Tuesday, December 20, 2011

California FarmLink 2011 Highlights

Meet Vonita Murray – young mom, farmer and veteran

Vonita came to us for help in starting her farm business. FarmLink helped her secure a lease that was advantageous and inclusive for both her and the landowner. Envisioning expansion, she said, “Given my limited experience and income, without FarmLink’s help it will be close to impossible for me to purchase the equipment I need for my operation.”

DONATE on our website: http://www.cafarmlink.org - click on the “Donate” button and help us reach our $25,000 goal.

Your contribution will directly help provide technical assistance, education, loans, mentors, linking to land, as well as help families pass on their farms/ranches to the next generation. We’re proud to partner with organizations like the Farmer Vet Coalition to have the biggest impact.

CA FarmLink is building regional food systems throughout California by providing access to land and capital for small-scale and beginning farmers. Reggie Knox, longtime farm program leader, is FarmLink’s new executive director.

• 35 farmers linked with land leases and partnerships
• 15 farmers with loans

• 193 farmers with leases and purchases
• 130 farmers with financial management, business planning, building and maintaining credit
• 15 farm families with succession planning
• 21% of this assistance went to Latino and SE Asian farmers, 60% to limited-resource farmers, and 29% to women farmers

Serving Farmers Loan Program and Matched Savings Program
• CFL’s independent loan program fills a critical niche, serving small, direct-market, limited resource, organic and beginning farmers. FarmLink:
o is now a certified independent lender with the Department of Corporations
o became the first non-profit in 23 years to receive guaranteed lender status from the Farm Service Agency
o has made 30 farm loans, averaging $25,000 each, since beginning our loan program
• CFL’s matched-savings program deposits $200 each month into savings for 3 Santa Cruz County farmers towards farm asset purchases for every $100 they put in (collaboration with Santa Cruz Community Credit Union)