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New CAFF Resource: How to Prepare for Farm Labor Shortages

New CAFF Resource: How to Prepare for Farm Labor Shortages

CAFF has created a new resource to help farmers prepare for possible labor shortages due to COVID-19. The first page of this resource is a flowchart that helps farmers determine the readiness of their operation. The second page is a

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On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

By: Kali Feiereisel, MPH Senior Manager, Farmer Services   Last updated: April 7th, 2020 We realize this is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety. Hopefully this blog post can provide some tangible information to help answer some of your

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Employee Safety During COVID-19

Employee Safety During COVID-19

Update 4/5/20 – CAL OSHA released this guidance document for agricultural employers to follow to protect workers from COVID-19.  

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Guide to COVID-19 Loans & forms

Guide to COVID-19 Loans & forms

If you have suffered substantial economic injury and are one of the following types of businesses located in a declared disaster area, you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): › Small Business or Sole Proprietorship ›

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COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide

COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide

Need help navigating through the chaos COVID-19? This Guide from the U.S. Small Business Development Center is here to help, from loans to labor to answering questions regarding how your business can maximize the available help.

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Farming During COVID: A Webinar Series on Adapting to Crisis

Farming During COVID: A Webinar Series on Adapting to Crisis

Join us for a free webinar series designed to help California family farmers and ranchers adapt, stay informed and keep our local food system going strong. Learn from fellow producers and from experts about the challenges facing our farms as

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CA FarmLink: Emergency Loans, Business Assistance & More

CA FarmLink: Emergency Loans, Business Assistance & More

If you are experiencing difficulties with your finances, FarmLink is here for you! To help farmers and ranchers withstand a loss of income and other business interruptions, they offer many types of support…

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Guidance for Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Respirators in Agriculture

Guidance for Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Respirators in Agriculture

To minimize the demand on NIOSH-certified N95 filtering respirators (commonly called “N95 respirators”) during the COVID-19 pandemic, this document discusses the option of limited reuse of N95 respirators. This document is intended for use by agricultural professionals to protect workers

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COVID-19 FAQ for U-Pick Farms

COVID-19 FAQ for U-Pick Farms

Best practices and steps for farm managers. Employees should use gloves when handling money, or considering using cards to limit transfer of cash. If money is handled, hands should be washed or hand sanitizer should be used afterward.

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COVID-19 FAQ for Farm Stands

COVID-19 FAQ for Farm Stands

Simple one-pager: steps for farm stand operators. Communicate with customers through signs or social media asking them to stay home if displaying symptoms. Provide hand sanitizer at the front of the stand and near the cash box. Use signs to

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Farm to Freezer: The Logistics of Online Sales & Shipping Meat

Farm to Freezer: The Logistics of Online Sales & Shipping Meat

Webinar: Apr 2, 2020 at 9AM. Topics will include: setting up an online store, different web platforms, accepting payments, updating inventory, meat selection, subscriptions versus ala-carte orders, boxes, insulation, dry ice, maintaining cold chain, shipping carriers, costs, regulations. This will

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Online Sales Platforms for Farmers (video)

Online Sales Platforms for Farmers (video)

Watch this webinar to learn more about direct-to-consumer online sales platforms. Hear from representatives from four online food sales platforms: Barn2Door, Harvie, Local Food Marketplace, Food4All, Open Food Network…

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Farmer Relief Fund

Farmer Relief Fund

AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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Farm Operational Continuity Template

Farm Operational Continuity Template

What if you or members of your crew get sick? Use this template, combining standard operations procedures with emergency planning to help keep your farm going when unexpected events happen.

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Farmers’ Market Response & Best Practices: COVID19

Farmers’ Market Response & Best Practices: COVID19

As COVID19 is is rapidly changing, we will also update this guide. Please check back frequently for tips, best practices, communication, signs and alternative market models, such as Drive Thru Market.

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COVID19 Info & Resources for CA Immigrants

COVID19 Info & Resources for CA Immigrants

Resources and info on COVID19, including fact sheets in multiple languages. Insurance, health, rights, mutual aid and more.

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Washing Station Matters for Small Farms: Free Online Mini-Course

Washing Station Matters for Small Farms: Free Online Mini-Course

This April, sign up to access this free online course exploring design principles that make a wash and pack station not only compliant with regulations but also facilitate an efficient workflow to save time and labor.

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Sign Up for Buyer/Seller Support: COVID-19

Sign Up for Buyer/Seller Support: COVID-19

Are you in need of support to help sell, buy, or otherwise distribute local food in California as a result of impacts caused by COVID-19? Fill out this form and someone from CAFF will try to help make connections to

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Employee Transit Letter

Employee Transit Letter

On March 19th, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order directing California residents to “Shelter-In-Place.” However, Gov. Newsom’s order allows people employed in critical jobs like food production to move freely to go to work, come home, and otherwise travel as

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CSA Tools & Resources During COVID19

CSA Tools & Resources During COVID19

With COVID-19 rapidly evolving, we at CAFF are actively compiling CSA-specific tools and information to help farmers adapt, stay safe and continue to provide healthy food for their local communities…

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What can consumers do to support farms & local food system during Covid-19?

What can consumers do to support farms & local food system during Covid-19?

What Can Consumers Do During the COVID-19 Crisis to Support Family Farms & Our Local Food System? While confusion abounds during this ever-developing COVID-19 crisis, one thing is clear: a strong, healthy, local food system is absolutely essential during times

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Guidance for Businesses & Employers: COVID-19

Guidance for Businesses & Employers: COVID-19

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. CDC is working across

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CSA & Online Sales during Covid-19

CSA & Online Sales during Covid-19

SELLING DIRECT & ONLINE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, many farmers are being forced to reconsider their sales outlets. While there may be no shortage of food and certainly no shortage of demand (in

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Guidance to Prevent the Transmission of COVID-19 in Food and Beverage Venues

Guidance to Prevent the Transmission of COVID-19 in Food and Beverage Venues

Today California officials issued guidance regarding retail food, beverage and other service venues. These venues bring people from multiple communities into close contact with each other and have the potential to increase the transmission of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus & CA Farmers Markets

Coronavirus & CA Farmers Markets

CORONAVIRUS & CA FARMERS MARKETS As the full affects of Covid-19 continue unfolding, we at CAFF are watching closely to find out how this pandemic will impact California family farmers as well as farmers markets. However, one thing is clear:

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