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California Organic Transition Grant

California Certified Organic Farms

Closed December 8, 2022

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. 

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


  • Be farming or ranching on the California Central & Southern Coasts and Central Valley (Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Colusa, Glenn, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba 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

  • Be willing to conduct an interview as part of the application process

  • Submit a Letter of Reference with your application 

  • Submit a yearly report and a final report at the end of the grant period

Application Instructions

Application must be completed online at


Release Date

November 8, 2022


December 8, 2022

Financial Instrument


Maximum Award Amount


Updated November 11, 2022

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