Upcoming Workshops and Events
CAFF PSA Grower Training • 12 Feb 2018
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’You must register ahead of time to be in this course. Spots are limited to 25 to maintain a good class dynamic. Your spot is reserved once you formally register and pay through Eventbrite.
Cover Cropping in Nut Orchards • 1 March 2018
Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) / Farmers Guild, Solano RCD, and the Dixon RCD invite you to a Cover Crop Field Day. Focus: Information sharing among growers and technical advisers regarding cover crops in eastern Solano County, with particular attention to soil health and water. RSVP REQUIRED: Martha McKeen, Dixon RCD, (707) 678-1655 ext. 103, martha-mckeen[at]dixonrcd.org
Good Food Showcase • 8 March 2018
An interactive networking expo showcasing local food available in California. This event is designed to bring together sustainable growers and producers with buyers, food service and other community advocates. Together we are strengthening the local food market.
5th Annual Guild-Raising • 10 March 2018
Every year, hundreds of California farmers, ranchers and local food advocates from San Diego to the Redwood Coast converge for one day to share skills, explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture and collectively forge a united voice on behalf of family farms. For our gathering’s fifth year and to celebrate CAFF’s 40th Anniversary, we’re heading back to where it all began: Davis, CA! Stay tuned for more details about speakers, workshops, activities and more!
The CAFF North Coast Chapter is made up of current CAFF members and other agricultural enthusiasts in Sonoma and surrounding counties. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly meetings though regular attendance is not required. We value input and diverse views on a variety of topics. As a chapter member, you will be receiving agendas and minutes of these meetings in addition to the main CAFF and regional newsletters. The North Coast Chapter’s “Leadership Circle” meets the fourth Monday of most months, from 6-8pm in Santa Rosa. For more information please contact Vice President Wendy Krupnick: wlk[at]sonic.net
Past Workshops and Events
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released a request for applications for the Healthy Soils Program which provides funds for farmers to implement Healthy Soils practices in an effort to build soil carbon and reduce greenhouse gases in California agriculture. CAFF hosted two workshops to provide technical assistance to California growers and ranchers interested in applying for the Healthy Soils incentives program. The workshop covered program requirements, the application process, and helped participants get started on their applications. For more information on the Healthy Soils Program, download this Fact Sheet. For Healthy Soils Incentives program application assistance and/or access to the information packet from the workshop, please contact Sara Tiffany, sara[at]caff.org.