Organic Transition

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Grants for Organic Transition

The Organic Transition program gives $10,000 grants to farmers transitioning their land to organic production. 

When farmers transition their land from conventional to organic, they have to wait three years before achieving certification and selling their products as organic. This three-year period is incredibly risky for farmers—they’re learning new farming techniques, creating new systems for their business, and cultivating a new market for their soon-to-be-organic products, all while growing food without earning the price premiums afforded to certified organic goods. Organic Transition grants eliminate the financial barrier for farmers who want to make the leap to organic production. 

The more we grow organic acreage, the more we reap the benefits of organic: combating climate change, bolstering our economy, and relieving health inequities. 

Looking for financial support during your organic transition process? 

The current offering of grants and technical assistance are available to Latinx farmers in California’s Central Coast transitioning land to certified organic production and implementing regenerative practices.* 

Program participants receive grants, mentorship, and technical support in agronomy, business and financial literacy, marketing, and market development over a three-year period.

Grant Amount: $10,000 per year for three years

Eligibility Requirements: Organic Transition grant applicants must: 

  • Be from Latinx communities of the California Central Coast (Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey Counties)
  • Already be practicing organic production methods
  • Have a business plan for transitioning to certified organic production or have identified a means to develop a plan for how they will transition or expand organic acreage on their farm or ranch
  • Demonstrate financial need 
  • Reside and farm/ranch in the United States (this includes U.S. territories)
  • Have a minimum of five years of agricultural production experience
  • Have at least two years of running or owning their business and/or equivalent experience
  • Submit a final report at the end of the grant period

Producers of all crop and livestock types that are eligible for organic certification are encouraged to apply. 

The application period for this grant is closed.

For more information or assistance, please contact Larissa Hernandez at (831) 346-6324, lhernandez@ccof.org or Cassie Kent at ckent@ccof.org.

* Regenerative practices are hallmarks of organic production and focus on soil building and improving natural resources and habitats.

Today, less than 1% of America’s farmland is organic, and farmers who want to transition their land face a long and costly process. Hear from CCOF's CEO Kelly Damewood about what we're doing to address this challenge: 

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