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.
Stay up to date by visiting our events calendar.
|CAFF and 18 Reasons are hosting a dinner series focused on small Bay Area farms that sell mainly through farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. Our first farmer, Chris Hay of Say Hay Farms has teamed up with 18 Reasons’ Chef and Program Director Michelle McKenzie to plan a seasonal meal straight from the farm. Join us for a dinner and discussion to learn how to help small farms thrive, Saturday October 11th in San Francisco.Get your tickets here: https://18reasons.org/classes-events/2014-10-11/dinner-discussion-say-hay-farms-community-alliance-family-farmers
|CAFF’s Santa Clara Valley Region’s first annual farm to table dinner: “The Taste of Santa Clara Valley” will take place Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 5-9pm at Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill. The catered dinner will highlight the bounty of our Santa Clara Valley Farmers, with proceeds benefiting CAFF’s food systems programs.|
|September is harvest time, an ideal month to celebrate local food and farming. In Santa Clara County, CAFF has been helping to launch Local Food Month, with the support of area non-profits, farms, restaurants, and the Food System Alliance. Along with CAFF’s Taste of Santa Clara Valley farm-to-table dinner on September 14th, many CAFF members and partners will host a wide variety of activities and events in celebration of the abundance and diversity of foods available in the region.|
For recent CAFF press releases click here.
|The first edition of the Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide Food Guide for the Santa Clara Valley is now available!|
|The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS- a project of Ag Innovations Network) has published a new report, From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing Californias Water and Food Supply. More information about this work, accompanying documents, and CRWFS’s previous reports on agricultural water stewardship and retention of water in the landscape can be found here.|
|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.|