Steering tech innovation towards small-scale farming solutions while promoting strong, local food economies across California.
All ideas, big or small, in any phase of development, will be accepted for the Innovation Challenge. Whether you’re an engineer or a crafty farmer, a local food-loving startup or a team of students, we’re challenging you to share an innovation that can help small-scale farms compete, survive and thrive.
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DEADLINE TO APPLY: NOVEMBER 1, 2021
Please select the application portal that best describes you and your innovation:
You've welded, repurposed, coded, or jerry-rigged your way to a small farm solution and you wan to share it with the world. Big or small, this challenge category is for all you open-source, tinkering, do-it-yourself innovators.
You've got a new product or business idea designed to help solve the one of the many challenges facing small farms today. Whether it's a concept, prototype, or in final development, this is the challenge category for you!
All innovators who submit a complete application will receive free registration to the 2022 California Small Farms Conference.
OVERVIEW: SMALL FARM INNOVATION CHALLENGE
Farmers need right-sized technology.
Tools and technology can help farmers improve efficiency, save labor and connect with their customers. But many of the innovations in agriculture today are being built for large-scale production, out of reach for most family farms all while contributing to ecological degradation and yet more consolidation in the industry, perpetuating a vicious cycle. Despite America’s technological progress, every day 4 farms go out of business. Creeping ever-upward at an alarming rate, the average age of farmers has now surpassed 60. Meanwhile, many of those farms that do stay afloat are doing so at a loss. Over half of our nation’s farms report negative net income. Coupled with a “get big or get out” ideology, it would seem that technology has left smaller farms behind, all to the detriment of rural economies, social equity and even the health, sustainability and quality of our food. But does it have to be this way?
BECOME A PARTNER TODAY!
The Innovation Challenge invites entrepreneurs, students, hackers and any ingenious, farm-loving thinkers to propose tech-based innovations that will help small scale agriculture compete, survive and thrive. All submissions welcome – from simple creations to fully-fleshed out business plans!
Right now, the Small Farm Tech Hub is seeking promotional partners, higher education institutions, investors, entrepreneurs, selection committee members, and sponsors to help make the 2nd Small Farm Tech Innovation Challenge possible.
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