June 3, 2003
Family farmers and ranchers along California’s Central Coast provide viable innovative solutions for some of the country’s most pressing problems with health, environment and food security. And they do it with style!
In conjunction with the upcoming 3rd annual Farm Fiesta - June 14th in Watsonville (see info below), the non-profit Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is highlighting some of these innovative projects, farmers and their results:
- Farm to School Responding to calls for better nutrition, local organic farmers are partnering with schools in Salinas and Santa Cruz, to get kids involved in growing food and eating better.
- Local Beef The recent discovery of a “Mad” cow in Alberta, Canada has renewed concerns about the long-term safety of our food supply. Mad Cow (BSE) disease is believed to spread through cow feed made with protein and bone meal made from mammals. An alternative is locally raised, grass-fed beef that is free of animal protein, antibiotics and growth hormones. It also supports small farmers like the Morris family.
- Mixing it up “Lambs quarters”, Chinese chives and kohlrabi greens are just a few of the oddball vegetables that local organic farmers are introducing to regional culinary palettes. It’s part of a trend by small-scale farmers to diversify their crops and increase market share.
- 3rd Annual Farm Fiesta Celebrating small farms and the Central Coast community.
- Saturday, June 14th, 12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm
- Live Earth Farm, Watsonville, CA
- Details & Directions: www.StrausCom.com/caff
- The Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign has grown to over forty farmers, retailers and restaurants. See who’s participating at: www.localharvest.org/buy-fresh-buy-local.jsp
- For additional background, digital photos and more, please visit: www.StrausCom.com/caff or call Michael Straus, Straus Communications: Michael@strauscom.com, 415-519-8343.
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