What an amazing year 2017 has been – full of new opportunities and challenges for CAFF to embrace as we wrap up our 39th year of serving California’s family farmers (wow!).
In January, we merged with the Farmers Guild, a fabulous organization of like-minded farmers committed to community and sustainability. That same month, our new Climate Smart Farming Program made its debut. This fall, these organizational expansions strengthened our ability to activate our network in the wake of the devastating fires in Northern California, where we coordinated livestock rescues and feedings during the fires, harvests and deliveries of donated produce to feed those in need, and raised over $200,000 for farmer/farm worker recovery and resilience efforts. The power of community for good has never been more evident, and we are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support for farms touched by this tragedy.
CAFF’s ongoing Farm to Market Program hosted a multitude of trainings over the past year: over 1,000 farmers and food service professionals attended our food safety workshops, farmer-to-farmer field days, farmer entrepreneurship intensives. CAFF’s Farm to Cafeteria program assisted 51 school districts, three universities, and ten hospital systems in purchasing from California family farms. Not only did this bring much needed income to farms, it also brought California-grown fruits and vegetables to 538,837 K-12 students.
On the Policy front, CAFF supported eleven bills that successfully passed through the California state legislature in 2017. Topics ranged from farmland conservancy, to Healthy Soils program funding, to groundwater protection. We continued collaborating with others in support of climate-smart farming legislation.
CAFF staff love our work, and when the going gets tough, we gain inspiration from envisioning family farmers accessing healthy land that feeds families for generations; a society that appreciates and understands their contributions to communities; and healthy food access for all.
With your generous support, we can make these dreams a reality. Please celebrate the season of giving by supporting today. Your contributions make all the difference to family farmers and help life grow more beautiful in California for everyone. Thank you!
Donate online or mail a check, payable to CAFF, to:
Attn: Year-End Gift
PO POX 363
DAVIS, CA 95616