CAFF has been working for nearly 45 years to build sustainable food and farming systems that benefit family farmers, communities, and ecosystems. We have programs in four main areas: Farmer Services, Farm to Market, Policy Advocacy, and Ecological Farming. CAFF hosts in-person and virtual events (from on-farm field days to the annual California Small Farm Conference) where farmers and agricultural advocates can gather to share resources, trade best practices, learn, and collectively advocate for family farms and sustainable agriculture in their community. Working with our Membership, Communications, and the Small Farm Tech Hub, the intern will be involved in growing community connections to strengthen our California farming community. A typical day could include a mixture of working independently (designing outreach materials, editing a short video, creating social media graphics, etc.), working as part of a team (via meetings or other collaborative projects), and connecting with farmers (phone, email, text, or other outreach). CAFF recognizes that all farms and communities benefit from healthier and more resilient agroecosystems, particularly in the face of climate change and loss of biodiversity. This Fellow would help provide information and resources to meet farmers where they are and support them according to their unique circumstances so that they may become better, more ecologically-focused land stewards. They will contribute towards CAFF’s work in helping farmers in California, particularly small-scale and underserved farmers. The intern will work primarily on multimedia outreach and engagement, with the overall goal of relationship-building and increasing community connections to strengthen our California farming community. This consists of several interrelated components related to CAFF’s membership, communications, and the Small Farm Tech Hub, all of which will increase CAFF’s capacity around sharing resources and information with the farming and sustainable agriculture community. The intern will work with our CAFF staff to create and update outreach materials and resources (including CAFF’s website, blog, and the California Farm Directory) as well as be involved in generating farmer storytelling media, including photography, graphics for social media, and short videos. The position will work within all of CAFF's programming, with an emphasis on the Small Farm Innovation Challenge. By working on outreach, and engagement, the intern will work towards relationship-building and increasing community connections to strengthen California's farming community. Each of these roles will help with growing the network CAFF is building across the state, and it will improve farmer access to support and learning opportunities. This position will be housed within CAFF’s Small Farm Tech Hub. Organizational & Community Highlights CAFF is a values-driven organization (CAFF values include ecological stewardship, justice & equity, practical solutions, economic fairness, centering farmers, and strong local communities); and the staff are strongly committed to the mission we are serving: "to build sustainable food and farming systems through policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs that create more resilient family farms, communities, and ecosystems". While CAFF staff members work very hard on our various programs and projects, the culture is one of friendliness, good humor, and encourages a healthy work-life balance. People at CAFF are working on things they care about, while also finding time to connect with others. CAFF encourages creativity in problem solving, collaboration, and regular reflection on whether the work is in fact meeting the needs of the community, as such, it's a great place to work on professional development. CAFF staff work throughout the state of California, and CAFF’s main office is in Davis.
Date Posted: Jun 28, 2022