Starting this month, The Farmers Guild begins rounding up the resources you need to thrive as a new, young or small-scale farmer. We'll be tracking down the organizations, local businesses and programs working to build a healthier food system by encouraging, empowering and inspiring farmers and their Guilds. Visit this blog, as we'll continue listing new highlights before compiling the full results on our on-going Farmer Resources page. Click on the logos below to learn more.
CAFF advocates for family farmers and sustainable agriculture in California. For over 35 years they have created, supported and led campaigns to advance the local food movement. As a community organization, they build upon shared values around food and agriculture to create strong partnerships between family farmers and their neighborhoods. For the first 15 years of its existence, CAFF’s primary activities were concentrated in the political arena, making great strides on topics related to pesticide exposure, organic farming, and direct marketing. CAFF continues to play a crucial role in supporting, creating, and leading actions to advance sustainable food systems. CAFF offers workshops, resources, sales/marketing advice for farmers, and their programs help to connect growers to new business. Why not invite a CAFF member to speak at your Guild to learn more?
The Greenhorns produce various forms of media (documentary films, anthologies, almanacs, blogs, radio, agrarian music, art projects, guidebooks, resource maps, oral histories ) and host on-farm events for young people. They work to support, promote, and recruit the next generation of farmers in America. A small, new, and/or young farmer can take advantage of their social media (blog, radio show, reading materials and resources) and can attend events to connect with and learn more about other young farmers. A local guild can take advantage of their resources by using their content to educate and recruit young people interested in farming.
The Foodies Project empowers low-income communities to find sources of healthy, local food. They connect CalFresh (food stamp) dollars ($5 million a month in Sonoma County alone) to our local farmers through innovative programming and education. A "Foodie Farmer" considers these low-income communities in their business model, such as applying for an EBT machine so that they can accept CalFresh for their CSA or at their individual farm stand. Other programming may include hosting a Foodies Project Meetup at their farm to invite their community in and educate them on the importance of buying and eating locally. To build a truly sustainable food system, farmers from the Guild must consider all those who need to eat.