ERIC Number: ED176917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Family Farm in California. Final Report of the Small Farm Viability Project.
California State Office of Economic Development, Sacramento. Community Services Administration.
Most of California's farms are relatively small, family run operations, and their future has been called into question by current agricultural trends. The Small Farm Viability Planning Project was initiated to identify obstacles to small farm economic viability and make recommendations to the state on policies and actions that might reduce these obstacles. Six task forces investigated technology, finance, training, marketing, community services, and natural resources. Overall, the promotion of family farms can be expected to enrich California life both economically and socially, and creation of increased numbers of viable family farms can be one major means of creating more employment in rural areas. Although training resources for in-school youth (high school through university) are adequate, training resources are extremely limited for out-of-school adults who would like to enter or progress in farming but need instruction in various aspects of farm management. Small farmers are not sufficiently aware of existing marketing outlets available to them, and the marketing task force suggested an information service to help farmers identify brokers who can handle their produce. The finance task force cited the need for financial aid to serve low-equity or beginning farmers. The findings and recommendations of each of the task forces are included along with introductory background material, general policy recommendations, and a discussion of their implications for the state. (DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Office of Economic Development, Sacramento. Community Services Administration.
Identifiers: California; Small Farm Viability Planning Project; Small Farms