MissionCalifornia FarmLink’s mission is to link independent farmers and ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future.
The Big IdeaFarmLink's supports and develops the next generation of organic and sustainable farmers in Monterey County. We partner with numerous organizations and agencies, from ALBA to the USDA Farm Service Agency to UC Berkeley, to find solutions for farmers' training, land access, and financing needs. Five years ago, FarmLink became a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in order to provide access to affordable capital for low-income, women and immigrant farmers. It is the only CDFI in the nation focused on sustainable and organic farming. FarmLink provides operating capital and increasingly land loans on terms that are designed to work with seasonal fluctuations in farm income. FarmLink works one-on-one with farmers to access financing, often from sources other than FarmLink if they can provide better terms, and establish secure land tenure, including multi-year leases and opportunities to purchase farmland.
If you are a beginning farmer like me, California FarmLink is one of the best options to help you get established in agriculture.
- Victor Cortez