Farmers Engaged in Policy
Policies affect all farmers, ranging from regulations at a farmers’ market, resources for beginner farmers, permitting agriculture and food sales in urban areas, food safety rules, access to culturally appropriate technical assistance and outreach, the list goes on. Often, these policies are made without input from the farmers, whom will be directly impacted and have the deepest knowledge on these issues, potentially creating unintentional obstacles or leaving some farmers behind. Yet, when farmers engage in the making of food and farming policies, the results are powerful. This panel includes farmers that have experience engaging in policy at the federal, state, and local level including the California Farmer Equity Act of 2017 as well as urban agriculture ordinances. Hear from a panel of farmers of color about how they participate in policy, the benefits to them and their communities, and why they believe farmers engaged in policy is an important part of the solution to creating a just, healthy and fair food and farming system.