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Foster the next generation of EcoFarmers!

"The EcoFarm Conference helped me so much to get answers I needed at a critical time (post-fire), as well as inspiration, community, and confidence." - EcoFarm 2018 scholarship recipient


Over the last 6 years alone, EcoFarm has awarded 887 scholarships to beginning farmers, ranchers, apprentices, students and educators totaling over $145,000 in scholarship donations! We extend our gratitude and hope that we can count on your continued generosity, as we invite applications for our 2020 scholarship program.

The number of deserving applicants always far exceeds the amount of financial assistance that we can provide. Please support the EcoFarm Scholarship Fund and help us reach our goal of raising $35,000 to bring more next generation EcoFarmers to the conference!


About the EcoFarm Scholarship Fund

We are striving to make EcoFarm more accessible and inclusive by extending financial assistance to attend the conference. In order to best address award recipients’ needs, we’re offering several scholarship opportunities. Awards range from full scholarships to day passes and typically include meals. In 2018, in response to unprecedented losses for farmers, ranchers and vintners due to fire, the EcoFarm Relief Scholarship was established.

Awards are determined by the EcoFarm Scholarship Committee, based on demonstrated commitment to ecological agriculture and community engagement. We prioritize applicants who are actively farming or ranching, are of low-income and belong to ethnic, racial and sexual identity groups that have traditionally been underrepresented at EcoFarm.

Dusty Farmer Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Dusty Farmer Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Say Hay Farms in 2018 in memory of Dustin "Dusty" Dougherty to fund EcoFarm scholars from Yolo County and surrounding areas of California to attend EcoFarm Conference. Dusty brought an unsurpassed level of dedication to farming and had a passion for the craft that inspired everybody around him. The Dusty Farmer Memorial Scholarship Fund aims to honor his life's work by helping aspiring farmers make connections and learn skills at EcoFarm Conference "to ensure a future full of dusty farmers."

THANK YOU to the 2020 EcoFarm Scholarship Committee:

Karen Adler, James Nakahara, Javier Zamora, Joyce Rice


There are many ways to support EcoFarm.



EcoFarm is you, EcoFarm is me. 

It takes a community to help us fulfill our mission: To nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration.

The Ecological Farming Association is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt organization, tax id# 68-000-3547, and your charitable donation is tax deductible.