Steering tech innovation towards small-scale farming solutions while promoting strong, local food economies across California.
This year we’re offering more than $10,000 in cash prizes!
APPLICATION PORTAL NOW OPEN
The Innovation Challenge invites farmers, entrepreneurs, students, hackers and any farm-loving tinkerers to propose a tech-based innovation that will help small scale agriculture compete, survive and thrive. All ideas, big or small, in any phase of development, will be accepted.
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DEADLINE TO APPLY: NOVEMBER 15, 2023
Please select the application portal that best describes you and your innovation. You may only apply to one portal. Submissions accepted from August 15, 2023 to November 15, 2023.
No idea is too simple! You've welded, repurposed, coded, or jerry-rigged a small farm solution and you want to share it with the world. This is for all you open-source, do-it-yourself innovators.
You've got a new marketable product or idea that offers a hardware-based solution to the many challenges facing small farms today. ("Hardware" is a tool, machinery, or other durable equipment.)
Check out the 2023 Winners
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?
Small Farm Tool & Tech Events: Coming soon!
This year’s Innovation Challenge will be accompanied by a tech demo day on November 8, 2023 and a spring 2024 Small Farm Tech Expo hosted in Fresno, CA as part of the Small Farm Conference hosted by CAFF. More details coming soon.
Interested in participating as a vendor, demonstration farm, or participant?
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Interested in getting more involved in the Small Farm Innovation Challenge as a judge, promotional partner, or sponsor? We’d love to hear from you!
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