Archive for May 2022

Membership Spotlight: Black Urban Farmers Association (BUFA)

Membership Spotlight: Black Urban Farmers Association (BUFA)

As summer approaches farmers throughout the state are entering their busiest season. They are working hard to bring our communities all the wonders that the summer season has to offer. Reatha Hardy-Jordan from Black Urban Farmers Association (BUFA) is one

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Sherman Produce Podcast Episode

Sherman Produce Podcast Episode

In this episode we visit Donald Sherman at his farm in Kerman, California. Donald owns and operates Sherman Produce, a year-round diversified vegetable farm and produce market distributing throughout Fresno County. Donald has been involved in agriculture his entire life

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Grazing Sheep in Vineyards case study with Pennyroyal Farm

Grazing Sheep in Vineyards case study with Pennyroyal Farm

As part of our work in Ecological Farming and more broadly as an organization, CAFF aims to share stories of California growers and ranchers and the incredible work they do as land stewards. Pennyroyal Farm in Boonville provides one example

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Meet CAFF’s 2020-22 Partner Farm Cohort, Part 2

Meet CAFF’s 2020-22 Partner Farm Cohort, Part 2

From 2020-2022 CAFF partnered with fifteen farms across California to develop and update their food safety practices. Farms who participated in the partnership wanted to ensure their food was safe for their communities, comply with the new Food Safety Modernization

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Meet CAFF’s 2020-22 Partner Farm Cohort, Part 1

Meet CAFF’s 2020-22 Partner Farm Cohort, Part 1

From 2020-2022 CAFF partnered with fifteen farms across California to develop and update their food safety practices. Farms who participated in the partnership wanted to ensure their food was safe for their communities, comply with the new Food Safety Modernization

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FSMA Inspection Case Study: New Natives Farm

FSMA Inspection Case Study: New Natives Farm

Key Details: Location: California Central Coast Main Crop(s): Microgreens FSMA PSR Inspection: 1/7/2020 3rd Party Audit(s): USDA Harmonized GAP/GMP Certified Organic by National Organic Program: Yes Owners: Ken and Sandra Kimes New Natives Farm was started in 1980. Today their

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Urban Tilth Podcast Episode

Urban Tilth Podcast Episode

In this episode we visit Urban Tilth, a community-based organization in Richmond, California. We learn about the organization’s mission and programs to cultivate agriculture and build a more sustainable, healthy and just food system in West Contra Costa County. One

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Family farmers praise drought relief, call for continued investments in food system

Family farmers praise drought relief, call for continued investments in food system

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2022 Sacramento, CA – Earlier today, Governor Gavin Newsom released a revised proposed state budget that includes significant investments in drought relief for small farms. Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), a group that represents

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Sysourath Farms Podcast Episode

Sysourath Farms Podcast Episode

In this episode we visit Sysourath Farms in Fresno, California. Veomany Sysourath, a second generation farmer, shares about her family’s history emigrating to the United States, working in agriculture and eventually starting their farm. Sysourath Farms grows a variety of

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Right-Sized Sanitation Practices and Post-Harvest Tools for Small Farms Video

Right-Sized Sanitation Practices and Post-Harvest Tools for Small Farms Video

Post-harvest processing presents both risks and opportunities for food safety, especially on small farms who process much of their produce before market. In this video from the 2022 California Small Farm Conference, CAFF’s food safety team demonstrates right-sized sanitation methods

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Food Safety Plan Resources – English

Food Safety Plan Resources – English

You can find our English food safety plan template and corresponding resources on this webpage. Resources are available in free word documents to download or as google docs that you can copy to your google drive. FOOD SAFETY PLANS ENGLISH

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Steve Fukagawa Farms Podcast Episode

Steve Fukagawa Farms Podcast Episode

In this episode we visit Steve Fukagawa Farms in Kingsburg, California. Steve Fukagawa is a third generation Japanese farmer, growing organically in the San Joaquin Valley. We learn about Steve’s family history farming in California, his production of organic tree

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Local Produce Processing in the Oakland Unified School District Central Kitchen

Local Produce Processing in the Oakland Unified School District Central Kitchen

A Comprehensive Assessment of Local Fruit and Vegetable Sourcing, Processing and Vending at the Oakland Unified School District Central Kitchen. To view online, click the “expand” symbol on the toolbar at the bottom. Or click the download or print buttons.

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Member Spotlight: Windy River Farm

Member Spotlight: Windy River Farm

Each month our goal is to share the inspiring stories of our CAFF members. This month we asked Patrick Mitchell from Windy River Farms to be a part of this series. When we asked why he joined CAFF, Patrick said “I am a

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