Steering tech innovation towards small-scale farming solutions while promoting strong, local food economies across California.
APPLICATION PORTAL - OPENS AUGUST 1, 2022
The Innovation Challenge invites farmers, 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 ideas, big or small, in any phase of development, will be accepted for the Innovation Challenge.
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DEADLINE TO APPLY: NOVEMBER 1, 2022
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 want to share it with the world. 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 one of the many software challenges facing small farms today.
You've got a new product or idea designed to help solve one of the many hardware 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 2023 California Small Farms Conference.
Check out the 2022 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?
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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