Community Alliance with Family Farmers - April 2014                  
CAFF's e-newsletter for farmers and community members
CAFF's Annual Solstice Event June 21, 2014


On June 21, 2014, CAFF will host "Celebrate the Solstice," a fundraising dinner at T.S. Glide Ranch in Davis. The event will feature a multi-course meal with food from local farms, regional wine and beer, and live music. The meal, prepared by Sacramento restaurateur Randall Selland, will feature Belcampo Meat Co.Yorba Wines, and Ruhstaller BeerProceeds from the event will support CAFF's program work, which directly benefits California family farmers.

Drought Relief Information and Resources

CAFF is pleased to announce the availability of hardship grants for California farmers who are unable to make ends meet this spring due to damage caused by the drought. Due to a special grant from Farm Aid, CAFF is joining with CCOF to make these funds available to family farmers who use sustainable practices and organic producers. The application (in English and Spanish) can be found on CAFF's resource page. We will also be collaborating with regional wine grape groups to hold irrigation efficiency workshops (see below).

Vineyard Water Management II: Irrigation Strategies and Sap Flow Sensors, Friday April 18th 9am - Noon, Ridge Production Facility, 18100 Montebello Road, Cupertino. Please RSVP to by April 15thDownload the flier

Sustainable Vineyard Practices: Part II, Strategies for Using Less Water, Wednesday April 23rd, 8am-11am, COPIA Theater, 500 First Street, Napa. Download the flier and registration form

Save the Date! Inches to Hours: An Irrigation Workshop for Foothill Wine Grape Growers, April 29th, 8:30am - 2:30pm. Shenandoah Community Schoolhouse, Plymouth. Presented by UC Cooperative Extension- Central Sierra, Co-Sponsored by CAFF

Policy Update
by Dave Runsten
After running into fierce opposition last year to our proposal that the development of farm land in California be mitigated, AB 1961 (Eggman) was developed over many months of discussions and negotiations with county government and planning associations, with the goal of improving land use planning efforts to protect farmland resources in the state while maintaining local control and flexibility. 

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CSA Farmer Profile: Natural Trading Co

The Natural Trading Co (NTC) is well known for having the earliest tomatoes in Placer County, but on the 40-acre farm in Newcastle, it's the variety that's amazing! The NTC grows everything from arugula to zucchini, including sprouts, fruit, wheatgrass, pasture-raised chicken and duck eggs - showcasing diversity in true CSA style.  

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Food Service Operator Profile: Jennifer Le Barre and OUSD 


The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) serves 30,000 meals a day, including breakfast, lunch, and supper, and 8,400 snacks. In many cases, the meal program is the primary source of nutritional security for students. To provide these meals, the OUSD buys from local farms for their daily meal service as well as the afternoon snack program.

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Ruhstaller Beer


In 1881, Captain Frank Ruhstaller opened the Ruhstaller Brewery  in Sacramento, partnering with local farmers to grow the hops and barley needed to brew his beer. It was city's first premium craft brewery, and the company, whose mission is We Grow Beer, continues to uphold the same commitments to local growers today. General Manager JE Paino states that they source from farmers such as Signorotti Ranch, Dickson Ranch, Peabody Ranch and Kuchinski Hop Ranch. They also have their own farm where they grow hops, leased on land near Dixon, CA.   


Ruhstaller is extremely invested in the local community, as evidenced by their support of local growers, but also by their involvement in community events. For the second year in a row, they will be participating at CAFF's annual fundraising dinner in June and generously donating their beer to the event. Their beer is available in many stores throughout California, or learn more at their Brewery in downtown Sacramento!  

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Advertise in CAFF's 5th Local Food Guide!

CAFF's Local Food Guide contains comprehensive listings for regional farmers markets, CSAs, restaurants, grocers, and more. It is an indispensable resource for Bay Area consumers and a strategic opportunity for advertisers. Target your ideal audience by advertising in CAFF's 5th annual Local Food Guide!  The upcoming issue will be released in early summer and will highlight the South Bay region! The guide will be distributed at restaurants, retailers, markets, and other locations and events around Bay Area. Contact Rosemary Quinn ( for more information about advertising in the guide. 

In This Issue

News and Events
CAFF is holding a meeting for CSA farmers on April 22 in Santa Cruz. If you are interested, please contact

The Western Food Safety Summit is coming up May 8 & 9

Save the Date! The 2nd Annual Taco Tuesday is May 20 in Humboldt!

Pick and Gather Festival coming up May 31/June 1

Loans for farmers available through Kiva

NRCS funding available for farmers

Help CAFF get a $500 grant!

CAFF recently featured in the Full Belly newsletter 

The FarmsReach Source Directory was recently launched. In addition, CAFF is listed on their partner page.


Save the Date! The Eat Real Festival is coming to Oakland Sept. 19-21.

Read here about the Yolo Art & Ag Project 

Download CAFF's 2012 Annual Report here.



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