Archive for April 2021

Getting the Biologically Integrated Orchard Systems (BIOS) demonstration project off the ground!

Getting the Biologically Integrated Orchard Systems (BIOS) demonstration project off the ground!

The BIOS project is underway! CAFF’s Ecological Farming team has been busy the past several weeks setting up the Biologically Integrated Orchards Systems (BIOS) project at six demonstration sites located in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. We are excited

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Bold Climate & Agriculture Bill Introduced in Congress

Bold Climate & Agriculture Bill Introduced in Congress

Today, Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA) in Congress, outlining a farmer-focused, research-driven path to net zero agriculture. This Earth Day, CAFF is proud to endorse this bill on behalf of

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Water Smart Farming

Water Smart Farming

On-farm water conservation practice, slides created by Keith Ables of the Sonoma County Resource Conservation District for CAFF’s “Farming During Drought” Webinar, 4/19/21  

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Video: Farming During Drought

Video: Farming During Drought

Webinar recording of “Farming During Drought” hosted by the Sonoma County CAFF chapter together with the Sonoma RCD, exploring water smart farming practices as well as government support for farmers and ranchers.

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On Farm Composting Video

On Farm Composting Video

This video explores on-farm composting, including a brief overview of California’s new best management practices mandate for on-farm composting as well as the food safety and organic requirements. Hear from two different farmers, including a on-site video of the Frog

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RFP: CAFF Seeking Agile Software Developer for School Food Solution

RFP: CAFF Seeking Agile Software Developer for School Food Solution

Kids in California schools want more fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers, but schools don’t have the tools to buy them. We’ve created and vetted the first contracting tools to address school food purchasing needs in California and have

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CAFF Week of Action 2021

CAFF Week of Action 2021

CALLING ALL FAMILY FARMERS: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Join us for CAFF’s (first ever!) Week of Action, May 17 – 19th, a series of virtual meetings with your state legislators! In order to make change in the California food & farming landscape–from fair

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Farmer Opportunity: Local Food Access for Seniors

Farmer Opportunity: Local Food Access for Seniors

Eligible farmers, farmers markets and other local aggregators have a unique opportunity to help distribute fresh, local produce to seniors across California. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program may look a little different during COVID but the state and federal

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California’s small farmers thank state leaders for critical pandemic relief support

California’s small farmers thank state leaders for critical pandemic relief support

CAFF-led effort helps deliver $3.35 million in state early action funds will help underserved farmers access relief and recovery dollars  Sacramento, CA  – Today California state leaders enacted budget legislation to provide critical support for small and historically underserved farmers

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Monday April 19: Farming During Drought: Sonoma County

Monday April 19: Farming During Drought: Sonoma County

With 40% average precipitation and reservoirs at half capacity, North Bay farmers and ranchers (like much of California) are bracing for another dry year, if not full-scale drought. Join the CAFF Sonoma County chapter and the Sonoma RCD for this

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PC Rule Guide for Food Hubs and Values-Based Buyers

PC Rule Guide for Food Hubs and Values-Based Buyers

FSMA Supplier Verification Demystified The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is composed of seven main rules or sections. Th common name of one of those sections is the PC or Preventive Controls Rule. That rule applies to facilities such as

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Action Alert: Sign-on to Support Food Hubs!

Action Alert: Sign-on to Support Food Hubs!

🚨 ACTION ALERT! 🚨​ SIGN ON TO SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD HUBS! Calling on Farmers, Ranchers, and Organizations to sign on in support of a California Assembly Bill (AB1009 – Bloom) supporting the development of community-based food hubs, prioritizing direct sales

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