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COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

Yes! Magazine – When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the future of the Cannard Family Farm—whose organic vegetables supplied a single Berkeley restaurant—was looking stark. Ross Cannard is the son of an iconic leader in the local organic movement in California.

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Fund Supports Family Farmers Falling Through the Cracks of COVID-19 Crisis

Fund Supports Family Farmers Falling Through the Cracks of COVID-19 Crisis

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) announced the first round emergency assistance grants to California farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier today. Most of the growers haven’t or are unlikely to receive other forms of assistance, falling through the

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As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off

As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off

NPR – Images of some American farmers dumping milk, plowing under crops and tossing perishables amid sagging demand and falling prices during the deadly coronavirus pandemic has made for dramatic TV.

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Without Restaurants Sales, Local Farms Face Tough Decisions

Without Restaurants Sales, Local Farms Face Tough Decisions

KQED – The COVID-19 pandemic hit just as farms had to make decisions about how much to plant. Spring is the time of year farmers plant for the summer and fall season, but it’s uncertain what the market will look

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USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus

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23 Organizations Eliminating Food Waste During COVID-19

23 Organizations Eliminating Food Waste During COVID-19

ECOWATCH – To eliminate the food surplus in California’s food system, CAFF works with farmers to redirect their food supply away from their usual commercial customers and into the hands of consumers. Additionally, CAFF created a spreadsheet designed to connect the state’s food

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Governor: Expansion of Farm to Family Program

Governor: Expansion of Farm to Family Program

Governor Newsom Announces Expansion of Farm to Family Program and New Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity. The Governor unveiled $3.64 million in new funding to expand the state’s Farm to Family program, including $2.86 million from the USDA and $775,000

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Organic farmers fill national food system holes revealed by COVID-19

Organic farmers fill national food system holes revealed by COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has shrunk the farm-to-table restaurant channel as waiting lists build for CSAs; meanwhile, farmers markets tiptoe into the season, forcing organic farmers to pivot across markets. Here’s how several are meeting these new demands.

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How Covid-19 Is Transforming Our Food System

How Covid-19 Is Transforming Our Food System

KPFA – Within just a few short months, the Covid-19 pandemic has transformed just about every facet of our society. That includes our food system, where the multiple impacts of the crisis are impossible to ignore. It’s changed how we

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USDA Announces Coronavirus Food & Farm Assistance Program

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food & Farm Assistance Program

(Washington, D.C., April 17, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to

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Emergency fund to help Calif farmers

Emergency fund to help Calif farmers

AG CLIPS – Effort to support farmers most impacted by COVID-19, economic turmoil. Given the pressing challenges facing California farmers as a result of Covid-19, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is launching a new fund to support those farmers

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San Diego ag all the rage in coronavirus age

San Diego ag all the rage in coronavirus age

ESCONDIDO GRAPEVINE – During a webinar last week aimed at helping farmers find solutions to market instability created by the pandemic, Evan Wiig of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers in Davis encouraged small farms to work together and aggregate

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Growing Pains

Growing Pains

COMSTOCK — Local farmers work hard to respond and adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic has upended the U.S. economy, farmers are trying to figure out how to survive, which is especially critical in California where most

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The Farm-to-Table Connection Comes Undone

The Farm-to-Table Connection Comes Undone

A direct pipeline to chefs that took decades to build has been cut off by the coronavirus, leaving small farmers and ranchers with food they can’t sell.

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‘A disastrous situation’: mountains of food wasted as coronavirus scrambles supply chain

‘A disastrous situation’: mountains of food wasted as coronavirus scrambles supply chain

Farmers are seeing produce rot in fields and dairy wash down drains as they rush to find areas of demand and prevent closures. Billions of dollars worth of food is going to waste as growers and producers from California to

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With food service down, farms look for new markets

With food service down, farms look for new markets

AG ALERT – Loss of business due to mass closures of restaurants, schools and corporate cafeterias in response to COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders has small farms looking to collaborate as they try to adapt to the crisis by finding new markets

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Farmers’ Markets Are Crisis Lifelines to U.S. Growers and Shoppers

Farmers’ Markets Are Crisis Lifelines to U.S. Growers and Shoppers

The coronavirus pandemic forces small farmers to rely on the internet and consumers to make up for lost restaurant sales.

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The Local Food Revolution Goes Online—for Now

The Local Food Revolution Goes Online—for Now

To survive uncertain times, small farms are pivoting to serve their local communities and compete with big box grocers online.

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Six Bay Area counties extend stay-at-home order to May 3 with new guidelines

Six Bay Area counties extend stay-at-home order to May 3 with new guidelines

Essential businesses, including farms, will be required to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3. Currently this applies only to six Bay Area counties, but there’s a good chance the state will adopt similar measures. We’ll keep you posted

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San Diego farmers find new models for marketing food

San Diego farmers find new models for marketing food

They are creating new means of food distribution amid coronavirus closures and farmers’ market shutdowns. San Diego farmers devised inventive ways to get their produce to customers last week, as they struggled with confusing information on the status of farmers’

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Farmers’ markets open during coronavirus outbreak. But farmers’ livelihoods remain uncertain

Farmers’ markets open during coronavirus outbreak. But farmers’ livelihoods remain uncertain

The North Berkeley Farmers’ Market was surprisingly bustling on Thursday afternoon, with farmers hawking petite cone cabbages, oyster mushrooms and golden beets. Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations greeted people upon arrival. Shoppers stood on chalked blue arrows to ensure a

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Coronavirus Aid Must Help Farmers Keep Foothold in Local Food Economies

Coronavirus Aid Must Help Farmers Keep Foothold in Local Food Economies

While the Trump administration prioritizes bailouts for airlines and other big businesses, it’s an imperative to support the family farms that put food on our plates. That’s why groups representing farmers and farmers markets nationwide are telling Congress they need to be included in

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Farmers Markets & Farming During COVID-19: How Can Consumers Help?

Farmers Markets & Farming During COVID-19: How Can Consumers Help?

Most cities and counties in California have deemed farmers markets as “essential services. With the COVID-19 outbreak spreading and shelter-in-place orders coming down across the state, we at CAFF are working hard to keep our local food system running strong,

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The Fight to Keep Farmers’ Markets Open During Coronavirus

The Fight to Keep Farmers’ Markets Open During Coronavirus

In communities nationwide, farmers and market managers are making the case for continuing to sell local food with precautions in place against COVID-19. At the downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market last Saturday, shoppers showed up in droves, despite the cold, rainy

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