California FarmLink’s mission is to invest in the prosperity of farmers and ranchers through lending, education, and access to land.
Knowledge, capital and land are the foundations of sustainable farm businesses that can create wealth while conserving and enhancing natural resources. We believe that successful farm and ranch businesses can support rural communities as well as local food systems, living-wage jobs, and a healthy environment.
We envision a healthy food system where farmers and ranchers have equitable opportunities to build wealth and conserve natural resources. We value equitable access to opportunity, resilient working landscapes, fairness and accountability, and learning from diverse farmers and ranchers.
Established in 1999, FarmLink works across California, with a focus on serving farmers of color and beginning and sustainable farmers. We partner with farm training programs, impact investors, public agencies and other nonprofits, weaving an ecosystem of support for next-generation farmers and ranchers. We believe that working lands provide valuable incomes as well as ecosystem services through regenerative agriculture.
California FarmLink is certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), one of the first in the nation focused on sustainable and organic agriculture as well as economic and environmental resilience. Our strategic initiatives include three priorities.
Wealth Building: We help farmers with limited formal education or English-language proficiency to build financial stability, including the ability to recover from short-term setbacks, the ability to save for retirement, and the ability to pass wealth to future generations. Our focus aims to disrupt intergenerational poverty while growing healthy regional food systems.
Resilience and Succession: We help farmers gain the knowledge and skills to grow and sustain viable farm businesses. We approach resilience with a model of land, capital and business education that allows entrepreneurs to make informed decisions in the face of risks inherent in farming and ranching.
Equity on Conservation Lands: We use loan capital, education and networking to facilitate conservation, climate adaptation, and affordable land access on working lands under public and private ownership. Our goal is to work with conservation land owners to provide farmers with high-quality land tenure opportunities on conservation lands, prioritizing farmers of color.
Investing in the prosperity of farmers and ranchers supports the viability of farmers and ranchers whose livelihoods drive healthy regional food systems. We invite you to learn more and support this work. Thank you.