Michelle Wyler CAFF; Heather Plaza and Johnny Gary Organic Matters Ranch

A relatively new development in Humboldt County is making it easier for people to get fresh local produce with their CalFresh Benefits.  Until recently, the only way people could use their CalFresh benefits to buy directly from the farmers was to go to the Farmers Markets.  Last year CAFF helped local farmers who have CSAs or Farmstands to accept EBT, AKA CalFresh Benefits.  Currently there are 4 farms offering this opportunity — Organic Matters Ranch, Redwood Roots, Shakefork Farm and Deep Seeded Farm — but hopefully this will expand.  With the rural nature of Humboldt County, many of us live many miles from the nearest grocery store, but close to a farm.  This program could provide oasis in the middle of rural food deserts.  Want to know more?  Listen here