Apply by September 20 for Scholarship to California Small Farm Conference

Scholarship applications are now being accepted to attend the 30th annual California Small Farm Conference (CSFC), an educational and networking event for farmers, ranchers, and farmers’ market managers that will be held at the Robert J. Cabral Ag Center in Stockton, California on October 29-30, 2017. 
 
Keynote speakers at the conference will be Carl Rosato and Helen Atthowe and the young couple who succeeded them on Woodleaf Farm, Danny Lazzarini and Andrew Seidman. Other sessions include Creative Financing Strategies for Sustainable Farmland Succession, CSA Resiliency in a Changing Marketplace, and Creating and Managing Functional Biodiversity on Your Farm.
 
Scholarships this year provide an opportunity for beginning farmers and ranchers with limited financial resources to participate in the conference. Scholarship attendees pay a significantly reduced registration fee of $50 and the minimal field course fee of $25. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is September 20, 2017.
 
There are three basic eligibility requirements: 
  • Applicants must be beginning farmers and/or ranchers that have operated a farm or ranch for less than 10 consecutive years. 
  • Farm/ranch employees and apprentices are eligible to apply. 
  • Applicants must reside in California and have a 2016 household income of less than $50,000.
 

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