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Emergency Fund Supports CA Family Farmers Impacted By Covid-19

Emergency Fund Supports CA Family Farmers Impacted By Covid-19

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

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Donate: CA Family Farm Emergency Fund

Donate: CA Family Farm Emergency Fund

DONATE FUNDRAISING GOAL: $275,000 Total funds raised 90% The California Family Farmer Emergency Fund directly supports family farmers to ensure they make it through this crisis and can continue to grow food to feed the rest of us. Why do

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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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USDA: Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents & Businesses Affected by COVID-19

USDA: Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents & Businesses Affected by COVID-19

(Updated April 8, 2020) USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions

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California Family Farmer Emergency Fund en Espanol

California Family Farmer Emergency Fund en Espanol

For English, Click Here El propósito del fondo Es en estos tiempos de crisis  que nos damos cuenta de cuán valiosos y vulnerables son nuestros agricultores familiares. Debido a los impactos de COVID-19, los agricultores de todo el estado, particularmente

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La Plataforma de Compradores y Vendedores COVID-19 de CAFF

La Plataforma de Compradores y Vendedores COVID-19 de CAFF

Hola campesinos y compradores, En respuesta a las interrupciones en nuestro suministro y demanda de alimentos locales debido a COVID-19, CAFF está creando una lista de productores y compradores, para ayudar a llenar los vacíos en el mercado que está

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New CAFF Resource: How to Run CSA Pick Up Sites during COVID-19

New CAFF Resource: How to Run CSA Pick Up Sites during COVID-19

CAFF has created a new resource for farmers that have Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick up locations. The guide has tips for farmers and a sign that farmers could post at pick up locations and/or share electronically with CSA members.

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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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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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California Okays On-Farm Compost, Key to Sustainable Agriculture

California Okays On-Farm Compost, Key to Sustainable Agriculture

Sacramento, CA – After more than five years of negotiations, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a historic decision to allow for much-needed composting on California farms.  “Farmers can now compost more, build healthy soils, and reduce and mitigate

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California Family Farmer Emergency Fund

California Family Farmer Emergency Fund

Fund Purpose From wildfires to drought to global pandemics, 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

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USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources

USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Resources

Actions Taken by USDA Rural Development to Help Rural Residents, Businesses, and Communities Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Podcast: Farm Sales through Online Platforms & CSA

Podcast: Farm Sales through Online Platforms & CSA

In this episode, we discuss the legal mechanics of online sales platforms and CSA agreements as part of special coverage on COVID-19’s effects on farm businesses with Sarah Vaile, Farm Commons’ Staff Attorney.

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Navigating Disaster Assistance for Farmers

Navigating Disaster Assistance for Farmers

Assistance from federal programs can make a world of difference for farmers after a disaster. The next few pages outline current disaster programs, all of which are available to farmers.

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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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COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Ag Employers & Employees

COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Ag Employers & Employees

Updated April 5: California employers are required to establish and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to protect employees from all worksite hazards, including infectious diseases. This guidance contains information, recommendations, and requirements for agricultural employers on how

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Podcast: The Families First Act

Podcast: The Families First Act

In this episode, we explore the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Act, together known as the Families First Act. We unpack each act’s paid sick leave provisions, when they apply, and for how long.

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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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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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New Health Order Regulations & Signage

New Health Order Regulations & Signage

IMPORTANT: Several CA counties have amended their Heath Orders and now require Essential Businesses (farms, farmers markets, etc.) to limit the number of people in the facility at any one time, require distancing in lines, and provide multiple sanitizing measures.

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Donating farm products to food banks, webinar

Donating farm products to food banks, webinar

Wednesday, April 8 from 10-11 a.m. CDFA partners with CA Association of Food Banks to provide resources and information to farmers, ranchers and food processors.

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Local Food Producer Aide Implementation Letter

Local Food Producer Aide Implementation Letter

Letter to Secretary of Agriculture Perdue requesting relief for farmers and ranchers suffering market losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Has your representative signed? If not, tell them to sign today!

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Ecological Farming Training and Certification

Ecological Farming Training and Certification

The Tres Estrellas Soil-to-Table Certification Program is a 10-week residential program that provides training in small-scale ecological farming and farm-to-table cooking. Students in the program live, learn and work at the 6-acre Tres Estrellas Organic Farm located in Tecate, Baja

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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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Direct Marketing in CA: Rules & Regs

Direct Marketing in CA: Rules & Regs

Learn the various laws and regulations that govern direct marketing in California, including CSAs, farmers markets and farm stands.

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Employee Paid Leave Rights

Employee Paid Leave Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers

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Coronavirus Agricultural Worksite Checklist

Coronavirus Agricultural Worksite Checklist

Maintain a Healthy Workforce. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Individuals infected with COVID-19 and those exhibiting any of these symptoms should not work. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person-to-person contact and is

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Small Business Resources

Small Business Resources

List of potential sources of relief funding from federal, state and local entities, compiled by the CA State Treasurer, updated regularly.

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Unemployment Due to COVID-19

Unemployment Due to COVID-19

What if I have to lay off workers due to slowdowns in my business? Under the recently passed coronavirus relief package (aka “CARES Act”), a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program extends traditional unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks with

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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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CA Agricultural Mediation Program

CA Agricultural Mediation Program

Need help resolving farm and business-related disputes? Free service from Dept. of Ag. with an impartial person to assist parties negotiate differences…

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Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by directing $349 billion towards job retention and business operating expenses.

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Emergency Mini-grants for Livestock Farmers

Emergency Mini-grants for Livestock Farmers

Mini-grants of up to $500 for crisis-affected livestock and poultry farmers for materials, services or equipment that would help them to transition to an online or alternative sales strategy or for other projects that would help their farm business to

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Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

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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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A Closer Look at Farmer Relief in Senate Pandemic Aid Package

A Closer Look at Farmer Relief in Senate Pandemic Aid Package

As farmers and communities all across the country continue to deal with the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Congress has been working around the clock to pass another round of emergency aid – this time targeted at small businesses

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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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FSA: Loans, Disaster assistance, Safety net programs

FSA: Loans, Disaster assistance, Safety net programs

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only. Farm loans; Disaster assistance programs, Safety net programs, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is relaxing the loan-making process and adding flexibilities for servicing direct and guaranteed loans to provide credit

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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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F-T, Year-Round Biodynamic Farmer / Farm Manager Hands-On Housing Assistance Available

F-T, Year-Round Biodynamic Farmer / Farm Manager Hands-On Housing Assistance Available

  Farmer (Farm Manager)   We are building a 130-acre regenerative farm from ground-zero in Rescue, California. The farm will be a place of beauty and inspiration in El Dorado County. We are looking for a Farmer to lead the

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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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Congress Steps Up to Support Family Farmers

Congress Steps Up to Support Family Farmers

Washington, DC – Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), a nonprofit organization that serves small- and mid-scale farmers in California, issued the following statement from Policy Director Dave Runsten in response to the $9.5 billion in emergency funding meant to

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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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Sales/CSA Manager

Sales/CSA Manager

CSA/Sales Manager- Year Round, Full Time, with benefits 40-50 hours per week, Tuesday-Saturday or Wednesday-Sunday starting as soon as the right candidate can be found Pay: $15-$20/hour (experience depending) with 6 month reviews of performance for raises.  Health insurance, dental,

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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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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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Tell Congress: Support Family Farms & Local Food During COVID-19 Crisis!

Tell Congress: Support Family Farms & Local Food During COVID-19 Crisis!

The global COVID-19 pandemic is touching every part of our lives, including food and agriculture. Necessary measures to contain the spread of the virus have resulted in the immediate loss of key markets for growers, as ongoing uncertainty threatens farmers’

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Farm Industry Critical Needs projection

Farm Industry Critical Needs projection

Please use the below form to list any current or anticipated supply shortfalls that cannot be resolved through your procurement systems. Recognizing that farms are part of the State’s critical infrastructure, we are trying to gather data and prepare 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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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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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

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Is Your Farmers Market Closed? Send this Letter!

Is Your Farmers Market Closed? Send this Letter!

Is your farmers market closed because of COVID-19? Use this template letter to urge your local government to reopen the market, recognizing it as an essential business keeping your community fed, healthy and resilient during this crisis.

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Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 2 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 2 of 4

Not Covered ≠ No Paperwork By: Stepheni Norton, San Diego Regional Food Safety Specialist Last Updated: March 19th, 2020 Basic record keeping to prove you’re not covered farm status. FSMA is serious business, so we have a few disclaimers before

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Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 1 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 1 of 4

The 1 Thing Every Farm Must Do By: Stepheni Norton, San Diego Regional Food Safety Specialist Last Updated March 19th, 2020 Regardless of size, every farm must perform a self-assessment to determine their Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) status.  So,

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COVID-19 & its Impacts on the Farm and Food System

COVID-19 & its Impacts on the Farm and Food System

A policy update from CAFF’s advocacy coalition in D.C., the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: The rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic is already causing significant impacts across the entirety of our US food and agriculture system. Necessary measures to contain the spread

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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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