By Vivian Dang
From CAFF’s January/February e-news • February 24, 2017
In September 2016, CAFF’s Ben Thomas hosted a group of thirty five professionals in agriculture from around the country for a local farm tour that featured Collins Farm in Dixon and Full Belly Farm in Guinda. The tour was part of an interactive field day at the first annual Farm Tank Conference in Sacramento, in which participants picked peppers, tasted heirloom melons and tomatoes, and learned about cutting edge sustainable farming practices. This group of people included Tiffany Tran, Sustainability Analyst for Annie’s Inc. Tiffany contacted us after the tour to see how Annie’s Inc. could support CAFF’s Climate Smart Farming and other farmer support programs. CAFF is proud to welcome Annie’s Inc. as a new business partner!
Annie’s Inc. is a company producing organic foods while supporting sustainability. Not only do they get their ingredients from sustainable farmers, but their packaging is also constantly evolving to be as sustainable as possible. It doesn’t stop there! Annie’s provides resources for their employees to live a sustainable and holistic lifestyle. Another feature of Annie’s Inc., which is similar to CAFF’s Farm to School program, is their effort to expose children to sustainable food by providing grants to schools through Annie’s Grants for Garden.
Annie’s Inc. focuses on agricultural sustainability, which has led them to support CAFF programming including:
- Climate Smart Farming: This program gives CAFF the opportunity to work with farmers to implement environmentally-sound farming management practices and utilize water in a more sustainable way.
- Farm to Market: Connects growers to businesses while providing tools and services.
- Policy: We cannot deny that policy work is a method for change. Through policy, CAFF is able to play a big role in legislation that directly affect family farmers.
We are happy to have a partnership with Annie’s Inc. and excited for our partnership to continuing growing.
For more info on Annie’s Inc., visit their website.