January 12, 2017:
Big news! Today we’re excited to announce the merger of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Farmers Guild. This merger allows us to combine efforts, membership and strengths to create one robust organization that provides a stronger, more united voice for family farms and sustainable agriculture throughout California. The youthful energy and grassroots organizing that has made the Farmers Guild a success enables CAFF to build bridges between an established generation of agriculture and a newer crop of farmers.
CAFF has been working with and advocating for California family farmers and sustainable agriculture for nearly 40 years. Through our initiatives, we provide increased access to and awareness around eating healthy and local while also strengthening family farms — the cornerstone of healthy and economically viable communities.
The Farmers Guild was founded five years ago and has seen dramatic community growth, particularly with new farmers. By encouraging, inspiring and celebrating the resilience of local agriculture, the Farmers Guild has quickly built a network of community alliances across Northern California. Now with 11 local guild chapters, including the recent addition of the first Southern California chapter in San Diego, the Farmers Guild has connected a large group of crop growers and ranchers through its events, social media and sharing of practical resources, from farmer to farmer and guild to guild. These local Guilds will continue after the merger with even more resources at their disposal.
The Farmers Guild-Raising event on February 18, will serve as the official public celebration of this merger. The event brings together farmers, ranchers and local food advocates who collectively share skills, explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture, and work to build a united voice on behalf of family farms. This year’s “Intergenerational Exchange” theme will showcase the cross-generational benefit of this collaboration, and the event will conclude with awards, presentations and a public commemoration at the Agrarian Lovers Ball.