Completed Project Report


Training Small Scale Sierra Nevada Beginning Farmers and Ranchers to Reduce Risk and Improve Economic Viability

  • Award Amount: $49,851
  • Regional Center: Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2016 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Cindy Fake
  • Email: cefake@ucanr.edu
  • Organization: University of California Cooperative Extension Placer & Nevada

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Project Overview

This project helped foothill farmers and ranchers in the foothills of Northern California reduce risk and improve the economic viability of their operations. University of California Cooperative Extension Placer/Nevada provided training and tools to small-scale, beginning specialty crop and livestock producers to help them reduce financial, marketing, and production risks.

We conducted training and networking events to foster farmer-to-farmer learning and adoption of new practices. Events included Beginning Farming, Intro to Farm Business, and Farm Business Planning short courses; practical livestock husbandry, crop production, and pest management workshops; as well as workshops on production metrics, wholesale marketing, on-farm food safety, farm taxes, and farm loans. We provided formal and informal mentors to new producers and networking opportunities through Farmer-to-Farmer events. 1,087 producers participated in one or more events, building support networks, learning to analyze risks and develop management strategies to improve the economic viability of their operations.

Number of Participants: 1087

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