About Us


The Small Farmers Association evolved out of the Mendocino County Ordinance 9.31 Permittee and Zip-tie Program instituted by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and Administered by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s department.

Our missions is to ensure that Small Farmers have an integral role in the Medical Cannabis market now and in the future, while maintaining sustainable environmental practices

  • To support Small Farmers Cottage Industry Rights, while promoting Local Economies.
  • To promote Sustainable Environmental Farming Practices.
  • To prevent Corporate Stronghold over Farming.
  • To Promote Cannabis Genetic Diversity through Heirloom Seed Preservation.
  • To Promote Equitable Licensing and Taxation for Small Farmers’ Success.
  • To represent Small Cannabis Farmers to Local and State Government Agencies in order to promote Reasonable and Fair Laws.

The SFA started with Julia Carrera who was one of only three certified inspectors for the Mendocino County 9.31 Zip-tie program. For over two years Julia and 87 of her farmer clients met with each other, agriculture commissioners, organic certifiers, bio-dynamic certifiers, permaculture experts, and dispensary owners to create a Best Management Practices (BMPs).

The BMPs have evolved into a certification process which helps farmers create financial budgets, improve water conservation, enhance yields, create more efficient processing methods, eliminate diversion and create the highest quality medicine possible. The goal of our certification process is to help small farmers become 100% sustainable and be reimbursed for their products legally and without the need for diversion. To learn more about the certification process and it’s benefits check out our certification info page.

We exist to help small farmers. To assist in protecting their farms and families. To help improve farming methods. To connect them with other farmers so that we can all stand strong and proud to call ourselves small farmers.

If you are interested in joining the over 650 patient and farmer members and want to be a part of our stronger network of small farmers head over to our membership page.


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