Our Mission is to provide relevant educational and networking opportunities and resources to address issues facing farmers, ranchers and farmers market managers.

Our Vision is to be the go-to, collaborative resource for small-scale agriculture and direct marketing, in order to create sustainable success for all California farmers, ranchers and farmers’ market managers.

Conference at-a-glance

The next California Small Farm Conference will be held held October 29 & 30, 2017, in Stockton at the Robert Cabral Agricultural Center.

For 30 years the California Small Farm Conference has been a unique opportunity for small-scale farmers to continue their educational efforts, network with industry leaders and grow their businesses.

For three days nearly 500 attendees join workshops, explore with field courses, network with colleagues, and enjoy a few social events, too. Please review the Conference Schedule for a complete listing of events by day and time. The Conference moves to a different host city each year to be as accessible as possible to farmers from all over the state and beyond.

Our Attendees

The Conference provides a forum for small farmers to share their unique concerns and experiences, and has grown into the state’s premier gathering for not only small farmers, but farmers’ market managers, agricultural students, researchers, writers and food advocates.


The brainchild of a group of small farm advocates with the University of California’s Small Farm Program, the first California Small Farm Conference was held in Stockton, CA in 1982 with a handful people in attendance. Today, the California Small Farm Conference is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors attracting nearly 500 attendees each year.