The role of Kitchen Table Advisors
Kitchen Table Advisors fuels the economic viability of sustainable farms and ranches through practical business advising and trusted relationships.
During our pilot, we provided our clients with more than 2,400 hours of personalized, in-depth support in business planning and financial advising.
We are proud of our commitment to diversity: 80% of our clients are either women and/or Latino-owned businesses.
Our goal is to equip the next generation of diverse farmers and ranchers with the tools, knowledge and connections required to develop resilient, financially responsible and quality-driven businesses.
The farms and ranches we support are interwoven into the fabric of the Bay Area community and have a direct positive impact on the families who live here by feeding them healthy, local foods.
What our clients produce
Pantry staples & specialty goods - Organic fruits & vegetables - Pastured & grass-fed meats
Fifth Crow Farm
Farmers: Teresa Kurtak, Mike Irving, John Vars
Based in Pescadero, California, Fifth Crow Farm has brought employment and educational opportunities to the local rural community. They entered our pilot program with 10 part-time employees. Within three years, they doubled their workforce to 20 - including 10 year-long staff in a typically seasonal job market.
Fifth Crow Farm is also committed to giving back, having created a scholarship fund for children of farm workers and donating to local food banks.
Bucio Organic Farm
Farmer: Rigo Bucio
Rigo Bucio began his career as a farmworker, but chose to embark on farm ownership in order to create a more solid future for him and his family. The challenges he faces are not simply financial, he also confronts societal barriers as a Latino immigrant with limited fluency in English.
When he entered our pilot program, Rigo's biggest challenge was accessing financing and building credit. With our help, he was able to secure funds to more than triple his acreage. This increase of sustainably managed land in Watsonville - from 5 to 17 acres - allows Rigo to produce 1,000,000 pounds of sustainably-grown, healthy food each year.
Farmer: Caleb Barron
Caleb Barron knew how to run a farm, but he was less confident running the numbers. With the help of Kitchen Table Advisors, he collected and analyzed pertinent data that led to critical business insights and decisions. For example, we helped him determine the level of production that would allow him to rent a commercial kitchen space in nearby Santa Cruz.
Since entering the program, Fogline Farm has doubled its sales and tripled its take home income. Barron now supplies some of the region's best restaurants, including Manresa.
"Growing up in a farmworker family in the Salinas Valley, I learned firsthand the connection between the people growing our food and our local economy. I am grateful to be doing work that helps all of our farmers have a thriving, healthy, and comfortable life."
- David Mancera, Business Advisor, Kitchen Table Advisors
"Farmers are the foundation of our family of businesses at Bi-Rite. We partner with Kitchen Table Advisors to ensure we can have a food system that is sustainable, responsible, and just. We need more businesses who share our vision to step up and join us in this effort."
- Shakirah Simley, Community Programs Manager, Bi-Rite
"I believe that innovative people are the foundation of social change. Kitchen Table Advisors not only invests in farmers and ranchers who feed our communities in ways that restore our environment, but is led by a thoughtful team that is transforming our regional food system."
- Sallie Calhoun, CEO, Paicines Ranch
"I have been involved in many aspects of business as an entrepreneur, non-profit leader, advisor, mentor and investor. What I've found through volunteering with Kitchen Table Advisors is an opportunity to leverage my experiences in a way that supports long-term change in an area of entrepreneurship that has been traditionally overlooked and under-resourced."
- Tony Moraga, VP, Community Relations Officer - Corporate Responsibility & Reputation, BBVA Compass