From catastrophic wildfires to global pandemics to the looming specter of drought, farming is risky business. This is even more true for smaller family farms and those from BIPOC, immigrant, and disadvantaged communities. Despite being the heart of our local food systems, these community-scale entrepreneurs too often fall between the cracks of traditional safety nets and government aid. That’s where we come in. The California Family Farmer Emergency Fund offers direct financial support to the most vulnerable farmers impacted by disaster. You can help make this fund possible.

Please consider giving today, helping to ensure the resilience of those who grow our food and steward our land. EVERY DOLLAR HELPS.

Over the past few years, CAFF’s California Family Farmer Emergency Fund has directed over half a million dollars worth of generous donations from people like you to hundreds of farmers in crisis, from those who lost crops, barns and homes in the wildfires that rage evermore destructive each year to those whose markets disappeared overnight with the onset of COVID-19 lockdowns. Time and time again, we watch as government aid, programs and agricultural subsidies fail to reach all farmers. Rarely designed for smaller operations, those who need it most get overlooked or are even ineligible for funds. The grassroots (that’s us!) must rise to the occasion.

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For farms or ranches interested in applying for funds, STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF EMERGENCY RELIEF


Because of systems of historic inequity, CAFF recognizes that some farmers are more likely to fall between the cracks of traditional safety nets. For this reason, farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and undocumented farmers will receive special consideration, but we encourage all California farmers to apply.


Thank you for your support during these difficult times. 
Just as we rely on farmers every day, in this moment they’re relying on us.

Contact us with any questions.


Make your tax-deductible donation using the form below. The California Family Farmer Emergency Fund is held by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation 501(c)3, but overseen by CAFF.  Allocation of funds will be determined by a diverse, statewide advisory committee to ensure equitable distribution.