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New Prospective Farmers

Planning to start farming?

Our foothills attract new growers every year looking to become farmers. The elevation changes and many micro climates we have in our area create the need for individuals to research their property and variety of the fruit or nut trees, winegrapes, or specialty crops they wish to plant.

Small Farm Resources

Available Cost and Return Studies, Developed cost and return studies for many crops in California.

California Backyard Orchard, Topics include site considerations, tree selection, propagation, preparation & planting, first year care, irrigation, pollination, pruning & more.

County Agriculture Department Information:

Crop Reports
Permit Information
Farming Ordinance Information
Certified Organic Farmers Information

Foothill Farming, Helping to improve long-term sustainability and economic viability of small-scale farms and ranches in the foothills. Provides innovative, practical training in four areas: production, marketing, risk, and business management. UCCE Placer County

Fruit, Nut, and Grape Varieties for Home Orchards, Information for the home orchard grower, on the varieties of fruit, nut, and grapes that grow in El Dorado County. Based on elevation.

Sustainable Agriculture Topics, Committed to providing high-value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. ATTRA

UC Agriculture & Natural Resources Catalog, Agricultural info online from the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. From ants to zucchini, it has answers!

UC Fruit and Nut Information Center, For an entire database on the crop you are interested in.

USDA New Farmers website, Agriculture is full of exciting and rewarding opportunities. Farming is a tough job, but at the heart of it all, you'll see a vibrant community contributing to the future of our nation’s health and food security. Find the resources you need to get started.

USDA - Web Soil Survey, Soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey.