It’s time to be honest.
Over the past four decades, with the support of farmers and advocates like you, our organization has helped grow a movement of more localized food systems, regenerative agriculture and the re-valuing of our family farms. The public now demands it. Our farmers are willing and ready. And the facts, from soil science to economics, reinforce our vision of a more just, equitable and ecological future.
But after forty years cultivating this vision and empowering the change-makers behind it, one vital component needs our help now more than ever before. The voice of small family farms is being drowned out in the halls of Sacramento and D.C. Too busy in the field and focused on the soil beneath them, the concerns and ambitions of family farmers are no match for well-paid corporate lobbyists working the political machine on behalf of a food system at odds with the one we’re striving to create.
In 1978, a small group of farmers and advocates recognized this discrepancy and the ever-industrializing food system to which it was giving rise. Wise as they were, they realized that no matter how stubborn or resourceful family farmers were on their own, without a collective voice, the resulting policies crafted without their input, would surely be their demise. Moreover, since those early days, the obstacles have grown, as has the out-sized power of those influencing our lawmakers.
That’s why we’ve vowed, in addition to keeping our other programs strong, to focus 2019 on amplifying the voice of the family farmer. Strengthening our Policy Program, we hope to give a much-needed megaphone to sustainable agriculture all across California.
While our other programs flourish—from our cutting-edge Climate Smart Farming program to our Farm to Market work that has facilitated millions of dollars in sales to local growers—our political advocacy relies exclusively on grassroots fundraising. No government grant nor traditional funding source will make this happen. It’s up to individuals like you.
With your generous support, we can amplify the voice of small, family farms and sustainable agriculture.
Please celebrate the season of giving by CAFF your support today. Your contributions make all the difference to family farmers, local food and help us grow the world we want to see.