Organic Transition

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The CCOF Foundation supports farmers transitioning to organic practices because we know that organic agriculture is a proven solution to climate change, economic insecurity, and health inequities.

Our organic transition program makes sure that transitioning farmers:

  • Have the financial stability to transition. 
  • Get professional technical support in key areas: (agronomy, business and financial literacy, marketing, and market development). 
  • Can access community support and mentorship to transition. 

In collaboration with our partners, we offer programs that:

  • Provide grant funding for organic transition. 
  • Provide professional technical assistance tailored to farmers’ needs.
  • Support social, community, and mentorship networks for successful transition.

Together with the Rustic Canyon Family, the CCOF Foundation is giving $10,000 grants to farmers transitioning to organic practices. These grants and technical assistance are available to small farmers from Latinx communities in the Central Coast of California transitioning to regenerative organic production.* 

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be from Latinx communities of the California Central Coast (Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey Counties)
  • Applicant must already be practicing organic production methods
  • Applicant must have a business plan for transitioning to certified organic production or have identified a means to develop a plan for how they will transition or expand organic acreage on their farm or ranch
  • Farmers and ranchers who demonstrate financial need  
  • Applicant must reside and farm/ranch in the United States (this includes U.S. territories) 
  • Applicant must have a minimum of five years of agricultural production experience
  • Applicant must have at least two years of running or owning their business and/or equivalent experience
  • Applicant agrees to submit a final report at the end of the grant period

Producers of all crop and livestock types that are eligible for organic certification are encouraged to apply.

Grant applications are accepted from November 15 through December 10, 2021.

For more information or assistance, please contact Larissa Hernandez at (831) 346-6324 or lhernandez@ccof.org.

*With the USDA National Organic Program requirements as its baseline, regenerative organic farming includes hallmarks of organic production that have existed for decades, focusing on soil building practices and improving natural resources and habitats.

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