Welcome to Farming in the Foothills!
There is a thriving community of small farmers and ranchers here in the Sierra foothills, and we are excited that you are a part of it!
UC Cooperative Extension works in partnership with farmers and ranchers to build and strengthen the local food systems in Placer and Nevada Counties. We are dedicated to supporting the local agricultural community and helping it to grow and thrive through a variety of educational and community-building programs.
In the last decade, local agriculture has made a comeback due to a burgeoning local food movement and renewed interest in farming and ranching. Many small-scale, diversified farms produce high quality tree and vine fruits, nuts, vegetables, and ornamental plants for local markets. Local ranches raise cattle, sheep, goats, and a variety of poultry for local consumption.
Our goal is to improve long-term sustainability and economic viability of small-scale farms and ranches in the foothills. We provide innovative, practical training in four areas: production, marketing, risk, and business management.
Added November 17, 2016
What makes a Farm a Business vs. a Hobby?We recently held a Farm Business Planning workshop where we showed a humorously exaggerated slide show of a city slicker turned farmer. The class was asked to identify what about the example farm indicated that it was a hobby vs. a business. The beginning farmer was based partly on my farm and was closer to my own experience than I like to admit. After...
Added September 26, 2016
"If this generation is to sponsor more successful farmers than did our own, we oldsters now must lift others out of the profound ignorance from which our predecessors' once kindly liberated us.” – Tom Willey On October 19th and 20th, two pioneers of organic agriculture, Tom and Denesse Willey will come to Auburn and share their wisdom with farmers from Placer and Nevada Counties. A...
Added August 30, 2016
Summer is in full tilt and every farmer and rancher I know is working like crazy just to keep up. There is always lots and lots of work to do on the farm, but one area most of us ignore is the office work. This is especially true during the busiest times of the year, like spring planting and fall harvest. Sorry to add a burden to the already overworked farmer, but everyone should make some time...
Added March 28, 2016
We like to get farmers and ranchers together and ask them this question: What could go wrong? Preferably after they've had a good night's sleep and a filling breakfast and at a time of year when their farms and ranches are relatively quiet. It is not the happiest of conversations, to say the least. But we feel that talking about farm and ranch risks, and hopefully, taking steps to create...
Which crops make money on your farm?
Calendar of Workshops
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El Dorado County Stations
Placer County Station
Sacramento County Stations
Sutter County Stations
- Verona, Nicolaus
Yuba County Stations
- Browns Valley, Marysville
Development of this website is supported by funding from Western SARE, the USDA Risk Management Agency, the Western Extension Risk Management Education Program, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.