I hope you and your family and friends are continuing to stay safe and healthy.
A huge thank you to everyone who completed our COVID-19 Farmer Survey. We got a ton of information that will be hugely helpful to our Policy Team and Farm Services Team to better inform our work in supporting you. While we are still analyzing the results, one theme that stands out from the early data is that 35% of the farms who responded have seen their sales drop by more than $1,000 a week since COVID-19 started compared to the same period in 2019. If you’re interested in more survey data, keep an eye on our blog, where we will share survey themes next week.
With so much going on these days, we have started doing Facebook Friday video broadcasts in order to keep everyone up to date on what CFSA is up to and to communicate time-sensitive information with our friends. Join us every Friday at 10 am on Facebook, or watch the recording whenever you get the chance (we’re sharing them on Instagram too).
Speaking of things CFSA has been up to, don’t forget to check out the Lomax Research and Education Farm. We’ve been busy growing food for local food banks and conducting exciting research on scale-appropriate no-till equipment and doing variety trials.
In addition to all the information below, I want to make sure you don’t miss:
- Organic Farmers, What Do You Want Research On? The deadline for the National Organic Producer survey was extended to 6/1! The survey by Organic Farming Research Foundation and Organic Seed Alliance will identify the challenges and research priorities of certified organic producers (and producers transitioning land to certified organic production). Have a say in how increased funding for organic research secured in the 2018 Farm Bill addresses the unique needs of organic production.
- When Should You Sanitize vs Clean vs Disinfect? There are differences and they do matter. We created this handy chart for you to know when to do what during this pandemic.
- Our HPAI Resources:
- Farmers Market Guide: this Guide for Farmers Market Operations & COVID-19 has helpful sections for market managers, vendors, and customers.
As you continue to navigate through the landscape in which we find ourselves, please know that CFSA is here to support you and you have our sincere gratitude.
Karen McSwain, CFSA Associate Executive Director for Programs
PS – If you value the work that CFSA provides, including this free newsletter, now is a great time to give to CFSA!
Until May 31, one of our amazing donors is matching all gifts to the CFSA fund, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000! Your gift will go twice as far to ensure we can continue advocating for local farms and food systems.