Programs

Scholarships

The Linda Lester Scholarship Fund is a program of the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau, in cooperation with American AgCredit. Three scholarships up to $8,000 will be awarded for the Fall of 2017. The scholarships are for local high school seniors and college students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better and plan to major in agriculture, such as agricultural business, forestry, viticulture, animal science, crop science, environmental science, agricultural engineering, agricultural education, agricultural communications, food science, and others.

Awards are based on scholastic achievement, career goals, leadership skills, community involvement, and accomplishments. Applications must be typed and forms are available electronically by contacting the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau office. This form may be scanned or copied. Applications must be complete and include the following:
A. Contact Information Form
B. Scholarship Application
C. Sealed Official Transcripts
D. Personal Statement
E. Two Letters of Recommendation

To be considered for a scholarship, applications must be submitted in a timely manner and applicants must participate in an interview with the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau scholarship committee. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail in June and monetary awards will be mailed directly to the recipient’s college or university once school begins. Scholarship recipients will be asked to provide additional information for payment processing and are also requested to provide a senior class photo for use in future scholarship program promotion.

The Farm Bureau must receive your completed application at the address below* by:
FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
*Please note: The office is not always staffed. It is best to mail your application packet.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (408) 776-1684. The 2017 Scholarship Application and Scholarship Application Information Form are available for reference.

Country Crossroads

Country Crossroads

Free Map Listing Direct Sell Farms Annual Edition

The annual edition of the Country Crossroads Map, the FREE publication that lists farms in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County that sell directly to the public, is now available. The guide shows the public where to find juicy strawberries, tangy cherries, and sweet corn.

The Country Crossroads farm trails map has a new map-based website for use with your smart phone, tablet, or computer. The site allows you to search local farms by commodity, location, and keyword so you can visit a local farm. On the website you can find the location and description of direct sell farms and the area’s farmers’ markets in Silicon Valley and the Central Coast area.

The FREE publication is produced annually by the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau. Nita Gizdich, County Crossroads President stated, “The public has a unique opportunity to purchase over 100 different commodities directly from all of our direct-sell farms.  It makes for a very enjoyable family outing.”

The map can be obtained by sending a business size (#10) self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau, 605 Tennant Ave. Suite H, Morgan Hill, CA 95037. You may pick one up at the above location between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Just ask for a Country Crossroads map.

If you are a local farm interested in advertising on the map, contact Jess Brown at (408) 776-1684 for more information.

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Current Issues

Williamson Act
Farm Bureau staff represents members at all levels of government. The American Farm Bureau Federation covers national issues, the California Farm Bureau Federation keeps an eye on state laws, and locally Farm Bureau staff represents the needs of farmers and ranchers in regional and local issues.

If you have questions on political matters, contact Farm Bureau staff at (408) 776-1684 or info@sccfarmbureau.org.

Please click on a link below to learn more about other issues:

Williamson Act Rural Crime

Ag Water Quality Program

water quality santa clara agriculture
The SCCFB’s Ag Water Quality Program exists to help farmers and ranchers protect the environment and water quality. The program includes education, workshops, and professional assistance in writing the new Farm Water Quality Plans required by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

To date, more than 150 farmers have taken classes through the Farm Bureau’s program. They have also written Farm Plans covering more than 33,000 acres in the Santa Clara Valley.

The Ag Water Quality Program recently received the highest environmental award in the state, the Governor’s Environmental Leadership Award.

Services offered

  • Up-to-date information on current and proposed water quality regulations affecting our county
  • Assistance completing regulatory forms (NOIs, etc) and/or answering questions from the Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Assistance completing farm/ranch water quality plans
  • Assistance finding funding for implementing management/ conservation practices that protect water quality (e.g., buffer strips, solar pumps to facilitate off-stream watering, erosion control projects, hedgerows, etc.)
  • Assistance to sign up for free on-farm nutrient and irrigation efficiency evaluations
  • Periodic updates on monitoring results in your area
  • Watershed working group meetings to identify and implement projects that would improve water quality in your area
  • Information on upcoming water quality/monitoring workshops and continuing education opportunities

For more information, contact us at (408) 776-1684