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Food and Farming

The final food and farming grants were awarded in the spring of 2013; there will be no further consideration of food and farming applications by Columbia.


The goal is to increase the sustainability* of farming.


* In the context of agriculture, sustainable production is organic, preserves and enhances biodiversity and soil fertility, is profitable, and employs fair labor practices.

Grantmaking is focused on programs in California working to accelerate the pace and increase the scale of the transition to sustainable growing practices. Priority is given to programs that:

  1. strengthen the resilience of agriculture by preserving and enhancing biodiversity;


  2. increase on-farm income;


  3. maximize the amount of food that urban centers source from regional farms;


  4. increase access to farmland for new farmers dedicated to practicing sustainable agriculture; and


  5. develop the intellectual and policy frameworks and advocacy programs that accelerate the transition to sustainable food systems.


Annual Deadline: The final food and farming grants were awarded in the spring of 2013; there will be no further consideration of food and farming applications by Columbia.


Geographic priority: San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California for local projects, and California for statewide projects.

 

 

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