Good Farm Fund: Everybody Eats! Article in Real Estate Magazine

Good Farm Fund aims to help make local
food more affordable for everyone, and to
supply capital for needed equipment and
projects on small farms


The Fate of the Small Farmer
The American dream of forty acres and a mule has perhaps
never been more unattainable—or more necessary—
than it is today. Here in Mendocino, farmers are certainly better off
than in many parts of the country with our clean air, largely
uncontaminated soils, ample water supply, a relatively temperate climate with a long growing season, and a strong ethos of support for the small farm. We also have a uniquely varied climate suitable for producing a range of crops.



Good Farm Fund’s Winter Feast

Good Farm Fund’s Winter Feast

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 from 5 – 9 pm
Barra of Mendocino Event Center at 7051 North State Street in Redwood Valley
Meal by Black Dog Farm & Catering
Advance Tickets are $30-50 sliding scale.
This is always a sell out event, get your tickets now >>

The Winter Feast is proudly presented by Good Farm Fund & Mendo Lake Food Hub

Second Annual Mendocino County Homebrew Festival!

Second Annual Mendocino County Homebrew Festival!

Support your local brewers to benefit Good Farm Fund 🍻
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 from 3 – 6pm
Downtown Ukiah at the Ukiah Valley Convention Center
Advance Tickets are $30 General Admission/ $45 VIT “Very Important Taster”
Purchase online or at Westside Renaissance Market or Mendocino Book Company

Still accepting homebrew submissions and event sponsors!
For tickets and more info visit >> 

Midsummer Night’s Feast at Yokayo Ranch: Our 4th Annual Summer Benefit Dinner

This event has become the most beloved farm-to-table experience of the summer!

A Midsummer Night’s Feast is a fabulous showcase of our region’s best food & culinary talent, featuring the people who feed our community, from shovel to fork.

Local food doesn’t get better than this. In one summer evening we bring together about 20 of the area’s “local-food-forward” chefs and pair them up with our best local farms and ranches to collaborate on one of a kind seasonal plates.

A Midsummer Night’s Feast!
4th Annual Farm to Table Benefit at Yokayo Ranch
Tuesday, July 24, 2018  |  7PM  |  Yokayo Ranch, Ukiah

Learn more by visiting our Facebook event >>

A Midsummer Night’s Feast – 4th Annual Benefit Dinner

A Midsummer Night’s Feast
4th Annual Good Farm Fund Benefit
Tuesday, July 24th   |   7 PM   |   Yokayo Ranch

This event has become the most beloved farm-to-table experience of the summer! A Midsummer Night’s Feast is a fabulous showcase of our region’s best food & culinary talent, featuring the people who feed our community, from shovel to fork.

Local food doesn’t get better than this. In one summer evening we bring together about 20 of the area’s “local-food-forward” chefs and pair them up with our best local farms and ranches to collaborate on one of a kind seasonal plates.

Libations will include local beer, wines, designer mocktails, and the crowd-favorite craft cocktails made with locally distilled spirits from American Craft Whiskey Distillery.

Hosted outdoors at the beautiful & historic Yokayo Ranch, the evening also includes live music, a farm tour, and a silent auction. (Onsite lodging is available for overnight guests, please email for details.)

Advance Tickets: $100: Includes all food & beverages. We expect to sell out, but if tickets are available at the door they will be $125. Courtesy note: no dogs or other pets, please.

The event benefits the Good Farm Fund, which provides economic development & emergency relief grants to small local food producers, and funds the Food Stamp Match program at our local farmers markets. Presented by Good Farm Fund & the Mendo Lake Food Hub.

Here’s a sneak peak of the incredible menu…

Fog Eater Cafe w/ Nye Ranch
Purple cauliflower and squash fritters with pickled green strawberry relish and smoked carrot coulis. Gluten free and vegan.

Assaggiare Mendocino w/ Mendocino Meats Peking style roast duck in petal buns with herb salad and hoisin sauce

Byram’s Bread w/ Mendocino Grain Project
Donut Holes with local heirloom wheat flour & Rose geranium sugar

Kemmy’s Pies w/ Fortunate Farm & Round River Farms
Chocolate-walnut & strawberry rhubarb pie

Featured cocktails for the evening served by guest bartender Hoolis C. Nation, Brand Ambassador at American Craft Whiskey.

Smoked Fedora: bourbon, brandy, and smoked rum

Dorothy’s Kiss: dark gin, antica formula, oztreuse, (liqueur made from local herbs from Oz Farm in Point Arena), lemon twist

Mendo Mate’ Cobbler: straight vodka, mate’ vodka, pineapple juice, coconut water, Oz Farm strawberries + Oz Farm flowers


Here’s a sneak peak of just one of the many fabulous items that will be available in our silent auction. The piece pictured is “Field of Dreams” by local artist Tim Poma.

We will also have on offer a pizza party for 12 catered by Mendough’s (Olan Cox), a stay & cook at the Apple Farm, 2 nights in Caspar, a garden plot at the N. Oak Veteran’s Garden, a tour and picnic at the School of Adaptive Agriculture, weekly organic bread for a month from Eliot’s Bread, and much more! Come prepared to bid on some spectacular items.


Buck Thrifty will be joining us this year at the 4th Annual Midsummer Night’s Feast to benefit the Good Farm Fund. Kickin up a cocktail of the uniquely infused flavors of Folky-Punky-Bluesy-Swing, this raggedy crew of streetwise fashionistas is ready to serve up some seriously poppin’ grooves.

With a mobile musical menagerie of two to ten players and an enigmatic style that commands any crowd, Buck-Thrifty knows no limits in perusing the progression (or dare we say, regression?) of the Pacific Northwest’s festivale of folk fusions. So what do they mean by all that? Simply that they promise to supply saucy sounds that set your boots to stompin’ and your booty to shakin’.

Our event sponsors’ generous support is humbling. Their help and encouragement ensures that the funds raised through ticket sales, silent auctions, etc. goes to funding our important work. Thank you.

We would also like to send our deep appreciation to the many the local chefs, farmers, ranchers, restaurants, caterers, food producers, wineries, breweries, distillers, and other beverage sponsors who add their special magic that make our events sparkle. Thank you.

Wildfire Relief Resources for Local Farms

University of California Hopland Research & Extension Center Fire Recovery Resources

As our County and those surrounding begin to recover from recent wildfires these resources may be of use:

Center for Fire Research and Outreach

Fire Recovery in California’s Oak Woodlands

Grassland Restoration

USDA Assistance for Fire Affected Ag. producers in Lake and Mendocino 

The Mendocino Local Assistance Center is now open until October 30th. This is a multi-agency support center providing assistance to residents affected by the Redwood fire. 

Here at HREC we are working to support recovery by:

  • Developing workshops with information to support agricultural and wildland regeneration efforts.
  • Developing a bank of acorns to assist with post fire oak regeneration efforts.
  • Supporting fundraising efforts for fire recovery.

If you have questions or suggestions regarding these efforts please contact Hannah Bird at or call (707) 744 1424 ext 105.

USDA Disaster Resources for Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities

The USDA reference guide includes resources available in all of the following areas:

Technical Assistance
Disaster Payments for Agricultural Losses
Insurance & Risk Management
Conservation and Land Management
Household & Community Water Supplies


Good Farm Fund presents the Inaugural Mendocino County Homebrew Fest! November 4, 2017 | Ukiah

We have partnered with Visit Mendocino County and our beer geek friends to introduce an exciting new event, the Inaugural Mendocino County Homebrew Festival!  This new addition to the Mendocino Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival is set for November 4th, 2017 at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center.

The afternoon will feature brewers from several clubs in Lake and Mendocino Counties and also from around Northern CA competing to become the people’s choice winner.  The event is also open to ciders, mead and other fermented beverages including kombucha & jun. Local Farm-to-table food will be available for purchase.

The festival will include both a People’s Choice award and Brewer’s Choice panel winner.

All proceeds go to support Good Farm Fund, which makes fresh local food available to lower income community members by funding the SNAP/food stamp Market Match program at farmers markets and provides strategic economic development grants to Lake and Mendocino County small farms. Farm to table food provided by the Mendocino College Culinary Arts Program will be available for purchase.

Get all the details at the >> Mendocino County Home Brew Fest website.

If you are a home brewer, >> sign up now to be in the competition. If you know someone who makes great beer, encourage them to get signed up! Deadline for entry is October 4th.

If you like beer and fun >> get your tickets here.

If you would like an opportunity to promote your business by joining our >> fine cast of sponsors  email us at to find out about our sponsorship packages.


Ukiah Brewing Company, The Big Chief of Laytonville, Visit Mendocino, Westside Renaissance Market, Saucy, Beer Belly Fermentation Supply, Riley’s Cab (which will be providing attendees with free cab service within a 10 mile radius of the event), KWINE, KMAX and KZYX

Unique Farm to Table Dinner to Support Local Farmers

3rd Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Get your tickets now!

Enjoy gourmet food from over 20 of the best chefs in Lake and Mendocino Counties at the Third Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner on Tuesday June 13, from 6-9 pm at Yokayo Ranch. During this open-air celebration guests will enjoy live music and seasonal small plates. This unique event pairs farmers with chefs, and together they present inspired dishes designed to excite the pallet while showcasing exceptional, locally grown produce. Local beer and wine plus specialty Summer Solstice inspired cocktails courtesy of American Craft Whisky Distillery, are included.

Set against the backdrop of Yokayo Ranch, a 40-acre hillside ranch built in the 1920’s, guests will be delighted by the natural beauty of this spectacular country setting. The evening’s program will also include a farm tour of Yokayo Roots Farm, a keynote speaker, farmer success stories, and a live auction.

Farmers, restaurant owners, and chefs, are already preparing menu combinations for this year’s guests.  Julia Kendrick Conway, chef and proprietor of Assaggiare Mendocino adds:

Last year’s event was delightful, truly one-of-a-kind. It’s rewarding to be involved in an event that celebrates delicious, fresh, locally grown food. We’re excited to team up with another farm this year to create a new, seasonally inspired dish.

Designed to bring together the entire food system is one experience; all event proceeds support the Good Farm Fund’s Farm Grant Program, which funds food stamp doubling at farmer’s markets and works to support and grow small, local food farms by funding capacity-building projects like greenhouses, farmstands, equipment, and fencing. Applications are reviewed by the Good Farm Fund Board and any farmer residing in Lake or Mendocino County may apply.

In 2016, the Farm Grant Program awarded $20,000 to 14 local food farms.  Anderson Valley Community Farm, one of the largest grant recipients, was awarded $3300 to build a farmstand to use as a CSA pickup location with products such as jams, pickles, olives and soap. Grant funds were also used to gravel the driveway, making it more accessible to the public.

Tickets for the Third Annual Summer Solstice Farm to Table Benefit Dinner are on sale now. Pre-registration is $100 per person or $125 at the event. Purchase online at, or at the following Ukiah establishments: JD Redhouse & Co, Mendocino Book Co, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op and Westside Renaissance Market. For a complete list of farmers and chefs, or to learn more about the Good Farm Fund Grant program, please visit

Chefs & Restaurants

Assagiare Mendocio, Bewildered Pig, Black Dog Farm & Catering, Black Oak Coffee, Boonville General Store, Byram’s Bread, Caring Kitchen, Chop Chop, Cucina Verona, Elevensies, Elizabeth Archer, Fairall Farm, GG’s Cookies, Kemmy’s Pies, Mendocino College, Pacific Plate, Pennyroyal Farmstead Cheese, Rachel Britten, Saucy, Schat’s, Tango Foods, Taste buds, Trillium Cafe, Wholly Bowl, Wild Fish, Zocalo Collective

Farmers & Producers

Anderson Valley Community Farm, Carson and Bees, Cerro Negro, Cinnamon Bear Farm, Covelo Organic, Ecology Action, Feriera Forest Farm, Floodgate Farm, Fortunate Farm, Green Uprising Farm, Irene’s Garden, Love Farm, Mendocino Grain Project, Mendocino Lavender, Mossy Falls Farm, North Coast Brewing Company, Noyo Fish Company, Nye Ranch, Oak Granary, Oz Farm, Parducci Vineyard, Potter Valley Unconventional Agriculture, Princess Seafood, School of Adaptive Agriculture, Seely Farm Stand, Shamrock Chevre, Sister’s Ridge, Tequio Farm, Yokayo Roots Farm


Guests may lodge at Yokayo Ranch. Two large houses and two cabanas, sleeping 20+ people, are available. Each house is historically decorated, while providing all the amenities of modern life. The houses surround lawns, covered patios, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen.

Enjoy all the fun without worrying about traveling! Everything is set up to make your night a breeze. Book your room in advance by emailing Rooms are $100 per night.


The Good Farm Fund is supported by various sponsors. Foundation sponsors support the grant program and include Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Frey Vineyards, and Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op. The 2017 event sponsors are American Craft Whiskey, Cold Creek Compost, KZYZ, Mendo Lake Food Hub, Mendocino Winegrowers, North Coast Brewing Company, North Coast Opportunities, Parducci, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Surf Market, and Thompson Party Rentals. Hospice Services of Lake County Thrift Stores, along with Mendocino County thrift stores, provided a silverware donation. This event was also supported by the West Region Economic Opportunity Grants Program provided by Wells Fargo.

While each sponsor is vital to the Good Farm Fund, sponsors like the Mendo Lake Food hub specifically work to strengthen the restaurant-farmer relationship by providing an efficient, local produce ordering and distribution system all year long.”

Learn more about our foundation sponsors and event sponsors.











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3rd Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Get your tickets for the 3rd Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner here!

Tickets also available at JD Redhouse & Co, Mendocino Book Co, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op and Westside Renaissance Market

Tuesday, June 13: 6– 9:00 pm
Yokayo Roots Farm Tour: 6:15

Dinner served: 6:30, drinks included
Yokayo Ranch | 800 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA
$100 in advance | $125 at event

Featuring live acoustic music by Jason Wright and specialty summer inspired cocktails by American Craft Distillery Whiskey.

Get your tickets, mark your calendar, and join us on Tuesday, June 13 for a one-of-a-kind experience designed to unite the entire food system in one evening. This is the only event that pairs the best chefs with the best farmers from both Lake and Mendocino Counties. Together, our chef/farmer teams create seasonally inspired small plates to delight and inspire you, while showcasing exceptional, locally grown produce.

For lodging information, a full list of chefs and farmers, and all the details visit our media page

Thank you to our event sponsors













Silverware donations provided by Hospice Services of Lake County Thrift Stores and Mendocino County Thrift Stores.

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Good Farm Fund awards grants to 14 Mendocino County farms

by Erick O’Donnell, Ukiah Daily Journal 12/23/16

The Good Farm Fund, an agricultural grant program sponsored by North Coast Opportunities, awarded $20,000 worth of grants this week to 14 small farms throughout Mendocino County.

The grants will fund small infrastructure projects that will allow farmers to increase food production and, hence, revenue and profit, helping them to overcome steep economic obstacles on their way to self-sufficiency, said Caroline Radice, who sits on the program’s steering and grant committees.

With high land prices, farmers face a high barrier to entry, and the cost of investing in capacity-building projects can further impede the ability of small farmers to establish themselves in the capital-intensive business of agriculture, she said.

The Good Farm Fund will fully bankroll some projects and partially fund others, with matching grants or financing from other sources, she said.  Members of the grant committee were reluctant to let any projects go without financial support, so they decided to spread funds over as many projects as they could while ensuring other funding sources would cover the shortfalls, ultimately approving grants for 14 out of the 16 projects, she said.

Fortunate Farm in Caspar will get $3,000 for a new, larger greenhouse, a piece of infrastructure that that can dramatically increase a farm’s yield and which farmers have shown more interest in this season, Radice said. The farm is participating in the Food Hub, another NCO project that helps farmers sell to a local wholesale market, and a larger greenhouse will enable it to meet its production goals and satisfy retailer demand through that network, she said.

Cinnamon Bear Farm in Ukiah will get $1,242 for a low-tunnel hoop house, a long, cylindrical, transparent structure that works like a greenhouse but is placed over a row of crops in a field. That piece of equipment will allow the farm to grow a greater variety of crops earlier and later in the season, she said.

Carson & Bees, which tends hives of honey bees throughout the county, will use its $1,500 award to buy honeycomb frames and use them to divide its growing hives, establishing new colonies. The hives produce honey and are also used by other farmers to pollinate their pear and apple orchards.

The project submitted by Russian Creek Farms is an excellent example of beneficial community impact, one of several criteria used by the grant committee to evaluate applications, Radice said. Owner Ben Wolff supplies the corner store with fresh produce, creating an oasis in the “food desert” of Potter Valley, which lacks a grocery store, she said.

Russian Creek Farms will use the $3,200 it was awarded to erect a fence, creating acres of usable pasture and farmland for growing vegetables, Radice said. The increased production will enable Wolff to contribute about 50 percent more produce to the local food economy, she said.

A farmer’s commitment to a local community generates “layers of community impact,” said Scott Cratty, a co-founder of the grant program and general manager of the Mendocino County Farmers’ Market Association. Substituting a local vegetable for one picked and shipped from abroad keeps money in the local economy, sustains a local farming job, provides the community with healthier produce, and helps cut down on carbon emissions from freight vehicles, he said.

It also helps preserve the rural character of Mendocino County, Cratty said.

“You’re also preserving the only way we can keep open, beautiful space around us,” he said. If, “you want to live in a rural area with beautiful open space, you need creative ways to keep farmers farming.”

The farmers, food vendors and local-food advocates who run the fund are hoping to make more substantial investments in community agriculture in the future, Radice said. The program this time had about three times as much money to disburse as last year, its first, and organizers are hoping that its reputation will lure more donations for 2017, enabling it to award grants of between $7,500 and $10,000, she said.  With grants of that size, farmers could make much more significant capital upgrades, drilling wells, buying tractors and building structures for processing their food, Radice said.