Cultivating Commerce welcomes you to our website. Our mission is to foster local sustainable agricultural activities within Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties of California. We work with beginning farmers, retiring farmers, and businesses that support our agricultural community in resource protection and sustainability.
In particular, we foster entrepreneurship whether at the farmer level or in a business that recognizes the importance of maintaining a rural community and our quality of life. Whether adding a niche marketing endeavor such as boutique honey production to an existing winery or pursuing a startup organic vegetable farm, entrepreneurs struggle in developing and implementing a viable business model in our rural area. Cultivating Commerce is designed to assist these entrepreneurs in a variety of ways. Information on educational workshops, online training, funding, and more is posted to help users in developing business plans, marketing plans, whole farm plans, and other tools--all designed to assist entrepreneurs in beginning or expanding their agricultural enterprise
The NCRC&DC is also a Kiva.Zip sponsor (Trustee), and successfully helped a new entrepreneur achieve their micro-loan goal in less than a week of fundraising. If you need a startup loan for a sound project, check out Kiva Zip.
The Farmers Guild is merging with COMMUNITY ALLIANCE WITH FAMILY FARMERS (CAFF) and the fourth annual Farmer's Guild-Raising event will be held on February 18th to celebrate the launch of this new merger to benefit local small farmers. See our NEWS page for more information.
Cultivating Commerce is partnering with other non-profits and public agencies to bring expertise and information to farmers and ranchers within our 4-County area. Cultivating Commerce is one of several initiatives of the non-profit North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council which serves four Northern California counties. We have built rainwater collection systems at local schools, held educational workshops with landowners to increase pollinator habitat, worked with youth to create and healthy pollinator habitat, supported local school garden programs, educated landowners to prevent the spread of Sudden Oak Disease, prepared detailed feasibility studies for biomass-to-energy production in Mendocino County, and conducted workshops with ranchers and farmers interested in adding an agri-tourism element to their operations.
Please visit our home website of www.ncrcandd.org to learn how you can help us help others. You may make a secure online tax deductible donation at our home website, and all donations are used to further our mission.