Community Alliance with Family Farmers
CAFF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates for California’s family farmers and sustainable agriculture.
Strong partnerships exist between family farmers and their communities. CAFF strives to build on shared values around food and agriculture, and work together in practical, on-the-ground programs. These partnerships create locally based economic vitality, improved human and environmental health, and long-term sustainability of family farms.
CAFF has five offices in California. Click here for our contact information.
Stay up to date by visiting our events calendar.
|Jun 20: CAFF will host the fourth annual “Celebrate the Solstice,” a fundraising dinner at the Glide Ranch in Davis. The event will feature a multi course meal prepared by Chef Rick Mahan of Waterboy with food from local farms, regional wine and beer.
|Apr 14: Irrigation Efficiency Workshop at Rose Ranch in Sonoma, April 14. Morning workshop, vineyard tour, and organic lunch provided. Register here.
|May 4-6: CAFF is hosting the first CA Farm to School conference May 4-6|
|May 12th: Vineyard Irrigation Efficiency workshop and discussion of drought tolerant rootstock varieties at Vino Farms in Lodi. Vineyard Tour and lunch provided, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org|
For recent CAFF press releases click here.
This year, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op has elected CAFF as a participant for their Earth Day fundraiser. Vote for us on their website or in their store between April 1-22! Every time shoppers bring in their own bag, the Co-op donates five cents to non-profit and environmental groups. Co-op shoppers will vote for their favorites in the store and at http://www.sacfoodcoop.com/.
CAFF has released a report to share some lessons learned from our more than fifteen-year history in the field of food hubs and local food distribution. The report, “Making the Invisible Visible: Looking Back at Fifteen Years of Local Food Systems Distribution,” describes our efforts to promote local food and solve regional distribution challenges to improve the economic viability of family scale agriculture. Since food hubs continue to be one of the popular topics in food distribution in our sector, we are optimistic that others will take advantage of our experience and seriously consider our suggestions.
|California is facing its most severe drought emergency in decades. To assist farmers, CAFF has assembled a collection of drought resources and is working with various partners to facilitate workshops on irrigation efficiency and dry farming. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply has published a new report Applying the Connectivity Approach: Groundwater Management in California’s Kings Basin.
|CAFF is excited to be a FoodCorps Host Site along with Life Lab. CAFF and Life Lab are also active members of California’s Farm to School Taskforce, a diverse group of stakeholders working to support Farm to School efforts across the state of California.|