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California FarmLink. Mission: To build family farming and conserve farmland in California by linking aspiring and retiring farmers; and promoting techniques and disseminating information that facilitate intergenerational farm transitions. Starts Fast Starts Challenging Start Later.

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California FarmLink

Mission:

To build family farming and conserve farmland in California by linking aspiring and retiring farmers; and promoting techniques and disseminating information that facilitate

intergenerational farm transitions

priorities
Starts Fast

Starts Challenging

Start Later

Training

Clearinghouse

Linking

T.A.

Equity Building

Advocacy

Priorities
who cares about what
Links

Training

T.A.

Clearinghouse

Equity Building

Advocacy

Foundations

Banks, Gov’t., Fdn.

Banks, Gov’t.

Gov’t.

Banks

Foundations

Who Cares About What?
workshops
Workshops
  • Business Planning/Farm Financing
  • Lunch for Networking
  • Succession Planning
  • Identifies Clients
  • Builds Relationships
  • Publicizes Programs and Services
results objective 1 training
Results: Objective 1 Training

Goal: 60 Attendees at 3 trainings on succession planning, leasing, retirement

Achieved: 4 major trainings,

99 participants

two module on diversity in farm succession plus 2 minor trainings

152 Attendees

objective 3 individual technical assistance
Objective 3: Individual Technical Assistance

Goal: Provide individual t.a. to minimize financial risks related to business, retirement and succession planning techniques designed to help farmers and ranchers maintain specialty crop farms in production. Facilitate the adoption of farm transition techniques.

Serve 40 individuals

Achieved: 127 first-time recipients,

313 sessions

110 women (35%)

59 minority farmers (19%)

partnerships
Partnerships

Ag Community

Grassroots

Professionals

(accountants, attorneys)

Microenterprise Community

Conservation Community

Non-profit Community

roles for partners
Roles for Partners
  • Credibility
  • Funds
  • Piggy Back Trainings/Conferences
  • Publicity
    • Farm Credit Mailing List
    • Farm Bureau Newsletters
  • Telling You What to Do
    • Policy
    • Micromanaging
partners kiss
Partners KISS
  • Draft letters of support
  • Minimal Commitments
  • Board
  • Don’t make them drive
banks
Banks
  • Market/PR/Community Relations

$250-$5,000 per event

  • Community Reinvestment

for 501 (c) (3) or direct to client

$10,000 - $50,000 per year

You can’t name a bank that won’t give $1,000 to sponsor an Ag Link seminar!

undercapitalized
Undercapitalized
  • Don’t do more 10 workshops – then 3
  • $1,500 from land grant, questionable investment of time
  • Bigger grants

Free Resources

VISTA, PSA’s, Interns, Web-site

contact information
Contact Information:

California FarmLink

Phone: (707) 829-1691

Email: steve@californiafarmlink.org

www.californiafarmlink.org