Sep 21, 2021Proposals sought for technologies that ‘help level the playing field’
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 built for large-scale production, out of reach for most family farms.
From hardware to software, mechanical harvesters to marketing apps, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is seeking proposals for technologies that will help level the playing field, strengthen local food systems and promote on-farm sustainability.
As part of the 2022 Small Farms Conference, submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges representing farmers, investors, entrepreneurs and the tech industry. Winners will be showcased at the conference as well as at several other agricultural conferences, in video and online with the aim of helping shine a light on your innovation and you make your bright idea a reality.
The Small Farm Innovation Challenge is open to global submissions and can include individuals, teams, students and start-up businesses. Please note that the bulk of promotion and recognition will take place in California. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2021.
Three winners will be announced in January. A formal award ceremony will take place at the 2022 Small Farms Conference, Feb. 27–March 3, 2022.
The Farmhand Tractor, winner of the 2019 Small Farm Innovation Challenge. Photo: CAFF