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Supporting Farmers & Food Systems during Covid-19

Based on our long trajectory supporting the organic farming community with valuable information and skills, we will be identifying new ways to provide support at this time. This will include sharing relevant information with you on an on-going basis through our website, newsletter, and social media; supporting our partners; and holding webinars throughout the spring. To keep you updated, we have created this webpage to keep you updated regularly as new information about COVID-19 and possible impacts to farming and food systems becomes available. EcoFarm invites you to fill out our brief questionnaire to apprise us of your challenges and the topics of interest that we can support you with.

Resources for Farmers during Covid-19

Online Sales & CSA Resources for Farmers

Guia del agricultor para plataformas de software de venta directa

Online Farm Marketplace Features Comparison by H6 Design

Transitioning to Online Sales webinar by PASA

Creative Solutions to Market Instability Webinar by CAFF, FarmLink, CA Farmers Union, EcoFarm, Farmer Veteran Coalition

Farmer's Guide to Direct Sales Software Platforms by National Young Farmers Coalition

Farm to Freezer Webinar by the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

Online Sales Platforms for Farmers webinar by Oregon Tilth

Farmer/Buyer Matchmaking in California by CAFF

Plataforma de Compradores y Vendedores de CAFF

Response & Resources compiled by CAFF

Response & Resources compiled by Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)

Resources compiled by CAFF and the CSA Innovation Network and others

Food & Land Sovereignty Resources compiled by Soul Fire Farm, Black Farmer Fund, and Northeast Farmers of Color.

Food Hub Listening Session by the Wallace Center and NCAT/ATTRA

Farmers Market Resources

Resources for markets by the California Alliance for Farmers Markets

Food Safety at the Farm

Resources compiled by UC Cooperative Extension, Berkeley

Resources compiled by ATTRA/NCAT

Resources compiled by CAFF

Video on Using Lean Tools for Safety in Food Businesses by Oregon Tilth

Financial Assistance for Farms, Small Businesses, Orgs

How producers can prepare for the upcoming signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) webinar by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

$3 Billion in Coronavirus Response Funds Available to Food Hubs and Distributors to Provide Fresh Food Boxes to Those in Need

Financial Relief Opportunities & Farm Policy Webinar by CAFF

Philanthropic Response and Recovery Funds by Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders

The Farm and Food Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act by Growing Farmers

Covid-19 Financial Assistance for Farms and Small Business webinar by PASA

Small Business Survival Guide from the U.S. Small Business Development Center

Response & Resources compiled by CAFF

California Family Farmer Emergency Fund by CAFF

Farmer Relief Fund by American Farmland Trust

Emergency Mini-Grants for Livestock and Poultry Farmers by Food Animal Concerns Trust

USDA's Conservation Reserve Program: Farmers and ranchers receive an annual rental payment for establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland.

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has made changes to farm loan, disaster, conservation and safety net programs to make it easier for customers to conduct business. This includes relaxing the farm loan-making process, servicing direct loans, and servicing guaranteed loans.

USDA's Risk Management Agency is authorizing additional flexibilities due to coronavirus while continuing to support producers, working through Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to deliver services, including processing policies, claims and agreements. These flexibilities include: enabling producers to send notifications and reports electronically, extending the date for production reports and providing additional time and deferring interest on premium and other payments.

Legal Resources for Farms

Legal information for farms from Farm Commons

Emergency Planning

A template that combines standard operations procedures with emergency planning to help keep farms going when unexpected events happen by UC ANR

General / Various

Podcasts by Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Services (MOSES)

21 Useful Tips and Advice to Save on Energy Bills during Coronavirus

Resources For Consumers during Covid-19

Food, CSAs, Drop-Off Points, Farmers Markets that are Open

Pandemic EBT Info from CDSS

National Guide to Finding Local Food by NSAC

How to Stay Food Secure and Eat Well Despite COVID-19 by UCANR

Direct-to-Consumer Meat producers - Find one close to you

Farmers Markets that are open and more, compiled by Kitchen Table Advisors (KTA)

Food and CSA programs compiled by Farm Trails Sonoma County


Resources for Workers during Covid-19

For Food, Farm, and Restaurant Workers

Farm Labor during Covid-19 Webinar by CAFF

Farmworkers, COVID-19, and Our Capitalist Food System Webinar by FoodFirst

Resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

5 Things you can do to support Food Workers by Food Chain Workers Alliance

The Ag Workforce Journal provides news, updates, and other helpful information for the agricultural industry.

Tip restaurant workers here

Undocumented worker relief funds in the Bay Area, Sonoma by Undocufund

21 Useful Tips and Advice to Save on Energy Bills during Coronavirus


Advocacy Needed during Covid-19

Food & Farm Workers

What Food Workers on the Front Lines Need Right Now by Food Chain Workers Alliance

Food workers on the front line need urgent protections now Action Alert

Recursos Para la Comunidad de CATA

Tell Congress: Include Immigrant Families in the Stimulus

Employee Transit Letter for your workers

Farmers' Markets

Farmers' Market Response and Best Practices compiled by the California Alliance of Farmers' Markets

Template letter to urge your local government to reopen your farmers market (if it's closed due to Covid-19)

Action Alert to ensure COVID-19 Aid Gets to Farmers and Food Systems

Food System and Organics

National Organic Coalition Advocates on Behalf of Organic Community during Covid-19 Outbreak

Stay healthy, stay strong!