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Supporting Farmers & Food Systems during Covid-19

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

Farming During Covid-19 - Adapting During Crisis

Webinar series brought to you by CAFF, California FarmLink, California Farmers Union, EcoFarm, Farmer Veteran Coalition

Farm to Freezer: The Logistics of Online Sales & Shipping

Webinar presented by the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network

Financial Assistance for Farms & Small Businesses

Webinar by PASA Sustainable Agriculture

Small Business Survival Guide

Guide from the U.S. Small Business Development Center

Farmer Relief Fund

By American Farmland Trust

Online Sales Platforms for Farmers

Webinar by Oregon Tilth

CSA Resources

Compiled by CAFF and the CSA Innovation Network and others

Food & Land Sovereignty Resource List

Compiled by Soul Fire Farm, Black Farmer Fund, and Northeast Farmers of Color.

Food Safety at the Farm During COVID-19

Compiled by UC Berkeley

Compiled by ATTRA/NCAT

Compiled by CAFF

Emergency Planning

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

Support from the USDA

Conservation Reserve Program: More than 3.4 million acres selected for the general signup Conservation Reserve Program. Through CRP, 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. For more details on how to apply, click here.

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. Click here for more information.

RMA: The 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. Click here for more details.

CSA, Direct to Consumer

A list of farms that offer Community Supported Agriculture programs in all fifty states (and the District of Columbia) by Modern Farmer

Free Veggie Seeds for Starting a Garden: https://uprisingorganics.com/grow-it-forward-1/seasonal-garden-bundle.html

Sonoma: https://www.farmtrails.org/shelter-in-place-food-resources/?fbclid=IwAR1mBSKWdDbqb4XeE-xNOVnn7GqqHAeVT1KjSHMM-j4dmIOfEAN6zMcgo2o

SF Bay: 

https://www.ttkprovisions.com/

https://sites.google.com/view/food-resources-4-the-bay-area/home?fbclid=IwAR3p5FKgLdLZnk7f9nYWH7y59B5XFZSFUQpwrMRtYxRCzPiopZAJX0jXoeY

Veggielution in East San Jose: https://mailchi.mp/veggielution/veggielution-update-covid-1916455

Nationwide: https://fruitstand.com/

KTA Farmers in Northern California and Central Coast: http://www.kitchentableadvisors.org/blog-roll//covid-19

Legal Resources for Farms

https://farmcommons.org/

Support Restaurant Works and Food Services 

National: https://serviceindustry.tips/en/

Using Lean Tools in Food Businesses during COVID-19

Resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by COVID-19

5 Things you can do to support Food Workers

Undocumented worker relief funds in the Bay Area, Sonoma

 

Advocacy

Farmers' Market Response and Best Practices

Compiled by the California Alliance of Farmers' Markets

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W7IAQ5zuWqTBNg_FOEnuEHJnbptKCb_P1PFY...

What Food Workers on the Front Lines Need Right Now

http://foodchainworkers.org/2020/03/what-food-workers-on-the-front-lines...

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/food-workers-on-the-front-line-need-ur...

Recursos Para la Comunidad de CATA

https://cata-farmworkers.org/recursos-para-la-comunidad/  

Tell Congress: Include Immigrant Families in the Stimulus

https://p2a.co/VjUQpoe 

Employee Transit Letter

On March 19th, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order directing California residents to “Shelter-In-Place.” However, Gov. Newsom’s order allows people employed in critical jobs like food production to move freely to go to work, come home, and otherwise travel as needed to produce food. While overly strict enforcement in most places isn't anticipated, it may be prudent for farmers and business owners to provide your staff with documentation, verifying their employment in a business deemed “essential” by the state. Click here for a template letter you can provide to your staff.

Is Your Farmers Market Closed? Send this Letter!

Is your farmers market closed because of COVID-19? Use this template letter to urge your local government to reopen the market, recognizing it as an essential business keeping your community fed, healthy and resilient during this difficult time.

Ensure COVID-19 Aid Gets to Farmers and Food Systems Today!

Click here to sign