Foothill Farming
University of California
Foothill Farming

Other Organizations Serving Farmers and Ranchers

California Certified Organic Growers (CCOF)

Sierra Gold and North Valley Chapters

CCOF promotes and supports organic food and agriculture through a premier organic certification program, trade support, producer and consumer education, and political advocacy. The Sierra Gold Chapter represents growers and processors in Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Tuolumne Counties, and the North Valley Chapter serves Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Yuba Counties, Northwestern Nevada and Southern Oregon. Both regions are served by the Fairfield office.

Contact: Michal Lawrence 530-644-6448 or

Community Allianance with Family Farmers (CAFF)

CAFF is a grassroots effort by both farmers and urban activists working together for almost 30 years. CAFF's mission is to build a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice. One of CAFF's most prominent programs is their Buy Fresh, Buy Local food guide.

Contact: 530-756-8518 or

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
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The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization made up of farmers and consumers pooling resources to protect the rights of consumers to obtain unprocessed and processed farm foods directly from family farms, the rights of the nation’s family farms to provide these foods directly to consumers, and to protect the nation’s family farms from harassment by federal, state, and local government interference with food production and on-farm food processing.

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
8116 Arlington Blvd, Ste. 263
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-208-FARM (3276)

Local Food Coalition (LFC)

LFC is a collection of organizations and individuals who work together to support local farmers, preserve local farms and farmland, and ensure a local food supply in Nevada County. LFC manages a thriving listserv where ag-related issues are discussed, events are announced, and local products offered or requested.

Contact list for Nevada County Local Food Coalition

Placer Local Food Alliance / PlacerSustain
Placer Sustain

Local growers, consumers, marketing and distribution.

Placer Farm Supply

Placer Farm Supply provides farmers and ranchers with all the supplies needed for everything from raising animals, managing pests & weeds, to installing fencing for vegetables, livestock, orchards and vineyards.

Contact: 916-663-3741

Sierra College

The Agriculture program at Sierra College provides a synthesis of scientific and practical knowledge for career preparation, college transfer credits, and working professionals changing careers or updating skills. Full semester length courses and short term intensive course are offered.

Contact: 916-660-7900

Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp)

SEDCorp is a non-profit, regional economic development organization that supports the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, and Sierra. One of the core services is providing access to capital for small businesses that might otherwise be denied the funds they need to operate and expand. SEDCorp is also an intermediary re-lender for the USDA, and has products specifically intended to support the agricultural community with minimized paperwork and fast turnaround.

Contact: 530-823-4703

UC Small Farm Program
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The Small Farm Program is tailored to the needs and opportunities of small-scale farmers. Through farm advisers statewide and the Small Farm Center at UC Davis, the program provides information to farmers related to specialty niche crops, direct marketing, agritourism, farm management, food safety, farmers markets, added value products, cooperatives and organic production.

Contact: 530-752-8136

USDA Risk Management Agency

The RMA’s mission is to promote, support, and regulate sound risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America’s agricultural producers. As part of this mission, RMA operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC).

Contact: 530-792-5874

California Board of Equalization

The Board of Equalization (BOE) is the public agency charged with tax administration and fee collection in the state of California. To help you understand the tax issues specific to the agricultural industry the BOE has created the Agricultural Industry Tax Guide. This guide will explain California sales and use tax law and regulations as they apply to the sale and purchase of agriculture related supplies, equipment, machines, and diesel fuel. To obtain a copy of this guide click on the link below:

Contact: 1-800-400-7115

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