CDFA Awards CCOF-Certified Farms Healthy Soils Grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced awards to 12 CCOF-certified organic farms through the CDFA Healthy Soils Program
The Healthy Soils Program is an incentives program that funds climate-smart farming practices, which are practices that sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Demonstration program recipients will implement conservation practices and convene public events to share outcomes with the community.
For the 2017 grant cycle, CDFA awarded $5.23 million to 86 recipients, including 12 CCOF-certified farms. Awardees will implement a wide range of practices. For example, Lianne Campodonico of CCOF-certified Campodonico Olive Farm in Lakeport received a grant to help fund hedgerow planting along the edge of her olive orchard and planting cover crops. 
“The hedgerow will provide more biodiversity to our operation,” said Campodonico. “Cover cropping will help with our soil improvement plan.” 
Earlier this year, CCOF partnered with CalCAN, a coalition that advances policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and sustainable agriculture, to provide growers with one-on-one technical assistance for their applications for Healthy Soils grants. Three of these applicants, including Campodonico, received grants.  
“Without their help, I would have just thrown the application into the waste basket,” said Campodonico, speaking about the technical assistance she received from CCOF and CalCAN consultants Karen Adler and Sacha Lozano. 
Other recipients who worked with CCOF and CalCAN consultants include Capay Rancho Herb Company and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 
Congratulations to all CCOF members who received Healthy Soils Program grants:
  • Alexandre EcoDairy Farms, Crescent City
  • Campodonico Olive Farm, Lakeport 
  • Deep Springs College, Big Pine
  • Doug Lo dba Rock’N Almonds, Santa Clara
  • Elkhorn Berry Farms, Watsonville 
  • Pauma Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Pie Ranch, Pescadero
  • Rancho Shiraz Organic Farm, Bonsall
  • Rock Front Ranch LLC, Santa Maria
  • Sierra Orchards, Winters
  • Tarsadia Organic Farm, Riverside
  • The Grove LLC, Riverside