One way to cope with farming challenges is to take advantage of support from local Resource Conservation Districts and other agencies. They give grants for innovative, environmental techniques on farms and pastures. Marin ranchers, for example, are paid to put compost on their grazing lands. These agencies have also funded more water-efficient irrigation. Search “California RCDs, CDFAs Healthy Soils Program” at nacdnet.org for links to possible support and to a 2017 NY Times article titled “California Today: To Fight Climate Change, Heal the Ground.”
Thanks Bob! I definitely agree with you. Few people are able to scale like Singing Frogs Farm or Full Belly Farms. HOWEVER, it is possible. When the margin are so little. The way to do it is definitely having a supportive partner, part-time work and/or have a strong network of farmers for sharing or exchange of resources. I think we should try to maintain the network that we have built in this class. Maybe there are ways through MESA or it might be endeavor for us to take on.