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How to be a Good CSA Member This Season

How to be a Good CSA Member This Season

Your partner farm provides fresh, healthy, safe food every week. Here are ways you can ensure you’re helping maintain a safe and responsible environment for yourself and for other members at the CSA pickup.  

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What is a “sliding scale” you ask?

What is a “sliding scale” you ask?

A document that helps people determine where they fall on the “sliding scale” and what they should fairly pay. If CSA farms are considering using a sliding scale payment system for their shares, this is a great tool for learning

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CA Farm Directory

CA Farm Directory

FIND FARMS THATSELL THROUGH CSA ONLINE RESTAURANTS WHOLESALE FARMERS MARKETS FARM STAND NARROW YOUR SEARCH BY CROP / PRODUCT FILTER YOUR SEARCH BY PRACTICE For full definitions of terms, click here Join the CA Farm Directory Mailing List RECENTLY ADDED FARMS!

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FARM SURVEY: COVID-19​ in the Workplace

FARM SURVEY: COVID-19​ in the Workplace

(CAFF and the UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety invite you to complete a short survey about your experience addressing COVID-19​ in the workplace. The survey should take less than 10 minutes ​to complete. Our goal is to

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Summer Solstice: Soiree-In-Place

Summer Solstice: Soiree-In-Place

For short videos about the hardworking farmers, winemakers, and chefs who brought you this meal, click on the button below. Click here for videos Join us on the Summer Solstice for a “Soiree-in-Place” to support the work of Community Alliance

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Black Lives Matter, Solidarity from the Farm

Black Lives Matter, Solidarity from the Farm

BLACK LIVES MATTER SOLIDARITY FROM THE FARM   FROM COMMUNITY ALLIANCE WITH FAMILY FARMERS   Like many of you, we at CAFF have been gripped by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement and the ensuing

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Where Government Aid Falls Short, Grassroots Fund Helps Family Farms

Where Government Aid Falls Short, Grassroots Fund Helps Family Farms

Second round of grants to 36 farmers totals $90,000 Davis, CA – Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) announced the second round of emergency assistance grants to California farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier today. Despite the release of

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New FDA Guidance on FSMA Qualified Exempt Requirements During Covid

New FDA Guidance on FSMA Qualified Exempt Requirements During Covid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released temporary guidance on the requirements that farms must meet to be considered qualified exempt under the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This is important for small farms to be aware of

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CSA Manager +

CSA Manager +

CSA Manager Position Summary: Sitting on 105 acres,  Eatwell Farm (just outside Dixon, CA) has been providing members with fresh-picked organic produce and pasture-raised chicken eggs for over 25 years. We grow hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables to

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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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CA GD Single (New)

CA GD Single (New)

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USDA’s COVID-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted by Crisis

USDA’s COVID-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted by Crisis

Thousands of Farmers and Ranchers Working to Feed their Communities Will Not be Fairly Compensated for Losses

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Central Valley Farm-to-Market Specialist

Central Valley Farm-to-Market Specialist

The Farm to Market Specialist works with local farmers and buyers (institutional food service and direct markets), and food hubs/distributors to increase access to, and demand for, local product. The Farm to Market Specialist helps farmers build their capacity to

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Berkeley Farmers’ Market Program Manager

Berkeley Farmers’ Market Program Manager

Berkeley Farmers’ Market Program Manager – Full-Time, Benefitted; Exempt The Ecology Center The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. The Ecology Center transforms the ideas

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CAFF JOB: Central Valley Farm to Market Specialist

CAFF JOB: Central Valley Farm to Market Specialist

  Job Title: Farm to Market Specialist Location: Operates statewide with focus on Central Valley, preferably based near Fresno FTE: 1.0 FTE, Starting Salary: $50,000-$55,000 FLSA: Non-Exempt Reports To: Farm to Market Program Director Start Date: Early July   The

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Federal Aid for Farmers: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Federal Aid for Farmers: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Yesterday the White House announced that farmers may begin applying for direct payments as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office starting May 26. Announced last month by the Secretary of

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Reconnecting Markets, Feeding Communities

Reconnecting Markets, Feeding Communities

RECONNECTING MARKETS, FEEDING COMMUNITIES Food System Supply & Demand during COVID-19 Are you seeking new markets and new customers during the COVID-19 crisis? Have you lost sales outlets? Do you want to sell into a programs that are helping feed

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Plataformas de software de venta directa

Plataformas de software de venta directa

Mientras mercados, restaurantes, y otros canales de distribución de comida cierran o reducen operaciones para prevenir el contagio de COVID-19, granjas en todo el país han expresado interés en usar plataformas de software que apoyen las ventas directas para consumidores

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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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Family Farm Emergency Fund 2020 Awardees

Family Farm Emergency Fund 2020 Awardees

2020 AWARDEES As of June 30, CAFF announced four rounds of emergency assistance grants to California farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the growers have not or are unlikely to receive other forms of assistance, falling through the

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Take Steps Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Assistance

Take Steps Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Assistance

Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, CAFF has been working hard with our allies at the state and national levels, urging our government to not only provide relief for the agricultural industry, but to make sure these funds reach family farms, smaller-scale businesses,

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Guidance for Farm Direct Sales & U-Pick during COVID-19

Guidance for Farm Direct Sales & U-Pick during COVID-19

The following is intended to help guide agriculture entities that engage in Farm Direct Sales (farm store or farm stand) and support farm visit activities, such as Pick-YourOwn (PYO). Farm Direct Sales and PYO are important revenue streams for many

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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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Fresno Farm Bridge

Fresno Farm Bridge

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, more than one in five American households are going hungry, while crops are rotting in fields because of disrupted supply chains. Fresno Farm Bridge, a collaboration among four California-based NGOs, will purchase crops from Southeast

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Urging Congress to Protect Organic Food & Ag During Pandemic

Urging Congress to Protect Organic Food & Ag During Pandemic

As a member of the Organic Farmers Alliance in D.C., CAFF joined in urging congress to include provisions in the next coronavirus relief package to help organic farmers, farmworkers, retailers, certifiers, and other businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all

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CA Farm Directory

CA Farm Directory

FIND FARMS THATSELL THROUGH CSA ONLINE RESTAURANTS WHOLESALE FARMERS MARKETS FARM STAND NARROW MY SEARCH BY CROP / PRODUCT Filter by Practice, Service & Attribute Certified Organic Farming organically, non-certified Biodynamic No-Till Permaculture Climate Smart / Regenerative Farming Practices Pasture-based

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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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Community Grazing

Community Grazing

Build resilience by transforming our wildland-urban-interface from neighborhoods into communities with grazing ruminants while increasing each community’s ability to withstand wildfire and drought by grazing livestock across property lines.

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CAFF’s Sonoma County Farm VIP Farm Tour

CAFF’s Sonoma County Farm VIP Farm Tour

CAFF’s Sonoma County chapter hosts it’s annual VIP Farm Tour (this year virtually), inviting policymakers, agency representatives and other community leaders to visit farms, learn about their operations and discuss policies that can support them, promote ecological agriculture and strengthen

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CAFF’s Sonoma County Farm Policy VIP Tour

CAFF’s Sonoma County Farm Policy VIP Tour

CAFF SONOMA COUNTYVIP (VIRTUAL) FARM TOUR WILD OAT HOLLOW, Sarah Keiser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5kzXDELu8o Sarah started the Penngrove Grazing Project, a community-based, sustainable, land-management concept working to improve the health and aesthetics of the land while increasing atmospheric carbon sequestration into the

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EIDL Disaster Loan Applications Now Open to Farms

EIDL Disaster Loan Applications Now Open to Farms

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

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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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State Program Puts Food Industry Back to Work, Sources from Local Farms to Feed Seniors in Need

State Program Puts Food Industry Back to Work, Sources from Local Farms to Feed Seniors in Need

Last week, Governor Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a state-funded meal delivery service with two goals: 1) help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 stay home and stay healthy by delivering

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How To Be A Good Farmers Market Customer

How To Be A Good Farmers Market Customer

To assure our farmers markets stay open, accessible and safe for everyone, it’s gonna take everyone doing their part on both sides of the booth.

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Farm to Family Program

Farm to Family Program

$2 million in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funding for CAFB to support harvesting, packing  and shipping of donated specialty crop products. In addition, the state Department of Social Services has more than $860,000 in USDA Farm to Food Bank

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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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Farm Tough First Aid Kit

Farm Tough First Aid Kit

Most standard first aid kits you can buy do not come with supplies that are tough enough to withstand farming activities. CAFF created this Farm Tough First Aid Kit resource that guides you through curating a first aid kit that

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Farmers, Speak Up: Do Better USDA!

Farmers, Speak Up: Do Better USDA!

Social Media Samples, Hashtags, and Handles The most effective thing you can do is share your own story in your own voice – with photos. Most importantly – speak up about the impacts you are seeing, the market losses you

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Don’t Let the USDA Leave You Out

Don’t Let the USDA Leave You Out

ACTION ALERT! As farmers and ranchers across the country are feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA is preparing to distribute $16 billion in direct aid to producers who have experienced financial losses.Applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will

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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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New Funding: Soil Health Management in Orchards

New Funding: Soil Health Management in Orchards

Financial & technical assistance available through participating in On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials with the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District! View below or download the application here.    

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Farm Crew Member/ Delivery Driver

Farm Crew Member/ Delivery Driver

Oak Hill Farm of Sonoma has 25 acres of farmland nestled against the western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains in Glen Ellen California. It has always been our mission to farm in balance with nature. For more than fifty years

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New CDC Resource on Facemasks in Agriculture

New CDC Resource on Facemasks in Agriculture

Today (4/24/20) CDC released a new webpage providing information on facemasks, face coverings, and respirator use in agriculture. The article explains what type of face covering can be worn effectively in what farming situation.

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Updated CDC Guidance on Critical Workers

Updated CDC Guidance on Critical Workers

Updated 4/24/20 – To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them

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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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YouTube video

Take Your Local Food Online (Webinar)

Take Your Local Food Online provided practical information and tips from farmers using online sales platforms. Platforms covered in this video include: Woo Commerce — Kat Becker, Cattail Farms Graze Cart — Remi Keaston, David’s Pasture Shopify — Cherie Shenker,

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Farmers Now Eligible for Federal Funds

Farmers Now Eligible for Federal Funds

This week the Senate passed the latest aid package, which is now on its way to the House for a likely vote and the President has indicated he will sign it. This means that the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) as

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$3 billion Available to Food Hubs Distributors to Feed Those in Need

$3 billion Available to Food Hubs Distributors to Feed Those in Need

Local and regional distributors funded to procure and provide boxes of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks and other non-profits serving Americans in need.

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Financial Resources from CA FarmLink

Financial Resources from CA FarmLink

CA FarmLink connects farmers and ranchers with financing, including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, forgivable if used for payroll and other eligible expenses.

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New Guidance for Operating Certified Farmers’ Markets During COVID-19

New Guidance for Operating Certified Farmers’ Markets During COVID-19

Updated 4/21 by the CDFA: This guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will update this guidance as needed and as

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CAFF Participating in Survey of Farm Workers During COVID-19

CAFF Participating in Survey of Farm Workers During COVID-19

Farmworkers are considered essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis and continue to work on California farms and ranches. In order to ensure that these workers’ voices are shaping responses to COVID-19, a broad coalition of researchers and farmworker advocates are

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COVID Update: CA Dept. of Food & Ag

COVID Update: CA Dept. of Food & Ag

Governor Newsom Action on Unemployment Benefits, Including Undocumented Immigrants On April 15, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-50-20 to support California workers impacted by the Coronavirus, including financial aid to undocumented immigrants. The state also issued a Guide for Immigrant Californians. Employee Health Resources

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COVID-19 USDA Farm Stimulus Packages

COVID-19 USDA Farm Stimulus Packages

On Friday, the White House announced that it will direct $19 billion in funds to aid farmers and ranchers during the coronavirus crisis. CAFF and our allies in D.C. are currently awaiting more details in order to explain exactly what

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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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Webinar: Farmers Markets during COVID

Webinar: Farmers Markets during COVID

Webinar recording from the California Association of Farmers Markets covering best practices, tips, presentations from managers from across the state and more.

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State Water Board Allows for Easier On-Farm Composting

State Water Board Allows for Easier On-Farm Composting

A recent decision by the State Water Resources Control Board will allow for composting on California farms.  After more than five years of negotiations, the State Water Board has adopted an amendment to the General Waste Discharge Order which allows for easy

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Avocado Tree Pruning

Avocado Tree Pruning

We are looking for assistance in pruning a small avocado orchard of about 300 trees.

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New Legislation, Crucial Support to Family Farmers & Ranchers

New Legislation, Crucial Support to Family Farmers & Ranchers

On April 13, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced landmark legislation to provide debt relief to small farmers across the country. The Relief for America’s Small Farmers Act issues one-time debt relief of up to $250,000 for all farms with under $300,000 in gross income who

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Sonoma County Farm Trails

Sonoma County Farm Trails

We connect the public to Sonoma County farmers, ranchers, producers, and purveyors to ensure the economic viability of local agriculture and instill an appreciation of ag as a vital part of our community.

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Emergency fund launched to support CA family farmers impacted By COVID-19

Emergency fund launched to support CA family farmers impacted By COVID-19

WINTERS EXPRESS – 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

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Direct Sales Software Platforms

Direct Sales Software Platforms

This publication highlights product options and sales models that farmers may find helpful. While markets, restaurants, and other food distribution channels close or reduce operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, farms across the country have expressed interest in using

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Urge Congress to help get Covid-19 money out the door to farmers

Urge Congress to help get Covid-19 money out the door to farmers

ACTION ALERT! The U.S. Department of Agriculture is weighing how to spend $9.5 billion in relief for farmers, ranchers and local food systems, already allocated by Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Many California family

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CA announces $125 million fund for undocumented immigrants impacted by coronavirus

CA announces $125 million fund for undocumented immigrants impacted by coronavirus

California’s $75 million Disaster Relief Fund will support undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief, including the CARES Act, due to their immigration status. Approximately 150,000 undocumented adult Californians will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500

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State Water Resources Control Board Limits Regulation of On-Farm Composting

State Water Resources Control Board Limits Regulation of On-Farm Composting

(Updated 4/15/20) The State Water Resources Control Board’s Compost General Order that passed in 2015 presented a regulatory obstacle for on-farm composting, despite the state’s efforts to reduce waste and provide for more ecological farming practices. The Order limited farmers

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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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On-Farm Food Safety Webinar

On-Farm Food Safety Webinar

On 4/8/20 CAFF gave a webinar answering dozens of questions on on-farm food safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Judith Redmond from Full Belly Farm shared some tips and other info on how their farm is adapting during this challenging

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Fruit thinners

Fruit thinners

Fruit thinners wanted on small CCOf orchard 3 miles west of Occidental.hrs 9-12 or 1 flexible on what days.$15 hr to start increases every 2 weeks. Start late April thru End of May. Cash paid. Looking for a hard working

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Farm hand

Farm hand

Flatbed Farm is hiring a part-time position in assisting our farm manager. Applicant must be eager and ready for early morning start times, capable of lifting 50 pounds, possess a love for dirt, and happy to break a sweat. We

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Fondo de emergencia lanzado para apoyar Agricultores familiares de California afectados por Covid-19

Fondo de emergencia lanzado para apoyar Agricultores familiares de California afectados por Covid-19

Davis, CA – Debido a los desafíos apremiantes que enfrentan los agricultores de California como resultado de Covid-19, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) está lanzando un nuevo fondo hoy para apoyar a los agricultores más afectados por el virus

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CAFF Policy Update: COVID-19

CAFF Policy Update: COVID-19

Updated 4/10/20 (we will continue to update this document as new developments unfold and as new information is released) CARES Federal programs In the face of our public health crisis due to the coronavirus, Congress passed a stimulus package on

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