The California Farmer Justice Collaborative’s mission is to ensure that farmers of color are empowered to directly participate and effectively lead in building a fair food and farming system in California. We unite farmers, advocates, and other allies to challenge historic and ongoing racism and other forms of structural oppression in order to create the comprehensive change needed to build this system.
Our membership is made of farmers, advocates, academics, non-profit administrators and individuals who work to promote the economic self-sufficiency of underrepresented farmers. We work alongside small farmers across the state with a focus on California’s ethnically diverse farmers and ranchers who may have limited access to government programs. We respond to the need reflected in our communities for increased public participation by marginalized farmers in market improvement, access to technical assistance and cooperative extension resources, funding and incentives for climate change adaptation, and innovative programs for environmental stewardship.
In 2017 CFJC worked to pass the Farmer Equity Act, adding a definition of Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher to the California Food and Agriculture Code. Learn more about the legislation here.