Completed Project Report


Organic Elders and the Next Generation: Planning for Succession

  • Award Amount: $49,644
  • Regional Center: Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2016 Education Projects

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Project Overview

With the average age of California’s 4,500 organic farmers at 60, many are seeking to retire, and pass their knowledge and legacy to the next generation. At the same time, young farmers are seeking to gain a foothold and build on what the elders have accomplished. Organic pioneers and industry leaders have approached FarmLink, seeking partnership and assistance. This project addresses farm transition and estate planning; interpersonal, family and business relationships; and business and strategic planning. The project has conducted a needs assessment and identified senior farmers and successors who would most benefit from transition, planning, and mentoring resources. FarmLink led three (3) workshops for 91 senior farmers and beginners in California’s North Coast, Central Coast and Sacramento Valley. Participants gained knowledge and analyzed farm succession, management and asset transfer, family communication and goal setting. 30 farmers and their families are currently taking steps to implement transfer strategies through individual assistance.

Number of Participants: 151

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