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Last Updated 8/10/2016
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Our Mission
Formed in 1999, the California Fertilizer Foundation's mission is to enhance awareness and understanding of plant nutrients and agriculture in California.

Poster on how to read a fertilizer label is free

Handy tips on applying nutrients to home and school gardens

When planting in the same location from one season to the next, or growing trees over a period of years, it is important to replace the nutrients plants utilize from the soil. But when you go to the store, what fertilizer do you pick? How do you read the label? This poster provides a general overview of how to read a fertilizer label as well as some handy tips on applying fertilizers at home and at school. One poster free of charge.
For your free copy, place your order with Sharon Halligan at sharonh@healthyplants.org. Click here to view and download an 8 1/2 by 11 inch printable copy of the poster.

Thank You for Your Generous Donations to the CFF Charitable Donation Drive!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, The California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) elected to cancel the Annual Golf Tournament last year. The event has been vital to supporting programs such as the Garden Grant Program and the Student-Industry Dinners. So members could continue to support these programs, CFF announced a Charitable Donation Drive fundraising campaign that ran until September 15th. Through your generous contributions, we were able to raise over $29,000 to support CFF and its programs!

CFF's 21st Annual Golf
Set for August 10, 2021!
Mark your calendars, the California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) Golf Tournament is back and registration materials are now available! The tournament has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 10, at Stockton Golf & Country Club. Come enjoy a beautiful day out on the course with firends and colleagues. The tournament has been moved to August for this year to allow adequate time for everyone to get vaccinated and to assure that we can all come together safely. Donít miss out on your spot to play as the tournament will also be a great opportunity to say hello and get together in person with friends that we have been separated from over the past year. To register online for this torunament or to be a tournament sponsor, click here.

New Edition of Horticulture Western Fertilizer Handbook For Sale

Years in the making, CFF is pleased to announce that the new Western Fertilizer Handbook, Third Horticulture Edition, is now available for purchase. This book presents fertilization, nutrient management, and related topics based on the fundamentals of biological and physical sciences. It is a must-read for professionals in the nursery, golf turf and landscape fields.

The information in this book is set in a horticulture context so that it can be more easily understood by the student and the amateur horticulturist and more rapidly applied by the industry professional. The publication is widely used in high schools and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. You can ORDER IT here.

School Garden Program

Teachers interested in starting or expanding a garden, in a public or private school, are invited to apply for one of 24 CFF School Garden Grants of $1,200 plus educational materials. Preschools must be located on the grounds of a K-12 school to be considered. CFF will begin accepting Garden Grant applications on September 1, 2021 with a submission deadline of October 31st, 2021 tentatively based on COVID-19 restrictions. Please feel free to email Kayla Gangl at kaylag@healthyplants.org to be put on our Garden Grant Mailing List to receive alerts when grants will be available again. In the meantime, you check out why our Garden Grant Program is so important by watching this video!

bullet If you are a first time grant applicant, please click here for more information and to access the application. If you have received a previous grant from CFF, it has been 3+ years since you recieved the grant, and want to apply again, please click here to access the application.

bullet CFF treats high school students to a mentoring tour to learn about fertilizers. See story and pictures here.

bullet Receive CFF's free educational fertilizer bags! For a description,click here.
To view a sample bag, click here.


CFF will begin accepting Garden Grant applications on September 1, 2021 with a submission deadline of October 31st, 2021 tentatively based on COVID-19 restrictions. If you wish to be added to our email alert list to be notified when our next deadline is, please email Kayla Gangl at kaylag@healthyplants.org.

Contact us

Bullet3 Kayla Gangl, kaylag@healthyplants.org
BULLET2 4460 Duckhorn Drive, Suite A,
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 574-9744
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