Episode 80. Access to Land and Capital with California FarmLink

In this episode, Martin Guerena, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA – the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – talks with Brett Melone, the Director of Lending with California FarmLink.

California FarmLink, which began in 1999, helps beginning, limited-resource, immigrant, and other underserved farmers who are trying to get access to land or financing. It is particularly focused on the Central Coast, Central Valley, and North Coast regions of California.

Martin, who works out of the NCAT Western Regional Office in Davis, California, spoke with Brett during the Ecological Farming Association’s recent EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove, California.

Brett gives advice for farmers who might be in a position to come to California Farm Link for assistance and how they should prepare to begin a search for land access. He also talks about organizations that can help, both in California and around the country.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Martin Guerena directly at marting@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships

Beginning Farmer Tutorials

Financing a Farmland Purchase

Other Resources:

California Farm Link

Farmland Information Center

Land for Good

Young Farmer Coalition Finding Farmland Calculator

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

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