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Friday, August 21, 2015

3.3 Acres near Penngrove available for five year lease!

Hi all,

A landowner who wants to support local food production is interested to lease 3.3 acres of gently sloped land to a farmer. The property has a well and would need deer-fencing.

He is willing to do so without charging money for the lease! He just wants the land maintained in good condition.

Please go to and check out listing "Sonoma 2047". You start-up farm could soon be a reality.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

For Lease! Two 3,000 square foot poultry barns available for lease, minutes from Petaluma!

Two 3,000 square foot poultry barns available for lease, minutes from Petaluma! The land is CCOF certified organic and the farmer is willing to provide mentorship.

Register with California Farmlink at to contact the landowner directly. If you decide to lease it, I am grant-funded to develop the lease between you and act as a third party negotiator for free. 

Frederick Smith
North Coast & Bay Area Program Coordinator

Monday, August 17, 2015

14 acre property listed in Contra Costa County!

Check out this great Farmlink listing in Contra Costa County!

Contra Costa #2115

"Our family land is about 14 acres that includes open flat areas and rolling hills with grassland, oak woodland, and riparian areas along two seasonal creeks. A stock pond built in the early 60s holds water and is home to frogs. Situated at the edge of Martinez near Pleasant Hill, views of Mount Diablo, walking distance to Hidden Lake Park ball fields and regional hiking trails. We have seen wildlife: birds, wild turkey, deer and coyote, and heard of mountain lion sightings.

This land is eligible for organic certification immediately, as no prohibited fertilizers or pesticides have been applied in many years. The grass and vegetation grow tall each year. There is plenty of seasoned, downed wood available for the woodstove. There are flat areas near the house. Lots of potential."

If you are looking for land and aren't already registered, please do and find your dream property at

CDFA Introduces Online Marketplace to sell products to CA schools!

Hi all,

"The Marketplace is a free statewide website that will feature fresh California produce, grains, meats, eggs, and dairy products for sale directly to institutions and other consumers. This project was made possible with funding from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, with additional support from the California Department of Education, and the California Department of Public Health.
The Marketplace will improve food access for California public schools and expand market opportunities for food and agricultural industries. Through a simple registration process, California farmers and ranchers can link directly to any consumer, including institutions, community groups, and individuals. The service will streamline direct connections with school food service directors to further statewide farm-to-school efforts and the amount of California grown and produced foods on our children’s school lunch trays. To date, the National School Lunch Program is the most effective method of reaching the more than 3 million California school children who eat school lunch every day."


Thursday, July 16, 2015

USDA Announces Conservation Incentives for Working Grass, Range and Pasture Lands

USDA Announces Conservation Incentives for Working Grass, Range and Pasture Lands

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that beginning Sept. 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands.

The initiative is part of the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a federally funded program that for 30 years has assisted agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. In return, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. CRP has helped farmers and ranchers prevent more than 8 billion tons of soil from eroding, reduce nitrogen and phosphorous runoff relative to cropland by 95 and 85 percent respectively, and even sequester 43 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, equal to taking 8 million cars off the road.

“A record 400 million acres and 600,000 producers and landowners are currently enrolled in USDA’s conservation programs. The Conservation Reserve Program has been one of the most successful conservation programs in the history of the country, and we are pleased to begin these grasslands incentives as we celebrate the program’s 30th year,” said Vilsack. “This is another great example of how agricultural production can work hand in hand with efforts to improve the environment and increase wildlife habitat.”

The CRP-Grasslands initiative will provide participants who establish long-term, resource-conserving covers with annual rental payments up to 75 percent of the grazing value of the land. Cost-share assistance also is available for up to 50 percent of the covers and other practices, such as cross fencing to support rotational grazing or improving pasture cover to benefit pollinators or other wildlife. Participants may still conduct common grazing practices, produce hay, mow, or harvest for seed production, conduct fire rehabilitation, and construct firebreaks and fences.

With the publication of the CRP regulation today, the Farm Service Agency will accept applications on an ongoing basis beginning Sept. 1, 2015, with those applications scored against published ranking criteria, and approved based on the competiveness of the offer. The ranking period will occur at least once per year and be announced at least 30 days prior to its start. The end of the first ranking period will be Nov. 20, 2015.

Later this week, USDA will also announce state-by-state allotments for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE). Through SAFE, also a CRP initiative, up to 400,000 acres of additional agricultural land across 37 states will be eligible for wildlife habitat restoration funding. The additional acres are part of an earlier CRP wildlife habitat announcement made by Secretary Vilsack. Currently, more than 1 million acres, representing 98 projects, are enrolled in SAFE.

To learn more about participating in CRP-Grasslands or SAFE, visit or consult with the local Farm Service Agency county office. To locate a nearby Farm Service Agency office, visit To learn more about the 30th anniversary of CRP, visit or follow on Twitter using #CRPis30.

The CRP-Grasslands program was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit

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