and Ranchers
Farm demographics continue to change in California. The average age of a farmer is 58 years old, relatively few heirs are willing to take over farms, and fewer people are interested in becoming farmers because of a variety of challenges.
USDA Microloan Program
In California, the USDA has made over 50 microloans to farming operations as diverse as our great state - from alfalfa to livestock to organic vegetable operations to cut flowers.
Update Your Farmers’ Market Info
It’s that time again to add or update your farmers’ market information in the 2013 USDA National Farmers Market Directory.
Diversity of Marketing Recap
The 2013 Diversity in Marketing Field Course began with a stop at KB Farm in Fresno, started by Eu Yang and her husband in 2000.