Pathways to Farm Ownership – Webinar

Join the CCOF Foundation, California FarmLink, and the National Young Farmers Coalition for a webinar that will guide you through the key steps in negotiating and composing a lease that has a built-in pathway to ownership. 
Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs and sky-high land prices in places like California, it often doesn’t make sense to purchase property before starting your farm business. Learn about different types of lease structures, clauses, tactics that can lead to farm ownership, and how to position yourself financially to be able to execute a purchase option.
By 2030, more than two-thirds of all private agricultural land in the United States is expected to change hands. Additionally, over the past decade, the average cost of farmland has doubled, and land prices continue to climb. Unless you stand to gain farmland the old fashioned way—inheritance—new and scaling farmers need “out-of-the-box” strategies to stand up against the tide of U.S. farmland transition.
This webinar will provide ideas on choosing a land tenure method that’s right for your growing organic farming business, and how to best position yourself to consider a possible farmland purchase in the future, including financial planning through the National Young Farmer Coalition’s Finding Farmland Calculator tool.

Farms & Ranches Forever Fest

Join the Greenbelt Alliance for their Farms & Ranches Forever Fest.  Experience the Bay Area’s agriculture in downtown San Francisco! This annual happy hour features local farms and ranches, their products, and hands-on activities. Guests will be treated to live music, hors-d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and cocktails.

Since 1984, more than 200,000 acres of Bay Area farmland—an area six times the size of San Francisco— have been lost to sprawl development. If we don’t act now, sprawl development could fleece the Bay Area of our treasured local agriculture.

Real Food Real Stories with Tracy Harding of Capay Valley Farm Shop

What comes to mind when you think of wellness? Trendy ingredients, Instagram influencers, yoga retreats?
This spring, hosted by Asana, we’re rounding out the conversation. Wellness isn’t just pretty images of self-care. Wellness is mental, emotional, spiritual, and communal health. More importantly, access, privilege, and diversity must be included in the conversation.

Join Asana for a meal + story with Tracy Harding of Capay Valley Farm Shop. As the general manager of this community-owned social enterprise, she manages the marketing and distribution of food from 40 family farms to the San Francisco Bay area. This dynamic rural food hub and the agricultural producers in the region have long been at the leading edge of sustainable farming and the local food movement.

Join us to hear Tracy’s story! We promise you’ll leave with nourished and inspired.

Free, but RSVP is required!

Hidden Villa Homesteading Day

Join us as we celebrate the practice of sustainability and self-reliance through home-scale agriculture and the cultivation of culinary and craft skills! Hear from local experts and passionate enthusiasts and learn to use natural resources in your community. With demonstrations and conversations in sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and so much more, you are guaranteed to leave with knowledge and inspiration!

Note – this is a ticketed event and may sell out.  Tickets are sold for the Morning Session, Afternoon Session, or Both.

Earth Day

“In nature, nothing exists alone.”
— Rachel Carson, 1962

Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.

The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching.

If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy. Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem here.

All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more.

The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.

Earth Day Network is asking people to join our Protect our Species campaign. Our goals are to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
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