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California Farmers Face a Long Road to Recovery After Wildfires

California Farmers Face a Long Road to Recovery After Wildfires

CIVIL EATS – At the peak of the state’s fire season, we spoke to five farmers who endured wildfires over the past two years. Here are their stories. David Kaisel had completed his weekly trip to the Ferry Plaza farmers’

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California hospitals and schools bring the (grass-fed) beef

California hospitals and schools bring the (grass-fed) beef

HEALTHCARE WITHOUT HARM – On a beautiful sunny July day in Pescadero, Calif., 30 leaders representing K-12 school districts, hospitals, and ranches gathered at TomKat Ranch, a 1,800-acre grass-fed cattle ranch in the San Francisco Bay Area. After touring the

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“Public Charge” Immigration Rule Disaster for Agriculture & Farm Workers

“Public Charge” Immigration Rule Disaster for Agriculture & Farm Workers

Earlier this month, CAFF & The Farmers Guild joined hundreds of thousands of other organizations and individuals across America to ask the Trump administration not to implement their changes to the “public charge” rule used to screen immigrant applicants for legal permanent

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Fire Survivor: David Kaisel, Capay Mills

Fire Survivor: David Kaisel, Capay Mills

David Kaisel of Capay Mills in Rumsey, CA  David Kaisel first came to the Capay Valley in Northern California about 30 years ago to learn to paddle white water on Cache Creek. “I remember coming up here when the river’s

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Farmers of Color May Soon Get More Support in California

Farmers of Color May Soon Get More Support in California

CIVIL EATS — In an effort to address historic, systemic racism, two bills would support socially disadvantaged farmers, offering financial assistance, training, and more. Abel Ruiz would like nothing more than to farm his own land, but he lacks the

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3 CA Bills Supporting Family Farms Head to Sacramento

3 CA Bills Supporting Family Farms Head to Sacramento

This year, we at CAFF & The Farmers Guild are co-sponsoring and supporting three bills that, if passed, would help family farmers thrive, ensure healthy local food and promote sustainable agriculture. Will you join us in telling your state representatives

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What does the Ag Census Tell Us About the Future of Farms?

What does the Ag Census Tell Us About the Future of Farms?

Last week, the USDA released the Census of Agriculture, a (nearly) complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Taken only once every five years, the census looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices,

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Bill Would Bring Local, Organic Food to Schools

Bill Would Bring Local, Organic Food to Schools

Last month, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) introduced Assembly Bill 958, to provide local, organic food to children in schools. Co-sponsored by CAFF & The Farmers Guild, together with the Natural Resources Defense Council, this bill recognizes that school meals with

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Fire Survivor: Melissa & Austin Lely, Bee-Well Farms

Fire Survivor: Melissa & Austin Lely, Bee-Well Farms

College sweethearts Melissa and Austin Lely knew they wanted to make a life together not just living off the land, but giving back to it. So after graduating from Chico State in 2012, they jumped at the chance to live

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New Leadership at CAFF & the Farmers Guild: Welcome, Paul Towers!

New Leadership at CAFF & the Farmers Guild: Welcome, Paul Towers!

Today we’re excited to announce new leadership here at Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Farmers Guild, with Paul Towers assuming the role of Executive Director. We offer our heartfelt thanks and bid farewell to Diane Del Signore who

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Fire Survivor: David Cooper, Oak Hill Farm

Fire Survivor: David Cooper, Oak Hill Farm

About Oak Hill Farm For seven decades, Oak Hill Farm has used sustainable agricultural practices on about 25 acres of farmland and has protected hundreds of acres of native oak woodland on the western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains in

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Eureka hospital employees excited for local foods

Eureka hospital employees excited for local foods

HEALTHCARE WITHOUT HARM — Local food has become a priority for individuals and institutions across the country as people are increasingly interested in knowing where their food comes from. Consistently listed as a “hot trend” by the American Restaurant Association

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California Farmers Climate Pledge

California Farmers Climate Pledge

As California farmers and ranchers, our livelihoods as well as the ability to feed America entirely depends on the climate. Working close to Nature, we are the first to notice shifts in weather. On our land and in our harvests,

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