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 six offices in California. Click here for our contact information.
CAFF’s Local Food Distribution Study
CAFF has released a report to share lessons learned from our work in the field of food hubs and local food distribution.
Stay up to date by visiting our events calendar.
|Nov. 5: “Eat Your Carhartts Out: Life as a Young Bay Area Farmer” Join 18 Reasons and Say Hay Farms for dinner and a discussion of life as a young farmer in the Bay Area. Chef Michelle McKenzie has worked with farmer Chris Hay to design a menu featuring seasonal produce and fresh eggs. The Say Hay Farm crew will be on hand to share their stories while we dine together. More information here!|
|Nov. 3:”Dry-Farming Wine Grapes in California: Making Great Wine” Join us for a panel discussion to learn first-hand from growers the history of dry farming and how this time-tested growing method produces top-quality wines and promotes environmental and water stewardship. Interact with growers and winemakers while tasting their wines!|
For recent CAFF press releases click here.
|CAFF’s North Coast Harvest of the Month Program delivers Harvest of the Month (HOTM) tasting kits to nearly 300 classrooms each month throughout Sonoma County. During the 2013-2014 School Year, the program delivered over 15,000 tasting kits, featuring a different farmer and locally grown fruit or vegetable each month. Click here to sign up for the 2014-2015 school year.|
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. Click here for upcoming workshop information. CAFF is also pleased to announce that we are the new manager of the California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative (CAWSI) website.|
|The California Farm to School Network (CFSN) has launched! Visit cafarmtoschool.org for news, resources, and signup links to plug into this new communications hub that will align Farm to School efforts across the state!|
|CAFF’s food safety webpages have information and resources about basic on-farm food safety practices, including “A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety and Conservation: Facts, Tips, and Frequently Asked Questions” a brochure developed by Wild Farm Alliance and CAFF.|
|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.|