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New partnership helps California growers to transition to organic cultivation

Daily Harvest, American Farmland Trust (AFT), and California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation (CCOF) have kicked off a multi-year partnership to help more than one hundred farmers implement regenerative agricultural practices and strengthen their farms’ long-term viability. According to the partnership, its ‘collective, long-term goal is to foster more profitable, sustainable farms in the US, making nourishing, responsibly-grown fruits and vegetables accessible for all’.

The three organizations have come together to extend technical resources, financial assistance and direct market access to historically underserved California farmers.

More than a third of vegetables and two-thirds of fruits and nuts for US consumption are grown in California. Yet many farmers are struggling, due to the pandemic upending markets, labor shortages, increasing input prices, and increasing climate-related natural disasters.

AFT, whose motto is “No Farms, No Food, No Future,” and CCOF, a nonprofit founded in 1973 by California farmers who support the state’s certified organic program, have found an ally in Daily Harvest, a meal prep delivery service with a focus on organic ingredients. They will start offering support to more than 100 farmers through one-on-one financial and technical assistance, workshops and business planning that marginalized farmers otherwise struggle to access.


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