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Monday, November 2, 2015

Have you ever dreamed of running your own vineyard?

Check out this listing on the California Farmlink website!

5 acres of established, organic Cabernet grapes for lease (currently sells grapes to Fetzer). Has housing on site, room for future expansion, and includes an Option to Purchase for the right person.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Partnering with a Land Trust to Access Affordable Farmland, Wednesday afternoon October 7 in Placerville!

Partnering with a Land Trust

to Access Affordable Farmland

Wednesday, October 7

  • 1-4 pm presentations and farm tour 
  • 4-6 pm networking and potluck

Where: Wakamatsu Colony Farm, 941 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA

This workshop will help farmers successfully engage in the process of partnering with a land trust to access affordable, secure farmland. The event will include presentations by NYFC, California Farmlink, Equity Trust and farmers, as well as a farm tour and potluck dinner. Bring your land access questions and dishes to share! Free local beer provided!

The workshop will feature presentations on:
            An overview of other organizations that can help you in your      
                                  partnership with a land trust

            Sources of financing to consider when working with a land trust
           Matching your land access needs to the range of tools available 
            when working with a land trust

             Land trusts as landlords - what this means for you and how to 
             engage in the process

             Structuring a solid lease agreement with a land trust

The workshop is free, but please bring a dish to share and RSVP here:

 This workshop is made possible with generous support from the Cedar Tree Foundation and the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation.

Local beer and wine will be provided!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers

09/15/2015 01:03 PM EDT

USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington State that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) can assist farmers and ranchers who lost livestock, grazing land, fences or eligible trees, bushes and vines as a result of a natural disaster. FSA administers a suite of safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Livestock Forage Disaster Program,  the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree Assistance Program.

In addition, the FSA Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought. Producers located in counties that received a primary or contiguous disaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Compensation is also available to producers who purchased coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which protects non-insurable crops against natural disasters that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting.

“Wildfires have caused devastating losses for many farmers and ranchers,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “Over the past several years, wildfires have increased in severity, intensity and cost as the fire season has grown longer, and drought and increased temperatures contribute to dangerous conditions. Natural disasters such as wildfires are unavoidable, but USDA has strong safety-net programs to help producers get back on their feet.”

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can assist producers with damaged grazing land as well as farmers, ranchers and forestland owners who find themselves in emergency situations caused by natural disasters. The NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial assistance to producers who agree to defer grazing on damaged land for two years. In the event that presidentially declared natural disasters, such as wildfires, lead to imminent threats to life and property, NRCS can assist local government sponsors with the cost of implementing conservation practices to address natural resource concerns and hazards through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.

“After natural disasters such as wildfires, it is critical that farmers, ranchers and forestland owners have financial and technical resources available to protect their natural resources and operations,” said NRCS Chief Jason Weller. “Conservation practices protect the land and aid recovery, but can build the natural resource base and may help mitigate loss in future events.”

Farmers and ranchers with coverage through the federal crop insurance program administered by the Risk Management Agency (RMA) should contact their crop insurance agent to discuss losses due to fire or other natural causes of loss. Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator.

When wildfires destroy or severely damage residential property, Rural Development (RD) can assist with providing priority hardship application processing for single family housing. Under a disaster designation, RD can issue a priority letter for next available multi-family housing units. RD also provides low-interest loans to community facilities, water environmental programs, businesses and cooperatives and to rural utilities.

For the first time in its 110-year history, the Forest Service, part of USDA, is spending more than 50 percent of its budget to suppress the nation's wildfires.

Today, fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s. Since 2000, at least 10 states have had their largest fires on record. This year, there have been more than 46,000 fires. Increasing development near forest boundaries also drives up costs, as more than 46 million homes and more than 70,000 communities are at risk from wildfire in the United States.

Visit to learn more about USDA disaster preparedness and response. For more information on USDA disaster assistance programs, please contact your local USDA Service Center. To find your local USDA Service Center go to

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Quickbooks for Farmers - Webinar series starts October 5!

(provided by NE Beginning Farmers)

Mon. Oct 5 – Nov 9, 2015, with optional 7th session on Nov 16th

Webinars will be on Monday nights from 7-8:00pm Eastern time and will be recorded for later viewing.

This can be a self-paced course if you choose.  One-on-one assistance (via webinar) will be available in addition to the weekly group webinars.   Bonnie and Steve will be available Tuesday mornings (Eastern time) to answer your questions and offer guidance.

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