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 businesses that can create wealth while conserving and enhancing natural resources. We believe that successful farm, ranch, and fisheries businesses can support 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, beginning and sustainable farmers and family-scale fishers. We partner with 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:
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, ranching, and fisheries businesses.
Equity and Conservation on Working 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.
We are investing in the prosperity of farmers, ranchers, and fishers whose livelihoods drive healthy regional food systems. We invite you to learn more and support this work. Thank you.