Nonprofit Partner Office Hours

Are you a beginning farmer or rancher seeking a mentor? Are you interested in increasing native pollinator habitat on your farm? Do you have questions about your food safety plans? Or how about getting someone to review your farm loan? 

EcoFarm is here to promote multiple forums for learning and exchange, so this year we are excited to offer more opportunities than ever! Office Hour sign-ups can be coordinated by contacting the organizations in advance or by signing up at on-site registration when you arrive at EcoFarm.

EFA Farmer Mentor Program with Jim Leap: Jim Leap will be providing consultation on a range of topics related to organic vegetable production for beginning farmers. His areas of expertise include reduced tillage systems, bedding and seeding techniques, tillage sequences, cover cropping, irrigation, weed management, farm implement selection, tractor selection and optimization of equipment configurations for the beginning farmer. These Office Hours are made possible by a USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program grant. To reserve a spot in advance, please email jim@eco-farm.org.

California FarmLink: Meet CA FarmLink staff for one-on-one consulting on farm financing or on access to land. A FarmLink Loan Officer can sit down with you to fill out or review a loan application or map out a plan to get the right financing for your farm.  A FarmLink Regional Coordinator can sit down with you to review and/or draft a lease that protects you and your farm. For those interested in filling out a loan application, please bring copies of your 2010 and 2011 tax returns, 2012 profit and loss, and lease. For those interested in getting help with a lease, please bring a draft of the lease that you are working on, if available. If you would like to reserve a spot in advance, please email anthony@cafarmlink.org.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF): CAFF is available for Food Safety questions about pre-farm gate food safety and food safety plans. Bring your ranch maps, FS program outline/GAP outline and questions for one-on-one and group discussion with Cathy Carlson, the new Food Safety Program Manager at CAFF. If you would like to reserve a spot in advance, please email cathy@caff.org.

The Xerces Society: EcoFarm participants are invited to take advantage of free, individual consulting offered by The Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation biologists. This service will assist farmers in planning their own pollinator and beneficial insect habitat restoration projects, and in accessing USDA conservation programs for financial assistance. The Xerces Society is offering several in-depth and general session workshops at EcoFarm, and this service will give attendees a chance to receive more intensive one-on-one advice. Bring maps of your farm, aerial photos, existing conservation plans and your questions! For advance scheduling, please email jessa@xerces.org.