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

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Community Alliance With Family Farmers – Michelle Wyler

Michelle Wyler, Regional Planner for Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) in Humboldt County, is working on ways to help farmers be successful.  Specific projects include a guide that lists local farmers and the types of produce they offer.  CAFF is also working to promote local food use in local institutions such as schools and hospitals — which presents some interesting regional difficulties due to the small size of our institutions and the need for farmers to plan ahead.

To listen to the interview with Michelle go to:

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/
06_FFT_Michelle_Wyler_06.mp3

This show aired on the KHSU Homepage on July 10, 2009

To view the website for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers:

www.caff.org/regions/humboldt.shtml