As organic operations face unprecedented drought conditions in the western region in 2014, CCOF continues to provide support and information to help organic operations through this difficult time. We are pleased to announce availability of special hardship funds for any certified organic producers who are having a hard time making ends meet this spring due to damage caused by drought.
Thanks to a special grant from Farm Aid, CCOF is joining with Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) to make these funds available to growers affected by the drought. CCOF chapters across the state are also contributing to the emergency drought fund to increase the number of families that can be helped through this program. CCOF will offer drought disaster grants to certified organic farmers while CAFF will offer the grants to family farmers who use sustainable agriculture practices. The CCOF funds are available to any certified organic producer, not only those certified by CCOF. Each eligible producer may apply for a $500 grant to offset drought impacts on their families. CCOF requirements for eligibility include:
Preference will be given to farms that match the federal definition of a small family farm (those that have gross annual sales less than $250,000). To qualify for emergency funds, completely fill out an application form (UPDATE: application period is closed) and send to CCOF by April 30. CCOF expects to release funds by the end of May. For more information, contact CCOF Policy and Outreach Specialist Jane Sooby at (831) 423-2263, ext. 49 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Non-organic producers, contact CAFF Water Program Coordinator Kendall Lambert at (510) 832-4625, ext. 13 or email@example.com.