Policies at all levels of government impact farms and ranches everywhere, shaping who has the opportunity to farm, the markets that farmers rely on, and the health of the ecosystems farmers work with. Advocating for policy change presents a unique opportunity to impact the lives of farmers and grow a more equitable and sustainable future for food and agriculture.
HOW IT WORKS:
CAFF collaborates with farmers to create and advance policies that are rooted in their needs, promote economic fairness, strengthen local communities, center justice and equity, and advance environmental sustainability. We work to give voice to family farmers across California, listening to their needs, concerns and aspirations, and speaking up for those often too busy in the field growing our food to do so on their own.
With over four decades of experience in the halls of Sacramento and Washington D.C., together we advocate for policies ranging from food safety regulations to immigration reform, ecosystem protections to the local markets on which our small businesses depend. Local, state and federal policies have the power to help farms thrive, steward our lands and produce healthy food.
STATE: Every year, we weigh in on California legislation, lending our support to bills that promote our mission and our members, opposing those that threaten them, and sponsoring bills of our own to give family farmers a better chance at success. CAFF provides backbone support and is a member of the California Food & Farming Network, which is building a movement centered on racial equity to transform the food and farming system through state policies.
NATIONAL: CAFF is an active member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, working with partners from across the country to advocate for forward-thinking reform in the halls of D.C., from the Farm Bill to Immigration, giving California communities and farmers a voice in the national debate.
CAFF’s Statewide Policy Committee
Farmer, We Grow Urban Farm
Farmer, Riverdance Farms
Big Pine Paiute Tribe
Farmer, New Natives
C. Lilian Thaoxaochay
Small Farms Community Educator, UCCE Fresno Small Farms & Specialty Crops Program
Chris Fields Sr.
African American Farmers of California
Farmer, Fortunate Farm
Policy Consultant & Realtor
Full Belly Farm
CAFF Board Chair
Farmer, Porter Creek Vineyard
Josefina Lara Chavez
Senior Manager, Latinx Farmer Programming & Farm to Market
Farmer, UC Davis Student Farm
In Memoriam: In 2020, we lost a friend, devoted CAFF board member and tireless champion in Sacramento fighting for family farms across the state. Pete Price served as CAFF’s legislative representative from 1998 to 2010 and joined the board in 2000 where he chaired the Policy Committee. Working to reform our food and agricultural system, Pete volunteered countless hours, always guided by an unwavering commitment to fairness, justice and sustainability. Learn more about Pete’s Legacy here or, to help us carry on his work here at CAFF, consider making a contribution here in his memory.
Have you called your elected representative lately? The most useful action you can take on legislation is to call the main office of the legislator you are seeking to influence, in either Sacramento or Washington DC. They’ll be ready to hear your perspective and take notes. Even a handful of calls on a specific bill may influence their vote.
HOW DO I CONTACT MY REPRESENTATIVE?
It’s easy to find out who represents you. Simply click below and enter your street address to access your representative’s website, phone number and address.
When you call, identify yourself as a constituent if you live in the district. Politicians are most interested in the opinions of their own voters. You may be asked for your zip code. (You can still call legislators who are not your personal representative, particularly if you are trying to influence a committee vote.)
You can also send your legislator an e-mail, or you can e-mail the staffer who is responsible for your issue. One call or email per issue and be clear and succinct!
FIND YOUR CALIFORNIA STATE REPRESENTATIVE
FIND YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE
CAFF’s Policy Team
Senior Policy Analyst
Senior Policy Advocate & Organizer
CAFF Legislative Representation, Sacramento
CAFF Legislative Representation, Washington D.C.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition